KTM’s Herlings Dominates Valkenswaard FIM Motocross MX2

Red Bull KTM's Jeffrey Herlings
Red Bull KTM's Jeffrey Herlings
Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings

2013 FIM Motocross World Championship MX2 Valkenswaard Results

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings has broken one more FIM Motocross World Championship record in The Netherlands this weekend obtaining another overall victory winning both motos, so the Dutch rider has won all the races celebrated in Valkenswaard since 2010.

However, the home rider admitted that Monday’s victory has been the most difficult one because he had to start from gate 40 as he was disqualified from yesterday’s qualifying race. Herlings had an excellent start in race one, he was already eighth after the first corners and by the middle of the race he was leading.

The second race was more complicated for Herlings, as his start was not that good, but he succeeded in overtaking several riders in each lap until he got to the second place. At this point, his teammate Tixier was already 21 seconds ahead of him, but the French rider was getting a bit tired and Herlings passed him and won the race.

The second overall position was for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier who rode really well this weekend in both races. The French rider took the holeshot in both heats and led the race comfortably until his teammate Herlings passed him. Tixier and the whole Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team were very satisfied with such result, as they had all been working really hard to obtain a podium finish. During the press conference Herlings also congratulated Tixier for his podium finish and for having ridden so well in both races.

The Dutch Grand Prix will be always remembered by Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls, who obtained his maiden MXGP podium after finishing fourth and third in today’s races. The British rider admitted that he had almost lost all the confidence he had in himself after obtaining so bad results in the first two Grand Prix of the season, so this weekend’s result will help him to keep the motivation up and try to finish on the podium more often during the year.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Max Anstie had a great start in the first heat and he crossed the finish line third ahead of Nicholls and Coldenhoff. However, in the second race he started down in the eighth position and it was very difficult for the British riders to move up some positions. In the end, Anstie finished sixth and obtained the overall fourth position of the Dutch Grand Prix.

Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Glenn Coldenhoff started really good the weekend winning the qualifying race, but the home rider was only able to finish fifth overall of the Grand Prix. Coldenhoff had a good start in both motos; in the first one he started fourth and in the second he rode second during the first laps, but Coldenhoff could not keep the rhythm of the front group and he crossed the finish line fifth and fourth. All in all, the young Dutch rider is very satisfied with his performance today.

Aleksander Tonkov had one of the best weekends since he is in the MX2 class, as he managed to finish sixth overall ahead of Mel Pocock and Priit Ratsep. Pascal Rauchenecker was ninth and Romain Febvre completed the top ten.

Dean Ferris decided not to take part in the Grand Prix as he is still suffering a lot of pain from the injuries he got some weeks ago. The Australian rider will be back on his Monster Energy Yamaha in the following Grand Prix, which will take place in Italy in two weeks time.

2013 Valkenswaard MX2 Race 1 top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39:49.179; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:11.056; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), +0:21.337; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:22.824; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:24.088; 6. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +0:58.146; 7. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:01.127; 8. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +1:09.946; 9. Priit Ratsep (EST, KTM), +1:11.786; 10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), +1:15.897

2013 Valkenswaard MX2 Race 2 top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39:47.473; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:07.845; 3. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:12.739; 4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:21.467; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:45.622; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), +1:08.635; 7. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), +1:12.868; 8. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +1:15.878; 9. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), +1:19.983; 10. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM), +1:25.293

2013 Valkenswaard MX2 Overall top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 35 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 34 p.; 6. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), 23 p.; 7. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 23 p.; 8. Priit Ratsep (EST, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM), 19 p.; 10. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 16 p.

2013 MX2 Championship top 10: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 150 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 101 p.; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 98 p.; 4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 97 p.; 5. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 74 p.; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 72 p.; 7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 71 p.; 8. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 69 p.; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 64 p.; 10. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), 62 p.

MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 150 points; 2. Yamaha, 103 p.; 3. Suzuki, 94 p.; 4. Kawasaki, 63 p.; 5. Honda, 52 p.; 6. TM, 3 p.