MXGP of Sardegna: this weekend took the tenth Grand Prix of the 2021 Motocross World Championship in Riola Sardo.
Jeffrey Herlings wins 94th Grand Prix with excellent first 1-1 of ’21 & takes control of the championship while Jorge Prado finishes 2nd for his fourth podium of the season. Tony Cairoli counted out after Timed Practice crash.
Jeffrey Herlings: “With the injuries to Tim and Tony it is a sad way to take this red plate. It means nothing at the moment. I know what injury is like, so hopefully they will get healthy before the next GP. I was fast in Timed Practice and that first moto holeshot was a big surprise! I led the whole way. In the second I started behind Jorge and tried to overtake him but it was tough. Many times I tried, and with five-six laps to go I managed it and pulled a gap. It was a perfect week and now we’ll keep charging and keep going. We made some improvements on the start and happy for the team and the work we’ve done.”
Jorge Prado: “It was a very good day and I’m super-happy. The last round was difficult so I knew this weekend would be important. I was expecting to do what I did today. Two solid motos. I was aiming for that holeshot in the second race and managed to keep ‘The Bullet’ behind me for quite a long time. My heart went a bit when he moved past! I gave everything I had, and he just made a very quick pass. I’ll take the positive things and look towards the hard-pack in Germany now.”
Tony Cairoli: “A very bad day today. I was hoping for a good race because I like this track a lot. It was a small mistake that cost a lot of energy and affected me. When I was on the ground I didn’t feel everything so well. I was pretty scared. With the check afterwards, it was a relief to know everything was OK but the impact meant I could not race. It would have been good to take some points today but that’s part of racing. We’ll focus on getting healthy again and enjoying this last part of the season.”
Tom Vialle goes 1-1 for the second time this year in MX2 and fourth victory.
Tom Vialle: “This was my first time racing here and I really enjoyed the track. Many others spend the winter training here. I had two good motos. The first was tough because Maxime was fast and coming very close but I started well again in the second and I felt great on the track with good flow. It’s really nice to make a 1-1 again. Thanks to the team; we have good speed and we’re building some momentum.”
Isak Gifting: “It was hot and rough today! But I quite like it like that as I know my fitness is good and it showed in both races. I felt great on the bike in both motos and I think in race two I could have maybe pushed for fifth, but I didn’t want to take any risks. To finish fifth-overall is a great day for me and the team. Now I’m looking forward to the Motocross of Nations next weekend in Mantova.”
Mattia Guadagnini: “Not the best day for me. I was feeling great on the track but with eight minutes to go in the first moto I lost some rhythm and 2nd position. 3rd was still OK. In the second moto I tried to pass quickly but had a crash on the first lap and had to fight back all the way. Then we had a problem and I could not restart the bike. I was disappointed about my mistake and also losing those points for the championship. We still have some races to come and, of course, the Nations next week. Thanks to all the supporters there today and for the team for their work.”
Motocross World Championship 2021, Round 10 – Riola Sardo (Italy)
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)
2. Jorge Prado (KTM)
1. Tom Vialle (KTM)
5. Isak Gifting (GasGas)
11. Mattia Guadagnini (KTM)
12. Rene Hofer (KTM)
16. Simon Längenfelder (GasGas)
19. Filip Olsson (Husqvarna)
30. Gianluca Facchetti (KTM)
31. Stephen Rubini (Honda)
32. Emil Weckman (Honda)
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