Race results: MXGP World Championship RD2 – Herlings wins Riola
Race One: Jorge Prado had a good first round of the MXGP in Argentina and he’s continued his good form in Riola. The Spaniard didn’t get the holeshot but passed Jeremy Seewer heading into turn three and never looked back. The former MX2 World Champion was making a brutal track look like easy work with his flowing and smooth style. At one point he had a lead of 12 seconds before cruising home.
Herlings was outside the top five on lap one but made some passes to come home a solid second ahead of Calvin Vlaanderen and Maxime Renaux. Renaux suffered from a crash earlier in the moto but will be happy with his pace.
Renaux wasn’t the only rider to crash as Seewer crashed whilst in second and Ruben Fernandez took a couple of crashes. Romain Febvre was also in the top five during the opening proceedings before a crash demoted him to eleventh.
Race Two: Sensational. The second moto in Riola in brutal conditions offered up a real treat and unbelievable racing. It was Glenn Coldenhoff right at the front looking good but little did he know it was all going on behind him.
Romain Febvre riding with a bit of anger from moto one passed a couple of riders to get into second and looking good. However, Jeffrey Herlings was buried after a terrible start – he got into seventh and looked to be sitting there. With about ten minutes to go he passed Prado and then put the hammer down.
Renaux and Herlings caught Febvre with two laps to go and Herlings needed one pass to get the GP overall, Renaux passed Febvre a couple of times but the KRT rider didn’t it easy. Herlings was able to pass both for his 100th Grand Prix win and with another lap he might have even had Coldenhoff. Credit to Coldenhoff who won a superb race and also Renaux who came through the pack up to third.
Prado similarly to Argentina struggled in the second moto and only finished sixth but it was still good enough for a third overall and keep the championship lead.
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