MXGP of Sardegna: Preview, Key info and How to watch

MXGP of Serdegna, Motocross, MXGP, MX2, Riola Sardo, 2022

IMPORTANT: Down below you will find the list of live channels to follow the MXGP races.

MXGP is back this weekend after an epic first round two weeks ago in Argentina where Rubén Fernández and Jago Geerts topped the podium. The MXGP of Riola Sardo -or better known as Sardinia- will be the second round of the series and the first in Europe, which means that the WMX and EMX250 class will be kicking off their championships.

This will be the third time in history that the sandy track of “Le Dune” will be holding an MXGP round. The first time was back in 2021 for round ten of the season, and one year later for round eight. However, Sardinia is well-known to many riders that go there to do preseason tests and training during the winter. Also in the past Sardinia was part of the Internazionale D´Italia, one of the most important preseason championships for MXGP riders.

This time Sardegna will receive a fresh Jorge Prado who took the red plate in Argentina despite being third overall. The GasGas Factory rider was 1-1 before dropping to sixth in the second moto, but now with points in the qualifying races, he was credited with the red plate by 2 points over Honda HRC´s Rubén Fernández. The last time both riders from the same country opened a season with a 1-2 in the MXGP standings was Belgians Ken de Dycker and Steve Ramon back in 2008 when they topped the podium with a 1-2 result in Valkenswaard.

Both Spaniards will be on fire without questions. However, sand specialists Jeffrey Herlings and Calvin Vlaanderen will be someone to watch. The Red Bull KTM rider won in Riola Sardo back in 2021 en route to his five world title, while last year Calvin Vlaanderen stole the show by winning each session of the MXGP of Sardinia on what was his first-ever win in the MXGP World Championship.

Will we had another Prado vs Herlings duel over the sand of Sardegna?VIDEO HERE | Image: JP Acevedo

The French duo of Romain Febvre and Maxime Renaux showed great speed in Argentina, but mistakes keep them out of the podium, finishing fourth and sixth overall respectively. Speaking of mistakes, Jeremy Seewer is expecting to turn around the nightmare he spent and now focus on regaining some points.

We cannot forget riders like Mattia Gudagnini, Brent Van Doninck, Glenn Coldenhoff, Brian Bogers, and Pauls Jonass, who also have a really good speed over sand tracks and also did a respectable job at the opening round.

Top ten MXGP standings after round 1:

Pos.RiderPoints
1Jorge Prado50
2Rubén Fernández48
3Romain Febvre44
4Jeffrey Herlings41
5Maxime Renaux40
6Pauls Jonass36
7Mattia Guadagnini33
8Calvin Vlaanderen26
9Glenn Coldenhoff25
10Jeremy Seewer24

In the MX2 class, Jago Geerts tops the board after a perfect day in Argentina where he was 1-1-1 to collect a perfect 60 points. Anyway, the Belgium rider had some moments of struggles and battles with the likes of fresh KTM Red Bull rider Andrea Adamo and Monster Energy Yamaha teammate Thibault Benistant, second and third overall respectively. Behind them, a hungry group of contenders such as Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Roan Van de Moosdijk, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Simon Laegenfelder, and Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Kay de Wolf will be looking for a rebuild after eventful performances in round 1. They finished 6th, 7th, and 8th overall.

Can Geerts repeat another hart-trick? – Image: JP Acevedo

On the other hand, Kevin Horgmo from F&H Kawasaki and rookie Rick Elzinga from Monster Energy Yamaha expects to maintain the solid performances they had in Argentina finishing 4th and 5th overall. Horgmo was 2nd in the second moto.

Meanwhile, Mikkel Haarup, Liam Everts, and rookies David Braceras and Lucas Coenen will be looking forward to improving their results.

Top ten MX2 points standings after round 1:

Pos.RiderPoints
1Jago Geerts60
2Andrea Adamo49
3Thibault Benistant41
4Simon Langenfelder37
5Kevin Horgmo36
6Roan Van de Moosdijk36
7Rick Elzinga33
8Kay de Wolf31
9Liam Everts31
10Jan Pancar20

In WMX, six-time World Champion MX Fonta Racing Team’s Kiara Fontanesi will be making her come back to the competition and will join the current World Champion Ceres 71 Yamaha’s Nancy Van de Ven along with three-time World Champion DRT Kawasaki’s Courtney Duncan and Fantic Factory Maddii’s Lynn Valk. The 2023 WMX season is guaranteed to be really competitive.

In EMX250, the 2022 EMX125 European Champion Fantic Factory Maddii’s Cas Calk will be one to watch in Sardinia after stepping up in EMX250, along with the Junior 125 World Champion Hutten Metaal Yamaha’s Ivano Van Erp, among other young talents!

MXGP – TV TIMETABLE:

LIVE CHANNELS FROM…

These are the live channels where you can follow all races of MXGP and MX2 classes.

BELGIUM – PLAY SPORTS OPEN:

  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MX2 Race 1 – 13:00 CEST – LIVE
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 1 – 14:00 CEST – LIVE
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MX2 Race 2 – 16:00 CEST – LIVE
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 2 – 17:00 CEST – LIVE

FRANCE – AUTOMOTO LA CHAINE:

  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MX2 Race 1 – 13:00 CEST – LIVE
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 1 – 14:00 CEST – LIVE
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MX2 Race 2 – 16:00 CEST – LIVE
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 2 – 17:00 CEST – LIVE

AUSTRALIA – STAN SPORTS:

  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MX2 Race 1 – 23:00 Aus. timing – LIVE
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 1 – 00:00 Aus. timing – LIVE
  • Monday 27 March 2023 – MX2 Race 2 – 02:00 Aus. timing – LIVE
  • Monday 27 March 2023 – MXGP Race 2 – 03:00 Aus. timing – LIVE

LATVIA – TV3 SPORTS OPEN:

  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MX2 Race 1 – 13:00 CEST – LIVE
    Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 1 – 14:00 CEST – LIVE
    Sunday 26 March 2023 – MX2 Race 2 – 16:00 CEsT – LIVE
    Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 2 – 17:00 CEST – LIVE

*Same time for Lithuania on channel Go3

SPAIN – RTVE PLAY:

  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 1 –1400 CEST – LIVE streaming
  • Sunday 26 March 2023 – MXGP Race 2 – 17:00 CEST – LIVE streaming

*Only MXGP races are available

MXGP- TV PACKAGE:

As always, MXGP fans can follow the races LIVE throughout the weekend, all you need to do is log onto www.MXGP-TV.com Saturday and Sunday and you can have a full racing weekend as you can watch not only MXGP and MX2 but also WMX and EMX250 action from where you wish.

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