MXGP OF FRANCE: LOTS OF SPECTATORS, BUT NOT THAT MANY RACERS

Ernee, France, marked the midway point in the 2022 FIM World Motocross Championship. The tenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship saw intense battles that had the French crowd on the edge of their seats, with local hero Tom Vialle of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing giving his home crowd exactly what they wanted as he secured the 250 French Grand Prix win. While in MXGP, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Seewer celebrated a hard-fought victory, his first of the season. The front two in the 450 Championship, Tim Gajser and Maxime Renaux, had issues and managed to score points, but not the glory. In Tim Gajser defense, on Saturday he and teammate Mitch Evans protested the lack of prep in the first turn, following a major downpour. They and other riders felt it was unsafe. It was brave of the two Honda riders and their team to stand-up of the safety of the circuit, but by not riding the Saturday Qualifier the protesters were relegated to last gate picks on the far outside of the starting gate on Sunday.

MXGP rider turnout in the 2022 season has seen a serious slump—it is noticeable that the fields are diminishing.

2022 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 10 of 19 rounds)
1. Tim Gajser (Hon)…438
2. Maxime Renaux (Yam)…365
3. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…339
4. Jorge Prado (Gas)…332
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (Yam)…306
6. Ruben Fernandez (Hon)…272
7. Brian Bogers (Hus)…243
8. Pauls Jonass Hus)…220
9. Jeremy Van Horebeeck (Bet)…217
10. Calvin Vlaanderren (Yam)…200

2022 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 10 of 19 rounds)
1. Tom Vialle (KTM)…427
2. Jago Geerts (Yam)…416
3. Simon Laengenfelder (Gas)…323
4. Kevin Horgmo (Kaw)..295
5. Mikkel Haarup (Kaw)…281
6. Andrea Adamo (Gas)…253
7. Isak Gifting (Gas)…232
8. Stephen Rubini (Hon)…223
9. Thibault Benistant (Yam)…221
10. Kay de Wolf (Hus)…211

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