The Stat Sheet: MX2 World Championship

Interestingly, it seems as though the MX2 field was deeper than the MX1, as there are a lot more riders featured within these statistics than there were in the premier division. Clearly, the race for the lead was not as hotly contested, as we would have liked. However, without Jeffrey Herlings (the 2013 MX2 World Champion) the class would have been more exciting – the statistics prove this.

MX2 Pole Positions:

Jeffrey Herlings

8

Glenn Coldenhoff

3

Jordi Tixier

2

Dean Ferris

2

Aleksandr Tonkov

1

Valentin Teillet

1

Interestingly Jeffrey Herlings was least dominant in this category, like Toni Cairoli in the MX1 class – I am sure there are parallels. I thought that the reason for this would be that Herlings felt like he didn’t need to push in the qualifying heat. However that isn’t true; the Dutchman injured his shoulder in the qualifier at Bastogne, so he was clearly forcing the issue. It is very surprising to see that Glenn Coldenhoff is second, on this list – it proves that he should have been on the box, a lot more than he was. I have said it a lot, Glenn was the most underrated MX2 rider this year; I just hope his Suzuki is going to be competitive next year.

MX2 Laps Led:

Jeffrey Herlings

424

Jordi Tixier

49

Dean Ferris

45

Christophe Charlier

39

Jose Butron

23

Glenn Coldenhoff

18

Maxime Desprey

13

Jake Nicholls

7

Aleksandr Tonkov

5

Dylan Ferrandis

1

Wow. I’m speechless. Despite the fact that he missed two rounds, he led three hundred and seventy-five more laps than Jordi Tixier, the second best guy on this list. It seems like Jeffrey came up from the back a lot this year, so I am surprised that he led as many laps as he did. It is great to see ten riders on this list, as it proves that there is a bit of depth there – however, the fight for the win is seemingly not as strong. Imagine how wide open the class would be if Herlings were to move on? I’m surprised that the gap is so big, I would have thought that the second best guy would have led more than just forty-nine laps, which is a small amount over seventeen rounds.

MX2 Heat Wins:

Jeffrey Herlings

27

Dean Ferris

3

Christophe Charlier

2

Jose Butron

1

In the World Championship, there should be more than just four riders capable of winning a single moto. I mean, you could argue that all of the riders that did win motos lucked into it a bit, as none of them simply beat Jeffrey straight up. It is quite surprising that Jordi Tixier (the rider that led the second most laps) and Glenn Coldenhoff (a GP winner) did not win a single moto. Dean Ferris’ three moto wins came out of nowhere, as he showed no indication that he would be a contender prior to his victories.

MX2 Overall Wins:

Jeffrey Herlings

15

Dean Ferris

1

Glenn Coldenhoff

1

What more can you say? Really, I think this speaks for itself.

MX2 Overall Podiums:

Jeffrey Herlings

15

Jordi Tixier

10

Jose Butron

7

Dean Ferris

4

Christophe Charlier

3

Glenn Coldenhoff

3

Alessandro Lupino

2

Jake Nicholls

2

Romain Febvre

2

Dylan Ferrandis

2

Aleksandr Tonkov

1

Again, this proves that behind Jeffrey Herlings, there is a very competitive field. I am surprised that Jordi Tixier was up on the podium ten times. Although he seemed to be up there frequently, it didn’t seem like that much. In this chart, six of the guys had the first podium of their career this year, which was a result of the lack of established frontrunners. All of the riders at the bottom of this list actually showed a lot of potential, and all of them (excluding Jake Nicholls) should have a much larger presence on the podium than just a couple of times.

Honestly, there were a few surprises on this list. However, one thing that was obvious was that Jeffrey Herlings would sit dominantly at the top of each category. Although you can expect another dominant performance from the Dutchman in 2014, this chart proves that the racing behind him is going to be fast, and furious.

Words by Lewis Phillips

MX Vice Editor || 25

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