News 22 May 2017

Cairoli extends MXGP championship lead in Germany

Australia’s Lawrence claims maiden podium finish in MX2.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli claimed his third overall victory of the 2017 MXGP World Championship season at Teutschenthal’s eighth round in Germany.

The current points leader saw his teammate and MXGP rookie Jeffrey Herlings pass him in moto one to claim victory, a move that forced the Italian to shoot for the top step in moto two in order to capture the overall win.

Behind Herlings and Cairoli it was Gautier Paulin who finished third in moto one, followed by Clement Desalle in fourth and Jeremy Van Horebeek rounding out the top five.

Cairoli was able to bounce back in moto two and claim his second holeshot of the day before stretching out a comfortable lead over Herlings to claim the moto win and overall victory.

With Cairoli and Herlings again occupying the top two positions it was Paulin aboard his Husqvarna who again took the third spot followed by Desalle and 2015 MXGP champion Romain Febvre.

Using his 2-1 score it was Cairoli on top of the box alongside Herlings in second position and Paulin in third thanks to a consistent 3-3 performance in Germany.

Now 44 points ahead of defending champion Tim Gajser, Cairoli continues to extend his series lead ahead of the Slovenian rider as Paulin holds down third followed by Desalle and Van Horebeek.

In the MX2 category it was Team Suzuki World MX2’s Jeremy Seewer who claimed the second-career and first overall victory of the 2017 season in Germany.

The Swiss rider claimed victory in the opening moto after pushing through the top five for a strong win ahead of Pauls Jonass, Thomas Kjer Olsen, Australia’s Hunter Lawrence and Brian Hsu.

Moto two saw Seewer make multiple mistakes and finish up in fourth position, although this was enough to claim the overall victory with Thomas Covington taking the win ahead of Benoit Paturel in second, Lawrence in third and Jonass in fifth.

With Seewer claiming the top step of the podium it was the Aussie MX2 rookie Lawrence who made his way to the podium for the first time in his career with a strong second-place overall finish.

Behind teammates Seewer and Lawrence it was Jonass who rounded out the podium followed by American Covington in fourth with Olsen securing the fifth spot.

Jonass continues to lead the MX2 championship by 37 over Seewer with Olsen holding down third position followed by Julien Lieber in fourth and Paturel in fifth. Lawrence now moves up to 11th on the championship rankings.

The 2017 MXGP World Championship will now head to Ernee in France for the ninth round of the series on 28 May.