MX2 action in UK was filled with battles in both races

MX2 action in UK was filled with battles in both races

25.03.2019: ....as the field fought to stake their claim at the top and gain championship points. Race 1 started with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialletaking the Fox Holeshot for the second time this season. Vialle led but had pressure from Rockstar En

....as the field fought to stake their claim at the top and gain championship points. Race 1 started with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tom Vialletaking the Fox Holeshot for the second time this season.



Vialle led but had pressure from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen and REVO Husqvarna UK’s Dylan Walsh. Also in the thick of the racing was Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2’s Ben Watson and F&H Racing’s Henry Jacobi.



Watson however made an unfortunate error dropping the bike early in the race which in turn dropped him 4thback to 9th. Watson teammate Jago Geerts also suffered from mistakes while running inside the top ten putting the two Kemea Yamaha’s in a difficult position.



By the second lap was Olsen though as the Dane took the spot from Vialle. Vialle then lost out to the moves of Jacobi as well when the German passed him on the outside. Local hero Conrad Mewse made moves on his Hitachi KTM UK bike from 11thto 4thbefore a mechanical issue on the last lap.



Olsen’s lead then started to be chipped at by the #29 of Jacobi but the title hopeful kept his cool and held the spot through to take the checkered flag and his first race win this season. Mewse’s 4thposition was taken by Watson, but Mewse managed to limp his bike across the finish in 6thjust behind Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori’s Michele Cervellin.



Race 2 proved that KTM and Vialle made the right choice as he took his 3rdof the 4 Fox Holeshots so far in 2019. Vialle again had Walsh just behind along with Olsen, Jacobi, and Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen.



Olsen took 2ndaway from Walsh before the first lap was complete while 2018 EMX250 champion Mathys Boisrame fought in the top five on his Honda RedMoto Assomotor CRF250. A mistake from Jacobi allowed Vlaanderen to get past who then took 3rdaway from Walsh.


Jacobi then recovered and found his form to get past Walsh as well. Jacobi’s speed allowed him to catch the front runners and Vialle who dropped a spot to Vlaanderen. With less than 2 laps to go Jacobi flew past Vialle which moved the German into 3rdin the race but 2nd overall.


Olsen’s dominant weekend continued winning race 2 by 9.9 seconds over Vlaanderen. In the overall it was Olsen’s 1-1 taking first, Jacobi’s 2-3 took 2nd, and Vialle’s 3-4 put the Frenchman on the podium in his second ever MX2 race.



Thomas Kjer Olsen,
“It was amazing to go 1-1 for the first time and it was even better when I was on the podium and they gave me the red plate because I didn’t realize I would be leading the points. Overall I had a great weekend, I felt really good out on the track, I had great energy and I felt really comfortable, we even made improvements every time I was out so I was really happy with that and how the whole team is working.”



Henry Jacobi,
“I had some special lines that I was seeing and nobody else took. 2nd overall is really good for us, the team, you know we are not a factory team, but we made some really good steps over the winter with F&H Racing.”




Tom Vialle,
“I am really happy, it was a really good weekend, I rode well through all the sessions and races. It was a fantastic weekend and I am really happy about my starts. I feel really good on the bike and I feel that today I made a huge step, it was 2 tough races but both went very well.”




MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 35:01.449; 2. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:04.278; 3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:16.160; 4. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:28.500; 5. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:30.179; 6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:35.271; 7. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:36.018; 8. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:44.908; 9. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:50.189; 10. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:54.010.


MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), 37:10.022; 2. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:09.936; 3. Henry Jacobi (GER, Kawasaki), +0:16.035; 4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:16.935; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:20.044; 6. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:38.635; 7. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:43.577; 8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:46.268; 9. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:54.765; 10. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:59.920.




MX2 Overall Top Ten
: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 50 points; 2. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 42 p.; 3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 35 p.; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 34 p.; 6. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 28 p.; 7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 28 p.; 8. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 22 p.; 9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 20 p.; 10. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 20 p.




MX2 ChampionshipTop Ten
: 1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 94 points; 2. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 78 p.; 3. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 71 p.; 4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 65 p.; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 63 p.; 6. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 p.; 7. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 50 p.; 8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 49 p.; 9. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 45 p.; 10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 41 p.



MX2 Manufacturers:
1. Husqvarna, 94 points; 2. KTM, 88 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 78 p.; 4. Honda, 73 p.; 5. Yamaha, 64 p.
         
 
 

 



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