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SEVLIEVO (Bulgaria) – Dust was never going to be an issue at the stupendous track of Sevlievo today with Mother Nature raining on the parade of MXGP’s cycle five the whole week earlier. A to a great degree wet dirt surface running here and there the slopes of Sevlievo gave not as much as perfect conditions to the qualifying day of cycle five of the FIM Motocross World Championship, consequently race course chose it was to the greatest advantage of the occasion to drop free practice for all classes with a specific end goal to safeguard the circuit for the races.

Because of the mists lifting with the skies inevitably clearing a path for some daylight, the track wound up drying out impeccably, leaving heaps of shabby grooves for the riders of MXGP and MX2 as well as the European EMX250, EMX125 and EMX300 classes to sink their tires into.

Commencing the EMX races, the European Championship’s freshest version, the EMX300 took to the track out of the blue this season with TM Racing Team’s Samuele Bernardini managing an account the initial twenty-five EMX300 title focuses.

In the mean time in MXGP’s definitive ‘street to star’ venturing stone class the EMX250, it was HM Plant KTM UK’s Ben Watson who got off to an early lead when kindred compatriot CNC KTM’s Steven Clarke smashed right off the bat in the race. Subsequent to assuming control over the lead Watson controlled the race to win an agreeable ten seconds clear of HSF Logistics Motorsport Team Brian Bogers and Honda Jtech’s Thomas Kjer Olsen.

Taking the win in race one of the EMX125 European Championship, Red Bull KTM Racing’s Davy Pootjes stays unbeaten this year, winning race one in front of Diga Racing’s Tomass Sileika and Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Brian Hsu. KTM Silver Action’s Bulgarian youthful firearm Michael Ivanov got back home in a great fourth before his comrades here in Sevlievo, while De Carli KTM’s Joakim Furbetta balanced the main five.


Trench railing aptitudes were put to a definitive test here in Bulgaria when the doors dropped for MXGP’s qualifying heat race. Taking the holeshot took after by a pleasant scour over the single that took after 100m after the turn, MXGP red plate holder Antonio Cairoli was in the best position of the race, first.

Following firmly behind the Italian legend Cairoli, Team HRC’s Max Nagl and Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek lead Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle who really had a terrible begin yet figured out how to hold a tight line around turn one and rescue fifth.

In the beginning periods of the race, it was seeming to be a wafer with all the title contenders having a spot inside the best five. Group HRC’s Max Nagl was the first to drop the mallet, backing off the gas only a tad to keep tight to within and pass Cairoli for the lead. A couple of turns later Van Horebeek had enough perch off the back wheel of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider and found a route through, as well.

While Cairoli was constrained back to third, the race didn’t stop there as Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin was cutting his way forward after an exceptionally normal begin. After a slight double for third which saw the two Paulin and Cairoli switch the position forward and backward two or three times, Paulin found a smooth line past the skybox and took care of business on third.

Coming into the end phases of the race, the best five had subsided into their positions. Group HRC’s Max Nagl unmistakably appreciated the gnarlyness of the track, riding home to his first qualifying heat win of the season, while Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek took second in front of Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing’s Gautier Paulin, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli and Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Clement Desalle individually.

MXGP Qualifying Race top ten: : 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 25:31.817; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:01.411; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.216; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:04.421; 5. Lenient Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:25.437; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.921; 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:32.799; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:36.358; 9. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.451; 10. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Husqvarna), +0:51.849.


With several grooves uncovered around the circuit of Sevlievo, line choice would have been critical to a qualifying heat triumph. In spite of the fact that the begin straight stayed as the wettest place on the track, the track administration had completed a brilliant activity scratching the mud off and having it in the most ideal condition, given the conditions, for MX2’s qualifying race.

After the five second board was raised and the door was dropped it was a weekend ago’s qualifying heat star Standing Construct KTM’s Valentin Guillod who took the holeshot with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings hot on his tail. While Guillod drove the principal lap, lap two saw the super Swiss lose the front end and go down giving Herlings the early lead. While at first it showed up the current MX2 World Champion would look at, CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Arnaud Tonus and Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre had different thoughts.

With both Tonus and Febvre beginning around tenth, the team started to cut up their way through the pack to run second and third separately on lap three. On lap four, Tonus set the speediest lap time with Febvre following afterward.

As the race moved toward halfway, Tonus and Febvre had cleaved down the six second lead of Herlings, participating in a fight for first and it wasn’t some time before Tonus chose it was ‘go time’ and tossed a low and quick scour to ostentatiously pass Herlings for the lead. One lap later, Febvre additionally made out of here Herlings in nearly a similar piece of the track.

With two laps to go Herlings, who had spent the last three laps stalking Febvre, at last found another rigging and passed the Frenchman to try at getting the MX2 red plate holder Arnaud Tonus.

In spite of the fact that the flying Dutchman otherwise called ‘The Bullet’ did amazingly thump Tonus’ ‘quickest laptime’ off the load up on the last lap, it wasn’t sufficient to get the CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s star who qualified on post out of the blue this season. In the interim Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings was compelled to make due with second in front of Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre who put in an extraordinary ride for third. CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Dylan Ferrandis recuperated from an early moto collide with return home in fourth with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier balancing the main five.

Bulgaria’s own particular Kemea Yamaha Racing rider Petar Petrov got back home in a respectable ninth and later said in the question and answer session, “I anticipate getting back home to race since I am the main Bulgarian in the big showdown which implies it is a vital race for me, and furthermore it is extremely decent in light of the fact that all my family companions turn out to see me ride”.

MX2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), 26:06.452; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:01.208; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:06.036; 4. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:18.248; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:25.422; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:29.592; 7. Mel Pocock (GBR, KTM), +0:45.838; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Yamaha), +0:46.341; 9. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), +0:57.154; 10. Valentin Guillod (SUI, KTM), +1:00.501.