2014 MXGP Of Thailand Race Report

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The 2014 Monster Energy MXGP World Championship continued its travels to exotic locales with the second stop of the year in Si Racha, Thailand. A drastically different environment than what racers faced just a week ago in the desert of Qatar, the tropical climate had racers fighting through oppressive humidity and high temperatures. This was not the only unique obstacle the competitors had to overcome, as a list of import restrictions kept teams from running their usual fuel, which mixed with the heat, reduced the performance of many bikes. The underpowered issue plagued nearly every race team throughout the weekend, but none as much as CLS/Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Tommy Searle, who suffered a broken wrist when his bike cut out at a critical moment. The crash was so violent that it snapped the tubes of his fork legs, spilling their contents onto the track, while his wrist suffered a double fracture. Searle elected to stay in Thailand and have the broken bones plated before returning home to England. Many riders stated that their late-race performances were hindered by problems with the fuel and their engines.

One racing organization that had no problem was Red Bull KTM, as they made no mention of fuel issues and their riders went on to sweep all four motos on Sunday and claim dominating overall victories in the MX2 and MXGP classes.

The 2014 Monster Energy MXGP World Championship will take a three-week hiatus before resuming for round three of the series in Brazil.

MX2

Moto One

Jeffery Herlings entered the 2014 season as the rider to beat, and the two-time and defending champion has lived up to the expectations through the first motos of the new year. The Red Bull KTM rider jumped to an early lead in moto one with a flawless start and went unpressured through the 30-minute plus two lap opener to take a dominating win.

After acing Saturday’s qualifications, CLS/Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Dylan Ferrandis was second off the start, but soon felt pressure from Rockstar Suzuki’s Glenn Coldenhoff. The battle for the spot lasted for a number of laps and ended with a pass by Coldenhoff when entering a rough, rutted corner. Ferrandis’ fighting was far from finished, as his CLS/Monster Energy/Kawasaki teammate Arnaud Tonus snuck into the front pack late in the moto and snatched third place away just moments from the final flag.

After a lack of time to prepare the all-new fuel injected YZ250F, the Bike It/Cosworth/Yamaha team have opted to put Max Anstie aboard the 2013 model through the first three rounds. The British rider started the moto deep in the top ten and climbed to a sixth by the moto’s end, trailing Red Bull KTM’s Jordi Tixier by eight seconds.

Moto One Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings
2. Glenn Coldenhoff
3. Arnaud Tonus
4. Dylan Ferrandis
5. Jordi Tixier
6. Max Anstie
7. Aleksandr Tonkov
8. Alessandro Lupino
9. Romain Febvre
10. Christophe Charlier

Moto Two

Max Anstie claimed the holeshot in the second MX2 moto of the day, and the Bike It/Cosworth/Yamaha rider set the tone for the bulk of the moto. Anstie entered the weekend shrouded in a bit of controversy after remarks in an interview, namely against rival Herlings. Midway through the race, the long awaited battle between the two began to form, with Anstie holding off the Red Bull KTM rider for the spot. The two used drastically different lines around the rutted circuit, with Anstie railing around the outside berms while Herlings kept close to the inside of every turn. The lines often intersected and both riders came to complete stops in efforts to take over the lead, but as the two entered lapped traffic, Herlings set up a successful pass and claimed the lead. Herlings hung on to take the moto and overall victory, while Anstie’s second place was enough for third overall. Glenn Coldenhoff climbed through the pack to take fourth place in the second moto and was ranked second overall for the day.

After shocking the field in Qatar, American racer Thomas Covington fought through the heat and competition to rank eleventh overall on the day.

Moto Two Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings
2. Max Anstie
3. Romain Febvre
4. Glenn Coldenhoff
5. Dylan Ferrandis
6. Jordi Tixier
7. Alessandro Lupino
8. Aleksandr Tonkov
9. Arnaud Tonus
10. Jose Butron

2014 MXGP of Thailand MX2 Overall Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings
2. Glenn Coldenhoff
3. Max Anstie
4. Dylan Ferrandis
5. Romain Febvre
6. Arnaud Tonus
7. Jordi Tixier
8. Alessandro Lupino
9. Aleksandr Tonkov
10. Jose Butron

Championship Standings

1. Jeffrey Herlings (97pts)
2. Dylan Ferrandis (74pts)
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (69pts)
4. Romain Febvre (66pts)
5. Arnaud Tonus (65pts)
6. Jordi Tixier (59pts)
7. Aleksandr Tonkov (58pts)
8. Jose Butron (50pts)
9. Alessandro Lupino (42pts)
10. Max Anstie (41pts)

MXGP

Moto One

Shaun Simpson snagged the holeshot aboard his HM Plant KTM and led the pack until the end of the second lap, when Red Bull KTM’s Antonio Cairoli powered through an inside line and overtook the lead. The defending MXGP champion started the season with an ankle injury, but the issue was not a factor in Thailand and he scored a dominating first moto win over Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Clement Desalle by 13 seconds. MXGP rookie Jeremy van Horebeek was unfazed by the competition in the class, and the Yamaha Factory Racer finished the moto third.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Gautier Paulin pressured Simpson for fourth place in the moto, and the battle coalesced when the two made contact over a single and Simpson went down. He would remount and finish in seventh place.

Moto One

1. Antonio Cairoli
2. Clement Desalle
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek
4. Gautier Paulin
5. Kevin Strijbos
6. Max Nagl
7. Shaun Simpson
8. Davide Guarneri
9. Xavier Boog
10. Todd Waters

Moto Two

Antonio Cairoli led the field through the first turn, but contact between he and Clement Desalle shuffled the Red Bull KTM rider back to third place and moved the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider to the lead. Jeremy Van Horebeek duplicated his performance from the first moto and ran in second place on the first lap, but Cairoli capitalized on a poor line choice and took the spot away. With that, the fight for the lead was back on between Desalle and Cairoli; Desalle maintained the lead for the majority of the race, but Cairoli closed with only laps to go. A mistake by Desalle when entering a choppy right hand turn was all Cairoli needed to make a move, and he dove by to take over the lead. Desalle did not counter the attack and Cairoli claimed the moto win, sweeping the day and take the overall.

After the race, Desalle voiced his displeasure with the race fuel and stated that his bike began to cutout in the final moments of the second MXGP moto, allowing Cairoli the chance to make his pass for the lead. He reportedly rode back to the the Rockstar Energy Suzuki pit area and revved the bike repeatedly so those nearby could hear the issues with the engine.

Moto Two Results

1. Antonio Cairoli
2. Clement Desalle
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek
4. Max Nagl
5. Evgeny Bobryshev
6. Todd Waters
7. Rui Goncalves
8. Davie Guarneri
9. Gautier Paulin
10. Xavier Boog

2014 MXGP of Thailand MXGP Overall Results

1. Antonio Cairoli
2. Clement Desalle
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek
4. Max Nagl
5. Gautier Paulin
6. Evgeny Bobryshev
7. Todd Waters
8. Davide Guarneri
9. Shaun Simpson
10. Xavier Boog

MXGP Championship Standings

1. Antonio Cairoli (92pts)
2. Max Nagl (76pts)
3. Gautier Paulin (75pts)
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (72pts)
5. Clement Desalle (71pts)
6. Evgeny Bobryshev (51pts)
7. Kevin Strijbos (50pts)
8. Steven Frossard (49pts)
9. Todd Waters (43pts)
10. Joel Roelants (38pts)