MXGP of Flanders number 1: This weekend took thirteenth Grand Prix of the 2020 Motocross World Championship at Lommel in Belgium.
Jorge Prado is up to 3rd in the 2020 FIM MXGP World Championship after taking 3rd position for the Grand Prix of Flanders and the first of three races in the difficult sand of Lommel on Sunday.
Jorge Prado: “It was a positive day. The track was very rough and it was good to get used to the conditions because we still have another two rounds to go here. We also made some improvements to the bike, so that was useful. I had a perfect start in the second moto and was block-passed by Seewer while holding a good position. I rode strongly to make sure of 4th though and 3rd overall was pretty decent. I’m very happy to be 3rd in the championship after the way the year started. We are still charging.”
Tony Cairoli: “We expected a better result here. We’ve had some good races in the past, so I’m a bit disappointed. Again, we struggled in the Timed Practice and from my gate-pick I was pushed out in both starts and was outside the top ten. In the first moto I even crashed on the first lap. I came back to 13th but for sure is not what I am capable of on this track. In the second moto I tagged onto the back of [Gautier] Paulin and we had a good rhythm. I finished 6th but we want to be much closer to the podium. We have to see what we can improve for Wednesday.”
Jeffrey Herlings will miss the remaining rounds of 2020 MXGP after choosing to focus on a full recovery from his injuries and face the off-season period closer to 100% fitness.
Jeffrey Herlings: “It won’t be a big operation but the foot is a complicated part of the body and there is some extra bone growing where I broke it. It needs to be partly removed. I also have tissue that is painful and irritating. I should know after a couple of weeks if I will be pain-free or we need to look at another option to be good again. I want to have this done so I won’t be putting 2021 at risk. 2020 was going pretty well and it’s disappointing to miss out again because of injury but we’ve been through this process and at least now I can work on getting myself into even better shape for another go next season. Thanks to Red Bull KTM for all their support and to the fans for the messages.”
Vialle’s collection of 11 podiums from 13 - and four in a row - means he added another point to his advantage over Geerts with the margin now at 43.
Tom Vialle: “I was feeling really good in both motos today, and I really enjoyed track: the bumps and the corners were fun and a challenge. I had two good starts, and Jago was pushing a lot. I was following his lines and had a go at trying to catch him in the last few laps. I just missed out. Anyway, I’m really happy because this is my first win here in the Lommel sand in only my second GP. Together with Joel and the team we worked a lot for this one.”
The Grand Prix of Flanders is followed by the Grand Prix of Limburg on Wednesday October 21st.
Motocross World Championship 2020, Round 13 – Lommel, Belgium (number 1)
3. Jorge Prado (KTM)
9. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)
19. Michele Cervellin (Yamaha)
1. Tom Vialle (KTM)
8. Isak Gifting (GasGas)
9. Ruben Fernandez (Yamaha)
28. Michael Sandner (GasGas)
14. Pietro Razzini (Husqvarna)
24. Xavier Cazal (KTM)
34. Edgar Canet (KTM)
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