He knew before the final round that he was world champion after Pauls Jonass decided to go for an operation on his knee but you can’t take anything away from Jorge Prado. The young Spanish sensation had a difficult start to the season but hasn’t put a foot wrong recently and deservedly won his first MX2 World Championship.
It’s a joy to watch Prado as he effortlessly throws his Factory Red Bull KTM machine around with so much style. There’s no doubt that Prado will want another good winter to prepare for 2019 and win two world titles on the bounce – you wouldn’t put it past him either!
Last year Thomas Kjer Olsen finished third in the championship as a rookie and the 2019 was a similar story as he finished third in the world once again. The Dane only had one podium in 2018 which was a victory but this year he was a regular on the box.
It’s hard not to be impressed with Olsen’s consistency but now he has that figured out he’ll be working hard over winter to gain more wins in 2019. The area he could do with improving in are his starts, Prado and his KTM are frighteningly fast out of the gate which is hard to beat. However, Olsen will be working hard to challenge for the world title in 2019.
An end of an era for Thomas Covington as Imola was his last MX2 World Championship Grand Prix and he ended up on the box with a third overall. The American has been competing in the World Championship for five years now and he absolutely made the right decision in his career by making the step to the world championship.
When you look back at Covington when he first came over he has improved so much and especially in the sand – now he’s pretty much a complete motocross rider. The only regret he might have is not being able to challenge for the world title. However, it’s time for him to head back to America and put in plenty of Supercross laps. One thing for sure is that he will be missed in the GP paddock.
One rider that ended the GP season on a high is Italian, Michele Cervellin who put on a great performance in front of his home crowd. The Italian quietly had a very good season, he started the season on a Honda but then made the move to the SM-Action Yamaha team and he’s showed signs of real improvement on the Yamaha.
Cervellin ended up fourth overall in Imola and that’ll give him plenty of confidence heading into 2019, he will want to get on the box next year for sure!
Like Covington this was Hunter Lawrence last MX2 World Championship Grand Prix. You have to feel a bit sorry for him because he was flying all weekend. Lawrence was leading the first moto and looking good at the front until around four laps to go when his bike expired.
In the second moto the Aussie came home in second after a pretty bad start – he was tenth on the first lap. Even though he didn’t have the results this weekend he will be pumped with his speed. Over the lat 4-5 GP’s there’s no doubt he’s been one of the fastest riders in the class. He now heads to RedBud for the Motocross Des Nations and will have the Geico Honda at his disposal for the first time, like at Matterley Basin last year he’ll be going for the win!
One rider that’s really improved this year is Richard Sikyna. In the first moto he came home in eighteenth which is a solid result, if he’s in the points then he can’t be too disappointed.
However, in the second moto his JD 191 was a rocket ship out of the start as he held down fourth position for the first few laps. There’s no doubt he’d have learnt a lot being at the front from the start and he knows what the intensity and pace is like now during the first few laps. He ended up tenth which was a really good result – he beats talents like Geerts and Vaessen to name a few. That was also the best moto result of his career, he’ll be hoping for even better in 2019.
Article: Andy McKinstry