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Who impressed: Lommel MXGP

Who impressed: Lommel MXGP
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1, Jeffrey Herlings: After his defeat at the hands of Antonio Cairoli in Ottobiano, Herlings simply had to to win at Lommel and he did just that. Not only did he win, he passed Cairoli in all three races to do it and showed some incredible speed and unique lines as he jumped bumps into turns that no-one else was doing, using his legs to lift the bike. After the race Herlings admitted: “It feels good. We messed up a little bit in Ottobiano. I never like making excuses, it’s not an excuse because Tony won fair and square but I was sick that weekend which means I had something to make up.”

2. Glenn Coldenhoff: Glenn showed some superb speed in moto one, getting the lead and putting in some blistering laps to be in the Cairoli/ Herlings battle. Coldenhoff is known for his consistency in MXGP but that raw speed was something I’m not sure many were expecting this weekend, Glenn was really impressive and fully deserved his podium – and made it a clean sweep for KTM in the top three! Glenn commented: You know it’s great, it’s been a while since I’ve been sitting here. I had a good weekend, coming into this GP I felt really strong. I had some very competitive days in the sand and I had a lot of confidence as well. He also mentioned how competitive it is in MXGP: “I think this year the competition is also very high, if I’m 5% less than myself then I think it can make five places. Last weekend in Loket I actually felt really good but like I said, it’s a tough year.”

3. Antonio Cairoli: You have to hand it to Tony Cairoli, he fought for the win and wasn’t scared to brake-check or barge his teammate out of the way to do it! He even had a few heart-stopping moments in moto two chasing the Dutchman and then decided discretion was the better part of valour and settled for second place in the champion. But Tony gave the fans what they wanted in that second moto and fought with Jeffrey for the title of, King of the sand. It was also a good day in the championship with the Italian now extending his lead to a whopping 99 points. Cairoli said about the battle with Herlings: “For the race, I’m really happy for sure. Fighting with Jeffrey who is the fastest in the world in this kind of soil.We had some good battle in the second moto but he was more motivated than me for sure to get the win. Congrats to him and congrats to KTM.”

4. Max Anstie: After a disappointing first moto Anstie showed what he can really do in the sand with a good start in race two. The Brit loves the sand and was best of the rest after the Cairoli/Herlings battle, even best Glenn Coldenhoff to take third and vault himself to seventh overall. Anstie said: “It was great to finish off a challenging weekend with third in moto two. It shows the speed is there. In moto one I made a rookie mistake and started off the gate in first instead of second gear. I struggled to find my rhythm and had to settle for 14th. I knew I could do a lot better in these tough conditions and I wanted to make it happen in moto two.”

5, Romain Febvre: The Frenchman rode very well in Lommel but the results don’t quite reflect the speed he had! Despite not being known as a sand expert, Febvre was having a great first moto and was up to fourth only to crash with a couple of laps to go and eventually finished a frustrating eighth. Febvre has been better lately and with his MXoN selection, he will have plenty of motivation for the rest of the season. Febvre commentated: “My weekend was not so good although my speed was pretty good, only problem was the mistake I made on the last lap in the first race so I was very very disappointed. In the second race I got a good jump off the gate but then lost some time. I don’t know why, but then I was really far back.”

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