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MXGP of Flanders-Belgium Report

By Adam Proud

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The third of a quadruple-header in the MXGP was held in the sand-pit terrain of the Lommel track in Belgium.

After missing last weekend’s GP through injury, Jeffrey Herlings made an incredible comeback taking a 1-5 result, something which seemed impossible just two weeks after breaking his shoulder blade.

The gap at the top of the championship continues to decrease as a strong weekend from Romain Febvre now sees himself just five-points shy of Tim Gajser.

MXGP Race 1

Romain Febvre got off to the best start as the first race got underway with the Frenchman taking the Fox Holeshot ahead of Jeremy Seewer and Pauls Jonass.

After a terrific start to the 2021 season, things just don’t seem to be going Tim Gajser’s way at the moment, the HRC rider crashed shortly into the race

Febvre continued to hold his lead out at the front, but as the race went on Herlings began to claw back time on his French rival, and by the 11th lap the Dutchman took the lead.

The two continued to battle it out, but in the end Febvre couldn’t hold on and crashed, but still managed to retain second place ahead of Jonass.

Antonio Cairoli then put in a late move on Jonass to take third place away from the Latvian, as Herlings took the victory with Febvre second.

After initially being at the front, Seewer ended up taking fifth, with Jorge Prado and Gajser sixth and seventh.

Thomas Kjer Olsen put his Husqvarna in eighth, whilst Glenn Coldenhoff and Calvin Vlaanderen rounded out the top-10.

MXGP Race 2

The final race of the weekend saw Ivo Monticelli take the Fox Holeshot, but the Kawasaki rider didn’t lead for long as Febvre took the lead and Monticelli then crashed.

Race One winner Herlings fell at the start with Coldenhoff and started off what would be a good recovery from the Dutchman.

The second race was very crash heavy at the front as Febvre then fell down and shortly after Gajser crashed for a second time of the day.

In all the chaos at the front, Febvre managed to catch up to the leaders and was pressuring Prado for second, eventually passing the Spaniard on the eighth lap.

Jonass’ lead at that point was 4.319s, but Febvre had closed that to just 1.532 a few laps further on.

The Frenchman looked hungry for a victory and managed just that as on lap 11 he passed Jonass to lead the second race.

Gajser did get up into third towards the end but suffered another crash which dropped him down a position late on.

At the chequered flag Febvre won by 4.339s from Jonass, with Prado in third and Gajser fourth.

Herlings got back up to fifth after crashing at the start, finishing ahead of Arminas Jasikonis and Cairoli.

Seewer finished the second race in eighth, with Ben Watson and Vlaanderen finishing as the final pair of the top-ten riders.

MXGP GP Classification (Top 10)

  1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki) - 47 points
  2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM) - 41 points
  3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS) - 40 points
  4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM) - 35 points
  5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM) - 34 points
  6. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda) - 32 points
  7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha) - 29 points
  8. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha) - 22 points
  9. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha) - 21 points
  10. Brian Bogers (NED, GASGAS) - 20 points

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