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Bike issue costs Prado Riola honours

Jorge Prado looked set to dominate the opening Italian International at Riola Sardo in Sardina until his bike failed while he was in the lead with a handful of laps to go. The Spaniard won the MX1 opener and was leading the combined MX1 and MX2 superfinal until the mechanical issue forced him out. Romain Febvre took the superfinal win.

The MX1 results

Factory KTM man Prado took the holeshot in the MX1 opener and was pushed Febvre, until he pulled away to take an easy win. Febvre stalled which dropped him back to sixth, while Glenn Coldenhoff took second in his Yamaha debut from Husky’s new 450 man Thomas Kjer Olsen.

Jago Geerts took the MX2 win, as expected. But he had to work for it as Nicholas Lapuccci holeshot on the 250 Fantic two-stroke from KTM new boy Mattia Guadagnini with Geerts right behind.

Guadagnini went down hard, allowing Geerts to catch Lapucci. He led almost to the tail end of the moto until Geerts went past.

In the Superfinal Prado led from Febvre and once again looked set to pull away until his bike stopped. Febvre took the lead, chased by Olsen who managed to get by Coldenhoff for second. Jeremy Van Horebeek gave the Beta a great debut as he took fourth. Lapucci, who battled with the top MX1 men, won the MX2 class when Geerts crashed.