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Prado steals first MX2 GP win

Spaniard Jorge Prado took a surprise overall win in the MX2 GP at Trentino in Italy, his first ever GP win. He tailed his factory KTM team-mate Pauls Jonass over the line in the opener, then beat him to the finish in the second race. Both drew level on points but Prado got the overall thanks to his second moto win. It was joy for Jonass as he took the red plate of the championship leader, overhauling Suzuki’s Jeremy Seewer who was only sixth overall. KTM privateer Julian Lieber was third overall. Prado said: “I was emotional at the end of the moto!”

The first moto saw Jonass take an early lead from Prado, Lieber, Thomas Kjer Olsen and Ben Watson with Conrad Mewse tenth. Seewer went down and remounted just inside the top 20.

Watson battled with Olsen over fourth as Mewse moved up to eighth. As Jonass held off Prado, there were three Brits in the top ten – Watson, Mewse and Adam Sterry. Watson made a slip and dropped to tenth while Sterry fell back to 12th.

Third placed Lieber caught and passed Prado, but the Spaniard repassed him for second place abut couldn’t catch Jonass.

The second moto saw superlight Prado take the lead from Jonass, Lieber, Seewer, Thomas Covington, and Olsen, with Watson and Mewse not far behind.

Prado pulled away as Lieber tried to get by Jonass for second, with Covington right on their heels.

As the top four stayed close, Prado started to be caught by Jonass who was gunning for a double win. But he held him off to the flag to celebrate his first win.

Covington dived up the inside of Lieber, as Olsen passed Seewer but then Lieber went off track and Olsen crashed out of third. The American held third from Seewer and Lieber.

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