2016 Monster Energy SMX Riders Cup | Race Report

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2016 Monster Energy SMX Riders Cup | COMPLETE COVERAGE

Photos | James Gingerich

After months of promotion, a selection of racers from the top motorcycle manufacturers faced off for the 2016 Monster Energy SMX Riders Cups. A unique course was built inside Germany’s Veltins Arena, as the sandy surface and mellower motocross-style jumps provided a level playing field for the competitors. The race was a rare meeting for riders from the American and MXGP championships, but as we saw over the three moto program, there’s plenty of talent on either side of the Atlantic Ocean.

Super Pole

– Tim Gajser clocked the quickest time of the single-lap session with a 49.390, and this gave Honda the first gate pick for all three races.

Super Pole Results

1. Tim Gajser | Honda | 49.390
2. Jeffrey Herlings | KTM | 49.418
3. Zach Osborne | Husqvarna | 49.721
4. Romain Febvre | Yamaha | 50.766
5. Jordi Tixier | Kawasaki | 50.833
6. Jake Weimer | Suzuki | 51.573

Race One

– Tim Gajser aced the start and kept the competition at bay for all sixteen laps of race one. The Honda rider wasn’t flawless in the moto, as he made a few small mistakes in the soft soil and was eager to open the throttle in the turns, but none of that mattered at the checkered flag.
– Ryan Dungey provided the excitement in the middle of the moto, as the KTM rider managed to reel Gajser in for the lead and looked poised to make a pass attempt. Slower lapped riders in the final laps kept this from happening, though, and Dungey cruised to a second place finish.
– Zach Osborne stayed near the front of the pack for the entire race, and a run-in between KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings and Yamaha’s Romain Febvre in a turn helped the Husqvarna rider claim third place. Febvre and Herlings would remount and then finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
– Margin of Victory | 2.041 seconds
– Fastest Lap Time | Tim Gajser – 50.075 seconds
– Total Race Time | 13:47.253 minutes

Race One Results

1. Tim Gajser | Honda
2. Ryan Dungey | KTM
3. Zach Osborne | Husqvarna
4. Romain Febvre | Yamaha
5. Jeffrey Herlings | KTM
6. Marvin Musquin | KTM
7. Gautier Paulin | Honda
8. Jordi Tixier | Kawasaki
9. Tommy Searle | Kawasaki
10. Christophe Charlier | Husqvarna
11. Jake Weimer | Suzuki
12. Arminas Jaskonis | Suzuki
13. Brent Van Doninck | Yamaha
14. Thomas Covington | Husqvarna
15. Michele Cervellin | Honda
16. Jorge Prado | KTM
17. Jeremy Seewer | Suzuki
18. Filip Neugebauer | Kawasaki
19. Vsevolod Brylyakov | Kawasaki
20. Evgeny Bobryshev | Honda

Race Two

– Gajser claimed another holeshot in the second race and looked set to speed away from the field until a number of small mistakes that ultimately impacted his finish in the moto. First was a high-side in the sand that dropped him out of the lead and later was a simple slide-out in an off-chamber corner. The Honda rider remounted but finished the race in nineteenth place.
– With Gajser down the order, Febvre found himself at the front of the field. The Yamaha rider was calm and collected with the lead and celebrated his moto win with a heel clicker over the finish line.
– KTM’s hold on the race was tightened with second and third place finishes by Marvin Musquin and Ryan Dungey. Musquin picked his way through the pack in the early laps and Dungey followed his teammate through.
– Margin of Victory | 3.811 seconds
– Fastest Lap | Romain Febvre – 50.798 seconds
– Total Race Time | 13:58.209 minutes

Race Two Results

1. Romain Febvre | Yamaha
2. Marvin Musquin | KTM
3. Ryan Dungey | KTM
4. Jordi Tixier | Kawasaki
5. Jeffrey Herlings | KTM
6. Zach Osborne | Husqvarna
7. Evgeny Bobryshev | Honda
8. Tommy Searle | Honda
9. Gautier Paulin | Honda
10. Christophe Charlier | Husqvarna
11. Jeremy Seewer | Suzuki
12. Jake Weimer | Suzuki
13. Arminas Jasikonis | Suzuki
14. Michele Cervillein | Honda
15. Jorge Prado | KTM
16. Brent Van Doninck | Yamaha
17. Vsevolod Brylyakov | Kawasaki
18. Filip Neugebauer | Kawasaki
19. Time Gajser | Honda
20. Tomas Covington | Husqvarna
21. Yannis Irsuti | Yamaha
22. Dennis Ullrich | KTM

Race Three

– Dungey snuck through the first turn and edged Gajser for the holeshot in the last race of the day. The clear track helped the KTM rider inch away from the competition and it seemed like he’d cap his day with an easy moto win win.
– Gajser’s crashes in race two resulted in a sore shoulder and the Honda rider was off the pace in the last race. He slipped from second place to fifth place at the finish.
– A mediocre start put Jeffrey Herlings deep in the pack during the opening laps, but the KTM rider went on a tear in the middle of the moto. He picked off Gajser and Kawasaki’s Jordi Tixier, then went after leader Dungey in the closing laps. Skill in the sand helped Herlings close the gap, but a mistake by Dungey is was ultimately helped Herlings pass his KTM teammate for the lead.
– The consistent results in all three races put KTM well ahead of the other brands in the end results and they claimed the overall win with eighteen points on the day. Second place team Honda tallied forty-three points, while third place went to Kawasaki with sixty-one points.
– By never finishing out of the top three, Dungey claimed the individual overall win and a 50,000-Euro reward.
– Jeremy Seewer, meanwhile, earned a 10,000-Euro prize for being the most consistent rider in the MX2 (250) division.

Race Three Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings | KTM
2. Ryan Dungey | KTM
3. Marvin Musquin | KTM
4. Jordi Tixier | Kawasaki
5. Tim Gajser | Honda
6. Gautier Paulin | Honda
7. Romain Febvre | Yamaha
8. Evgeny Bobryshev | Honda
9. Jake Weimer | Suzuki
10. Christophe Charlier | Husqvarna
11. Tommy Searle | Kawasaki
12. Jeremy Seewer | Suzuki
13. Dennis Ullrich | KTM
14. Filip Neugebauer | Kawasaki
15. Arminas Jaskonis | Suzuki
16. Michele Cervellin | Honda
17. Brent Van Doninck | Yamaha
18. Thomas Covington | Husqvarna
19. Jorge Prado | KTM
20. Vsevolod Brylyakov | Kawasaki

Individual Overall Results

1. Ryan Dungey | 7 Points
2. Jeffrey Herlings | 11 Points
3. Marvin Musquin | 11 Points
4. Romain Febvre | 12 Points
5. Jordi Tixier | 16 Points
6. Gautier Paulin | 22 Points
7. Tim Gajser | 25 Points
8. Tommy Searle | 28 Points
9. Christophe Charlier | 30 Points
10. Jake Weimer | 32 Points
11. Evegeny Bobryshev | 36 Points
12. Jeremy Seewer | 40 Points
13. Arminas Jaskonis | 40 Points
14. Michele Cervellin | 45 Points
15. Brent Van Doninck | 46 Points
16. Filip Neugebauer | 50 Points
17. Jorge Prado | 51 Points
18. Thomas Covington | 52 Points
19. Dennis Ullrich | 57 Points
20. Vsevolod Brylyakov | 58 Points
21. Yannis Irsuti | 59 Points
22. Zach Osborne | 9 Points (DNF in Race Three)
23. Thomas Kjer Olsen | 23 Points (DNS Race Two & Race Three)

Manufacturer Overall Results

1. KTM | 18 Points
2. Honda | 43 Points
3. Kawasaki | 61 Points
4. Husqvarna | 71 Points
5. Yamaha | 77 Points
6. Suzuki | 80 Points