Last year, Matterley Basin was incredibly interesting for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings who didn’t win the MX2 grand prix of Great Britain. Instead he was beat fair and square by Valentin Guillod after a memorable race where the duo fought tooth and nail from start to finish. The Bullet seems to have matured as a rider this year, and in he has also become incredibly crafty. He doesn’t rush things any more, he just bides his time and lets the results come, and since he is so naturally gifted, it almost always works in his favor. As always, it’s hard not to bet against him for the win.
As for the battle for second place… your guess is as good as ours. Kemea Yamaha Official MX Team ’s Benoit Paturel is on the cable at the moment and has barged his way into the conversation. Paturel has landed on the second step of the podium two times in a row now and will be looking to better that, or make it three this weekend. Meanwhile, fellow Frenchman Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Dylan Ferrandis will be out for redemption after a wayward home grand prix two weeks ago.
And then there are the other guys capable of footing it. Team Suzuki World MX2’s Jeremy Seewer is running second in the championship with a 31-point advantage over the current vice world champion Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass. What is cool about these guys is, although they know Jeffrey is a cut above, they are eager as heck to catch him.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s duo of Max Anstie and Conrad Mewse and Wilvo Virus Performance KTM’s Adam Sterry will be the crowd’s adrenalin shot. When all his stars are in line Anstie has the skills to top the box, it’s just lining up those stars that is the hard part. As for Mewse, after starting the year with a dominating performance in the European Championship EMX250 where he went 1 – 1 for the win, the young Brit was bumped up to MX2 to fill in for his teammate Thomas Covington. Although it is a big leap, he seems to be adapting ok since he’s already posted a top ten result with his eighth place in the opening moto at the MXGP of France.
Sterry broke his arm at the season opener in Qatar and has since been on a come back. Since his return to the championship, at round seven in Germany, he has already nailed finished inside the top ten at races in Spain and Italy.
2015 MXGP of Great Britain MX2 Top 3
1. Valentin Guillod
2. Jeffrey Herlings
3. Jordi Tixier
MX2 Championship Top Ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 497 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 363 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 332 p.; 4. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 293 p.; 5. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, YAM), 269 p.; 6. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 230 p.; 7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, KAW), 229 p.; 8. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 228 p.; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 227 p.; 10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, KAW), 209 p.