New podium for Jorge Prado that brings him closer to the World Cup leader

The Spaniard from KTM finished second in the first of Maggiora's races and seventh in the second, which is enough to cut five points over Tim Gajser.

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Jorge Prado added a new podium in the MXGP premier class at the Maggiora event, third round of the Motocross World Championship. In the first race, the native of Lugo secured second place behind Kawasaki's Frenchman Romain Fevbre, who achieved his first race of the course after narrowly escaping victory in the previous Matterley Basin event.

It was precisely the Frenchman who was the fastest at the start, setting the holeshot and setting the pace of the test, with the Spaniard glued to his wheel. Prado squeezed Febvre, but finally the Frenchman defended his first position, while behind there was an intense battle between the rest of the favorites for the title. The fight between Cairoli, Coldenhoff, Gajser and Herlings gave the latter to the ground, forcing him to a comeback to minimize damage. He finished sixth, behind Cairoli, Coldenhoff and Gajser, thus leaving only two points compared to the Slovenian, until now the leader of the World Cup.

In the second race and with the circuit difficult due to the rain, the fastest to reach Turn 1 was the Dutch Yamaha Coldenhoff, with Herlings, Jacobi, Cairoli and Prado completing the first five positions, while Gajser, with problems and riding without goggles he was in 11th place. With the panorama like this, Herlings launched an attack to rise with the first position and take the victory that places him as leader of the World Cup. He was accompanied on the podium by Coldenhoff and Cairoli, the latter completing the final laps also without the goggles. Prado finally finished seventh this second round, giving up two positions at the end, in favor of Paul Jonass and Tim Gajser who rebuilt himself until finishing sixth, which did not help him to defend the leadership of the World Cup.

A World Cup that is tightening and that is still led by Gajser, but with only six points ahead of Herlings, 17 over Febvre, 19 over Cairoli and 27 over Prado, who arrived in Italy 32 points behind the head and has cut five in the two Maggiora races.

In MX2 Rubén Fernández, who arrived in Maggiora with the red badge of leader of the MX2 championship, had a great performance that was not rewarded with the necessary points to remain leader. The French Benistant was winning strongly, ahead of Guadagnini and Fernández. The second round was totally different, Benistant and Fernández went to the ground in the first lap in falls that relegated them to the last positions. Guadagnini seized the opportunity and clearly won the sleeve, the grand prize and the red plate. Rubén came back as far as he could and saved the furniture with a 12th place that keeps him third in the championship, just 5 points behind the leader.



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