MXGP Moto 1: Jonass and Cairoli


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EUROPE, SPAIN. Round three of twenty of the 2018 World Motocross Championships headed to Comunitat Valenciana, the East Coast of Spain (24/25 March 2018). The Redsand Venue looked picturesque in overcast conditions for the day’s racing, with the moister holding in the sand circuit presented a physically demanding track for both opening races of the World Championship classes.

The circuit was fast and challenging for the eighteen laps of the MX2 first moto, Henry Jacobi claimed the Fox Racing Holeshot award, he would finish in fourteenth place while Red Bull KTM teammates completed the race first and second Pauls Jonass and Jorge Prado, Husqvarna’s Thomas Kjer Olsen was third. Australians Hunter Lawrence finished in fifth place on his Honda, while Jed Beaton finished eighth on his Kawasaki. Lawrence went into the round sitting in fourth overall in the World Championship while Beaton sits in seventh place.

“I didn’t get the best start.” Stated reining champion Pauls Jonass after winning moto 1, “I enjoyed the track way more than it was yesterday, it get more bumpy you know there comes more lines for passing.” Concluded the Latvian, who also won the qualifying moto yesterday, and has not been beaten in the first five motos of the season.

In the MX1 first moto, Roman Febvre claimed his first holeshot for the year and finished in third place. After 18 laps, it was Tony Cairoli on his KTM claiming the victory against teammate and self-proclaimed king of the sand Jeffery Herlings.

“I like the track,” announced reigning champion Antonio Cairoli “it was a fun race and looking forward to the next one, try getting a little better start and try stay in front.” Concluded Cairoli, and stay out front he must with his 1.72-meter teammate (Herlings) currently leading the championship by 3 points after he won both motos at the last round.