It went down to the final moto of the 18-round season at the MXGP of Città di Mantova, with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Romain Febvre tied on points. Whichever rider finished best in the final moto would take home the 2021 MXGP title. Should both riders suffer catastrophic results, Team HRC Honda’s Tim Gajser was there to pick up the pieces and was still in contention for the crown. All three riders had held the championship lead at various points in the season.Febvre, Herlings, and Gajser joined holeshotter Jorge Prado at the front of the season’s final moto. Febvre took the lead early, only to lose the top spot to Herlings before suffering a fall. At the end of the moto, Herlings was the winner and world champion. Febvre’s P3 finish was good for runner-up in the final series standings, five points behind Herlings, who earned his second MXGP title. Gajser’s 3-2 day left him 15 points behind Febvre in the standings.
It was the final year in MXGP for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tony Cairoli. Cairoli retires with nine grand prix championships (seven in MXGP) and 178 wins (124 in MXGP) during a GP career that started in 2002. Cairoli was still competitive, winning two rounds of the 2021 MXGP World Championship Series, with several race wins to his credit. The 36-year-old finished the season in P6 in the overall standings.Photography by Ray Archer, Pascal Haudiquert, Stanley Leroux, and Bavo Swijgers
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
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