2014 Motocross Of Nations | Saturday Qualifying Motos

2014 Motocross Of Nations | Saturday Qualifying Motos

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After a full day of riding and racing, the field is set for the 2014 Motocross of Nations. Riders in each class were able to learn the track through a forty-minute practice session early in the day, and then three motos helped determine the order for the final races set for Sunday afternoon. We’ve come to expect anything at this international event, and that is exactly what occurred in each of the twenty minute plus two laps motos.

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MXGP Class Qualifying Moto

2014 Motocross Of Nations | Saturday Qualifying Motos

Filip Bengtsson nabbed the lead at the start of the MXGP qualifier, and the Swedish rider held off the field of world-class riders for the early part of the moto. He soon came under attack from Aleksandr Tonkov, but small mistakes by the Russian racer prolonged the battle. Eventually Tonkov worked his way into the spot, but with Gautier Paulin in tow. With just four minutes and two laps remaining in the moto, Tonkov faltered and the small mistake allowed Paulin to power by for the lead and eventual victory.

Tonkov's issues did not cease there, as he soon had quick company in Jeremy van Horebeek. The Belgian rider diced through the pack after a mediocre start and was up to third place in the closing laps of the moto. After spending a lengthy amount of time looking for an easy passing opportunity, van Horebeek slammed Tonkov in a tight corner and put the Russian racer on the ground. Van Horebeek motored by to take second place, while Tonkov remounted and finished seventh.

Ryan Dungey overcame the fact that the American team was given twenty-eighth gate pick, the outcome a randomly selected lottery, and ran in the front pack for the duration of the race. Despite having first place in sight for much of the moto, he was never able to challenge Bengtsson, Tonkov, or Paulin for the lead. He finished the race in third position.

Max Nagl posted the fastest lap time of the moto, a 1:48.125, on the sixth lap of the moto. This blistering pace helped the German rider surge through the running order, and he finished the moto in fourth place.

A solid ride by Shaun Simpson put the British rider in the top-five at the final flag, but there was a massive gap between him and the front-pack; he trailed winner Paulin by twenty-three seconds at the checkered flag.

MXGP Class Qualifying Moto Results

1. Gautier Paulin (France)
2. Jeremy van Horebeek (Belgium)
3. Ryan Dungey (United States)
4. Max Nagl (Germany)
5. Shaun Simpson (Great Britain)
6. Rui Goncalves (Portugal)
7. Aleksandr Tonkov (Russia)
8. Matiss Karro (Latvia)
9. Filip Bengtsson (Sweden)
10. Davide Guarneri (Italy)
11. Valentin Guillod (Swizterland)
12. Gert Krestinov (Estonia)
13. Colton Facciotti (Canada)
14. Chad Reed (Australia)
15. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (The Netherlands)
16. Klemen Gercar (Slovenia)
17. Jose Butron (Spain)
18. Lukasz Lonka (Poland)
19. Ben Lamay (Puerto Rico)
20. Kim Sorensen (Demark)
21. Hamish Dobbyn (New Zealand)
22. Frantisek Smola (Czech Republic)
23. Arunas Gelazninkas (Lithuania)
24. Toni Eriksson (Finland)
25. Gordon Crockard (Ireland)
26. Hrvoje Karas (Croatia)
27. Roosevelt Assuncao (Brazil)
28. Andriyi Krichfalushiy (Ukraine)
29. Dimitrios Kontoletas (Greece)
30. Komel Nemeth (Hungary)
31. Ido Karmon (Israel)
32. Stefan Svitko (Slovakia)
33. Stefan Frank (Luxembourg)
34. Akira Narita (Japan)

MX2 Class Qualifying Moto

2014 Motocross Of Nations | Saturday Qualifying Motos

Jeremy Seewer scored the holeshot in the MX2 qualifying moto and took full advantage of the clear track ahead. Seewer's early speed was impressive, and while the dense pack of riders behind jostled for position, the Swiss rider scurried away to a nearly three second lead that lasted for over half of the moto. Glenn Coldenhoff of The Netherlands picked his way through the field after a mid-pack start, but determination allowed him to catch and pass Seewer in the closing laps.

Unfortunately for Coldenhoff, Antonio Cairoli had put in an equally stellar charge from deep in the running order to the front of the field, and soon the Dutch racer had to fend off Italian for the lead. The eight-time World Champion had pulled even with the leader in the final laps of the race, but small errors allowed Coldenhoff to reaffirm the lead. Still, Cairoli's pace was the quickest of the class and he managed to snatch away the lead from Coldenhoff by charging around a wide outside line with just two laps left in the moto. Cairoli made good use of the limited time that remained and managed to build a five second lead over the field in just two laps time.

A poor gate choice and start shuffled Jeremy Martin deep in the running order, but the American rider sliced through the pack in the opening moments of the race. By the midway point of the moto, Martin had worked into the top-ten, but a critical error occurred while he blasted through a rutted lane of the course and shot him over the handlebars. In clear pain, he limped to the side of the track and looked to be out of the race. Eventually the rookie MXON rider remounted the mangled machine and rejoined the race, but could only muster a thirty-second place finish.

Julien Lieber started the race off well and in contention for a solid finish, but an apparent issue with the bike forced the Belgian rider to withdraw just four laps into the moto.

MX2 Class Qualifying Moto Results

1. Antonio Cairoli (Italy)
2. Glenn Coldenhoff (The Netherlands)
3. Jeremy Seewer (Switzerland)
4. Dylan Ferrandis (France)
5. Tommy Searle (Great Britain)
6. Harri Kullas (Estonia)
7. Alex Martin (Puerto Rico)
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Denmark)
9. Martin Barr (Ireland)
10. Kaven Benoit (Canada)
11. Vsevolod Brylyakov (Russia)
12. Arminas Jasikonis (Lithuania)
13. Ken Bengtsson (Sweden)
14. Henry Jacobi (Germany)
15. Ludvig Soderberg (Finland)
16. Pauls Jonass (Latvia)
17. Tomasz Wysocki (Poland)
18. Jernej Irt (Slovenia)
19. Jorge Zaragoza (Spain)
20. Paulo Alberto (Portugal)
21. Hamish Harwood (New Zealand)
22. Takeshi Katsuya (Japan)
23. Vaclav Kovar (Czech Republic)
24. Thomas Simko (Slovakia)
25. Volodymyr Tarasov (Ukraine)
26. Ioannis Touratzidis (Greece)
27. Luke Clout (Australia)
28. Luka Cmkovic (Croatia)
29. Balazs Deczi (Hungary)
30. Rodrigo Selhorst (Brazil)
31. Oren Hasson (Israel)
32. Jeremy Martin (United States)
33. Yves Frank (Luxembourg)
34. Julien Lieber (Belgium)

Open Class Qualifying Moto

2014 Motocross Of Nations | Saturday Qualifying Motos

A crash in the first turn claimed a number of riders in the final race of the day, including Australian Matt Moss and American Eli Tomac. The incident was especially disastrous for Tomac, who needed to score the best finish possible and offset teammate Martin's crash and thirty-second place MX2 moto. The second year MXON racer remounted in nearly last place, and far behind the rest of the field led by Tanel Leok of Estonia.

Dean Wilson slipped by Leok for the lead in the first lap, but Kevin Strijbos managed to overtake the British rider on lap two. The Belgian rider was relentless once out front and the unmatchable pace allowed him to finish the moto over thirteen seconds ahead of his competition.

Wilson spent the rest of the moto in second place, but holding on to the spot required an incredible amount of effort. First came retaliation from Tanel Leok, which occurred for much of the thirteen-lap race, and then a late-race surge by Tim Gajser. The Slovenian rider came bursting into the top three in the final moments of the race and pressured Wilson for the entire last lap, but did not manage to close the deal before the checkered flag.

With the fate of Team USA hinging on his score, Tomac took control of the situation and charged through the field. He was outside of the top-twenty at the beginning of the moto, but a torrid pace and tightly grouped field helped him climb back up to eighth place by the checkered flag.

Open Class Qualifying Moto Results

1. Kevin Strijbos (Belgium)
2. Dean Wilson (Great Britain)
3. Tim Gajser (Slovenia)
4. Tanel Leok (Estonia)
5. Steven Frossard (France)
6. Dennis Ullrich (Germany)
7. Marc de Reuver (The Netherlands)
8. Eli Tomac (United States)
9. David Pilippaerts (Italy)
10. Arnaud Tonus (Switzerland)
11. Martin Michek (Czech Republic)
12. Matt Moss (Australia)
13. Roberts Justs (Latvia)
14. Santtu Tianinen (Finland0
15. Tyler Medaglia (Canada)
16. Stefan Kjer Olsen (Denmark)
17. Evgeny Mikhailov (Russia)
18. Fredrik Noren (Sweden)
19. Hugo Basaula (Portugal)
20. Stuart Edmonds (Ireland)
21. Yoshitaka Atsuta (Japan)
22. Thales Vilardi (Brazil)
23. Scott Columb (New Zealand)
24. Erik Hugyecz (Hungary)
25. Nerijus Rukstela (Lithuania)
26. Panagiotis Kouzis (Greece0
27. Ander Valentin (Spain)
28. Marko Leijak (Croatia)
29. Bjorn Frank (Luxembourg)
30. Volodymyr Voloshyn (Ukraine)
31. Jakub Hruska (Slovakia)
32. Ulises Vekasco (Puerto Rico)
33. Karol Kedzierski (Poland)
34. Ayob Shogan (Israel)

Nations Classification

(Determines Gate Pick For Sunday, Top 19 Teams Qualify For Main Events, Teams 20-32 Must Race Through B-Mains For Open Slot In Main Events)

1. Belgium (3 Points)
2. France (5 Points)
3. Great Britain (7 Points)
4. The Netherlands (9 Points)
5. Italy (10 Points)
6. Estonia (10 Points)
7. Germany (10 Points)
8. United States (11 Points)
9. Switzerland (13 Points)
10. Russia (18 Points)
11. Slovenia (19 Points)
12. Latvia (21 Points)
13. Sweden (22 Points)
14. Canada (23 Points)
15. Denmark (24 Points)
16. Portugal (25 Points)
17. Australia (26 Points)
18. Puerto Rico (26 Points)
19. Finland (29 Points)
20. Ireland (29 Points)
21. Czech Republic (33 Points)
22. Lithuania (35 Points)
23. Poland (35 Points)
24. Spain (36 Points)
25. New Zealand (42 Points)
26. Japan (43 Points)
27. Brazil (49 Points)
28. Greece (52 Points)
29. Ukraine (53 Points)
30. Hungary (53 Points)
31. Croatia (54 Points)
32. Slovakia (55 Points)
33. Luxembourg (62 Points)
34. Israel (62 Points)

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