The 2014 Monster Energy MXoN kicked off today with qualifying. After ballots were drawn for gate position for the qualifiers, USA would have 28th pick.
In the MX1 Qualifier, Sweden’s Filip Bengsston would take the holeshot, followed by Russia’s Alexandre Tonkov, Great Britain’s Shaun Simpson, and USA’s Ryan Dungey. Bengsston would lead for five laps, while behind him Simpson would drop as Dungey, France’s Gautier Paulin and Belgium’s Jeremy van Horbeek would make their way through. At the beginning of lap 6, Bengsston would be passed by Tonkov, Paulin and Dungey, then falling in the final corner before the finish. A short time later, Paulin would take over the lead while van Horbeek would pass Dungey. Heading back towards the start area, van Horbeek would get a drive on Tonkov. As the two were side by side heading into the corner, van Horbeek would have the inside line and shove his way past Tonkov for second, while Tonkov would crash, dropping him to eighth by the end of the lap. At the checkered flag it was Paulin, followed by van Horbeek and Dungey. Germany’s Max Nagl would be in a hard charge to take fourth, with Shaun Simpson rounding out the top five.
Riders making an impression: Filip Bengsston of Sweden turned heads as he lead for five laps before eventually being passed before a tip over. A good start tomorrow could lead to a strong overall result for Sweden.
As the start of the MX2 Qualifier would get underway, all eyes were on 8 time world champion Antonio Cairoli who is dropping to a 250 this year. Harri Kullas of Estonia would round the first turn with the lead, though would quickly be passed by Switzerland’s Jeremy Seewer. Meanwhile American Jeremy Martin would start seventh, with Cairoli outside the top fifteen. As the racers began to thin out, Seewer would lead, followed by the Netherlands rider Glenn Coldenhoff and Alex Martin, riding for Puerto Rico. On lap 3, Beglium’s Julien Lieber would pull out due to mechanical problems. This would be Belgium’s dropped score for qualifying. Meanwhile a battle would ensue between the Martin brothers, Cairoli, France’s Dylan Ferrandis, Great Britain’s Tommy Searle and Kullas. Jeremy Martin, out of tear offs, would attempt to make his move in the rollers after turn one. Martin would hit a kicker, sending him over the bars in a violent crash. What would be later concluded as a broken toe, Martin would limp off the track. Martin would resume racing two laps down and finish 32nd. Up front Coldenhoff and Cairoli would make their way around Seewer to take over the top two spots. Cairoli would take the lead with a couple laps to go, and carry his lead to the finish, taking the win. Coldenhoff would take second with Seewer in third. Ferrandis and Searle would round out the top 5.
Riders making an impression: Jeremy Seewer of Switzerland would control the MX2 Qualifier until the final few laps of the race. Seewer, who finished tenth in the MX2 World Championship this year, made a strong impression ahead of established competitors and champions.
As the riders made their way to turn one all chaos would ensue, as multiple riders would go down in different crashes. Australia’s Matt Moss would tangle with riders in a crash of his own, while on the other side of the corner Switzerland’s Arnaud Tonus would break away from his line, sending him into USA’s Eli Tomac,, taking both riders down. Tomac would get going thirty second’s behind the rider in front of him after his bike had trouble starting. Up front Belgium’s Kevin Strijbos would take the lead in turn two, followed by Great Britain’s Dean Wilson and Estonia’s Tanel Leok. Back in the pack, Moss, Tonus, and Tomac would begin to make their way through the field. By the halfway point, Tomac would pass Moss and Tonus and start making his way towards the top ten. Just inside the top ten, Germany’s Dennis Ulrich would battle with France’s Stephen Frossard, Netherland’s Marc de Reuver, and Slovenia’s Tim Gajser. Strijbos was pulling a lead with Wilson in second. In the final three laps, Gajser, Leok and Frossard would swap positions, in the process gaining on Wilson. As the checkers fell Strijbos would take the win followd by Wilson. Gajser would take third ahead of Leok and Frossard. Tomac would climb his way to eighth by races end.
Riders making an impression: Tim Gajser of Slovenia finished fifth in the MX2 World Championships this year, put in a strong ride in his first 450 appearance.
You can check all of the results HERE