News 27 Jun 2016

Gajser and Herlings sweep Mantova grand prix motos

Reed's second MXGP weekend ends early in Italy.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Honda Gariboldi’s runaway title leader Tim Gajser extended his lead in the 2016 MXGP World Championship with a convincing double moto victory on Sunday at Mantova in Italy.

Gajser stretched out a 92-point lead in the championship standings following the weekend’s double, which he won ahead of Gautier Paulin (Team HRC) and Clement Desalle (Monster Energy Kawasaki).

Australian Chad Reed’s second-consecutive weekend upon return to grand prix racing was a tough one, exiting moto one with a bike problem and that was his weekend – and European ‘vacation’ over.

As for New Zealand’s Ben Townley, he had an incident-filled weekend, crashing twice in moto one and not finishing, before again registering a DNF in the second moto as he clashed with Evgeny Bobryshev.

In MX2 there was no surprise to see Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings dominate for two moto wins, topping the podium over fellow Dutchman Brian Bogers (HSF Logistics Motorsport KTM) and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Dylan Ferrandis.

The WMX round was captured by MXFontaRacing Syneco Honda’s Kiara Fontanesi ahead of Suzuki’s Larissa Papenmeier and Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot. Aussie Madison Brown (Yamaha) was 20th overall with a high of 15th in moto two.