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Analysis: Polished Prado powers ahead in Argentina

Spaniard shines.

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Looking right at home amongst the thousands of fans at the season opener in Argentina, Spanish superstar Jorge Prado enjoyed a fantastic weekend to kick-off his 2023 MXGP title assault.


Words: Edward Stratmann | Lead Image: Juan Pablo Acevedo


Coming into the new campaign having gotten a couple of pre-season hit-outs under his belt and made plenty of progress with the development of the bike, plus feeling fit and content with his solid body of work in pre-season training with Joel Smets, this preparation clearly held him in good stead to hit the ground running.

“I’m quite happy. We worked a lot on the bike. We got a lot of information from last year. So the team tried to do as much as possible to make me feel the best coming into the season,” he explained in the pre-race press conference.

“I changed a little bit my preparation. I’ve been working with Joel Smets. I’ve been riding more in Belgium. I also went to Spain. I went to many places to be honest. And it was nice, it gave me a different motivation. And I feel quite confident in myself. So we’ll see how it goes.”

Showing immediate speed and adapting superbly to the ultra-fast and challenging track, grabbing third in time practice and eye-catchingly winning the qualifying race served as a testament to his class.

Carrying his impressive momentum and pace into race one, Prado launched out of the gate to claim the Fox Holeshot. His lead didn’t last long, however, for Ruben Fernandez blew by him immediately, as Prado slotted into second behind his countryman in front of his adoring supporters.

Riding smoothly, picking his lines intelligently and remaining patient, the 22-year-old clicked off the laps coherently while wisely studying his adversary and the circuit to prepare for a move.

His time then came 10 minutes in when he breezed by Fernandez at the top of the hill after getting superb drive and masterfully scrubbing the two preceding jumps. Clever, precise, incisive and calculated, this assertive move then set him on the path for a commanding victory.

Taking full advantage of the battle raging on behind between Fernandez, Romain Febvre and Maxime Renaux, he built a nice buffer swiftly to allow him to control the moto out front and ride his own race.

Renaux and Fernandez then crashed, thus eliminating the chance of any late pressure, thus enabling the Galician to cruise home to a brilliant victory, which was his 64th race win.

The #61 then ripped a customarily excellent start in the second stanza to emerge in third in the early exchanges. Fernandez and Jeffrey Herlings then got by to relegate him to fifth in a hectic first lap. Prado then engaged in a captivating battle with Renaux, as each man took turns of occupying fourth in their tense tussle before the #959 pulled clear.

The Frenchman crashed around the midway point of the race to give Prado fourth back. But it wasn’t long before the hard-charging Jeremy Seewer dropped Prado to fifth again.

After this, Prado just managed his race in a considered fashion knowing he’d be on the podium and would have the points lead courtesy of his qualifying race triumph that earned him 10 points even if he did drop another spot.

Glenn Coldenhoff and Febvre then swiftly closed in on him near the end. Coldenhoff crashed while in pursuit, though, leaving Febvre as the only man who could realistically catch him. And the Kawasaki maestro scythed past in the final stages to push Prado, who was struggling with the deteriorating track, to sixth to ensure he finished third overall behind Fernandez and Herlings.

By the numbers, the fact he posted the fastest lap time in the qualifying race by almost a second and recorded the best lap in the first moto, plus had the fifth quickest time in moto two, accentuated what a quality weekend he had.

“I think that I need to be happy, after winning the qualification heat yesterday and the first moto today. The second moto was not perfect, but I am very happy about my riding. I am really happy that the next race is in sand because I feel great on my MC 450F in those conditions too. Hopefully we can extend our gap in the championship,” insisted the technically proficient hotshot.

Holding the red plate ahead of the MXGP of Sardegna, the former two-time MX2 World Champion will be eager to translate his form from Argentina into the sand of Riola Sardo that should suit him very nicely indeed.

Although it’s only one round, many upsides can unquestionably be extracted by Prado from the opener, for he had his starts dialled, was consistent and measured in his riding and was satisfied with his machine on his way to winning two of the three points scoring races.

Acting as a wonderful confidence booster and a positive step in the right direction, this was an ideal way to start his 2023 title tilt, in a season where he’s set to be one of the main protagonists.

Motivated, healthy and content with everything on and off the bike, all the stars appear to be aligning that the time could be now for him to fulfil his dream of becoming MXGP champion.

Only time will tell if he, in fact, can, but things are currently shaping up beautifully for the inordinately gifted Spaniard.

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Introducing the Raceline Husqvarna Racing Team for season 2024. Led by MX1 contender Todd Waters alongside MX2 title prospects Rhys Budd and Jack Mather, the team’s primed for a massive season. Check out their epic season launching gallery by Michael Williams (@postmoto_ on Instagram).

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BELL MX 2024 Moto-10 spherical helmet review

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MX Vice’s Tester, Brad Wheeler, Shares His Thoughts On This Quality Product From Bell.

I’m not going to sit here and pretend that this is an exclusive review of the BELL Moto-10, the best  I can offer is that this is the first review on the 2024 Eli Tomac edition. 2024 has seen an array of  new colourways and hopefully, you’ll learn something from this review that you didn’t know  previously. Besides, MX Vice is yet to post a BELL Moto-10 review so the start of a new season  seemed like a good time to do one.


Words: Brad Wheeler | Lead Image: Supplied


The Moto-10 was first released back in 2021, and since then has cemented itself as one of, if not  the most popular high-end helmet. BELL has been in the helmet game since 1975 and has always  been at the forefront of design and safety. The Moto-10 is no different.

I found that their 3K carbon shell worked great in keeping me cool whilst riding. Not only is it great  and excels at getting cool air through the helmet, but it disperses the hot air even better. This is down to the  T.E.A.S (Thermal Exchange Airflow System). It sucks air in like a vacuum and sends the hot air out the rear and side exhaust ports. Due to the Moto-10 having a split shell (top and bottom), it was easy for BELL to utilise this as a very efficient exhaust port.  

Another great addition to the Moto-10 from its predecessor is the NMR bumpers (no missed races).  I’ll admit when I first saw them I was not a big fan, but after spending some time with the helmet  not only do I see the necessity in them, but don’t notice them on the helmet at all. The point of the  bumpers is that if you are in a crash where the helmet comes in contact with your body, the  bumpers will absorb the impact rather than your body. Possibly saving you from a broken shoulder  or collarbone.

Another safety feature on the Moto-10 is the way the peak works. The peak is held on by 2 screws  on either side, with the addition of 2 plastic set pins that keep the visor from moving too much  when you are adjusting it. However, the pins are designed to break as a result of a crash. BELL  has just used 2 bolts on either side to remove the fixed point in the middle of the helmet. What this  does is that in a crash where you hit the visor, all of the energy is sent away from the top of your  head and down the sides. If you didn’t already know, you don’t want a large impact on the top of  your head if at all possible.  

For me personally, the BELL Moto-10 is the easiest helmet to work on and maintain. The tooless  screws (the screw has a flap that flicks out allowing you to undo it without the use of tools) that  hold the peak in place can easily be removed, and pins pop out to remove the peak when you want to clean it. The cheek pads are held in with 3 magnets, instead of traditional poppers. This not only makes it easy to get out when cleaning, but also easier to get out if you are involved in a crash. The main inner of the helmet is held in with 4 poppers, 2 at the front and 2 at the rear, making it straightforward to remove all the inners when you want to wash them.

It seems that cooling was an important factor when they designed the Moto-10. Not only have they  increased airflow around the helmet with the split shell, they have incorporated recycled jade into  the helmet liner. The Virus CoolJade liner has natural cooling effects and decreases your skin  surface temperature by around 5°C. Not something that I thought I would benefit from living in the  UK where we’re lucky to see temperatures around 20°C, but even on a day where we were in high  single digits, it did have an impact whilst I was riding. The whole helmet just felt cooler whilst riding,  I didn’t feel like my head was getting cold by any means. It just felt like I was able to concentrate  harder for longer. I definitely think during the summer months this would benefit a lot of riders who  suffer from dizziness and mental fatigue.

The final thing I want to mention is the goggle port. The BELL Moto-10 offers the largest port on the  market. I use a SCOTT Prospect 90% of the time and it is a very wide goggle. Sometimes it can be  difficult to get a proper seal on my face with other helmet brands. But with the Moto-10 I had room  to spare. The main reason I mention this is because I think it gets overlooked a lot of the time when 

people are deciding which helmet to buy. You need to factor in the type of goggles you are going to  wear with the helmet.

The Tomac 24 Moto-10 is up there in price. Coming in at £699.99 it’s one of the dearer helmets, but  I do believe you get what you pay for when it comes to helmets. After all, we get one head and you  need to look after it. I get that some people simply can’t afford that price tag, but for those that can, it certainly is a sound investment. If price is an issue for you here drop me an email at  brad.wheeler@mxvice.com and I’ll be happy to try and point you in another direction. 

At current there are 6 different colour ways for 2024, but older years are also available if one of  those colours takes your fancy. As I mentioned at the top, this isn’t a Moto-10 exclusive, but  hopefully, you learned something about the helmet that you didn’t already know.

Tested and written by Brad Wheeler

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Stat Attack: Glendale Supercross Review

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With the sixth round of AMA Supercross in the books, statistics maestro Paul Pearcy has provided MX Vice with some brilliant numbers to tuck into from what was a great night of action. Enjoy

250 Class

Qualifying

  • Qualifying Top 3
  1. Jordon Smith: 1:04.747
  2. Levi Kitchen: 1:05.157
  3. Rj Hampshire: 1:05.566

Heat Race 1

  • Top 3
  1. Levi Kitchen
  2. Carson Mumford
  3. Mitchell Oldenburg
  • Laps Led
  1. Levi Kitchen: 7
  • Fastest Lap Times
  1. Levi Kitchen: 1:05.464
  2. Julien Beaumer: 1:06.039
  3. Mitchell Oldenburg: 1:06.366
  • Best Average Laps
  1. Levi Kitchen: 1:06.647
  2. Mitchell Oldenburg: 1:06.804
  3. Carson Mumford: 1:06.899

Heat Race 2

  • Top 3
  1. Jordon Smith
  2. Jo Shimoda
  3. Rj Hampshire
  • Laps Led
  1. Jordon Smith: 7
  • Fastest Lap Times
  1. Jordon Smith: 1:05.261
  2. Jo Shimoda: 1:05.358
  3. Rj Hampshire: 1:05.498
  • Best Average Lap Times
  1. Jo Shimoda: 1:05.548
  2. Jordon Smith: 1:05.565
  3. Rj Hampshire: 1:06.128

LCQ

  • Top 3
  1. Max Sanford
  2. Billy Laninovich
  3. Guillaume St-Cyr
  • Laps Led
  1. Max Sanford: 6
  • Fastest Lap Times
  1. Slade Varola: 1:10.060
  2. Billy Laninovich: 1:11.023
  3. Blaine Silveira: 1:11.055
  • Best Average Lap Times
  1. Slade Varola: 1:11.597
  2. Max Sanford: 1:11.643
  3. Billy Laninovich: 1:11.898

Main Event

  • Top 3
  1. Rj Hampshire
  2. Levi Kitchen
  3. Jo Shimoda
  • Laps Led
  1. Rj Hampshire: 11
  2. Jordon Smith: 3
  3. Levi Kitchen: 2
  • Fastest Lap Times
  1. Jordon Smith: 1:04.176
  2. Rj Hampshire: 1:04.613
  3. Levi Kitchen: 1:04.646
  • Best Average Lap Times
  1. Rj Hampshire: 1:05.699
  2. Jo Shimoda: 1:05.913
  3. Levi Kitchen: 1:06.008
  • Most Consistent Lap Times (Least difference between fastest and slowest lap times)
  1. Anthony Bourdon: 2.315
  2. Rj Hampshire: 2.699
  3. Phil Nicoletti: 3.126

Points

  • Points Top 10
  1. Levi Kitchen: 106
  2. Jordon Smith: 102
  3. Rj Hampshire: 101
  4. Garrett Marchbanks: 87
  5. Jo Shimoda: 74
  6. Mitchell Oldenburg: 67
  7. Anthony Bourdon: 65
  8. Julien Beaumer: 63
  9. Carson Mumford: 58
  10. Hunter Yoder: 56

450 Class

Qualifying

  • Top 3
  1. Jason Anderson: 1:03.400
  2. Jett Lawrence: 1:03.734
  3. Eli Tomac: 1:03.856

Heat Race 1

  • Top 3
  1. Ken Roczen
  2. Malcolm Stewart
  3. Jett Lawrence
  • Laps Led
  1. Ken Roczen: 8
  • Fastest Lap Times
  1. Ken Roczen: 1:02.627
  2. Jett Lawrence: 1:03.678
  3. Chase Sexton: 1:03.806
  • Best Average Lap Times
  1. Ken Roczen: 1:03.429
  2. Jett Lawrence: 1:04.178
  3. Malcolm Stewart: 1:04.527

Heat Race 2

  • Top 3
  1. Aaron Plessinger
  2. Jason Anderson
  3. Eli Tomac
  • Laps Led
  1. Aaron Plessinger: 7
  • Fastest Lap Times
  1. Jason Anderson: 1:03.463
  2. Aaron Plessinger: 1:04.058
  3. Eli Tomac: 1:04.297
  • Best Average Lap Times
  1. Aaron Plessinger: 1:04.462
  2. Jason Anderson: 1:04.513
  3. Eli Tomac: 1:05.153

LCQ

  • Top 3
  1. Shane McElrath
  2. Kyle Chisholm
  3. Freddie Noren
  • Laps Led
  1. Shane McElrath: 5
  2. Kyle Chisholm: 1
  • Fastest Lap Times
  1. Shane McElrath: 1:07.030
  2. Kyle Chisholm: 1:08.086
  3. Marshal Weltin: 1:08.234
  • Best Average Lap Times
  1. Shane McElrath: 1:07.538
  2. Kyle Chisholm: 1:08.908
  3. Freddie Noren: 1:08.986

Main Event

  • Top 3
  1. Ken Roczen
  2. Jason Anderson
  3. Jett Lawrence
  • Laps Led
  1. Ken Roczen: 20
  • Fastest Lap Times
  1. Ken Roczen: 1:04.172
  2. Jason Anderson: 1:04.189
  3. Eli Tomac: 1:04.323
  • Best Average Lap Times
  1. Ken Roczen: 1:05.122
  2. Jason Anderson: 1:05.303
  3. Jett Lawrence: 1:05.334
  • Most Consistent Lap Times (Least difference between fastest and slowest lap times)
  1. Cooper Webb: 2.192
  2. Justin Hill: 2.249
  3. Christian Craig: 2.435

Points

  • Points Top 10
  1. Jett Lawrence: 117
  2. Chase Sexton: 111
  3. Aaron Plessinger: 108
  4. Cooper Webb: 107
  5. Jason Anderson: 106
  6. Ken Roczen: 102
  7. Eli Tomac: 100
  8. Dylan Ferrandis: 93
  9. Hunter Lawrence: 69
  10. Justin Barcia: 63

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