Stat Sheet: MXGP of Czechia

News, notes and insight from Loket

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There is so much that goes on at each FIM Motocross World Championship round that it is inevitable that you will overlook certain things. That is where our regular ‘Stat Sheet' feature comes into play, however, as we focus on the details that you may have overlooked.

MXGP

Holeshot (Moto One)

Antonio Cairoli

Best Times (Moto One)

Jeffrey Herlings

1:45.642

Antonio Cairoli

1:46.686

Tim Gajser

1:47.403

Gautier Paulin

1:47.819

Clement Desalle

1:48.066

Laps Led (Moto One)

Jeffrey Herlings

19

Jeffrey Herlings leads the premier division by thirty points currently (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Holeshot (Moto Two)

Antonio Cairoli

Best Times (Moto Two)

Jeffrey Herlings

1:45.227

Antonio Cairoli

1:46.107

Tim Gajser

1:47.575

Romain Febvre

1:47.956

Gautier Paulin

1:48.253

Laps Led (Moto Two)

Jeffrey Herlings

19

– Jeffrey Herlings did not take either holeshot on Sunday, not that lap charts give that impression. Herlings led every single lap at the Grand Prix of Czechia, thirty-eight in total, as he slid past Antonio Cairoli before the end of the first lap each time. The speed that he then possessed at the beginning of moto one immediately broke his competition, just as the table below shows.

Jeffrey Herlings

Antonio Cairoli

Difference

Lap 1

1:46.684

1:49.030

-2.346

Lap 2

1:45.642

1:46.686

-1.044

Lap 3

1:46.336

1:47.333

-0.967

Lap 4

1:47.542

1:47.581

-0.039

Lap 5

1:46.335

1:48.418

-2.083

Lap 6

1:47.727

1:47.752

-0.025

– The times from the first moto actually offer a great look at the gulf between the top two and the rest. Jeffrey Herlings was faster than Antonio Cairoli, as demonstrated above, but then Tim Gajser was even slower. The times that he posted are recorded below and compared to what Cairoli did through the same period.

Antonio Cairoli

Tim Gajser

Difference

Lap 1

1:49.030

1:49.220

-0.190

Lap 2

1:46.686

1:47.535

-0.849

Lap 3

1:47.333

1:47.403

-0.070

Lap 4

1:47.581

1:47.653

-0.072

Lap 5

1:48.418

1:47.933

+0.485

Lap 6

1:47.752

1:48.471

-0.719

Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli continue to dominate in MXGP (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

– Jeffrey Herlings led every single lap at the Grand Prix of Czechia, as mentioned above, which is actually rare. This is just the third time this season that Herlings has managed to do that. The first time that this happened was at Agueda in April, then he also managed it at Teutschenthal in May. The only other time that he has come close to doing that this season was at Pietramurata, as he led all but two laps. Antonio Cairoli led the other two on home turf.

– By winning the Czech Grand Prix over the weekend, Jeffrey Herlings became the sixth premier-class winner in six years. Clement Desalle (2013), Jeremy Van Horebeek (2014), Romain Febvre (2015), Max Nagl (2016) and Antonio Cairoli (2017) were the previous winners. It is most unlikely that a seventh winner will emerge next year. There are heavy hitters on that list! Clement Desalle and Antonio Cairoli are the winningest MX1/MXGP riders at the venue with three overall triumphs apiece.

– Jeffrey Herlings had one of his greatest advantages of the season at the Czech Grand Prix. Thirty-two seconds was his gap at the end of the first moto and he has only had a bigger lead than that on one other occasion this year, surprisingly, which was at the end of the second moto in Portugal. The biggest gap that he has had on Czech soil was thirty-seven seconds in the opening MX2 moto in 2013.

Jeffrey Herlings has now won at the Czech Grand Prix three times (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

– The Grand Prix win that Jeffrey Herlings claimed at the weekend was his eleventh of the season and seventy-eighth of his career. Antonio Cairoli has eighty-five triumphs to his name and, with just six rounds left this year, it is impossible for Herlings to match that number before the end of the current term. There is no doubt that it is going to happen eventually though and, hey, both riders could pass the record set by Stefan Everts before the end of their respective careers.

– Round fourteen of the FIM Motocross World Championship marked the third time that Jeffrey Herlings has stood atop a Czech podium. Where else has he won three rounds in total? There is actually just one other nation, Great Britain, where he won in 2014, 2016 and 2018. It is worth noting that could change by the end of the season, however, as he has won in Belgium and Bulgaria twice thus far. Events in those two countries are rapidly approaching, so there is a chance for him to add to those totals.

– Antonio Cairoli lost a lot of time at the start of the first moto, but the second moto was the complete opposite. Cairoli pushed Jeffrey Herlings through the first half and the lap times were very interesting to follow. The period is highlighted in the table below.

Jeffrey Herlings

Antonio Cairoli

Difference

Lap 1

1:46.996

1:49.455

-2.459

Lap 2

1:46.829

1:46.723

+0.106

Lap 3

1:46.170

1:46.725

-0.555

Lap 4

1:46.885

1:46.107

+0.778

Lap 5

1:47.169

1:46.897

+0.272

Lap 6

1:47.098

1:47.501

-0.403

A thumb injury is really holding Antonio Cairoli back at the moment (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

– Antonio Cairoli ended with a brace of seconds in the Czech Republic and was left on the second step of the podium. How many times has he had those moto scores at a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship? It has happened thirteen times and occurred for the first time in Italy in 2006, but he has already done that five times this season. Cairoli had only acquired those scores twice in a single season before the current term fired into life.

– Romain Febvre ended fourth overall, a position that he is so familiar with at this point in the season, and was trailed by his teammate, Jeremy Van Horebeek. When was the last time that Yamaha had two riders inside of the top five in the overall classification? It was at the opening round of the current campaign, the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina, in March. One hundred and forty-one days have been and gone since that event took place.

– Clement Desalle has had such a great run at the Czech Grand Prix, but this past weekend did not exactly go to plan. Desalle scored a fourth and a seventh and was left in sixth overall at the end of the weekend. When was the last time that he finished both motos in the Czech Republic and was left outside of the top five in the overall classification? A 9-8 scorecard left him eighth overall in 2008. Three thousand six hundred and thirty-four days have passed since then!

– Clement Desalle is having a better season than what he has had in recent years. Following fourteen of twenty rounds, his total sits at four hundred and sixty-nine. When was the last time that he had a score that high at this point in the year? 2014. Four hundred and eighty-four points was his score after fourteen rounds in that season. This is the best that he has performed with the Monster Energy KRT crew, who he will also be with next season.

Clement Desalle still has a firm grip on third in the series standings (Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer)

MX2

Holeshot (Moto One)

Jorge Prado

Best Times (Moto One)

Thomas Covington

1:49.205

Jorge Prado

1:49.285

Hunter Lawrence

1:49.363

Pauls Jonass

1:49.479

Calvin Vlaanderen

1:49.567

Laps Led (Moto One)

Thomas Covington

11

Calvin Vlaanderen

5

Jorge Prado

2

Jorge Prado is the man with all of the momentum in the MX2 division (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

Holeshot (Moto Two)

Jorge Prado

Best Times (Moto Two)

Jorge Prado

1:49.959

Thomas Covington

1:50.349

Calvin Vlaanderen

1:50.400

Thomas Kjer Olsen

1:51.245

Pauls Jonass

1:51.267

Laps Led (Moto One)

Jorge Prado

18

– Jorge Prado claimed his seventh Grand Prix win of the season and tenth of his career on Sunday. All it would take is one more victory and then he would tie Pauls Jonass, who currently has eleven Grand Prix victories, in the record books. Thomas Covington is the next winningest rider in the division, as he has climbed atop the box three times in his career.

Pauls Jonass trails Jorge Prado by eleven points with six rounds to go (KTM Images/Ray Archer)

– Twenty laps were led by Jorge Prado at the Czech Grand Prix, which was more than anyone else. Prado has led the most laps at just five of the fourteen rounds that have been run this season. Two hundred and three laps have been led by him across the entire season and then, in comparison, Pauls Jonass has led one hundred and eighty-two.

– There were so many intriguing battles in the MX2 class. Firstly, the way that Calvin Vlaanderen ripped through the field and caught the leaders left an impression on everyone in the paddock. It is quite clear why he was able to take the moto win, based on the table below, as he was running at a very high level consistently.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Thomas Covington

Jorge Prado

Lap 8

1:50.082

1:49.205

1:49.285

Lap 9

1:51.060

1:50.751

1:52.182

Lap 10

1:50.006

1:51.157

1:52.454

Lap 11

1:50.040

1:50.072

1:50.863

Lap 12

1:49.567

1:50.572

1:50.829

Lap 13

1:50.211

1:51.022

1:49.773

Lap 14

1:49.918

1:51.935

1:49.891

– Calvin Vlaanderen has been on quite a run recenttly, which has been great for HRC. When was the last time that the Japanese manufacturer had a rider on the MX2 podium at three consecutive rounds? Tim Gajser did it at rounds fifteen, sixteen and seventeen in 2015. What about the last time that there was a South African on the box at three consecutive rounds? Tyla Rattray did it at the final three rounds in his title-winning season, 2008.

Calvin Vlaanderen continues to go from strength to strength each week (Honda Racing Corporation)

– Honda had two riders in the top six in the MX2 overall classification at the Czech round, thanks to Calvin Vlaanderen and Hunter Lawrence. When was the last time that HRC were able to boast about something like that? It was actually not too long ago. Michele Cervellin joined Vlaanderen inside of the top six at the Grand Prix of Germany in May, in what was his final race in red. At least he gave them something to remember him by.

– The first sector on the Czech track, which ran through the four turns that followed the finish line, was a strength for Calvin Vlaanderen. It was a spot where he was consistently faster than his competition in all six sessions. The times below, which were taken from the first moto, highlight that sector.

Calvin Vlaanderen

Thomas Covington

Jorge Prado

Lap 8

0:32.831

0:32.474

0:31.821

Lap 9

0:32.852

0:33.210

0:33.863

Lap 10

0:32.732

0:33.549

0:34.173

Lap 11

0:32.643

0:33.225

0:33.101

Lap 12

0:32.753

0:33.369

0:33.380

Lap 13

0:32.182

0:33.085

0:32.324

Lap 14

0:32.385

0:33.571

0:32.216

– Calvin Vlaanderen has really been on top form since the Grand Prix of Germany, where he claimed his first podium finish of the season, and the points below indicate where he would be if that was the start of the season. These points also offer an intriguing look at the gap that has developed between Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass.

Calvin Vlaanderen is expected to race for The Netherlands at RedBud (Honda Racing Corporation)

1st

Jorge Prado

313

2nd

Pauls Jonass

280

3rd

Calvin Vlaanderen

258

4th

Thomas Covington

253

5th

Ben Watson

217

6th

Thomas Kjer Olsen

188

– There was not a single British rider inside of the top ten in the MX2 overall classification at Loket. Ben Watson and Adam Sterry were more than capable of slotting into there, of course, but crashes held both riders back. When was the last time that this happened? It was at the final round last year, the Grand Prix of Pays de Montbeliard. Watson missed out on a position in the top ten by a single point that day. How times have changed!

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer

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