AMA Supercross roared back into action at the famed Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California and lining up for his first career start in 450SX, all eyes were on defending MXGP World Champion Jorgo Prado as the Spaniard debuted in the tight confines of Supercross.
After posting the ninth-fastest qualifying time, Prado signalled his intentions early, and a solid eighth place in his Heat Race resulted in a direct transfer to the Main Event.
The 23-year-old powered out of the gates to one of his patented fast starts in the Main Event, mixing it up amongst the top Supercross riders in the world as he battled for position. Noting the track deterioration during the race, he gained invaluable experience under the lights of Angel Stadium, and finished in 13th place.
Reflecting on his debut, Prado acknowledged the differences in track dynamics but expressed optimism for improvement in his two upcoming allocated rounds before returning to Europe for the MXGP season and defending his MXGP World Championship.
“First-ever Supercross race is done, and what an experience! It’s so different from what I am used to, and it was just a day of building,” Prado said. “I felt good in practice every time, and then the night show the track was so different. I’m used to riding the test tracks with a harder base and different whoops, so every time I tried to go through these ones, they were so different, which made it difficult and unpredictable. I didn’t find a good flow in the Main Event, but got a good start. I think next week we will move in the right direction, especially with having one race under my belt, and P13 I think is not a bad start.”
Prado will be back in action Round two takes the action to Oracle Park in San Francisco on January 13th.