Prado breaks through in Faenza MXGP as Herlings sidelined
Red Bull KTM double with Vialle extending MX2 championship lead.
It was a Red Bull KTM double at the MXGP of Faenza as Jorge Prado and Tom Vialle took victory, on a day that saw premier class series leader Jeffrey Herlings injured.
Herlings crashed during practice, taken to a nearby hospital for a precautionary MRI on his head and neck and to also examine some pain to his shoulder. He was conscious and had full feeling across his body.
It was Jeremy Seewer (Monster Energy Yamaha) who earned his first-career MXGP race win in the opening moto, before defending champion Tim Gajser (Team HRC) won the second encounter. It was a 2-2 score for rookie Prado that saw him top the grand prix overall, joined on the podium by Gajser (5-1) and Seewer (1-7).
The world championship is still led by Herlings, now 22 points ahead of Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM) – fourth overall at Faenza – and a further four ahead of Gajser.
In MX2, current red plate-holder Vialle stretched his points-lead to 21 points after going 1-1 on Wednesday.
Vialle topped the round from Maxime Renaux (Yamaha SM Action M.C Migliori J1 Racing) and Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna).
Australian Mitch Evans (Team HRC) had his best ride since returning from injury with 9-4 finishes for seventh overall in MXGP. Meanwhile, in MX2, Jed Beaton (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) was fifth via P2 in moto two, plus Team Honda 114 Motorsports teammates Bailey Malkiewicz 19th and Nathan Crawford 21st.
The 2020 MXGP World Championship will continue with its third-straight round at the Italian Faenza circuit this Sunday, 13 September.