Spaniard Jorge Prado took the overall win in the MX2 GP at Loket in the Czech Republic, knocking fellow KTM teamster Pauls Jonass off the top of the championship chase for the first time this year.
Fast starter Prado, who has 17 holeshots this year, rides for the Claudio DeCarli-run KTM factory MX2 effort and it’s the first time in a decade that the team has led the world MX2 series. That was with Tony Cairoli on a Red Bull Yamaha in June 2008. Cairoli and Proda train and test together. Defending champ Jonass, who has led for the whole season, rides for the Dirk Greubel-run Dutch KTM factory team.
In the opening moto, Prado led but had no answer for Honda’s Calvin Vlaanderen who came from fifth to take the lead and clear off to the win. Husky’s Thomas Covington also passed Prado for second place, as the Spaniard held off title rival Jonass in fourth.
Second time out Prado led from the start but was lucky to hold off hard-charging Covington who came through to make a challenge. Vlaanderen took third in moto two after a poor start. He spent too many laps stuck behind Jonass who struggled in the conditions and took fifth for fourth overall.
Prado said: “I got a really good start in moto two and pulled a gap. At the end of the moto the guys behind had a better flow abut I pushed hard. Last year I missed the podium here by a point.”
Second overall Vlaandreen said: ” I didn’t get the best start but fought hard. I got stuck hard behind Pauls and used a lot of energy trying to pass him. I took a breather and wanted to . I tried to hunt down TC but he was too far in front. I’d wasted too much energy.”
Third-placed Covington said: “I did everything I could. Jorge rode well at the beginning and I got stuck behind Jacobi and it let him get away.”
Briton Ben Watson had a strong opening moto and was sixth, but then crashed out spectacularly in moto two and didn’t finish. He is still fourth in the series.
Adam Sterry had 12th and 15th place rides for 12th overall.