Welcome to our new-brand GP Reel session coming to you from the ancient track of Pietramuata, home of round four of the MXGP World Championship. From warm-up session reports to 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
TIME TO RACE! Day 2 of the MXGP of Trentino is getting underway. It will be a crucial Sunday to define the winners. Yesterday, the storyline was the end streak of Qualifying Race wins by Jorge Prado in the form of Romain Febvre. Prado still has the red plate by 14 points over Maxime Renaux despite ending tenth due to a small crash while riding in sixth place. It was a similar story in the MX2 class with Red Plate holder Jago Geerts throwing some valuable points after a crash in the last lap that put him in fourth place. Meanwhile, Simon Langenfelder emerged with a great win being wire-to-wire.
Last weekend’s winner Maxime Renaux put in a strong ride to finish second, while Ruben Fernandez seems determined to back on the box after a solid third place yesterday in the Qualifying race. About the track, the first 180° first turn followed by a short straight has been working great compared to the back-to-back corners of past years that usually created some first-turn carnage. This time riders from outside the gates have a few chances to get a better start.
Before the races, Warm-Ups sessions will take place from 10:25 to 10:45. Then the first MX2 race will take place at 13:15. You can check all the results from yesterday HERE
Rick Elzinga was on top early this morning with a 1:48.715 at the Warm-up session followed closely by Simon Langenfelder+092. Benistant+095, Adamo+265, and Everts+297 rounded the top five, meanwhile, Kay de Wolf was right there in sixth with a +368 margin behind Elzinga. Spaniard David Braceras rode well to take seventh place over Jago Geerts. Jan Pancar and Cornelius Toendel completed the top 10.
Jeffrey Herlings and Maxime Renaux squeezed this Warm-up and both rode under the 1:47! Just in case, yesterday Renaux was the only rider to sit a lap under the 1:47 on his way to the pole position. This time Herlings topped the board with a 1:46.387 over Renaux+351. Valentin Guillod+873, Febvre +1.011, and Forato+1.493 rounded the top five. Jorge Prado came in 14th as he usually rode this session calmly.
MX2 RACE 1
WHAT A RACE! Jago Geerts took the holeshot and after a few laps of defending from Liam Everts, he was able to check out en route to his third race win of the season. Meanwhile, Andrea Adamo started to push hard from 4th place. The Italian spent a good portion of the race behind Thibault Benistant who hold third place from Adamo´s attacks until the tenth lap. Once placed in third position, Adamo put a final charge on Liam Everts to take second the runner-up position in the final lap, which was a thrilling battle by the way.
Behind them came the Nestaan Husqvarna trio with Kay de Wolf 5th, Roan Van de Moosijk 6th, and Lucas Coenen 7th after making a couple of passes. Finnland Emil Weckman put an impressive rider coming home in eight before being in the top 5 in the early stages of the race.
On the other hand, Simon Langenfelder couldn´t reply to his yesterday performance as he started outside the top ten to climb into a frustrating ninth over Mikkel Haarup.
MXGP RACE 1
DRAMA! As the gate dropped the first episode of drama emerged just in the first corner as title contenders Jeffrey Herlings, Romain Febvre and Jeremy Seewer crashed together in a big pile-up. Jorge Prado took advantage of the situation grabbing the holeshot and then running away from the rest of the pack straight to a wire-to-wire win. Maxime Renaux earn a second position on the last lap thanks to a small crash by Fernandez who could save third place.
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Herlings made a huge charge to climb to ninth place, while Romain Febvre manage a 14th, and Jeremy Seewer came in 16th
MX2 RACE 2:
Simon Langenfelder took redemption in this one. Just as he did in the Qualifying race, Langenfelder grab the holeshot to lead every lap until the checkered flag. However, his win wasn´t enough to earn a podium spot due to his previous eight in Moto 1. On the other hand, Andrea Adamo was a man on a mission as he catch Liam Everts and then Thibault Benistant to take his first overall win via 2-2. Jago Geerts suffered a crash in the first lap and put a tremendous job to end up 7th a secure third position.
MXGP RACE 2:
Jorge Prado starts at the front once again, but after being in the lead for most of the race, he was caught by Jeffrey Herlings and then by Maxime Renaux. However, a third place was enough for Prado to get his first overall of the season, while Renaux came in second to take the runner-up podium spot. Jeffrey Herlings, the eventual winner of race 2, secure the third step of the podium despite the big crash suffered at the start of the first race of the day.