Glenn Coldenhoff Secures Third Spot in Final MXGP World Championship Standings
Glenn Coldenhoff of the Standing Construct KTM team finished third in the final MXGP world championship standings. Coldenhoff again had a strong showing at the final GP of the season in Shanghai, China, and finished second overall at the event.
“The weekend started off well straight away,” Glenn said. “I won the qualifying heat, and that was important, because a good start gate was a definite advantage on this track. In the first heat, I started well and got the holeshot. Jeremy Seewer pushed hard at the beginning, but he crashed, and then I had to fend off Tim Gajser and Jeffrey Herlings, but I managed to handle the pressure and won the race.”
After the first heat, Coldenhoff had moved into third position in the world standings, one point ahead of Gautier Paulin. His start was less sterling in race two, but by the second corner he had moved into the lead again. “The team and I decided that I would not do anything rash in the second race, and would concentrate exclusively on keeping the third spot in the world championship standings. I rode in the lead for most of the race but in the last two laps, Herlings was pushing hard. I let him by and rode the race out safely in second spot. That secured me the third spot in the world standings.”
Glenn was second overall for the GP, and, most importantly, had done enough to secure the third spot in the world standings.
“It’s incredible if you look back upon our season. In the beginning of the year I had a lot of trouble with my back, and a third place finish looked entirely out of the question. In the last five GP’s my worst finish was third, so that was a strong end spurt. I wish to thank the team and everyone around me. We went through a difficult time, but sailed through it. We could not have hoped for more, given the start we had. I will focus on the Motocross of Nations now and try and do the best for my country there.”
Glenn will represent the Dutch team, one of the favourites for overall honours at the Motocross of Nations at Assen on 28 and 29 September 2019.
Overall Grand Prix China:
1 Jeffrey Herlings 47 Pnt
2 Glenn Coldenhoff 47 Pnt
3 Jeremy Seewer 38 Pnt
4 Tim Gajser 38 Pnt
5 Jeremy van Horebeek 30 Pnt
Final World Championship Standings MXGP:
1 Tim Gajser 782 Pnt
2 Jeremy Seewer 580 Pnt
3 Glenn Coldenhoff 535 Pnt
4 Gautier Paulin 527 Pnt
5 Arnaud Tonus 462 Pnt