MXGP of Switzerland is the 3rd stop on the 2023 World Championship tour. Red plate holders, Jorge Prado and Jago Geerts have made quite the start this year grabbing multiple race wins thus far into the series. For the first time in 4 years, Frauenfeld will play host for the MXGP of Switzerland. Due to Easter Sunday, the qualifying race will be on Saturday, and the racers will get an extra day off in between and have their two championship races on Monday. The EMX 125 class will also kick off this weekend as well as the 2nd round of the WMX class. Let’s dive into the ones to watch this weekend.
Red Bull Gasgas’ Jorge Prado has qualified 1st in both attempts in the RAM qualifying race which ultimately has given him the red plate so far through 2 rounds. Prado has also earned race 1 wins in both Argentina and Sardegna. Could we see the Spaniard earn his 1st 1-1 on the year? Or even his first overall win in 2023? Prado’s teammate, Italian Mattia Guadagnini, has been quick as well and has the potential to find himself on the box.
Red Bull KTM’s Jeffrey Herlings earned his 100th career MXGP victory in the deep sands of Riola, his first win in the 2023 campaign by virtue of a 2-2. Although Herlings has gone 2-1 overall at the first 2 rounds, The Bullet trails Prado by 7 points heading into Switzerland. Herlings is always a threat for the top step of the podium, and he proved that even 1 year off, he is still ready to take on this championship.
This weekend’s Grand Prix is a home race for Monster Energy Yamaha’s Jeremy Seewer. Although Seewer hasn’t had the best start to the series, you know he is looking to rebound and what better place than in front of his home country? Teammates, Glenn Coldenhff and Maxime Renaux have been really good so far. A few crashes between the two at round 1, put them a bit behind in points. Coldenhoff won a race in Sardegna, which shows that he still is capable of being up on the podium. The young Frenchman, Maxime Renaux, has been quite quick in the first two races, and finished in 3rd in race 2 in Italy.
HRC Honda’s Ruben Fernandez captured his first MXGP career win in Argentina. He followed it up with a round he would like to forget about in Sardegna though. The Spaniard is holding down the tent while Tim Gajser is still recovering from a broken femur. Can we see Fernandez return back to the podium? Maybe even the top step again?
Kawasaki Race Team’s Romain Febvre has been fighting at the front of the field through two rounds. A few mistakes have cost him a shot at the podium. But the former world champion knows he belongs at the front and has the speed to do it. Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha’s Calvin Vlaanderen, Standing Construct Honda’s Pauls Jonass and Brian Bogers are also very capable of putting in the results to finish up on the podium.
MX2 has seen Monster Energy Yamaha’s Jago Geerts be nearly flawless at the first two races. Having only lost 1 race so far this season, the Belgian comes into Switzerland with a 30 point lead over second place. Can Geerts keep the momentum rolling? Or can his French teammate, Thibault Benistant rise to the occasion and get his first GP win of the year? Benistant has shown speed so far, and no doubt is looking to be on the podium.
Nestaan Husqvarns’s Kay de Wolf earned a race win in the sands of Riola Sardo. The young Dutchman is ready to take his speed to the hard packed circuit in Switzerland. Fellow countryman, Roan Van De Moosdijk has been quietly good so far and wouldn’t be a surprise to see on the podium. The 3rd teammate, rookie Lucas Coenen has shown he can start and run with the lead group already. Finishing in 4th in a race in Sardegna, and a FOX Holeshot in Argentina, we could see the young Belgian find his way to his first MX2 podium.
F&H Kawasaki’s Kevin Horgmo has been impressive to start the season. A few mistakes throughout the weekends have cost him. But the Norwegian is fast enough and strong enough to find his way up on the podium.
Red Bull KTM’s Andrea Adamo has put his KTM on the podium once already this year and is looking to bounce back up there after just missing out in his home country. Teammate, Liam Everts, has shown speed, but hasn’t quite put it together yet. Could we see the Belgian earn his first MX2 podium in Switzerland?
Red Bull Gasgas’ Simon Laengenfelder keeps proving his speed is as good as anyone’s. Can we see the young German put two motos together and find his way into the top 3? Dixon Race Team Kawasaki has a replacement, USA’s Jack Chambers got the call. Let’s see how he gets on in his first MXGP ever. Rick Elzinga, David Braceras, Jan Pancar and more look to have a good showing in the MXGP of Switzerland.
Catch all the action live Saturday and Monday on MXGP-TV.com!