GP Bits: MXGP of China | Round 18

All photos by Juan Pablo Acevedo.

The local organizers behind the MXGP of China put together quite an cultural intro for the officials, riders and crews before the weekend got started.

On Saturday night, there was also a performance by the Philharmonic Orchestra, courtesy of the Government of Shanghai. Tis was definitely classier than the average MX event.

Tim Gajser and the Team HRC Honda crew enjoying the festivities at Friday night's intro.

This was the first time to the Fengxian-Shanghai off-road circuit in Shanghai.

After the hardpack in Turkey, the terrain was softer for this week's GP.

With the racing last weekend, and travel to China, it was an on the road build for all the teams.

This event was definitely a BYOF (Bring Your Own Fuel) weekend.

Jordi Tixier's bike coming out of the crate after shipping.

Jeremy van Horebeek's bikes.

On the road service isn't limited to the teams. The WP techs were also busy going through shocks and forks.

The GP crews do a great job at keeping things nice and tidy. We dig the bike covers.

Traveling kit always includes team ID gear.

Multiple bikes for each rider is always part of the game.

Spares? Riding gear? It all has to be packed up to make the trip.

Pauls Jonass and his crew making sure everything is dialed.

The Red Bull KTM guys were looking to finish off the '19 campaign in fine style. They wouldn't go home disappointed.

Here's a portion of one of Jeffrey Herlings' Red Bull KTM bike was laid out on the bench, but everything is cleaned, sorted, prepped, and ready to go back together.

Double-duty. The lid of one of the travel crates doubles as a workbench for the crew.

One of Tom Vialle's bikes ready for a refresh.

Glenn Coldenhoff's bike set to go for Saturday's qualifying.

Glenn Coldenhoff finished up third overall in the MXGP class for the season.

This was interesting. How about a little drone-killing technology on hand during the weekend?

Not all the bikes benefit from the enclosed travel cases that we see the factory teams using.

There was a bit of locally-sourced product in the pits of one of the Chinese riders. This Zuumav had a few interesting tidbits. Keys? E-start?

There are design cues from a few different sources.

If there's an E-start, it also has a kickstarter backup.

No lack of grip on the pegs.

Jorge Prado's Sidi boots feature World Champion graphics.

Jeffrey Herlings' butt patch says, "Let's finish with a bang!"

Ready to go racing? So are we.

The MXGP class heads for the first turn.

Jeffrey Herlings couldn't quite catch Glenn Coldenhoff in the first moto, and had to settle for second. In the second moto, he got by his countryman on the last lap to take the overall in the final GP of the season.

Up until the last lap of moto two, it looked like Glenn Coldenhoff might take the overall win. More importantly, he did wrap up third overall for the season in the MXGP class. Now he and his teammates will get ready to host the MXoN at Assen in two weeks.

Despite some troubles like catching a rock in one eye, and a cut chin during a crash, Jeremy Seewer grabbed third overall for the day, and second overall for the season.

Tim Gajser had an amazing middle section of the season winning seven races in a row, and wrapping up the MXGP title early, but things didn't quite flow as well later on. He was fourth for the weekend.

It looks like Tim picked up a souvenir during one of the motos.

Check the Chinese flag set into the numbers on the back of Jeremy van Horebeek's jersey. His 7-5 score was good for fifth overall, and he finished eighth on the season.

A 5-7 tally for the weekend gave Pauls Jonass (41) sixth overall, which matched his season finish.

Pencil in seventh overall for Gautier Paulin.

Arminas Jasikonis styling his way to eighth overall in China.

Ivo Monticelli finished in ninth overall with a 10-9 score.

Jordi Tixier rounded out the top ten with his 9-10 day. Checking the results, there were 17 GP regulars on hand, and a few fill-ins from Thailand, Togo, and China to make it a 21-rider gate. The fastest of the locals (Chaiyan Romphan from Thailand), had a best lap that was about 16 seconds off the pace of Coldenhoff.

Where was Arnaud Tonus on Sunday? Unfortunately, a crash during Saturday's qualifying sent him to the hospital, and he had to sit out the final motos. He did finish fifth in the season standings for the MXGP riders.

Jeffrey Herlings styling for the Chinese fans.

With one final duel for the MX2 riders, Tom Vialle grabbed the holeshot in moto one.

Jorge Prado had a pretty easy time of it in moto one, but had to battle with his teammate in moto two for the overall win in his final MX2 race.

A crash early in moto one hampered Tom Vialle's efforts, and he had to settle for third after leading early. In the second moto, he was battling near the end with his teammate, but had to settle for second overall, and fourth on the season.

Calvin Vlaanderen was second in moto one, fourth in moto two, third overall in China, and eighth for the season.

Jago Geerts missed out on a podium spot by two points, and while he finished fourth in China, he grabbed third overall for the season. His next stop will be as part of Team Belgium in the MXoN.

Thomas Kjer Olsen missed out on part of the action in Turkey due to illness but bounced back in China with a fifth overall. He was also second in MX2 for the season behind Prado.

Sixth in China? That went to Maxime Renaux.

Adam Sterry's seventh overall in China capped a season that found him finishing in sixth spot.

Iker Larranaga Olano was eighth overall.

Whoa, Alberto Forato took quite the wild ride on the way to his ninth overall finish.

Mitchell Harrison nabbed a top ten in the final round with a consistent 11-11 day.

A mistake in moto one caused Roan van de Moosdijk to slip outside the top ten, and he bounced back in moto two with a sixth.

Zach Pichon finished up his MX2 campaign in 24th overall.

Brian Moreau finished the season in 24th overall, and we hear he's headed for the U.S. for next season to ride with the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM crew.

Make that one more GP win for Jorge Prado. In 17 rounds (he missed round two), he took 16 wins, and 13 of those with 1-1 finishes. That's some serious dominance.

The top two MX2 riders on the day (Prado and Vialle) congratulate each other.

The two World Champs, Jorge Prado and Tim Gajser, picked up their gold medals for their season accomplishments from the FIM President, Jorge Viegas (left); and Youthstream's David Luongo (right).


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