Valkenswaard MXGP 2017 | RESULTS & PHOTOS

Shocks, surprises and some great racing at the sandy Valkenswaard GP

Calvin Vlaanderen at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
Dutch rider Calvin Vlaanderen was finally able to put in two solid motos, giving him fifth overall at his home GP.Photo by David Bulmer

Valkenswaard in the Netherlands hosted the sixth round of the 2017 Motocross World Championship and once again the racing in both classes didn’t disappoint with battling all down the field.

After his amazing performance in Italy last weekend, many expected Antonio Cairoli to sweep both motos at a sandy track that is one of his better venues. Instead though, it was Gautier Paulin who survived an onslaught from the pack of riders behind him to come out on top with 1-2 race results. For Paulin, it was his first win on the Husqvarna and his first win since this very race two years ago and his celebrations matched the occasion. Tasting second place for the first time ever at Valkenswaard was Jeffrey Herlings who had won all his previous seven outings here, and desperately tried to make it eight in front of a vocal home crowd. Instead he could only manage a pair of third place finishes as bad starts hindered any chance he had of getting the overall victory. Cairoli almost sneaked onto the podium, winning the second race, but he couldn’t quite overcome the ninth in race one, due to some vision problems. Instead it was Jeremy van Horebeek who rounded out the top three as he climbed to fourth place in the championship, with Tim Gajser still out front holding the red plate with the gap closing to 14 points now.

In the MX2 class Pauls Jonass put in a commanding 1-1 performance to extend his lead at the top of the standings to 19 points. Jeremy Seewer tried his best to overcome his terrible qualification result and fought his way through to finish with 4-2 scores which was good enough for second overall. Behind him was Brent van Doninck whose 36 points were good enough to land him on the podium for the first time this year. In fact with some better starts, the young Belgian rider could have well been challenging for the lead, his pace was that impressive coming through the pack.

The series now takes a weekend off before heading east to Kegums in Latvia, where another sandy circuit awaits the riders in the MXGP and MX2 classes.

Jeremy Seewer at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
After a horrible qualification race, Jeremy Seewer did well to salvage 40 points from his two races and keep Jonass within sight at the top of the MX2 class.Photo by David Bulmer
Jeremy van Horebeek at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
Despite feeling sick all weekend, Jeremy van Horebeek was still able to gut it out and get third overall with 2-5 moto scores.Photo by David Bulmer
Arminas Jasikonis at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
There was a breakthrough ride from Lithuania's Arminas Jasikonis, who went 5-7 and even had the audacity to make a pass of Herlings at one stage.Photo by David Bulmer
Thomas Kjer Olsen at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
More consistent rides for rookie Thomas Kjer Olsen who is right there should the top two have a couple of bad rounds.Photo by David Bulmer
Pauls Jonass at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
Pauls Jonass has now won seven of the twelve motos this year, and his 1-1 results in Valkenswaard extended his lead in the MX2 championship to 19 points.Photo by David Bulmer
Jefferey Herlings at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
Jeffrey Herlings' unbeaten record at Valkenswaard has come to an end, but he gave it everything he had in front of his crowd, eventually coming up 7 points shy of Gautier Paulin.Photo by David Bulmer
Antonio Cairoli at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
The #222 wasn't able to perform the same heroics as last weekend, but he still cut the gap at the top to just 14 points in this this trilling MXGP class.Photo by David Bulmer
Gautier Paulin at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
Gautier Paulin recorded his first overall since his victory here in 2015 on board a Honda. This win with Husqvarna now makes it four manufacturers that the Frenchman has won races with.Photo by David Bulmer
Thomas Covington at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
Thomas Covington continued his recent good form with a third in moto one before bike problems ruined any chances he had of a podium spot.Photo by David Bulmer
Brent van Doninck at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
Belgian rider Brent van Doninck put in his best motos of the year, to go 5-3 and land himself his first podium result of 2017.Photo by David Bulmer
Tim Gajser at 2017 MXGP of Valkenswaard
Tim Gajser seemed to struggle all weekend but still leads the championship after his 6-4 results this weekend.Photo by David Bulmer

MXGP Overall:
1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 47 points
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 p.
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 38 p.
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 37 p.
5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 33 p.
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 31 p.
7. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 30 p.
8. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 25 p.
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 24 p.
10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 21 p.

MXGP Points Standings:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 234 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 220 p.
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 192 p.
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 182 p.
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 176 p.

MX2 Overall:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 50 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 40 p.
3. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 36 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 30 p.
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 29 p.
6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 27 p.
7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 26 p.
8. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 22 p.
9. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 22 p.
10. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 20 p.

MX2 Points Standings:
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 242 points
2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 223 p.
3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 197 p.
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 188 p.
5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 173 p.