9 hours in the past | Phrases: Andy Wigan | Images: InFront Moto Racing

What the hell’s occurring with the FIM Motocross World Championship’s factors system this 12 months? How is that, after the 2023 collection’ opening spherical final weekend in Argentina, Honda’s Ruben Fernandez took the Total round-win within the MXGP class, however GASGAS’s Jorge Prado got here away from the spherical with the championship chief’s crimson plate?

To make sense of this seeming anomaly, you could perceive the modifications which were made to the MXGP’s factors system for 2023 – modifications that, curiously, are much like these just lately launched to MotoGP, Formulation 1 and WSBK in any respect or chosen rounds of their respective championships.

Right here, in a nutshell, is what’s modified for the 2023 MXGP World Championship:

  • The highest ten riders in each MXGP and MX2 lessons will now rating factors from Saturday’s Qualifying Race. The winner will obtain 10 factors, 2nd place will obtain 9 factors, and so forth right down to 1 level for 10th place. It was again in 2010 when the Qualifying Races have been launched as a part of the FIM Motocross World Championship’s weekend format, however making them a points-paying race is an all-new growth.
  • Factors gained through the Qualifying Race will rely for the MXGP and MX2 Championships standings (in addition to the Producers’ standings), however they’ll not be thought of for the GP’s Total outcomes. In different phrases, a Grand Prix’s Total outcomes will nonetheless solely rely the factors coming from the mix of the 2 primary races on Sunday.
  • After Saturday’s Qualifying Race, the Championship factors chief will show the entrance crimson numberplate on the bike (with white numbers) throughout each races on Sunday.

This explains why Fernandez’s 5-1 moto scorecard (41 factors) on Sunday beat Prado’s 1-6 (40 factors) for the Total win in Argentina. However as a result of Prado received Saturday’s Qualifying Race (10 factors) whereas Fernandez ran 4th (7 factors), Prado results in the Championship’s standings (50 factors versus Fernandez’s 48 factors). In different phrases, it’s already change into clear that Saturday’s Qualifying Races will play a way more important function in figuring out the end result of this 12 months’s MXGP and MX2 World Championships.

In the meantime, within the MX2 class, Yamaha’s Jago Geerts had the proper weekend in Argentina, with 1-1 moto finishes on Sunday (50 factors) giving him the GP’s Total win, and Saturday’s Qualifying Race win including one other 10 helpful factors to his Championship tally (60 factors).

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