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Jorge Prado and Kevin Horgmo Qualify Fastest For The MXGP of Sweden

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Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Sweden
Jorge Prado once again lead from the start to take his tenth qualifying race win. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Jorge Prado has clinched his 10th RAM Qualifying win for this weekend’s MXGP of Sweden while Kevin Horgmo won his first of the season around the old-school Swedish circuit in Uddevalla.

The MXGP RAM Qualifying Race began as it has often been the case this season with Jorge Prado taking the fastest start. Prado took the lead after the first corner in front of Tim Gajser and Jeremy Seewer. The race went perfectly for Prado who rode smoothly without making any mistakes and creating a 10 seconds gap from Gajser. Prado managed the rest of the race superbly to log his 10th Qualifying Race victory of the season.

Gajser rose a level again from the last Grand Prix and made a great start to get behind Prado and ride the full race in second place. Behind him Seewer also showed up today with a good start that put him at the front of the pack and got to third after the first corner, also keeping that position until the end.

However, the fourth place was really fought for until the end between Jeffrey Herlings and Romain Febvre. Febvre did everything to pass Herlings but the ‘bullet’ knows how to defend a position. Febvre eventually took until lap five to make a successful pass after many tries and moved up to fourth. Febvre was on the charge forward when he tipped over mid-turn on lap six to see all his hard work wasted. Herlings took the fourth place back while Febvre tried in vain to find a way past the Dutch rider until the end. Herlings finished 4th while Febvre settled for 5th.

Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Sweden
Prado’s tenth qualifying race win extends his MXGP championship lead. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Calvin Vlaanderen rode consistently during the whole race to see himself in sixth position from start to finish. Rubén Fernández showed great rhythm and flow on the bike after his fall in Finland. Finding himself in eighth over the turn of lap one Fernandez was behind the returning Valentin Guillod. Fernandez rode his race flawlessly and managed to pass Guillod on lap five to finish seventh in the end. The Swiss made a great comeback to the competition as he finished eighth, in the end, less than a month after breaking his shoulder blade and showed all his talent and willpower to perform.

After a solid seventh place in Timed Practice, Aussie Mitch Evans was looking forward to a solid Qualifying but a first lap incident pushed him to the tail of the field and he had to settle for eighteenth at the finish.

“I’ve been feeling good all day long and I had a good feeling right away,” Prado said. “I had a good start which was very important to me because I was good in time practice. The speed was okay and I pulled the Holeshot and rode well. I made a gap and took it home. I am super happy about my riding, no mistakes, smooth like in training. I’m loving it here and hopefully, we can repeat it tomorrow.”

A good start helped Kevin Horgmo (24) to his first MX2 Qualifying race win.

MX2

Sacha Coenen and Kevin Horgmo made a great start in MX2 and went wheel to wheel through the first corners although the advantage finally went to S.Coenen who took the lead. S.Coenen rode superbly from the start and looked comfortable although he started to make few mistakes as Horgmo started to push behind him and got closer.

On lap nine S.Coenen made a slight mistake that allowed Horgmo to get a better drive on a landing to take the lead. S.Coenen got overtaken by an excellent Liam Everts on the same lap and dropped down to third. S.Coenen, unfortunately, crashed on lap eleven to pick himself up in eleventh place and finish there. On the other hand, Horgmo showed a lot of quality and seemed at one with the bike over the last four laps. Even when Everts got very close to him over the last three laps, the Norwegian showed nerves of steel to keep the charging Belgian at bay. Horgmo finally took it home and won his first RAM Qualifying Race of the season, incredibly confirming his recent form.

Andrea Adamo had a great start to go third from the start. He could not contain his teammate Everts on lap seven and dropped down to fourth. The Red Plate holder then benefitted from his other teammate S.Coenen’s crash to move back up to third in the end. Simon Laengenfelder who is normally used to great starts had to deal with an average one compared to his standards, going sixth on lap one. However, the German rider, pushed hard to overtake Rick Elzinga. Elzinga was not going to make it easy and defended his fifth place very well. On lap seven, Laengenfelder finally forced his way and moved up to fifth to finish fourth due to S.Coenen’s misfortune. Elzinga ended in fifth place.

Behind them, things settled from the start for the two Spanish riders David Braceras and Oriol Oliver who followed each other in seventh and eighth place respectively. They gained one position each at the end to finish sixth and seventh. The home hero Isak Gifting took the opportunity to race at home to display a great performance. The Swedish rider rode consistently into the top ten throughout the whole race and made a late charge on the last lap on Emil Weckman which triggered the roars from Swedish fans. Gifting finished eighth in the end while Weckman settled for ninth after another strong showing for the Finnish.

Camden Mc Lellan in the end closed the top ten and scored a single point as he capitalised on S.Coenen’s fall. S.Coenen’s brother, Lucas unfortunately had a hard crash in time practice that saw him tipping over his bike. The young Belgian had to sit the RAM Qualifying Race out.

“Liam (Everts) was really pushing but I felt good and held my lines. Like I said, it is step by step that we’re building but it is really good for me and the team. We don’t stop working so thanks to them and to all the fans here, it was really great,” Horgmo said.

Photo of motocross rider Kevin Horgmo at the 2023 MXGP of Sweden
After fending off early challenger Sacha Coenen, Horgmo went onto a good race win.

MXGP – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 25:28.322
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:09.859
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:12.147
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:19.917
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:25.896
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:26.702
7 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:29.443
8 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:36.194
9 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:37.768
10 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:41.440

MXGP – World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 730 Points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 628 Points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 558 Points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 525 Points
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 493 Points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 482 Points
7 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 425 Points
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 352 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 279 Points
10 Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 205 Points

MX2 – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, Kawasaki), 24:12.095
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:00.856
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:17.421
4 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:18.945
5 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:26.636
6 David Braceras (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:27.650
7 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:28.487
8 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:30.324
9 Emil Weckman (FIN, Honda), +0:32.015
10 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Honda), +0:42.355

MX2 – World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 627 Points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 559 Points
3 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 541 Points
4 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 501 Points
5 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 499 Points
6 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 462 Points
7 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 461 Points
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 433 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 405 Points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 273 Points

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