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Jorge Prado And Kay De Wolf Continue Win Streak At The MXGP of Spain

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Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship  MXGP rider Jorge Prado  getting the holeshot at the start
Jorge Prado (1) nailed a perfect weekend at the 2024 MXGP of Spain taking a record breaking 1-1-1-1. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

From the unique volcanic surface of Argentina’s opening round, the MXGP World Motocross Championships had to deal with high temperatures and baked-hard ruts in Spain as the 2024 season reached European soil for the first time this season.

The Spanish fans who had flocked to the circuit near the nation’s capital of Madrid were certainly treated to the spectacle that they would have wanted to see, as home heroes Jorge Prado in MXGP, and Daniela Guillen in the WMX Women’s World Motocross Championship season opener, both drove the crowd into rapturous applause as they dominated their classes with perfect unbeaten weekends.

Whilst MX2 saw close racing again, the overall winner was also the same as in Argentina, as Kay De Wolf increased his Championship advantage with the overall victory, but Andrea Adamo gave notice that he will not give up his crown easily with a win in the second race to climb the podium for the first time as defending World MX2 Champion.

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Jorge Prado was focused on the job in hand all weekend, even with the extra pressures of being World Champion, Red Plate Holder, and national hero, he simply was not going to be denied in front of his adoring fans. With frightening accuracy, he launched his bike into the lead immediately in both races, with the Holeshot Award an absolute formality both times.

In race one, it was Maxime Renaux and Calvin Vlaanderen who gave chase as Prado put in devastating sub-1:52 lap times that no one else could match. Valentin Guillod made his presence felt early, but title contenders such as Tim Gajser, Romain Febvre, and Jeffrey Herlings all had to fight forward from average starts.

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Jorge Prado
With two round wins from two rounds contested, defending champion Jorge Prado looks the man to beat again in 2024. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

One by one the former World Champions fired past Guillod, but Prado built an insurmountable lead that nobody could overhaul. Renaux started to drop back with pain from his foot injury sustained here last May. He would not make it to the start of race two. Gajser came home in second place over eight seconds ahead of the cruising Prado, while Herlings won a back-and-forth battle with Febvre to take third ahead of the Frenchman. Renaux clung on to fifth ahead of Glenn Coldenhoff.

Race Two promised a more intense battle as Gajser and Febvre both got away in Prado’s wheel tracks, second and third, and Herlings quickly moved up to fourth by the start of the first full lap. This time they had no cause for complaint – they had started right with the Champ!

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship  MXGP rider Tim Gasjer
Tim Gajser made it two podiums out of two, as the Slovenian went two-two for second overall at the difficult Intu-Xanadu circuit in Arroyomolinos, near Madrid, Spain.

In front of a baying crowd though, urged on by trackside commentators who will surely need the throat sweets tomorrow morning, Prado showed that he can now pull away from the three former World Champions as he left them all in his wake. His best lap time came again on lap two, amazingly a tiny nine-thousands of a second faster than his best from race one!

Although Febvre got close to challenging Gajser with around five minutes left to go in the race, he could not find a way past as the circuit had reached its most challenging level of the weekend, and the top five stayed as Prado, Gajser, Febvre, Herlings, and Vlaanderen throughout the race. Vlaanderen put in his best ride yet on the factory Yamaha team to help make up for the absence of Renaux. Coldenhoff got close to him but took a tumble before the finish line to knock himself out of the race.

The overall result was the same as race two’s, except for Jeremy Seewer taking fifth overall through consistent 7-6 finishes. Prado extends his Championship lead to ten points over Gajser, with Febvre twelve further back in third and Herlings now up to fourth. All three chasers will be hoping that the sands of Sardegna, in two weeks’ time, will give them the opportunity to claw back some points on the runaway defending Champion.

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Romain Febvre
Romain Febvre made it back-to-back podiums in the second round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship with a 4-3 result.

“This is all about racing, winning here in Spain is special!” Prado said. “It has been a perfect weekend just winning every single time I went out on track. I couldn’t be more happy, to be honest and do it on home-soil makes everything special with so many fans that came here and me giving them this victory is amazing. I feel super proud of what I did and of course, I want to thank all my team RedBull GasGas Factory Racing that supported me during all weekend; we are doing an amazing job and let’s keep it rolling.”

Tim Gajser admitted that Prado was on another level but was happy with good points for second.

“It was a consistent weekend and to be honest I need to be happy, today Jorge was really impressive, in Race 1 I had a good start and I couldn’t reach him I saw he had a consistent gap of 12 seconds so I didn’t even push to not make any mistakes,” Gajser said. “In Race 2 I’ve tried because we were together but then he made a little gap and from behind I had Romain pushing hard so I preferred taking the points and being consistent. Thanks to all my team and my family for the great support during the weekend.”

Romain Febvre was happy with third after a day where his starts let him down.

“I’m happy to finish on the podium because this weekend I really struggled on the starts,” the Frenchman reflected. “As you could see in Race 1, I had a really bad start so we decided to make a big change for Race 2 and it worked because I’ve almost took the FOX Holeshot so for that I’m a bit disappointed that we found the solution only at the end of the weekend but the pass was good and anyway Jorge was really fast this weekend so I’m happy to be third on the podium. Thanks to all the team for the work and let’s keep going.”

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Kay de Wolf
Kay de Wolf continued his blistering form in MX2 2024 by taking two podiums and the overall win at the MXGP of Spain. Photo: Full Spectrum

MX2

After his Qualifying Race win on Saturday, red plate holder Kay de Wolf started to look close to unstoppable, which was maybe the reason why Thibault Benistant decided to make a strong move in the third corner of race one to keep the Dutchman from advancing any further! They were all chasing Simon Laengenfelder, who took his first Holeshot Award of the season ahead of Benistant and his fast-starting teammate Rick Elzinga.

Rookie Quentin Prugnieres got in on the fun by block-passing Liam Everts, back from injury, for fourth place in a frantic first lap! On the run up to the finish area, De Wolf roared round the outside of Elzinga for third, but simultaneously his teammate Lucas Coenen suffered a slide that put him directly into the path of Prugnieres! Quentin had nowhere to go and hit the ground, eventually recovering to seventeenth.

Langenfelder attempted to sprint away at the front as De Wolf took until the third lap to get past Benistant for second. The Yamaha man had a difficult race as he lost several positions, finally finishing seventh after a rough-looking crash on a downhill corner.

Almost at the 20-minute mark, De Wolf found a burst of speed and forced Laengenfelder to back out of doing the big uphill triple jump, pulling a spectacular “stork” move to clear the distance himself and take the lead, which he never lost!

Laengenfelder had a threat from Lucas Coenen as well, but the Belgian lost his footing in a rut on the final lap and the top three stayed in that order with Everts a solid fourth and Mikkel Haarup a charging fifth after making a late move on Adamo.

Just when MX2 might have started to look a little predictable, race Two saw a shake up in the order again as Adamo showed the strength of his resolve. The KTM team was briefly running first, second, and third at the start as Sacha Coenen took the Holeshot ahead of Adamo and Everts, although Benistant broke up the party with two swift passes to climb to 2nd by the start of the first full lap!

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Simon Laengenfelder
Simon Längenfelder continued his charge on the MX2 championship standings, scoring second place overall. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

De Wolf was once more on the charge and passed Benistant with an over-jump that looked painful on landing, but got the job done! He swept around Sacha Coenen to lead after four minutes and it looked like the race was over, but Adamo was having none of it and also demoted his younger teammate shortly afterwards. Sacha made a mistake in the waves and dropped several positions to eventually come home in 8th.

Adamo dug into his reserves to chase down De Wolf, something few people have done this season, and by half-distance he had closed the gap and made a sharp move up the inside of a flat right-hander! The Reigning Champ passed the current Championship leader, and Kay could not stay at his pace.

Behind them, Laengenfelder, from a start outside the top ten, had to make passes on first Everts, then Benistant, to climb to third. Camden McLellan briefly challenged Everts but would finish in seventh, the first Triumph rider home as Haarup dropped his machine with two laps to go!

Both Everts and Benistant fell prey to a charging Lucas Coenen, who got up to fourth by the flag, but all eyes were on De Wolf as he resumed his charge on Adamo in the closing laps, only to miss a rut with his rear wheel and slide to the floor! He picked it up in time to just hold off Laengenfelder, and although Adamo celebrated both his first race win and overall podium finish as reigning World Champion, it was Kay De Wolf who brought home the overall Grand Prix victory for the second round in a row, and for the third time in his career!

De Wolf now leads the standings by 12 points from Laengenfelder, who took second overall. With Adamo’s win lifting him up to third in the GP as well as the in the Championship, he heads with renewed confidence to the next two rounds on Italian soil that start on the first weekend of April, although with Sardegna’s treacherous sand to come, everyone knows that it’s going to be an awesome confrontation!

“I’ve worked really hard in all the races, especially for the second one where the pace was really fast and incredible for all of us; I tried to catch Andrea till the last lap but then I made a few mistakes that made me think of the classification and relax a bit and follow my rhythm. I can’t thank enough the team for all the hard work they did this weekend and for preparing the bike in the best shape possible.” De Wolf said.

Following MXGP’s 2024 flag drop on European soil, the championship now rolls out of Spain to the sands of the MXGP of Sardinia at Riola Sardo, on the 7th of April.

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship  MXGP rider Adamo Gasjer
 World Champion Andrea Adamo finished sixth in the opening MX2 moto and won the second MX2 moto and finished third overall. Photo: Ray Archer

MXGP – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:29.214
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:08.400
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:10.531
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.792
5 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:45.510
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Fantic), +0:49.543
7 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:51.579
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +0:52.660
9 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:53.924
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +1:15.840

MXGP – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:23.995
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:06.133
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:12.722
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:15.172
5 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:38.609
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +1:05.000
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +1:16.124
8 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +1:18.090
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Honda), +1:20.680
10 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), +1:38.096

MXGP Overall – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 50 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 44 Points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 38 Points
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 38 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 29 Points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 28 Points
7 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 27 Points
8 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 24 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, HON), 22 Points
10 Ben Watson (GBR, BET), 17 Points

MXGP World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 114 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 104 Points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 92 Points
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 77 Points
5 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 73 Points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 68 Points
7 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 63 Points
8 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 56 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 49 Points
10 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 49 Points

MX2 – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 35:35.021
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:03.331
3 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:04.857
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:05.657
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:15.807
6 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:33.992
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:41.988
8 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Triumph), +0:42.910
9 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GASGAS), +0:48.366
10 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:50.788

MX2 – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 35:28.621
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:01.744
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:02.759
4 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:03.492
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.631
6 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:30.532
7 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Triumph), +0:36.472
8 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:40.345
9 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:54.167
10 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GASGAS), +0:58.999

MX2 Overall – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 47 Points
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 42 Points
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 40 Points
4 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 38 Points
5 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 33 Points
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 30 Points
7 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, TRI), 27 Points
8 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GAS), 23 Points
9 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 22 Points
10 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, YAM), 22 Points

MX2 World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 113 Points
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 101 Points
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 82 Points
4 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 75 Points
5 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 72 Points
6 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 64 Points
7 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GAS), 59 Points
8 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 53 Points
9 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, TRI), 52 Points
10 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 42 Points

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