Anyone who watched the last Grand Prix in Trentino had to be excited for the MX2 class. No doubt led by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Jorge Prado, the 18-year-old Spaniard who has really dominated this year, we have a long list of youngsters fighting for their own piece of the MX2 pie.
In Italy just over a week ago, two other 18-year olds, Jago Geerts and Tom Vialle joined Prado on the podium, finishing second and third overall and moving into fifth and sixth positions in the MX2 championship points.
When Prado drove out of the Trentino circuit on Sunday night, the smile on his face couldn’t hide the fact he has won at this circuit three years in a row and continues to impress the motocross public.
“Three years racing in MX2 here and three victories,” Prado said. “There must be something at this track for me! I felt comfortable and we have been training hard after the time-off with the injury and a bit more riding time. I was happy coming here. The qualification heat gave me confidence and two very good starts today was really important on this track because it is tough to pass. Good riding and a good result. I’ll just try to keep on doing what I’m doing and avoid the mistakes.”
As for Monster Energy Kemea Yamaha rider Geerts, it was his second trip to the podium this year, and his confidence continues to grow moving into Mantova in a month’s time. The Belgian rider is now looking at that top three position as much as possible.
"It was a really good weekend for me,” Geerts said. “Even Saturday was really good with second place in the qualification race. Sunday went the same, I had two good starts and moved to second place and finished second place. I had really good speed and really enjoyed the track this year as it was really rough, especially in the second race and I like that. Now I just want to work hard in this small break that we have and try to be on the box again in Mantova."
The young Frenchman Vialle was also standing on the box for the second time this season and although he also rides for the Red Bull KTM Factory team, and is the same age as Prado, everyone is surprised by his sudden rise in the division.
“A second podium in four GPs is unbelievable,” Vialle said. “When they called me to come in after the finish line, I thought they had made a mistake! I was a bit disappointed a few moments before because I thought I’d lost it. I was so happy to learn I was third and was actually happy with my riding the whole weekend considering this was my first visit to this circuit. I love trying new tracks and new ground and it played into my favour today.”
Now back to Italy, and the circuit of Mantova in a month’s time. A track where all three teenagers should shine, as all have great sand skills, it wouldn’t surprise anyone this time if we have the three young men standing on the box.