MXGP Portugal: Prado pleased with perfect weekend

Picture: Red Bull KTM/Ray Archer

While his team-mate Jeffrey Herlings was dominating the MXGP motos, Red Bull KTM’s Jorge Prado produced a whitewash of his own in MX2.

“Second win in a row,” said the 17-year-old Spaniard. “Last year I won three GPs but never two in row so I am getting there, I am getting to where I want to be. We are training hard and it pays off.

“Last weekend was almost perfect but this weekend I managed to take the qualification win and two races so I’m really happy.”

After stuttering last time out in Italy, Denmark’s Thomas Kjer Olsen was happy to put the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna back on the box in second.

“It feels great to be up here again,” he said. “I was struggling a bit in Trentino so to come here and feel good again is really nice even though it is only a week apart. I tried to just ride relaxed and feel smooth on the bike – that is how I felt all weekend.”

F&H Kawasaki rider Jed Beaton set up his third place on the podium with a solid performance in the previous day’s qualification race.

“I’m very satisfied,” said the Aussie. “It is always good to be on the podium, it is what we all work for so I’m pretty stoked. This weekend the starts were better and I had a good Saturday which gave me a good gate pick making it a lot easier.”

Following two consecutive below-par performances, defending champion Pauls Jonass has been put on the back foot by his team-mate Prado.

“It is still nice to have the red plate and the championship lead but I’m really disappointed with how the weekend went,” said the Latvian. “I just couldn’t find the rhythm or find a flow and I was struggling a lot with the track and myself.

“I am happy that we have two weeks until the next race because I am going to work hard to be back in Russia.”

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