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World Champions Herlings and Prado Conclude Season 2018 with a Win at Italian MXGP

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World Champions Herlings and Prado Conclude Season 2018 with a Win at Italian MXGP
The Italian circuit of Imola has hosted another historic weekend of racing with the final round of the 2018 MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship.

The weekend was a finale to 20 rounds of racing around the world over 8 months and today the 2018 Champions Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado, capped of the year with another pair of dominant wins.

Imola‰Ûªs Autodromo Enzo & Dino Ferrari track was the venue of choice with over 25,000 cubic meters of dirt added to the natural elevation of the circuit for the weekend. The historic venue was the first in Italy to host Motocross International racing in 1948 and now on the 70th anniversary has seen the conclusion of one of the most competitive World Championship seasons ever. <


Taking the 3 spots in the final MXGP championship standings were the only three riders to win a GP in 2018, Jeffrey Herlings, Antonio Cairoli, and Clement Desalle. Meanwhile in the MX2 standings Jorge Prado, Pauls Jonass, and Thomas Kjer Olsen finalised the top three spots.

MXGP

The new MXGP World Champion, Jeffrey Herlings, had nothing to prove this weekend but still came out and dominated with double race wins to take the final MXGP overall of the year.

The first MXGP race was started with a season first Fox Holeshot from Alessandro Lupino in front of his home crowd as Antonio Cairoli opted out of racing to recover for next week‰Ûªs Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
World Champions Herlings and Prado Conclude Season 2018 with a Win at Italian MXGP
2018 World Champions Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado. Photo: Youthstream
Behind Lupino was Team HRC‰Ûªs Tim Gajser, Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP Team‰Ûªs Jeremy Seewer, and then Herlings. Seewer and Herlings banged bars in the 4th corner was put the Dutchman up to third. Gajser took the lead from Lupino before the end of the first lap along with Herlings.

Lupino was then third but a collision with Seewer dropped the #77 out of the top 20 and the Swiss rider to 10th. Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team‰Ûªs Clement Desalle took over third with Frenchman Gautier Paulin 4th and Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP‰Ûªs Shaun Simpson 5th.

On the third official lap Herlings took the lead from Gajser and a lap later Julien Lieber went to 5th past Simpson. In the remaining 16 laps the top 5 held their positions. Herlings had the race win ahead of Gajser, Desalle, Paulin, and Lieber while Seewer made a last lap pass to get by teammate Simpson for 6th.
World Champions Herlings and Prado Conclude Season 2018 with a Win at Italian MXGP
HRC's Tim Gajser finished second overall at the final round but it was noit enough to claim third in the championship from Clement Desalle. Photo: Youthstream
Race 2‰Ûªs Fox Holeshot belonged to Herlings who had Gajser and Desalle just behind him. Simpson had another good start in 4th with Lieber again behind him. Paulin was in 6th and had to deal with pressure from Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP‰Ûªs Jeremy Van Horebeek.

After 4 laps of heat from the Belgian Paulin lost 6th and Van Horebeek then went after Lieber. With 5 laps to go Lieber moved past Simpson for 4th and Van Horebeek put the Wilvo rider another spot back to 6th.

Herlings took the race win with Gajser again 2nd then Desalle, Lieber, and Van Horebeek. Paulin took 6th after passing Simpson with 2 laps to go. In the overall Herlings was the clear winner for the 84 time in his career as Gajser took 2nd and Desalle took third.

"It is a great way to finish of the year, to finish with a win," Herlings said. "I am very happy and thankful, it has been a great journey, a great experience, a great year, and I have met a lot of great people. I really want to thank especially my team as without them I wouldn't to be able to do what I did... it is something that will be hard to ever accomplish again. The most beautiful way to finish off the year is to go 1-1 at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations and if I can accomplish that it will be the cherry on top!"
World Champions Herlings and Prado Conclude Season 2018 with a Win at Italian MXGP
Belgian Clement Desalle consolidated third in the championship with third at the final round. Photo: Youthstream
Despite not racing, championship runnerup Tony Cairoli was looking forward to the MXon and season 2019.

"I am really happy to be here, it is such a great place for racing and I think this is a great way to step up our sport. I am looking at the bigger picture of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations next week, it is very important for me and the country of Italy," Herlings explained. "Like I have said congratulations to Jeffrey and thanks to Youthstream for another good and very intense championship. They have stepped it up with a more professional staff so I am really happy to have another 2 seasons and follow my dream to fight for another world title."

Clement Desalle was happy to claim third in the championship standings at the conclusion of the season.

‰ÛÏFinishing third in the championship is really great, also it is a great feeling to be on the box at the end of the championship. My whole team works to be the best possible and to beat those guys and have the best result in the GPs. It is not easy but we are very motivated... it was a very good season overall."

MX2
World Champions Herlings and Prado Conclude Season 2018 with a Win at Italian MXGP
Jorge Prado rounded out a championship wining season with a win at the final round. Photo: Youthstream
Jorge Prado came into this weekend already knowing he was going to be crowned 2018 MX2 FIM Motocross World Champion but it didn‰Ûªt stop the 17-year old from taking his 26th Fox Holeshot of the year.

Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team‰Ûªs Ben Watson was a top qualifier yesterday but jumped the gate to early today and was back outside the top 15 on the start. Prado lost his lead to Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori‰Ûªs Simone Furlotti in the first corners and went back to 6th.

Honda 114 Motorsports Hunter Lawrence was third behind Thomas Covington but pushed the American off the track to take second.

Covington rejoined the track in 4th behind Prado while Lawrence went on to take the lead from Furlotti who then dropped another spot to Prado. The following lap Covington was up to third but lost the spot 2 laps later to his teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen.

Henry Jacobi was impressive along with Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori‰Ûªs Michele Cervellin. Jacobi came from 9th on the first lap all the way up to 3rd after a bike issue ended the race for the leader Lawrence.
World Champions Herlings and Prado Conclude Season 2018 with a Win at Italian MXGP
Thomas Kjer Olsen and Thomas Covington finished second and third in MX2. Photo: Youthstream
Prado took over first after the misfortune of Lawrence and held the lead to the finish where he was met by his crew and media to celebrate his 2018 MX2 World title. Olsen took 2nd and Jacobi 3rd while Cervellin made it up to 4th ahead of F&H Racing Team‰Ûªs Marshal Weltin.

Race 2 started with a 5th Fox Holeshot of the year for Thomas Covington ahead of ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha‰Ûªs Samuele Bernardini and JD Gunnex KTM Racing‰Ûªs Richard Sikyna from Slovakia.

Prado was up into 2nd quickly while Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team‰Ûªs Anthony Rodriguez held 4th ahead of Olsen but the #19 fell and handed 5th to BUD Racing Monster Energy‰Ûªs Brian Moreau in his first MX2 appearance.

Prado then went for the lead and took the spot from Covington as his teammate Olsen took 5th back from Moreau. Olsen was pushed back out of the top 5 on the next lap by Lawrence.

The Aussie was on a roll and took positions away from Rodriguez, Bernardini, and Covington in the following laps. Lawrence gained multiple seconds on Prado in each of the final laps but it was a little too late as the Spaniard took the race victory and his 12 overall win of the season. Lawrence finished second with Covington third and Olsen 4th but in the overall it was Prado, Olsen, and Covington taking the podium.

Jorge Prado‰Ûªs season has been nothing short of impressive, the 17-year old becomes the first Spanish MX2 World Champion via 10 pole positions, 331 laps in the lead, 17 individual race wins, 12 overall victories and 17 podiums. Prado scored 873 points in 20 rounds of racing averaging 43.6 points per race of the maximum 50. Prado becomes one of only 3 riders to win the title at such a young age joining Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings and is also now tied for 3 most career MX2 Overall wins with Tyla Rattray behind Herlings and Antonio Cairoli."

"I knew I was World Champion already on Thursday so it was a great moment that I didn't expect. It was a great weekend and I am really happy to finish off the season with a win," Prado said.
World Champions Herlings and Prado Conclude Season 2018 with a Win at Italian MXGP
Aussie Hunter Lawrence looked to have moto 1 sewn up until his bike failed three laps from home. He rebounded with a solid second in moto2. Photo: Bavo
MXGP Results

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:41.213
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:12.438
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:28.131
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:30.461
5. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:32.590
6. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:34.849
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:35.907
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:43.218
9. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:51.689
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Suzuki), +0:54.842

MXGP Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:35.763
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:34.828
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:50.772
4. Julien Lieber (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:01.847
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +1:03.991
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:06.621
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:07.493
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +1:09.285
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +1:15.790
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Suzuki), +1:20.562

MXGP Overall Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 50 points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 44 points
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 40 points
4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KAW), 34 points
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 33 points
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 29 points
7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, YAM), 28 points
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 24 points
9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 23 points
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, SUZ), 22 points

MXGP Championship Top Ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 933 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 782 points
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 685 points
4. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 669 points
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 574 points
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 544 points
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 534 points
8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 469 points
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 433 points
10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 386 points

MX2 Results

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 33:49.364
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:21.043
3. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +0:36.879
4. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:39.380
5. Marshal Weltin (USA, Kawasaki), +0:44.867
6. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:48.945
7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:50.601
8. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:56.013
9. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), +1:02.653
10. Simone Furlotti (ITA, Yamaha), +1:04.280

MX2 Race 2 Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 34:00.879
2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:02.164
3. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:15.652
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:18.136
5. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, Yamaha), +0:20.887
6. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, Yamaha), +0:28.846
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Yamaha), +0:33.265
8. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Honda), +0:34.859
9. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +0:42.038
10. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), +0:42.743

MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 points
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40 points
3. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 34 points
4. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 32 points
5. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 32 points
6. Anthony Rodriguez (VEN, YAM), 28 points
7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 25 points
8. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 22 points
9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 22 points
10. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 17 points

MX2 Championship Top Ten:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 873 points
2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 777 points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 673 points
4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 602 points
5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 599 points
6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, HON), 543 points
7. Michele Cervellin (ITA, YAM), 397 points
8. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 391 points
9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 353 points
10. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 343 points

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