MXON dark horses: Holland and Switzerland!
While the usual three countries, USA, France and Belgium are once again the big three for this year’s MXON event at Maggiora, don’t rule out the Swiss or Dutch for at least challenging for a podium, and if things go their way a victory is not impossible!
Take Holland for example, Jeffrey Herlings will be on he 450 with a point to prove to Cairoli, Gajser, Febrve and co. before he goes to MXGP in 2017. It is very possible he can finish in the top three in both motos and even, if things go his way, win both motos, which would be a massive statement on his worst type of track going into 2017! So that leaves Glenn Coldenhoff needing to beat Anderson/Paulin in a moto – not impossible, and if Brian Bogers can finish close to Alex Martin the Dutch could well be in with a shout here. The only negative is that it’s a hard pack track – if it was sand they would definitely be one of the favourites but all three are capable of top performances at Maggiora and if Herlings is on top form, they might have a platform to really challenge for first place and that will only motivate Bogers and Coldenhoff even more to pull out a big performance.
The Swiss team have three top riders who all excel on this type of terrain. While they might not have a Herlings level rider like Holland, they have three riders all capable of top five in their class. Guillod is superb on hard pack and Tonus showed his potential on a 450 with a seventh in the second moto at Glen Helen. At Maggioria the track should be perfect for Tonus to show his true potential – and he is still looking for a ride in MXGP next year so he has to perform.
Jeremy Seewer finished second in MX2 this year and ran with Jeremy Martin at Glen Helen so there is on reason why he cant beat Alex Martin at Maggioria. This is the Swiss dream team and it is on their perfect track, if they are ever going to challenge for a podium or more, this will be the year!