MXGP of Sardegna Report

By Adam Proud


11 days after the GP of Afyon, the MXGP paddock headed to Riola Sardo, Sardegna for Round 10 of the championship.

For the third round in a row, it was Jeffrey Herlings who left the sandy environment with another victory to his name, going 1-1 in both races.

After a poor weekend for Tim Gajser, the championship is now wide open as Herlings now leads by one point from the HRC rider with Romain Febvre just four points from the top spot.

MXGP Race 1

At the start of the first race, it was Jeffrey Herlings who took the Fox Holeshot and led the field away with Ben Watson and Jorge Prado following the Dutchman.

There was drama at the first turn as Tim Gajser was caught up in a crash and fell to the back of the order, the Slovenian managed to make his way back to 19th by the end.

Prado managed to make his way past Watson on the fourth lap of the race after biding his time from the beginning.

A charging Calvin Vlaanderen also made his way through the pack as the race went on, passing both Romain Febvre and Jeremy Seewer, then quickly snatching third from Watson.

The British rider then continued to fade away as he dropped back into sixth position with a few laps remaining.

Febvre then passed Seewer after a lengthy battle between the pair and wasted no time in going after Vlaanderen for the final top-three spot.

Back at the front though it was Herlings who controlled the race front start to finish, winning by 42.419s from Prado as Febvre crossed the line in third.

Vlaanderen had to settle for fourth in Race One ahead of Brian Bogers, Seewer and Watson.

Thomas Kjer Olsen ended eighth, with Arminas Jasikonis and Glenn Coldenhoff rounding out the top-10.

MXGP Race 2

With the second and final race underway it was Prado who grabbed the Fox Holeshot in the lead with Herlings and Febvre making up second and third.

There was a more intense battle for the lead this time around, with Prado being consistently chased by Herlings, the latter making several attempts to pass the Spaniard but failing to succeed.

This also allowed Febvre to get involved in the fight, but Herlings eventually passed his KTM teammate to take the lead.

It was a relatively quiet race from then on, with Herlings taking his second victory of the day but this time just 5.710s ahead of Prado, Febvre took third place.

Vlaanderen had strong pace once again in Race Two, the Dutchman ended fourth ahead of Seewer, Pauls Jonass and Watson.

Gajser broke into the top-10 this time around, finishing eighth ahead of Bogers and Coldenhoff.

MXGP GP Classification (Top 10)

  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM) - 50 points
  2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM) - 44 points
  3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki) - 40 points
  4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha) - 36 points
  5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha) - 31 points
  6. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha) - 28 points
  7. Brian Bogers (NED, GASGAS) - 28 points
  8. Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS) - 23 points
  9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha) - 22 points
  10. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna) - 21 points

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