Belgium tops Assen MXoN qualifying as Australia earns fourth
Australia's Webster lands top three result in MX2 qualification race.
Team Belgium has topped qualifying at Assen’s 2019 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in the Netherlands, while a strong showing from Team Australia saw the squad earn P4 ahead of Sunday’s racing.
Hosting nation the Netherlands was second in qualifying ahead of a competitive Team USA, while defending champions Team France were seventh in the classification.
The MXGP class was the first to hit the track in Saturday’s qualification races, and it was Switzerland’s Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing) who broke away to claim victory with a 7.4s advantage over recently-crowned world champion Tim Gajser (Honda HRC), as Jeremy van Horebeek (Honda) locked out the podium.
Dual MX2 world champion Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) was fourth in his first-ever 450 outing, followed by home favourite Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing). Australia’s Dean Ferris (Raceline Recover8 KTM) finished a respectable 10th.
It was Team USA’s Justin Cooper who reigned supreme in the highly-competitive MX2 division, securing the top spot over Calvin Vlaanderen (Honda HRC), providing a confidence boost to the American team.
In a glowing performance, Australian Kyle Webster (Penrite Pirelli CRF Honda Racing) rounded out the podium in third, and was followed by Jago Geerts (Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha) and Alberto Forato (Husqvarna).
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass, of Latvia, stole a narrow victory in the Open class from Kevin Strijbos (JWR Yamaha), the Belgian finishing 1.147s of P1. Glenn Coldenhoff (Standing Construct KTM) was third, as Shaun Simpson (RFX KTM) and Harri Kullas (Honda).
After sitting inside the top three, 17-year-old Australian Regan Duffy (Raceline KTM Thor) recovered from a crash to finish an impressive sixth.
The B final will take place at 6:50pm AEST on Sunday, 29 September, before race one, scheduled at 9pm AEST. Click here for broadcast information and the race schedule in AEST time.