MXGP of Spain Report

By Adam Proud


With 12 rounds down in 2021 it was time for Round 13 of the year as the riders headed to Spain at the weekend.

By the end of all the action Jeffrey Herlings stood on the top step of the overall podium, taking victory with a 3-1 result.

The Dutchman now holds a 13-point lead in the standings and with five rounds remaining it is still all to play for at the top.

MXGP Race 1

Home hero Jorge Prado took the Fox Holeshot in the first race of the day as Romain Febvre and Glenn Coldenhoff settled in behind the Spaniard.

It wasn’t long into the race before Coldenhoff had to fight for third place, Tim Gajser battled his way past the Yamaha rider and soon set after the front two.

On lap nine the battle for the lead intensified as Febvre put in some quick laps to pass Prado, the Frenchman looked comfortable in front but the same could not be said for Prado who was then coming under pressure from Gajser.

As the pair battled for second, the reigning champion began to make some unforced errors and then crashed, which put him into the clutches of a charging Jeffrey Herlings.

The KTM rider wasted no time in passing his HRC rival, but there was too little time left in the race to make any more progress.

Out front it was a smooth ride for Febvre who crossed the line 1.741s ahead of Prado as Herlings finished third.

Gajser will be ruing his mistake which ultimately cost him a chance at second place, he ended fourth ahead of Jeremy Seewer and Pauls Jonass.

Antonio Cairoli finished the first race in seventh, and a stunning result from Benoit Paturel saw the Honda rider cross the line in eighth.

Arnaud Tonus and Coldenhoff rounded out the top-10 finishers in Race One.

MXGP Race 2

Prado again got off the line the best of the pack and took the Fox Holeshot for the second time of the weekend, he led the race ahead of Gajser and Jonass.

A close battle for third between Jonass, Herlings and Cairoli saw the championship come out on top and it wasn’t long before he passed Gajser for second place.

The Bullet then chased down his teammate Prado and the pair had a brilliant battle for the lead, Herlings came out on top as he made a pass stick on lap 10 and looked comfortable out in front.

Gajser then made a pass on Prado for second before the Spaniard was under pressure from Cairoli towards the end.

But at the chequered flag it was Herlings who crossed the line first ahead of Gajser and Prado, the Spaniard managed to keep Cairoli at bay who finished fourth.

Jonass ended the race in fifth place ahead of Brian Bogers and Febvre.

Seewer put his Yamaha in eighth, finishing ahead of Paturel who had a very strong weekend.

Coldenhoff rounded out the top-ten of the final race of the weekend.

MXGP GP Classification (Top 10)

  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM) - 45 points
  2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM) - 42 points
  3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda) - 40 points
  4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki) - 39 points
  5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM) - 32 points
  6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS) - 31 points
  7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha) - 29 points
  8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Honda) - 25 points
  9. Brian Bogers (NED, GASGAS) - 23 points
  10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha) - 22 points

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