Glenn Coldenhoff in the top ten in the opening Grand Prix of 2017 in Qatar
Glenn Coldenhoff classified ninth overall under the Losail lights. The Dutchman suffered with an early first moto crash that forced a charge from the rear of the pack and he gained fifteenth place. The 26 year old left the circuit encouraged with a more consistent run to eight position in the second race.
Coldenhoff: “The day started off not so good. I had a bad start but worked my way up to tenth on the first lap before I wanted to push too fast and ended up making a mistake. So I had to restart dead-last and wanted to get back with the guys as quick as possible and made another mistake: I was not focussed enough. I told myself to keep calm, do my thing and get a rhythm. I had some hard fights and finishing in fifteenth is not the result we are working for. My riding was quite good in the second moto. Van Horebeek and Bobryshev passed me and those guys were just a little bit quicker. That race was quite solid though. I’m ninth in the championship right now and it could be worse.”
By the time dawn started to throw natural light on the renowned Losail circuit – where Red Bull KTM will make their highly anticipated first appearance as a full time participant on the MotoGP grid in just under a month’s time – freight and flight cases with the 450 & 250 SX-F motorcycles were already prepped and ready for the next stage of the MXGP journey. A 7000km trek to a new facility on the island of Pangkal Pinang will entertain the first Grand Prix of Indonesia this century and constitute the second ‘flyaway’ round from the opening stint of the calendar with trips to Argentina and Mexico to come in the following weeks.
Next Round: March 5, 2017 – Pangkal Pinang (INA)
Results/Standings MXGP Losail 2017 after 1 of 19 rounds
1. Tony Cairoli (ITA), KTM, 50 points (1-1)
2. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda, 42 (3-2)
3. Clement Desalle (BEL), Kawasaki, 40 (2-4)
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS), Honda, 32 (4-7)
5. Romain Febvre (FRA), Yamaha, 31 (10-2)
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED), KTM, 19 (15-8)