The 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship continued globetrotting with the fourth meeting of the year landing into the hot and windy climes of Leon, Mexico for the fourth year in a row. The flat, hard-pack but heavily-rutted, cactus-surrounded layout in the city park drew a 35,000 crowd (weekend figure) for what was MXGP’s second visit to the Americas in the past two weeks.
Reigning MX2 World Champion Jeffrey Herlings is still searching for an improved blend of fitness and confidence after starting the season with a broken hand. The Dutch star survived the bumpy terrain to place 12th overall with a 14-9.
Herlings: “I don’t know what happened today. I want to thank Red Bull KTM because they have supported me so much and through all those days when we went 1-1 but now we need to keep on working and we will keep fighting and soon be up with the front-runners. We’ve had a couple of top tens so now we have to look to top five, top threes and up to the front.”
The Grand Prix of Trentino at the compact and scenic circuit of Pietramurata in northern Italy will instigate the European phase of the MXGP calendar and will take place on Easter weekend.
Next Round: April 16, 2017 – Pietramurata (ITA)
Results MXGP Leon 2017
1. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (1-1)
2. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM (4-2)
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA), Husqvarna (3-3)
4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI), Yamaha (6-4)
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL), Yamaha (5-5)
12. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), KTM (14-9)
Standings MXGP 2017 after 4 of 19 rounds
1. Gajser, 156 points
2. Cairoli, 136
3. Clement Desalle, 119
4. Van Horebeek, 116
5. Paulin, 112
14. Herlings, 59