MOTOCROSS: SIDI, JOY AND PAIN IN SWITZERLAND - In MX2 Jorge Prado continues his winning streak. In MXGP Tony Cairoli skids out and bruises a knee.

After a few weeks off, the season got back underway last weekend on the Frauenfeld racetrack for the Swiss GP, round 16 in the 2018 World Series.

The season continues with ups and downs for Sidi and their champions. While in the MX2 class everything is coming easily to the young Spanish talent Jorge Prado, we can’t say the same about the reigning MXGP class, where unfortunately Tony Cairoli is having a rough and unlucky year.

Let’s start with the victory. With a second place in race1 and first place in race2, Jorge Prado (Ktm) clinched success in MX2. For Prado this is the 9th Grand Prix he’s won this season, the fourth one in a row. The young Spanish rider thus hangs on to the red plate as leader of the World Series, where he is in command with a 28 point advantage over his direct rival, Pauls Jonass.

In the MXGP on the other hand, it was a terribly unlucky day for Tony Cairoli (Ktm). The 9-time World Champion, who had scored victory in Saturday’s qualifiers, started the race in front. In race1 he was in third place when he slid to the ground; he managed to finish the race but he closed out eigth. In the fall Cairoli suffered a bruise to his right knee (he will undergo clinical evaluations in the following days). The injury strongly affected his performance in race2, which he closed out in sixth place. The final result for Cairoli in the Grand Prix was a bitter 7th place, which means that Jeffrey Herlings has furthered his lead in the World Series. Now the Dutchman is firmly in command with 733 points and Tony is trailing in second place with 675 points; there are 58 points between the two.

Next week-end, August 25-26, it’s back to the racetrack to give battle in the Bulgarian GP.


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