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Stat Sheet: MXGP of Turkey

Buckets of information from Turkey

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There is so much that goes on at each FIM Motocross World Championship round that it is inevitable that you will overlook 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.

MXGP

Holeshot (Moto One)

Tim Gajser

Best Lap Times (Moto One)

Jeffrey Herlings

1:45.950

Antonio Cairoli

1:46.516

Tim Gajser

1:47.359

Jeremy Van Horebeek

1:47.824

Jeremy Seewer

1:48.458

Laps Led (Moto One)

Jeffrey Herlings

18

Jeffrey Herlings has won twenty-nine of the thirty-six motos this year (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Holeshot (Moto Two)

Clement Desalle

Best Lap Times (Moto Two)

Tim Gajser

1:48.043

Jeffrey Herlings

1:48.143

Clement Desalle

1:49.760

Shaun Simpson

1:50.285

Gautier Paulin

1:50.485

Laps Led (Moto Two)

Jeffrey Herlings

18

– Jeffrey Herlings stood atop the podium in Turkey for the first time and that means another nation has been added to his total. Herlings has now won rounds in twenty-three different countries. Incredible! Success has been tasted in The Netherlands, Latvia, Brazil, Portugal, Belgium, Italy, Mexico, France, Russia, Czechia, Qatar, Thailand, Bulgaria, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, Argentina, the USA, Switzerland, Indonesia and Turkey.

Jeffrey Herlings has led more laps than the rest of the class combined (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

– The triumph at the Grand Prix of Turkey means that Jeffrey Herlings has a total of eighty-two overall wins to his name. It is incredible! That does not quite make him the winningest active rider in the class, as Antonio Cairoli has stood atop the box eighty-five times, but that gap is really tightening up! It is not possible for him to overhaul the reigning champion this season as there are just two rounds left to run, but the gap between the pair could be one win entering the new season.

– Jeffrey Herlings led every lap at the Grand Prix of Turkey, much like he did in Bulgaria a week earlier. It has become pretty normal for that to happen. Herlings has now led every single lap at the last five rounds, except for the five laps that Clement Desalle managed to lead at the Swiss round in August. Herlings has led three hundred and ninety-seven laps thus far this season. The next closest rider is Antonio Cairoli with one hundred and ninety-three laps led.

– The first moto at the Grand Prix of Turkey was undoubtedly the point where Jeffrey Herlings was at his strongest. Herlings struggled all weekend with food poisoning, not that one would have realised by the way he performed, but still won moto one quite comfortably. The fact he broke the rider who followed him early on quite quickly aided his charge. It initially seemed as though Tim Gajser was going to make a run, but it did not work out.

Jeffrey Herlings

Tim Gajser

Difference

Lap 1

1:47.418

1:47.892

-0.474

Lap 2

1:46.552

1:47.359

-0.807

Lap 3

1:46.166

1:47.797

-1.631

Lap 4

1:47.606

1:48.508

-0.902

Lap 5

1:47.389

1:47.869

-0.480

Lap 6

1:46.998

1:48.167

-1.169

Tim Gajser gave Jeffrey Herlings a run in Turkey, but came up short (Honda Racing Corporation)

– Antonio Cairoli eventually moved into second and did not give Jeffrey Herlings much to fret about. The times were still quite close though, except for one particular sector where Herlings had the competition covered. The third sector, which included the waves, was a strong point for him all weekend. The times from race one certainly supported that. Not all of them were recorded, however, so it is impossible to put another table together.

– The second race at the Grand Prix of Turkey was a particular low point for Antonio Cairoli, as he could only charge up to fifteenth after a crash on lap one. When was the last time that he crossed the line in a position as poor as that? It was in the second moto at the Grand Prix of Italy a little over three seasons ago. Cairoli sustained a severe arm injury on that weekend and salvaged as many points as physically possible in the final encounter. There were one thousand one hundred and seventy-seven days between the two events.

– Thanks to the fifteenth that Antonio Cairoli acquired in that second moto, he is still the only rider in the premier class who has scored points in every single moto this year. It is actually surprising that he has managed to score points so often, considering the amount of niggling injuries and crashes that he has had. Clement Desalle, Gautier Paulin and Glenn Coldenhoff have scored points in every single moto except for one this season.

It is now almost impossible for Antonio Cairoli to claim the world title (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

– Clement Desalle has been on quite a run lately, as he has garnered three consecutive podium finishes in a row. This actually marked the first time that he has done that with the Monster Energy KRT squad! When was last time that he stood on the box at three rounds in succession then? It was at rounds three through five three seasons ago. Who would have thought it has been that long since he has tasted so much champagne in a short period?

– Five manufacturers (KTM, Honda, Kawasaki, Husqvarna and Yamaha) were represented in the top five in the premier-class overall classification at the Grand Prix of Turkey. When was the last time that happened? It was at the Grand Prix of Germany in May, so only one hundred and six days ago. Jeffrey Herlings, Tim Gajser, Gautier Paulin, Clement Desalle and Romain Febvre chucked KTM, Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki and Yamaha inside of the top five at the end of that weekend.

Clement Desalle has a twenty-eight-point gap over Tim Gajser in fourth (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

MX2

Holeshot (Moto One)

Thomas Covington

Best Lap Times (Moto One)

Jorge Prado

1:49.713
Hunter Lawrence

1:50.134

Thomas Covington

1:50.272

Pauls Jonass

1:50.278

Thomas Kjer Olsen

1:50.355

Laps Led (Moto One)

Thomas Covington

10

Pauls Jonass

8

Thomas Covington claimed his first overall victory of the year at Afyon (Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo)

Holeshot (Moto Two)

Thomas Covington

Best Lap Times (Moto Two)

Ben Watson

1:54.156

Thomas Covington

1:54.232

Pauls Jonass

1:54.432

Thomas Kjer Olsen

1:55.026

Anthony Rodriguez

1:50.253

Laps Led (Moto Two)

Thomas Covington

13

Pauls Jonass

4

– This was discussed elsewhere on MX Vice, but Thomas Covington deserves credit for what he managed to do before claiming the lead in race one at the Grand Prix of Turkey. From the outside looking in it is quite understandable that some would believe that he got handed the win. After all, the two riders who were ahead of him, Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass, crashed and left the door open. Covington was putting in some faster times before that incident though and may have even ended up catching them straight up before the end of the thirty-minute moto. The times below highlight that period.

Pauls Jonass

Thomas Covington

Difference

Lap 4

1:50.592

1:50.409

-0.082

Lap 5

1:50.674

1:51.196

-0.522

Lap 6

1:51.134

1:50.683

+0.451

Lap 7

1:51.194

1:50.391

+0.803

Lap 8

1:51.686

1:50.345

+1.341

Lap 9

2:09.752

1:50.923

+18.829

Thomas Covington has had four overall victories in his European caree (Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo)

– The Grand Prix of Turkey has been very kind to those from the USA. Zach Osborne clinched the win at the inaugural race in Turkey nine years ago and now, three thousand four hundred and thirty-one days on, Thomas Covington managed to do the same. Osborne and Covington had the same moto scores (a first and a third) at their respective Turkish outings as well! What are the chances of that? All eyes will be fixed on Darian Sanayei when the FIM Motocross World Championship visits Turkey in twelve months, as he will be the one guy who could potentially keep the streak alive.

– When Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass were battling it out for the top spot in moto one, it was very close. Some of the lap times that the pair recorded were almost identical! It is tough to identify who was the quicker rider, but Prado did make a bit of a breakthrough just moments before the incident. It is quite clear that he begun to ramp up his charge in the table below. Everyone knows how that worked out though!

Pauls Jonass

Jorge Prado

Difference

Lap 3

1:50.337

1:50.087

+0.250

Lap 4

1:50.592

1:50.488

+0.104

Lap 5

1:50.674

1:50.332

+0.342

Lap 6

1:51.134

1:51.413

-0.279

Lap 7

1:51.194

1:51.111

+0.083

Lap 8

1:51.686

1:50.928

+0.758

– The second moto at the Grand Prix of Turkey was quite unique. Jorge Prado did not slot into the top three for just the fourth time this year. When was the last time a series leader in the MX2 class finished inside of the top three in every moto, except for four, through eighteen rounds of racing? It has actually never happened, partly because there have not been many seasons that have featured eighteen stops or more on the calendar. Jeffrey Herlings missed the top three just four times, when he was out injured, through seventeen rounds four years ago though.

Jorge Prado leads the class by twenty-four points with two rounds left (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

– Pauls Jonass has been criticised for his finishes in recent weeks, but is that actually justified? Through thirty-six motos last year he had an average-moto finish of fourth. This season, in comparison, he has had an average finish of third through the same number of races. There are a lot of factors that go into those numbers, obviously, but it is still an interesting thing to consider. Has the level at the head of the field just got that much higher?

– Ben Watson had a fairly quiet weekend but came alive in moto two at the Grand Prix of Turkey. Watson was the fastest rider on track more often than not and made significant progress, but just lost out on a spot on the overall podium. How quick was the Kemea Yamaha star in comparison to the race leader at that time, Thomas Covington? The table below highlights that.

Thomas Covington

Ben Watson

Difference

Lap 6

1:55.913

1:54.534

+1.379

Lap 7

1:55.475

1:54.474

+1.001

Lap 8

1:55.035

1:55.176

-0.141

Lap 9

1:55.474

1:55.371

+0.103

Lap 10

1:54.916

1:54.832

+0.084

Lap 11

1:55.777

1:54.156

+1.621

– Ben Watson had to settle for fourth in both races at the Turkish round, as mentioned previously, which was a shame, but he knows how to deal with that disappointment. Watson has finished fourth in ten of the twenty-six races this year, so more than anyone else, and occupied that spot in the overall classification at six of the eighteen rounds! It is not surprising at all that he also runs fourth in the series standings with two rounds to go and, unless disaster strikes, he should take that. Twenty-six points is the advantage that he currently has over Thomas Covington.

– Starts have held Ben Watson back at points this season, as most fans are aware now, but he did make a bit of progress in that area at the Grand Prix of Turkey. Watson could have easily had two holeshots, had he had a better gate pick, but he was still in the top five at the end of lap one in each moto anyway. Has that ever actually happened before? It has happened twice this season, as he managed it in Russia and then at the second Indonesian stop. Watson has never actually ended the first lap of a race in the top two though.

Ben Watson showed plenty of potential at the Grand Prix of Turkey, yet again (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

– Hunter Lawrence has turned things around at the last three rounds. One hundred and twelve points have been acquired across the six motos and that makes this his most successful three-moto run in the FIM Motocross World Championship. Lawrence scored one hundred and eleven points at the last three rounds last season, but that personal record has obviously been beaten now. Can he stand on the top of the podium before his European adventure draws to a close?

– Ten different nationalities (USA, Latvia, Denmark, Australia, Great Britain, Spain, Venezuela, Italy, The Netherlands and Germany) were represented in the top ten in the overall classification at Afyon. When was the last time that happened? It was actually not long ago at all! It happened at the Czech round in July. There is clearly not one dominant nation in this class, which is good to see. Many different markets are being reached by these riders!

– It is extremely surprising when you scroll through the results and realise that were no Kawasaki riders inside of the top twenty in either MX2 moto in Turkey. One does not have to look too hard to find the last time that happened, however, as there were no green bikes in the top twenty at Ottobiano in June either. Marshal Weltin and Adam Sterry will be back in action at the next Grand Prix in The Netherlands and therefore there will almost certainly be a Kawasaki in the points, so that is something at least. Rough year for the guys in green!

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Ray Archer

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