Race results: MXGP World Championship RD3 – Switzerland – Renaux wins his first GP of the season!

Race One: Perfect Prado won race one in dominating style with a holeshot and then pulling away to the moto win, but he did say with the tight track it was stressful passing the backmarkers! Maxime Renaux took second with Febvre third as Jeffrey Herlings dropped from third to sixth and never looked comfortable. Valentin Guillod was top Swiss with a storming ride into seventh, Tonus was 12th with Seewer after two crashes, taking 20th.

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 1 – Classification

1. Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), 33:47.857; 2. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +0:06.298; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:14.572; 4. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:17.538; 5. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:22.113; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:30.112; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:34.759; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), +0:43.139; 9. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +0:44.964; 10. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:47.953; 11. Ben Watson (GBR, Beta), +0:55.685; 12. Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:59.042; 13. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:01.467; 14. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +1:11.205; 15. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Beta), +1:14.764; 16. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), +1:19.250; 17. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Honda), +1:23.577; 18. Maximilian Spies (GER, KTM), +1:27.599; 19. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, Honda), +1:31.709; 20. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +1:39.389; 21. Kevin Brumann (SUI, Yamaha), +1:41.320; 22. Michael Ivanov (BUL, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 23. Luca Bruggmann (LIE, GASGAS), -1 lap(s); 24. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Honda), -1 lap(s); 25. Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), -1 lap(s); 26. Mark Scheu (GER, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 27. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), -1 lap(s); 28. Paul Haberland (GER, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 29. Emanuele Alberio (ITA, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 30. John Adamson (GBR, GASGAS), -1 lap(s); 31. Ramon Keller (SUI, KTM), -1 lap(s); 32. Loris Freidig (SUI, GASGAS), -1 lap(s); 33. Xylian Ramella (SUI, KTM), -2 lap(s); 34. Kim Schaffter (SUI, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 35. Robin Scheiben (SUI, GASGAS), -2 lap(s); 36. Nicolas Bender (SUI, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 37. Noah Ludwig (GER, KTM), -8 lap(s); 38. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, Husqvarna), -18 lap(s); 39. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), -19 lap(s); 40. Jere Haavisto (FIN, KTM), -19 lap(s);

Race Two: Maxime Renaux passed Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado to win the second moto and the GP after holding off a determined Romain Febvre in a mistake free rider despite only having a 1-2 second advantage for most of the race! Renaux, Prado and Febvre set a pace Herlings couldn’t match as he drifted back in fourth but Prado stayed with Renaux and and Febvre on his back wheel for 25 minutes until Febvre made the move into seocnd and Prado accepted third letting the two French riders duel for the win. With two laps to go, Febvre charging hard almost had a huge crash similar to Tim Gajser but somehow stayed on the bike and from there, accepted second as Renaux took a huge win showing his mental strength to not make a single mistake despite rarely having a lead over two seconds the entire moto.

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Renaux said: “Feels great. I have been off the podium for the first two races, it was not an easy thing to accept becuase I knew all the pieces of the puzzle are here. We keep on grinding. We are in the title chase.”

Prado said: “First moto was very good. Second moto I had the holeshot and tried to break away but didn’t have the flow I had in the first one so I struggled.”

The top four, the generational battle of Renaux and Prado v Febvre and Herlings is well and truly the story of 2023. This time the kids went 1-2 but Herlings hangs on to second in the championship by just three points over Renaux as Prado extends his lead over Herlings from seven coming in to 21 as they leave for Trentino next weekend! A great weekend for the Spaniard.

MXGP – Grand Prix Race 2 – Classification

1. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), 33:34.904; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.825; 3. Jorge Prado (ESP, GASGAS), +0:17.970; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:21.320; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Yamaha), +0:26.839; 6. Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), +0:31.325; 7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, Yamaha), +0:38.761; 8. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Honda), +0:43.814; 9. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Honda), +0:53.484; 10. Ben Watson (GBR, Beta), +1:07.193; 11. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Beta), +1:13.012; 12. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GASGAS), +1:15.074; 13. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Honda), +1:33.215; 14. Kevin Brumann (SUI, Yamaha), +1:34.544; 15. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +1:35.602; 16. Brian Bogers (NED, Honda), -1 lap(s); 17. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Honda), -1 lap(s); 18. Maximilian Spies (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 19. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Honda), -1 lap(s); 20. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 21. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Honda), -1 lap(s); 22. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), -1 lap(s); 23. Luca Bruggmann (LIE, GASGAS), -1 lap(s); 24. Paul Haberland (GER, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 25. Mark Scheu (GER, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 26. Emanuele Alberio (ITA, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 27. Loris Freidig (SUI, GASGAS), -1 lap(s); 28. Noah Ludwig (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 29. Nicolas Bender (SUI, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 30. Robin Scheiben (SUI, GASGAS), -2 lap(s); 31. Kim Schaffter (SUI, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 32. Alain Schafer (SUI, Honda), -2 lap(s); 33. Ramon Keller (SUI, KTM), -2 lap(s); 34. Michael Ivanov (BUL, Husqvarna), -6 lap(s); 35. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, Honda), -11 lap(s); 36. Pauls Jonass (LAT, Honda), -12 lap(s); 37. John Adamson (GBR, GASGAS), -13 lap(s); 38. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), -15 lap(s);|

MXGP – GP Classification
1. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 47 points; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 45 p.; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 42 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 33 p.; 5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 32 p.; 6. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 29 p.; 7. Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 26 p.; 8. Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 24 p.; 9. Ben Watson (GBR, BET), 21 p.; 10. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 21 p.; 11. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 17 p.; 12. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 17 p.; 13. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, BET), 16 p.; 14. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 15 p.; 15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 14 p.; 16. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 8 p.; 17. Kevin Brumann (SUI, YAM), 7 p.; 18. Maximilian Spies (GER, KTM), 6 p.; 19. Alvin Östlund (SWE, HON), 6 p.; 20. Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 5 p.; 21. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HON), 5 p.; 22. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HON), 4 p.; 23. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, HON), 2 p.; 24. Jakub Teresak (CZE, KTM), 0 p.; 25. Luca Bruggmann (LIE, GAS), 0 p.; 26. Paul Haberland (GER, HUS), 0 p.; 27. Mark Scheu (GER, HUS), 0 p.; 28. Emanuele Alberio (ITA, HUS), 0 p.; 29. Loris Freidig (SUI, GAS), 0 p.; 30. Noah Ludwig (GER, KTM), 0 p.; 31. Nicolas Bender (SUI, HUS), 0 p.; 32. Robin Scheiben (SUI, GAS), 0 p.; 33. Kim Schaffter (SUI, KAW), 0 p.; 34. Alain Schafer (SUI, HON), 0 p.; 35. Ramon Keller (SUI, KTM), 0 p.; 36. Michael Ivanov (BUL, HUS), 0 p.; 37. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 0 p.; 38. John Adamson (GBR, GAS), 0 p.; 39. Xylian Ramella (SUI, KTM), 0 p.; 40. Nicholas Lapucci (ITA, HUS), 0 p.;
MXGP – World Championship Classification
1. Jorge Prado (ESP, GAS), 155 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 134 p.; 3. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 131 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, KAW), 129 p.; 5. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, YAM), 101 p.; 6. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, HON), 94 p.; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, YAM), 90 p.; 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, YAM), 79 p.; 9. Alberto Forato (ITA, KTM), 76 p.; 10. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA, GAS), 76 p.; 11. Pauls Jonass (LAT, HON), 56 p.; 12. Valentin Guillod (SUI, HON), 54 p.; 13. Ben Watson (GBR, BET), 51 p.; 14. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 51 p.; 15. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HON), 50 p.; 16. Brian Bogers (NED, HON), 39 p.; 17. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, BET), 28 p.; 18. Alvin Östlund (SWE, HON), 26 p.; 19. Stephen Rubini (FRA, HON), 15 p.; 20. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 11 p.; 21. Maximilian Spies (GER, KTM), 11 p.; 22. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 8 p.; 23. Kevin Brumann (SUI, YAM), 8 p.; 24. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, HON), 7 p.; 25. Joaquin Poli (ARG, KAW), 5 p.; 26. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HON), 4 p.; 27. Agustin Poli (ARG, KAW), 1 p.; 28. Lars van Berkel (NED, HON), 1 p.;

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Report: Jonathan McCready