The Spanish Jorge Prado (KTM) was classified this Sunday fifth in the MXGP Italian Grand Prix motocross, sixth round of the World Championship, with a fourth place in the first round and a sixth in the second, and in both he came to lead the test at the Faenza circuit.
The Galician rider, twice champion in MX2, touched his first victory in the highest category in both heats. In the first he led the test until two minutes from the end he was overtaken by the leader of the championship, the Dutch Jeffrey herlings. Then he fell short of the end and was passed by the Swiss Jeremy Seewer and the Italian Antonio Cairoli, although he was able to rebuild to finish fourth.
“It makes me angry to have lost a second place that was already mine, but when Herlings passed through the rut it broke and I was going very close and I could not change the line. Fourth place seems little to me after having had victory is so close, “said the Galician.
In the second round, Prado also started leading the classification. Prado led solidly for the first twelve laps and only at the end did physical exhaustion prevent him from defending the position. That was taken advantage of by his rivals, who were shooting in a tight group behind Herlings, to relegate him to sixth.
“I think I rode at a great level and I felt comfortable leading the sleeves, but at the end I was already very tired and I couldn’t hold the position, but I think we have taken another step forward,” he explained.
Herlings repeated his triumph, signing his fourth win of the year, again ahead of Seewer and Cairoli and with Prado this time in sixth place.
Herlings leads the overall with 263 points, 60 more than Cairoli. Prado is eighth with 153.
The championship resumes this Wednesday with the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, again in Faenza.