Thor Race Report

Thor race report:  Prado misses GP overall win through technicality.

Round 9 and the first of leg of a triple header to be held in Mantova, Italy got under way at the Citta’ di Mantova circuit in the province of Lombardia.  Thor’s Antonio Cairoli was the red plate holder coming into the event and looked to set to defend his championship lead however Lady Luck would think otherwise.

As the gate dropped for the first moto both Prado and Cairoli were in the leading trio going into the first turn.  Jeremy Seewer would lead the moto from start to finish with Prado pressuring the swiss the length of the race.  Cairoli was happy to come home in 3rd which would strengthen his championship lead over reigning champ, Tim Gasjer. Glenn Coldenhoff was just out of striking distance as he marched home in 4th position.

Dark clouds consumed the start of moto2 and were a portent of things to come.  Prado grabbed another hole-shot and exhibited his smooth race style over the now rough and tricky Mantova circuit as he led the race.  Cairoli would go down in the first lap mayhem and had to remount in last position.  The 9-time world champ was making good progress when he was forced into the goggle lane for a change of goggles.  Shortly after he went down again, breaking his nose in the crash.  He salvaged 15th spot for 8th overall but had to relinquish the red plate to Gajser.  Prado was on track to winning his second overall MXGP with a 2-2 score however he was demoted after the race when officials judged him and another rider to have jumped while yellow flags were being waved.  The demotion pushed him down in the standings to 3rd place overall. 

Factory GasGas rider, Glenn Coldenhoff was bumped up into second place due to the decision which also handed the Dutchman second overall at the end of the day.
Images: KTM/GasGas.


Race results:

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 1 – Classification Top 10:
1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), 34:47.314; 
2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:08.181;
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:09.474

4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:27.128; 
5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:38.568;
6. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Husqvarna), +0:42.921;
7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:59.329;
8. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +1:02.369;
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +1:04.623;
10. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:05.449.

MXGP - Grand Prix Race 2 – Classification Top 10:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:56.930; 
2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GASGAS), +0:14.380;
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:37.000; 
4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:05.102;
5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:09.027;
6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:11.713;
7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:42.966;
8. Henry Jacobi (GER, Yamaha), +0:44.918;
9. Mitchell Evans (AUS, Honda), +0:45.982;
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Honda), +0:50.083.

MXGP - GP Classification Top 10:
1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 45 points; 
2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 40 p.;
3. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 40 p
4. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 38 p.;
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 28 p.;
6. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 27 p.;
7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 26 p.; 
8. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 26 p.;
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 23 p.;
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, HON), 23 p.

MXGP -Championship – Top 10 Classification:
1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 316 points; 
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 311 p.;
3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 300 p.; 
4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 277 p.; 
5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, GAS), 273 p.;
6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 263 p.;
7. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, HUS), 248 p.;
8. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 230 p.;
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, YAM), 224 p.;
10. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 222 p.