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Jorge Prado And Kay de Wolf Top Qualifying At MXGP of Spain

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Motocross MXGP rider Jorge Prado at the MXGP of Spain start
Jorge Prado (1) with another of his customary holeshot on the way to the qualifying race win at the MXGP of Spain. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

It was joy for the Spanish crowd at the first European race of the season as home hero Jorge Prado took his customary holeshot and looked untouchable on his way to a runaway victory in the MXGP Qualifying Race, whilst Kay de Wolf also re-asserted his authority with a decisive early move and withstood further pressure to win in MX2.

Fastest in practice by over half a second, it’s clear that defending World Champion Jorge Prado was in no mood to be beaten on home ground. The trademark start technique was only nearly matched by Maxime Renaux, although Kevin Horgmo rushed into turn two in second place! Romain Febvre and Jeffrey Herlings were mired deep in the pack, and Tim Gajser had to fight past both Horgmo and Glenn Coldenhoff to get to 3rd at the end of the second lap.

Horgmo then crashed out of fifth and his teammate Valentin Guillod got collected in the incident, as did Pauls Jonass. Although Horgmo did not finish, all three riders are fine for the start of tomorrow’s Grand Prix races.

Nobody was getting anywhere near to Prado, and Gajser passed Renaux for second at around half-distance, facing an impossible task to haul in the #1 plate holder. The charge, as usual, came from Herlings. “The Bullet” had a near-accident in the same corner that claimed Horgmo & co, but found a sweet line in front of the grandstands that was both fast, and kept him on the ground. This he used to great effect, dispatching Jeremy Seewer with three laps to go, and then Coldenhoff the very next lap to move up to fourth! A late charge on Renaux’s third position only just fell short, but the Dutchman certainly has the speed around the Intu-Xanadú Arroyomolinos circuit, if only he could start with Prado.

The Champion extended his series lead by a point to four over Gajser, and Febvre is still third in the points after fighting back to eighth at the chequered flag. He is also leading the way in the Ram Award Experience that will reward the MXGP rider with the most Qualifying Race wins at the end of the season.

“What to say, I got a good start! It was my key to get a holeshot and then lead. I’ve been the fastest all day so i had the speed. I pushed a bit in the first lap and made a good gap. I really enjoyed the last lap too with the fans and on the triple. It’s a great weekend and happy to start this home weekend in Spain with a win so let’s keep it for tomorrow as well,” Prado said.

Motocross MXGP rider Kay DeWolf at the MXGP of Spain
Championship leader Kay DeWolf topped MX2 qualifying.

MX2

The MX2 Qualifying Race saw a holeshot, once again to Sacha Coenen, but Simon Laengenfelder moved underneath the young Belgian through the third corner, followed by red plate holder Kay De Wolf.

De Wolf wasted no time to rapidly cut under Laengenfelder in the very next corner, and although the German, winner of both Spanish GP races last year, pressured the Dutchman midway through the race, Kay got the hammer down again to pull clear and win by just over three seconds at the flag.

Behind them, Laengenfelder’s teammate Rossi battled past Sacha Coenen early, as rookie Quentin Prugnieres moved Andrea Adamo wide by the Pit Lane, allowing Liam Everts through into fifth as he passed them both!

With three laps to go, after Sacha Coenen had been dropped down to eighth, Everts made a forceful move on Rossi to claim third place, a fine return after missing the Argentina opener due to a pre-season injury.

A mighty battle ensued behind them, as Rossi, Adamo, Lucas Coenen and Mikkel Haarup all fought over fourth place! Lucas just emerged on top in that battle and Haarup completed a masterful charge through from tenth to claim fifth at the line.

“It was a good Qualifying! At the start, I tried to push a little bit wide but I went quickly up to second and then to first. I’m really happy about my riding and I just controlled it. Tomorrow we’ll have an extra 10 more minutes so an extra 10 minutes where I can show my physicality,” de Wolf said.

De Wolf celebrated in style and extended his Championship lead to seven points over Laengenfelder. Tomorrow’s races promise some absolute fireworks as the battle for the title continues!

MXGP – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 24:11.409
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:13.320
3 Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:16.278
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:18.438
5 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Fantic), +0:23.171
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:26.056
7 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:30.645
8 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:32.224
9 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:37.607
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, Yamaha), +0:50.055

MXGP – World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 64 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 60 Points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 54 Points
4.Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 47 Points
5 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 46 Points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 39 Points
7 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 39 Points
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 34 Points
9 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 28 Points
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 25 Points

MX2 – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 24:17.585
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:03.028
3 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:13.102
4 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:17.132
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:20.915
6 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:23.941
7 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GASGAS), +0:26.772
8 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:29.290
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:38.102
10 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:51.191

MX2 – World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 66 Points
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 59 Points
3 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 44 Points
4 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 42 Points
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 42 Points
6 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 37 Points
7 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GAS), 36 Points
8 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 31 Points
9 Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, HON), 28 Points
10 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, TRI), 25 Points

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