Lommel - Live!!!!
Posted on October 18, 2020
So here we go, racing in the deep black sand of Lommel this weekend. Tim Gajser in the lead in MXGP and Tom Vialle the red plate guy in MX2. While the MXGP class still has four men in contention for the title, the MX2 class is very much a two horse race, but Vialle is looking more and more likely to be the next KTM World champion in the MX2 class, and follow in the footsteps of a long list of orange army riders to win that title.
Vialle and his 52-point lead over Jago Geert is impressive, but even more impressive is his 146 point lead over third placed man Jed Beaton. No doubt when the Lommel week is over, the Aussie will be totally out of contention, as he still has a mathematical chance of catching the Frenchman, as slim as that chance is.
Our coverage will again be similar to all the GPs. Saturday a round up at the end of the day, and Sunday full race reports from all four motos, not to mention video highlights and rider comments.
Can Jorge Prado take his fourth straight GP victory at Lommel, but this time in the MXGP class and add to his three MX2 overall wins, or will Tim Gajser make it two on the trot after winning the MXGP class in 2019?
Cairoli is the most successful rider ever at Lommel with three GPs wins and an MXoN overall victory, but the aging Italian hasn't won there since 2014 and it seems like these young kids might have him covered again in 2020, but you know, when you write the old dog off, he usually springs a surprise and takes another GP victory.
My tip, going by the speed of Prado lately, the seemingly consistent, smooth and careful Gajser and the tiring and brittle Cairoli, I think Prado wins on Sunday and closed up the points between himself and his older team-mate (Prado is currently 26 points behind Cairoli).
I know, many of us think that, and while I love Tim Gajser, I would love to see Prado close the points gap to the two front guys. What we will have for syre with these three is a combined 14 World titles between them, and all three love the sand of Lommel.
Lommel GP - Schedule 2020
Saturday - EMX250 and EMX125
14:05 - EMX 125 Race 1
14:55 - EMX 250 Race 1
16:05 - EMX 125 Race 2
16:55 - EMX 250 Race 2
Sunday -MXGP and MX2
08:30 - MX2 Free / Time Practice
09:30 - MXGP Free / Time Practice
12:00 - MX2 Race 1
13:00 - MXGP Race 1
15:00 - MX2 Race 2
16:00 - MXGP Race 2
MXGP - World Championship Classification
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 441 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 417 p.; 3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 396 p.; 4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 391 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 375 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 346 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 311 p.; 8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 294 p.; 9. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 p.; 10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 248 p.; 11. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 228 p.; 12. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 221 p.; 13. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 151 p.; 14. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 145 p.; 15. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 142 p.;
MX2 - World Championship Classification
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 525 points; 2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 473 p.; 3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 379 p.; 4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 372 p.; 5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 347 p.; 6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 326 p.; 7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 314 p.; 8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 279 p.; 9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 234 p.; 10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 226 p.; 11. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 176 p.; 12. Alvin Östlund (SWE, HON), 149 p.; 13. Alberto Forato (ITA, HUS), 137 p.; 14. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KAW), 118 p.; 15. Bailey Malkiewicz (AUS, HON), 92 p.
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