MXGP of Trentino Report

By Adam Proud


In the Italian setting of Pietramurata Jeffrey Herlings continued to extend his lead in the championship as he took overall victory once more.

The Dutchman dominated both races of the weekend to take a 1-1 result away from the GP as championship rivals Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser ended third and fourth overall.

Herlings now holds a comfortable lead in the championship of 24-points.

MXGP Race 1

Jeremy Seewer started the first race well as he took the Fox Holeshot and Ben Watson and Jorge Prado off the line.

Prado was quickly jumped by Jeffrey Herlings who wasted no time passing his teammate. It got even better for the Dutchman as Watson fell off ahead and moved him up to second.

Prado then dropped back another couple of positions as he lost out to both Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser.

The battle between the top-four stepped up as both Febvre and Gajser began to hunt down Seewer and Herlings as the laps ticked on.

With pressure from behind Herlings made a pass for the lead on Seewer on lap 11 while Gajser continued to search for a way past Febvre to take third.

Herlings went on to take the victory in Race 1, 2.146s ahead of Seewer and Febvre managed to hold off Gajser in third and fourth.

Glenn Coldenhoff ended the race in fifth place ahead of Pauls Jonass and Thomas Kjer Olsen.

Prado could only manage eighth after crashing during a battle for fifth, the Spaniard finished ahead of Mathys Boisrame and Alessandro Lupino.

MXGP Race 2

The second Fox Holeshot went to Henry Jacobi in Race Two as he got ahead of Febvre and Coldenhoff.

Further down the order Herlings and Gajser were battling in 12th and 13th, meaning the pair had some work to do to catch up to the front.

By the end of the opening lap Febvre had taken the lead from Jacobi as Coldenhoff also made his way into second place.

Gajser and Herlings were quick in progressing through the field as by the fifth lap the pair were already up into the top-four positions.

The battle for the lead quickly ramped up as Febvre looked to be struggling with an arm pump issue. Coldenhoff took the lead from the Frenchman as Herlings made a move on Gajser for third.

Febvre quickly dropped off the pace and was passed by Gajser late on but at the front Herlings made a pass work on his compatriot Coldenhoff to lead the race.

Herlings took his second victory of the day with a 1.454s gap to Coldenhoff, Gajser held on to third after a battle with Febvre.

Febvre’s pace dropped off towards the end as he finished in fourth, ten seconds behind third-placed Gajser. Seewer ended his race in sixth.

Benoit Paturel had a good race to finish seventh ahead of Watson and Tom Koch.

Boisrame and Valentin Guillod rounded out the top-ten finishers of Race 2.

MXGP GP Classification (Top 10)

  1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM) - 50 points
  2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha) - 38 points
  3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda) - 38 points
  4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki) - 38 points
  5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha) - 38 points
  6. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Kawasaki) - 24 points
  7. Pauls Jonass (LAT, GASGAS) - 24 points
  8. Tom Koch (GER, KTM) - 23 points
  9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Honda) - 22 points
  10. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha) - 20 points

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