2018 ASSEN MXGP | MX2 OVERALL RACE RESULTS
The 2018 MXGP season is at the tail end of the series. The 19th round was located in the Netherlands at the sandy Assen track. In the MX2 class, it was again the KTM rider of Jorge Prado that took control and swept the day with winning both motos. The American and factory Husqvarna rider, Thomas Covington was consistent with 3-3 finishes landing him on the second step on the podium. Covington’s Husky teammate, Thomas Kjer Olsen landed on the podium with 2-4 finishes.
MX2 OVERALL RACE RESULTS | ASSEN
|Pos||Rider||Bike||Race 1||Race 2|
|3||Olsen, Thomas Kjer||HUS||2||4|
|13||Van doninck, Brent||HUS||12||14|
|21||De Jong, Rene||KTM||19||23|
MX2 POINT STANDINGS (ROUND 19 OF 20)
|15||Van doninck, B.||BEL||210|
|17||Larranaga Olano, I.||ESP||185|
SATURDAY QUALIFYING RACE REPORT
In the MX2 Qualifying Race Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado had a near identical race to that of Herlings with the lead off the start through to the finish. In second was not the expected Red Bull KTM Factory Racing machine of Pauls Jonass but Hitachi KTM UK’s Conrad Mewse.
A first turn crash claimed the 2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders of Thomas Covington and Thomas Kjer Olsen along with Kemea Yamaha Official MX2’s Anthony Rodriguez. In a sportsman like move Rodriguez assisted the Husqvarna riders as they were caught together. All 3 remounted and rejoined the race while a separate start crash took down Honda 114 Motorsports’ Hunter Lawrence.
While Lawrence got up his Honda 114 Motorsports teammate Bas Vaessen was up in third with Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen giving chase in 4th. Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori’s Alvin Ostlund was also riding impressive in 5th.
Jonass was 6th but took Ostlund’s 5th away on the first laps while Kemea Yamaha Official MX2’s Ben Watson lost traction and spun out. Vlaanderen then muscled his way by Vaessen as Covington fell again and was unable to finish the race.
Jonass started to try to pass Vaessen several times but small mistakes hindered his progress. Taking advantage of the mistakes from Jonass and charging into the top 5 was STC Racing Husqvarna’s Henry Jacobi. Jacobi not only got by Jonass but flew past Vaessen as well.
Jonass then got by Vaessen and battled with Jacobi for a second time but the German prevailed. Vlaanderen then fed off the energy of the dutch crowd rooting him on as he passed Mewse for second.
At the finish it was the 9th qualifying race win of 2018 for Prado ahead of Vlaanderen and Mewse while Jacobi and Jonass round out the top 5. Olsen and Lawrence fought their way back from the back of the pack after their first turn crashes to finish 7th and 8th behind Ostlund.
Jorge Prado: “I feel really good on this track already for the last few years. Today went pretty good, I felt good all day long and once the gate dropped in Qualifying a got a good start which made it all a lot easier, it was a good race, I’m happy with the win, and looking forward to tomorrow.”