MXGP of France: Saturday results
Jeffrey Herlings won the qualifier in MX2 from home favourite Dylan Ferrandis. The Dutchman who was third in timed qualifying and a second back of pole sitter Ferrandis, made sure he beat Ferrandis to turn one and then passed Tonkov and Jonass on lap one to take the lead.
It left Ferrandis playing catch-up and despite getting into second he couldn’t close the gap on Herlings, as the Dutchman proved to everyone he was still the fastest guy on track.
Pauls Jonass had Tonkov all over him for the entire race but showed impressive mental resolve to stay in third with Tonkov fourth and Paturel fifth.
Ride of the race might just have been by Jeremy Seewer who collided with Ferrandis on lap one and came from last to sixth!
It is hard to know where to start in MXGP after the most dramatic race of the year! Cairoli showed his intentions early with a holeshot and the Italian looked desperate to pull away and win. Meanwhile Gajser had an average start but had just moved into fourth when he looped-out spectacularly and remounted in dead last.
Then as that happened, Cairoli emerged at the back of the top ten behind – Cairoli had went down too! Cairoli crashed again as he tried to look for a way by Nagl forcing him to settle for eighth place. Things just aren’t coming easy for the Italian this year and now he is having to ride the edge, something he isn’t used to.
Meanwhile up front it was Desalle leading from Paulin with the Frenchman making the move to the delight of the home crowd.
Behind him Febvre and Guillod went at it for third with Guillod pushing Febvre wide on the brow of a downhill to re-take third. Febvre was not happy, he gave Guillod the finger over the jump and cut the nose off Guillod hard up the next hill as if to say – never do that to me again!
The on the last lap it was a Honda battle for the win with Bobby getting the gap to 1.2 seconds of Paulin, then on a downhill the entire crowd gasped as Paulin lost control on a fast downhill and got tossed from his factory Honda like a rag doll giving Bobryshev the win.
Paulin eventually got up but looked sore and couldn’t finish the moto he was within a few corners of winning. Whether he rides tomorrow or not remains to be seen.
Gajser managed to get back to 13th.
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