MXGP’s 16th round of the year was held in Frauenfeld-Gachnang, Switzerland for the 2018 MXGP of Switzerland. In the MX2 class it was again the two KTM riders of Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass that swapped moto wins. The points leader Prado got the overall with his second moto victory. Factory Honda’s Hunter Lawrence went 5-3 for third overall. Prado has a 28 point lead with four rounds left in the 2018 MXGP season.
MX2 OVERALL RACE RESULTS | SWITZERLAND
|Pos||Rider||Bike||Race 1||Race 2|
|7||Olsen, Thomas Kjer||HUS||10||5|
|13||Van doninck, Brent||HUS||16||11|
|24||De Waal, Micha-Boy||HON||28||20|
MX2 POINT STANDINGS (16 OF 20 ROUNDS)
|15||Larranaga Olano, I.||HUS||185|
|16||Van doninck, B.||HUS||166|
MX2 SATURDAY QUALIFYING RACE REPORT
MX2 Qualifying race was off to a more typical start than that of MXGP with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado taking the Holeshot. Looking comfortable for the first time in many races was Honda 114 Motorsport’s Hunter Lawrence who was second with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Covington 3rd.
Covington’s teammate Thomas Kjer Olsen was 4th but under pressure from the other Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Pauls Jonass. By the end of the 3rd lap Jonass had taken 4th from Olsen as Covington continued to pressure Lawrence. The pressure didn’t seem to hinder Lawrence however who instead took advantage of a fall from Prado to get into the lead.
Prado’s fall only cost him the lead as he got up just ahead of Lawrence but didn’t have the momentum necessary to clear the next jump. Lawrence’s lead lasted for 3 laps before he made a mistake and seemingly stalled his bike losing both his momentum and the lead.
Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Team’s Ben Watson took his Yamaha from 8th on the first lap up to 6th while his teammate Jago Geerts crashed out of the race and was helped off the track by medical personnel.
At the finish of the race it was Jorge Prado who took the win even after his fall with Hunter Lawrence 2nd, Thomas Covington 3rd, Pauls Jonass 4th, and Thomas Kjer Olsen in 5th.
Jorge Prado: “It was a good qualifying race, I had good start, made a small gap but then I made a small mistake and crashed so it took a bit to get back in my rhythm but then was able to put in some good laps.”