News 27 Aug 2018

MXGP crown in sight for Herlings after dominant showing in Bulgaria

Prado extends MX2 points lead as Lawrence earns second-consecutive podium.

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The 2018 MXGP World Championship is in sight for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings, who charged to a dominant 1-1 scorecard at Sevlievo in Bulgaria on Sunday.

The Dutchman was able to capitalise on another difficult performance from title rival and defending champion Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), extending his series lead out to 73 markers.

Honda HRC’s Tim Gajser returned to the podium in second with 2-3 race scores, while the top three was rounded out Belgian Clement Desalle (Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing).

Cairoli wound up in fourth – three points shy of the podium – followed by former champion Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing), as Australian Todd Waters (Honda HRC) was credited 18th with a 19-16 scorecard.

In the MX2 category, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado reigned supreme with 2-1 race finishes to narrowly edge out reigning champion Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) for the top spot, while Aussie favourite Hunter Lawrence (114 Motorsport Honda) scored his second-consecutive podium after collecting 5-2 moto results.

The top five was concluded by Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) and Ben Watson (Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team), who were fourth and fifth respectively.

Australian contender in the EMX250 category of the Motocross European Championship Caleb Grothues (Yamaha) was 16th overall, as Jett Lawrence (Suzuki) was not in attendance.

The MXGP World Championship will now head to Afyonkarahisar in Turkey this weekend for the 18th round of the series.

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