Andy McKinstry: Finally the World Championship is back this weekend and with the news Jeffrey Herlings will miss round one, it adds a lot of uncertainty. One thing for sure is that Antonio Cairoli will be out this weekend to go 1-1 and fire a warning to Herlings he’s up for the championship chase if the 2018 World Champ does return at round two.

The likes of Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser will be going to Argentina thinking they have more a chance of winning. When a rider like Herlings dominates the way he did last year, the confidence of the other rides can take a big hit. Febvre and Gajser showed good pace in the Italian pre season races in deep sand so will be feeling more confident for Argentina as it should suit them more than the pre season races. For me, those three will be the main three but I’m sure someone will surprise.

What will Paulin offer on the Wilvo Yamaha? He said a few weeks ago he feels the real Paulin is back so he’ll be motivated to show that at round one. Max Anstie on the Standing Construct KTM was nearly left without a ride at the end of 2018 so he’ll be out to show the factory team’s they were wrong not to sign him! Clement Desalle on the factory Kawasaki has had a quiet pre-season only doing the Lacapelle International, don’t forget about him as he was the only guy to break the KTM dominance last year by winning the Russian round.

In MX2, Jorge Prado is massive favourite and I can’t look past him for round one but hopefully after a few rounds of the series some of the other riders can learn his pace and be ready to take on the challenge.

Last year, Ben Watson and Calvin Vlaanderen were two of the biggest improvements and will look to do even better this year. Thomas Kjer Olsen has a lot of speed and will be hoping his consistency can mount a title challenge.

In my opinion, Jago Geerts could be the real dark horse so I am looking forward to seeing what he can do now he’s left school and hasn’t got that distraction.

MXGP Argentina Predictions:

  1. Antonio Cairoli
  2. Tim Gajser
  3. Romain Febvre

MX2 Argentina Predictions:

  1. Jorge Prado
  2. Ben Watson
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen

Jonathan McCready:  The MXGP class is looking very unpredictable at round one of the world championship in Argentina. With no Herlings and the other riders sensing an opportunity on a track that everyone seems to have a chance on, it should be some very good racing!

Cairoli is always there or thereabouts but Argentina hasn’t been a track he has dominated on and with Tim Gajser and Romain Febvre in good form and fast around Argentina along with Clement Desalle, Cairoli might have his hands full this weekend?

It will also be interesting to see how Pauls Jonass does in his first 450 race and Gautier Paulin after his switch to Yamaha – can he become a race-winning force again? How will the Brits, Anstie, Searle and Simpson do with their new teams?

In MX2 Jorge Prado with his speed and his incredibly good starts will be hard to beat but Ben Watson is on a mission this year and might be the guy who can get closest along with Calvin Vlaanderen and Thomas Kjer Olsen.

The very talented Jago Geeets will be expecting to become a regular podium contender in his second full season and even challenge Prado and the F&H Kawasaki squad including Brit Adam Sterry also seem to be very strong this year.

Also expcected to shine are Bud Kawasaki’s Brian Moreau and fellow rookies Mathys Boisrame and Danish talent Mikkel Haarup, who was so good in the pre-season races Husky moved him from EMX2 to MX2!

MXGP Argentina Predictions:

1. Tim Gajser

2. Tony Cairoli

3. Clement Desalle

MX2 Argentina Predictions:

1. Jorge Prado

2. Ben Watson

3. Calvin Vlaanderen

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