Jeffrey Herlings proved he’s a total class act by winning both motos in the French MXGP at St Jean d’Angely, extending his series lead to 62 points over world champ Tony Cairoli was was second overall.
Herlings picked the far outside gate for the first moto, the opposite end of the line to all his rivals. On a track that was still heavy after overnight rain, Herlings’ gamble paid off. He pulled a holeshot and took a start to finish win from Clement Desalle, Cairoli and Tim Gajser.
Second time out Cairoli took the holeshot and led, with Herlings battling his way towards the front. When the Dutchman caught the Italian, he just rode past and pulled away to an easy win. Cairoli took second place for second overall with Gajser third for third overall.
Shaun Simpson was top Brit in tenth overall, with Tommy Searle 15th, Max Anstie 18th and Graeme Irwin 24th.
In the MX2 class, KTM’s Jorge Prade took a the overall win with a third and win. He ended up level on points with Thomas Covington, who took his Husky to victory in the opener and third second time out. His team-mate Thomas Kjer Olsen took the final podium place, with championship leader Pauls Jonass having a troubled day and finishing fifth overall.
It means Jonass’ title lead is now down to 16 points from Prado with Olsen third. Fourth in the world championship is Ben Watson who took sixth overall on the day thanks to ninth place in the first race following a start crash, then seventh place finishes.
Coming back on form was Conrad Mewse who took seventh and ninth place finishes for eighth overall. Wildcard Josh Gilbert took 18th overall.