Race Day Feed: MXGP of USA, Sunday – MXGP

Welcome to the Racer X Race Day Feed, your one-stop shop for round 17 of the FIM Motocross World Championship from Jacksonville, Florida, at WW Motocross Park. We’ll be updating this post throughout the day with news, notes, and results from today’s races, so be sure to check back throughout the day. You can also follow Racer X on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up on all the action.

Welcome to the second day of action from WW Motocross Park in Jacksonville, Florida, site of the MXGP of USA. Qualifying races took place yesterday to determine today’s gate picks and it was a rough day for many of the U.S.-based riders. Factory Yamaha’s Cooper Webb crashed toward the end of the practice session and sustained a broken thumb, according to On Track Off Road editor Adam Wheeler. He is out for today.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo is also out for today after tweaking his knee in practice yesterday. Initial reports indicate that the injury isn’t serious. Joey Savatgy did not race yesterday due to foot/ankle injury that kept him out of the last two rounds of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. He is also sidelined for today.

In the MX2 qualifying race, American Thomas Covington grabbed the holeshot and led all 11 laps to capture a 6.23 second win over Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha prospect Justin Cooper. MX2 points leader Pauls Jonass finished third. Mitchell Harrison finished sixth ahead of Chase Sexton. Justin Hill finished 22nd, while RJ Hampshire crashed and had a bike issue and was credited with 28th.

In MXGP, Jeffrey Herlings dominated, cruising to a 19.6 second win over points leader Antonio Cairoli. Romain Febvre finished third. Eli Tomac struggled in qualifying, finishing a distant 12th. Justin Barcia was running up front early but collided with Gautier Paulin and went down. He was unable to finish the race and was credited with 36th. Fredrik Noren finished 15th, while Benny Bloss took home 17th. Kyle Chisholm finished 20th.

Live coverage can be seen on MXGP-TV.com beginning with MX2 race 1 at noon ET. CBS Sports Network will air live coverage of the second motos starting at 3:00 p.m. ET.

1. Thomas Covington
2. Pauls Jonass
3. RJ Hampshire
4. Justin Cooper
5. Julien Lieber
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen
7. Chase Sexton
8. Jeremy Seewer
9. Jorge Prado
10. Alvin Ostlund
11. Brian Bogers
12. Brent Van doninck
13. Stephen Rubini
14. Mitchell Harrison
15. Davy Pootjes

17. Darian Sanayei
22. Dakota Alix
26. Hayden Mellross

Justin Hill did not participate in the warm-up. We will update once we know more.

1. Jeffrey Herlings
2. Antonio Cairoli
3. Eli Tomac
4. Max Anstie
5. Gautier Paulin
6. Tim Gajser
7. Glenn Coldenhoff
8. Arminas Jasikonis
9. Kevin Strijbos
10. Romain Febvre
11. Jordi Tixier
12. Alessandro Lupino
13. Benny Bloss
14. Evgeny Bobryshev
15. Justin Barcia
16. Fredrik Noren
17. Clement Desalle
19. Shaun Simpson
20. Jeremy Van Horebeek
21. Max Nagl
22. Kyle Chisholm

Full results.

Hollywood would have a hard time writing a better script than what we just witnessed in the first MX2 moto at the MXGP of USA.

Thomas Covington looked great in qualifying yesterday and grabbed the early lead in the first moto. He was followed by fellow Americans Mitchell Harrison and RJ Hampshire, who had 28th gate pick after a crash and mechanical in yesterday’s qualifying race.

Hampshire was the rider on the move early, getting past Harrison and applying heavy pressure to Covington. Covington showed poise early, withstanding everything Hampshire was throwing at him. At the 18 minute mark Hampshire kept it pinned around the outside to move into the lead. By lap 8, Hampshire open a three second gap on Covington.

Hampshire’s lead ballooned to 11 seconds on the following lap after Covington lost the front-end in a corner. Covington was able to remount and hold onto second, but he had Hunter Lawrence, who had moved into third, and Harrison right on his rear fender.

Covington was able to regroup and he and Lawrence put distance between Harrison. Out front, Hampshire still held a 7.6 second lead on lap 12, but like Covington he lost the front-end late in the race. His lead over Covington dropped to less than a second and less than two seconds over Lawrence.

Hampshire regrouped quickly and held on to take the moto win by 3.6 seconds. Covington took second ahead of Lawrence, Harrison, and Thomas Kjer Olsen. Chase Sexton finished sixth ahead of Brian Bogers and Justin Cooper. Jeremy Seewer overcame two crashes to take ninth ahead of points leader Pauls Jonass, who crashed on the start.

Hampshire’s Gap on Covington

Lap 7: Hampshire 2.8

Lap 8: Hampshire 3.0

Lap 9: Hampshire 11.0

Lap 12: Hampshire 7.6

Lap 13: Hampshire .53

Lap 14: Hampshire 1.2

Lap 15: Hampshire 2.6

Lap 16 (end of race): Hampshire 3.6

Darian Sanayei finished 13th, while Justin Hill took 18th. Dakota Alix did not finish the moto. We’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

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