1-2 for Herlings and Prado at packed Spanish Grand Prix

1-2 for Herlings and Prado at packed Spanish Grand Prix

18.10.2021: MXGP 2021 Round 13 of 18, Intu Xanadú Arroyomolinos (SPA) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing continued their streak of premium results and podium presence in the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship as Jeffrey Herlings celebrated his sixth MXGP victory o

MXGP 2021 Round 13 of 18, Intu Xanadú Arroyomolinos (SPA)

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing continued their streak of premium results and podium presence in the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship as Jeffrey Herlings celebrated his sixth MXGP victory of the season ahead of Jorge Prado around the Spanish hard-pack of Intu Xanadú Arroyomolinos for round 13 of 18 in the current series. Tom Vialle finished runner-up in MX2 for his sixth rostrum appearance in a row.


- Herlings marginally extends MXGP Championship lead with fifth win from the last six races

- The Dutchman now has 96 career victories and 11 podiums from 13 rounds in 2021

- Prado sends bumper home crowd crazy with 2nd overall and fifth trophy of the year

- Cairoli improves condition and performance to take 5th overall

- Vialle wins his tenth MX2 moto of 2021, Guadagnini and Hofer also in the top five

The curving and rutty hardpacked soil of Intu Xanadú Arroyomolinos entertained MXGP for the second time after the new circuit opened its gates in 2020. For the 2021 Grand Prix of Spain the facility was able to welcome some of the large catchment of spectators, thanks to the close proximity to the centre of Madrid and the trackside fences were full to capacity to see the likes of home hero Jorge Prado in action. The sun shone for the one-day event and the terrain was technical and demanding.



For the fifth Grand Prix in a row (and for the ninth time this season) Jeffrey Herlings secured Pole Position in MXGP Timed Practice. The Dutchman was just seven-hundredths of a second ahead of Tim Gajser as Jorge Prado qualified 4th and Tony Cairoli in 11th.

Herlings was buried deep in the top ten at the start of the first moto. He had to charge hard to reach 4th and then profited from a mistake by Gajser to take 3rd. Jorge Prado was 2nd. The 20-year-old was pushed all race by the noisy crowd and jostled for the lead briefly before being passed by Romain Febvre.

Prado – who could only make 16th and 12th last Sunday in France in the wake of surgery to fix a cut under his left arm – resisted Herlings’ threat on the last lap to bank 22 points. Cairoli struggled with an errant stone in his boot but the Italian classified 7th.


In the second moto Herlings started brighter to immediately put pressure on the holeshotting Prado. Cairoli was also inside the top five and set the fastest lap in the opening stages. By mid-race distance Herlings was able to find a spot to relegate his teammate and pulled clear.

It was his tenth moto win of the year and ensured he has taken the flag once in seven of the last eight Grands Prix. Prado kept Cairoli at bay for 3rd position as the teammates crossed the line 3-4. For Prado the result permitted his first podium visit for three rounds. Cairoli’s 5th overall was his best finish since the GP of Turkey prior to the Motocross of Nations.

Herlings has stretched his world championship lead to 12 points over Romain Febvre, 15 ahead of Tim Gajser, 65 in front of Prado and 86 adrift of Tony Cairoli. Five rounds and a maximum of 250 points remain.

Jeffrey Herlings:
“We started off strong in Timed Practice and I had a good jump off the gate in the first moto but rode into the first two turns too careful; like an old grandma! I got up to 10th but a good start is crucial now because the guys in 7th-8th are riding so fast and when they have good lines it is hard to pass. It took me some time to get going.

The first 15 minutes were awful but the last 15 were really good. I came from far back and closed-up to the leaders. The second moto start was better. Tim [Gajser] made a mistake and I was into 2nd. Jorge was tough to pass but he was riding the right lines. Once I managed it, I was able to check-out and control the race. It was good. I’m looking forward to Arco and the shorter start straight there!”

Jorge Prado:
“I loved it with the fans today. It’s the first time I’ve had such support. After my two MX2 titles we haven’t had a home GP with a full crowd, so this is the first time I’ve felt this positive energy. They were amazing today. Last weekend was a real struggle but I managed two days of riding this week and could get a bit more into the rhythm.

Even though I was not 100% coming into the weekend I gave my all as always. I think you could see it. I had two good starts and those were key. I rode quite OK, and I was difficult to pass! I think I will make it even harder in the next couple of rounds with even more bike time.”

Tony Cairoli:
“A tough race today but I’m actually happy about my feeling, and my health is getting better. I didn’t have the same problem as the last few races where I had to ride with painkillers. The starts were important again and in the first moto I messed up. My pace was improving when I had a stone come into my boot; something very strange that has never happened to me before.


I had to stop and open the boot because it was hurting a lot. So, I lost a couple of positions that I then fought to regain. I enjoyed riding this weekend and made the most of a good start in the second moto. I caught Jorge but never really had the chance to pass him. 4th was OK and we’ll take the positive thing about my chest and ribs feeling better, which means we’ll hopefully be even more competitive in Arco.”

Dirk Gruebel, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager
: “A good weekend again and serious points for Jeffrey but the red plate changes around and it looks like it will go down to the last race because none of these guys are pulling away. It’s tight racing in the top five.

It’s also tough mentally because one mistake can mean a big cost. The steps Tom has been making are amazing. He had the chance to win here again but didn’t find the good flow like the first moto. He’s one of the fastest guys out there. It’s a shame he missed a couple of rounds otherwise it would be similar to MXGP at the top of the standings. He’s only 10 points away from P2 and nobody would have dreamt of that when he came back from that injury.”


Rene Hofer set the 2nd fastest lap in Timed Practice and was just a tenth of a second from his first Pole Position. Only one second split the top eleven riders and Tom Vialle (7th) was in that group while Mattia Guadagnini was 15th after weathering a big crash in the Free Practice.

Vialle produced his customary ‘MO’ in the first moto by seizing the holeshot with his KTM 250 SX-F and set the pace at the front of the pack. It was his tenth checkered flag of the season and eighth from the last twelve outings. Guadagnini had a lonely race to 3rd while Hofer had to recover from a mediocre start to take 5th.

The MX2 world champion couldn’t rediscover his flow in the second moto and had to be content with 3rd position behind Maxime Renaux and Jago Geerts. At one stage Vialle was close to overtaking the Belgian but tipped over in a corner and sacrificed precious ground and time. The 1-3 was enough for the second step of the box. Guadagnini also made some small mistakes and his run to 8th (after initially battling with Jed Beaton for the podium) gave him 4th overall. Hofer entered the top six and his 5-6 scorecard allowed Red Bull KTM to witness all three athletes in the top five of the Grand Prix ranking.


Guadagnini is 3rd in the championship standings and 1 point from 2nd. Vialle, 4th, has caught up to sit just 10 points from 2nd place as well. Hofer’s consistency means that the Austrian has nudged forwards to 6th.

Tom Vialle: “
Two great starts and I had a very good feeling on the bike in the first moto. It took me a bit more to get going in the second moto and Maxime had some nice lines. I got faster and was closing-up to Jago [Geerts] when I had a small crash, and that was it.


Trying to win every moto every weekend is not easy! Sometimes you have to accept that it won’t happen and when the others are faster. I will go again in Arco. The goal is to try and finish 2nd in the championship and I like the track next week, so I’ll give my best again.”

Mattia Guadagnini:
“The day started quite badly with a big crash in Free Practice and I had to change the bike and wasn’t feeling too good, especially in Timed Practice. I had a good start in the first race and although I made an error and [Maxime] Renaux past me I ran some decent lines.

It was a pretty lonely race in 3rd. I went too wide in the first corner of the second moto but too many mistakes, especially when I was trying to pass [Jed] Beaton for the podium. I jumped too long and lost control of the bike. I then tried not to lose many points and 8th was OK, even though I’m not happy with that second race. I should have been on the podium. We’re close for second in the championship and we’ll have plenty of home races now.”

Rene Hofer:
“A solid day: nothing more, nothing less. It was all about the position after the first lap. In both motos I got stuck behind some guys almost stopped in the ruts and lost a few places. My speed was good. I cannot be too disappointed. Perhaps I need to make some better line choices on the first laps. It was difficult to get a flow in the ruts here. Anyway, some decent points for the championship and we’ll try again next weekend.”

The final five dates of 2021 MXGP will all take place in Italy and within the next three weeks. A triple header line-up at Arco di Trento in Trentino will form rounds fourteen, fifteen and sixteen before the series moves to 2021 Motocross of Nations venue, Mantova, for the final two Grands Prix.

Results MXGP Spain 2021

1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (3-1)
2. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (2-3)
3. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (4-2)
4. Romain Febvre (FRA), Kawasaki (1-7)
5. Tony Cairoli (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (7-4)

Standings MXGP 2021 after 13 of 18 rounds

1. Jeffrey Herlings 505 points
2. Romain Febvre 493
3. Tim Gajser 490
4. Jorge Prado 440
5. Tony Cairoli 419

Results MX2 Spain 2021

1. Maxime Renaux (FRA), Yamaha (2-1)
2. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1-3)
3. Jed Beaton (AUS) Husqvarna (4-4)
4. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (3-8)
5. Rene Hofer (AUT), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (5-6)

Standings MX2 2021 after 13 of 18 rounds

1. Maxime Renaux 535 points
2. Jago Geerts 427
3. Mattia Guadagnini 426
4. Tom Vialle 417
5. Jed Beaton 395
6. Rene Hofer 364

- KTM Mattighofen also photos

Permanent-URL: http://www.automobilsport.com/1-2-herlings-prado-spanish-motocross-gp---230049.html

18.10.2021 / MaP

More News

Spanish Podium for Gajser keeps him in MXGP championship hunt
    MXGP of Spain MXGP 2021   Round 13 A solid day in Spain, saw Team HRC’s Tim Gajser maintain his third position in the MXGP championship battle after his four-two results gave him third overall at the Intu-Xanadu Arroyom more >>
Scharinger earns the #1 plate for the European Junior e-Motocross inaugural edition
 Having got to grips with the demands and characteristics of intu-Xanadú Arroyomolinos the previous day for round four, the 25 youngsters contesting the final round of the series were back making laps around a special section of the MXGP layout for their last spin of the season. more >>
Herlings and Renaux rule a fierce Spanish Grand-Prix - full results
Championship leaders Jeffrey Herlings of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing and Maxime Renaux of Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing topped the podium in what was an action-packed Spanish Grand Prix, adding valuable championship points to their MXGP and MX2 title chase.Th more >>
Seewer Seventh at Spanish Grand Prix - results
The 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Madrid, Spain, presented its challenges for the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team. Jeremy Seewer was the quickest of the trio around the rutty and choppy man-made intu Xanadu Arroyomolinos circuit. He finished seventh. more >>
Renaux Extends MX2 Championship Lead with Stunning Spanish Grand Prix Victory - results
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Maxime Renaux put in a thrilling performance to claim his fourth Grand Prix victory at the MXGP of Spain, round 13 of the FIM Motocross World Championship. As a result, the 21-year-old Frenchman has s more >>
Courtney Duncan victorious in the WMX round in Spain
The penultimate round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship has concluded with defending Champion Courtney Duncan of Bike it MTX Kawasaki taking the overall victory at the Spanish round ahead of Nancy Van De Ven of Ceres 71 Racing and Kiara Fontanesi. more >>
Van Erp secures second overall victory in EMX125 presented by FMF Racing at Spanish round
Round five of the EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing championship has concluded in Arroyomolinos as Ivano Van Erp of Yamaha Europe EMX125 MJC went on to take the overall victory at the Spanish round of the series.The European 125cc category delivered some interes more >>
Van Erp Victorious as van de Ven celebrates Second Overall in Spain - results
MJC Yamaha Official EMX125’s Ivano van Erp returned to the top step of the podium following another incredible race win and a fourth place finish at the fifth round of the EMX125 Championship in Madrid, Spain. As a result, the Dutchman has moved up into fifth in the EMX125 Championship Standings. more >>
Scharinger flies on Spanish soil as European Junior e-Motocross nears the chequered flag
The new circuit of intu Xanadú Arroyomolinos staged the thirteenth round of 2021 MXGP and counted upon the European Junior e-Motocross series as part of the support programme. As with the other events of the competition in Italy, Germa more >>
MXGP of Spain ready for the weekend after visit from officials
 The MXGP of Spain is geared up and ready to go after the official track presentation of the intu-Xanadù – Arroyomolinos circuit to the representatives of the Comunidad de Madrid, Sport Ministry and Arroyomolinos.Following more >>
Livestream and TV coverage - How to watch the MXGP of Spain
The FIM Motocross World Championship continues this weekend with round 13 of the series taking place in intù-Xanadu Arroyomolinos for the MXGP of Spain and here’s how you can enjoy the races via MXGP’s TV partners. more >>
Spain kicks off the final third of the MXGP championship for Team HRC- rider standings
MXGP of Spain MXGP 2021   Round 13 The Intu Xanadu track in Arroyomolinos, near Madrid Spain is hosting the 13th round of what is one of the most highly contested MXGP championships in recent years. Three riders are separated by more >>
Yamaha Factory MXGP and MX2 Ready to Soar Under Spanish Sun
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP and MX2 teams continue their run of back-to-back races. This time, the teams are heading 1000km southeast to Madrid, Spain, for the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship and the last Grand Prix outside of Italy in 2021. more >>
Galfer moves into Motocross as official sponsor of MXGP
Infront Moto Racing is pleased to welcome GALFER, brake systems specialist, leading manufacturer and dealer of disc brakes and pads for the two-wheeler market as official sponsor for the FIM Motocross World Championship and Monster En more >>
MXGP ready for the Spanish Grand Prix
This weekend, round 13 of the FIM Motocross World Championship heads to intu Xanadú – Arroyomolinos for the MXGP of Spain.Following the success of its debut in 2020, the intu Xanadú – Arroyomolinos circuit will once again host the fastest more >>
Successful Sportel for MXGP in Monaco
Infront Moto Racing were in attendance of the 30th edition of the Sportel convention in Monaco, the annual meeting where sports-rights and media coverage are discussed, to finalise the positive TV coverage of the upcoming 2022 season of the FIM Motocross World Championship. more >>
Podium performance from Gajser at MXGP of France - results and standings
MXGP of France MXGP 2021   Round 12 As fans returned in huge numbers to the Lacapelle-Marival track in southern France, Tim Gajser had to fight hard for his podium spot, keeping him in contention for this highly contested 2021 MXGP World Championship. more >>
Seewer Narrowly Misses the Podium in Lacapelle-Marival, France - results
A thrilling MXGP of France, round 12 of 19, in Lacapelle-Marival saw Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Seewer make an exciting return to form. The Swiss rider finished third in race one and sixth in race two to tie on 35-points for t more >>
Renaux Fights to Third Overall at French Grand Prix
As the MXGP series returned to France for the first time since 2019 and to Lacapelle-Marival for the first time in history, thousands of boisterous French fans were treated to some epic racing as home soil hero Maxime Renaux raced his Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 YZ250FM to the third step of the podium. more >>
Herlings and Vialle celebrate overall victories at MXGP of France - results
The French Grand Prix has concluded here in Lacapelle Marival with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings and Tom Vialle making a comeback to the top of the box, as Herlings took back control of the MXGP championship. The 12t more >>
Fredriksen and Bonacorsi First and Second in France
Intense racing dominated proceedings at the sixth round of the EMX250 Championship in Lacapelle-Marival, France, today. Riley Yamaha Racing’s Hakon Fredriksen celebrated his first race and overall win of 2021, while Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Andrea Bonacorsi went a step higher than last weekend, securing a career-best second overall. more >>
Frederiksen and Lata secure EMX overall victories in France
Day one of race action in Lacapelle Marival has concluded with Riley Racing’s Haakon Fredriksen and MRT Racing Team KTM’s Valerio Lata taking overall victories in EMX250 and EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing at the round of France.The first day of the French Grand Prix did not disappoint as a large crowd of fans gathered at the Georges Filhol circuit to more >>
Tom Vialle signs for another four years with Red Bull KTM and eyes the MXGP class
Defending MX2 World Champion Tom Vialle will steer the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 250 SX-F in the 2022 FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship before entering the premier class of MXGP in 2023. 20-year-old Vialle claimed the 2020 MX2 title more >>
TV coverage and livestream - How to watch the MXGP of France
The FIM Motocross World Championship heads to Lacapelle Marival this weekend for the MXGP of France and here’s how you can enjoy the races via our TV partners.Fans in France will be able to enjoy great coverage of the French Grand Prix tha more >>
The adrenanline fuelled two-wheel game of the official FIM Motocross World Championship is back
...with 2021 editionsInfront Moto Racing and Milestone announce today MXGP 2021, new chapter of the beloved series of the official FIM Motocross World Championship. The game will be available on November 30, 2021 on PlayStation®5, PlayStation®4, Xbox Ser more >>
Yamaha Factory MXGP and MX2 Teams Fired Up for French Grand Prix
Less than 1-week after the MXGP of Germany, the paddock continues its run of 10 events in a row and is currently enroute to Lacapelle Marival, France, for the 12th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. For the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP team, th more >>
MXGP carries momentum into 12th round of the series in Lacapelle Marival, France
 The FIM Motocross World Championship carries momentum into round 12 of the series in Lacapelle Marival for the MXGP of France, following an explosive German Grand Prix which saw Team HRC’s Tim Gajser take back the red plate in MXGP, while in MX2 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Maxime Renaux edged out even further in his maiden title chase. more >>
Rider Standings after MXGP of Germany, Teutschenthal
    1    GAJSER Tim     243    SLO    415    Team HRC - MXGP    Honda2    HERLINGS Jeffrey     84    NDL    more >>
Victorious Tim Gajser reclaims red plate after amazing moto win in Germany
    MXGP of Germany MXGP 2021   Round 11 Team HRC’s Tim Gajser put in an amazing performance at the Teutschenthal track, winning the second moto to not only take the overall victory but also reclaim the championship lead i more >>
Herlings,Vialle and Hofer post podium finishes at German Grand Prix
MXGP 2021 Round 11 of 18, Teutschenthal (GER)   Fresh from spoils at the 2021 Motocross of Nations, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team resumed MXGP duties and obtained three of the six podium positions at an overcast and te more >>
Seewer and Coldenhoff Tie Fifth in Teutschenthal
An encouraging day at the 11th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Teutschenthal, Germany, sees Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP's Jeremy Seewer and Glenn Coldenhoff tie on points for fifth overall. Ben Watson finished the German Grand Prix 11th, narrowly missing the top-10 by a mere 2-points. more >>
Maxime Renaux Claims Third Grand Prix Win and Extends MX2 Championship Lead
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Maxime Renaux added to his MX2 Championship points lead at the 11th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Teutschenthal, Germany. The Frenchman celebrated a ninth podium appearance and was eventually a more >>
Gajser and Renaux back on the top step at the MXGP of Germany in Teutschenthal
Round 11 of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Teutschenthal, Germany, delivered one of the most intense Grand Prix’s to date as the championship chase came to blows.Team HRC’s Tim Gajser took back the series lead in MXGP as more >>
Lapucci and Van Erp win the EMX Rounds in Teutschenthal, Germany - results
Rounds three and five of the EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing and EMX250 have concluded in Teutschenthal with Team Yamaha Europe MJC’s Ivano Van Erp and Fantic Factory Team Maddii’s Nicholas Lapucci taking overall victories in their respective classes. more >>
How to watch the MXGP of Germany at Teutschenthal - broadcast and livestream
This weekend the FIM Motocross World Championship continues as round 11 heads back to Teutschenthal for the MXGP of Germany, and here’s all the details of how you can watch it on TV!MDR, the local broadcaster will be onsite to bring coverage of the event, meanwhile elsewhere in Europe the races will be LIVE on Eurosport 2. more >>
In MX2, the title chase at Teutschenthal is a little different
...as Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Maxime Renaux currently has full control of that. He is 71 points ahead of his closest rival Mattia Guadagnini of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, but of course anything can happen with eight rounds to go, so the Frenchman cannot afford to relax. more >>
The MXGP battle for the title continues this weekend in Teutschenthal, Germany
With the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to shift the focus back to the FIM Motocross World Championship as the title chase heats up.For the 11th round of the series, MXGP finally heads back to Teutsc more >>
FIM Europe MXOEN heads to Krasnodar for 2022
Infront Moto Racing is pleased to announce the venue for the host for the 2022 FIM Europe Motocross of European Nations. A conference was held in the media center of the Monster Energy FIM MXoN which took place in Mantova. From left to r more >>
Cairoli and Guadagnini celebrate 2021 Motocross of Nations home success
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing starred at the 74th Motocross of Nations in Italy as Tony Cairoli and Mattia Guadagnini celebrated victory for their country on home turf, Jeffrey Herlings dominated two of the three races at Mantova for the Dutch and Rene Hofer claimed the top spot in the MX2 class riding for Austria.  more >>


2001-2022 automobilsport.com full copyright