Both MXGP and MX2 class continue to provide some great on-track action as the world motocross championships move well into the second half of the season. After the extreme heat of Ottobiano, Italy last weekend, Agueda in Portugal was this week’s host and while the temperatures were still pretty hot, there weren’t heat-stricken bodies lining the track like we saw in Italy.

In the MXGP class, Antonio Cairoli once again got the better of his teammate Jeffrey Herlings, winning the crucial second moto after the Dutch rookie passed the Italian on his way to winning the first. Cairoli now extended his lead at the top of the championship to 91 points as Herlings once again had to suffer the frustration of being the first loser (his words). He did have some positive news though as both Clement Desalle and Gautier Paulin struggled with their results, leaving the Dutchman just 5 points off second place in the championship. Rounding off the MXGP podium was surprise package Arminas Jasikonis, who went 3-3 for his first ever podium spot. The Suzuki rider won the qualification race yesterday and backed that up today with two very impressive rides that saw him secure third overall with just a couple of laps remaining.

Jeremy Seewer made it two wins in a row in the MX2 class, also swapping race wins with his title rival Pauls Jonass as the pair remained 38 points apart in the title battle. Passing Thomas Covington on the final lap of the first race for second spot was the important moment for Seewer, who once again passed Jonass in race two to take the win. For Jonass, it’s another race down and as long as he continues to get great starts, it’s going to be hard for Seewer to close up enough points before the end of the season. Thomas Covington grabbed third place, comfortably ahead of fourth place in both races, although he’ll probably be a little disappointed he wasn’t able to challenge for the lead after winning the qualification race yesterday. The season now takes a three week break, before resuming in Loket, Czech Republic on July 23rd.

Antonio Cairoli MXGP Portugal 2017
The Italian maestro Antonio Cairoli continues to impress, going 2-1 and extending his lead at the top of the MXGP championship to 91 points.Photo by David Bulmer
Jeremy Seewer MXGP Portugal 2017
It was an important moment for Jeremy Seewer to be able to pass Jonass for the lead, both in terms of points and for the mental edge that could help him hunt down the KTM rider in the championship battle.Photo by David Bulmer
Jeffrey Herlings MXGP Portugal 2017
After winning race one by passing Cairoli, it looked like Jeffrey Herlings might finally get another overall win, however a bad start in race two left him with too much to do and yet another runners-up position.Photo by David Bulmer
Thomas Covington MXGP Portugal 2017
Thomas Covington tried his best to win on Independence Day weekend, but he wasn't quite able to match Seewer and Jonass, having to settle for a comfortable third overall.Photo by David Bulmer
Pauls Jonss MXGP Portugal 2017
Another round in the books and Pauls Jonass kept his 38 point lead at the top of the MX2 championship after swapping race wins with Jeremy Seewer.Photo by David Bulmer
Tristan Charboneau MXGP Portugal 2017
Tristan Charboneau took his first ever EMX250 overall, winning both motos in convincing fashion in what was a great weekend for the American rider.Photo by David Bulmer
Olsen MXGP Portutal 2017
Thomas Kjer Olsen went 4-5 for 4th overall, maintaining his third place in the MX2 championship.Photo by David Bulmer
Nagl MXGP Portugal 2017
If Max Nagl had kept hold of third place in the second moto, it would have been good enough for a podium spot, however he couldn't hold off a charging Jasikonis and ended up 5th overall.Photo by David Bulmer
Marshal Weltin MXGP Portugal 2017
American Marshal Weltin also had a great result in the EMX250 class, grabbing third spot on the podium on the final lap of the second race.Photo by David Bulmer
Anthony Rodriguez MXGP Portugal 2017
Unfortunately Anthony Rodriguez's European dream is over, but he performed extremely well in Portugal, going 10-8 for 8th overall.Photo by David Bulmer
MXGP start in Portugal 2017
This is where the races seem to be won and lost, as Cairoli continues to rack up holeshot after holeshot.Photo by David Bulmer
Arminas Jasikonis MXGP Portugal 2017
Arminas Jasikonis backed up his qualification race win, by recording a pair of third place finishes, which was good enough for the Lithuanian rider's first ever podium overall.Photo by David Bulmer

MXGP Overall:

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points
  2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 47 p.
  3. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 40 p.
  4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 34 p.
  5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 34 p.
  6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 28 p.
  7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 26 p.
  8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 26 p.
  9. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 24 p.
  10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 22 p.

MXGP Points Standings:

  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 478 points
  2. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 387 p.
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 383 p.
  4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 382 p.
  5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 310 p.

MX2 Overall:

  1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 47 points
  2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 p.
  3. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 40 p.
  4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 34 p.
  5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 33 p.
  6. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 29 p.
  7. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 26 p.
  8. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, HON), 24 p.
  9. David Herbreteau (FRA, KAW), 20 p.
  10. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 20 p.

MX2 Points Standings:

  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 501 points
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 463 p.
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 377 p.
  4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 363 p.
  5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 355 p.