Race results: MXGP World Championship RD1 – Fernandez wins in Argentina
Race One: It was Ruben Fernandez who had the early lead but he had Jorge Prado for company in what was a Spanish 1-2. It didn’t take Prado too long to get himself into the lead while Fernandez had Febvre and Renaux for company.
Fernandez was riding well though and was keeping them behind him. Renaux had a big crash over the waves section which put him back to seventh. Meanwhile, Jeffrey Herlings was riding brilliant on his return in the top five. Fernandez who was comfortable in second then crashed which promoted Febvre and dropped the Spaniard down the order.
Renaux was flying on his Yamaha passing Coldenhoff, Jonass and Herlings to come home a superb third after such a big crash – he is flying! Herlings ended up an impressive fourth which is quite the turn around since yesterday but it was the smooth Prado who took an impressive win.
Race Two: The second race was the Ruben Fernandez show as he was on another whole other level right at the front and also won the overall GP – the first MXGP overall of his career and what a way to do it.
Jeffrey Herlings was aggressive in the first couple of laps as he made moves on the likes of Febvre, Prado and Renaux to get into second. Renaux, after the first five minutes started to move forward and just as he was about to make a move on the impressive Jonass crashed which dropped him down to ninth.
Prado who had been so good all weekend didn’t ride with the same flow and faded back to sixth with Febvre who earlier crashed passing him with two laps to go.
Jonass had a very strong weekend on the Standing Construct Honda for fifth overall.
Despite winning the GP, Jorge Prado has the championship lead due to the qualifying points which is a new change for 2023.
Jeffrey Herlings will also be delighted with second overall on his return to racing and a superb second moto keeping Jeremy Seewer at bay.
Image: Shot by Bavo