Riola MXGP preview –

RIOLA SARDO (Sardegna) 22 March 2023 – The FIM Motocross World Championship lands in Sardinia this weekend for the second spherical of the season and can head to Riola Sardo for the third version within the row of the MXGP of Sardegna.

The island of Sardinia is a crucial web site for motocross because it turns into a coaching hub through the winter preparation for a lot of riders and groups. The circuit of Riola Sardo, which would be the first European cease of MXGP in 2023, can also be a well known circuit amongst riders and the entire paddock because it used to host pre-season worldwide races.

This weekend will even see the supporting courses be part of the festivities with the FIM Ladies’s Motocross World Championship and the FIM Motocross European Championship EMX250. It will likely be the primary spherical of the season for these classes.

In WMX, six-time World Champion MX Fonta Racing Crew’s Kiara Fontanesi shall be making her come again to the competitors and can be part of the present World Champion Ceres 71 Yamaha’s Nancy Van de Ven together with three-time World Champion DRT Kawasaki’s Courtney Duncan and Fantic Manufacturing unit Maddii’s Lynn Valk. The 2023 WMX season is assured to be actually aggressive.

In EMX250, the 2022 EMX125 European Champion Fantic Manufacturing unit Maddii’s Cas Calk shall be one to look at in Sardinia after stepping up in EMX250, together with the Junior 125 World Champion Hutten Metaal Yamaha’s Ivano Van Erp.

In 2022, Riola Sardo hosted the 8th spherical of the season. Whereas at the moment Crew HRC’s Tim Gajser gained six out of seven GPs and dominated the Championship, it was Crew Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing‘s Calvin Vlaanderen who defied all the percentages to show a dominant efficiency successful each races and clinching the primary GP of his profession in MXGP. This was in entrance of Purple Bull GasGas Manufacturing unit Racing’s Jorge Prado and Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing MXGP Crew’s Glenn Coldenhoff.

With out the present World Champion Tim Gajser however with the comeback of the “bullet” Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings, this new season is now underway as we’re coming into the second spherical. We noticed in Argentina on the opening spherical Crew HRC’s Ruben Fernandez who celebrated his first GP victory below his new colors successful the primary Grand Prix of his profession, with a 5-1 that might have simply been a fair higher end result with no crash late within the race 1. Behind him, on the second step of the rostrum was Herlings with a 4-2 who proved that regardless of 1 12 months with out competitors, we are able to nonetheless depend on the five-time World champion to play the highest roles. Jorge Prado completed 3rd within the total. His 1-6 was embellished by greedy the 1st place within the RAM Qualifying Race including 10 factors towards the championship rank. This additional 10 factors counting for the championship gave Prado the Purple Plate coming into Riola Sardo.

Simply outdoors the rostrum was 2015 World Champion Kawasaki Racing Crew MXGP’s Romain Febvre who displayed 2-5 and confirmed he’s again on type after lacking the primary half of final season. Then Pauls Jonass with 6-4 began the season very properly using for the highest spots all through the two races and ending 5th.

The 2 teammates from Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing unit Racing MXGP Crew, Maxime Renaux and Jeremy Seewer with a 3-9 and 17-3 respectively, each had an identical trajectory in Villa La Angostura with a robust warmth every coupled with one other one much less profitable and stained by a crash. 6th and seventh within the GP they are going to be prepared to attain a make up for it with a most level in Sardinia.

Different riders like Purple Bull GasGas Manufacturing unit Racing’s Mattia Guadagnini began properly within the Qualifying Race ending 2nd, didn’t fairly managed to capitalise through the races however nonetheless ship some encouraging outcomes with a 10-8 and eightth total. The Italian rider shall be one to compete in entrance of residence followers which will certainly giving him a lift to get to the highest spots. SM Motion Racing Crew Yuasa Battery’s Alberto Forato is one other Italian rider that might profit from the native followers to get into this prime 10 after ending simply outdoors of it in Argentina with a stable 11th place. The MXGP of Sardegna may properly be the proper place for them to extend their factors tally at first of the season.

Championship Standings

1. Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 50 factors;

2. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 48 p.;

3. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 44 p.;

4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 41 p.;

5. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 40 p.;

6. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 36 p.;

7. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 33 p.;

8. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 26 p.;

9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 25 p.;

10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 24 p

2022 MXGP of Sardegna MXGP Prime 3:

1.     Calvin Vlaanderen

2.     Jorge Prado

3.     Glenn Coldenhoff

Final 12 months, by the point we arrived at Riola Sardo, Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing unit MX2 Crew’s Jago Geerts and Tom Vialle each gained 3 GPs and had been on the prime of the championship and it was Vialle who clinched the win in entrance of Geerts and his teammate Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing unit MX2 Crew’s Thibault Benistant.

Jago Geerts despatched an enormous message to the concurrence within the opening spherical of this season with an ideal hat-trick; topping the RAM Qualifying Races, Race 1 and Race 2, racking up 60 factors, the utmost factors doable. The expertise of the three-time Vice World Champion confirmed as he battled in opposition to his teammate Benistant all through race 1 and resisting the assault of the Frenchman till the top.

Second on the rostrum, Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Andrea Adamo has been a mannequin of regularity with a 3-3 and exhibiting nice pace all through the entire weekend. The Italian rider could have the house benefit this weekend in Sardinia as he’ll push to get his first Grand Prix win of his profession in MX2. Benistant, one of many favourites of the season, needed to accept the threerd place on the rostrum with a 2-8. Each riders will come into the second spherical with loads of confidence, prepared to point out that they’ve all of the qualities get to the highest spot.

One other stable efficiency was the one among F&H Kawasaki MX2 Racing Crew’s Kevin Horgmo with a 5-2 and ending 4th within the GP. Simply behind him was the rookie Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing unit MX2 Crew’s Rick Elzinga who didn’t wait lengthy to be disputing the primary roles on in Argentina. The dutchman completed the GP on the 5th place with a very good 7-4.

Then ending 6th 7th and eightth an attention-grabbing trio composed of Nestaan Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing’s Roan Van de MoosdijkPurple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Simon Laegenfelder and Nestaan Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing’s Kay de Wolf who all had the pace to be on the high-end of the desk however had been unlucky with crashes which hindered their outcomes. Nevertheless, in Argentina they confirmed that we must depend on them this season to disrupt the hierarchy in MX2. The third rider of Nestaan Husqvarna Manufacturing unit Racing Lucas Coenen has proven nice guarantees on his first MX2 GP in Argentina as he took the FOX Holeshot in race 1 earlier than crashing and never ending the race however received again to ninth in race 2. He has the pace and will certainly be a critical contender this season.

Purple Bull KTM Manufacturing unit Racing’s Liam Everts additionally confirmed flashes of his proficient and that he shall be a contender already in Sardinia as he grabbed the 5th place in race 1, whereas a crash early within the second warmth stopped him to get a a lot better place within the total (9th), though he did carry out very properly within the RAM Qualifying race with a 4th place.

Championship Standings

1. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 60 factors;

2. Andrea Adamo (ITA, KTM), 49 p.;

3. Thibault Benistant (FRA, YAM), 41 p.;

4. Simon Laengenfelder (GER, GAS), 37 p.;

5. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KAW), 36 p.;

6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, HUS), 36 p.;

7. Rick Elzinga (NED, YAM), 33 p.;

8. Kay de Wolf (NED, HUS), 31 p.;

9. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 31 p.;

10. Jan Pancar (SLO, KTM)-

2022 MXGP of Sardegna MX2 Prime 3:

1.     Tom Vialle

2.     Jago Geerts

3.     Thibault Benistant


SATURDAY: 09:30 WMX Free Apply, 10:00 EMX250 Free Apply, 10:30 MX2 Free Apply, 11:00 MXGP Free Apply, 11:55 WMX Qualifying Apply, 12:30 EMX250 Qualifying Apply, 13:45 MX2 Time Apply, 14:20 MXGP Time Apply, 15:05 WMX Race 1, 15:45 EMX250 Race 1, 16:35 MX2 Qualifying Race, 17:20 MXGP Qualifying Race.

SUNDAY (CEST – Central European Summer time Time): 09:45 WMX Race 2, 10:25 MX2 Heat-up, 10:45 MXGP Heat-up, 11:30 EMX250 Race 2, 13:15 MX2 Race 1, 14:15 MXGP Race 1, 16:10 MX2 Race 2, 17:10 MXGP Race 2.

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