Maxime Renaux (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing) and Tom Vialle (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) will take to the line first tomorrow as they took wins in the MXGP and MX2 qualifying rounds, with Renaux taking his second qualifying victory in MXGP and Vialle its premiere of 2022.
In the MXGP qualifying race, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Maxime Renaux took off as he led Team HRC’s Tim Gajser, Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing’s Calvin Vlaanderen, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Seewer and Ruben Fernandez from Honda 114 Motorsports.
As the drivers battled for positions on the opening lap, Vlaanderen fell to sixth place, while Gajser began to put pressure on Renaux, with Seewer keeping a close eye on the pair in front.
Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass made some fine passes to finish fifth, while Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Glenn Coldenhoff took sixth in Vlaanderen.
Gajser then set the fastest lap of the race in the opening stages as he looked for every opportunity to get around Renaux while for a moment it looked like Seewer was losing touch with the pair.
On lap five, Brian Bogers (Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing) came out ninth ahead of SM Action Racing Team YUASA Battery’s Alberto Forato, while wildcard rider Christophe Charlier of Riley Racing moved up to tenth with Kawasaki Racing Team’s Ben Watson. MXGP right behind him. Charlier held the position until the end of the inning, as Watson fell back to 13and.
In the closing stages, Vlaanderen began to close the gap to Coldenhoff as he looked for a way to regain the position he had lost earlier, while Gajser began to look impatient as he struggled to find a way past the Frenchman in front of him. .
Renaux did a great job of not cracking under the pressure by taking his second qualifying victory of the season in MXGP, ahead of Gajser, Seewer, Fernandez and Jonass.
“It was a great qualification; it was good to get another hole in qualifying, but I want to get those holes in the races. said Renaux. “It was a great race, I had a lot of pressure from Tim throughout the race and I felt he was pushing. It’s a good warm-up for tomorrow, I felt well on the track and try to make two good starts in the race tomorrow, that would be good”.