Jeffrey Herlings won the first round of the Italian MXGP in Faenza. The 25-year old leader in the World Championship standings had to chase Jorge Prado for a long time, but took the lead in the final laps and didn’t give up.
Before the MXGP race started in Italy there was quite some commotion around the corona tests. Brian Bogers tested positive, so he was not allowed to take any action today. That also applied to the Italian motocross rider Michele Cervellin.
“Still there are doubts about the validity of the tests”, Bogers told motorsport.com. “Many people have tested positive and some test results are already known to be incorrect. I don’t have any complaints myself and I’m not sick”
Without Bogers and Cervellin the other MXGP riders did go on track. Herlings took a surprising pole position in qualifying and that was good for the 25-year-old motocross rider on the hard track in Faenza.
In the first moto Herlings got off to a good start, but he had to chase the leading rider Jorge Prado, the 19 year old debutant in the MXGP. Herlings was about five seconds behind the Spanish MX2 winner of 2018 and 2019.
Herlings, who booked his first MXGP victory three weeks ago in Latvia since the restart of the season, passed Prado just before the end of the first moto and didn’t give up that lead anymore. Prado crashed in the very last lap and finished fourth.
Glenn Coldenhoff was riding in eighth position for a long time, but finished in seventh place. That was just ahead of Tim Gajser, who is third in the general classification. Antonio Cairoli, the Italian number two in the World Championship standings, finished third in the first moto.
Herlings was satisfied with his performance in the first race afterwards. “I had a good start and then I went after Prado. That went fine. Hopefully it will also work out in the second moto and I won’t crash”