🎥 MXGP Highlights: GP of Russia

6 months ago | Words: MXGP | Photos: MXGP

The MXGP of Russia, the tenth stop of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship, was one to remember, especially for the overall winners Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass. The pair of winners battled not only the rest of the field but the demanding conditions on their way to the top. 


Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle was all smiles as he claimed his second overall this season. Desalle’s back to back overall wins are due to his consistently strong results. Placing 3rd in Race 1 and winning Race 2 the Belgian made it near impossible for anyone to outscore him. Gaining 45 championship points this weekend he now sits 2nd in the title chase.
Gaining his fourth podium of the last five GP stops Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings isn’t known for performing well in the mud but his win combined with 8th in Race 2 proved to be enough for 2nd overall.
Title contender Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin was one of the most consistent and patient riders scoring 5-3 finishes for 3rd overall. Paulin struggled off the start in both races and had to work his way forward from 8th to 5th and 5th to 3rd in difficult conditions.

MXGP Overall Top 10
1. Clement Desalle
2. Jeffrey Herlings
3. Gautier Paulin
4. Max Anstie
5. Antonio Cairoli
6. Romain Febvre
7. Arnaud Tonus
8. Arminas Jasikonis
9. Glenn Coldenhoff
10. Maximilian Nagl

MXGP Championship Top 10
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 381 points
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 334 points
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 333 points
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 291 points
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 261 points
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 261 points
7. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 242 points
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 233 points
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 223 points
10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 202 points


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Pauls Jonass showed that consistency is key on his way to the overall win. Jonass went 2-3 and was even lapped on race 2 but he still managed to grow his points lead on the competition.
The man who showed the most dominance in terms of individual races was by far Suzuki World MX2’s Jeremy Seewer. Seewer struggled off the start of race 1 and after throwing away his goggles only managed a 7th place finish. The second race was a different story all together, Seewer had a good start and moved into the lead from fourth by lap 8 but by the finish lapped every rider except second who finished 2 minutes and 32 seconds later.
HSF Logistics Motorsport’s Brian Bogers reached the podium for the first time this season taking 3rd overall.

MX2 Overall Top 10
1. Pauls Jonass
2. Jeremy Seewer
3. Brian Bogers
4. Benoit Paturel
5. Alvin Östlund
6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS)
7. Julien Lieber
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen
9. Jorge Prado Garcia
10. Ben Watson

MX2 Championship Top 10
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 414 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 369 points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 317 points
4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 308 points
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 294 points
6. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 230 points
7. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 225 points
8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 199 points
9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 184 points
10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 174 points

Circuit length: 1506 m
Type of ground: Hard Pack
Temperature: 22°C
Weather conditions: Scattered storms
Weekend Crowd Attendance: 40,000

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