Monday Morning Coffee
By Billy Rainford
There goes one of the last weekends of the summer. It’s been years since I’ve been in school, but I still equate September with going back to class. For that reason, I find August 31st pretty depressing. It’s getting dark earlier, there are yellow-jacket wasps everywhere, and the Pro outdoor motocross series are all but finished.
I remember heading to class in one of my newer motocross jerseys (do kids still do that?). I remember having the teacher ask some sort of question and I raised my hand to answer (it must have been a very easy question!) and she pointed at me. She hadn’t learned everyone’s name yet so she said, “Yes, you there in the shirt.” I guess everyone in ‘normal’ life wasn’t used to seeing a fancy Kawasaki jersey.
Anyway, there were a couple big races over the weekend:
Ricky Carmichael’s Edge of Summer MX at Red Bud
Main Event Results:
- Broc Tickle $12000
- Mike Alessi $9000
- Jacob Hayes $7000
- Austin Forkner $5000
- Jesse Wentland $4000
- Travis Sewell $3000
- Gavin Faith $2000
- Nick Wey $1000
- Marshal Weltin
- Blake Savage
Have you seen the help our buddy Blake Savege has been getting lately?
MXGP – Grand Prix of the Netherlands
A FAIRYTALE ENDING TO THE MXGP OF THE NETHERLANDS FOR FEBVRE, SIMPSON & GAJSER
ASSEN (The Netherlands), 30 August 2015 – The sixteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will be one that is remembered for many years to come. Before racing had commenced there was a lot of speculation as to how the super soft white sand would hold up and also as to how the crowd would respond to the MXGP of The Netherlands taking place on a man-made circuit rather than at one of their beloved and historic sand tracks. But in the end, the event exceeded all expectations with 37,000 super enthusiastic fans coming out to witness the brand new and spectacular track shape up just as a true sand circuit would. It was a memorable day for Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM’s Shaun Simpson and Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser who stood top of the box in their respective classes, but even more so for Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Romain Febvre who clinched the MXGP world title in his rookie season with two rounds to go.
It has been his best season yet and it is only getting better for Hitachi Construction Machinery Revo KTM’s Shaun Simpson who has just moved to fourth in the MXGP championship standings after landing on top of the box here in Assen. In regards to the uniqueness of this event the Scot said “on a whole, this weekend has been a great experience, the track developed quite well and it had one of the best starts of the year. I enjoyed it and I would definitely like to come back here again.”
It was spine tingling end to the weekend for Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Romain Febvre who eventually warmed up to the beach-like sand of Assen to win the final moto and be crowned FIM Motocross World Champion.
The super charged crowd were right in behind their Dutch motocross sensation Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Glenn Coldenhoff who stood on the third step on the podium here at his home grand prix.
Team HRC’s Evgeny Bobryshev had good speed all weekend but faded in both races while his teammate Gautier Paulin made a few too many errors. The Honda duo went fourth and fifth respectively.
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 34:06.986; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:07.820; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:17.408; 4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:21.124; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:27.726; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:33.041; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:50.954; 8. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:56.817; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:04.682; 10. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:27.079
MXGP Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 33:54.650; 2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:08.684; 3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:15.773; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:20.569; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:24.983; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:26.774; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:41.941; 8. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:21.248; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:25.816; 10. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, Yamaha), +1:30.051
MXGP Overall Top Ten: 1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 45 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 41 p.; 3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 40 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 40 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 36 p.; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 p.; 8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 24 p.; 9. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 23 p.; 10. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 20 p
MXGP Championship Top Ten: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 638 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 536 p.; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 499 p.; 4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 437 p.; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 416 p.; 6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 414 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 394 p.; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 361 p.; 9. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 331 p.; 10. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 324 p
MXGP Manufacturer: 1. Yamaha, 646 points; 2. KTM, 628 p.; 3. Suzuki, 616 p.; 4. Honda, 609 p.; 5. Husqvarna, 574 p.; 6. Kawasaki, 369 p.; 7. TM, 126 p.
The looming question as to whether Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser can simultaneously up his game in the sand and keep his head calm enough to take the red plate was answered this weekend with the Slovenian taking a win and a second place for the overall and the red plate. Gajser now leads Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass in the MX2 championship by thirteen points.
“It was a difficult day today, we had a few issues in the first race and I crashed and even in this one I struggled in the last 10 minutes,” Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki’s heavy hitter Max Anstie said right after winning the final race. The Brit only managed to finish ninth in race one after he binned it and struggled to get his bike re-started. Nevertheless, the ‘99’ overcame the adversity he faced today with his convincing moto win in race two for second overall.
It was an emotionally charged day for Kemea Yamaha Yamalube’s Brent Van Doninck, who uncorked his first bottle of bubbles. “I am so happy. It’s really special for me, normally I wasn’t meant to be racing GP’s this year so I didn’t think this would happen in my first year,” the young Belgian said after stepping down from the third step of the podium.
Standing Construct Yamaha Yamalube’s Julien Lieber looked at home on the whooped out sand of Assen today where he missed the podium by one point while Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Jeremy Seewer rode smooth for fifth.
It was another rough round of motocross for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing squad with Pauls Jonass going down in race two and smashing off his front brake. Jonass pulled into pitlane for repairs and re-joined the race almost a lap down. Impressively, the young Latvian managed to charge his way all the way back to thirteenth while his team mate Davy Pootjes pulled out of the race due to the pain of a tendon injury on his wrist.
HSF Logistic Motorsport Team’s Brian Bogers finished up in tenth overall.
MX2 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:39.248; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:04.445; 3. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +0:07.381; 4. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:10.620; 5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), +0:18.777; 6. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), +0:23.741; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:57.762; 8. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +1:02.306; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:17.932; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +1:19.774.
MX2 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 33:49.752; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:12.125; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:18.973; 4. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:20.462; 5. Petar Petrov (BUL, Kawasaki), +0:27.709; 6. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +0:31.134; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:31.299; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), +0:35.111; 9. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +1:08.426; 10. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +1:09.258.
MX2 Overall Top Ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points; 2. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 37 p.; 3. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 36 p.; 4. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 35 p.; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 31 p.; 6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 30 p.; 7. Harri Kullas (FIN, HUS), 29 p.; 8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 28 p.; 9. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 25 p.; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 11. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 18 p.
MX2 Championship Top Ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 518 points; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 505 p.; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 474 p.; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 446 p.; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 440 p.; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 p.; 7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 393 p.; 8. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 391 p.; 9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 320 p.; 10. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 301 p.
MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 689 points; 2. Kawasaki, 673 p.; 3. Yamaha, 569 p.; 4. Honda, 559 p.; 5. Suzuki, 441 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 388 p.; 7. TM, 85 p.
MXGP OF THE NETHERLANDS – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1520 m
Type of ground: Sand
Weather conditions: Sunny
Crowd Attendance: 37,000
MMRS Madoc National – Photo Report
Dawn McClintock just sent over a bunch of photos from last week’s MMRS Madoc National. We’ll have it posted up on the site later today. Here’s a little teaser…
John Dowd Interview
I just remembered I had a good chat with John Dowd at the end of the day in Ulverton as he was trying to drive away. I sent it over to Kyle Carruthers to type out and he only sent back the Jessica Patterson interview. What a slacker! It takes me 10-times as long to type an interview out but it was a good chat so I’ll be sure to get my two fingers limbered up and have it typed out later today too.
Just when you think you can take a breath, things are bout to get busy indoors here in Canada! Yep, we have 2 arenacross series to cover in the very near future:
Future West Arenacross Schedule
AXTour 2015 Canadian National Arenacross Tour Presented by Royal Distributing
London, ON Sept 25-26
Sarnia, ON Oct 3-4
Penticton, BC Oct 23-24
Calgary, AB Nov 6-7
2015 Rockstar Energy MX Nationals – Manufacturers Cup
OK, I just made that up, but I thought it would be interesting to look at the top 20 in each class and total up who rode what.
Have a great week, everyone. We’ve got one more weekend of ‘summer’ left because the Labour Day Weekend isn’t until this coming week. Live it up!