Herlings and Coenen rule MXGP Grand Prix of Latvia

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing celebrated their first FIM Motocross World Championship Grand Prix ‘double’ in 2024 as Jeffrey Herlings and Sacha Coenen both conquered the fine Kegums soil at the Latvian GP and round nine of 20. Herlings claimed his first MXGP victory in a year with a 1-3 performance on the KTM 450 SX-F while Sacha Coenen converted his bright speed with the KTM 250 SX-F to win in MX2 for the first time in his young career.

  • MXGP win #1 of the season and career victory #104 for Jeffrey Herlings who owns the Grand Prix of Latvia for the second year in a row
  • Sacha Coenen puts starts, speed and fortune together to go 3-1 for his first Grand Prix win, first moto victory and maiden podium finish in his second MX2 campaign
  • Liam Everts’ 5-4 means a top five result with 5th overall as Andrea Adamo has a tougher weekend to classify 9th on the day in MX2
  • Cas Valk wins the sixth round of the EMX250 European Championship with his KTM 250 SX-F by one point. The Dutchman is 13 points from the red plate in the standings while Gyan Doensen takes his KTM 125 SX to 4th in the EMX125 category and is 2nd in the table with strong options for the title
  • The hilly and historic circuit of Maggiora will host the Grand Prix of Italy next weekend for round ten and the midway point of the 2024 calendar
An overdue stint of sunshine greeted MXGP for the Grand Prix of Latvia at Kegums. Round nine dipped into the soft shallow soil of Kegums but the fast layout and hard base meant a typically deceptive and tricky circuit for the MXGP and MX2 classes (and European Championship support cards). Now fifteen years as a staple part of the MXGP slate and former Motocross of Nations venue; Kegums was nevertheless hit by a heavy but brief rainstorm that affected the end of the first MX2 moto and the opening MXGP outing.
Before the weather could have its say for the motos, warm and dry RAM Qualification Heats took place on Saturday where Herlings labored to 6th place in MXGP and Andrea Adamo was best-placed with 4th in MX2.
On Sunday the passing Latvian clouds made sure the track was soft and very rough in places (braking bumps and ruts) but also fast and inviting in others. Herlings started well in the initial MXGP moto with his KTM 450 SX-F and seized the lead on the first lap. He controlled the race all the way for his third success of 2024. In the second moto Herlings had no answer for the pace of Jorge Prado and Tim Gajser (despite a late rally) but his 3rd position ensured the top step of the rostrum for his first success of 2024 and his fifth trophy of the year (his eighth career GP feat at Kegums). #84 is 3rd in the standings and 68 points from P1.
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