For the third year in succession, the Frauenfeld-Gachnang circuit staged one of the more memorable rounds of MXGP with fine weather, a technical, fast and challenging course and a hefty attendance enhancing the Swiss Grand Prix experience. The largely flat layout involved rutty and bumpy soil and was home to more Red Bull KTM glory.
Jeffrey Herlings increased his margin at the top of MXGP from 36 points to 58 over teammate Tony Cairoli thanks to another sledgehammer of statistics in Switzerland with his KTM 450 SX-F. #84 logged his fourth perfect scorecard in a row and has swept Grands Prix in Holland, Italy, Portugal, Latvia, Germany, Britain, France, Indonesia, Czech Republic and Belgium.
He has 25 chequered flags from a possible 32, 13 wins from 16 and has missed the podium only once.
The Dutchman surprisingly suffered a crash early in Saturday’s Qualification Heat but came back to sixth and did not repeat the mistake on the second turn of the opening moto on Sunday: the Dutchman attacked the corner with verve and was soon past Clement Desalle and controlling the 30 minute and two-lap dash from the front.
The second moto was another display of authority by the championship leader as Herlings again ran free.
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“It is pretty amazing to go 1-1 on what is a tough track for me,” said Herlings. “It was not easy, so I have to give-it-up to Red Bull KTM for the great bike and the great work those guys are doing. Only four races to go and we did good things for the championship this weekend. To win at this level and to go against guys like Tony [Cairoli], a 9-times world champ, and all the others you have to be 100 per cent physically and mentally and not be worrying about anything. It is hard but if you are winning then it’s worth it.”