Questions were raised when Spain first announced their team for the Motocross of Nations; Jorge Prado (MXGP), Iker Larranaga Olano (MX2) and Jose Butron (Open) were down to compete at Matterley Basin. Changes have recently been made, according to social media posts that the riders have released, which should put them in a stronger position.
Jose Butron has released an image of his FLY Racing jersey and it features the number thirty-four. That indicates that he will actually compete in the MXGP class, just as he has done all season. It was confirmed that he fractured his fibula earlier this week, hence why some are surprised that he is in a position to compete, but it seems that will not be too big an issue. Iker Larranaga Olano has dealt with health issues of his own recently, but got back on the bike a week ago and is now preparing to race in the Open category.
What does all of that mean? Jorge Prado will drop down to the MX2 class, which is a division that he could easily win. There is no doubt that he'll take a brilliant start and that'll only aid his charge.
Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: KTM Images/Ray Archer