The 2013 Monster Energy FIM MX GP Championship carries on, as the caravan of teams ventured to the far west portion of Europe for the GP of Portugal. An extremely fast and unforgiving circuit in Ageuda tested the best of the globetrotting series, and gave spectators one of the best races of the first part of the season. Jeffrey Herlings continued his perfect season in the MX2 class, while Gautier Paulin added another overall victory to his season in the MX1 division. The series will take a small break so that it can cross the Atlantic and will return for the GP of Brazil in two weeks.


MX2 Moto One

Defending MX2 champion Jeffrey Herlings has been utterly unstoppable thus far in the 2013 season, and in Portugal, things would be no different. The Red Bull KTM rider jumped out to lead at the start of the first moto and for the entire 21 lap moto was unchallenged. Herlings' best lap was six seconds faster than runner-up Jake Nicholls and he crossed the line one minute and 18 seconds ahead of the Nestaan JMRacing KTM racer.

This is not to say that the racing was lackluster. A four-rider fight for second place took place in the early portion of the moto which eventually was whittled down to a two-man fight between Nicholls and Red Bull KTM's Jordi Tixier. Deep in the moto, the two riders exchanged passes for second on one another that put Tixier in control. With laps to go, Nicholls dove to the inside of a left hand turn and sent Tixier into the loose soil. This move killed Tixier's momentum and sent him over the front of the bike while Nicholls' rode off with second place. Tixier would remount in fifth, but a second issue ultimately sent him back to seventh.

MX2 Moto One Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39:53.240
2. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:18.848
3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:21.605
4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:27.979
5. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:30.999
6. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +1:35.904
7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:37.301
8. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), +1:40.715
9. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), +1:50.274
10. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)

MX2 Moto Two

In the second moto, Herlings again grabbed the holeshot over Dean Ferris, Tixier, and Glenn Coldenhoff then motored away from the pack. The top four would contest the entire moto and finish in this order. Herlings' run to the checkered flag would not be as smooth, however, as he crashed once in the early moments and stalled in a corner a bit later. These were indeed setbacks, back Herlings managed to charge away from the rest of the pack and finish over a minute ahead of second place Ferris. The Dutch racer has gone undefeated in the first 12 motos of the season and has built an 81-point lead over Tixier in the championship standings.

MX2 Moto Two Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40:30.592
2. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +1:08.304
3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:10.100
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:13.897
5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:20.092
6. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:27.409
7. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +1:32.973
8. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), -1 lap(s)
9. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)
10. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s)

GP of Portugal MX2 Overall Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM)
2. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha)
3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM)
4. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM)
5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha)
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM)
7. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha)
8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM)
9. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda)
10. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki)

MX2 Championship Standings

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 300 points
2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 219 p.
3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 183 p.
4. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 178 p.
5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 171 p.
6. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 152 p.
7. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 150 p.
8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 129 p.
9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), 123 p.
10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), 112 p.


MX1 Moto One

Kawasaki Racing's Gautier Paulin carried the momentum from his overall win in Bulgaria across Europe to Portugal and quarreled with Antonio Cairoli throughout the weekend. Defending Cairoli started the day out with a holeshot aboard his Red Bull KTM, but Paulin never let him out of sight and made his charge for the lead on lap six, his fastest of the moto. Cairoli closed back in on the final lap, but a critical error on a downhill jump sent him flying over the bars. The crash was uncharacteristic of the Italian and the impact snapped the front brake lever from the bars. Undeterred, he clasped the lever in his hand and finished the moto in third.

MX1 Moto One Results

1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 39:41.179
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.053
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:36.700
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:41.427
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:44.140
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:46.236
7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:19.715
8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), +1:23.112
9. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +1:28.350
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +1:30.680

MX1 Moto Two

Once again, it was Cairoli, Paulin, and Clement Desalle out front at the start of the second moto. An intense fight for the lead never truly materialized, despite the fact that Paulin and Cairoli posted their best times on the 14 lap of the moto and were within feet of one another throughout the race. But neither were as quick as Clement Desalle. The Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider upped the pace even more on the 19th lap of the race and reeled the two leaders, but he would be one of the many racers to have a violent crash on the high speed circuit. While charging down a straightaway on the final lap, his bike caught a bump and was thrown into a somersault. Desalle was slammed by the back in the middle of the crash and although battered, pulled himself together to remount and finish the race in fifth place.

MX1 Moto Two Results

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:56.650
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.804
3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:08.306
4. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:08.912
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:21.757
6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:23.805
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:28.000
8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), +0:33.464
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:39.969
10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, TM), +0:51.773

GP of Portugal MX1 Overall Results

1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki)
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM)
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki)
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM)
5. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki)
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda)
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki)
8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda)
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki)
10. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM)

MX1 Championship Standings

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 280 points
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 242 p.
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 227 p.
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 217 p.
5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 183 p.
6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 180 p.
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 132 p.
8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 131 p.
9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), 112 p.
10. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 109 p.