MXGP | GP Portugal: Jorge Prado breaks Gajser’s dominion

Credits: MXGP Website | Jorge Prado

After a week off the MXGP back in style with the Portuguese GP. On the Águeda track there is no history in the 450 class with Jorge Prado which wins the first Grand Prix of the season, as well as the first in the history of GasGas. The Spaniard then conquers his third consecutive victory on the Portuguese track, after the successes of 2018-19 in MX2.

Despite a perfect start to the season, he has to give up Tim Gajser, author of a sly first heat. The red table closes Race 1 in third position (HERE the results), after a not too competitive first half. Gajser, after finding the rhythm, lost a lot of time overtaking the two Yamahas. However, the Slovenian wins Race 2 (HERE the results), ahead of Prado and Coldenhoff.

On the podium on the way back Brian Bogers, third classified and author of an amazing second position in Race 1. The Husqvarna Dutchman thus conquers the first absolute podium in the premier class, after years of injuries. The championship continues to smile at Gajser, the Slovenian has in fact 21 points over Prado, while he inevitably loses the way to Renaux.


Jorge Prado seemed the only one able to counter Gajser’s dominance in this first part of the MXGP season, but he always lacked something, up to Portugal. In the first heat the # 61 literally dominated, taking the lead in the early stages and never looking back. The only one to put pressure on the Spaniard was Bogers, who was also competitive in Portugal after missing the Argentine GP. In the second heat, however, Prado had to bend to the red plate about halfway through the race.


There Husqvarna is the protagonist of a really solid season so far in MXGP: both in Argentina and in Portugal the KTM owned brand is giving itself a lot of satisfactions. In Portugal finally arrives the first podium in MXGP for Brian Bogers, who had already climbed to the lowest step of the podium in Race 2 in Mantua. He can smile too Pauls Jonass, author of a 7th and a 5th place that certainly make moral. The Latvian did not seem as competitive as in Patagonia and suffered in the last minutes of the race, when he got fooled by his tentmate in Race 2.


In Portugal Yamaha can finally find a Glenn Coldenhoff competitive. The Dutchman, after the pole position on Saturday, led two excellent races, very constant, which earned him a 4th and a 3rd place. Not bad also Jeremy Seewer, mocked by Coldenhoff in Race 1, however, made a mistake in Race 2. The Dutchman crashed, thus finishing only in seventh position.

This weekend the trends of the first three rounds were reversed: Maxime Renaux it is in fact the least competitive Yamaha. The MX2 world champion struggled throughout the weekend, making mistakes often and never being competitive. For the # 959 there are only two eleventh places and the loss of the second place in the championship.


Alberto Forato he was the author of another great weekend, after the Argentina debacle. The # 303 in fact closes in 9th place in the general classification thanks to an excellent Race2. The Italian is 8th in the second heat, confirming himself in the top 10 after 10th place in the first race. Less brilliant than usual is Rubén Fernández, who after the crash in the qualifying race limited the damage, conquering an 8th place overall.


In MX2 the Portuguese GP marks the first mistake of the season by Jago Geerts. Yamaha’s red plate falls during Race 1, thus having to recover from 22nd position to 9th place. In the second heat the Belgian takes revenge, winning and convincing, but it was not enough. Indeed the winner is Tom Vialle, author of a fabulous Race 1, just won on a competitive Mikkel Haarup (Kawasaki). In the second heat the Frenchman from KTM is unable to keep up with Geerts, thus settling for second place. Haarup himself, who finished third in Race 2, blows the second step of the podium in the general to Geerts, who thus loses 10 points in the standings on Vialle.

Credits: KTM Media | Tom Vialle

Fourth position overall in the introductory class of MXGP at the GP of Portugal for Kay De Wolf. The Husqvarna rider is competitive despite the big blow he suffered in Argentina. # 74 takes home third place in the first heat, followed by 7th in Race 2. Good weekend also for the blue colors: Andrea Adamo closes 6th in the overall, with a strong 5th and 7th place. Mattia Guadagnini, on the other hand, is eighth: the GasGas driver got off to a great start in Race 1, but crashed in the next corner. # 101 also crashed in the last stages of the first heat, finishing only 12th. Race 2 is much better, in which Guadagnini took 5th place.

Valentino Aggio


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