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Italian Alberto Forato And Simon Laengenfelder Top Qualifying At of the MXGP of Italy

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Alberto Forato at the 2023 MXGP of Italy
Alberto Forato was the surprise packet of the MXGP of Italy qualifying first in MXGP in front of his home crowd.

An action-packed day unfolded at Maggiora with the MXGP and MX2 Qualifying Races of the MXGP of Italy, despite challenging conditions caused by heavy morning rain in Maggiora, Italy, the racing remained intense.

In the MXGP category, the Italian crowd witnessed a stellar performance by Alberto Forato, who clinched his first-ever MXGP race win in front of his home fans. Championship leader Jorge Prado battled fiercely for the second position and managed to secure it, while Romain Febvre settled for third.

Meanwhile, in MX2, Simon Laengenfelder delivered an exceptional race, claiming his fourth Qualifying Race victory of the season. Jago Geerts secured second place, and Lucas Coenen finished in a strong third position.

The MXGP qualifying race began impressively for Jorge Prado, who executed a blistering start despite his twelfth gate pick. Alberto Forato also made a remarkable start, positioning himself second, ahead of Tim Gajser.

The opening lap proved crucial, with unfortunate circumstances for Maxime Renaux, who suffered a mid-hill fall and encountered issues that forced him to retire from the race. Nonetheless, the front-runners demonstrated impressive resilience, particularly Forato, who displayed remarkable pace to gradually close the gap with Prado.

By the fifth lap of the twelve-lap race, Forato was right on Prado’s tail, sending the crowd into a frenzy. The young Italian didn’t stop there, executing an excellent pass on Prado halfway down a hill, with the two riders going elbow to elbow. Forato maintained his momentum, seized the lead, and cruised to his first-ever MXGP victory, delighting the home crowd.

Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Italy
Jorge Prado edged closer to the 2023 MXGP Championship after gaining more points with second place in qualifying. Juan Pablo Acevedo

Forato expressed his elation after the win, saying, “That’s a lot for real! I don’t know what to say! I’m so happy, huge thanks to everyone. I’ve been working so hard to get finally here. Now I want to enjoy this and get ready for the two races tomorrow! Ciao Mama!”

Prado faced renewed pressure on lap six from Gajser, who successfully executed an inside pass on the Slovenian rider. Gajser, however, suffered a crash on lap eight, dropping to fifth place. Prado regained his second place, this time facing a challenge from fast-paced Febvre, who had started in fifth but steadily climbed the ranks.

The last few laps witnessed intense battles, with Febvre making determined efforts to pass his championship rival and secure the second position. However, Prado exhibited great composure, defending his position and holding onto second place until the end, as Febvre settled for third.

Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Italy
Despite the heavy going Romain Febvre finished in third place.

Jeremy Seewer, despite a strong start, made some errors and finished in eighth place. Gajser, after his fall, managed to recover to fifth place, just behind his teammate Ruben Fernandez. Fernandez had delivered a consistent and commendable performance with a good pace, thinking he had secured fourth place, but Gajser’s determination paid off as he overtook his teammate on the last lap to claim a respectable fourth place. Fernandez ultimately settled for an encouraging fifth place.

Calvin Vlaanderen showcased his consistency with a solid race, gaining several positions to finish in sixth place. Another home rider, Mattia Guadagnini, continued his impressive form to confirm his strong results from Turkey, shadowing Vlaanderen and finishing seventh.

Pauls Jonass also made his presence felt, securing points as he delivered a consistent performance. He overtook Ivo Monticelli on lap five to secure ninth place, earning two points. Monticelli finished in tenth place, while Glenn Coldenhoff, known for his skills on treacherous tracks, made impressive moves to climb from fourteenth to tenth, earning the last point.

Simon Laengenfelder at the 2023 MXGP of Italy
Simon Laengenfelder took out the MX2 qualifying in heavy conditions. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

MX2

In the MX2 category, Camden Mc Lellan made an impressive start, leading from the very first corner. He held the lead ahead of Jago Geerts and Simon Laengenfelder, displaying remarkable control on a challenging track.

However, the race presented its share of challenges for several riders. Liam Everts, who fell in the first corner alongside his teammate Sacha Coenen, faced difficulties. Everts managed to recover but suffered another crash on lap five, finishing seventh and out of the points. S. Coenen also made errors, finishing seventh.

Kay de Wolf, starting in tenth position, encountered two falls, first on lap two and then on lap four, ultimately finishing ninth.

At the front, Mc Lellan extended his lead to eight seconds, showcasing his ability to dominate a race with authority. Geerts, who had held second for most of the race, faced pressure from Laengenfelder on lap eight. The German rider wasted no time overtaking the Belgian, securing second place.

The race seemed poised for Mc Lellan’s first win in MX2, but on lap ten, challenging conditions got the better of him as he lost control and crashed out of the lead. This presented an opportunity for Laengenfelder, who took the lead to claim his fourth Qualifying Race victory of the season. Geerts secured a commendable second place, while Mc Lellan ultimately finished in thirteenth place.

Jago Geerts at the 2023 MXGP of Italy
Jago Geerts was second quickest in MX2.

Lucas Coenen maintained consistency and a safe position to secure an excellent third place, followed by Andrea Adamo. The Red Plate holder, Adamo, increased his lead over his closest rival and teammate Everts, who failed to score points.

Kevin Horgmo capitalized on Mc Lellan’s crash to finish fifth, while Rick Elzinga and Roan Van de Moosdijk rode consistently together for most of the race, securing sixth and seventh places, respectively.

One of the standout moments of the day was Isak Gifting’s incredible recovery. Despite losing positions, he managed to stay on two wheels and regain his pace to finish eighth. Emil Weckman also displayed remarkable skill in challenging conditions, finishing ninth.

The highlight of the day was Thibault Benistant’s return. After falling in the opening lap and finding himself in fifth position, he showcased his talent by strategically moving up to secure a solid tenth-place finish.

Simon Laengenfelder summed up the challenging race, saying, “It was a difficult race as in the end, the helmet got so heavy, and the goggle was just hanging on the edge! The track was difficult to ride, and I was lucky to stay on the bike over the first lap, but it was a good race, and I’m so happy to get the pole position tomorrow.”

MXGP – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 25:44.675
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:05.983
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.260
4 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:31.021
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:33.055
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:37.621
7 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +0:42.169
8 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:43.283
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +1:08.761
10 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +1:13.039

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 850 points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 782 points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 679 points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 629 points
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 576 points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 537 points
7 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 456 points
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 454 points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 310 points
10 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 302 points

MX2 – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), 24:28.768
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:02.515
3 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:19.546
4 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:30.226
5 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), +0:44.494
6 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:49.256
7 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:53.716
8 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +1:01.612
9 Emil Weckman (FIN, Honda), +1:08.568
10 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +1:11.063

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 739 points
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 684 points
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 659 points
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 655 points
5 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 528 points
6 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 512 points
7 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 511 points
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 501 points
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 463 points
10 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 357 points

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