Cycle News employees | 09/22/2021
Jeffrey Herlings is the new Red Plate holder in the 2021 MXGP championship after winning both motos at the Sardegna Grand Prix on September 19th on the Italian island in the Mediterranean. The Red Bull KTM rider won both motos (for the first time this season) while teammate Jorge Prado finished second overall, 2-2.
Photos: Ray Archer
The sweep puts Herlings one point ahead of defending champion Tim Gajser, who was recovering from a broken collarbone (and an operation) that he sustained during training during the week.
In the first race, Gajser was involved in an incident in the first corner, which brought him to the rear of the field, of which he could only bring up a 19th place. Gajser started better in Moto 2, but the Honda rider, who did not feel 100 percent due to an injury, finished eighth.
Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) was third overall with a 3: 3.
Herlings is at the top of the ranking with 371 points compared to Gajser 370. Febvre is third with 367 points, followed by Prado with 359.
Antonio Cairoli, who recently announced his impending retirement, injured himself in practice and did not start. It is not yet known if the injury will prevent him from representing Italy in the Motocross of Nations this weekend.
“With Tim and Tony injured, it’s a sad way to take that red plate,” said Herlings. âThat means nothing at the moment. I know what an injury feels like, so hopefully you will get well before the next GP. “
“It was a small mistake that took a lot of energy and hit me,” said Cairoli. âWhen I was there, I didn’t feel everything so well. I was pretty scared. During the check afterwards, it was a relief to know that everything was okay. âThe customer review has been automatically translated from German.
Red Bull KTM’s Tom Vialle won both MX2 motos, with Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) finishing third with a 2-3 overall and the Dutchman Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) with a 4-4 overall third.
Renaux leads the championship with 403 points, followed by KTM’s Mattia Guadagnini (the DNF’s second race) with 332 points. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) is third with 325 points.
Liam Everts, the son of 10-time world champion Stefan Everts, made his eagerly awaited debut in the MX2 class. The Belgian qualified 23rd and finished 13th overall with 16-11.
Everts will replace his compatriot Jago Geerts who recently retired from MXoN to focus on the MX2 championship. Everts will compete alongside Brent Vandoninck and Cyril Genot. CN
- Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 1-1
- Jorge Prado (KTM) 2-2
- Romain Febvre (Kaw) 3-3
- Calvin Vlaanderen (Yam) 4-4
- Jeremy Seewer (Yam) 6-5
- Tom Vialle (KTM) 1-1
- Maxime Renaux (Yam) 2-3
- Kay de Wolf (Hus) 4-4
- Jago Geerts (Yam) 8-2
- Isaac Schenken (GG) 6-6