MOTOREX Riders Round Out Incredible 2018 Motocross World Championship Season At MXGP Of Italy
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Jorge Prado put the finishing touches to what has been an incredible year for MOTOREX in the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship as the young Spaniard was crowned MX2 World Championship at the GP of Italy – the 20th and final round of this year’s world championship series.
Securing his first MX2 title, Prado’s title celebrations came just one event after team-mate Jeffrey Herlings claimed his first MXGP World Championship title. Adding further positive results for MOTOREX, British rider Brad Anderson was also crowned FIM Europe EMX 300 European Champion.
Bringing the 2018 Motocross World Championship to a close the GP of Italy was held inside the famous Imola Autodromo, where 25,000 cubic meters of dirt were added to the natural elevation of the in-field areas to create a challenging and exciting circuit.
With Jorge Prado’s team-mate and closest championship rival Pauls Jonass being unable to race due to knee surgery, the 17-year-old Spaniard Prado had mathematically secured the title before the season finale. Nevertheless, Prado wrapped up his 2018 campaign in style with a double moto win and a comfortable overall victory.
Joining Prado on the podium to make it an all MOTOREX top-three were Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders Thomas Kjer-Olsen and Thomas Covington, Covington competing in his final world championship event before heading home to race in the States.
Matching the performances of his MX2 class team-mate Jorge Prado, Jeffrey Herlings once again made light work of his competition to claim a perfect double moto winning GP. Also bringing his 2018 MXGP campaign to a positive finish, Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle finished third in each moto to place third overall.
MOTOREX supported riders have filled four of the top five places in the final MX2 World Championship standings including the coveted one-two-three positions with KTM team mates Jorge Prado and Pauls Jonass and Husqvarna’s Thomas Kjer-Olsen. American Thomas Covington placed fifth aboard his Husqvarna.
With the 2018 MXGP title already his following a dominant performance at round 19 of the series in The Netherlands, Jeffrey Herlings had nothing to prove in Imola but again delivered an outstanding double moto winning performance to bring an end to an incredible season. The hard-charging Dutchman has ridden his MOTOREX-backed KTM to no fewer than 16 double moto GP wins amassing a staggering 933 championship points along the way.
With Herlings champion elect, MOTOREX riders locked-out the top three places in the final MXGP series standings with Antonio Cairoli placing second to Herlings and Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle third. Ensuring five of the top 10 riders in the MXGP championship were MOTOREX supported, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team mates Gauthier Paulin and Max Anstie placed fifth and 10th respectively.
Entering the final round of the EMX300 series with a strong championship advantage, in placing fifth in the opening moto at Imola and ninth in the second Brad Anderson placed his Verde Substance KTM sixth overall, which was enough to wrap-up the title by five all-important points.
MOTOREX supported riders will now head to the United States of America to compete for their respective countries in the Motocross of Nations, being held at the famous Red Bud circuit.