Jonass grabs first MXGP podium with GasGas: Confidence boost

Pauls on the podium – we’ll take that! Our MC 450F racer has shown just what he’s capable of with an impressive third overall at the MXGP of Flanders-Belgium, round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Pauls was on the gas all day, placing fourth in race one while in moto two, he led plenty of laps and came up just short of victory in second! Jonass’ MXGP class teammate Brian Bogers enjoyed a quietly consistent day with the Dutchman securing a strong 10th overall. For our MX2 racers, Simon Langenfelder fared best with ninth overall while Isak Gifting placed 16th.

  • Pauls Jonass on the gas and on the podium in Belgium
  • First overall podium visit of the season for GASGAS Factory Racing
  • Simon Langenfelder posts two solid point-scoring rides in Lommel

Pauls Jonass: “Just wow! There are so many firsts for me today that there are too many to list! My first podium on the GASGAS, my first laps led in MXGP ever, and my first overall podium finish of the season. After last weekend in Loket we hit the reset button and made a few changes on the bike, and they really helped today with the starts. With the team, we made some great progress before this race, and they really deserve this podium finish as well. Today has given me a huge confidence boost ahead of my home GP and I can’t wait to head out onto the track in front of my home fans next weekend. It’s going to be awesome!”

With a focus on his starts in the week leading up to Lommel, Pauls came out swinging in moto one to quickly slot into third. As the race continued, the Latvian posted consistently fast lap times to maintain his position and was all set for a top-three finish – until Antonio Cairoli demoted him to fourth with two laps to go.

For moto two, Jonass was on the gas from the start. Emerging from turn one in third, he moved into the lead on lap two and with a clear track, put the hammer down to extend his margin over the chasing pack of riders. Leading laps in MXGP is no easy feat and the 24-year-old led nine of them until he was reeled in and passed by Romain Febvre with a few laps to go. Despite missing out on the win, Pauls was rightly ecstatic to be back on the MXGP podium and now aims to take his speed to Kegums for his home GP in Latvia next weekend.

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With a soft spot for sandy terrain, Brian Bogers claimed 11th in both races for a solid 10th overall on his MC 450F. Following two strong rides and a pretty decent points haul, the Dutchman’s consistent results elevate him up from 19th in the championship standings to 14th.

In the MX2 class, Simon Langenfelder battled through the field in both races to secure an impressive ninth overall. In the opening moto of the day, the young German was lucky to avoid a massive first-turn crash and regrouped to finish 10th. A promising start in moto two quickly became unravelled as the 17-year-old was frustratingly pushed wide and off of the sandy circuit before re-joining the race in 25th. Simon then put together a solid ride, charging hard through the field for a well-deserved ninth.

For Isak Gifting, the young Swede wasn’t quite able to get the best of starts in either race, going on to claim a 16-15 result for 16th overall.

Brian Bogers: “It was a solid day today for me. Nothing spectacular, just two solid point-scoring rides and it was tough out there. I ended up 11th in both motos for 10th overall and both races I was able to ride my own lines and I really enjoyed it, despite the weather. I wanted better results, but I did my best and did everything I could so 10th overall is good points and a solid day for me and the team.”

Simon Langenfelder: “I felt really good on my bike today. I was flowing in the turns and after qualifying I was really confident for some strong results. Unfortunately, in both races I had to come from the back because of avoiding a crash in race one and then in moto two, I had a really good start, but I was pushed wide and off the track. In that one I came from 25th to ninth so my speed is there, I just needed a little bit of luck to get some better results.”

Isak Gifting: “It was difficult today. I know I have the speed and my lap times were really good all day. My starts let me down, really. I need to work on those, start up front and run with the guys at the front. Crashes in both races also didn’t help but I’m positive of getting back to where I should be next weekend in Latvia.”

Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing and DIGA Procross GASGAS Factory Racing will next be in FIM Motocross World Championship action at the MXGP of Latvia, round seven of the series, on August 8.

Words and pic: GasGas