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Round 3 of the 2019 MXGP World Championship rolled into the Netherlands this weekend and tested the riders with their first sand track of the season at Valkenswaard. After grabbing his first moto win of the season at the previous round help at Matterley Basin, Slovenian born Tim Gajser came into the weekend looking to defeat series leader Antonio Cairoli. In the MX2 division, Calvin Vlaanderen was coming off two consecutive 4th place finishes and aimed to take the step up onto the podium at Valkenswaard.


The weekend started strong for Gajser as he was around the top of the board in both Free & Qualifying Practice Saturday morning. When the Qualifying Race rolled around in the afternoon Gajser took a very collected second place finish - not pushing the envelope too hard and cruising to a good gate pick for Sunday's races. Unfortunately for Gajser's MX2 stablemate Calvin Vlaanderen as he got caught up in a first turn crash in his Qualifying Race. Vlaanderen luckily was unharmed and battled back for 14th pick on the gate the following day.


Sunday saw more cloudy and cold weather conditions but the riders were ready to battle it out nonetheless. Calvin Vlaanderen had the fastest time in morning Warm Up and looked poised for a strong finish. But a tough start would make things difficult for Vlaanderen in MX2 Moto #1, although he was able to work his way up to 4th from outside the top 10. He made things somewhat easier for himself in Moto #2 when he took the green flag in 6th, but a 4th place finish unfortunately was not good enough for the overall podium. 4-4 Moto scores handed him 4th place overall, but he now holds 3rd Place in the Championship points standings.


In MXGP Moto #1, Tim Gajser jumped out in the front of the pack and held 3rd position for the opening laps. Unfortunately he suffered another big crash on Lap 4, although he quickly remounted and got going again. At the end he worked his way up to 7th position despite the mishap. In Moto #2 Gajser got another good start and settled into 2nd position where he would eventually finish. His 7-2 scores were good for 3rd Overall and he kept his podium streak for the season alive. Gajser holds 2nd Place in the Championship standings. Fox Goggle athlete Jeremy Seewer also had another positive weekend in the Netherlands and went 8-6 for 7th Overall.



The series continues next week at the picturesque Trentino circuit near Riva Del Garda in Italy.


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