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Stat Sheet: MXGP Season

A selection of MXGP stats.

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With the FIM Motocross World Championship in the rear-view mirror, now seemed like a perfect time to reflect on all that happened this year and dive a little deeper into the results. There is obviously a lot that goes on at each stop on the MXGP calendar and, as a result of that, certain things get overlooked, so here are some intriguing statistics that may have got pushed to the side.

– A common theory amongst FIM Motocross World Championship pundits is that Antonio Cairoli trudges along through the monotonous Saturday programme and turns it up as soon as the gates drop for moto one. Although some statistics support that, the fact that he had more pole positions than anyone else this year does not. Six was his eventual total across nineteen rounds. Jeffrey Herlings had five, but more consecutive pole positions than anyone else, then Tim Gajser had three. Max Anstie, Arminas Jasikonis, Clement Desalle, Shaun Simpson and Arnaud Tonus all appear on the board with a single qualifying victory.

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Antonio Cairoli sat on pole more than anyone else this season.

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– How does the above compare to previous seasons? Tim Gajser started from pole position at eight of the eighteen rounds a year ago, whereas Antonio Cairoli managed it just three times. Cairoli had the most pole positions the season before that, however, as he managed it four times and once more than the eventual champion, Romain Febvre.

– Excluding last year and his sophomore season, where he missed out to Clement Desalle by just one, Antonio Cairoli has had the most pole positions every year that he has competed in the premier division. The current world champion has actually sat on pole forty-nine times in total since joining the MXGP class. Clement Desalle has the next highest amount, sixteen, through that same period.

– Antonio Cairoli referenced the fact that he backed his training down towards the end of the season in an MX Vice interview, but was that reflected in how he tackled the races? Cairoli completed one hundred and sixty-four laps during the practice sessions through the first half of the season, then did twenty less than that in the final portion. The difference is not large enough to draw too many conclusions from, but perhaps there is something that can be taken from this?

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Consistency certainly seems to be Cairoli's greatest strength.

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– Antonio Cairoli, Tim Gajser, Gautier Paulin and Clement Desalle were the only ones to stand on all three steps of the podium across the season. Jeffrey Herlings did not manage it though, as he never actually finished third overall. When did he actually last land in that position on the overall podium? Well, believe it or not, it was at the MXGP of Europe in 2011. That was two thousand two hundred and eighty-four days ago.

– Jeffrey Herlings was a little late arriving to the MXGP podium, as it took him six rounds to find his way onto the box. The Dutchman was a firm fixture in the top three from that point on, however, and actually almost had more podiums than anyone else. Eleven was his total across the season, which was just one less than Antonio Cairoli. Who is next on this list? Tim Gajser and Gautier Paulin with seven apiece.

– Jeffrey Herlings may not have led the way in that category, but he did have more heat wins than anyone else this year. Herlings won twelve across the season, whereas Cairoli managed to reach the chequered flag first on nine occasions. Herlings had more clean sweeps than anyone else too, as he won both motos at three of the rounds. Cairoli and Tim Gajser managed that just twice.

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Jeffrey Herlings came alive in the second half of the season.

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– Seeing as this is a regular feature on MX Vice, certain statistics have been revisited across the season. A popular one was breaking down the premier-class standings from the fifth round on, as that was the point that Jeffrey Herlings started to turn things around. How would the standings look now, if you eliminate those first four rounds? The table below offers a brilliant look at that and highlights just how competitive Herlings was once he worked through the teething problems.

1st

Jeffrey Herlings

613

2nd

Antonio Cairoli

586

3rd

Gautier Paulin

490

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There is no doubt that Jeffrey Herlings will be a title contender next year.

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– Gautier Paulin was the only rider to score points in every single moto that was run this year. It was far from easy for him though, as he had to claw his back to twentieth for a single point in the first moto at the USGP. How does this compare to previous years? Two riders, Antonio Cairoli and Evgeny Bobryshev, managed it twelve months ago. Romain Febvre and Glenn Coldenhoff managed it the year before that.

– Who led the most laps at a single round this season? Tim Gajser claimed that title, as he led all thirty-six laps at the Grand Prix of Leon-Mexico. Most forget just how unstoppable the former champion was at that point in the season. Surprisingly, no other rider led every single lap at a round. Jeffrey Herlings came close to it, as he led thirty of the thirty-four laps that were run at the Grand Prix of Latvia. Arminas Jasikonis managed to maintain his position at the front of the field on the other four laps there though.

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Tim Gajser was an unstoppable force through rounds three and four.

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– Tim Gajser was not overly impressive towards the end of the season, but still managed to lead one hundred and sixty-two laps across the season. Antonio Cairoli led one hundred and eighty-six laps in total, so there was only a gap of twenty-four between the two. Cairoli obviously led more laps than anyone else, as he featured at the front at twelve of the nineteen rounds. What about Jeffrey Herlings? He led one hundred and forty-three.

– Just how good was Tim Gajser through rounds three and four? Gajser left the Grand Prix of Leon-Mexico with an advantage of twenty points, which is the highest gap that a rider has had at that point in the season in four years. Things quickly unravelled for him, of course, but it may be worth remembering that fact when it comes to previewing the new season.

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There are a lot of positives that Clement Desalle can take from the season.

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– Clement Desalle ended the FIM Motocross World Championship on the sidelines, which was obviously far from ideal. However, despite that misfortune, this was still one of his most successful seasons. Desalle did not score points in four of the races, whereas last year he did not manage it in seven of the premier-class encounters. That seems bad, of course, but the year before that was particularly difficult for Desalle, as he either skipped or did not score in twenty of the thirty-six motos.

– Max Nagl has suffered with consistency issues, much like Clement Desalle, but is on quite a roll currently. Before this streak that he is working through, his personal record was contesting twenty-three events in succession and he managed to match that at the Grand Prix of Qatar in February. Nagl obviously made it to every round following that and has now smashed his personal record, as he has attended forty-one rounds in a row. That is quite an achievement for the former Husqvarna pilot.

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Max Nagl will hope to maintain some level of consistency with TM.

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– A final note that is always rather intriguing. For whatever reason, Glenn Coldenhoff always comes alive in the second half of the season. This year was no different, as Coldenhoff has a consistent presence in the top five towards the end of the year. That is reflected in the table below.

First Half

Second Half

2015 (18 Rounds)

148

275

2016 (18 Rounds)

156

250

2017 (19 Rounds)

200

239

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

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Mathis Valin stays second in EMX250

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Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Mathis Valin narrowly missed the podium in round two of the EMX250 Championship at Pietramurata in the Trentino region of northern Italy but the French teenager retained a secure second place in the series standings.

A single slip in each race cost the youngster a second consecutive podium in his rookie season in the class, but he displayed character and determination to regain his composure and charge back up the leaderboard to finish fourth in each moto. He spun out in a loose-surfaced turn on the third lap of Saturday afternoon’s first moto after quickly advancing to fourth; the incident cost him three positions but he responded well to recover fourth place five laps from the close despite discomfort in his leg from the crash. In race two on Sunday morning he found himself squeezed towards the trackside banking heading into the first turn but was again quickly on the move to seventh before tipping over in a tight turn at the start of lap four to surrender two positions. Undaunted by the slip he persevered with decisive passes on consecutive laps mid-moto to make fourth his own four laps from the end. He now trails the championship leader by sixteen points but is seventeen clear of third in the standings.

Bud teammate Benjamin Garib had no joy in Saturday’s first moto as he was involved in a mass collision on the exit from turn one but the Chilean showed his speed and determination in race two as he advanced consequently from a fifteenth-placed start to seventh – with his sights set on fifth – two laps from the finish before a fall pushed him back to eighth at the chequered flag.

Mathis Valin: “ After my crash yesterday I had so much pain in my leg that I could hardly walk when I came back to the team truck and I didn’t sleep so well last night. But today I did my best to get some important points with another fourth-placed finish; in the first part of the race I still had some pain, especially when I was sitting down, but  it became less painful mid-moto and I could make some passes. I didn’t really enjoy this track so much but the results show that all the work we did this winter is paying off and overall I’m happy as I’m still second in the standings.”

Benjamin Garib: ” Saturday was not a good way to start the weekend with a crunch at the first corner but my start was better today and I was right on the pack. I could make some good passes but I had a small crash near the end which cost me a couple of places. I enjoyed the track, but it was a new experience and very tricky with the grip; you had to be very careful with line-choice. I’m happy with my riding; I just need to figure out my starts.”

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Onboard with Tim Gajser in Arco di Trento

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Tim Gajser was riding with a GoPro camera at the fourth round of the MXGP world championship in Arco di Trento last weekend. Watch the footage below and see how intense it is in the opening laps of the MXGP class.

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Watch the startcrash of the MX2 class in Trentino

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At the start of the second MX2 moto of the Grand Prix of Trentino there was huge pile up. One of the riders was championship leader Kay de Wolf. Mikkel Haarup was riding with a GoPro camera and filmed the crash from behind

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