2018 MXGP ITALY | MX2 OVERALL RACE RESULTS
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.
MX2 OVERALL RESULTS | ITALY
|Pos||Rider||Bike||Race 1||Race 2|
|2||Olsen, Thomas Kjer||HUS||2||4|
|15||Van doninck, Brent||HUS||15||13|
|16||Strubhart Moreau, Brian||KAW||13||15|
|32||De Jong, Rene||KTM||34||30|
|33||Gamboa Montero , Alex||YAM||33||31|
OVERALL MX2 POINT STANDINGS (ROUND 20 OF 20)
|11||Van doninck, B.||BEL||HUS||224|
|18||Larranaga Olano, I.||ESP||HUS||185|
MX2 SATURDAY RACE REPORT
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.”