Jeffrey Herlings running the number 1 plate in Italy. 

At the final round of the 2018 MXGP World Championship in Italy, it was again the factory KTM rider of Jeffrey Herlings that sweep both motos. It was the veteran rider of Antonio Cairoli’s home race, although he went down hard in the Saturday qualifying race and decided to sit out the race on Sunday. Herlings already had the championship wrapped up and Cairoli had second place in the standings secured. The factory Honda rider of Tim Gajser had a solid race and went 2-2 for second overall while Clement Desalle went 3-3 for third overall.


Pos Rider Bike Race 1 Race 2
1 Herlings, Jeffrey KTM 1 1
2 Gajser, Tim HON 2 2
3 Desalle, Clement KAW 3 3
4 Lieber, Julien KAW 5 4
5 Paulin, Gautier HUS 4 6
6 Van Horebeek, Jeremy YAM 8 5
7 Simpson, Shaun YAM 7 7
8 Seewer, Jeremy YAM 6 12
9 Coldenhoff, Glenn KTM 11 8
10 Bobryshev, Evgeny SUZ 10 10
11 Anstie, Max HUS 9 13
12 Nagl, Maximilian TM 13 11
13 Searle, Tommy KAW 12 16
14 Butron, Jose KTM 15 14
15 Tixier, Jordi KTM 14 15
16 Strijbos, Kevin KTM 29 9
17 Waters, Todd HON 17 17
18 Leok, Tanel HUS 16 18
19 Bonini, Davide KTM 18 28
20 Monticelli, Ivo YAM 31 19
21 Desprey, Maxime KAW 19 22
22 Petrov, Petar HON 21 20
23 Irwin, Graeme KTM 20 29
24 Gercar, Klemen HUS 22 21
25 Renkens, Nathan HON 24 23
26 Bengtsson, Jonathan KTM 23 24
27 Bertuzzo, Pier Filippo KAW 26 25
28 Muratori, Francesco KTM 30 26
29 Pezzuto, Stefano SUZ 25 27
30 Valentin, Ander HUS 27 DNS
31 Lupino, Alessandro KAW 28 DNS



Pos Rider Nat. Total
1 Herlings, J. NED 933
2 Cairoli, A. ITA 782
3 Desalle, C. BEL 685
4 Gajser, Tim SLO 669
5 Paulin, G. FRA 574
6 Febvre, Romain FRA 544
7 Coldenhoff, G. NED 534
8 Seewer, Jeremy SUI 469
9 Van Horebeek, J. BEL 433
10 Anstie, Max GBR 386
11 Lieber, Julien BEL 291
12 Bobryshev, E. RUS 289
13 Lupino, A. ITA 283
14 Strijbos, K. BEL 267
15 Simpson, Shaun GBR 263
16 Nagl, M. GER 245
17 Searle, Tommy GBR 197
18 Leok, Tanel EST 139
19 Jasikonis, A. LTU 111
20 Butron, Jose ESP 109


Antonio Cairoli MXGP of Italy_ Imola_ Round 20Antonio Cairoli had a hard crash during the Saturday qualifying race and decided to sit out Sunday’s race.


Start MXGP of Italy_ Imola_ Round 20

With the championship already decided Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings could have simply just taken the weekend easy but the “Bullet” is no dud and was on fire today. Starting from the Free Practice through to the Qualifying race with Time Practice between Herlings was the fastest. Taking the lead off the start and out of the first turn Herlings led the race from start to finish.

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser was second but lost track of Herlings quickly while the Italian hero, Antonio Cairoli from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, was back in 10th. Another Italian was impressing the crowd at the front however as Gebben Van Venrooy Kawasaki’s Alessandro Lupino was 3rd ahead Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle and Julien Lieber.

Following the 3 Kawasakis were the Yamaha triplets of Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team’s Shaun Simpson, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Van Horebeek, and another Wilvo Yamaha ridden by Jeremy Seewer. Desalle took 3rd from Lupino on lap 3 and at the same time Seewer made his way by Van Horebeek as did Cairoli.

One lap later Cairoli was also past Seewer as Lupino fought Desalle to take 3rd back. Cairoli however went off track on the following lap and hit the ground hard. Slow to get up Cairoli decided to pull out of the remainder of the race but has since confirmed that he will race tomorrow.

Fellow Italian and friend of Cairoli, Lupino, lost positions on the following laps to Desalle and Lieber while Seewer worked his way past Simpson to take 6th. At the finish it was a massive win for Herlings finalizing his total number of 2018 pole positions to 13. Desalle took second after passing Gajser on the final laps while Lieber was 4th and Lupino took 5th.

Jeffrey Herlings: “The main goal is to win the championship and we have done that in Assen but I don’t want to just come here and ride around. I still want to go and prove myself. I will do my best to get some good starts. It would be nice to finish out a great year like this with my 84th career GP win, so that is the goal for tomorrow.”

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