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Glenn Coldenhoff close to the podium again in home Grand Prix in Assen

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Glenn Coldenhoff of the Red Bull KTM team so nearly gave the team a full podium sweep at the Grand Prix of the Netherlands in Assen. #259 was fast and competitive at the track where he marked a podium finish in 2016 and charged to a fine 3rd position for a Red Bull KTM 1-2-3 in Saturday’s Qualification Heat. He was running inside the top three in the first moto until a frightening crash that saw him topple off the track. He thankfully retrieved his racebike and rode to 5th place. In the second moto – after holeshotting and leading the opening laps – Glenn fought off the attention of Max Anstie to classify 3rd and missed his first spray of champagne this season by just two points.

 

Coldenhoff: “I rode well all weekend long. I didn’t have a great start in the first moto but on the first lap I was already third. I was under pressure from Max [Anstie] and felt he was a bit stronger so I pushed harder and went over my limit. I had a pretty nasty crash and hurt my finger. It took quite a while to get back in the rhythm. I knew I needed fourth for a chance at the podium and I saw [Tim] Gajser, so pushed hard again and was only 0.3 behind him at the end; it just wasn’t enough. I knew it would be difficult in the second moto but I pulled a holeshot and led a few laps in front of my home crowd which was amazing. I tried to follow Tony and Jeffrey and had pressure from Max but managed to hold him back. Overall I was fourth again and not on the box, which would have been so nice here to have two Dutch flags on the podium and a 1-2-3 for KTM so I’m a bit disappointed. There’s only one chance left now.”

 

The eight-month MXGP campaign comes to an end in two weeks time with the inauguration of Imola as a Grand Prix venue for round twenty of the season.

 

Daguitslag MXGP Assen:

1 Jeffrey Herlings 50 Pnt

2 Antonio Cairoli 44 Pnt

3 Max Anstie 38 Pnt

4 Glenn Coldenhoff 36 Pnt

5 Tim Gajser 34 Pnt

 

Tussenstand wereldkampioenschap MXGP:

1 Jeffrey Herlings 883 Pnt

2 Antonio Cairoli 782 Pnt

3 Clement Desalle 645 Pnt

4 Tim Gajser 625 Pnt

5 Romain Febvre 544 Pnt

7 Glenn Coldenhoff 511 Pnt

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