Pauls Jonass

2017 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

Born on 13 January 1997 in Latvia


At just twenty years of age Pauls Jonass made motorcycling history in 2017, becoming the first Latvian rider to be crowned as an FIM World Champion. In taking the MX2 title at the final round, Jonass also gave Red Bull KTM their sixth Grand Prix ‘double’ since 2010, adding to the achievement of his factory colleague Antonio Cairoli in MXGP. This landmark extended the Austrian factory’s unmatchable record in the category within the modern era by becoming their sixth different champion since 2008. 

Jonass was marked for glory from his debut term on the works 250 SX-F in 2015 by making the podium at his first attempt in Qatar and then jostling for the #1 plate with eventual winner Tim Gajser while still a rookie that year. 2016 was beset with some hefty crashes and the concussion he suffered while leading at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic prematurely ended his season but forced a re-think of his strategy and approach to racing. 

A more mature, considered and focused Jonass started 2017 with a 1-1 performance in Qatar and set out his stall immediately for overall success. He faced a sustained threat from last year's runner-up Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) but was the most consistent rider from all Grand Prix classes; fifteen podiums meaning that the likeable and joyous youngster could make history in the mud of Villars sous Ecot in the penultimate moto of a long campaign. Pauls will defend his status in 2018 and could be the first rider in all of MXGP to wear a No.1 plate since Marvin Musquin in 2010.

World title – 2017

Jeffrey Herlings

2018 FIM MXGP World Champion

Born on 12 September 1994 in Geldrop, The Netherlands

2016 FIM MX2 World Champion


Just before his 22nd birthday and after a six-year MX2run that has mixed outright dominance with painful injury, Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) has finally bagged a third FIM MX2 World Championship and waved goodbye to the category he has dwarfed since making his debut as a fifteen year old in 2010. The Dutch star was unbeatable in the first twelve rounds of 2016 and claimed twenty-three out of twenty-four race wins, losing only to Dylan Ferrandis (Kawasaki) in the first race in Italy. A collarbone problem then forced him to sit out three Grand Prix and allowed his rivals a sniff at the vast advantage he had amassed in the standings – almost a repeat of the situation that permitted Jordi Tixier and Tim Gajser to seize the crowns in 2014 and 2015 – as Ferrandis and Max Anstie (Husqvarna) picked up Grand Prix victories.

Thankfully ‘84’ was able to return for round sixteen and got back to winning ways on his home turf at Assen. He won a race but had to settle for the second step of the podium behind wildcard Cooper Webb (Yamaha) at the Charlotte Motor Speedway in the USA for the penultimate outing of the championship but confirmed his date with destiny in North Carolina. The distinction allowed Herlings to wear the No.1 plate seven days afterwards in his MX2 swansong at Glen Helen in California, which he fittingly ruled with a 1-1. Curiously, as Anstie paid the price for several DNFs, consistent podium finishers Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) and Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) sealed top-three finishes in the championship without winning a single race in 2016.


3 World titles – 2012, 2013, 2016