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Netherlands MXGP 2017 | RESULTS & PHOTOS

Championship Dramatics at the Penultimate MXGP

The famous road-racing circuit of Assen provided the venue for what turned out to be a great day of racing at this penultimate MXGP of the season. The circuit itself divides opinion between the old-school and new-school motocross fans but no one can deny that it produces some great racing on the extremely difficult sand surface.

For Antonio Cairoli, it will go down in the history books as the place he claimed his 9th world championship title, after a well-deserved season where the Italian has consistently been better than all his rivals. He only needed a few points in the first race to seal the deal, but with typical flair he battled with Jeffrey Herlings right up until the end, just finishing behind the Dutchman before sparking wild scenes of celebration. Herlings will be left wondering “what if?” after an injury-hit beginning to the season, but no one can deny he has been the fastest rider recently, notching up another 1-1 overall performance as he claimed his fourth victory in five GPs. Joining him on the podium were Romain Febvre and Max Anstie who coped best with the tough conditions to just pip a celebratory Cairoli by one point.

In the MX2 class, Pauls Jonass could have made it a double-KTM title party but he just fell short as the championship now heads to final round in France next weekend. Going into the event he just needed to beat Jeremy Seewer by 10 points and when he won the first moto, with Seewer only coming fifth, all that the Latvian required was to beat his championship rival in the second race. That didn’t happen though and instead the points swing ended up being just one point in Jonass’ favor as the pair scored 39 and 38 points. Winning the GP was Jonass’ teammate Jorge Prado, showing once again his prodigious sand skills to go 2-1.

Villars-sous-Ecot hosts the final round and all eyes will be on Jonass as should wrap it up in the first moto, as he heads there 41 points ahead of Seewer. There is also a very intriguing championship battle in the Women’s Motocross Championship as four riders head into the final round separated by just five points.

Netherlands MXGP 2017 Tim Gajser

Both Tim Gajser (pictured) and Clement Desalle crashed themselves out of the weekend, with news that Desalle's is very serious indeed.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Jeffrey Herlings

Another 1-1 performance from Jeffrey Herlings who has been almost unbeatable in this last third of the championship.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Antonio Cairoli

Antonio Cairoli could only get fourth overall but he won't have minded one bit, after wrapping up the championship in race one.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Thomas Covington

Thomas Covington showed speed all weekend, winning the qualification race and getting a third in race one. Unfortunately he could only come 13th in race two on what was an extremely rough Assen track.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen put in his best performance of this MX2 season, going 4-4 for fourth overall.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Jeremy Seewer

Just as he has all season, Jeremy Seewer fought hard both motos to give himself the smallest chance of the MX2 title. With just France to go, the Swiss rider is 41 points down and needs miracles.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Pauls Jonass

After winning race one, all Pauls Jonass had to do was beat Jeremy Seewer in race two and he would have been crowned champion. He couldn't do it though and now has to wait one weekend for the glory.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Prado

The prodigious Spaniard showed the world that he is one of the best sand riders after 2-1 moto results and another overall victory.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Romain Febvre

A second podium result for Romain Febvre, who seems to have found his form just in time for a depleted Team France.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Max Anstie

Max Anstie also got his second podium of the season, proving that his sand skills are some of the best in the world.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Cairoli and Herlings

Already the 2018 season is being painted as a showdown between Cairoli and Herlings, as Cairoli looks to make it number 10, while Herlings hopes to get his first MXGP championship.

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Netherlands MXGP 2017 Antonio Cairoli

The happy face on the newly crowned nine-time world champion Antonio Cairoli, after hard-fought but fully deserved campaign.

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MXGP Overall:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 38 p.
3. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 38 p.
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 37 p.
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 33 p.
6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 30 p.
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 26 p.
8. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 24 p.
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 21 p.
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 21 p.

MXGP Points Standings:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 710 points
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 627 p.
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 571 p.
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 544 p.
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 485 p.

MX2 Overall:
1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 47 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 39 p.
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 38 p.
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 36 p.
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 33 p.
6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 30 p.
7. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 28 p.
8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 26 p.
9. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 25 p.
10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 24 p.

MX2 Points Standings:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 735 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 694 p.
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 556 p.
4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 504 p.
5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 485 p.

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