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Pauls Jonnass is MX2 World Champion. Herlings wins even the last GP of the 2017 season. For Kiara Fontanesi, the fifth women's title.

Round 19: GP of Pays de Montbeliard

The 2017 season ended on the French circuit of Villars Sous Ecot, located a few kilometers from the border with Switzerland. The autumn weather, featuring strong rains alternating with lightening, was the latest test of the 2017 world championship. In the MXGP class, with the title assigned a week in advance the to Tony Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) aboard ​​the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena, all the participants took part in the final glory. A glory that went into the hands of Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), also riding the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena, who put in a row the third consecutive GP victory after America and Holland victories. Herlings fought like a lion to the end, on a ground made more and more insidious by the rain, sometimes falling even during Sunday's day. With the win of the second run, reached at two laps to go, and after the third place in race 1, he won the day's overall by closing the championship as  vice world champion. Fourth place for homeland rider Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team), who competed for Yamaha YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system. The French finished the championship in sixth place. In MX2, however, the games for the title were still open. Two riders who had been up for grabs; Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) racing at the KTM 250 SXF supported by Athena and Jeremy Seewer (Team Suzuki World MX2) on board the Suzuki RMZ 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system. After the first moto, he was the Latvian Pauls Jonass to win the first irony crown of his career. Despite a crash at first corner that forced him to leave in last position, Jonass won the points needed to graduate champion with a moto in advance. The second moto was won by Hunter Lawrence (Team Suzuki World MX2) on the Suzuki RMZ 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system. The Australian won his first career moto in the World Championship by ranking second in the GP. Fourth place for Jeremy Seewer, who ended his career in MX2 deserving the title of world champion. Seewer, next season, will move to MXGP. In the women's championship was held the last event in program and the winner of the season was decided after the last lap of the last moto. At the end of two exhausting races for all the girls, due to the bad weather of France, Kiara Fontanesi (MX Fonta Racing Yamaha), who raced his Yamaha YZF 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system graduated for the fifth time Women's world champion.

Another "match point" and Cairoli is world champion for the ninth time. Jonass closer to the title.

Round 18: GP of Netherlands

After the round held on the Jacksonville track, 200km north of Orlando, Florida, the world's motocross championship has returned to Europe for the penultimate round of the 2017 season. With the two titles not assigned yet, it was the artificial track inside the TT Circuit of Assen hosting the event. The eyes of the whole world were pointing to the "game" among the rider who are currently the most fast; Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings. The Italian ran for glory, trying to grab the ninth crown. The Dutchman to win, trying to beat everyone and continue his winning streak after the two victories in America (in the AMA national and GP). In the end they were both right. At Tony Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) on ​​the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena, was enough the second place in race 1 to win the ninth world championship title in advance. For Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), also riding on the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena, another double success of GPs who mathematically consecrates him as vice world champion at his first season in MXGP. On the Dutch podium went up Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team), who competed with Yamaha YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system . The Frenchman, at his second podium in the 2017 season, ranked second in the top spot of the day. In the MX2, however, the title games are still open and we must wait for the last GP in France before to know the name of the new champion. Assen's audience welcomed the Athena branded "triplet" to the podium. Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) aboard the KTM 250 SXF, supported by Athena, won his third GP of the season with race win 2 and second place in the first moto while Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing),even him on the KTM 250 SXF supported by Athena, after winning the first moto, he was satisfied with seventh place in the race two that was enough to get on the second step of the podium. Third at the end of the day, Jeremy Seewer (Team Suzuki World MX2) on board the Suzuki RMZ 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system . The Swiss, with the second place in the final moto, has opened again the fight for the world title and now, with two moto left before the end of championship, follows Jonass in the overall standings at -41 points. However, the Latvian rider will still have to score 9 points in two race in order to be the champion.

Next race: September 17, 2017 / GP of Pays de Motebéliard – Villars Sous Ecot

Beyond the ocean. Lawrence was great, Seewer closer to the top. Herlings dominates even in America and Cairoli comes close from the title

Round 17: GP of USA

After just one week of break, the world's motocross chempionship landed over the ocean for the seventeenth race of the season. The world's motocross circus made a stop on the Jacksonville track, 200km north of Orlando, Florida. The sandy bottom of the flat circuit recalled very well the features of the European traks and despite a persistent rain falling during the days preceding the racing day, the track was well and the races took place on a very selective ground. In the MX2, it was the young Australian Hunter Lawrence (Team Suzuki World MX2), which on board its Suzuki RMZ 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system succeeded to win his first career podium in the world's motocross by closing the GP in second place. Instead, Jeremy Seewer  (Team Suzuki World MX2) missed the podium, on board Suzuki RMZ 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA . The Swiss made it to fourth place, but still managed to recover some points to the leader Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), which in the saddle of the KTM 250 SXF, supported by Athena, led the league with forty points of advantage. In MXGP, GP victory for Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) on the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena. The Dutchman, having played the last test of the American "National" championship last week, where he had been able to win in both races, proved strong in the GP, winning second and first place in the two races ran. Third place in the day's standings ended for Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) on the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena. In Florida, Cairoli had the first "match point" available to win the ninth career title, but with a not perfect start in the first moto (third at the finish), he failed to face Herlings. In the second moto, TC222 proved to be one of the fastest drivers on the track by commanding the group up to about half of the race before leaving Herlings to pass him and doing what was the penultimate step of approaching the ninth world title.

Next race: September 10, 2017 / GP of The Netherlands - Assen

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Straight to the final games. Seewer wins, Herlings convinces but Jonass and Cairoli are increasingly the championship leaders.

Round 16: GP of Sweden

With the third GP in three weeks, followed by Lommel (Belgium) and Frauenfeld (Switzerland), the 16th race of the current season took place on the Glimminge Motorstadion in Uddevalla, Sweden. A weekend featured by the different weather conditions, with sun and rain in the same times, it was the last August GP, before the start of the September "rush", which will declare the champions of the two categories. In the "under 23" class, the MX2, best perfromance of the day for Swiss driver Jeremy Seewer (Team Suzuki World MX2), with his Suzuki RMZ 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA at Uddevalla has been twice in second position. Behind him, completed the podium, Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and his teammate Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), both on the KTM 250 SXF supported by Athena. Great performance for the young Spanish Prado who, in Race 1, was able to take control of the group and lead the race all the time, from the first to the last lap. In the second round it ranked fifth. For Jonass, a "quiet" day that saw him finish the two motos in third place by controlling his opponents. In the overall standings, Jonass is always the leader of the championship with 45 points ahead of Jeremy Seewer. In the MXGP, Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) on ​​the KTM 450 SXF, supported by Athena, proved to be back in good shape, succeeding in winning the second place in the first moto with a great come back, after an unsuccessful start. In the second race, however, when preparing to attack for the final victory, a technical problem  (chain out of the rear sprocket) forced him to retire and, in fact, excluded him from the fight for another overall success. Excellent performance by Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team), which brought its Yamaha YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA. The Frenchman, second in the standings of the day, won the second moto and managed to return to the podium after a long time, from the GP of Switzerland last year. For the current champion leader, Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) aboard the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena, was instead not a best GP. Seventh and ninth at the end of the two races, TC222 controlled the situation on a track that had several pitfalls and made the most of its potential while still succeeding in increasing its lead in the overall standings that now sees it with a 101 point lead , When they remain available 150 points before the end of the season.

 

Next race: September 03, 2017 / GP of USA - Jacksonville- USA

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