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Jorge Prado and Liam Everts On Top At The MXGP of Germany

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Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Jorge Prado (61) fought a close opening moto with Jeremy Seewer (91) and Jefferey Herlings (84. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

The Liqui Moly MXGP of Germany was full of twists and unexpected events that offered incredible racing on the hard pack track of Teutschenthal With Jorge Prado winning MXGP and Liam Everts taking his maiden win in MX2.

Prado took the win in his first perfect round 1-1-1 of the season ahead of Glenn Coldenhoff and Rubén Fernández. In MX2, it was a first for Liam Everts who won his first race and first Grand Prix of his career in front of the new Red Plate holder and teammate Andrea Adamo and Thibault Benistant took his third podium in a row with third.

In MXGP Race One, it was Jeremy Seewer who grabbed his seventh Holeshot of the season to lead Jorge Prado and Jeffrey Herlings. Seewer looked comfortable as he came under pressure from Prado and Herlings for most of the race but the Swiss rider kept his cool for most of the race. There was nothing between the top three riders and eventually, on the fifth lap, Herlings pounced on the Spaniard to move up to second as he kept the pressure on Seewer. Eventually, Herlings powered through and committed on the outside to take the lead on lap twelve. Seewer got a bit destabilised as Prado followed Herlings through for second a lap later.

Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Jorge Prado won the Grand Prix of Germany in a dominant fashion and now boosts a championship lead of 67 points. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

The battle raged between the top two in the Championship, Herlings and Prado until Herlings lost the front end before a jump and got completely launched off of his bike. Herlings tried to finish the race but looked affected by the crash and finished 20th and did not line up for race 2. Prado went on to win his sixth race win of the season. Seewer also benefited from Herlings’ crash to go second.

Rubén Fernández went on to finish third with Glenn Coldenhoff fourth and Alberto Forato rounding out the top five.

In race 2, Coldenhoff took the Holeshot from Prado. While Coldenhoff controlled 90% of the race Prado made a successful attack to take the lead on the second last lap. Prado went on for the win to claim the perfect weekend with a 1-1-1 for the first time this season.

Glenn Coldenhoff at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Glenn Coldenhoff made a triumphant return to the podium with second overall.

Romain Febvre had to battle hard with Australian Mitch Evans who is starting to show that he is back in form for third place.

Fernandez showed consistency once again finishing fourth despite a small fall toward the end of the moto while fending off Seewer.

Seewer made an astonishing comeback after he fell on the opening lap after getting clipped by Forato. Finding himself nineteenth the Swiss was on a mission to get a podium after his second place in race one. He almost achieved it when he put pressure on Fernandez on the last lap but came up short.

Mitchell Evans eventually crossed the line sixth and with a ninth in the opening moto, was seventh overall to show the young Aussie’s fitness and race pace is gaining momentum.

In the end, Jorge Prado dominated the weekend showing a lot of composure to win with a perfect score. Second overall, Glenn Coldenhoff returned to the podium with an excellent 4-2 and found his rhythm while Rubén Fernández showed all his consistency this season to go third overall.

“It was a pretty good weekend!” Prado mused. “Winning the qualification race and then both motos was just perfect. The bike was very good and so was my riding. I knew that I could do this more often, but it is just about putting everything together and building my confidence. I think today was a perfect example of what I can do. I feel very confident going to Indonesia. Everything is going very well and I need to keep going like this.”

MX2

Liam Everts at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Liam Everts took his maiden MX2 Grand Prix win with a 2nd and 1st, he now has three podium finishes so far in 2023. Photo: Ray Archer

In race MX2 One, it was Liam Everts who took the Holeshot just in front of Pole winner Roan Van De Moosdijk but it was Lucas Coenen who took the lead before the first lap concluded. Lucas Coenen kept a good pace and was the quickest as he managed to edge away and never looked back. The 16- year old kept the lead until the end to take his second race win of the season.

The second place however was hard fought as Everts was passed by Van De Moosdijk on the second lap. Everts was then under threat from his teammate Andrea Adamo as a raging battle intensified. Both riders tried to second-guess each other until they caught up with Van De Moosdijk in second. Then Everts managed to pass Van De Moosdijk mid-race. Everts then broke away but made a mistake that put him once again under pressure but he stayed strong to finish second.

Van De Moosdijk defended well on an insistent Adamo but the Dutchman crashed in the last lap and saw all his hard work go to waste as he picked himself in fifth position and finished there. Adamo who pushed the whole race finished third while a quiet but consistent Thibault Benistant also benefited from Van De Moosdijk’s misfortune to secure a fourth place.

Andrea Adamo at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
With second overall Adamo has six podiums from nine and now formally holds the red plate for the first time in his career. He has a 13-point cushion at the top of the MX2 standings. Photo: Ray Arecher

The noticeable performances were those of Kay de Wolf and Jago Geerts. De Wolf fell in the Qualifying Race and looked to struggle with his foot during both races however he drew from deep within to get over his pain and heroically finished 11th getting precious points in the Championship. Geerts who is coming back only two weeks after breaking his arm in France rode for most of the race within the top ten but slowly faded to finish thirteenth in the end scoring vital championship points.

In race two, it was Everts who clinched his second Holeshot of the day but Lucas Coenen took the lead directly after that. Coenen’s pace was blistering and the young Belgian was on course to win a perfect Grand Prix for the first time in his career. Unfortunately, a stone broke his chain and forced him to retire prematurely on lap eleven and he was denied his first GP win.

Coenen’s misfortune meant that Everts was the one to go for his first GP race win. Everts rode confidently and kept his cool until the end to write history as he passed the checkered flag. Everts became the third generation of Everts to win a Grand Prix and it was fully deserved given his top performances recently.

His teammate Adamo passed a surprisingly fast Geerts for third on lap three and then took second to round out the day with a 3-2 and another podium with second overall. Adamo took vital championship points and as a result, regained the championship leader’s Red Plate before the doubleheader in Indonesia.

Thibault Benistant at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Thibault Benistant added a sixth podium finish to his MX2 title campaign after finishing third overall

Benistant showed that he is also a threat for the Championship as he managed to go from sixth to third. Going 4-3 and 3rd overall, Benistant moves up in the Championship to second.

After finishing fourth Mikkel Haarup and scoring 8-4 for the weekend was good for fourth overall. Following his Qualifying Race win, Roan Van De Moosdijk was fifth across the line and with fourth overall for the round he occupies the same position in the standings.

Geerts impressively got a great start as he found himself third over the first two laps but couldn’t contain Adamo. He got overtaken several times but considering that he broke his arm three weeks in France his performance was simply outstanding as he managed to do exactly what he came for and grabbed the maximum points possible to stay in the run for the Championship. Geerts finished seventh in the end with a good 13-7 for 9th overall. He will now have two weeks to go back to Indonesia in better form.

Kay de Wolf at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
The championships leader coming into the round Kay de Wolf injured himself in qualifying and battled to 11th overall for the day but lost the championship lead to Andrea Adamo.

De Wolf braved his pain again and fought hard from the back to go from fifteenth to a terrific tenth place showing huge mental strength. de Wolf, who wore the red plate at the Liqui Moly Grand Prix of Germany, desperately tried to overcome the pain that was caused by a midweek crash and showed an incredible amount of determination in both races. De Wolf left the track with 11-10, for 11th overall and ensured that he remains in title contention.

In the end, Liam Everts went on to win his first race and first GP of his career in an emotional moment for all his family. Andrea Adamo was second overall and took back the Red Plate which is a testament to his amazing consistency so far this season. Thibault Benistant got his third podium in a row and moved up to second in the Championship.

Jargo Geerts at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Championship contender, Jago Geerts battled through the challenge of a wrist injury to claim an impressive ninth overall.

“It’s definitely nice to win this one,” Everts said. “We made some good steps with the bike and I felt ‘at one’ with it. The pressure is not easy in my shoes. I’m the third generation of our family and I have to perform. I proved something this weekend. It is a load off my shoulders but I want to keep going. I felt good and could push right to the end of that second moto. I stayed smooth and counted down the laps. Hard work pays off!”

Andrea Adamo was happy with the championship points haul, “It was not the best day of the season so far but really good for the championship. I made two mistakes, one in the quali race and another in the first moto and it felt like I was always losing the lead group somehow. My riding was not the best. In the second Liam was really fast so I just tried to bring it home and with good points. I did my best,” the Italian said.

MXGP will break for a week before the paddock begins the long trek to Sumbawa for the Grand Prix of Sumbawa on June 25th.

Liam Everts at the 2023 MXGP of Germany
Liam Everts, with father Stefan Everts (L) 101 wins) and Grandfather Harry (R )23 wins) becomes the third generation of the Everts family to win a World Championship round. Photo: Ray Archer

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:40.568
2 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:02.403
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:05.148
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:08.987
5 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:11.460
6 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.543
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:27.665
8 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:36.362
9 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:42.906
10 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), +0:49.613

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:20.753
2 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:08.734
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:30.156
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:32.916
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:33.538
6 Mitchell Evans (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:47.974
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:53.546
8 Ben Watson (GBR, Beta), +1:03.052
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:08.204
10 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), +1:12.371

MXGP – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 50 points
2 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 40 Points
3 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 38 Points
4 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 38 Points
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 35 Points
6 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 30 Points
7 Mitchell Evans (AUS, KAW), 27 Points
8 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 24 Points
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 22 Points
10 Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 22 Points

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 453 points
2 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 386 Points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 347 Points
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 337 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 320 Points
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 304 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 286 Points
8 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 229 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 205 Points
10 Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 203 Points

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), 35:45.001
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:07.850
3 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:17.812
4 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.037
5 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:41.158
6 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +0:50.070
7 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:52.110
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KTM), +0:53.286
9 Marcel Stauffer (AUT, KTM), +1:05.176
10 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +1:06.870

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 35:53.939
2 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:12.418
3 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:16.225
4 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KTM), +0:20.150
5 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:27.070
6 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), +0:34.260
7 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:39.342
8 Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:41.203
9 Marcel Stauffer (AUT, KTM), +0:45.169
10 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:46.418

MX2 – GP Top 10 Classification:
1 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 47 points
2 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 42 Points
3 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 38 Points
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 32 Points
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, KTM), 31 Points
6 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 30 Points
7 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 25 Points
8 Marcel Stauffer (AUT, KTM), 24 Points
9 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 22 Points
10 Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 22 Points

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 405 points
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 392 Points
3 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 388 Points
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 345 Points
5 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 341 Points
6 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 329 Points
7 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 259 Points
8 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 255 Points
9 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 232 Points
10 Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM), 193 Points

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