Red Bull KTM's Jorge Prado took MX2 in Mantova by storm

Red Bull KTM's Jorge Prado took MX2 in Mantova by storm

13.05.2019: Prado took his 6th Fox Holeshot of 2019 to start race one as fellow Red Bull KTM rider Tom Vialle was second. Several riders were caught in a first turn pile up however including Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen, F&H Racing Kawasaki’s Henry Jacobi, and

Prado took his 6th Fox Holeshot of 2019 to start race one as fellow Red Bull KTM rider Tom Vialle was second.



Several riders were caught in a first turn pile up however including Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen, F&H Racing Kawasaki’s Henry Jacobi, and Honda 114 Motorsports’ Mitch Evans.



Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori’s Michele Cervellin and Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha Official MX2’s Jago Geerts were both quick to get past Vialle and take over 2nd and 3rd while Prado led.




Vialle’s 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, from Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 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 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jed Beaton before the Italian’s 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 Marchetti Racing Team KTM’s Iker Larranaga and Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori’s Maxime Renaux for 6th.



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’s Davy Pootjes, and Hitachi KTM fueled by Milwaukee’s 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’s 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 REVO Husqvarna UK’s 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.



Jorge Prado,
“It 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. 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’t crash, I just need to keep concentration to lead.”



Thomas Kjer Olsen,
“Overall it was a great weekend for me, in the first race I had that problem on the start where I was down for a bit, I was pretty far behind but I was able to make up some spots in the first laps and get into to a good position pretty quick I worked into the top ten and even got into 6th. So, after being down it was pretty good for me, I even stopped to change my goggles. Overall I felt like I was riding good this weekend.



Davy Pootjes
, “It is really good and I am really happy because it has been tough. This podium should have happened maybe 4 years ago but because of crashes, injuries, and some bad luck it didn’t happen. Last winter, together with DIGA Procross, we made a plan, worked really hard, and it payed off. I feel this is the place where I should be and I am not done yet.”




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 p.; 3. Davy Pootjes (NED, HUS), 36 p.; 4. Mitchell Evans (AUS, HON), 28 p.; 5. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, KTM), 26 p.; 6. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 25 p.; 7. Jed Beaton (AUS, HUS), 24 p.; 8. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 20 p.; 10. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 20 p.



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


MX2 Manufacturers:
1. KTM, 238 points; 2. Husqvarna, 212 p.; 3. Yamaha, 181 p.; 4. Honda, 166 p.; 5. Kawasaki, 164 p.;
         

 
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