News 3 Apr 2017

Mexico grand prix win strengthens Gajser's points lead

Covington narrowly captures MX2 overall victory in Leon.

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Team Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser has increased his advantage in the points standings after a perfect day at the MXGP of Leon in Mexico, which marked the fourth round of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship, while Thomas Covington (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) took top honours in the MX2 category.

The defending MXGP champion pieced together two flawless motos to conclude the weekend with an exceptional 1-1 scorecard, finishing ahead of multi-time world champion Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin tied on points with Cairoli for second, however he was pushed back to third on count back. The top five was rounded out by Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Arnaud Tonus and Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy van Horebeek.

In MX2, Covington’s 4-1 results saw him tie on points with Suzuki World MX2’s Jeremy Seewer, although as Covington clinched the final race win, he was credited the overall. Seewer maintains the championship lead with an eighth-point advantage.

Belgium’s Julien Lieber (LRT KTM) narrowly edged out Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) for third, while Kemea Yamaha MX Official Team’s Benoit Paturel concluded the top five.

Australian talent Hunter Lawrence (Suzuki World MX2) completed the weekend in 13th position, as countrymen Caleb Ward (8Biano Racing Husqvarna) and Jay Wilson (JK Racing Yamaha) elected not to travel to the event.