2018 MXGP ITALY | MXGP OVERALL RACE RESULTS
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.
MXGP OVERALL RACE RESULTS
|Pos||Rider||Bike||Race 1||Race 2|
|6||Van Horebeek, Jeremy||YAM||8||5|
|27||Bertuzzo, Pier Filippo||KAW||26||25|
OVERALL POINT STANDINGS (ROUND 20 OF 20)
|9||Van Horebeek, J.||BEL||433|
SATURDAY MXGP QUALIFYING RACE REPORT
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.”