2018 MXGP GERMANY MX2 RESULTS

 

The 8th round of the 2018 MXGP of Germany, in Teutschenthal was a battle between the Redbull KTM teammates Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass in the MX2 class. They traded wins in the motos, but the overall went to Jorge Prado as he was your second moto winner. Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen was 3rd both motos and finished 3rd on the day.

MX2 OVERALL RESULTS

1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 2-1
2. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 1-2
3. Calvin Vlaanderen (HON) 3-3
4. Ben Watson (YAM) 4-4
5. Jed Beaton (KAW) 7-6
6. Michele Cervellin (HON) 6-7
7. Henry Jacobi (HUS) 5-8
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (HUS) 15-5
9. Davy Pootjes (KTM) 11-9
10. Jago Geerts (YAM) 12-10

Jorge Prado wins in front a big crowd in Germany
Jorge Prado wins in front a big crowd in Germany

 

RACE REPORT

At the start of Race 1 the KTM pair of Prado and Jonass rocketed out of the gate while Hitachi KTM UK’s Conrad Mewse crashed down the start straight. Prado took the Fox Holeshot but just like Paulin in the MXGP class Prado was passed right away by the points leader, Jonass.

With Prado chasing Jonass for the lead on the opening lap the German MX2 hero Jacobi ran in 3rd. Unfortunately for Jacobi his Husqvarna lost traction as he jumped up onto the start straight causing him to bobble and letting both Vlaanderen and Watson past.

While Vlaanderen put his head down to catch Jonass and Prado, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen was battling with F&H Racing Team’s Jed Beaton. The battle between the Aussie and the Dane ended badly however as Olsen scrubbed his Husqvarna into the side of Beaton’s Kawasaki. The mid air mishap sent both riders down but both managed to continue the race. Beaton got back up in around 13th while Olsen was in 19th.

As the Beaton and Olsen worked their way forward, Prado was unable to find a way around Jonass as Vlaanderen was applying pressure to the Spaniard. Luckily for Prado, Vlaanderen was also struggling to find a preferred passing spot and both remained 2nd and 3rd whilst Jonass won the race. Well worth mentioning was Beaton’s charge through the pack to finish 7th while Olsen only managed to reach 15th.

Race 2 started with another Fox Holeshot from Jorge Prado after hitting elbows with Jonass into the first turn. Prado clearly learned a lesson from race 1 and did not allow Jonass to take the lead early again.

Again in 3rd after the start was Jacobi who managed to hold the position longer. Just behind Jacobi with an amazing start was the number 931 of Andrea Zanotti from San Marino. On the 3rd lap Olsen found his way into the 4th spot but only 2 laps after taking the position Vlaanderen took it away. Olsen then came under heat from Watson who made it past the Dane on lap 11. Only a lap after that Jacobi was moved back by both Vlaanderen and Watson.

Calvin Vlaanderen rode well all day for 3rd overall
Calvin Vlaanderen rode well all day for 3rd overall

 

Prado crossed the finish 5 seconds ahead of Jonass leaving the #61 with the overall. Even though the pair leave tied in points the overall win for Prado was significant and it gave Claudio de Carli his 100th win as Team Manager. Vlaanderen took his 2nd third place finish of the day marking his best ever result and giving him his first MX2 podium of not only 2018 but also aboard his new HRC bike.

Jorge Prado: “The first race was quite tough and in the second race I knew the start was really important, I don’t know what happened off the gate… but I went into to Pauls a little bit and we kind of fought into the first corner to see who would get the FOX Holeshot but I was on the inside and after that I could just lead every lap so I’m pretty happy.”

Pauls Jonass: “Actually I’m feeling good, I didn’t gain anything but I didn’t lose anything so it is still positive.”

Calvin Vlaanderen reached his first podium of the 2018 MX2 season: “It was a good weekend overall, I had a good feeling on the bike. It was good to hold on for third with 3-3 for the day and it is good to give back to the team for all their hard work and to get on the podium.”

 

MX2 Championship Top Ten  

1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 351 points
2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 329 points
3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 288 points
4. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 246 points
5. Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 203 points
6. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 196 points
7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 160 points
8. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 157 points
9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 140 points
10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 139 points

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