CEuropean International MX season kicks off in Sardinia for Prado and Guadagnini.
Jorge Prado and Mattia Guadagnini both took part in Round 1 of the Italian International Motocross championship held at the Riola Sardo circuit in Sardinia over the weekend.
he race is historically used by the GP riders to get a feel for racing conditions after a long winter break and a perfect platform for teams to test their machines and work out any gremlins.
This marked the first race back on bike for Jorge Prado after missing the last part of the MXGP season due to Covid. The two-time world champ, immediately felt at ease on his factory KTM and posted pole position to have choice pick on the gate for moto 1. The Spaniard grabbed the hole-shot and checked out to win the moto comfortably. In the Super final which combines the best MX1 and MX2 riders, Prado again grabbed the hole-shot and was leading the race when he all of sudden pulled into pit-lane and had to retire from the moto.
Mattia Guadagnini’s debut for the Decarli Racing Team did not go without incident. The THOR young gun showed good speed yet had some serious get offs. Luckily he was able to remount unscathed, still posting 4th place in the MX2 class and 12 in the combined super final.
"It's nice to go back to racing, to do something different from training. The GPs are still quite far away but the comparison is always stimulating and this competitive debut in Sardinia was positive: first in qualifying and then holeshot in both races. heats. It also helped to regain the feeling with the starts, without too much pressure. I won the MX1 well and also in the Supercampione I was clearly in the lead, but I felt something different about the bike and it was better to stop and check everything. also important for this, to check and test everything. Overall, I am satisfied with the first release of 2021 ."
"Today in terms of speed and feeling with the bike I am satisfied, even if the races did not go as I wanted. Maybe I felt a bit of pressure for my debut in this fantastic team, so everything served to shake off off the uncertainties of the debut! Today I made two crashes that affected my pace and the result, but I'm fine and I learned from the heats, I'm optimistic! ."
Images: Decarli Racing.