Jorge Prado started the Grand Prix by sprinting to his third qualification victory in succession and the ten points that go along with that made his Swiss experience even sweeter. The first moto was similar – he took the holeshot and an unchallenged win with his MC 450F. Prado backed that up with a third place in moto two, after another holeshot, and therefore maintained his perfect streak of podiums. 1-3 scores put him in second overall and helped him extend his series lead to that aforementioned total of twenty-one points.
Jorge Prado: "The first moto was very good! I had the holeshot in the second moto and tried to break away, but I did not have the same flow. I struggled, but got third and second overall. I extended my championship lead and that is the most important thing. I am riding well and staying consistent, so I want to keep going in this direction."
There are many positives that Mattia Guadagnini can extract from the day in Frauenfeld, but the results do not reflect how competitive he was. '101' started in second in moto one and was quite competitive in the top three before a small crash derailed his charge. Ninth was the result that he salvaged in that and, unfortunately, he experienced more bad luck in the final moto, as he was pushed wide in the first turn and had to move forward from dead last. Charging back to twelfth was incredibly impressive and helped him secure tenth overall.
Simon Langenfelder had a consistent day at the Grand Prix of Switzerland and showed podium speed. '516' charged from eighth on the first lap of moto one to fifth at the checkered flag, a rather impressive effort, and raced to the same result in the final stint. It was an incredibly close race – he was just three seconds from the rider in third. 5-5 scores meant that Langenfelder was classified in sixth at the Grand Prix and now occupies the same ranking in the championship standings.
Mattia Guadagnini: "I felt better today! I had a really good start in the first moto, second, but got arm pump and started to make mistakes. I had a small crash and lost my rhythm, so I was just trying to survive after that. I got pushed off the track in the first turn of the second moto and had to come back from dead last. It was not easy on this track, but I got back to twelfth. I was riding good today and think that I could have done a lot better."
Simon Langenfelder: "I did not get the best start in the first race, but I battled my way up to fifth. It was not an easy track, with so many ruts and bumps! I enjoyed it though. I had a better start in the second moto and made some passes. I had a little bit of bad luck with backmarkers at the end. Being fifth twice is not what I expect, but it was okay."
The Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing squad will travel to the picturesque venue of Pietramurata, Italy, now, as the fourth round of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship is set to be run this coming weekend.
Results – 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Three
MXGP – Overall
1. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 47pts
2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 45pts
3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 42pts
10. Mattia Guadagnini (GASGAS) 21pts
MXGP – Moto One
1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS)
2. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha)
3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki)
9. Mattia Guadagnini (GASGAS)
MXGP – Moto Two
1. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha)
2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki)
3. Jorge Prado (GASGAS)
12. Mattia Guadagnini (GASGAS)
MXGP – Standings
1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 155pts
2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 134pts
3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 131pts
10. Mattia Guadagnini (GASGAS) 76pts
MX2 – Overall
1. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 43pts
2. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 42pts
3. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 40pts
6. Simon Langenfelder (GASGAS) 32pts
MX2 – Moto One
1. Roan van de Moosdijk (Husqvarna)
2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna)
3. Andrea Adamo (KTM)
5. Simon Langenfelder (GASGAS)
MX2 – Moto Two
1. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha)
2. Andrea Adamo (KTM)
3. Jago Geerts (Yamaha)
5. Simon Langenfelder (GASGAS)
MX2 – Standings
1. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 159pts
2. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 139pts
3. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 136pts
6. Simon Langenfelder (GASGAS) 111pts