GP Reel: MXGP of Matterley Basin -Sunday Live Updates

MXPG Great Briain 2023, Matterley Basin Rider: Watson

Welcome to our new-brand GP Reel session coming to you from the muddy track of Maggiora, in Italy, home of the penultimate round of the MXGP World Championship. From the first and second motos reports of the day, you’ll find it all right here. Updates are posted in chronological order, so be sure to scroll down for the latest info. For more updates follow us on Twitter: @mx1onboard and for a quick-results-view you can also check the Results Sheet

RACE ORDER

SessionTime (Local time)
MX2 Race 1 13:15
MXGP Race 114:15
MX2 Race 2 16:10
MXGP Race 2 17:10

SATURDAY RECAP:

The beautiful track of Matterley Basin hosted the last RAM Qualifying Races of the season on Saturday for the MXGP of Great Britain. In MXGP, the newly MXGP World Champion Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado celebrated his title with his 11th pole position of the season in front of the ever-consistent Kawasaki Racing Team’s Romain Febvre. Rounding the top three was Team HRC’s Tim Gajser. 

Meanwhile in MX2, the outstanding Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Simon Laengenfelder shined again with his 5th RAM Qualifying Race win of the season on what seems to be a successful track for him as he won his first MX2 Grand Prix of his career last season. The new MX2 World Champion Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Andrea Adamo showed up with a 2nd place in front of Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team’s Jago Geerts.

The big storyline for Today´s racing is the silver plate contention in the MX2 class among Jago Geerts (714 points) against Simon Langenfelder (712) and Liam Everts (702). Also, this GP feels like a farewell as many riders and teams will part-ways after this GP. But on Monday will give you all the updates about the silly season so far.

FIRST MOTOS

MX2 – RACE 1

Like in the Qualifying Race, Red Bull GasGas rider Simon Langenfelder dominates once again but this time the first race of the day. He took the holeshot and controlled the race. However, he was under pressure in the last stages by Thibault Benistand and Jago Geerts who at the same time fought each other for the second place.

Andrea Adamo applied some pressure behind Jago Geerts but then lost rhythm finishing in a lonely fourth place. Similar story for Neestan Husqvarna duo Roan Van de Moosdijk and Kay de Wolf, fifth and sixth respectively. Liam Everts came in seventh. Behind him, Camden McLellan keeps at bay Rick Elzinga and Kevin Horgmo in order to finish eight.

Heading into the second moto, Langenfelder is 3 points ahead of Geerts for the Silver plate medal.

MXGP – RACE 1:

An intense battle close in the end saw Tim Gajser taking the lead over Glenn Coldenhoff with 3 laps to go. Coldenhoff couldn´t retake the position, instead, he was dropped to third by his teammate Jeremy Seewer who pushed hard all the time. Jorge Prado was second at the beginning but a small crash dropped him out to fourth. However, the Spaniard came close to the top 3 finishers.

Image: JP Acevedo

Romain Febvre rounded the top five. Meanwhile, Ruben Fernandez was sixth after a mistake. Despite a crash, Vlaanderen remounted to seventh. Positions eight to tenth were to Tom Koch, Pauls Jonass, and Benoit Paturel.

Alberto Forato (shoulder) and Maxime Renaux (concussion) were DNF due to crashes yesterday in the Qualifying Race.

MX2 – RACE 2:

A three-way battle for the lead saw Jago Geerts claim the victory, his last career win in the MX2 class. The Belgian rode superb in order to catch Andrea Adamo and then Kay de Wolf who rebounded from sixth place in Moto 1 to second place after leading some laps. Geerts secures the silver plate too, as Simon Langenfelder came in fourth in this one.

Liam Everts rounded the top five.

MXGP – RACE 2:

Glenn Coldenhoff holeshot again in race two and then, in turn two, Jorge Prado dropped it on the off-camber trying to go up the inside of Glenn for the lead. That left Gajser in second and once he found his way by Coldenhoff Gajser cleared off into the distance looking back to his best. Seewer and Febvre also got Glenn and Febvre then worked his way into second as Seewer made a mistake with two laps to go that gave Fernandez a chance to pounce for third, in another great ride for the Spaniard.

FULL RESULTS HERE

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