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The Last act 2017. Athena wins the 71th Motocross of Nations with Frenchman Romain Febvre. Herlings help The Netherlands to finish second.

MXoN - 2017 – Matterley Basin – England

The motocross world season has finally been archived with the classic end of season; the Motocross of Nations. For the 2017 edition it was the Matterley Basin track in England to host the most exciting race of the year. After the 2006 edition, always on the track near to Winchester, eleven years later, the best riders of 38 nations have been challenged in the classic three moto that characterize the  race format of the best race of the year. In the Saturday's competition, reserved for the qualifying practice, he highlighted team France that, after the 3 consecutive victories in the last three editions, came to England with the desire of a new affirmation. In second place was the Netherlands, while third was Australia. During the night before the  race day, the classic english rain has fallen but luckily, for the three moto scheduled on Sunday, the track it was perfect. In front of a big crowd, with the fans coming to England from all over the world, the riders were challenged until the last lap of the third moto to win the prestigious Chamberlain trophy. At the end of the third race, Team France, for the fourth consecutive time, managed to conquer the success. Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team), who competed for Yamaha's YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system, was the author of two superlative race ending the two moto in second and third place, resulting also second in the overall reserved for the open class. Second place for Team Holland, consisting of three "Athena-GET" pilots. Better performance for  the leader Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), riding the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena, ranked first and second in the two races. Also great performance for Glen Coldenhoff's , also riding on the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena, who finished seventh and 11th. Very important for the Dutch national team, the ninth position conquered by Brian Boogers (HSF Logistics Motorsports) aboard the KTM SX-F 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system and which allowed the "orange" to pick up the second position as happened even in 2016 edition. Originally accredited as one of most "aggressive squad", Team Belgium's it closed the competition close to the podium with fourth place in overall classification. The "Red Knights" team was composite by three Athena-GET riders. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team), Kevin Strijbos (Team Suzuki World MXGP) and Brent Vandoninck (Kemea Yamaha Yamalube). With the " olympics games of motocross", the 2017 season has definitively been archived.

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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