AGUEDA (Portugal) Ã¢Â€Â“ Clement Desalle and Jeffrey Herlings obtained a new Grand Prix victory in the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Desalle kept the red plate one more week and Herlings became the new leader of the MX2 Championship. Ken Roczen won the first race, but he had a big crash in the second heat and could not finish the race.
Clement Desalle dominated the whole weekend, winning the MX1 qualifying race yesterday and winning both heats today. Second overall was Antonio Cairoli and third was Evgeny Bobryshev.
Jeffrey Herlings obtained his third overall win in the MX2 class, while Gautier Paulin was second and Zach Osborne third.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2Ã¢Â€Â™s Herlings obtained his third overall victory of the season and he also became the new red plate holder of the MX2 Championship. Herlings was not able to win any of the races, but his consistency made him go out with the overall win.
Monster Energy YamahaÃ¢Â€Â™s Paulin succeeded in being on the second step of the podium and he is still fifth in the Championship, but just two points behind fourth classified Osborne. Paulin made some mistakes today, but he was able to keep focused on his riding and managed to be on the podium.
The third overall position was for Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf YamahaÃ¢Â€Â™s Osborne, who finished tight in points with Paulin. Osborne was very sick this weekend and had a lot of pain in his chest. However, the American rider gave all his best and completed the top three. Osborne explained that they made some changes on the settings of the bike and he is feeling much better.
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro CircuitÃ¢Â€Â™s Anstie rode among the top three riders during the first heat, but he was down to fourth by the end of the race. The Brit did not have a good start in the second moto and crossed the finish line in seventh position. Anstie finished fourth overall and he is now sixth in the point standings.
Completing the top five was Arnaud Tonus from Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha thanks to his 11-4 result. Tonus started sixth in the first race, but an early crash made him start from the very last position. The Swiss made an incredible comeback and crossed the finish line in the 11th position.
Charlier had a very good weekend in Portugal and showed that he has the speed to ride among the top ten riders of the MX2 class. Charlier had a difficult first race, but he managed to finish eighth, while in the second one he got a solid sixth position.
Searle won the second race with great authority but he got a dnf in the first heat. The British rider went out the track when we was battling with his team mate Anstie for the third position and his back wheel got stuck with the green fence. Searle could not finish the race, but thanks to his race win in the second moto, he got an overall seventh position.
Roczen won the first heat of the MX2 class, but he crashed really hard at the beginning of the second race and he could not go back on his KTM. The German rider felt a heavy pain on his back, but fortunately he has no serious injury and he might be able to race the Spanish GP next week.
Roelants got a solid ninth overall position, followed by Finnish rider, Harri Kullas. Butron and Coldenhoff did a very good performance this weekend in Agueda, finishing 11th and 12th, and Aubin, even having taken the holeshot in the first race, he was just 13th overall.
Michael Leib was back this weekend on his Husqvarna machine and he could only be 21st. Leib finished 17th in the first heat but he could not finish the second one due to some problems with his bike.