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2012 MX2 GP France: Jake Nicholls seventh in French Grand Prix

Jake Nicholls of the Super B Nestaan JM Racing Team finished seventh overall at round six of the World Championship MX2 Series in St. Jean d’Angely, France.

Glenn Coldenhoff had a difficult weekend but tried what he could and managed to score six world championship points. Pascal Rauchenecker came close of scoring points in France but unfortunately he crashed with still two laps to go and was forced to retire from the race with a damaged machine.

Jake Nicholls needed some time on Saturday to get used to the track. He qualified himself in twelfth position and wasn’t completely happy about this. The races on Sunday were tough for him. He didn’t made good enough starts and stalled the engine twice in the first heat and lost the tail of the group. Jake finally finished the race in tenth position and scored some decent points for the championship. In the second race he was running in seventh position but made a big mistake and went back to eight position. In the rest of the race he couldn't make any ground up on the riders in front of him and had to be satisfied with eight position. Jake finished seventh overall and after six rounds he sits in seventh position in the championship as well.

Glenn Coldenhoff couldn’t find his rhythm on the track on Saturday. Because of this he finished in 26th position in the qualifying heat. In both motos he had a bad starting position. When the gate dropped in he was at the front line in both motos. Unfortunately the riders from the inside went wide in the first corner. In the first moto Glenn collided with Tommy Searle and had to start the race in the back of the pack. In the first moto he came close to the points but couldn’t make the difference and finished in 22nd position. Glenn was riding a strong second moto. From outside of the top twenty he worked his way back up to fifteenth position and scored six world championship points. Overall he finished in nineteenth position and after the Grand Prix in France he sits in fifteenth position in the championship.

Pascal Rauchenecker had some bad luck in the first lap of the qualifying heat and had to come back from the back of the field. Pascal was riding a good race and still managed to finish the race in 27th position. In the first moto he was riding just outside of the points for a long time. Pascal gave everything he had but couldn’t make the difference and lost a few positions in the closing stages of the race to finally finish the moto in 24thposition. In the second moto he took a better start and found his rhythm straight away. He passed several riders and worked his way up to fifteenth position. With still two laps to go things went wrong for Pascal on a double jump. He crashed really hard and smashed with his head on the ground. His bike was damaged a lot so he was forced to retire from the race. After six rounds he sits in 26thposition in the world championship standings.

The Nestaan JM Racing Team will now travel to Portugal for round seven of the World Championship Series.

Results Grand Prix MX2 France:

First moto MX2:

1 Jeffrey Herlings NL KTM
2 Jeremy Vanhorebeek B KTM
3 Tommy Searle GB Kawasaki
4 Joel Roelants B Kawasaki
5 Valentin Teillet F Kawasaki
6 Jordi Tixier F KTM
7 Arnaud Tonus CH Yamaha
8 Christophe Charlier F Yamaha
9 Jose Antonio Butron E KTM
10 Jake Nicholls GB Nestaan JM Racing KTM
22 Glenn Coldenhoff NL Nestaan JM Racing KTM
24 Pacal Rauchenecker AU Nestaan JM Racing KTM

Second moto MX2:

1 Tommy Searle GB Kawasaki
2 Jeffrey Herlings NL KTM
3 Jeremy Vanhorebeek B KTM
4 Joel Roelants B Kawasaki
5 Jordi Tixier F KTM
6 Alessandro Lupino I Husqvarna
7 Max Anstie GB Honda
8 Jake Nicholls GB Nestaan JM Racing KTM
9 Valentin Teillet F Kawasaki
10 Petar Petrov Bul Suzuki
15 Glenn Coldenhoff NL Nestaan JM Racing KTM
DNF Pascal Rauchenecker AU Nestaan JM Racing KTM

Overall Grand Prix MX2 France:

1 Jeffrey Herlings NL KTM 47
2 Tommy Searle GB Kawasaki 45
3 Jeremy Vanhorebeek B KTM 42
4 Joel Roelants B Kawasaki 36
5 Jordi Tixier F KTM 31
7 Jake Nicholls GB Nestaan JM Racing KTM 24
19 Glenn Coldenhoff NL Nestaan JM Racing KTM 6

World Championship Standings:

1 Jeffrey Herlings NL KTM 270
2 Tommy Searle GB Kawasaki 248
3 Jeremy Vanhorebeek B KTM 231
4 Joel Roelants B Kawasaki 188
5 Max Anstie GB Honda 160
7 Jake Nicholls GB Nestaan JM Racing KTM 144
15 Glenn Coldenhoff NL Nestaan JM Racing KTM 68
26 Pascal Rauchenecker AU Nestaan JM Racing KTM 12