Stat Sheet: Hawkstone

News, notes, stats and facts

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A lot happened at the Hawkstone International over the weekend, so it is inevitable that you overlooked certain things. That is where our regular ‘Stat Sheet' feature comes into play, however, as we focus on the details that you may have overlooked.

MX1

Best Times (Moto One)

Glenn Coldenhoff

2:10.875

Max Anstie

2:10.998

Jeffrey Herlings 2:11.118

Gautier Paulin

2:11.555

Graeme Irwin

2:15.725

Laps Led (Moto One)

Jeffrey Herlings

12

Best Times (Moto Two)

Jeffrey Herlings

2:10.441

Gautier Paulin

2:10.739

Tommy Searle

2:10.846

Glenn Coldenhoff

2:11.117

Evgeny Bobryshev

2:14.765

Laps Led (Moto Two)

Glenn Coldenhoff

8

Jeffrey Herlings

4

– There was a lot of talk about the track being different on Sunday. Ben Watson remarked that the circuit was more like the M1, because it was so flat in places, and then it was obviously clear that it was one-lined too. The lap times really show that it did not get too rough as the day progressed. Why? After trudging through the results from the past ten years, it was clear that the quickest time of the day was always set during qualifying in the MX1 division. That certainly is not breaking news. It is a sand track and it just gets rougher as the day progresses.

The Red Bull KTM riders had their starts dialled all-day long (ConwayMX)

– So, we have that statistic from the past ten years. What happened at the most recent edition of the event though? The fastest lap of the day was set by Jeffrey Herlings in the final MX1 moto of the day. That just should not happen on a sand track! It was a little soggy during practice, of course, but the conditions in the first moto were fine. The track got faster as the day went on and that is not a trait that Hawkstone Park typically possesses.

– Jeffrey Herlings was the rider who set the quickest time of the day. Shocker, I know. A 2:10.441 was set by the eventual victor in the final moto. Glenn Coldenhoff was not far off of that pace, however, as he had the fastest lap time in the first race (2:10.875). Who would have thought that Coldenhoff would be that competitive?

– Jeffrey Herlings led every single lap of the opening moto at the Hawkstone International, so one would presume that was his greatest race. That was not the case, however, as he was the fastest rider on just four of the twelve laps. Glenn Coldenhoff was the quickest on five of the laps and then Max Anstie managed it on three of them. It is worth noting that Herlings was the quickest on track on three of the first four laps, so perhaps that allowed him to break away and manage the situation?

Max Anstie was dealt some poor luck in the second MX1 race (ConwayMX)

– The second and final MX1 encounter was just as tight between the Red Bull KTM stablemates, but Jeffrey Herlings did not steal the show this time around either. Glenn Coldenhoff was the fastest man on track on six of the twelve laps, then Jeffrey Herlings and Gautier Paulin managed it on three apiece. However, despite that fact, Herlings still had the quickest lap of the race and the day. It was quite clear that he had a little extra in his back pocket.

– This is the third time that Jeffrey Herlings has competed at the Hawkstone International. When he first contested the event aboard a 250F in 2014, he was particularly dominant. The smallest advantage that he had on that day was a minute in the Superfinal. 2016 was a little different though, as he only edged Kevin Strjibos out by seven seconds in the Superfinal, but this was certainly the closest that it has ever been. The second advantage that he had in the second moto was the closest that it got.

– It was a great day for both KTM and Husqvarna, as they dominated each race. No Japanese manufacturer finished inside of the top three in either MX1 moto, believe it or not. When was the last time that happened? Well, never, especially not all-day long. The Japanese manufacturers swept the podium in every single moto in 2012, because of Clement Desalle (Suzuki), Xavier Boog (Kawasaki), Gautier Paulin (Kawasaki) and Shaun Simpson (Yamaha).

Glenn Coldenhoff was arguably the most impressive rider in MX1 (ConwayMX)

– Just to take that statistic a step further, seven of the riders in the top ten overall were piloting Austrian machinery. It would have been eight too, had Max Anstie not withdrawn from moto two with a freak issue. It was exactly the same last year. There is certainly a bit of a trend here.

– Tommy Searle got better as the day progressed and actually shadowed the top four rather well in the second MX1 encounter. Just how good was he? The lap times from the first portion of the race are below. Searle dropped off significantly from lap seven on though, whilst the top two maintained the same pace.

Jeffrey Herlings

Glenn Coldenhoff

Tommy Searle

Lap 1

2:12.227

2:11.541

2:13.395

Lap 2

2:11.227

2:11.269

2:11.777

Lap 3

2:11.558

2:11.530

2:12.580

Lap 4

2:10.441

2:11.117

2:10.846

Lap 5

2:14.408

2:14.435

2:15.221

Lap 6

2:14.291

2:13.829

2:14.186

– Fourth overall is actually one of the best finishes that Tommy Searle has had at the Hawkstone International. Fifteenth overall was where he ended up in 2016, then he was seventh in 2014. Searle did actually manage to win it as an MX2 rider in 2011 though – he swept both motos that day.

Tommy Searle got better as the day progressed on Sunday (ConwayMX)

MX2

Best Times (Moto One)

Pauls Jonass

2:11.072

Martin Barr

2:12.452

Thomas Kjer Olsen

2:13.180

Conrad Mewse

2:13.617

Davy Pootjes

2:14.211

Lap Led (Moto One)

Pauls Jonass

12

Best Times (Moto Two)

Thomas Kjer Olsen

2:11.703

Pauls Jonass

2:12.655

Adam Sterry

2:12.676

Ben Watson

2:13.479

Conrad Mewse

2:12.676

Laps Led (Moto Two)

Pauls Jonass

9

Davy Pootjes

3

Martin Barr was certainly a huge surprise in the MX2 division (ConwayMX)

– Onlookers were in awe when Martin Barr shadowed Pauls Jonass in the first moto at the Hawkstone International. If you did not make it to the historic circuit, the lap times below should give you an idea of just how close it was. The mistake that Jonass made on lap six certainly caused the battle to last a little longer than it really should have. Jonass was faster than Barr on nine of the twelve laps.

Pauls Jonass

Martin Barr

Lap 1

2:13:373

2:12.828

Lap 2

2:11.072

2:12.452

Lap 3

2:11.378

2:12.897

Lap 4

2:11.389

2:13.290

Lap 5

2:13.552

2:14.069

Lap 6

2:16.106

2:13.997

Lap 7

2:13.476

2:16.021

– Martin Barr shocked fans with his rides on Sunday. Should we have been surprised though? The level of competition is obviously different, but he has been on the box at the last two Maxxis British Championship rounds that have been held there. Fourth was the position that he occupied aboard a 450F in 2015 also. It is clearly a track that he thrives on and perhaps that should have been taken into account in the days prior.

– Pauls Jonass was on top form on Sunday and even managed to mix it up with Tommy Searle in the Superfinal. The battle was actually rather intriguing, as each guy took turns to have the upper hand. There were six laps in the middle (laps three to eight to be exact) where Jonass really put the hammer down and turned laps that were consistently better than Searle.

Pauls Jonass

Tommy Searle

Lap 3

2:13.305

2:14.892

Lap 4

2:15.682

2:16.450

Lap 5

2:15.421

2:15.946

Lap 6

2:15.817

2:20.624

Lap 7

2:15.088

2:16.607

Lap 8

2:16.488

2:17.024

Lap 9

2:18.870

2:16.959

Pauls Jonass enjoyed a dominant day at the pre-season event (ConwayMX)

– It would not have been surprising to see Adam Sterry struggle at the Hawkstone International, as it had been quite some time since he last took to a starting line. Two hundred and ninety-five days passed between the Grand Prix of Europe, where he got injured in April last year, and the pre-season event. That is quite a drought. A third in the final moto really opened some eyes and, hey, it was the only time all day that a Japanese manufacturer slotted into a podium position.

– Adam Sterry withstood a significant amount of pressure through the final laps of that final MX2 moto, as Conrad Mewse was desperately trying to hunt him down. The dynamic there was actually very interesting too. Sterry was faster than Conrad through the first five laps, but then Mewse consistently clicked off faster laps towards the end of the race. Those lap times can be viewed below.

Adam Sterry

Conrad Mewse

Lap 6

2:14.831

2:13.862

Lap 7

2:17.507

2:14.352

Lap 8

2:15.498

2:15.389

Lap 9

2:16.191

2:15.544

Lap 10

2:20.975

2:16.256

Lap 11

2:20.432

2:19.169

Lap 12

2:18.512

2:17.944

Adam Sterry was rather impressive in his return to racing (ConwayMX)

– Although the Hawkstone International is a historic British event, the British riders have not always enjoyed a lot of success there. There were three home-grown riders in the top six overall in MX2 this past weekend, however, which gave the fans plenty to cheer about. When did that last happen? Max Anstie, Ben Watson and Adam Sterry got it done in 2016. It is rare and even more so in the premier division.

– Ben Watson actually tied for fifth this past weekend. If you give him that position, instead of sixth, then when was the last time that there were three British riders inside of the top five overall in MX2? We trawled through all of the results back to 2005 (those are the only results available online) and it has not actually happened. Madness! The latest edition of the event was seemingly a great one for British fans to witness.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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