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MXGP of Portugal to Host Spherical 5 This Weekend

The following press release is from Infront Moto Racing: MONACO (Principality of Monaco) – After a two-week break, the MXGP Motocross World Championship kicks back into life with the MXGP of Portugal at the stunning Crossódromo Internacional de Águeda in the north-western part of the country. With a history stretching back to 1985, when Dutchman

MXGP of Portugal to Host Spherical 5 This Weekend

The next press launch is from Infront Moto Racing:

MONACO (Principality of Monaco) – After a two-week break, the MXGP Motocross World Championship kicks again into life with the MXGP of Portugal on the beautiful Crossódromo Internacional de Águeda within the north-western a part of the nation.

With a historical past stretching again to 1985, when Dutchman Davy Strijbos took the win on a 125cc Honda, the Agueda circuit has seen victories for legends corresponding to Eric Geboers, Jacky Martens, Alessio Chiodi, and Ben Townley in its wonderful historical past.  For the riders with essentially the most wins, you want solely go to the highest of the all-time GP winners record, as each Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings have gained 5 instances, with Stefan Everts the report holder earlier than them with 4 victories.  Amazingly, Cairoli is clearly out in entrance with a complete of 12 particular person race wins in comparison with Herlings on 7 and Everts on 6. 

With its immediately recognisable purple filth and darkish inexperienced forest as a backdrop, the Portuguese venue is a photographer’s delight, and with each native Portuguese and travelling Spanish followers packing the trackside banking, the environment is certain to drive the riders to additional heights as they begin a three-week run of back-to-back-to-back Grand Prix motion!

The EMX125 Championship Offered by FMF holds its third spherical of the yr in Portugal, with Fantic Manufacturing facility Racing EMX125 rider Noel Zanocz from Hungary holding a slender 8-point Championship lead over Racestore KTM Manufacturing facility Rookies star Gyan Doensen. Spain’s Salvador Perez holds third for the RFME GASGAS MX Junior Staff.

The EMX250 collection can also be on to its third spherical, and Italian Valerio Lata has gained three of the 4 races to date this season for the Beddini GASGAS Manufacturing facility Juniors squad, constructing a 16-point hole over BUD RACING Kawasaki’s Mathis Valin. The Frenchman gained an EMX125 race at Agueda final yr so he’ll really feel assured of closing down the chief.  Spanish teen Francisco Garcia ought to take pleasure in some Iberian help as he lies 4th for the RFME GASGAS MX Junior Staff, behind Gabriel SS24 KTM’s Cas Valk who seems to enhance on third.

The reigning MXGP World Champion Jorge Prado nonetheless leads the Championship for Pink Bull GASGAS Manufacturing facility Racing, though he misplaced a couple of factors over the MXGP of Trentino weekend to his primary opposition, so Tim Gajser is now simply 13 factors behind for Staff HRC. Kawasaki Racing Staff chief Romain Febvre re-passed Jeffrey Herlings for third within the collection after profitable the primary race at Pietramurata, however nonetheless lies 45 factors behind the purple plate holder, ten forward of the Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing spearhead.

The Champion has, like Everts, gained six races on the Portuguese venue to date, taking double race victories in each of his MX2 title-winning years of 2018 & ’19, in addition to the general in MXGP in 2022, and the primary race right here final season.  His streak of 4 straight GP wins to start out the yr will definitely pull many followers throughout the border from his native Spain, though a couple of may wait till the MXGP of Galicia the next weekend at Lugo, the city the place Prado was born.

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Herlings gained final yr’s MXGP of Portugal, a end result which pulled him degree with Stefan Everts on 101 all-time Grand Prix wins, earlier than he went on to say two extra final season.  He’ll be wanting so as to add to that tally additional, even after revealing that he truly sustained 4 damaged ribs in his follow crash on the MXGP of Sardegna! “The Bullet” gained at Agueda for 3 straight years in MX2 from 2011 to 2013, in addition to a double defeat of Cairoli in MXGP in 2018.

Gajser has gained three races right here, however the one time he gained general was with a double victory in 2019. Febvre completed second to Herlings final yr, which was his first podium look at Agueda, a uncommon circuit at which he has by no means gained! Fantic Manufacturing facility Racing’s Brian Bogers has good recollections of the observe, having completed third general right here behind Prado and Gajser in 2022.

Final yr’s RAM Qualifying Race winner was Staff HRC’s Ruben Fernandez, however he’ll miss this version via accidents sustained in Argentina. Mattia Guadagnini is seeking to return from damage for Nestaan Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing, whereas the 2023 EMX250 winner, Andrea Bonacorsi, strikes as much as make his MXGP debut for the Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility MXGP Staff.

Kawasaki Racing Staff star Jeremy Seewer gained an MX2 Grand Prix right here in 2017, and he lies simply sixth within the title chase, one level behind the person he beat into second that day, Standing Assemble Honda rider Pauls Jonass.  The pair break up the race wins that day, with Seewer taking the general on the second race tiebreaker.

The query nonetheless stays as as to whether Jorge Prado will have the ability to maintain his profitable streak alive, or will anybody have the ability to cease the freight prepare in Portugal?!

Dutch star Kay de Wolf carries the purple plate for Nestaan Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing into Portugal, and though he didn’t win the Grand Prix for the primary time this yr in Trentino, he solely misplaced three factors over the weekend to his primary chaser, Simon Laengenfelder of the Pink Bull GASGAS Manufacturing facility Racing crew. The hole on the prime is now 26 factors, with third-placed Thibault Benistant an additional 39 factors behind for Monster Power Yamaha Manufacturing facility Racing MX2. Liam Everts took the win in Trentino for Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing, and moved himself as much as seventh within the standings as he catches up from lacking the MXGP of Argentina attributable to a pre-season thumb damage.

As is the case at a number of circuits this yr, no person within the present MX2 line-up has gained a GP earlier than at Agueda.  De Wolf has acquired closest with 3-2 finishes for 2nd general final season behind Jago Geerts, whereas Mikkel Haarup of the Monster Power Triumph Racing squad took 2nd general right here in 2022 with 4-2 scores.  Amazingly they’re the one riders at the moment in MX2 to have taken a prime three GP trophy away from Portugal.  Andrea Adamo was 2nd within the first race final yr for Pink Bull KTM Manufacturing facility Racing, and after a disappointing couple of GPs on Italian soil, the reigning MX2 World Champion will probably be hoping to carry himself from fifth within the standings, the place he sits simply 8 factors behind Nestaan Husqvarna Manufacturing facility Racing’s Lucas Coenen, who himself is only a level behind Benistant in third!

The wildly unpredictable nature of the MX2 class leaves prospects of the outcomes going wherever among the many main manufacturing unit riders, and solely the bravest would guess on any end result!

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