Positive results for Pirelli in the FIM Motocross World Championship at the ‘University of Speed’ of Assen
Antonio Cairoli just misses MXGP victory by one point while Jeffrey Herlings gets back to winning ways in MX2. The Dutchman and Tim Gajser continue to front the MX2 and MXGP championships
The superb TT Circuit Assen - a stage that has seen many famous battles in road racing - hosted the FIM Motocross World Championship for the second year in a row. The track built for the sixteenth round of 2016 season and the Grand Prix of the Netherlands was formed from sandy terrain with a firm base and Pirelli’s riders excelled thanks to the excellent SCORPION MX™ 410™ rear and the SCORPION™ MX32™ Mid Soft front; tyres that provided good performance on the wet surface after a heavy downpour that has completely flooded the track on Sunday morning.
Antonio Cairoli grabbed second position overall in the MXGP class. The Italian was able to avoid major mistakes in the first race across a very tricky track and then won the second outing. An excellent third place was taken by Glenn Coldenhoff, who posted his best finish of the season in front of an appreciative home public. Pirelli tyres permitted strong performances also from Max Nagl and Jeremy Van Horebeek who took fourth and fifth positions overall respectively. Several crashes slowed Tim Gajser but the Slovenian remains in command of the championship standings. Jeffrey Herlings made a great return to Grand Prix after a collarbone injury in the MX2 class and won the Grand Prix thanks to a 2-1 scorecard. The Dutchman increased his lead in the table to 76 points and will be able to grab the championship at the next race in Charlotte. 15 year old Jorge Prado had a memorable GP debut by finishing in third place just ahead of Max Anstie who was fourth overall at the end of the day. A good race also for Thomas Covington, sixth overall, who won the first moto but was forced into a difficult comeback in the second after a fall at the start. Courtney Duncan claimed the last round of the FIM Women's World Championship. The New Zealander has been a real surprise this season – her first internationally - and without her injury at Teutschental for the Grand Prix of Germany earlier in the season could have been a contender for the title. The last European race of the season is now in the books and next weekend the riders will contest the Grand Prix of the Americas that will be hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway located in the capital of North Carolina in the USA. Race results: MXGP race 1 1. SIMPSON Shaun (GBR) 2. DESALLE Clement (BEL) 3. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED) 4. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL) MXGP race 2 1. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 2. DESALLE Clement (BEL) 3. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED) 4. NAGL Maximilian (GER) 5. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) MX2 race 1 1. COVINGTON Thomas (USA) 2. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) 3. BOGERS Brian (NED) 4. VAN BERKEL Lars (NED) 5. PATUREL Benoit (FRA) MX2 race 2 1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) 2. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) 3. BOGERS Brian (NED) 4. ANSTIE Max (GBR) 5. KIER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) GP Overall: MXGP 1. DESALLE Clement (BEL) 2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) 3. COLDENHOFF Glenn (NED) 4. NAGL Maximilian (GER) 5. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL) MX2 1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) 2. BOGERS Brian (NED) 3. PRADO GARCIA Jorge (SPA) 4. ANSTIE Max (GBR) 5. KIER OLSEN Thomas (DEN) Championship overall: MXGP 1. GAJSER Tim (SLO) p.653 2. CAIROLI Antonio (ITA) p.588 3. NAGL Maximilian (GER) p.542 4. FEBVRE Romain (FRA) p.522 5. BOBRYSHEV Evgeny (RUS) p.494 6. VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy (BEL) p.477 MX2 1. HERLINGS Jeffrey (NED) p.644 2. SEEWER Jeremy (SUI) p.568 3. PATUREL Benoit (FRA) p.460 4. ANSTIE Max (GBR) p.447 5. JONASS Pauls (LAT) p.403 6. FERRANDIS Dylan (FRA) p.378