Thor Race Report

Prado and Guadagnini win in Spain.

It was a winning trip to Spain for the two Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team riders, Mattia Guadagnini and Jorge Prado, who took part in the third round of the Spanish Motocross Championship, on the “Castillo de Ayud” track in Calatayud in the province of Saragoza.

In the MX1 category Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - KTM 450 SX-F) dominated qualifying and the races. In the qualifying heats on Saturday and in the two races on Sunday, Jorge always grabbed the hole-shot and immediately took a good margin over his rivals. In race one, despite a crash in the final, he won with a twenty-three second advantage over fellow Spaniard Carlos Campano - third was Josè Butron. In race two he won ahead of Ander Valentin and José Butron.
Prado: “I am very attached to my land and for me it is always very nice to be back racing in Spain! There were also five hundred spectators, the maximum limit allowed here by anti-epidemic regulations, and this pleased me very much. Positive weekend, for us there was something to try and we had good feelings. Hard terrain, which, especially in race two on Sunday, had become rather treacherous, so I tried to be a little more cautious. "
In the MX2 category Guadagnini (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - KTM 250 SX-F) won thanks to first place in race one and second place in race two. In race one he had started at the top of the group, but the heat was interrupted by the crash of Jay Wade. The start was repeated and Mattia grabbed the holeshot again.  He controlled Ruben Fernandez for the first 9 laps but was then passed by Fernandez.   A technical problem forced Fernandez to retire and Guadagnini won the heat with a twenty-five second advantage over the Frenchman, Guyon. In the race two Guadagnini claimed the hole-shot again but this time the heat was won by Fernandez.  Guadagnini came home in second to claim to the top step of the podium, winning the overall of the day (1-2) ahead of Guyon and Fares.

"It was a nice weekend here in Spain. On Saturday it took me a while to get the feeling with the track, which was new for me, with somewhat special characteristics and lots of jumps, but I finished second in qualifying. In the two races with the victory of race one and the second place of race two I won the classification of the day; I had a good pace even though Fernandez was a bit faster than me. What matters now is that we are doing a good job with the training and the resistance to the duration of the heat is already good, we have had good feedback from this trip."

Mattia Guadagnini

Images: JP Acevedo.