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.... Tixier defeats Herlings in the Mexican desert
 | 14.09.2014
 .... Tixier defeats Herlings in the Mexican desert<br />

It was the title decider of all time ! After seeing his points advantage slashed to just five points after race one Jeffrey Herlings could have been forgiven for waving the white flag, but when the defending champion saw Jordi Tixier getting back off the ground from a first lap mid-air collision with Aleksandr Tonkov, the Bullit saw red, forgot his seven week old broken thigh and passed four riders in a lap to secure 7th, with Tixier just one ahead. And he defied medical science to stay there for 30 minutes - right up until Tixier finally annexed the third place he needed for the title with an equally stunning ride. Hail King Jordi, but respect for the toppled monarch !

IT'S GONNA BE TIGHT | 14.09.2014

"I only did as much as I needed to yesterday. I haven't forgotten how to jump." That was the defiant war cry from Jeffrey Herlings this morning. The MX2 champion inevitably looked stiff and was 17th, still four seconds off the last of the GP regulars, in warm-up; his weakness was the middle split, a mixture of big jumps and cambered turns. Tixier, making the difference to the rest through the combinations of the final split, was again fastest by half a second but there's still all to play for !

SANDBAGGING ? | 13.09.2014

Was Jeffrey Herlings sandbagging today as he pulled off the track two laps into both timed training and MX2 qualification as Jordi Tixier dominated both sessions ? Anyone who has seen him dragging the leg with a rod and screws in the thigh around today would not think so, and, one day after his 20th birthday, the Bullit didn't launch over a single tabletop - and there are plenty - all day ! Looks grim for his hopes of a third world title, but never say never about the kid with the biggest heart in motocross !

SLOW BULLIT | 13.09.2014

Jeffrey Herlings didn't contest free practice and was the slowest rider in either class by 16 seconds in timed training as he returned to action, whilst an immaculate Jordi Tixier topped MX2 by half a second, but don't jump to conclusions yet ! FIM MX chief Tony Skillington: "The rule book is open to interpretation on what a rider must do on Saturday, and in the past we have had cases of riders missing the qualification race and starting the GP. However, with the world title at stake, I am concerned to remove any doubt about Herlings' eligibility to race, so I have advised KTM that he should ride at least one lap of timed training and go to the start of the qualification race." At least the Mexicans, each more than ten seconds off the pace were safe from exclusion as wobblers.

222+2 TONI CAIROLI THE EIGHTH | 07.09.2014

Toni Cairoli has clinched his eighth world title with a charging ride to fifth in the opening MXGP moto at Trindade. Jeremy Van Horebeek, his only remaining rival, bravely lined up with a heavily swollen foot and was rewarded with 13th, not enough to stop the Sicilian clinching his 6th straight premier world title, but sufficient to ensure himself of the series silver medal. The Jerre will now return to Belgium to get his foot injury seen to and will miss Mexico next week. Max Nagl took another gate to chequered flag moto victory, but the day belongs to TC#222 + 2 !


Shaun Simpson goes to the gate third in tomorrow's GP of Goias in central Brazil after a stunning ride from midpack .... and the Scot was chased at arm's length all the way by Tommy Searle, returning to action with a fifth. Max Nagl led all the way, but the title candidates were both in trouble. Toni Cairoli lost a lens in his goggles on lap two and was riding almost blind for a couple of laps before rebounding for 10th, his cause aided when Jeremy Van Horebeek lost second after pulling out with a sprained ankle. MX2 was even more dramatic as Jordi Tixier started poorly, fell on lap two and was no better than 11th at the chequered flag with Romain Febvre winner and Max Anstie 8th. But the absent Jeffrey Herlings needn't celebrate too quickly - Tixier set the fastest laps of the race !

MATISS ON THE GAS | 28.08.2014

Apologies to those of you in countries where the video is not available, but here is a link to a cool vid of Matiss Karro getting some track time in at Kegums where he will captain the Latvian team on home turf in this year's Motocross des Nations on September 27/28. Click 2 C if U can get past the music block

THE BOY DONE GOOD ! | 03.08.2014

Steven Clarke is the 2014 EMX2 champ after a nerve-tingling decider in which the boy from the Black Country saw out Brian Bogers on the most wins tie-break with a second guty ride through the pack to 6th: "I said before the first round that consistency would win it, and this weekend fitness played a role too. I didn't know I'd won til I saw dad doing cartwheels down the track at the finish. I had Ben Watson on my rear wheel all round the last lap; all I knew was that I needed every point I could get."

HIGH NOON | 02.08.2014

There will be a midday showdown tomorrow in the EMX2 series with Steven Clarke still leading by seven points after the Saturday evening moto in the unrelenting Lommel sand. Things looked bleak early on for the Brit as he dropped as low as eighth with the team-riding Dutch controlling the race from the front, but the Dutch all wilted as fitness started to play a role at 15 minutes, Calvin Vlaanderen and Adam Sterry pusdhed Bogers back to third and Clarkey advanced to fifth behind Brett Van Doninck. The points before the High Noon showdown is Clarke 222, Bogers 215 with Sterry on 196 out of it of the title but possibly set to play a vital role tomorrow.


Kiara - or is that Chiara (the girl herself prefers "K") ? - Fontanesi wrapped up her third consecutive WMX world title at Loket this morning after two turbulent races at the series finale. Compatriot Francesca Nocera held up series rival Meghan Rutledge long enough in the Saturday afternoon moto to leave the 20 year old needing just third in the final moto, and that is exactly what she got as Livia Lancelot ran out winner ahead of Rutledge. Once again Nat Kane, still not fully recovered from her June smack on the head, could not race and sole Brit Gabi Hamlet was a shadow of her usual self after a big crash in quali and didn't start race two.

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