Vital MX Pit Bits: 2018 MXGP of The Netherlands

Jeffrey Herlings is your 2018 MXGP World Champion and there's plenty to see from this past weekend's race at Assen in The Netherlands, scroll down and enjoy!

The champ is here!

Glenn Coldenhoff was one of only two riders that really saw Antonio Cairoli or Jeffrey Herlings for long.

After making up points for two rounds, Pauls Jonass threw away an even bigger chunk this weekend...the title is pretty much gone at this point for the defending champion.


Marshal Weltin's MX2 season has been solid this year but due to his age, he will have to bump over to the EMX250 class to stay abroad.

Marshal Weltin's F&H Kawasaki KX250

There's something about a drilled front number plate.

These kit KYB fork lugs have seen better days. F&H, like a few other GP teams, run HAAN hubs.

The taper at the top of this carbon fuel tank is unique.

While most teams use CRM for their oversized carbon fuel tanks, we think this one used by F&H is possibly from ProCarbon.

There's something about an aftermarket rear brake caliper mount that scream factory.

Thomas Convington locked down another podium with second overall, his range of skills on different terrains has really come along. We're excited to see him in the US next year!

Eric Grondahl made the trip across the pond to knock one off his bucket list.

Calvin Vlaanderen is WFO.

Sixth overall for Shaun Simpson, who always steps it up in the sand.

Welcome back Brian Bogers, but Assen was probably the toughest round to return to.

With Brian Bogers back in action at HRC, Todd Waters was moved to Honda Assomotor.

Brian Bogers' HRC Honda CRF450RW

Yoshimura has a different spec for the MXGP effort with a resonance chamber...WE WANT.

Some clear graphics material goes a long ways towards protecting a titanium fuel tank.

So many buttons...don't press the wrong one.

Nothing like some candy red hubs on a CRF...


Starts have been key for Jorge Prado this year, we're curious to see if he can repeat these performances against a half gate of 450s at MXdN.

There was two top tens for Hunter Lawrence in the sands at Assen.

TKO was one of two Husqvarna's on the MX2 podium this weekend.

Another top five overall for Ben Watson.

Romain Febvre was absent from this round due to his head injury, we're unsure how long he will be out for.

Rinaldi uses a stock brake caliper but there's a neat little guard protecting the underside of the brake caliper and the mount are coming off the fork lug.

Tim Gajser was on the outside looking in against the four sand specialists in the field.

Will Team 114 continue with Bas Vaessan next year? Hmm...

Glen Coldenhoff knows how to turn it up in Assen.

Pick a rut, any rut. Also, Max Anstie locked down his third MXGP podium of the season.

Soemone is missing a fork guard...

Pauls Jonass.

A 12th and a DNF, not a strong weekend for Tommy Searle.

Tommy Searle's Bike-It DRT Kawasaki KX450F

Pro Peg titanium pegs marked for their brand application.

Searle's fork lugs area KYB works spec with a low profile brake caliper mount for durability in case of an impact.

That's a big radiator...

Clemente Desalle is holding onto third in the title, but Tim Gajser is coming fast.

Try again next year, as Antonio Cairoli is signed up for 2019 and 2020 to take on Herlings for the title.

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