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Jorge Prado And Kay de Wolf Win A Hot MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara

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Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2024 MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara. Start
Rider dealt with power-sapping heat and varying track conditions on the Indonesian island of Lombok for round eleven of the FIM World Motocross Championship. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

In the relentless heat and humidity of the MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara at the Selaparang circuit on the island of Lombok, the racing never faded in its intensity as the MXGP elite put on a spectacular display of racing stamina in the Indonesian sun!

The MXGP World Championship saw another change in momentum, as reigning Champion Jorge Prado took a superb Grand Prix win, although mistakes for all three leading competitors were a feature of the racing as he took a chunk out of the points lead of Tim Gajser.

In the MX2 class, it was the points leader Kay de Wolf who took control once again, as the red plate holder won both races on the day for the first time this season to further extend his advantage at the top of the points table!

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Saturday had seen the Qualifying Race won by Jeffrey Herlings for the first time this year and he had even set the fastest time in Warm-Up to make it a near-perfect start to the weekend.

It was Jeremy Seewer who took his third Holeshot Award of the year, but Herlings used his inside start gate to great effect and grabbed the lead into the second corner! Gajser was in third initially, but Jorge Prado charged around the outside to get past the Slovenian!

Before the start of the first full lap, both Prado and Gajser had nudged past Seewer to give chase to the flying “Bullet” out front. Jeffrey put the hammer down with consecutive fastest laps in the first three full circulations, building a small gap from the start of the race over Prado.

Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2024 MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara
Jorge Prado claimed the MXGP win. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Behind the leading three, Calvin Vlaanderen managed to jump alongside and past Andrea Bonacorsi for fifth place, before closing in on Seewer, catching the Swiss rider at the end of lap twelve. He met with spirited resistance, but ultimately the South African-born Dutch star fought his way into fourth place, with Bonacorsi also passing the Seewer as the two-lap board came out! The Italian claimed fifth at the finish, the best result yet of his young MXGP career. Seewer had to settle for sixth.

Prado got as close as two seconds to the leader Herlings, while Gajser struggled with a tyre choice that he said later put him at a serious disadvantage and took the points for a solid third. Herlings eventually was able to pull out a ten second gap at the chequered flag, his fourth race win of the year, ahead of Prado.

Photo of motocross rider Jeffrey Herlings at the 2024 MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara.
Jeffrey Herlings went 1-2 for 2nd overall (his sixth podium in a row) and added 10 important championship points to his tally with first in the Qualification Heat on Saturday. Photo: Ray Archer

Race two’s first corner was a mightily close contest for the Holeshot Award and Gajser took it by half a tyre thickness from Prado, but both were immediately passed by Herlings into the second corner! At the top of the circuit, Prado was caught out by the track and jumped off the circuit, losing a second to Gajser, as a fast-starting Vlaanderen also looked menacing.

Vlaanderen, however, then had his own mistake as he dropped the bike in a right hander before the end of the first full lap. He picked it up in seventh, as Seewer, Mattia Guadagnini and Kevin Horgmo went past him while he was stationary.

Photo of motocross rider Calvin Vlaanderen at the 2024 MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara.
 Fighting through the field in both races for two fourth-place finishes, Calvin Vlaanderen’s impressive performance was rewarded with a trip to the overall podium for the first time this year. Photo: Full Spectrum

On lap four, Herlings jumped into a patch of mud and went down, gifting the lead to Gajser as Prado started to catch them both! As the top two in the series took the finish line jump together, the Spaniard held the inside line, but slowed as the Slovenian went for the cutback, mis-timed it and tripped over Prado’s rear wheel!

Gajser only just got back up ahead of Herlings, but seemed to be more affected by his crash than the Dutchman was, and Herlings found his way past on lap eight. A further crash for Gajser on lap nine dropped him behind Seewer and a recovering Vlaanderen, and they finished from third to fifth in that order. Vlaanderen’s fourth position was enough to earn him his, and Yamaha’s, first MXGP podium result of the season!

Herlings had a ten second gap to Prado when he got past Gajser and despite looking up for him at every opportunity, was unable to hack it down by much. The Spaniard backed off on the final lap which cut the final margin of his victory to 5.4 seconds, but it meant that the GASGAS man claimed his 10th Grand Prix win for the brand, and 45th of his amazing career.

Photo of motocross rider Tim Gasjer at the 2024 MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara
 Tim Gajser narrowly missed out on the podium at the Mataram track but still retains a healthy lead in the 2024 MXGP World Championship.

The results mean that from 34 points at the start of the weekend, Gajser’s series lead has been cut down to just 22. Herlings is also closer to the lead, now just 58 points behind the Slovenian. What a way to kick off the second half of the season!

“I’m so happy with the victory!” Prado beamed. “I’ve been riding very good all season long. It’s a pity lost point along the way with some mistakes like in the last race in Maggiora and the DNF, so came back strong in Indonesia. The condition were very tough, very very physical but super happy with my performance. Not the perfect starts that I’m used to but it was good enough to take the overall! Super happy. Now a good week of training and rest and ready for round two in Indonesia.”

Photo of motocross rider Kay de Wolf at the 2024 MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara.
MX2 Championship leader Kay de Wolf delivered a winning performance at the MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara, held on the picturesque island of Lombok in southern Indonesia. Photo: Full Spectrum

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Lucas Coenen had taken the win in the Qualifying Race on Saturday, but it was his brother, and winner of the last two GPs, Sacha Coenen, who put his bike across the Holeshot Award line first. Simon Laengenfelder dived inside to immediately lead into turn two ahead of Sacha’s teammate Andrea Adamo, although Championship leader Kay De Wolf got through into second after a few corners! The reigning champion then made a mistake through a corner, had to pause, and lost two places to the Mikkel Haarup, and a slower-starting Lucas Coenen.

Lucas dropped the bike a lap later as a berm gave way from beneath him, and a similar fate later befell Laengenfelder, so keen to grab his first race win since Trentino in April that he just pushed a little too hard and toppled over on lap eight! De Wolf accepted the race lead, and never relinquished it, although a mistake in a left-hand corner near the end of the race nearly allowed Haarup into the lead!

Sadly for the Dane, he then tipped over on the very last lap, costing himself second place as Adamo pounced gratefully. Liam Everts managed to push through into fourth, passing his teammate Sacha Coenen with three laps to go, while Laengenfelder slipped down the field to sixth after looking like he had hit the wall physically. He still made ground on his rival for second in the series, as Lucas Coenen could only get back to seventh after his crash after winning another Husqvarna vs Triumph clash against Camden McLellan, who looked strong in his first race back from injury.

Photo of motocross rider Andrea Adamo at the 2024 MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara.
Andrea Adamo took his fourth podium result of the season, his first since the French GP and equals his best overall result so far with 2nd place in Indonesia. Photo: Ray Archer.

Amazingly, Sacha Coenen took yet another Holeshot Award in race two, making it a clear 50% holeshot ratio for the season with his eleventh of the year! He managed to hold a tight line to keep the lead this time, ahead of his brother Lucas, as Ferruccio Zanchi squeezed past Laengenfelder for third as they hit turn two.

Halfway around the lap, both De Wolf and Haarup, who had also got past the German, got around the rookie Italian at the same time and set about chasing the brothers out in front. It didn’t take them long, and the two Husqvarna men battled back and forth in a stunning display of clean racing that lasted for two laps before the series leader made the decisive move!

De Wolf then set after Lucas’ twin and at half-distance, lap eight, he jumped alongside and blasted around Sacha to take the lead! The three teenagers who have dominated the MX2 class in recent weeks then held station, until within sight of the two-lap board Sacha lost two positions to Haarup and Adamo. Incredibly, it was to be last-lap heartbreak for Haarup as he fell to gift Adamo a position for the second straight race, more heavily this time, and Sacha Coenen got past as well, leaving the Triumph man a dejected fifth, but still fourth overall, the two crashes doubtlessly costing him the overall podium finish.

Laengenfelder finished a distant sixth, ahead of Everts but as Lucas Coenen chased his teammate over the line in a race that got very close at the front, it puts the Belgian back ahead of the German into second in the standings.

However, it was to be Kay de Wolf’s day, collecting his first double win of the season, his first GP win for nearly three months and pushing his advantage in the Championship to a mammoth 65 points, meaning that he will definitely return to Europe with the red plate!

The series will stay at Selaparang as the circuit gets worked on to run in the opposite direction for next week’s MXGP of Lombok.

Photo of motocross rider Lucas Coenen at the 2024 MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara
 Lucas Coenen put on an impressive display in Lombok with the Belgian rider clinching third place in MX2. Photo: Full Spectrum

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:51.779
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:10.164
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:16.761
4 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:23.402
5 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:26.398
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:29.577
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Fantic), +0:34.304
8 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:39.618
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Honda), +0:41.304
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:58.446

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:11.222
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:05.367
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:09.683
4 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:13.663
5 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:21.219
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Honda), +0:26.978
7 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:40.570
8 Cornelius Toendel (NOR, KTM), +0:54.924
9 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +0:58.174
10 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +1:00.429

MXGP Overall – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 47 Points
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 47 Points
3 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 36 Points
4 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 36 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 35 Points
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, HON), 27 Points
7 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, HUS), 25 Points
8 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, YAM), 25 Points
9 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 24 Points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 21 Points

MXGP – World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 555 Points
2 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 533 Points
3 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 497 Points
4 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 381 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 374 Points
6 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 327 Points
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 327 Points
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 274 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, HON), 238 Points
10 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 224 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 35:10.052
2 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:02.638
3 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:11.678
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:19.781
5 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:23.319
6 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:36.206
7 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:39.953
8 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Triumph), +0:56.497
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +1:26.088
10 Quentin Marc Prugnieres (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:29.423

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 35:20.858
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:00.745
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:21.415
4 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:25.768
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:36.271
6 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:38.050
7 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:41.968
8 Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, Honda), +1:09.094
9 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Triumph), +1:16.687
10 Jens Walvoort (NED, KTM), +1:20.622

MX2 Overall – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 50 Points
2 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 42 Points
3 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 36 Points
4 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 36 Points
5 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 34 Points
6 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 32 Points
7 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 30 Points
8 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, TRI), 25 Points
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 22 Points
10 Ferruccio Zanchi (ITA, HON), 20 Points

MX2 – World Championship Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 532 Points
2 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 467 Points
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 463 Points
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 432 Points
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 417 Points
6 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 355 Points
7 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 322 Points
8 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), 312 Points
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 226 Points
10 Quentin Marc Prugnieres (FRA, KAW), 217 Points

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