MXGP of Lombardia (Italy) number 1: This weekend took ninth Grand Prix of the 2020 Motocross World Championship at Mantova in Italy.
The new ranking of 2-4 bumped Prado to 3rd on the rostrum while Cairoli slips behind Tim Gajser in the standings but is just 5 points away from the Slovenian.
Jorge Prado: “The victory was in my hands today. I feel I deserved it. It was a very good day and to win twice in this very tough class in my first year is something to be happy about. I sweated my shirt in that second moto to stay in second place. My speed wasn’t quite as good as the first moto but I’d made steps in recent weeks with my physical condition and the bike was working so well. I can take confidence from the way we finished.”
Tony Cairoli: “Today started good and I was happy with the third place because the track was pretty sketchy. It was positive to take those points. My start wasn’t so bad in the second moto but when I was coming across some riders to make positions I clipped the wheel of another and crashed. I had to come back from last and use the Goggle Lane because my roll-off was finished. I was feeling great and pushing. Then I had another fall when I went sideways on the first uphill and hit my face quite heavily. I wanted to keep going for some points. Of course, it is not the result we want – and we must avoid mistakes. I broke my nose but it could have been worse. We didn’t keep the red plate but we’ll be ready to go again and try for the podium on Wednesday.”
Vialle nursed his bike to the flag for 6th on the day. His persistence was rewarded: his championship lead has now increased to 30 points.
Tom Vialle: “A holeshot and good first moto win even though the track was quite difficult and sketchy in some places. In the second moto I had contact with another rider and that gave me a problem with my front wheel and it didn’t feel so stable. I just rode to take some points. I need to work on two good starts for Wednesday. At least we took more points for the championship: that was important. We need to keep focused for the rest of this week.”
The Tazio Nuvolari circuit will stage round ten – the Grand Prix Citta de Mantova – on Weds 30th.
Motocross World Championship 2020, Round 9 – Mantova, Italia (number 1)
3. Jorge Prado (KTM)
8. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)
16. Alessandro Lupino (Yamaha)
33. Michele Cervellin (Yamaha)
6. Tom Vialle (KTM)
10. Isak Gifting (GasGas)
18. Ruben Fernandez (Yamaha)
20. Michael Sandner (GasGas)
33. Joakin Furbetta (KTM)
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