Teutschenthal provided the venue for the eighth round of the 2017 Motocross World Championships, with all four motos dishing out great entertainment for the on-watching crowd. After torrential rain on Friday night, the track surface ended up in really good condition rutting up nicely to give the riders a real test.
In the MXGP class we finally were able to witness rookie prodigy Jeffrey Herlings going up against 8-time champ Antonio Cairoli as the pair locked horns in the first MXGP moto. In this race it was the Dutchman who came out on top, passing the Italian rider before holding off a late surge to take the moto win. This made it three wins on the bounce for Herlings who is very much turning his season around after some extremely average early-season results. However Cairoli wasn’t to be denied the overall, taking the holeshot and checking out in moto two whilst Herlings battled his way through the field. This gave both riders 47 points and kept the gap between the pair at 84 points in the MXGP championship.
Gautier Paulin rounded off the podium with a pair of thirds, while Clement Desalle went 4-4 for fourth. Unfortunately Tim Gajser was still feeling the effects of his qualification crash and could only manage 20 points from the two races. He now sits 44 points behind Cairoli and just one point ahead of Paulin in third.
The MX2 class also had plenty of action with the end result up in air, right up until the checkered flag. Eventually it was Jeremy Seewer who took the overall ahead of teammate and close friend Hunter Lawrence. It was the first Suzuki 1-2 in quite some time and a great moment for both riders. Seewer’s 1-4 was enough to close the gap at the top of the MX2 championship by five points as Pauls Jonass went 2-5 for third overall. American Thomas Covington was fourth overall and showed great speed once again to take the second moto victory, his second win this year.
Everyone now heads west to Ernee in France for next weekend in what should be another great weekend of action on another epic track.
MXGP Overall: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 points 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 47 p. 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 40 p. 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 36 p. 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 30 p. 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 29 p. 7. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 28 p. 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 24 p. 9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 22 p.
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 22 p.