Portuguese FIM Motocross | MX2 Results

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2012 FIM World Motocross

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings obtained his fifth Grand Prix victory of the season after going 1-2 in Monday’s races in Agueda, Portugal.

The Dutch rider had a really good start in the first moto and he crossed the finish line with a comfortable 24 seconds advantage over his teammate Van Horebeek. In the second race he had another good start and led most of the heat, but with just three laps to go he got stuck with a lapped rider and was down to second. Herlings was finally second, but he got the overall win of the Portuguese Grand Prix.

Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle admitted that the first moto was a nightmare for him; firstly it took him a while to find a good rhythm and by the time he was catching Van Horebeek he had a problem with the clutch adjuster. He admitted that he was trying to adjust his clutch in the wrong way, so at some point he thought about getting off his bike and walk back, but he tried hard again and managed to finish third. In the second heat everything went better for the British rider, and although he rode second most of the heat, he overtook Herlings with just two laps to go and won the second race.

Third overall was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek thanks to his 2-6 result. Van Horebeek had a really good start in the first moto and he managed to keep his initial second position until the end. In the second race he did not have such a good start, but he rode fourth during the first laps. However, he twisted his ankle again and had to slow down his rhythm and settle down with the sixth place.

Honda Gariboldi Esta’s Max Anstie finished tenth in the first moto, but he did an excellent second race finishing third behind Searle and Herlings. The British rider was able to start at the front in the second moto and he basically just kept his rhythm in the front and rode a consistent race until the chequered flag.

Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls completed the top five after finishing sixth and fifth in today’s races being tight in points with Anstie. In the first heat he had a good start and rode a solid moto from beginning until the end, but in the second race he had to give all his best to go from eleventh to fifth.

Jordi Tixier had a really good start in the first race and he crossed the finish line fourth. However, in the second moto, not only he had a bad start, but also he made a mistake while he was riding sixth. The French rider finished the second race in the eleventh position and obtained an overall sixth result.

Mel Pocock lined up again for Monster Energy Yamaha and he finished seventh overall after finishing eleventh and seventh in today’s races. Romain Febvre, 2011 UEM EMX2 Champion, obtained his best result in the FIM MX2 World Championship this weekend being eighth overall, ahead of Glenn Coldenhoff.

Dylan Ferrandis had a tough first race; firstly, he had to enter the pitlane to change his goggles and later on he got a stone stuck in his rear break and made him pull out from the race. However, in the second race he took the holeshot and crossed the finish line fourth, which made him finish tenth of the Portuguese Grand Prix. His teammate Valentin Teillet finished fifth in the first race, but he got involved in a tangle at the start of the second moto and had to pull out with a broken his collarbone.

Arnaud Tonus finished seventh in the first race, but he was also involved in the crash at the start of the second heat and he could only finish eighteenth after starting from the very last position.

It was also a difficult weekend for Belgian Joel Roelants; in the first moto he had to enter the pitlane to change his goggles, but he managed to finish ninth. However, in the second race he was also involved in the crash at the start, so he had to make his way back to the front. In fact, Roelants succeeded in moving up until the eighth position, but he then made a mistake and could only cross the finish line 17th. In the end, Roelants obtained an overall 15th place.

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MX2 Race 1 top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39:10.276; ; 2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:24.395; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:34.653; 4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:38.290; 5. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:44.211; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:50.077; 7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:58.699; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:02.894; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:07.030; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +1:28.511;

MX2 Race 2 top 10: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 40:43.230; ; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:20.811; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +1:14.010; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:22.077; 5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:24.427; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +1:55.160; 7. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 8. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s);

MX2 Overall top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 47 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 45 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 37 p.; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 31 p.; 5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 28 p.; 7. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 24 p.; 8. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 20 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 19 p.; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 18 p.;

MX2 Championship top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 317 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 293 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 268 p.; 4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 204 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 191 p.; 6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 187 p.; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 175 p.; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 129 p.; 9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 126 p.; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 125 p.;

MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 330 points; 2. Kawasaki, 316 p.; 3. Yamaha, 197 p.; 4. Honda, 195 p.; 5. Suzuki, 156 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 134 p.; 7. TM, 9 p.