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Jorge Prado and Simon Laengenfelder Shine in Dominant Fashion During MXGP Final Qualifying

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Photo of motocross rider Jorge Prado at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Newly crowned MXGP World Champion Jorge Prado took his 11th qualifying race win of the season at the final round, the MXGP of Great Britain. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Jorge Prado and Simon Laengenfelder have won the final qualifying races as the 2023 MXGP season draws to a close on the flowing green hillside of Matterley Basin for the MXGP of Great Britain

In the premier MXGP class, Jorge Prado, the newly crowned MXGP World Champion, marked his triumphant title campaign with an eleventh pole position this season. Prado showcased his unwavering dominance on the Qualifying Race day, leaving his competitors trailing in his dust. The ever-reliable Romain Febvre secured the second spot, while Tim Gajser rounded off the top three.

Over in the MX2 category Simon Laengenfelder continued to shine, securing his fifth Qualifying Race victory of the season. This particular track seems to bring out the best in him, as it was here last season that he clinched his maiden MX2 Grand Prix win. The newly crowned MX2 World Champion, Andrea Adamo, joined the ranks with a second-place finish, followed closely by Jago Geerts.

In the MXGP qualifying, Jorge Prado made a blistering start, establishing himself as the early frontrunner. He masterfully navigated the opening laps, staying ahead of the formidable duo of Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser. The trio quickly created a substantial gap, distancing themselves from the rest of the field, led by Rubén Fernández. The race seemed settled at the top, but Febvre gradually increased his pace, narrowing the gap with Prado. The late-charge specialist, Febvre, added an element of suspense as he closed in on the Spaniard, forcing the newly crowned champ to maintain his composure right up to the final turn. Ultimately, Prado’s unwavering resolve paid off as he clinched the victory, crossing the finish line just under a second ahead of the Frenchman. Gajser, witnessing the duel ahead, wisely secured a solid third place.

Photo of motocross rider Romain Febvre at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
World MXGP Championship runner-up Romain Febvre finished second fastest.

Meanwhile, Fernández rode a consistent and untroubled race, comfortably securing fourth place. Valentin Guillod demonstrated remarkable determination and pace, starting in seventh place and swiftly advancing to fifth within the opening laps, surpassing his compatriot Jeremy Seewer and Frenchman Maxime Renaux. Seewer, after a brief mistake on lap two, dropped to fifth place but valiantly battled to regain ground, finishing just outside the points in eleventh. Calvin Vlaanderen capitalised on Seewer’s misstep, ascending to sixth from seventh. Glenn Coldenhoff, starting ninth, powered through to seventh. Benoit Paturel maintained a steady eighth place throughout the race.

Photo of motocross rider Tim Gasjer at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Tim Gasjer rounded out the top three in MXGP as he finds some late season form.

The top ten rankings also featured Pauls Jonass in ninth, showing his mettle with a consistent performance, while Alessandro Lupino secured a crucial point in tenth, offering encouragement for the Sunday races. However, the homegrown talent, Ben Watson, struggled to find his rhythm and grappled his way to thirteenth place.

Jorge Prado expressed his satisfaction with the race, stating, “It was a good race as I started first and obviously got the win. I’m very happy for today. It was really nice, and the track is very good this year; I was enjoying it a lot!”

Photo of motocross rider Simon Laengenfelder at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Simon Laengenfelder was impressive as he won the final MX2 qualifying race. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

MX2

In the fiercely contested MX2 category, the racing intensity gripped every corner of the track. Sacha Coenen rocketed to the front at the start, ahead of Simon Laengenfelder and his sibling, Lucas Coenen. Lucas made a daring move on the opening lap, overtaking Laengenfelder for second. The Coenen brothers appeared poised for a thrilling battle for the lead, but Laengenfelder had other plans.

In a determined effort, Laengenfelder executed some precise maneuvers, surpassing both Coenen brothers and seizing the lead by the end of the first lap. From there, Laengenfelder soared to a commanding victory.

Lucas Coenen faced adversity on lap two, losing his footing and tumbling down the ranks to thirteenth. In stark contrast, Simon Coenen valiantly held second place until lap five when the pace of the formidable Gold Plate holder, Andrea Adamo, proved insurmountable. Adamo showcased remarkable composure, securing the second spot. As for Sacha Coenen, he endured further challenges as Jago Geerts persistently trailed him for multiple laps. Despite a valiant defence, Sacha eventually conceded the position on lap eight. Geerts and Roan Van de Moosdijk capitalised on the opportunity to bypass Sacha, with Geerts clinching third place and narrowing the point gap with Laengenfelder in the final Championship podium battle. Van de Moosdijk managed to shadow Geerts to finish fourth.

Photo of motocross rider Andrea Adamo at the 2023 MXGP of Great Britain.
Newly minted MX2 Champion Andrea Adamo was second fastest in qualifying. Photo: Ray Archer

A standout performance of the day came from Kay de Wolf, who embarked on a remarkable recovery mission after a lacklustre start left him twelfth on the opening lap. De Wolf displayed exceptional skills, relentlessly overtaking his rivals lap after lap. He exerted immense pressure on the newly crowned EMX250 European Champion, Andrea Bonacorsi, who had recently transitioned to MX2 in preparation for the upcoming season. Despite Bonacorsi’s staunch defence, de Wolf ultimately triumphed, securing an impressive sixth place. Bonacorsi settled for seventh, managing to keep Thibault Benistant at bay in eighth place.

Liam Everts, still nursing the effects of his previous crash in Maggiora, struggled to secure an optimal start and found himself in eleventh place after lap one. Undeterred, the Belgian rider fought his way back into contention, ultimately salvaging a ninth-place finish, gaining valuable points to stay in the running for the second spot in the Championship.

Noteworthy accolades also went to American rider Jack Chambers, who exhibited unwavering determination after dropping to thirteenth on the opening lap. Chambers progressively advanced, benefiting from Rick Elzinga’s crash on lap seven to claim tenth place. Elzinga concluded the race in eleventh.

Simon Laengenfelder reflected on the challenging race conditions, stating, “It wasn’t so easy as the track was quite sketchy with hard spots. But I could pass the two Coenens for the first place, and then I could make a nice gap and control it to the end. I’m really happy to take the ten points for tomorrow!”

MXGP – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 25:48.553
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.307
3 Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:07.196
4 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:28.255
5 Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:30.429
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:30.922
7 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:32.383
8 Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:50.620
9 Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), +0:53.349
10 Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Beta), +0:58.350

MXGP – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 900 points
2 Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 816 points
3 Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 719 points
4 Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 659 points
5 Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 619 points
6 Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 570 points
7 Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 490 points
8 Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 456 points
9 Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 340 points
10 Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 314 points

MX2 – RAM Qualifying Race – Top 10 Classification:
1 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GASGAS), 26:09.424
2 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), +0:04.044
3 Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:16.008
4 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Husqvarna), +0:20.287
5 Sacha Coenen (BEL, KTM), +0:21.751
6 Kay de Wolf (NED, Husqvarna), +0:25.725
7 Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:26.805
8 Thibault Benistant (FRA, Yamaha), +0:28.334
9 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), +0:29.597
10 Jack Chambers (USA, Kawasaki), +0:35.905

MX2 – World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1 Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 788 points
2 Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 714 points
3 Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 712 points
4 Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 704 points
5 Lucas Coenen (BEL, HUS), 558 points
6 Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 541 points
7 Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 536 points
8 Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 530 points
9 Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 496 points
10 Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 377 points

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