Seven months, eighteen grands prix, thirty-five motos, sixteen countries and finally the 2017 MXGP FIM World Championship wrapped in the rippled sand of Assen in the Netherlands as Tony Cairoli laid his hands on a ninth crown. The Sicilian confirmed his success thanks to a second position finish in the first race under the warm sunshine as Jeffrey Herlings went on to win the penultimate round of an epic series. Monster Energy Yamaha’s Romain Febvre ploughed through the terrain to again hoist a trophy and ended a sunny day as runner-up.
For the third year in a row Assen was the focal point for the Dutch stop on the MXGP trail and a spectacular but slippery layout placed on top of the historic road racing asphalt. The paddock had a narrow escape after the USGP in Florida last week; the climate was also fairly unstable in Europe with heavy rain eventually being replaced by bright blue skies for raceday in northern Holland.