Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado unstoppable at MXGP of Lombardia


Cairoli (222) leads the MXGP class through turn one.
Championship leader Tony Cairoli and Jorge Prado set the pace winning all four motos and both MXGP and MX2 classes across the rain-soaked sand of Mantova at the fifth round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship in Mantova, Italy.

With MXGP returning to the Mantova venue for the first time since the 2016 season, the world‰Ûªs best community of fans watched on as the world‰Ûªs best athletes showed their skills on the soggy sand. While the winds of change brought dramatic conditions today they also provided epic action in a race where anything was possible.

After evening storms, yesterday‰Ûªs hard and dry surface was nowhere to be found on race day and Antonio Cairoli let it have no effect on his results starting race one with the Fox Holeshot.

Cairoli‰Ûªs biggest competitor as of late, Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser had a good jump off the line but lost traction on the front of his Honda heading into turn one which sent him over the bars along with several others.

While Cairoli had the lead from the first turn fellow Italian Ivo Monticelli and Max Anstie where in 2nd and 3rd. A mistake from Monticelli saw Anstie go past almost taking both down while Cairoli tipped over just a corner later. The bobble from Cairoli put Anstie on the Sicilian‰Ûªs rear wheel but quick to regroup the #222 pulled back away.

Gajser‰Ûªs race one went from bad to worse when he was clipped by another rider midair causing the Slovenian to resample the soil. The strong riding of Monticelli in third was all for nothing when his bike gave out just as Pauls Jonass took the spot halfway through the race.
Cairoli strengthened his points lead with back to back MXGP moto wins. Photo: Youthstream.
More crashes from Gajser held him to 10th while both Jonass and his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna teammate Arminas Jasikonis passed Anstie. The first checkered flag then went out with Cairoli taking the win 10 seconds ahead of Jonass, Jasikonis, Anstie, and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle who rounded out the top five just ahead of Monster Energy Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Gautier Paulin.

Race 2 again saw Cairoli with the FOX Holeshot, his 7th of 2019, while Gajser came away clean but behind Cairoli was Paulin and Team HRC‰Ûªs Brian Bogers. Monticelli again had bad luck crashing in turn 2 and pulling out of the race.

Not long after Monticelli‰Ûªs mishap his teammate Max Anstie crashed together with Shaun Simpson. With Anstie also pulling out of the race Glenn Coldenhoff was now the lone Standing Construct rider as he ran in 5th position.

Brian Bogers took over second from Paulin early in the race with Jonass also getting past the #21. Jasikonis, unlike Jonass, was unable to match his strong race 1 result as he fought from 23rd on the first lap up to 15th by the finish.

At the front it was all smooth sailing for Cairoli who recorded the perfect weekend leading 42 laps of the 42 available via 12 laps in Qualifying, 15 in Race 1, and another 15 in Race 2. The domination and double race win scored him the GP overall at Mantova for the 4th time in his career with 2 in MX2 (2007 & 2008) and 2 in MXGP (2010 and now 2019).

Taking the best single race result in his MXGP career was Bogers in second while Jonass took third, Paulin took 4th, Coldenhoff 5th, and Gajser 6th. The overall top five was filled out by Jonass taking his first MXGP Podium, Paulin, Desalle, and Coldenhoff.
Pauls Jonass (44) had his best result since moving up to MXGP with second. Photo: Youthstream.
‰ÛÏIt is very nice to be again in Italy, despite the weather there were a lot of people today, so I am very thankful they keep coming and keep cheering," Cairoli said. "I am really happy of course, thanks to all the team for their hard work again and I am looking forward to next week in Portugal which is another track that I really like.‰Û
Jorge Prado took both holeshots in MX2. Photo: Youthstream.
While Cairoli dominated MXGP his young apprentice Jorge Prado took MX2 by storm. Prado took his 6th Fox Holeshot of 2019 to start race one with Tom Vialle was second.

Several riders were caught in a first turn pile up however including Team HRC‰Ûªs Calvin Vlaanderen, Henry Jacobi, and Honda 114 Motorsports‰Ûª Mitch Evans. Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori‰Ûªs Michele Cervellin and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2‰Ûªs Jago Geerts were both quick to get past Vialle and take over 2nd and 3rd while Prado led.

Vialle‰Ûªs race only worsened as he fell and remounted in 18th before losing even more spots. On the contrary it was the red plate holder, Thomas Kjer Olsen, who improved as the race went on. Olsen was around 23rd on the opening lap but by lap 5 had already made his way up to 8th.

Cervellin then lost his 2nd position to Geerts and another to Australian Jed Beaton before the Italian‰Ûªs bike came to a halt. Olsen decided to take advantage of his gap and use the new Goggle lane for a fresh set of vision before passing both Iker Larranaga and Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori‰Ûªs Maxime Renaux for 6th.
Prado still trails Thomas Kjer Olsen by seven points in the MX2 championship despite the perfect weekend., Photo: Youthstream.
With Olsen back in 6th Prado took the race and gained 10 points in the championship standings while Geerts came across the finish 5.8 seconds later in 2nd ahead of Beaton, Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna‰Ûªs Davy Pootjes, and Bas Vaessen.

In race 2 Vialle got the better of Prado for the Fox Holeshot with Pootjes in 3rd. Prado made his way past Vialle before the end of the lap however. Olsen then passed Pootjes to get into third along with Jacobi but Pootjes quickly retook 4th from the German.

Olsen and Pootjes went on to pass Vialle while Beaton had a hard crash in 6th place. Jacobi‰Ûªs bike then gave out just like many others as a result of the demanding conditions while Prado took the win ahead of Olsen, Vialle, Pootjes, and Kiwi Dylan Walsh.

The undefeated overall winner for the 4th time this season was Jorge Prado while Olsen took 2nd and Pootjes achieved his first career podium finish. The win from Prado was not enough to take over the red plate from Olsen but the gap now drops from the previous 20 points to only 7.

‰ÛÏIt is great to come back, get on the podium, and winning the GP was very important for me, especially for my confidence after a month off," Prado said. "Today it was important to get a good start, I failed at that yesterday but today I got really good starts which were key to the race. It is very tough to not make mistakes, get good starts every time, and don‰Ûªt crash, I just need to keep concentration to lead.‰Û
Davy Pootjes had his best finish of the year so far with third. Photo: Youthstream.
MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 36:48.024
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:10.064
3. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:21.379
4. Max Anstie (GBR, KTM), +0:27.299
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:39.542
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:49.512
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:52.425
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:57.535
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:03.646
10. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +1:10.362.

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:37.572
2. Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), +0:07.068
3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Husqvarna), +0:11.327
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:15.790
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:15.887
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:17.780
7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:47.849
8. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:51.229
9. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:54.290
10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:11.509.

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 42 points
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 33 points
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 30 points
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 29 points
6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 26 points
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 26 points
8. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 26 points
9. Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 23 points
10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, KAW), 19 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 241 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 201 points
3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 175 points
4. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 146 points
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 142 points
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 124 points
7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 118 points
8. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HUS), 109 points
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 100 points
10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 94 points

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 35:18.651
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:05.836
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:26.496
4. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:40.315
5. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), +1:05.236
6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:12.915
7. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), +1:37.577
8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +1:47.716
9. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), +1:50.638
10. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), +1:51.878

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 36:52.290
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:08.779
3. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:36.069
4. Davy Pootjes (NED, Husqvarna), +0:52.541
5. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:58.348
6. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +1:01.889
7. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +1:11.299
8. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:13.390
9. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), +1:17.228
10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +1:19.630

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 37 points
3. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 36 points
4. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 28 points
5. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), 26 points
6. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 25 points
7. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 24 points
8. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), 22 points
9. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 20 points
10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 20 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 207 points
2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 200 points
3. Henry Jacobi (GER, KAW), 157 points
4. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 150 points
5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 145 points
6. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 141 points
7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 122 points
8. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 117 points
9. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 112 points
10. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 105 points

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