Race Report: Monster Energy MXoN 2012

Words by Jordan Powell
Photos by Brendan Lutes

That’s it. It’s done. It’s time to officially begin the off-season because the 2012 Monster Energy MXoN has came to a close in Lommel, Belgium. Headed into the final day of racing, Team Germany’s Ken Roczen, Max Nagl, and Marcus Schiffer were on a high as they entered Sunday’s event with the top qualifying position, and that momentum carried on throughout the day. When all of the dust settled and the roar of the crowd came to a quiet, Germany emerged as the victor and ended Team USA’s seven-year streak. They also grabbed the first win for Germany in the MXoN’s 66-year history. Belgium’s Clement Desalle, Jeremy van Horebeek, and Ken de Dycker took the second spot, while Team USA’s Ryan Dungey, Blake Baggett, and Justin Barcia finished third.

MX1/MX2

When the gate dropped for the first race of the day, Team Germany’s Max Nagl snagged the holeshot, but Rui Goncalves and Antonio Cairoli quickly made their way around the KTM rider after the first lap. Meanwhile, Ryan Dungey and Blake Baggett were fighting their way through the pack back in 8th and 23rd, respectively. Cairoli was proving to be the fastest rider on the technical sandy track because once he moved into the lead, the gap started to open up tremendously. Ken Roczen started the race behind Dungey, but the young German rider was on a tear, and he was quickly moving up towards the front of the pack. Just as Baggett started to set into a fast pace, the MX2 rider tumbled through the sand. France’s Gautier Paulin was on a move and he hopped into the second spot. For a few laps, the French rider started to close the gap on Cairoli, but his charge slowly began to fade, and he settled into his position. When the checkered flag came out, Cairoli took the win by 21-seconds, while Paulin and Nagl rounded off the podium. Dungey finished in seventh, and Baggett finished in 14th. Team USA’s first moto result tied them for third with France, Team Belgium took the second spot, and Team Germany went into the second moto as the leader.

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RESULTS MX1/MX2
1. Antonio Cairoli, Italy (KTM)
2. Gautier Paulin, France (Kaw)
3. Max Nagl, Germany (KTM)
4. Clement Desalle, Belgium (Suz)
5. Ken Roczen, Germany (KTM)
6. Evgeny Bobryshev, Russia (Hon)
7. Ryan Dungey, USA (KTM)
8. Tommy Searle, Great Britain (Kaw)
9. Marc de Reuver, Netherlands (Kaw)
10. Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium (KTM)
11. Joshua Coppins, New Zealand (Yam)
12. Rui Goncalves, Portugal (Hon)
13. Martin Barr, Ireland (Suz)
14. Blake Baggett, USA (Kaw)
15. Glenn Coldenhoff, Netherlands (KTM)
16. Jake Nicholls, Great Britian (KTM)
17. Gert Krestinov, Estonia (Hon)
18. Alexander Tonkov, Russia (Hon)
19. Marvin Musquin, France (KTM)
20. Priit R├Ątsep, Estonia (KTM)

MX2/MX3

When the 30-second board dropped for the second moto, sand specialist Jeffrey Herlings grabbed the holeshot just ahead of Ken de Dycker and Justin Barcia. De Dycker and Barcia battled back and forth for the second position for the next couple of laps, but the battle quickly ended when Bam Bam clipped the Belgium rider’s wheel and crashed into the sand. Barcia was able to remount in third, but he was under a lot of pressure from Tanel Leok and Roczen. He tried to hold them off as long as he could, but he eventually lost the battle to the two riders. As for Barcia’s teammate, Baggett sat in seventh.

At the halfway point, Herlings had a 27-second lead on de Dycker, while Roczen, Leok, and Barcia rounded off the top-five. Roczen tried to challenge de Dycker for a few laps, but he was unable to make the pass, and he eventually lost his third spot to Leok. On the last lap, disaster struck to Justin Barcia as his front brake locked up after a collision with de Dycker. After he forced his bike into the pits, he was able to free his front wheel, and finished in 14th, while Baggett finished sixth. Herlings took the win by a large magin, Leok finished second, and de Dycker finished third.

As for the points, Germany has a substantial lead on Team USA, who sat in second.

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RESULTS MX2/MX3
1. Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands (KTM)
2. Tanel Leok, Estonia (Suz)
3. Ken de Dycker, Belgium (KTM)
4. Ken Roczen, Germany (KTM)
5. Davide Guarneri, Italy (KTM)
6. Blake Baggett, USA (Kaw)
7. Marcus Schiffer, Germany (Suz)
8. Todd Waters, Australia (Suz)
9. Max Anstie, Great Britain (Hon)
10. Xavier Boog, France (Kaw)
11. Marvin Musquin, France (KTM)
12. Alexander Tonkov, Russia (Hon)
13. Luis Correia, Portugal (Yamaha)
14. Justin Barcia, USA (Honda)
15. Pritt Ratsep, Estonia (KTM)
16. Filip Bengtsson, Sweden (KTM)
17. Cody Cooper, New Zealand (Suz)
18. Karl Olsson, Sweden (Hon)
19. Stefan Kjer Olsen, Denmark (Suz)
20. Luke Styke, Australia (Yam)

MX1/MX3

Continuing where he left off in the first moto of the day, Cairoli came out swinging as soon as the gate dropped, and he was gone. Ryan Dungey and Justin Barcia took the reigns for Team USA for the final moto of the day, and the two riders were able to fall into the second and third positions. Barcia sat behind Dungey for a couple of laps before he decided to make his way around his teammate. Right when that move happened, Barcia appeared to have cross-rutted when he was right next to Dungey, and that caused the KTM rider to check up on his speed. Consequently, Dungey hit the deck.When Dungey remounted, he struggled to find a spot to enter the track because of the green netting that lined the course, but he finally got back onto the track in 10th.

Herlings was one of the many riders in this race that the fans had their eyes on, but when he suffered from a bad start, it appeared to be all over for the young rider. However, with a few minutes left in the race, he had worked his way all the way up through the pack, and he was nipping at Barcia’s heels. The Honda rider eventually lost the battle to Herlings, and now the KTM rider was catching Cairoli. The two 2012 World Champions pushed each other to the finish, but Herlings was able to make the pass, and Cairoli took the win. Barcia took the last podium spot for USA, and Dungey finished the race in ninth.

When everything was said and done and the scores were calculated, Germany took the win, while Belgium and USA finished second and third, respectively.

 

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RESULTS MX1/MX3
1. Antonio Cairoli, Italy (KTM)
2. Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands (KTM)
3. Justin Barcia, USA (Hon)
4. Tanel Leok, Estonia (Suz)
5. Ken de Dycker, Belgium (KTM)
6. Max Nagl, Germany (KTM)
7. Clement Desalle, Belgium (Suz)
8. Gautier Paulin, France (Kaw)
9. Ryan Dungey, USA (KTM)
10. Rui Goncalves, Portugal (Hon)
11. Max Anstie, Great Britian (Hon)
12. Tommy Searle, Great Britian (Kaw)
13. Davide Guarneri, Italy (KTM)
14. Marcus Schiffer, Germany (Suz)
15. Todd Waters, Australia (Suz)
16. Xavier Boog, France (Kaw)
17. Marc de Reuver, Netherlands (Kaw)
18. Gert Krestinov, Estonia (Hon)
19. Lawson Bopping, Australia (Yam)
20. Lauris Freibergs, Latvia (Hon)
OVERALL TEAM RESULTS
1. Germany (Nagl, Roczen, Schiffer)
2. Belgium (de Dycker, Desalle, Van Horebeek)
3. United States (Dungey, Barcia, Baggett)
4. The Netherlands (Herlings, De Reuver, Coldenhoff)
5. Italy (Cairoli, Lupino, Guarneri)
6. France (Paulin, Boog, Musquin)
7. Estonia (Leok, Ratsep, Krestinov)
8. Great Britain (Searle, Anstie, Nicholls)
9. Portugal (Goncalves, Alberto, Correia)
10. Australia (Waters, Bopping, Styke)
11. Russia (Tonkov, Bobryshev, Mikhaylov)
12. Sweden (Olsson, Lindstrom, Bengtsson)
13. Ireland (Barr, Edmonds, Graeme)
14. Latvia (Justs, Freibergs, Ivanovs)
15. New Zealand (Coppins, Cooper, Lamont)
16. Slovenia (Gajser, Gercar, Irt)
17. Norway (Jarva, Klingsheim, Heibye)
18. Denmark (Olsen, Hansen, Lynggaard)
19. Switzerland (Seewer, Guilloud)
20. Finland (Koskela, Lehtinen)