MXGP Indonesia: Watson chases Prado in MX2 qualy race

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Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM) raced to the win in today’s MX2 qualification moto at the MXGP of Indonesia at Pangkal Pinang, round 12 of the of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Davy Pootjes (LRT KTM) took the holeshot but Prado, who trails his team-mate Pauls Jonass by just nine points in the championship, hit the front within a handful of turns and was never headed as he claimed an important psychological victory.

Britain’s Ben Watson (Kemea Yamaha) nailed a great start and quickly moved into second. Jonass then stuck a hard pass for third on Pootjes that left the young Dutchman on the ground which allowed Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) and his American team-mate Thomas Covington through.

At the front of a depleted field of just 15 series regulars and four local riders, Prado and Watson began to pull clear and after five minutes the Spanish teenager was two-and-a-half seconds ahead of the Brit with Jonass a further five seconds adrift.

A big mistake from Jonass let Olsen and Covington close on the rapidly-drying track and four laps from the end the defending champion slipped off and dropped back to fifth.

In the closing stages Watson almost got onto Prado’s back wheel but he held on to win by a second to ensure first gate pick tomorrow. Olsen was over 14 seconds further back in third from Covington and Jonass with Calvin Vlaanderen (Team HRC) sixth ahead of Henry Jacobi (STC Husqvarna), Jago Geerts (Kemea Yamaha), Pootjes and Michele Cervellin (Martin Honda).

Adam Sterry (F&H Kawasaki), the only other British rider in action following Conrad Mewse’s Hitachi ASA KTM UK team’s decision not to attend, crossed the line in 11th.

MXGP Indonesia MX2 qualifying race result

1 61 Prado, Jorge ESP RFME KTM 24:05.264 13 0:00.000 0:00.000 1:47.953 3 50.6
2 919 Watson, Ben GBR ACU Yamaha 24:06.318 13 0:01.054 0:01.054 1:48.435 3 50.4
3 19 Olsen, Thomas Kjer DEN DMU Husqvarna 24:20.777 13 0:15.513 0:14.459 1:49.187 5 50.1
4 64 Covington, Thomas USA MUL Husqvarna 24:24.215 13 0:18.951 0:03.438 1:49.421 6 50
5 1 Jonass, Pauls LAT LAMSF KTM 24:26.176 13 0:20.912 0:01.961 1:48.646 5 50.3
6 10 Vlaanderen, Calvin RSA KNMV Honda 24:38.034 13 0:32.770 0:11.858 1:49.670 6 49.8
7 29 Jacobi, Henry GER DMSB Husqvarna 24:47.151 13 0:41.887 0:09.117 1:50.389 6 49.5
8 193 Geerts, Jago BEL FMB Yamaha 24:49.248 13 0:43.984 0:02.097 1:50.285 5 49.6
9 46 Pootjes, Davy NED KNMV KTM 24:51.040 13 0:45.776 0:01.792 1:50.529 9 49.5
10 747 Cervellin, Michele ITA FMI Yamaha 25:01.285 13 0:56.021 0:10.245 1:51.461 5 49
11 811 Sterry, Adam GBR ACU Kawasaki 25:03.006 13 0:57.742 0:01.721 1:50.857 4 49.3
12 172 Van doninck, Brent BEL FMB Husqvarna 25:07.275 13 1:02.011 0:04.269 1:51.136 4 49.2
13 98 Vaessen, Bas NED KNMV Honda 25:08.547 13 1:03.283 0:01.272 1:52.027 4 48.8
14 66 Larranaga Olano, Iker ESP RFME Husqvarna 25:26.540 13 1:21.276 0:17.993 1:51.727 3 48.9
15 95 Furlotti, Simone ITA FMI Yamaha 25:29.683 13 1:24.419 0:03.143 1:53.074 4 48.3
16 281 Pattipi, Yosua INA IMI Husqvarna 24:57.695 11 2 laps 2 laps 2:05.966 3 43.4
17 206 Ismayana, Diva INA IMI Husqvarna 25:47.728 11 2 laps 0:50.033 2:05.008 2 43.7
18 325 Delvintor Alfarizi, Muhammad INA IMI Husqvarna 25:50.663 11 2 laps 0:02.935 1:59.871 4 45.6
19 204 Maksum, Hilman INA IMI Husqvarna 26:11.304 11 2 laps 0:20.641 2:10.815 4 41.8

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