Ernee’s natural amphitheater provides some of the best motocross viewing anywhere in the world and the French fans certainly come out in their droves to make sure the atmosphere was truly something special. After a great 2015 Motocross of Nations, the hillside was once again packed to the rafters and those spectators got to witness some awesome racing between the very best MXGP and MX2 riders.
For the first time this year, it was Clement Desalle who took the MXGP plaudits after his excellent 4-1 moto scores. In a class where all the riders are so evenly matched, the start is crucial if you want to stand any chance of winning and Desalle was able to get out front early on in the second moto after passing Antonio Cairoli, which was enough to pip the Italian by a single point for the top step of the podium. It was still a good weekend for the KTM rider as his second place, combined with Tim Gajser’s withdrawal due to injury meant he now has a 50-point gap over his nearest rival, Gautier Paulin. The French Husqvarna rider tried his best to get the win those fans craved so much, but he just came up short in the second race. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Herlings was perhaps the fastest rider on the track, but he couldn’t overcome two horrible starts and had to settle for a pair of fifth place finishes.
In the MX2 class, Benoit Paturel had the hopes of the French fans firmly on his shoulders and while coping with pressure hasn’t been a strong point in the past, he stood up and came so very close to getting his first ever MX2 overall. Instead, he managed to win his first race and had to rely on Jeremy Seewer being able to pass Pauls Jonass in the second moto. However the Latvian held the Swiss rider off to take another overall with his 1-2 scores beating out Paturel’s 3-1. For Seewer, he was one place behind his title rival in both races and lost the 5 points he gained at the last round in Russia. There are still plenty of rounds left though and the pair look extremely evenly matched in terms of speed so the title could go either way. The series now takes a weekend off, behind heading to a brand new stop on the tour, at the Orlyonok race track in Russia on June 10 and 11.
MXGP Overall: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 43 points 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 42 p. 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 37 p. 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 37 p. 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 35 p. 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 32 p. 7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 32 p. 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 27 p. 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 23 p.
10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 22 p.