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MX2 Moto 1
– Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Max Anstie stole the first holeshot of the day, but it was the newly crowned MX2 champion Jeffrey Herlings who quickly found his way around Anstie and into the lead by turn two, with Americans Jeremy Martin in third, Mitchell Harrison in third, Austin Forkner in fourth.
– Anstie began to fade early in the moto, and Martin, Forkner, and Harrison made their way past the Husqvarna rider as he dropped further in the pack.
– Martin managed to close in on Herlings around the halfway point of the race, but Herlings opened his lead back up with some fast laps to take the MX2 moto-one win with a sizable gap.
– Martin finished in second in his first race aboard his new GEICO Honda ride, Forkner finished in third, Thomas Covington put on a late-moto charge to grab fourth, and Harrison crossed the line in fifth.
– Despite grabbing the holeshot, Anstie crossed the line in eighth at the checkered flag, but we later found out he was battling the flu.
– Troy Lee Designs/GoPro/Red Bull/KTM’s Mitchell Oldenburg was involved in a big crash off the start that put him at the back of the pack by the time he got moving again.
MX2 Moto 2
– The 15-year-old Spaniard Jorge Prado edged out Max Anstie for the holeshot in moto two aboard his Red Bull KTM 250 SX-F, but Anstie ran the same inside line as Jeffrey Herlings in moto one to jump into the early lead.
– Jeremy Martin sat in second with Austin Forkner on his rear wheel in third, while race-one winner Herlings ran back in fifth.
– Forkner crashed hard twice in moto two: once at the bottom of Yamaha Hill on the opening lap and was nearly half a lap down by the time he got his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki fired up again, and once again toward the end of the race after working his way back into the top-10, which he returned to the pits after.
– Herlings was on a mission early in the race, quickly picking off Prado and Martin before powering past Anstie while trekking up Mt. Saint Helens to take over the lead.
– Jeremy Sewer worked his way into the mix in moto two after finishing outside the top-10 in the first race of the day.
– Martin made the pass on Anstie for second by blasting by on the inside around Talladega Turn, with Seewer sticking the pass for third the following lap in the exact same spot.
– Herlings grew his lead with every lap to take the final MX2 moto victory and overall win of his career before moving up to the MXGP class next year.
– Seewer began to reel Martin in as time was expiring, but Martin stretched it back out in the remaining laps to finish in second with Seewer close behind in third, Anstie in fourth, and Harrison in fifth.
MX2 World Championship Standings
MXGP Moto 1
– Red Bull KTM's Glenn Coldenhoff jumped out front in a hurry with Antonio Cairoli in second, Max Nagl in third, Jeremy Van Horebeek in fourth, and Tim Gajser in fifth.
– Eli Tomac buried on the start and ran in 10th through the first couple of turns, but the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider quickly worked his way toward the front after laying down some very fast laps in the early moments of the race, and he soon found himself in third behind the Red Bull KTM teammates Coldenhoff and Cairoli.
– With Tomac hot on his tail, Cairoli began to smother his teammate, searching for a way around and applying intense pressure lap after lap and eventually picking him off for the lead at the top of Mt. Saint Helens.
– Tomac followed Cairoli around Coldenhoff and began inching his way toward the new leader with plenty of time left in the moto, and with just under 13 minutes to go in the race, Tomac stole the lead away and stretched out a massive lead in a hurry by laying down laps that were at times a full three seconds faster than Cairoli in second.
– Tomac took the moto-one win with a sizable 15-second lead over Cairoli, Nagl finished in third, Gajser in fourth, and Van Horebeek in fifth.
– Romain Febvre pulled off due to a mechanical (clutch issue) and was unable to finish the moto.
MXGP Moto 2
– Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Max Nagl snatched the holeshot in moto two with Tim Gajser, Romain Febrve, and Antonio Cairoli all in pursuit as the MXGP field throttled their way up the first hill of the Glen Helen course.
– Moto one winner Eli Tomac once again suffered early from a terrible start and ran as far back as 12th on the opening lap.
– Nagl continued to lead after lap one, but a determined Cairoli began working his way through the pack to move into second with Gajser, Febvre, and Pulin in pursuit.
– Cairoli seized the lead from Nagl on lap three and Gajser soon followed to take over second, but while the two adversaries appeared ready for battle for the race win, a fast-moving Tomac was already all over Paulin in fifth.
– While the lead still seemed like a sizable order for the American rider, Tomac laid down a blistering pace, turning laps that were at times five-seconds faster than Cairoli’s out front. Tomac picked off the remaining riders, and with 10 minutes to go he stripped the lead from the Italian and jumped to the front of the pack.
– Tomac pulled away, but the race for second wasn’t over, and Gajser took the fight back to Cairoli and into the final two laps of the moto, but Cairoli held off the newly-crowned world champ to finish in second place. Nagl finished in fourth and Paulin in fifth.
MXGP World Championship Standings