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Jorge Prado and Kay de Wolf Keep Win Streak Going At MXGP Of Sardegna

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Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Jorge Prado
Jorge Prado’s (1) patented holeshots helped the defending champion to his third win in as many rounds contested in 2024. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

The season’s first taste of sandy terrain greeted the stars of the MXGP World Motocross Championships as round three was hosted by the Crossodromo Communale, known locally as “Le Dune” or “Riola Sand” in Italy.

As well as a tough, ever-shifting surface that carved up throughout the weekend, the physical challenge was amplified by temperatures close to 30 degress Centigrade, testing even the most highly-trained athletes to the maximum.

As in 2023, reigning MXGP World Champion Jorge Prado had taken a dominant win in Saturday’s Qualifying Race, as did his fellow red plate holder Kay de Wolf in the MX2 class. Both of the Championship leaders continued their perfect winning records with their third overall victory in a row, although some classic challengers were on hand to give notice that they are ready to catch them if they slip up.

MX1

As in Saturday’s Qualifying Race, Jorge Prado was beaten to the Fox Holeshot Award of race one by Jeremy Seewer, but a quick inside move into the second corner saw the reigning World Champion back in his usual leading position. Tim Gajser made a quick move past the Swiss rider in turn four and Pauls Jonass was into third at the same time!

The two Honda men set after chasing the Red Plate Holder, while last year’s winner, Jeffrey Herlings, had started outside the top five and had to haul his way through the pack. This he did to great effect, reaching third place by lap six, but at that point the leading pair were far off into the distance.

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Jorge Prado
Jorge Prado treated fans to a sand masterclass winning both MXGP motos in Sardegna. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo 

Seewer fell dramatically after five minutes, but would recover to finish 11th, while his teammate Romain Febvre, consigned to the far outside of the start gate after being unable to finish Saturday’s race, worked his way up to 6th place with a series of passes. Jonass slipped to 5th behind the Glenn Coldenhoff in the closing laps.

At this time it looked like Gajser was closing in on Prado, getting to within two seconds of the Spaniard, but was never allowed to get closer as the champ took yet another race win.

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Tim Gasjer
Tim Gasjer kept in the game with a strong second overall in MXGP.

Race two again saw Seewer fast out of the gate, but Prado was right there immediately to just edge ahead over the Holeshot Award line. Herlings railed around the Kawasaki man in turn two and now it was “The Bullet” who had the task of challenging Prado. Behind him, Tim Edberg was briefly up into 4th, before Jonass and Gajser pushed past early on. Febvre had to charge once more, nearly crashing in a dramatic moment where he nearly collided with Isak Gifting on the take-off of one of the biggest jumps on the track.

After 16 minutes, Herlings had got to within striking distance of Prado and was hoping to uncork some of his old magic, but the Dutchman just pushed the front end too hard into a left-hand corner and was suddenly on the ground! Gajser accepted the gift of 2nd place, which kept the Championship damage to a minimum, but the leader was off the hook and cruised to his fourth straight GP race win.

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Jeffrey Herlings
Two-time MXGP World Champion Jeffrey Herlings made his first rostrum appearance since the Grand Prix of Latvia in early June 2023 and is now third in the MXGP standings. Photo: Ray Archer

The Slovenian fell on the final lap, but he had enough time to pick himself up and still claim 2nd ahead of Herlings, Jonass, Febvre, and Calvin Vlaanderen. Calvin’s guest teammate for the weekend, FIM World Sand Races Champion Todd Kellett, ran as high as 13th before a small crash put him back to 16th at the flag for his first Grand Prix points since 2021.

Prado’s 41st career Grand Prix win now puts him 17 points clear of Gajser, and Herlings’ first podium of the season has moved him up to third in the standings. Will the strong fan support that Gajser always gets at the MXGP of Trentino spur him on to challenge the Champion next weekend? He certainly needs to start clawing the points back, as does anyone else with eyes on his title!

“I’m in a good moment right now, I’m feeling very good on the bike and we do a great work with the team,” Prado said. “I’m so happy to be winning here in the sand again as it’s been a long time since I got an overall in the sand. I was very close last year few times but I guess now you can call me the ‘Sand Man’ again!”

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Kay De Wolf
Racing was close and full of action in the MX2 class. Photo: Full Spectrum

MX2

Red plate holder Kay de Wolf, and his teammate Lucas Coenen, had dominated the timesheets leading up to the MX2 racing, although the Dutchman had extended his Championship lead with victory in the Qualifying Race. Sacha Coenen took his third Holeshot Award of the season in race one on Sunday, and looked intent on keeping the lead for longer than before, but he couldn’t resist the unstoppable force of De Wolf who launched his machine off the finish line jump further than Sacha to lead at the start of lap three!

It was starting to look ominous for the rest, until Lucas made a swift pass on his brother during lap four, and proceeded to reel in his teammate!

Andrea Adamo battled with the Simon Laengenfelder, as Sacha Coenen fell from 3rd on lap nine. The position was gratefully taken by Camden McLellan, having his best weekend yet.

Twenty minutes into the race saw some mistakes creeping into the leader’s riding as his teammate drew near, and on lap thirteen De Wolf ran slightly high on the Pit Lane corner, giving Lucas the half-chance he needed to fire past without a second invitation! He then set some blazing lap times to score his first GP race win of the season. McLellan stayed in third, holding off the charge from Thibault Benistant. The Frenchman dropped the bike on the last lap, however, and would finish 10th, as Adamo and Laengenfelder inherited 4th & 5th.

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Kay De Wolf
Kay de Wolf delivered an incredible overall third MX2 Grand Prix victory in a row. Photo: Full Spectrum

De Wolf looked a little more concerned on the start line of race two, but while Sacha Coenen again grabbed the Holeshot Award ahead of Adamo and Laengenfelder, Kay pulled a stunning move around turn two to catapult himself past all of them and into the lead! Mikkel Haarup was having no such fun, however, picking up his Triumph in the first corner, just as he did in race one. The Dane recovered well to an eventual 9th.

Lucas Coenen saw his teammate start to disappear, and swiftly dispatched both his brother and Laengenfelder to move into 2nd by the start of the first full lap, although the German did resist by briefly moving back ahead. Sacha dropped the bike from 4th at the ten minute mark, promoting Adamo, who chased after Laengenfelder again!

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Lucas Coenen
Lucas Coenen won Sunday’s opening moto going on to finish second overall in MX2. Photo: Full Spectrum

Incredibly, Lucas got close to Kay, but finally pushed just a little too hard and hit the floor in a banked right-hand corner! Laengenfelder was promoted briefly, but again got passed by the Belgian before the finish. He would also lose 3rd to the charging Adamo, but the Italian made a mistake on the corner before Pit Lane, and blasted down the back of the mechanics’ area to maintain his position. The rules state that a rider must come to a stop at some point in Pit Lane, so this move led to a disqualification for the reigning World Champion, costing him an overall podium position.

This left Laengenfelder third in the race ahead of Adamo’s teammate Liam Everts and McLellan, whose fifth place was enough for third overall, making it the second podium for the Triumph team in their first three rounds!

De Wolf took the chequered flag 11 seconds clear of his teammate, which gave him the overall victory once more. Lucas Coenen had to be satisfied with his first overall podium of the season, and a move up to third in the standings. Laengenfelder’s 4th overall leaves him 29 points behind De Wolf and the closest chaser in the Championship. He will welcome a return to harder surfaces in the GPs to come, and this MX2 season is only just beginning to develop!

”Lucas was doing also an amazing job in the second race. He really kept me honest,” Kay De Wolf said. “Three in a row is amazing and hopefully we can keep this momentuk going into next week and we just keep aiming for a podium that’s the main goal. I l;ook forward for Trentinoand I can’t thank the team enough for this one!”

Next up, the FIM World Motocross Championship moves back to hard-pack surface racing, and continues its run of back-to-back weekends, at the Pietramurata circuit in the Trentino region of Italy on April 14th

Photo of FIM Motocross World Championship MXGP rider Camden  Mc Lellan
Camden McLellan has secured his first overall podium result in this year’s MX2 World Championship with third place overall. Photo: Ray Archer

MXGP – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:36.104
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:05.279
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:39.521
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Fantic), +0:53.793
5 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +0:57.563
6 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:08.202
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +1:14.107
8 Brian Bogers (NED, Fantic), +1:17.947
9 Ben Watson (GBR, Beta), +1:29.308
10 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Honda), +1:40.733

MXGP – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:44.443
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:16.624
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:27.553
4 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +0:49.572
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:00.952
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +1:02.493
7 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +1:07.901
8 Isak Gifting (SWE, Yamaha), +1:15.011
9 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Fantic), +1:17.421
10 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Honda), +1:18.785

MXGP Overall – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 50 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 44 Points
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 Points
4 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 34 Points
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 31 Points
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 30 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 29 Points
8 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 24 Points
9 Brian Bogers (NED, FAN), 23 Points
10 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, HON), 22 Points

MXGP World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 174 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 157 Points
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 125 Points
4 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 123 Points
5 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 113 Points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 99 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 90 Points
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 83 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, HON), 64 Points
10 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 63 Points

MX2 – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), 35:19.551
2 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:29.973
3 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Triumph), +0:44.818
4 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:57.193
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +1:02.153
6 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +1:30.780
7 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +1:44.715
8 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +2:08.283
9 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +2:43.473
10 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s)

MX2 – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 35:29.714
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:11.684
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:34.815
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:35.604
5 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Triumph), +0:46.165
6 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:51.182
7 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:56.417
8 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +1:08.803
9 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +1:15.472
10 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GASGAS), +1:26.480

MX2 Overall – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 47 Points
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 47 Points
3 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, TRI), 36 Points
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 34 Points
5 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 31 Points
6 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 28 Points
7 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 28 Points
8 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 25 Points
9 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 23 Points
10 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GAS), 21 Points

MX2 World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 170 Points
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 141 Points
3 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 124 Points
4 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 106 Points
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 100 Points
6 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 96 Points
7 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, TRI), 95 Points
8 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GAS), 80 Points
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 78 Points
10 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 77 Points

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