Herlings claims MXGP overall victory in Portugal
MX2 championship leader Geerts extends in perfect Agueda weekend.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings claimed his 101st-career victory after winning the MXGP World Championship round in Portugal on Sunday, as Jago Geerts extended his advantage in MX2.
Saturday saw Team HRC’s Ruben Fernandez win the qualifying race, before on Sunday 3-1 results were enough for Herlings to stand atop the Agueda podium.
The five-time world champion was joined by Romain Febvre (Kawasaki Racing Team) after he posted consistent 3-2 scores, with red plate-holder and second moto winner Jorge Prado (Red Bull GasGas Factory Racing) completing the podium to maintain a 17-point lead in the standings over Herlings.
Australian Mitch Evans (Kawasaki Racing Team) made his return from injury, finishing 16th in the qualifying race, before recording 18-21 finishes in the grand prix. That placed him in P21 overall for the weekend.
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Jago Geerts rode to a perfect double-race win at the fifth round, as the Belgian strengthened his position at the top of the MX2 World Championship standings and now leads by 36 points.
Geerts made it a sweep of the weekend in winning on Saturday and again in both motos on Sunday, with Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing duo Kay de Wolf (3-2) and Roan van de Moosdijk (4-3) standing alongside him on the podium.
Australian newcomer Liam Owens made his first of two scheduled appearances as a fill-in rider at Bud Racing Kawasaki in the EMX250 ranks, racing to 23rd position in both motos, which placed him 25th overall for the round. He’ll be on track again in Spain this weekend, 6-7 May, at intu Xanadu – Arroyomolinos.