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Chatter Box: Pauls Jonass

Pauls Jonass on St. Jean d’Angely.

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Pauls Jonass had a tricky time of it at the Grand Prix of France this past weekend, but things could have been so much worse. Jonass did well to recover on a track that did not exactly prompt passing. However, despite the fact that he salvaged a sixth, he lost twelve points to Jorge Prado and now leads the series by sixteen points.

MX Vice: Solid day for you. It could have been better but, considering where you were in that second moto, I think you recovered really well.

Pauls Jonass: I would not say so. I am quite disappointed about the day. Yesterday I rode really good and felt really good, but today the track changed a bit. I did not find my flow really in the first race. I got a bad start and just actually struggled all the race. In the second race the riding was better, but I just got a holeshot and then missed the line a little bit on the exit of the corner.

The front went in one line, the rear in another one and then I crashed. I came back from way back to sixth place. The riding was better in the second moto. It is still disappointing lose so many points in one GP, especially that I like this track. I felt good Saturday, just today did not really go good. I just managed to get still some decent points on a bad day.

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Sixteen points is the difference between these two currently.

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Sixth in the second moto was a really good recovery. Did you think that you could get that high up? Obviously, with it being a mud race, it was a little one-lined in sports. Are you surprised you did as well as you did?

Yeah. It was actually really difficult to pass. In many places you had to follow slower guys. It was difficult to pass, but still managed to get to sixth which was pretty good in those conditions. But, still, if I would not crash it would be way better, so I am really disappointed about the crash in the second race. The riding was way better than the first moto, so that was a good thing.

I guess this is kind of easier to take as well because the last two rounds have gone really well for you. Obviously, Jorge [Prado] was really fast at Matterley Basin, but you put a stop to that and extended your lead, and at Teutschenthal you maintained the gap. All in all, this is going really well for the championship.

Yeah. When you look at today’s race, I lost twelve points in the championship, which is quite a lot. Still we have a long season ahead. We are halfway only now, so there are still many races. Still everything can happen. I am looking forward for the next GPs. We go to Ottobiano. Hopefully it is going to be as hot as last year to make it tougher. I am really looking forward for the next races.

Obviously, the start was important here with the conditions and everything. It seemed like the outside gate was quite good. It was a harder spot, but obviously a bigger risk, so did you consider going out there at all?

Yeah. I know for MX2 races they closed the first three and three gates from the outside, so that was not really an option. Jeffrey [Herlings] took a holeshot the first race from the outside, but then for MXGP all gates were open and the outside was completely hard. If you take the fourth gate from the outside, it was really soft. It was a very long way. Still in the second race I got a holeshot after a long time, which I was really happy about. Before the first moto I was looking to the outside, but you do not want to take that risk. The fourth gate from the outside was not so good anymore, like I said, like complete left side.

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It is likely Pauls Jonass will vacate MX2 at the end of the year.

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Overall, how are you feeling with the championship pressure this year? Last year was your first year in that spot so it was all new and I am sure there were much more nerves. Do you feel a little calmer this year and like you know what you need to do to get the job done?

Yeah, I think so, for sure. I am not really feeling the pressure or anything. I am feeling good. I am not thinking about the championship really because, like I said, it is a long season ahead. I am not putting pressure on myself and the team is not putting pressure on me. I just want to go race by race and just do my best every weekend.

It seems like silly season is really heating up in the paddock, this weekend especially. Have you made any progress with your plans for next year? I know you are thinking of going up. Have there been more discussions about that?

No, there have not been really more discussions. The goal is to go to the 450s and so far, we keep that as the main goal and the plan.

If you had to bet right now, would you say that you will be in 450s next year or is it kind of up in the air?

Yeah, I think I will be in 450s.

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Stat Attack: MXGP of Great Britain

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As MXGP heads to Great Britain this weekend, statistics maestro Paul Pearcy has provided MX Vice with some incredible numbers to digest ahead of what looms as another exciting round at Matterley Basin. Enjoy.

MXGP STAT ATTACK MATTERLEY BASIN

Jeffrey Herlings

  • Races: 3; 2021, 2020, 2018
  • 1st in Timed Practice: 1; 2018
  • Race Laps Led: 16; 13 in 2020, 3 in 2018
  • Races Won: 3; the first race in 2020, 2 in 2018
  • GP Wins: 2; 2020, 1-1 in 2018

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 2.33
  • Qualifying Race: 2nd 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 4th 
  • Race Finishes: 2nd 
  • GP Overalls: 1.67
  • Race First Lap Position: 2.83

Total Points: 135

Tim Gajser

  • Races: 5; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016
  • 1st in Timed Qualifying: 4; 2022, 2020, 2019, 2016
  • Qualifying Race Wins: 2; 2019, 2016
  • Qualifying Race Laps Led: 13
  • Race Laps Led: 51; 3 in 2022, 2 in 2021, 13 in 2020, 17 in 2019, 16 in 2016
  • Race Wins: 6; 1 in 2022, 1 in 2021, 1 in 2020, 1 in 2019, 2 in 2016
  • GP Overalls: 2; 2022, 1-1 in 2016

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 2.33
  • Qualifying Race: 2nd 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 2.25
  • Race Finishes: 2.58
  • GP Overalls: 2.16
  • Race First Lap Position: 4th 

Total Points: 259

Romain Febvre

  • Races: 5; 2021, 2020, 2018, 2016, 2015
  • Race Laps Led: 20; 12 in 2021, 8 in 2015
  • Race Wins: 1; in 2015

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 8.8
  • Qualifying Race: 17th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 11.33
  • Race Finishes: 4.16
  • GP Overalls: 3.33
  • Race First Lap Position: 5.33

Total Points: 111

Jeremy Seewer

  • Races: 5; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • Race Laps Led: 11; in 2022

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 8.2
  • Qualifying Race: 7th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 6.67
  • Race Finishes: 6.2
  • GP Overalls: 6th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 5.8

Total Points: 155

Glenn Coldenhoff

  • Races: 7; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 13.57
  • Qualifying Race: 10.6
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 9.6
  • Race Finishes: 8.92
  • GP Overalls: 8.85
  • Race First Lap Position: 9.28

Total Points: 171

Jorge Prado

  • Races: 3; 2022, 2021, 2020
  • Race Laps Led: 14; in 2022
  • Race Wins: 1; in 2022

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 9.67
  • Qualifying Race: 4th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 4th 
  • Race Finishes: 5.83
  • GP Overalls: 5.67
  • Race First Lap Position: 3.33

Total Points: 100

Calvin Vlaanderen

  • Races: 3; 2022, 2021, 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 8.33
  • Qualifying Race: 10th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 11th 
  • Race Finishes: 16.83
  • GP Overalls: 15.67
  • Race First Lap Position: 17.5

Total Points: 35

Ben Watson

  • Races: 2; 2022, 2021

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 20.5
  • Qualifying Race: 19th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 22nd 
  • Race Finishes: 11.25
  • GP Overalls: 10.5
  • Race First Lap Position: 14th 

Total Points: 39

Benoit Paturel

  • Races: 1; 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 15th 
  • Race Finishes: 17th 
  • GP Overall: 16th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 10th 

Total Points: 11

Brent Van Doninck

  • Races: 3; 2022, 2021, 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 16th 
  • Qualifying Race: 16th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 19th 
  • Race Finishes: 19.165
  • GP Overalls: 20th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 20th 

Total Points: 16

Pauls Jonass

  • Races: 3; 2021, 2020, 2019

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 7th 
  • Qualifying Race: 13th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 14th 
  • Race Finishes: 14.17
  • GP Overalls: 11.67
  • Race First Lap Position: 11th 

Total Points: 56

Mitch Evans

  • Races: 2; 2022, 2020

Averages

  • Qualifying: 11th 
  • Qualifying Race: 18th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 17th 
  • Race Finishes: 12.25
  • GP Overalls: 12.5
  • Race First Lap Position: 13.75

Total Points: 38

Ruben Fernandez

  • Races: 1; 2022

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 9th 
  • Qualifying Race: 5th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 6th 
  • Race Finishes: 12.5
  • GP Overall: 13th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 12.5

Total Points: 17

Hardi Roosiorg

  • Races: 1; 2022

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 25th 
  • Qualifying Race: 22nd 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 25th
  • Race Finishes: 20th 
  • GP Overall: 21st 
  • Race First Lap Position: 21.5

Total Points: 2

Alessandro Lupino

  • Races: 7; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 12.28
  • Qualifying Race: 14.8
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 17.2
  • Race Finishes: 17.85
  • GP Overalls: 16.28
  • Race First Lap Position: 17.21

Total Points: 70

Valentin Guillod

  • Races: 5; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2018, 2016

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 20.2
  • Qualifying Race: 11.67
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 9th 
  • Race Finishes: 15.5
  • GP Overalls: 16th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 13.9

Total Points: 62

Alvin Ostlund

  • Races: 2; 2022, 2021

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 24th 
  • Qualifying Race: 21st 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 24th 
  • Race Finishes: 20.25
  • GP Overalls: 19th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 20.5

Total Points: 9

Brian Bogers

  • Races: 4; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 13.25
  • Qualifying Race: 15th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 16.5
  • Race Finishes: 15.25
  • GP Overalls: 16.25
  • Race First Lap Position: 15.37

Total Points: 47

Alberto Forato

  • Races: 2; 2022, 2021

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 22nd 
  • Qualifying Race: 8th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 8th 
  • Race Finishes: 19th 
  • GP Overalls: 19th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 20.25

Total Points: 28

Maxime Renaux

  • Races: 1; 2022
  • Qualifying Race Wins: 1
  • Qualifying Race Laps Led: 10

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 5th 
  • Qualifying Race: 1st 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 1st 
  • Race Finishes: 4.5
  • GP Overall: 4th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 6.5

Total Points: 35

Ivo Monticelli

  • Races: 4; 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 21st 
  • Qualifying Race: 21st 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 13.5
  • Race Finishes: 24.12
  • GP Overalls: 25.25
  • Race First Lap Position: 18.625

Total Points: 11

Henry Jacobi

  • Races: 3; 2022, 2021, 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 12.33
  • Qualifying Race: 14th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 20th 
  • Race Finishes: 15.16
  • GP Overalls: 16th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 14.33

Total Points: 45

Harri Kullas

  • Races: 2; 2019, 2016

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 27.67
  • Qualifying Race: 19th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 20th 
  • Race Finishes: 22.165
  • GP Overalls: 23.33
  • Race First Lap Position: 24.83

Total Points: 9

Tom Koch

  • Races: 4; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 30.25
  • Qualifying Race: 24.5
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 26.5
  • Race Finishes: 26.875
  • GP Overalls: 27.75
  • Race First Lap Position: 26.625

Total Points: 6

MX2 STAT ATTACK MATTERLEY BASIN

Jago Geerts

  • Races: 5; 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018
  • 1st in Timed Qualifying: 1; in 2022
  • Race Laps Led: 5; in 2020
  • Race Wins: 1; in 2020
  • GP Wins: 1; in 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 9.8
  • Qualifying Race: 8.67
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 8.67
  • Race Finishes: 8.5
  • GP Overalls: 7th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 9.5

Total Points: 136

Roan Van De Moosdijk

  • Races: 2022, 2021, 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 4th  
  • Qualifying Race: 4th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 5th 
  • Race Finishes: 6th 
  • GP Overalls: 6th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 7.83

Total Points: 86

Petr Polak

  • Races: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 30.25
  • Qualifying Race: 24th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 27th 
  • Race Finishes: 25.25
  • GP Overalls: 26.5
  • Race First Lap Position: 23.75

Total Points: 9

Jan Pancar

  • Races: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 22.25
  • Qualifying Race: 19.5
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 16.5
  • Race Finishes: 22.25
  • GP Overalls: 24.5
  • Race First Lap Position: 24.25

Total Points: 11

Mikkel Haarup

  • Races: 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019
  • 1st in Timed Practice: 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 6th 
  • Qualifying Race: 23rd 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 16.5
  • Race Finishes: 13.96
  • GP Overalls: 15.25
  • Race First Lap Position: 16.25

Total Points: 79

Andrea Adamo

  • Races: 2022, 2021

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 14.5
  • Qualifying Race: 6th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 6th 
  • Race Finishes: 12.75
  • GP Overalls: 13th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 11.25

Total Points: 33

Kevin Horgmo

  • Races: 2022, 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 21st 
  • Qualifying Race: 9th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 10th 
  • Race Finishes: 14.5
  • GP Overalls: 15.5
  • Race First Lap Position: 14.25

Total Points: 28

Thibault Benistant

  • Races: 2021

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 2nd 
  • Race Finishes: 7th 
  • GP Overalls: 7th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 9th 

Total Points: 28

Simon Laengenfelder

  • Races: 2022, 2021, 2020
  • Qualifying Race Win: 1; in 2022
  • Qualifying Race Laps Led: 10; in 2022
  • Races Won: 2; in 2022
  • GP Overalls won: 1; 1-1 for the win in 2022
  • Race Laps Led: 25; 14 in the first race, 11 in the second race, all in 2022

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 12.67
  • Qualifying Race: 1st 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 1st 
  • Race Finishes: 12th 
  • GP Overalls: 13.33
  • Race First Lap Position: 14.33

Total Points: 81

Isak Gifting

  • Races: 2022, 2021, 2020

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 17.67
  • Qualifying Race: 14th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 24th 
  • Race Finishes: 12.75
  • GP Overalls: 12th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 11th 

Total Points: 33

Joel Rizzi

  • Races: 2021

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 29th 
  • Race Finishes: 24th 
  • GP Overalls: 27th 
  • Race First Lap Position: 24.5

Liam Everts

  • Races: 2022

Averages: 

  • Timed Practice: 18th 
  • Qualifying Race: 26th 

*First turn crash in the qualifying race put an end to his weekend

Kay de Wolf

  • Races: 2022, 2021

Averages

  • Timed Practice: 9.5
  • Qualifying Race: 5th 
  • Qualifying Race First Lap Position: 2nd 
  • Race Finishes: 9.5
  • GP Overalls: 8.5
  • Race First Lap Position: 14th 

Total Points: 48

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Benoit Paturel extends De Baets MXGP deal

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Benoit Paturel and the De Baets MX team have reached an agreement to continue their collaboration next year.


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In its first year as a team in the MXGP class, the team is going through a positive season. Paturel is eleventh in the standings of the world championship and has managed to complete ten top ten places this year. With the knowledge the team now has, they want to continue building this winter to hunt for the top ten places again next year.

In addition to Paturel, the team will work with two youth talents next year.

Danny de Baets (team owner): “The idea this year was to bring Paturel back to the level where he belongs. We have succeeded well in this and we can look back on a positive season. With the knowledge we have now, we will go into the winter and continue to work hard to be able to take another step next year. In addition to Paturel, we will also work with two youth talents, which is a very nice challenge for us to bring these riders to a higher level.”

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Injury Update: Mitch Evans to miss Matterley

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Kawasaki Racing Team’s Mitch Evans will unfortunately miss the final round of the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship in the UK on 23/24 September. World championship runner-up Romain Febvre will represent KRT alone at the British GP and two weeks later at the Motocross of Nations.


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Still in pain from the wrist problems which forced him to miss the MXGP of Italy last weekend Mitch Evans will not travel to Matterley Basin as he continues to recover from the effects of this old injury. It’s a tough end-of-season for the likeable Australian rider, who put in a lot of effort earlier this season to develop the new Kawasaki alongside his teammate Romain Febvre. After missing the first four rounds of the series due to a broken thumb sustained during winter training Mitch progressed throughout the season with several top-ten results since the German GP in June but in recent weeks he felt more-and-more affected by the wrist injury and had been forced to stop training on the bike. As a result he was also forced to decline his pre-selection for the Australian team at the upcoming Motocross of Nations, an event where his teammate Romain Febvre will lead Team France.

Mitch Evans: “It’s a real shame to miss the final race of the season and my last race with the team; however it is time to take the right steps to heal correctly. I would like to thank Kawasaki and the team for their understanding and patience and for always believing in me this year. Unfortunately we weren’t able to achieve the results we both deserved, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time working with such professionals. I want to wish the team and Romain the best of luck for Matterley and the Motocross of Nations.”

Antti Pyrhönen (KRT team manager): “It’s very unfortunate that Mitch misses the last two GPs of the season, especially as he had been showing good speed on the KX450-SR recently. We did lots of testing together, and both the work-rate and our goals were high but, as we know in our sport, sometimes things don’t always go as planned. On behalf of KRT I wish Mitch a successful recovery; keep the smile and ethic high as you have done throughout our time together and special thanks for the development work you have done and the spirit you brought to our Green team.”

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