MXGP start MXGP of SwitzerlandRound 16 of the MXGP class in Switzerland. 


The 16th round of the MXGPs was held in Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland for the 2018 MXGP of Switzerland. In the Saturday qualifying race it was Tony Cairoli who took the win and looked like he was going to take charge in Sunday’s race to close the gap in points between Jeffrey Herlings and himself. Not so. Herlings again dominated the field by winning both motos. Factory Yamaha rider and past World Champion Romain Febvre was second with the factory Kawasaki rider Clement Desalle third.


Pos. Name Bike Race 1 Race 2
1 Herlings, Jeffrey KTM 1 1
2 Febvre, Romain YAM 3 2
3 Desalle, Clement KAW 2 4
4 Coldenhoff, Glenn KTM 4 7
5 Anstie, Max HUS 6 5
6 Gajser, Tim HON 12 3
7 Cairoli, Antonio KTM 8 6
8 Strijbos, Kevin KTM 10 8
9 Simpson, Shaun YAM 9 9
10 Seewer, Jeremy YAM 5 16
11 Bobryshev, Evgeny SUZ 11 11
12 Paulin, Gautier HUS 7 15
13 Lupino, Alessandro KAW 14 10
14 Leok, Tanel HUS 17 12
15 Van Horebeek, Jeremy YAM 16 13
16 Searle, Tommy KAW 13 19
17 Waters, Todd HON 15 18
18 Lieber, Julien KAW 30 14
19 Guillod, Valentin KTM 18 17
20 Petrov, Petar HON 19 20
21 Gercar, Klemen HUS 20 21
22 Valentin, Ander HUS 23 22
23 Renkens, Nathan HON 29 23
24 Clermont, Jason KAW 32 24
25 Bender, Nicolas HUS 26 25
26 Furlato, Yves HUS 25 26
27 Baumgartner, Andy KTM 24 27
28 Kappel, Robin KAW 36 28
29 Brugnoni, Alessandro KTM 35 29
30 Scheiwiller, Cyrill YAM 33 30
31 Monticelli, Ivo YAM 31 31
32 Bengtsson, Jonathan KTM 21 32
33 Bonini, Davide KTM 34 33
34 Schaffter, Kim KAW 28 34
35 Marini, Thomas KAW 27 35
36 Docherty, Michael HUS 22 DNS
37 Irwin, Graeme KTM 37 DNS



Jeffrey Herlings MXGP of Switzerland_ Frauenfeld_ Round 16Jeffrey Herings extends his points lead with only four rounds left in the series. 

Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Herlings, J. NED KTM 733
2 Cairoli, A. ITA KTM 675
3 Desalle, C. BEL KAW 543
4 Febvre, Romain FRA YAM 510
5 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 507
6 Paulin, G. FRA HUS 455
7 Coldenhoff, G. NED KTM 420
8 Seewer, Jeremy SUI YAM 371
9 Van Horebeek, J. BEL YAM 350
10 Anstie, Max GBR HUS 298
11 Bobryshev, E. RUS SUZ 261
12 Lupino, A. ITA KAW 232
13 Nagl, M. GER TM 227
14 Lieber, Julien BEL KAW 205
15 Strijbos, K. BEL KTM 201
16 Simpson, Shaun GBR YAM 170
17 Searle, Tommy GBR KAW 130
18 Jasikonis, A. LTU HON 111
19 Leok, Tanel EST HUS 102
20 Guillod, V. SUI KTM 94



Antonio Cairoli MXGP of Switzerland_ Frauenfeld_ Round 16Tony Cairoli took the win on Saturday. 

MXGP Qualifying heat was off to a wild start with Team HRC’s Tim Gajser and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings leading the pack through the first corner. By the exit of turn 2 however Herlings was down and picked his bike up in dead last position.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle took the second spot after the fall from Herlings leading Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli and home GP star from the Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP team, Jeremy Seewer.

Herlings, though in 37th off of the start, was already up to 20th by the end of the first official lap. Cairoli took 3rd from Anstie on lap 2 before closing on Desalle. Cairoli played the patient game and even though he struggled to find a way past at first, he eventually got past the Belgian on 8 then only took one more lap to pass Tim Gajser for the lead.

At that point Herlings just broke into the top ten with a pass on BOS GP’s Evgeny Bobryshev, continuing his moves forward the Bullet took 9th from BIKE IT DRT Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle before catching Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Van Horebeek.

Van Horebeek’s Monster Energy Yamaha teammate Romain Febvre was in a battle with Seewer earlier but just after he passed the Swiss rider the #91 fell and dropped to 7th. Febvre continued to push forward even putting in the fastest lap of any rider in the race.

Gajser meanwhile was fading quickly and dropped from leading the race to 5th in a single lap. Febvre took full advantage and moved from 5th to 2nd in the next 3 laps. Herlings picked off a few more positions including 2 on the last lap from Seewer and Gajser.

At the finish it was a win from Antonio Cairoli with Romain Febvre 2nd, Clement Desalle 3rd, Max Anstie 4th, and his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Teammate Gautier Paulin 5th.

Antonio Cairoli: “My goal, for sure it is difficult, but it is to stay in the front and try to win as much as possible. The points gap is not that big and I knew that last race would be difficult in Lommel because Jeffrey is very fast on that kind of track but from now on I will try to stay closer and try to stay in front as much as possible. I will do everything I can to stay in front, I still have some races to go so I will see what happens.”

Jeremy Seewer: “It feels amazing to race at home, I’m living not far from here and for Switzerland this is a big event. I felt really good all day, I enjoyed it and had a lot of fun. I made a small mistake in the Qualifying race where I lost some positions but I was behind Tony before which was good and I enjoyed it.”

Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Arnaud Tonus has begun riding again but took part in his home GP as a spectator saying: “I have been back on the bike the last few days which is good because I was off it for a while. It is home here and it is hard to come here and not be racing but I hope for some good racing tomorrow and that the fans enjoy it.”

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