Jorge Prado MXGP of Italy_ Imola_ Round 20Jorge Prado wins his first MX2 World Championship. 

The factory KTM rider of Jorge Prado clinched the MX2 championship before lining up at the gate in Italy for the final round of the 2018 MXGP series. His teammate, and 2018 MX2 champ, Pauls Jonass announced he had surgery to repair a knee injury he suffered at the 18th round of the MXGP series in Turkey. Meaning he wouldn’t lineup for the last round in Italy giving the championship to Prado. With the 2018 MX2 number 1 plate wrapped up, Prado still went out and rode like a true champion by sweeping both motos in Italy. Factory Husky riders Thomas Kjer Olsen and Thomas Covington placed second and third on the day.


Pos Rider Bike Race 1 Race 2
1 Prado, Jorge KTM 1 1
2 Olsen, Thomas Kjer HUS 2 4
3 Covington, Thomas HUS 7 3
4 Cervellin, Michele YAM 4 7
5 Jacobi, Henry HUS 3 9
6 Rodriguez, Anthony YAM 9 5
7 Geerts, Jago YAM 6 11
8 Lawrence, Hunter HON 36 2
9 Vlaanderen, Calvin HON 12 8
10 Watson, Ben YAM 8 17
11 Weltin, Marshal KAW 5 27
12 Bernardini, Samuele YAM 35 6
13 Sikyna, Richard KTM 18 10
14 Vaessen, Bas HON 16 12
15 Van doninck, Brent HUS 15 13
16 Strubhart Moreau, Brian KAW 13 15
17 Furlotti, Simone YAM 10 19
18 Lesiardo, Morgan KTM 14 16
19 Rubini, Stephen KTM 11 35
20 Sterry, Adam KAW 21 14
21 Goupillon, Pierre KAW 17 21
22 Mewse, Conrad KTM 24 18
23 Lapucci, Nicholas YAM 19 24
24 Koch, Tom KTM 22 20
25 Östlund, Alvin YAM 20 32
26 Fernandez, Ruben YAM 27 22
27 Pichon, Zachary KTM 30 23
28 Clochet, Jimmy KTM 28 25
29 Polak, Petr KTM 23 26
30 Bourdon, Anthony KTM 32 28
31 Freidig, Loris HUS 31 29
32 De Jong, Rene KTM 34 30
33 Gamboa Montero , Alex YAM 33 31
34 Casas, Oriol HON 29 33
35 Root, Austin KTM 38 34
36 Quarti, Yuri KTM 26 36
37 Savaste, Kim KTM 25 DNS
38 Pessoa, Gustavo KAW 37 DNS



Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Prado, Jorge ESP KTM 873
2 Jonass, Pauls LAT KTM 777
3 Olsen, T. DEN HUS 673
4 Watson, Ben GBR YAM 602
5 Covington, T. USA HUS 599
6 Vlaanderen, C. NED HON 543
7 Cervellin, M. ITA YAM 397
8 Geerts, Jago BEL YAM 391
9 Lawrence, H. AUS HON 353
10 Jacobi, Henry GER HUS 343
11 Van doninck, B. BEL HUS 224
12 Mewse, Conrad GBR KTM 220
13 Sterry, Adam GBR KAW 220
14 Pootjes, Davy NED KTM 218
15 Rodriguez, A. VEN YAM 217
16 Beaton, Jed AUS KAW 216
17 Vaessen, Bas NED HON 199
18 Larranaga Olano, I. ESP HUS 185
19 Bernardini, S. ITA YAM 169
20 Furlotti, S. ITA YAM 147



Thomas Kjer Olsen MXGP of ItalyThomas Kjer Olsen went 2-4 for second overall.
Thomas Covington MXGP of ItalyAmerican Thomas Covington went 7-3 for third overall. 


Jorge Prado MXGP of Italy_ Imola_ Round 20Jorge Prado won the MX2 qualifying race. 

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado came to Imola this weekend as the MX2 World Champion after learning his main competitor Pauls Jonass, also from Red Bull KTM, would be unable to race after having knee surgery. With a weekend similar to that of Herlings in the sense that he doesn’t need to push for the win Prado went out and took an impressive win today regardless.

At the start of qualifying however it was Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team’s Ben Watson taking the first advantage and lead. The Brit and his teammate Anthony Rodriguez put Prado in a Yamaha sandwich for the opening lap but the young Spaniard was into the lead by the completion of the first official lap.

Chasing down Watson and Rodriguez was Honda 114 Motorsport’s Hunter Lawrence and Yamaha SM Action MC Migliori’s Michele Cervellin. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen closed in fast though taking 5th from Cervellin on lap 2 and 4th from Lawrence 2 laps later.

Rodriguez was the next to fall victim to the speed of the tall Dane as he dropped to 4th while Lawrence lost momentum and dropped to back to 7th. The Aussie rebound well though and made a handful of passes to get back up to 4th.

Olsen tried to get by Watson and the two touched on the final lap sending Watson off track and slowing Olsen but the two finished 2nd and 3rd nevertheless. Prado’s win was by over a 12 second margin and sets him up perfectly to take a pair of good starts tomorrow.

Jorge Prado: “Coming into this GP I am for sure happy after the news earlier this week. This is kind of like a second home GP with team De Carli being from Italy and for all the guys it is important and a really special GP plus it is the last one of the season. I am feeling good with my Qualifying Race today I am ready for tomorrow.”

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