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NTU-XANADU ARROYOMOLINOS (Spain) 24 March 2024 – From the unique volcanic surface of Argentina’s opening round, the MXGP World Motocross Championships had to deal with high temperatures and baked-hard ruts here in Spain as the 2024 season reached European soil for the first time.

The Spanish fans who had flocked to the circuit near the nation’s capital of Madrid were certainly treated to the spectacle that they would have wanted to see, as home heroes Red Bulll GASGAS Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado in MXGP, and RFME GASGAS MX Junior’s Daniela Guillen in the WMX Women’s World Motocross Championship season opener, both drove the crowd into rapturous applause as they dominated their classes with perfect unbeaten weekends.

Whilst MX2 saw close racing again, the overall winner was also the same as in Argentina, as Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Kay De Wolf increased his Championship advantage with the overall victory, but Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Andrea Adamo gave notice that he will not give up his crown easily with a win in the second race to climb the podium for the first time as defending World MX2 Champion.


Jorge Prado was focussed on the job in hand all weekend, even with the extra pressures of being World Champion, Red Plate Holder, and national hero, he simply was not going to be denied in front of his adoring fans.  With frightening accuracy, he launched his Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing machine into the lead immediately in both races, with the Fox Holeshot Award an absolute formality both times.

In race one, it was the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP pairing of Maxime Renaux and Calvin Vlaanderen that gave chase as Prado put in devastating sub-1:52 lap times that no-one else could match.  Team Ship to Cycle Honda rider Valentin Guillod made his presence felt early, but title contenders such as Tim Gajser for Team HRC, Romain Febvre for Kawasaki Racing Team, and Jeffrey Herlings for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing all had to fight forward from average starts.

One-by-one the former World Champions fired past Guillod, but Prado built an insurmountable lead that nobody could overhaul.  Renaux started to drop back with pain from his foot injury sustained here last May.  He would not make it to the start of race two. Gajser brought the Honda home in 2nd place over 8 seconds ahead of the cruising Prado, while Herlings won a back-and-forth battle with Febvre to take 3rd ahead of the Frenchman.  Renaux clung on to 5th ahead of Fantic Factory Racing rider Glenn Coldenhoff.

Race 2 promised a more intense battle as Gajser and Febvre both got away in Prado’s wheel tracks, 2nd and 3rd, and Herlings quickly moved up to 4th by the start of the first full lap.  This time they had no cause for complaint – they had started right with the Champ!

In front of a baying crowd though, urged on by trackside commentators who will surely need the throat sweets tomorrow morning, Prado showed that he can now pull away from the three former World Champions as he left them all in his wake.  His best lap time came again on lap two, amazingly a tiny nine-thousands of a second faster than his best from race one!

Although Febvre got close to challenging Gajser with around five minutes left to go in the race, he could not find a way past as the circuit had reached its most challenging level of the weekend, and the top five stayed as Prado, Gajser, Febvre, Herlings, and Vlaanderen throughout the race. Vlaanderen put in his best ride yet on the factory Yamaha team to help make up for the absence of Renaux.  Coldenhoff got close to him but took a tumble before the finish line to knock himself out of the race.

The overall result was the same as race two’s, except for Jeremy Seewer taking fifth overall for the Kawasaki Racing Team through consistent 7-6 finishes.  Prado extends his Championship lead to ten points over Gajser, with Febvre 12 further back in 3rd and Herlings now up to 4th.  All three chasers will be hoping that the sands of Sardegna, in two weeks’ time, will give them the opportunity to claw back some points on the runaway defending Champion.


Jorge Prado: “This is all about racing, winning here in Spain is special! It has been a perfect weekend just winning every single time I went out on track. I can’t be more happy to be honest and do it on home-soil makes everything special with so many fans that came here and me giving them this victory is amazing. I feel super proud of what I did and of course I want to thank all my team RedBull GasGas Factory Racing that supported me during all weekend; we are doing an amazing job and let’s keep it rolling.”

Tim Gajser: “It was a consistent weekend and to be honest I need to be happy, today Jorge was really impressive, in Race 1 I had a good start and I couldn’t reach him I saw he had a consistent gap of 12 second so I didn’t even push to not make any mistakes. In Race 2 I’ve tried becaue we were together but then he made a little gap and from behind I had Romain pushing hard so I prefered taking the points and be consistent. Thanks to all my team and my family for the great support during the weekend.”

Romain Febvre: “I’m happy to finish on the podium because this weekend I really struggled on the starts. As you could see in Race 1, I had a really bad start so we decided to make a big change for Race 2 and it worked because I’ve almost took the FOX Holeshot so for that I’m a bit disappointed that we found the solution only at the end of the weekend but the pass was good and anyway Jorge was really fast this weekend so I’m happy to be third on the podium. Thanks to all the team for the work and let’s keep going.”

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