Trentino MXGP 2017 | RESULTS & PHOTOS

First European MXGP is one for the ages

Trentino MXGP 2017 track
The Dolomites in Italy is truly one of the most amazing parts of the world to hold a motocross race and made for the perfect stage for the MXGP round.Photo by David Bulmer

After four flyaways in a row, the 2017 Motocross World Championship kicked off in Europe with a bang as the beautiful Trentino track in Northern Italy provided the backdrop to a truly amazing round of racing. With a large contingent of traveling Slovenian supporters backing their hero Tim Gajser, joining the masses of Italians who obviously want the #222 KTM of Antonio Cairoli to win, the atmosphere was truly immense as the pair put on a show that will arguably go down in memory as one of the best races ever.

While the first moto was a largely processional affair on a track that is difficult to pass on, a small mistake by Gajser dropped him from second to third, as Cairoli went on to win the race. This mistake would prove crucial as it meant that all the Italian had to do was come second in the second moto, while even a win wouldn’t necessarily be enough for the Slovenian. As they came across the holeshot line, Gajser edged out Cairoli, forcing the KTM rider into a mistake that saw him fall off his bike and outside the top 20. As they crossed the line for the first lap, Gajser was cruising to victory while Cairoli was down in 15th place. From then on though, the #222 put on a charge that saw him scythe through the pack, making passes on the same section of the track, lap after lap after lap. With the one lap board out, Cairoli was in third, needing to overtake Gajser’s teammate Evgeny Bobryshev (himself needing to stay third for third overall) to get the overall and once again on the left-hand corner after long uphill jump the Italian squeezed out the Russian to send all those in attendance into absolute delirium. The points gap now sits at 18 between the two but it is very much game-on between the current champ and the 8-time champion.

While not quite matching the MXGP excitement levels, there was still plenty of drama as MX2 youngster Jorge Prado Garcia took his first ever moto victory and overall, holding off his teammate Pauls Jonass in the process. The pair swapped 1-2 results but it was the second moto win for Prado that saw him win the tie-breaker and take the top step of the podium in emotional circumstances. Jonass had to settle for second but was pleased to regain the red plate as previous holder Jeremy Seewer struggled in both his motos. The Swiss Suzuki rider had a horrible first lap in the first moto and could only come through to ninth while in race two he was involved in a four man battle for third, eventually having to settle for fourth as he now sits nine points off the lead.

The riders now head north to the Netherlands where the deep sand of Valkenswaard awaits in what is proving to be season of racing so far.

Antonio Cairoli at Trentino MXGP 2017
After winning the first moto, Antonio Cairoli produced an amazing comeback from a first corner fall, moving from outside the top 15 to finish second and claim the overall.Photo by David Bulmer
Tim Gajser at Trentino MXGP 2017
Much to disappointment of the large traveling Slovenian supporters, Gajser's 3-1 performance wasn't quite good enough for the overall win.Photo by David Bulmer
Arnaud Tonus at Trentino MXGP 2017
Arnaud Tonus is getting to grips with the MXGP class after his podium performance here at Trentino.Photo by David Bulmer
Evgeny Bobryshev at Trentino MXGP 2017
One more place and Evgeny Bobryshev would have been on the podium… but he fell victim to Cairoli's charge on the very last lap.Photo by David Bulmer
Gautier Paulin at Trentino MXGP 2017
Gautier Paulin continues to improve on the Husqvarna, now sitting joint fourth in the MXGP championship.Photo by David Bulmer
Fans at Trentino MXGP 2017
This part of the track has been taken over by Slovenian fans and they were very happy that Gajser got the second moto win.Photo by David Bulmer
Pauls Jonass at Trentino MXGP 2017
He may have lost the overall to his younger teammate, but Pauls Jonass left Trentino with the red plate and that is the most important thing.Photo by David Bulmer
Jorge Prado Garcia at Trentino MXGP 2017
This was the first moto win and first overall for young Spaniard Jorge Prado Garcia.Photo by David Bulmer
Julien Lieber at Trentino MXGP 2017
Privateer Julien Lieber made it a KTM 1-2-3 after his 3-5 moto results.Photo by David Bulmer
Thomas Covington at Trentino MXGP 2017
After his in Mexico at the last round, it was good to see Thomas Covington back it up with a fifth overall at a European GP.Photo by David Bulmer
Thomas Kjer Olsen at Trentino MXGP 2017
Another solid performance from Thomas Kjer Olsen, finishing just off the podium once again with 5-6 scores.Photo by David Bulmer

MXGP Overall:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 45 p.
3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 36 p.
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 34 p.
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 33 p.
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 32 p.
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 p.
8. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 25 p.
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 22 p.
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 19 p.

MXGP Points Standings:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 201 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 183 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 151 p.
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 145 p.
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 145 p.

MX2 Overall:
1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 47 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 p.
3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 36 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 31 p.
5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 30 p.
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 30 p.
7. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 29 p.
8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 21 p.
9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 16 p.
10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 16 p.

MX2 Points Standings:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 192 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 183 p.
3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 175 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 158 p.
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 147 p.