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2013 FIM World Motocross – Round 3 – Valkenswaard, Holland

Published April 1st, 2013

Two “Sandmasters” dominate in Holland. Jeffrey Herlings in MX2, and Tony Cairoli in MX1. Both ride for the Red Bull KTM race team, and both are the defending World Motocross Champions in their classes. Both won the overall victories today – Herlings winning both MX2 races, even after getting last (40th) gate pick in each of his motos, and Cairoli using a 1/2 moto score for the MX1 overall.

 

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This race was held today – Monday. Sun was shining – but temps were still cold – but not as bad as yesterday. These races go 35 minutes +2 laps.

MX2: Jeffrey Herlings, because of yesterday’s Disqualification, got 40th gate pick for each moto – the last choice. Herlings is ‘undefeated’ here – he’s won every MX GP here since his 2010 rookie season. And in winning today, it’s his fourth in a row. Jeffrey said in the press conference afterwards he now has 19 career GP wins.

Jeffrey Herlings wins the MX2 GP in Valkenswaard 2013

L – R: 2nd place Jordi Tixier, 1st Jeffrey Herlings, 3rd Jake Nicholls

In the first race, Herlings started eighth. Jordi Tixier first, Max Anstie second.

Tixier led, but Jeffrey’s prediction of yesterday (where he said he thought he could win – he’d just have to pass a lot of riders at first, and then maybe go for the lead with a few minutes left in the race) came true. He won the moto.

Even after winning the first moto, Jeffrey Herlings again has 40th gate pick. Gate pick for both motos is based on the Qualifying Heat race the day before.

Tixier again holeshot the second moto. Herlings completed the first lap in 18th place. Herlings just continued to push, working his way up. He moved to third place 20 minutes into the race. With three minutes plus two laps remaining, Herlings overtook teammate Jordi Tixier for the lead. Herlings is amazing at ‘home’, and in the sand. He made it look easy. Herlings has a perfect season so far. Six motos. Six wins. 150 points.

Jordi Tixier ended the day with two second place finishes, and Jake Nicholls was third overall (results below).

MX1: The first moto of MX1 saw Clement Desalle of Belgium / Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s number 25 on the ground right after the start. Evgeny Bobryshev had the holeshot. Tony Cairoli was second, but soon overtook “Bobby” for the lead.

Sidebar: Did you know that Kimi Raikkonen of F1 fame has a team in MX1? Riders are Rui Goncalves (999) and Xavier Boog (121). The team is called Ice One Racing.

Ken de Dycker, another rider that does very well in the sand, then overtook Tony for the lead. But Tony returned the favor, passing teammate de Dycker back for first position. Tony held on for the win, with Bobryshev passing de Dycker for second, and de Dycker took third.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard of France did not race today – he has a broken bone in his foot – surgery on Tuesday – he should be back racing next round in Italy.

In the second MX1 race, Evgeny Bobryshev had the holeshot. Tony Cairoli ended the first lap in sixth place. Just a few minutes into the race, Ken de Dycker passed Bobryshev for the lead. Which he kept until the end of the race to win the moto. At the same time, Tony Cairoli worked his way into second place at the finish, securing the overall victory, and maintaining his series points lead, as the series moves next to Italy for Round 4. (Results below.)

Tony Cairoli is the MX1 winner in Valkenswaard 2013

L – R: 2nd Ken de Dycker, 1st Tony Cairoli, 3rd Evgeny Bobryshev

MX2 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 1/1 – KTM
  2. Jordi Tixier – 2/2 – KTM
  3. Jake Nicholls – 4/3 – KTM
  4. Max Anstie – 3/6 – SUZ
  5. Glenn Coldenhoff – 5/4 – KTM
  6. Al Tonkov – 11/8 – HON
  7. Mel Pocock – 10/9 – YAM
  8. P. Ratsep – 9/11 – KTM
  9. P. Rauchenecker – 13/10 – KTM
  10. Romain Febvre – DNF/5 – KTM
  11. J. Lieber – SUZ
  12. E. Banks-Browne – KTM
  13. E. Heibye – KTM
  14. Jose Butron – KTM
  15. Petar Petrov – YAM

MX1 Grand Prix Results:

  1. Tony Cairoli – 1/2 – KTM
  2. Ken de Dycker – 3/1 – KTM
  3. Evgeny Bobryshev – 2/4 – HON
  4. Kevin Strijbos – 7/3 – SUZ
  5. Max Nagl – 6/6 – HON
  6. Gautier Paulin – 5/7 – KAW
  7. Clement Desalle – 8/5 – SUZ
  8. Tanel Leok – 4/11 – HON
  9. Tommy Searle – 10/9 – KAW
  10. Rui Goncalves – 13/8 – KTM
  11. Joel Roelants – 14/10 – YAM
  12. Xavier Boog – KTM
  13. David Philippaerts – HON
  14. Matiss Karro – KTM
  15. A. Justs – HON

MX2 Championship points:

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 150
  2. Jordi Tixier – 101
  3. Romain Febvre – 98
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff – 97
  5. Jose Butron – 74
  6. Max Anstie – 72
  7. Chris Charlier – 71
  8. Dean Ferris – 69
  9. Jake Nicholls – 64
  10. Julien Lieber – 62
  11. Mel Pocock – 58
  12. Al Lupino – 57
  13. Petar Petrov – 49
  14. Al Tonkov – 34
  15. P. Rauchenecker – 34

MX1 Championship points:

  1. Tony Cairoli – 142
  2. Clement Desalle – 116
  3. Ken De Dycker – 115
  4. Gautier Paulin – 108
  5. Kevin Strijbos – 89
  6. Evgeny Bobryshev – 87
  7. Tommy Searle – 87
  8. Rui Goncalves – 73
  9. Tanel Leok – 61
  10. Joel Roelants – 58
  11. Xavier Boog – 56
  12. David Philippaerts – 49
  13. Steven Frossard – 47
  14. Max Nagl – 45
  15. Davide Guarneri – 41

Tony Cairoli and Ken de Dycker congratulate each other - Valkenswaard 2013

Tony Cairoli and Ken de Dycker congratulate each other after the second MX1 moto

Jeffrey Herlings racing at Valkenswaard Holland 2013

Jeffrey Herlings

The women raced their first round of the FIM Women’s World Motocross Championship this weekend too. Defending World Champion Chiara Fontanesi from Italy, riding a Yamaha, won both heats. Aussie Meghan Rutledge, riding a Kawasaki, finished second in both heats, and Natalie Kane (KTM) finished third in each moto.

 

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