Welcome to our new-brand GP Reel session coming to you from hard-pack track of Afyonkarahisar, in Turkey, home of the round seventeen of the MXGP World Championship. From the first and second motos reports of the day, you’ll find it all right here. Updates are posted in chronological order, so be sure to scroll down for the latest info. For more updates follow us on Twitter: @mx1onboard and for a quick-results-view you can also check the Results Sheet
|Session||Time (Local time)|
|MX2 Race 1||13:15|
|MXGP Race 1||14:15|
|MX2 Race 2||16:10|
|MXGP Race 2||17:10|
Due to the bad weather conditions, including very strong wind and lightning storm, the Event Management decided to cancel the MXGP RAM Qualifying Race for safety reason. The starting grid today´s MXGP races will be based on today’s MXGP Time Practice results. Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was the fastest in Time Practice and will be on pole position for the first time this season.
In MX2, Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Simon Laengenfelder took the race into his own hands to lead from start to finish. The German won his 3rd RAM Qualifying Race of the season. On the other hand, Red Plate holder Andrea Adamo finished 11th outside the points spots after a crash in the first lap.
Top 5 standings after Qualifying Race: 1) Andrea Adamo 705; 2) Liam Everts 642; 3) Jago Geerts 610; 4) Simon Langenfelder 605; 5) Lucas Coenen 517
MX2 – RACE 1
Langenfelder grabbed the holeshot but two corners later made a small mistake and lost the lead in the form of Isak Gifting. and Jago Geerts. Meanwhile, Gifting started to pull away as he led a total of 10 laps before being passed by Langenfeler who a lap later caught Geerts for second.
Liam Everts came in third after making some moves, same for Roan Van de Moosdijk in fourth place. Both riders put some heavy pressure on Geerts in the final stages. Gifting dropped to fifth keeping at bay Kevin Horgmo during the final three laps. Rick Elzinga finished seventh over Spaniards David Braceras and Oriol Oliver.
The nightmare continues for Adamo who crashed in the first stages of the race. Once again, the Italian lost some vital points as he came in 10th. Lucas Coenen DNF.
MXGP – RACE 1:
Drama struck th first MXGP race as Jorge Prado went down on the second corner moments after he took the holeshot. After this Tim Gajser emerged with the lead ahead of Romain Febvre. The Slovenian rode first during 7 laps before Febvre made the move for the lead.
Maxime Renaux came in third after passing GP returnee Mattia Guadagnini and Calvin Vlaanderen. Guadagnini however drop to seventh behind Forato and Coldenhoff. Seewer, Guillod and Paturel rounded the top ten. Meanwhile, Ruben Fernandez came in 11th and his countryman Jorge Prado finished 13th.
MX2 – RACE 2
It was Roan van de Moosdijk who took the holeshot in the second moto and was looking very comfortable at the front before a small crash dropped him down to third. It allowed Liam Everts to get himself into the lead with the young Belgian also looking good at the front but then he made an error as well which then saw Kevin Horgmo at the front. The Norwegian who isn’t exactly used to leading then pulled the pin and took a superb race win to the delight of F&H rider coach, Marc de Reuver. Everts came home in second to take his third GP overall and two in a row as he continues to go from strength to strength. Adamo had a bad start outside the top ten but rode much better and got up to fifth catching the front runners but couldn’t pass Geerts who did enough for third overall. Laengenfelder bizarrely didn’t ride with the same flow as he did in race one and could only manage sixth. Everts now has the championship chase down to 48!
MXGP – RACE 2
The start of the second moto was almost a déja-vú from race one as Jorge Prado had another problem around second corner, but this time seemed like a mechanical issue. Once again, Tim Gajser was at the front and this moto was all about him, he was superb pulling out around a ten seconds lead. Although with five minutes to go he crashed and just about picked it up ahead of Renaux but he was able to pull away again to take the win! Febvre ended up third behind Renaux who also got himself back on the podium. Prado got back to ninth ahead of Seewer who previously had a big crash coming into the first turn.
Tim Gajser takes the overall for the first time this season at the same venue where exactly a year won his last GP before the injury. Frenchmans Romain Febvre and Maxime Renaux rounded the podium