MXGP of China - What Happens

Posted on September 11, 2019

For those heading to China for the final Grand Prix of the season, bring your sun cream, because temperatures are up and the sun will be out. With around 32 degrees expected, this rainy season has turned friendly for the MXGP and MX2 competitors and the chance of rain over the next five days is 10%. The weekend humidity will only be around 70%, which is a lot better than today at around 90%.

With high humidity, it will be a hard one for the riders, but as we have seen time and time again, the FIM Motocross World Championship competitors can race in any conditions, and as the MXGP and MX2 series does, diversity is the name of the game. A well-prepared circuit has been built by GP track specialist Greg Atkins, and the area of the event is very impressive.

But what do we expect in Shanghai this weekend? Well, going by last weekend, it might be a KTM whitewash, as it is clear Jeffrey Herlings is getting back to his best and at his best he is unbeatable. World MXGP champion Tim Gajser though won’t want to be beaten again, and I can imagine his mind-set has been turned upside down after winning his third World championship. After a gruelling season, it might be time for the HRC rider to actually slow down and enjoy the moment, while Herlings is coming in wanting to win, win and win again. I get Herlings is considered the fastest man on the planet, but lets not forget the season Gajser has had, and give him some credit for maybe just turning off mentally at the moment and just being happy to end his season without injury.

We probably won’t see a Herlings vs Gajser battle for real until the start of the 2020 season, and lets hope both riders are 100% fit and Antonio Cairoli and Jorge Prado join them in what should be a legendary season.

Of course it isn’t just about the GP winners, but there are championship positions to fight for in China, and Gautier Paulin is fighting hard to remain in third place in the MXGP championship as Glenn Coldenhoff, in a rich vein of form is closing in on the Frenchman. Having gone 1-1-2 in the last three GPs the Dutchman is with striking distance of Paulin, but needs another cracking performance with around 10 points separating the two.

In MX2 I have nearly fallen to sleep on a few occasions as Jorge Prado rode off into the sunset and his competition fought of the scraps. When somebody is winning like Prado is, then it is hard to get too excited, as we pretty much know who will win in China, in the MX2 class. Thank God he moves to MXGP in 2020.