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Jorge Prado And Liam Everts Rise To The Top At MXGP of Trentino

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Photo of Motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2024 The MXGP of Trentino - Start
Jorge Prado (1) had his challenges through the MXGP of Trentino but rose to the top in the end. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

MXGP stayed in Italian soil but swapped the sand of Sardinia for the hard pack of Trentino in northern Italy for round four of the 2024 MXGP World Motocross Championships where Jorge Prado clinched his 42nd Grand Prix victory and Liam Everts snared his first MX2 victory of the season.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Dolomite mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Garda, the historic Il Ciclamino track in Trentino saw Saturday’s dramatic Qualifying Races present a few problems for both red plate holders, the tension was mounting to see if the chasers could continue to cut back the points lead in Sunday’s Grand Prix races.

Jorge Prado had seat issues on the slick stony and rough course on Saturday that left him with zero points from the Qualifying Race. His pursuers smelt blood and struck first as Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser overtook the reigning Champ in race one. However, a poor start for the Slovenian and a crash for the Frenchman allowed the Spaniard to win race two, and the overall for the fourth Grand Prix in a row.

In MX2, red plate holder Kay de Wolf took another dominant win in race one but a first-corner crash left him out of the overall picture. His chief Championship rival, Simon Laengenfelder, took the second race win from a clear holeshot but it was Liam Everts who took the overall Grand Prix with a solid 3-2 scorecard.

MX1

Even with the seventeenth gate pick, there was no denying Jorge Prado the amazing start that he is so good at, and he claimed the Holeshot Award for the fifth time this season, just holding off Febvre, as Gajser quickly moved past both Benoit Paturel and Valentin Guillod to get to third!

The reigning World Champion looked like he was making his usual swift getaway, but Febvre closed in and pressured the Spaniard into a mistake which allowed the Frenchman through on lap seven! Gajser was not out of the equation either, and two laps later, in direct sight of the hillside packed with his travelling fans, cut inside the red plate holder in a solid move that Prado had no answer to, sending the noise level up several notches!

Photo of Motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2024 The MXGP of Trentino
Jorge Prado overcame a challenging start to win the MXGP of Trentino, claiming his fourth consecutive win this season. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Behind the top three Jeffrey Herlings took his time to get going and battled through from ninth at the end of the first lap. Passing his countryman Calvin Vlaanderen and finally Jeremy Seewer with three laps to go, “The Bullet” finished the race in fourth.

In the closing stages of race one, Gajser reeled in Febvre, sending his supporters wild as he nearly made a move for the lead in the very last corner! Ultimately Febvre held on to take his first GP race win of the year, while Gajser’s second place knocked the points lead down to just six going into race two!

Once again, however, the reigning Champion fired into the lead, making it six Holeshot Awards for the year already, in race two, but Febvre was right with him again! Herlings span sideways and to the floor exiting turn two, and faced a long charge through the pack, ultimately finishing seventh, and sixth overall.

Photo of Motocross rider Romain Febrve at the 2024 The MXGP of Trentino - Start
Romain Febvre (3) finished second overall in MXGP for his best result of the season so far.

Vlaanderen was in a strong third and was looking to challenge Febvre, but the Frenchman dropped his lap times to chase down Prado again, nearly passing him after the big uphill triple jump before the Spaniard closed the door! On lap six, Febvre pushed his front wheel just too hard into a right hander and it broke away to put him on the ground!

Prado eased away, playing with the track and building his lead to a maximum of five seconds over a rapid Vlaanderen, who closed to two seconds at the flag for his best result yet. Seewer’s third was also his best of the year so far, as Gajser and Febvre could not advance any higher than fourth and fifth respectively, and they would have to settle for the bottom two steps of the podium.

Photo of Motocross rider Tim Gasjer at the 2024 The MXGP of Trentino
Tim Gajser put in three solid motos over the course of this MXGP of Trentino to finish third and close the gap at the top of the 2024 MXGP World Championship to just 13 points.

So from the difficult start to the weekend, Prado still came away with the Grand Prix win, the 42nd of his career and his 11th in the MXGP class. More importantly, no one else has managed to beat him to the top step all season and he now leads the Championship by thirteen points from Gajser, with Febvre a further thirty-two behind, in third.

“Starting from seventeenth wasn’t easy but I’m a good starter so I had to prove it today,” Prado refelcted. “First race I didn’t really have a good flow, I tried but it was sketchy and the guy were riding better than myself and finished in front of me. In the second race, with a little bike adjustment that we made together with the team I felt better and everything clicked. Such a good start in second race with a good battle with Febvre until he fell. Another win and in difficult condition where we had to turn it around so great job guys!”

Photo of Motocross rider Liam Everts at the 2024 The MXGP of Trentino
Liam Everts’ good starts and consistent speeds saw the Belgian take his first overall victory of the 2024 campaign, and at the circuit where he earned his maiden career podium in 2023. Photo: Ray Archer

MX2

It was Sacha Coenen who fired into the lead from the start when the MX2 class hit the track, chased by Thibault Benistant and red plate holder Kay de Wolf!

An aggressive move from De Wolf put him past Benistant, but it took him until lap five to make a move on Sacha, as the young Belgian seems to be building his confidence running at the front. It wasn’t until lap twelve that Benistant got through into second, and the corner after Adamo pushed past saw the Champ argue with the bank and drop to an eventual eighth! Sadly, just as it looked like Sacha would claim a top three finish, he suffered a bike issue which left him unable to finish.

Mikkel Haarup was in a great third but a strange issue slowed him dramatically on the final lap, and he dropped to an eventual ninth, leaving Liam Everts to claim third, just reward for a consistent push through the pack from outside the top ten, with Rick Elzinga a season’s best fourth, and Camden McLellan salvaging fifth.

Photo of Motocross rider Thibault Benistant at the 2024 The MXGP of Trentino
Thibault Benistant returned to form at round four of the MX2 World Championship with an impressive runner-up finish at the MXGP of Trentino. Photo: Full Spectrum

In the end, no one had an answer to De Wolf who won by 3.7 seconds from Benistant, and as Simon Laengenfelder could only muster eighth place, the championship lead stretched to thirty-eight points for the Dutchman! His teammate, Lucas Coenen, rode through the pain of a shoulder injury to finish in tenth position.

Laengenfelder was desperate to make amends in race two and fired into the lead to claim his first Holeshot Award of the season. To help his cause further, the points leader De Wolf was picking up his bike in turn one, part of a pile-up that also involved Sacha Coenen, Elzinga, and Laengenfelder’s teammate Marc-Antoine Rossi.

The German took a leaf out of his teammate Prado’s book with a blistering display of speed that left his pursuers with no hope of catching, and Andrea Bonacorsi was a stunning second around the first lap to the delight of his home fans! It took Everts thirteen minutes to get past the reigning EMX250 Champion, and the top three stayed the same from there!

De Wolf charged through to an eventual eighth, just one place ahead of his teammate Lucas Coenen, who lost third in the series by a single point to Benistant. The fastest qualifier Adamo was unable to climb any higher than sixth, behind Haarup in fifth.

Photo of Motocross rider Simon Laengenfelder at the 2024 The MXGP of Trentino - Start
Simon Langenfelder (516) shredded his way to his second win of 2024; securing third overall in MX2. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Benistant’s fourth position left him second overall, his first taste of a podium in more than ten months. Bonacorsi scored his first ever top three finish in a GP race, but it was Everts who enjoyed the GP victory for the fourth time in his career and for the third time with a 3-2 card, and he was extremely happy to climb to seventh in the table after missing the first round with his thumb injury.

Laengenfelder has closed the gap to 26 points behind De Wolf, and whilst none of the current MX2 line-up has won in Portugal, the Dutchman will draw confidence from his podium there last season as the pack try to chase him down at the next round!

“This weekend was a step in the right direction,” Everts said. “It wasn’t a perfect weekend but we got the job done. It’s nice to be back on top, especially at this iconic venue. I had struggled in Sardinia, so I wanted to do better and get on the podium. I wanted to get that burden off my shoulders, and I hope now I have that sense of freedom to continue. We’ll have a small break now and then work hard towards the next Grand Prix.”

MXGP now breaks until the first weekend of May where a ‘double’ on the Iberian Peninsula – Portugal and then northern Spain – will push the series up to round six.

Photo of Motocross rider Kay de  Wolf at the 2024 The MXGP of Trentino
MX2 Championship leader Kay de Wolf finished fourth and lost three points in the championship, but overall was pretty happy with his riding throughout the weekend. Photo: Full Spectrum

MXGP – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), 35:02.471
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:00.387
3 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:18.031
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:24.651
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:26.649
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:33.245
7 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:55.858
8 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +1:02.460
9 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Fantic), +1:06.503
10 Ben Watson (GBR, Beta), +1:14.559

MXGP – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 35:03.734
2 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:02.042
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:07.956
4 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:11.825
5 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:18.595
6 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Fantic), +0:30.167
7 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:46.646
8 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:56.321
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +1:00.355
10 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +1:02.018

MXGP Overall – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 45 Points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 41 Points
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 40 Points
4 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 37 Points
5 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 36 Points
6 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 32 Points
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 27 Points
8 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 26 Points
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 24 Points
10 Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 23 Points

MXGP World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 219 Points
2 Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 206 Points
3 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 174 Points
4 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 164 Points
5 Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 142 Points
6 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, KAW), 141 Points
7 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 131 Points
8 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, FAN), 118 Points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 88 Points
10 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, HON), 82 Points

MX2 – Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), 35:12.455
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:03.750
3 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:19.196
4 Rick Elzinga (NED, Yamaha), +0:26.799
5 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Triumph), +0:30.335
6 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GASGAS), +0:34.627
7 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:36.018
8 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), +0:37.011
9 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:41.553
10 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:15.744

MX2 – Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), 35:31.370
2 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:09.983
3 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:13.617
4 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.384
5 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Triumph), +0:21.955
6 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:27.684
7 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Triumph), +0:31.888
8 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:42.907
9 Lucas Coenen (BEL, Husqvarna), +0:48.663
10 Oriol Oliver (ESP, KTM), +0:55.359

MX2 Overall – Top 10 Classification:
1 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 42 Points
2 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 40 Points
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 38 Points
4 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 38 Points
5 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, TRI), 30 Points
6 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, YAM), 29 Points
7 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 29 Points
8 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 28 Points
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 26 Points
10 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 23 Points

MX2 World Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 213 Points
2 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 187 Points
3 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 148 Points
4 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 147 Points
5 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 139 Points
6 Mikkel Haarup (DEN, TRI), 131 Points
7 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 128 Points
8 Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, TRI), 126 Points
9 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 110 Points
10 Marc-Antoine Rossi (FRA, GAS), 101 Points

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