What a show! The first ever MXGP of Goias wraps up the penultimate round of the season in incredible style. It was vibrant, it was crazy, it was wild and compelling, as the boisterous Brazilian fans packed into the all-new MXGP venue to witness and celebrate round 16 of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Erupting the crowd into total pandemonium, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli locked down the 2014 MXGP World Title upon crossing the line in MXGP race one, while Team HRC’s Max Nagl was in a league of his own this weekend, dominating both races for his first Grand Prix victory since back in 2010.
Meanwhile, in MX2 the racing and dynamic has never been better. With Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings out, a multitude of riders line up with a legitimate chance of winning their first ever MX2 race or races as well as the potential Grand Prix.
This weekend both Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre and Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser took, and devoured, their first slices of the MX2 race win pie, while it was Romain Febvre who dug the deepest this weekend to reach his second career milestone in one day, with his first ever Grand Prix victory.
Team HRC’s Max Nagl was nothing short of a blur out on the vibrant red clay as he flat out dominated every race this weekend, including the qualifying heat on Saturday, to pick up his first MXGP overall since way back in 2010.
The jump-riddled circuit here in Trindade is the ultimate playground for a rider like Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin, who enjoyed every moment of air-time as he made his way to second overall and his third podium finish of the season.
It’s hard to say which fans are the most passionate about Antonio Cairoli, the Italians or the Brazilians? Other than Italy, or a neighbouring country, there is no better place for Tony to have claimed his eighth FIM Motocross World Championship title than in Brazil.
Yesterday was the second time the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing star has picked up a world title on Brazilian turf, the first time was back in 2010 at the circuit of Campo Grande. Although the thousands of screaming fans were able to cheer him up slightly, the Italian legend battled blurred vision all day after getting dirt in his eye on Saturday. With the irritation in his eye clearly bothering him, he battled on to finish fifth and third for third overall and his 13th podium finish of the season.
Meanwhile Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Steven Frossard let a little beam of podium potential shine through with his impressive performance in race one which saw him come home for second. Because luck, or having two good races, is hard to come by for the Frenchman, any shot of the podium was thrown away when he lost the front end on a slick spot early on in race two. Nevertheless, he managed to bank fourth.
As for CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Tommy Searle, two solid performances allowed him to take home his third top five finish of the season in fifth.
In other news, Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek showed his true grit when he toughed out race one with his swollen ankle to tie up second overall in the MXGP championship. With his position of vice world champion secure, the Belgian didn’t line up for the second race in order to let his injury heal.
Red Bull IceOne Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Dean Ferris startled everyone with his speed on Saturday. Unfortunately, while on his way to what could have been his first ever MXGP podium finish, he had an ugly crash that made those that saw it cringe. The friendly Australian was taken to hospital with a suspected broken femur.
MXGP Race 1 top ten: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 35:17.310; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:10.116; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:14.667; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:17.619; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.261; 6. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:25.973; 7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:52.568; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:56.271; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Yamaha), +1:00.048; 10. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), +1:04.374;
MXGP Race 2 top ten: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 35:57.355; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:13.227; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:29.125; 4. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:37.228; 5. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:41.043; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:41.586; 7. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:56.529; 8. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), +0:59.244; 9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +1:01.221; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:09.221;
MXGP Overall top ten: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 50 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 40 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 36 p.; 5. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 32 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 32 p.; 7. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 25 p.; 8. Milko Potisek (FRA, YAM), 24 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 24 p.; 10. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 20 p.;
MXGP World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 705 points; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 596 p.; 3. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 530 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 484 p.; 5. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 392 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 382 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 357 p.; 8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 315 p.; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 270 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 258 p.;
MXGP Manufacturer: 1. KTM, 705 points; 2. Suzuki, 648 p.; 3. Yamaha, 618 p.; 4. Kawasaki, 594 p.; 5. Honda, 507 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 326 p.; 7. TM, 311 p.;
Stand up and take a bow, Romain Febvre! It has taken almost an entire season but Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s gritty Frenchman has finally done it.
Despite battling illness, Febvre was impressive this weekend, particularly in race one when he sealed the deal on his first ever race victory. Race two was not so straightforward as he was forced to battle an overwhelming sense of queasiness that saw him vomit while riding, but nonetheless, he kept looking forward and fought to the finish to be rewarded with is first ever Grand Prix overall.
Everyone loves a good rivalry, and the number one rivalry this year is definitely between the three Frenchman, Febvre, CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Dylan Ferrandis and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier. With no easy pick which of the three will be the best on any given day, it was Febvre who finished with one point more than the flamboyant Ferrandis who took two seconds for second.
After ringing his bell in qualifying on Saturday, Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser hit a career milestone on Sunday with his impressive victory in race two. The young Slovenian said in the press conference, “Our goal for this year was just to be in top 10 but it has gone better than we thought”, the 17-year-old sensation has impressively notched his first ever MX2 race win to his belt and has also made history as the first Slovenian to ever win an MX2 Grand Prix race. Despite crashing in race one and only taking seventh, his win in race two was enough to land him on the podium for the fourth time this year.
With the MX2 title still in his sights, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier did enough to take valuable points with a fourth and fifth for fourth overall.
While rounding out the top five, Standing Construct KTM’s Valentin Guillod was running a blistering pace all day as he and his new team-mate Julien Lieber blew the socks off a lot of people when they ran in second and third for the majority of the first race.
Despite their speed, a few costly errors in both races deprived them of better results. Guillod ended up coming home in fifth, while Lieber on his Standing Construct KTM debut was forced back to ninth.
MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), 35:34.479; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.137; 3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:02.639; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:13.881; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:14.553; 6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:15.809; 7. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:16.274; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.578; 9. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Husqvarna), +0:23.075; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:28.319;
MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 36:03.755; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:06.015; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:09.099; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:10.731; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:16.660; 6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +0:18.557; 7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.338; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:19.840; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Yamaha), +0:24.029; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:31.721;
MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 45 points; 2. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 44 p.; 3. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 39 p.; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 33 p.; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 33 p.; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 27 p.; 8. Christophe Charlier (FRA, YAM), 27 p.; 9. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 25 p.; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, YAM), 21 p.;
MX2 World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 594 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 571 p.; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, HUS), 534 p.; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 511 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 487 p.; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KAW), 422 p.; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), 412 p.; 8. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, HUS), 384 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 345 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 328 p.;
MX2 Manufacturer: 1. KTM, 750 points; 2. Kawasaki, 616 p.; 3. Husqvarna, 550 p.; 4. Honda, 497 p.; 5. Yamaha, 463 p.; 6. Suzuki, 460 p.; 7. TM, 6 p.;