The return of the Spanish Grand Prix was marked in epic fashion, as home hero, Jorge Prado took the overall MXGP class victory for the very first time in Spain, as he celebrated two race wins on home soil as Tom Vialle was back on top of the podium in MX2.
Today was the very first time the MXGP and MX2 riders got their chance to test out the hard-pack circuit here in Arroyomolinos, which shaped up well and created some exciting racing.
Jorge Prado started the opening MXGP race with a FOX Holeshot, as he led Romain Febvre, Austraian Mitch Evans. Kiwi Dylan Walsh and Gautier Paulin also got a good start as they were running fourth and fifth on the opening lap.
Tim Gajser then pushed his way into the top four, while his teammate passed Febvre for second. Jeremy Seewer didn’t have the best start to the race and was down in 9th after the first few laps.
Febvre then eventually passed Evans back for second, with Gajser managing to get around his teammate as well, before the Australian crashed out of the race, sustaining a left wrist injury.
Prado then continued to lead the way by 2.361 seconds over Febvre, Gajser and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle, while further down the order, Walsh dropped a few more positions and was down in 11th.
Glenn Coldenhoff was having a good ride in 6th as he applied the pressure onto Paulin. This battle carried on for a couple of laps before Coldenhoff forced his way past the Factory Yamaha rider. Meanwhile Antonio Cairoli and Seewer were also there in 7th and 8th having a fight of their own.
A few laps later, Cairoli made a little mistake which allowed Seewer to close in, though as the Swiss pushed for the pass, a small mistake turned into a big crash. He was able to quickly re-join in 10th just behind Jeremy Van Horebeek.
Walsh then went out of the race with what looked like a broken chain, all while Coldenhoff was looking for another position, as he got onto the rear wheel of Desalle.
After leading every single lap of the race, Jorge Prado went on to take the first race win, with Febvre finishing second and Gajser third.
In race two, Prado repeated his start success from the first race, as he took another FOX Holeshot and led the way with Seewer and Febvre closely behind him. Gajser though was able to quickly move up into second on the opening lap as he started to push for the win.
Walsh had another good start inside the top 10, though had a big crash which saw him pull out of the second race too, which meant that the JM Honda Racing pilot scored no points this time around.
Coldenhoff then started to push Seewer for fourth, though Seewer was able to respond by setting his fastest lap of the race on the fourth lap. By lap 5, the top 10 included Prado, Gajser, Febvre, Seewer, Coldenhoff, Cairoli, Desalle, Brian Bogers, Van Horebeek and Henry Jacobi.
Prado then continued to put in lap after lap as he led the way by just over 5 seconds, as Gajser looked to have settled for P2 in the race, while the battle was heating up between Coldenhoff and Seewer. The factory GasGas rider, eventually took 4th from the Swiss rider on lap 13.
There were no changes in positions for the next few laps, and in the end, Jorge Prado went to take his first ever 1-1, to end the day in a perfect way, as he took the overall on home soil. Gajser crossed the line in 2nd, while Febvre finished third.
The podium looked exactly the same as the second race, as Prado took his second GP victory of the season, while Gajser made it his 8th podium, with Febvre making his 3rd podium of the year.
As it stands, Tim Gajser will now head to Belgium with a 24-point advantage to Antonio Cairoli, while Jeremy Seewer is a further 21 points behind.
“It’s a dream for all of us, Spanish guys," Prado said. "Winning in Spain or winning in your home country is always very special. It’s a pity we didn’t have the spectators but anyway to win on home soil it’s still incredible. After the last race in Mantova, I really did some training again, I’m making progress every week and that you can see in my racing so, I’m heading in a good direction and yeah it was just a perfect day”.
“I’m getting closer [in the championship]. I started the season not that great but now I’m getting in shape and getting faster so hopefully in Lommel we can get some points” Prado added.
As the gate dropped for the first MX2 race of the day, Tom Vialle put his Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machine out in front, as he led Australian Jed Beaton and Thomas Kjer Olsen, along with Jago Geerts.
Mathys Boisrame had a good start followed by a tough moment as he crashed twice and would pull out of the race after the first lap.
Vialle then started to come under pressure from Beaton who was keen to go for the win, while his teammate, Olsen, was right there as well, and getting onto the back wheel of the Aussie. This close battle between the top three would carry on for the entire race.
Ruben Fernandez had a tough race, as he would not do more than a single lap, after an issue with his bike. This was a tough pill to swallow for the Spaniard, who was hoping for a chance to fight for the podium during his home GP.
Back with the leaders Vialle continued to lead Beaton and Olsen, while Geerts was there in fourth. Maxime Renaux was in 5th, just ahead of Roan Van de Moosdijk, who was starting to push for higher positions.
With 16 minutes on the clock, Beaton was able to briefly find a way past Vialle, who was quick to respond. Geerts then crashed out of 4th, to re-join in 6th just behind Conrad Mewse. Meanwhile, Privateer Ashton Dickinson was having a great rider in the top 10, though he was caught by Alberto Forato, and eventually finished the race in 15th.
Geerts then put on a charge to pass Mewse, though after several failed attempts, Mewse was able to find a bit of breathing room from the Belgian, as he held on to fourth.
Back at the font there was no big changes until 3 laps to go, when Olsen was able to find a way past Beaton, while Vialle held a steady gap to the pair and would eventually bring home the win in race one. Olsen confirmed his second place, with Beaton third.
In the second race, it was Jago Geerts who grabbed the FOX Holeshot and was followed by his teammate, Watson. Though Vialle wasted no time to make a move for the lead, and at the same time Fernandez took 3rd from Watson.
Beaton had a problem out of the start and came around the first lap in dead last. Mewse then went down on the opening lap and would fall to last as well, behind Beaton.
While Vialle led the race one again, Fernandez and Renaux were having a great battle for 4th. It looked like Renaux was giving it his all, though he still couldn’t find a way through.
Beaton though was making a good comeback as he moved into the top 10 with 18 minutes plus 2 laps to go.
As the race progressed, Vialle and Geerts were putting in fast laps, lap after lap, but Geerts still managed to find an extra inch, in order to get on to the back wheel of the Frenchman at one point. But Vialle was able to respond pretty quickly, as he upped his game and set another fastest lap of the race as he extended his lead.
Olsen, keen to make up positions after a tough start to the race, was trying to get around Watson for 6th. The two had a close battle until the flag dropped, with Watson holding on to the position.
There was drama towards the end of the race, as Vialle led the way by 3.693 seconds with just 3 laps to go, and would stall his bike moments later, which allowed Geerts to steal the win. Luckily, Vialle only lost one position as he got going before Van de Moosdijk got around him.
In the end, it was Geerts who won the race, with Vialle second and Van de Moosdijk finishing third. Meanwhile, Spanish rider, Ruben Fernandez had a great race to finish in fourth. And despite the mistake in the second race, Tom Vialle was the overall GP winner, with Jago Geerts finishing second and Thomas Kjer Olsen taking to the third step of the box – his fourth consecutive podium.
Tom Vialle: “I don’t know, I was very comfortable with the bike but then bike stopped, and I took a little bit of time to start it again. But I was happy with my riding, I was feeling really comfortable in race two and the whole weekend. Actually, it was a really good day for the championship and now I’m only focused on the next races in Lommel in the sand and I’m happy. I feel really good because as you know is two years that I live there in Belgium, and I ride a lot in the sand”.
The next stop of the FIM Motocross World Championship is taking place in Lommel in a week time as the Monster Energy MXGP of Flanders.
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 34:13.277
2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.125
3. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:09.513
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:16.409
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:17.950
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:31.813
7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:37.419
8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:41.385
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:49.693
10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:54.604
MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 34:32.685
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.455
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:17.405
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:21.940
5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:27.027
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:29.646
7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:35.318
8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:40.176
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:43.221
10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:46.577
MXGP - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 50 Points
2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 42 Points
3. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 42 Points
4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 34 Points
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 32 Points
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 29 Points
7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 27 Points
8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 26 Points
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 26 Points
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 24 Points
MXGP – Top 10 World Championship Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 441 Points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 417 Points
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 396 Points
4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 391 Points
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 375 Points
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 346 Points
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 311 Points
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 294 Points
9. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 Points
10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 248 Points
MX2 - Grand Prix Race 1 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 34:50.753
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:01.273
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:03.830
4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:14.347
5. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:18.546
6. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:22.818
7. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:23.369
8. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:45.316
9. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:48.114
10. Alberto Forato (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:54.709
MX2 - Grand Prix Race 2 – Top 10 Classification:
1. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), 35:11.576
2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:08.515
3. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Kawasaki), +0:15.395
4. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:19.349
5. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.613
6. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:24.625
7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:28.744
8. Isak Gifting (SWE, GASGAS), +0:47.004
9. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +0:56.900
10. Jed Beaton (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:58.542
MX2 - GP Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 47 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 41 Points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 36 Points
4. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 33 Points
5. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 31 Points
6. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 31 Points
7. Ben Watson (GBRcond , YAM), 27 Points
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 27 Points
9. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 26 Points
10. Isak Gifting (SWE, GAS), 23 Points
MX2 - World Championship Top 10 Classification:
1. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 525 Points
2. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 473 Points
3. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 379 Points
4. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 372 Points
5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 347 Points
6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, KAW), 326 Points
7. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 314 Points
8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 279 Points
9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, KAW), 234 Points
10. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, YAM), 226 Points
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