After Three Rounds
After three rounds of this year’s MXGP and MX2 championships, some things are coming a little closer to what we can expect from the next six months, although as we have seen in recent years, anything can and probably will happen.
For me the most interesting aspects are the smoothness of MXGP red plate owner Tim Gajser, and MX2 double winner Pauls Jonass.
Gajser had some big crashes in 2016, and he has mentioned here on mxlarge how he worked really hard with his dad on being mentally stronger in 2017. He has looks in complete control this year, and that is dangerous for the competition, because had he not crashed so much in 2016, he would have wrapped up the title a lot earlier than he did.
King Cairoli is still in it, but I get the feeling on the faster circuits, like Argentina, he might struggle more often. He has suffered a couple of injuries the last two years and maybe the high speeds are not his thing anymore. We mentioned before Argentina that we didn’t see him winning, but we did tip him to be top three. It didn’t happen, but look for him to once again shine in Mexico, Arco, and Valkenswaard.
As for Jonass, his work with former GP winner, Marc De Reuver has clearly helped him out mentally, and looking at his steely eyes on the podium last weekend, it seems he is really working hard on getting into his zone. Who would ever have thought Marc De Reuver would ever help anyone relax, but it’s clear he knows where the problems are in losing concentration and has helped Jonass there.
The form of Jeremy Van Horebeek is also impressive. Something of a veteran now in the MXGP class the Belgium looked sharp in Argentina, and it would be great to see him win a GP this year.
What is worrying is the form of Arnaud Tonus. Another former GP winner, he showed some signed of improving last weekend, but like his fellow countryman, Valentin Guillod, it’s been hard work in the MXGP class.
Romain Febvre has shown moments of great speed, but at the moment he sure isn’t one of the big four, and it’s going to take a big change for him to get in that group. I hope it comes back to him, because when he is in form, he sure is nice to watch him cut through the field.
Of course, Jeffrey Herlings is also out of the top ten in the MXGP series points, but Argentina showed enough that he will be running up front pretty soon. His starts are terrible, but he did mention to us in Indonesia that he doesn’t want to start up front, because he doesn’t feel confident enough to run with the leading guys. A year older, maybe it’s a sign of experience, and while he is down 50 points on the series leader, with a couple of solid performances he can bring that down quickly. He is though relying on riders to have poor GPs now, and that is never a good thing.
Jeremy Seewer holds the red plate in the MX2 class, and I have to admit, it’s not a surprise. He is so reliable, and seems to never put a foot wrong. His easy going, and calm character clearly working in his favour.
It was nice to see American youngster Darian Sanayei get a top five in the MX2 class last weekends, and around the American styled circuit, he was impressive on both days. We mentioned in the pre-season that it wouldn’t surprise us to see him get on the podium this year, or even win a GP, and I am sticking to that.
His countryman, Thomas Covington has really been a disappointment. Down in 15th place in the series points the best he has done is three 8th place moto finishes. Maybe Mexico will give him some love again in two weeks’ time.
Some good speed by guys like Thomas Olsen and Hunter Lawrence, but these two young kids seem in too much of a hurry. Maybe slowing down a little will actually bring them some much better results, because until now, they both look to have massive futures if they just stay on two wheels.
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