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Jorge Prado Battles Through Tough Maggiora Weekend With Second Place And DNF

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Jorge Prado (1) currently sits second in the championship standings ahead of Jeffrey Herlings, with a 37-point advantage. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

Defending MXGP Champion Jorge Prado faced his toughest round of the season at the MXGP of Italy, suffering a DNF after a crash but declaring he will be fit and ready for Indonesia in two weeks.

In the first MXGP moto, the Spaniard charged from a sixth-place gate slot to quickly secure third. After holeshot winner Jeremy Seewer crashed, Prado held onto second until lap thirteen. In the closing stages, the defending champion engaged in a fierce battle with Jeffrey Herlings, reducing the gap to eventual winner Tim Gajser to just 1.570 seconds.

“The first moto went quite well,” Prado said. “I got out of the gate well but then in the third corner, Gajser cross-rutted and came into me. We were battling for the whole moto, and I caught up to him a little more at the end. It was a good P2.”

With the sun shining and the track drying for the second moto, hopes were high for Prado. However, disaster struck just after the start with a huge multi-rider crash that Prado couldn’t avoid. Despite quickly remounting and riding with bent handlebars, Prado and the team decided to retire on lap six to prevent further injury, preparing for the upcoming races in Indonesia. Prado currently sits second in the championship standings ahead of Jeffrey Herlings, with a 37-point advantage.

Reflecting on the second moto, Prado stated, “I had a very good start, but I went a bit wide into the second corner as I got off balance. The guy in front of me crashed, and though I tried to avoid him, I crashed as well. There were many riders involved, and I got a bit hurt, and the bike was damaged. I pulled off after a lap because I felt a little hurt, but everything seems fine. I just need to take it easy for a couple of days, and I should be okay to fight for the win in Indonesia!”

Despite the setbacks, Prado remains optimistic and focused on the upcoming races, ready to continue his pursuit of the championship.

Jorge Prado suffered his first DNF of the season but reports he is OK after crashing out of race two. Photo: Juan Pablo Acevedo

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