Czech GP for Dummies


In this '...for Dummies' series, we're going to try and answer any questions you might have from the GP weekend, as well as address any issues which you may not have spotted. Just enough information to impress your friends and show them how worldly you are...

Herlings does it again
Jeffrey Herlings
It's been inevitable ever since the first race (or perhaps even when Tommy Searle was forced to move up) that Jeffrey Herlings would win the 2013 MX2 World Championship, but today he completed his task three rounds early. Yet another 1-1 performance put the seal on the title as his teammate Jordi Tixier struggled down the field, leaving the Dutchman over 170pts up with just six races left. The celebrations weren't quite as wild as last year but it was still a pretty special moment for the 18yr old rider who looks odds on to get a third in 2014. For now though, he has a week off to celebrate before trying to continue his overall streak to the end of the year.

Old-school vs New-school
Last weekend in Germany, the track was very of the new-school variety. Built on the infield of the Lausitzring motor-racing circuit, it was a venue that definitely split opinion. This weekend in the Czech Republic couldn't have been more different as the hills of Loket provided a much trickier surface to deal with for the riders. Some riders really don't like this place and the racing wasn't that great but this is a track that has a lot of history and deserves a spot on the roster.

No KTM on the 450 podium
Antonio Cairoli has made it no secret that does not like this place, but even he was well below his high standards as a 4-7 left him well off the podium. Even his teammate Ken de Dycker couldn't make much impact, despite a qualification win, which meant for the first time this year there was no KTM on the podium in any class of any GP. Instead it was left for the Suzuki's of Clement Desalle (1-1), Kevin Strijbos (2-4) and the Honda of Evgeny Bobryshev (5-3) to spray the champaign and take the glory.

Team Belgium are a Threat
Clement Desalle
Anyone who thinks that the MXoN will be a walk in the park this year may want to have a look at the results from the Czech Republic this weekend as the Belgian riders dominated things in the MX1 class. Clement Desalle won, Strijbos was second, Ken de Dycker was 4th and Jeremy van Horebeek came 2nd in moto two, and would have had a podium overall if his front brake hadn't locked up in moto one. Of course one of those four guys will miss out, and one will have to drop down to a 250 but even so, this is a team that can definitely win in Germany.

David Bulmer