News 7 Aug 2017

KTM's Herlings storms to victory at MXGP of Belgium

Class rookie Prado claims MX2 category win in Lommel.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings clinched the overall victory at Lommel’s 14th round of the 2017 MXGP World Championship, as teammate Jorge Prado took top honours in the MX2 category.

Herling’s strung together a perect 1-1 scorecard in the notorious sands of Belgium to defeat fellow Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider and current series leader Antonio Cairoli. The pair engaged in a thrilling battle in race two, but it was the MXGP rookie who came out on top.

Multi-time champion Cairoli was good for two second place finishes, although in race one a mistake saw him fending off teammate Glenn Coldenhoff for position in the closing stages.

Coldenhoff completed the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing-filled podium in third with 3-4 results, as Clement Desalle (Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing) and Gautier Paulin (Honda HRC) rounded out the top five in fourth and fifth respectively.

A notable mention goes to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie, who was third in race two after Suzuki World MXGP’s Arminas Jasikonis crashed out of the race.

In MX2, class rookie Prado went 2-1 to position himself on the top step of the podium. Prado battled with championship leader Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in the opening race, falling short of the win before bouncing back in his second outing.

Jonass was unable to back up his race winning result in moto two, getting caught up in a first turn incident, however that didn’t stop the factory KTM as he navigated his way to fourth for second overall.

Completing the podium was Belgium local Julien Lieber (LRT KTM) with strong 4-2 finishes, who was followed by Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki World MX2) and Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing).

Australia’s Hunter Lawrence (Suzuki World MX2) was 11th overall with 11-10 results, as countryman Jed Beaton (Honda HRC MX2) endured a difficult day in just his second time out in MX2, completing the weekend 30th overall after multiple crashes denied him of a more satisfying result.

The next round of the MXGP World Championship is the Swiss grand prix, scheduled for 13 August.