2017 MX GP of Lommel Results

Steve Cox | August 6, 2017

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results: After a couple weekends off, the MX GP World Championships resumed today in the sand of Lommel, Belgium, and the sand specialists came out to play. Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings (MXGP) and Jorge Prado Garcia (MX2) took home the win, both of their second win on the season.

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results
Jeffrey Herlings (84) was dominant in the sand of Lommel, besting his teammate and points leader Antonio Cairoli in both motos. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY YOUTHSTREAM

Herlings has been widely regarded for years as perhaps the greatest sand racer in the world, and at Lommel, the Dutchman didn’t disappoint. In the first moto, he passed his way by fellow Dutch KTM pilot Glenn Coldenhoff for the lead a few laps into the race and sped away with the win. Points leader Antonio Cairoli grabbed second about five laps later from Coldenhoff. Jeremy Van Norebeek (Monster Energy Yamaha) and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Max Nagl rounded out the top five.

In moto two, Cairoli got the holeshot over Herlings, but Herlings got by on the opening lap. This time, Cairoli put in a charge to go after Herlings, but the Dutchman was just too good on the day. Cairoli eventually backed it down for second in front of Nagl’s teammate Max Anstie, Coldenhoff, and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle.

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results
Antonio Cairoli got the holeshot in moto two over Herlings (84), Max Anstie (99) and the rest of the MXGP field. Herlings went on to win over Cairoli and Anstie. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY YOUTHSTREAM

With his 1-1 score, Herlings took the overall and took over second in the points standings from Desalle. However, Cairoli on the whole extended his points lead on the day with his 2-2 showing and now leads Herlings by 99 points with five rounds (10 motos ) left to run.

In the MX2 class, points leader Pauls Jonass caught and passed his Red Bull KTM teammate Jorge Prado Garcia for the win in the first moto, with Suzuki’s Jeremy Seewer third, followed by Monster Energy Yamaha’s Benoit Paturel and KTM’s Julien Lieber.

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results
Jorge Prado Garcia scored his second win of the year at Lommel in the MX2 class. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY YOUTHSTREAM

In the second moto, American Thomas Covington (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) took the holeshot, while Jonass found himself on the ground in turn one. Prado took the lead and sped away for the win, while Covington stayed second until late in the race, when he went down and ended the day with a DNF. Instead, Lieber ended up second over Covington’s teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen, Seewer, and then Jonass, who caught all the way up to fifth at the finish.

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results
Points leader Pauls Jonass caught and passed teammate Jorge Prado Garcia in the first moto, but a first-turn fall in moto two left him fifth at the finish. He was still second overall. PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY YOUTHSTREAM

Jonass still has a commanding lead in the championship, with 50 points in hand over Seewer with five rounds left to run.

The series picks back up next weekend in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, for round 15 of the 19-round championship.

2017 MX GP of Lommel Results

1.            Jeffrey Herlings            (KTM) 1-1
2.            Antonio Cairoli            (KTM) 2-2
3.            Glenn Coldenhoff            (KTM) 3-4
4.            Clement Desalle            (Kaw) 6-5
5.            Gautier Paulin            (Hus) 7-6

1.            Jorge Prado Garcia            (KTM) 2-1
2.            Pauls Jonass            (KTM) 1-5
3.            Julien Lieber            (KTM) 5-2
4.            Jeremy Seewer            (Suz) 3-4
5.            Thomas Kjer Olsen            (Hus) 7-3

MXGP Points Standings
1.            Antonio Cairoli            567
2.            Jeffrey Herlings            468
3.            Clement Desalle            462
4.            Gautier Paulin            446
5.            Tim Gajser            376

MX2 Points Standings
1.            Pauls Jonass            589
2.            Jeremy Seewer            539
3.            Thomas Kjer Olsen            437
4.            Benoit Paturel            429
5.            Julien Lieber            412

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