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Who is going win at Matterley Basin?

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The 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship kicks off this weekend! It is really happening. The best part about this is that injuries have not struck down many of the premier-class contenders in the winter – Jorge Prado is the only one who has really suffered with that. The battle for the overall win at the Grand Prix of Great Britain should be incredible, bearing that in mind, but who is actually going to come out on top? Vote in the MX Vice poll below and join the conversation on social media (motocrossvice on Twitter).

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Bavo Swijgers

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RED BULL GASGAS FACTORY RACING TRIUMPHS IN TRENTINO:

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PRADO SHINES, LÄNGENFELDER SOARS, AND LATA DOMINATES!

A Trentino thriller saw Jorge Prado clinch his 42nd Grand Prix victory, Simon Längenfelder secure a podium finish in MX2, and Valerio Lata dominate EMX 250 from start to finish.

Jorge Prado overcame a challenging start to win the MXGP of Trentino, claiming his fourth consecutive win this season.

    Simon Längenfelder shredded his way to his second win of 2024; securing third overall in MX2.

    Valerio Lata dominated the EMX 250 class, securing double wins in front of his home crowds.

In the shadow of the majestic Dolomite mountains, the fourth round of the MXGP season unfolded amidst the electric atmosphere of the iconic Il Ciclamino track in Trentino, Italy. Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado led the way for the entire team in awesome style – securing his 42nd Grand Prix victory in MXGP,  while Simon Längenfelder finished third in MX2, and Valerio Lata dominated EMX 250 from start to finish.

During Saturday MXGP qualifying, Prado experienced an unusual technical hiccup when he lost the seat unit of his bike, and was forced to pit for mid-race repairs. This resulted in a 17th place start position for Sunday’s opening moto. Despite the middle-pack start gate position however, Prado showed nerves of steel; and rocketed through into the lead at turn one; claiming the FOX Holeshot Award. By the second lap, he had already built a 1.4-second lead over his closest rival, Romain Febvre. Prado set the fastest lap of the race at 1:49.435 on lap five.

MXPG Trentino, Italy, 2024, Rider: Prado

A bar-to-bar game of cat and mouse ensued with Febvre, who eventually passed Prado, dropping him to second and later third after defending aggressively against Tim Gajser. Prado finished the first race in third place, an impressive feat considering Saturday’s early setback. Prado ripped into the second moto with a clear focus. He delivered a flawlessly managed performance, leading from start to finish and capturing another FOX Holeshot (his sixth of the season so far). This commanding victory marked his fourth consecutive Grand Prix win and his 42nd Grand Prix victory overall. What’s more, with 83 podiums to his name and maintaining a record of never finishing outside the top three this year, things are definitely looking on track for the defending champion!

In MX2, Simon Längenfelder’s performance during this weekend was a study in grit and determination. Despite a challenging start to the first race, where he found himself in 13th place after the first lap, Längenfelder showcased his speed by fighting his way to 8th position by mid-race. However, a crash on turn eight saw him momentarily drop back down to 10th. Undeterred, he continued to push, eventually securing a commendable 9th place finish.

With the scorching sun high in the afternoon sky – baking the rocky dirt – Längenfelder was determined to flip the script for his second moto at Trentino. After taking the lead in the opening lap, and winning the FOX holeshot for the second time this season, he left little doubt about his intentions. By lap three, Längenfelder was the fastest rider on the track, pulling a clear 3-second lead over the pack. His mastery of the track only grew as the race progressed; by the sixth lap, he had extended his advantage to five seconds, and from there, he never looked back. His performance was flawless, crossing the finish line an astonishing 13.5 seconds ahead of the nearest competitor. This victory marked his second race win of the season and the twelfth of his career.

Meanwhile, team mate Marc-Antoine Rossi impressed with a strong start in the first moto, quickly taking fourth position and maintaining a solid top-six presence throughout, ultimately finishing 6th. However, Sunday’s second moto presented significant challenges for Rossi, beginning with a multi-rider pileup at the first corner – relegating him to the back of the field. From 30th place, Rossi fought hard to climb up the ranks, showcasing his determination and resilience, though he only managed to finish in 20th position – giving him 13th overall in the final standings.

Valerio Lata delivered a masterclass performance in the EMX250 championship round at Trentino. Dominating from the outset, Lata set the fastest time in practice, immediately laying down a marker for his rivals. This blistering pace translated seamlessly into race day, where he controlled both races from the front, showcasing his awesome blend of race craft and raw speed. Race 1 saw Lata executing a perfect start, quickly establishing a lead that he never relinquished. His ability to manage the race pace while under pressure highlighted his growing maturity and racecraft. Heading into Race 2 with high confidence, he repeated his dominant performance, securing a clean pair of double wins on home soil. Lata’s team mate finished 10th overall – finishing 9th and 14th across both motos.

The Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing and MXGP paddock now enjoy a two week breather before moving to Agueda in north west Portugal on the 5th May.

MXPG Trentino, Italy, 2024, Rider:

MXGP – #1 – Jorge Prado: “Starting from P17 in the first moto wasn’t easy, but I have been saying that I’m a good starter – and I think I proved that today! In the first moto I didn’t really have a good flow; I tried but the conditions were sketchy and I felt like the guys were riding a little bit better than I was. In the second moto, we made some very small bike adjustments. I think we just touched the right clicks on the bike and made it work. We had a great start again, and I had a fun battle with Febvre in the first laps – but then he fell. Honestly I’m just really happy to come away with the win from this weekend – things could easily have gone in the wrong direction, but we turned it around. Four in a row – let’s keep going!”

MX2 – #516 – Simon Längenfelder: “Finally I got a good start, and I know I can win. I know I have everything I need to get these results, and finally I made it happen in the second moto! I just tried to control the race – I knew I was lapping faster than everyone, so it was just a case of bringing it home. Thank you to all my team who are always behind me. Also a special mention to my trainer – who came to see me race for the first time in three years, I’m so happy he made it here. Going home with a trophy -third overall – and now a great feeling before we race in Portugal!”

MX2 – #28 – Marc-Antoine Rossi: “After a good start in qualifying and a strong performance in the first race, it’s fair to say the weekend had a mix of highs and lows for me. 7th in qualifying was really good, and managing to fight through to 6th in the first moto, especially after some tough battles with Haarup, shows our potential. We had a good rhythm, and I felt good in the conditions. The second moto, however, was a completely different story. The start was crazy with that big crash. I had to grit my teeth because of the pain. Finishing 20th wasn’t what we aimed for, but it’s all part of racing.

Overall, taking 13th place is something we’ll learn from. Thanks to everyone for the support, and we’ll be pushing hard to turn things around at the next round!”

EMX250 – #53 – Valerio Lata: “What a weekend! Truly, it was a perfect weekend! Starting off strong, I secured the first position on Saturday, and today, on Sunday, I managed to clinch a double win—it’s been an incredibly fun and memorable weekend here at Il Ciclamino. I’m overflowing with happiness about everything we’ve accomplished these past two days. To achieve such a result right here in Italy, in front of a home crowd, is just unbelievable. A huge thank you to my entire team for their support; we worked hard for this, and it paid off. Looking forward, we’re all excited and fully focused on carrying this momentum into the next race in Agueda.”

EMX250 – #51 – Mads Fredsoe: “This past weekend marked a positive step forward. In the first race, I managed a decent start and maintained a steady pace to finish in 9th place. In the second race, unfortunately, I was involved in a crash right at the start, which left me near the back of the pack. Despite this setback, I pushed hard and managed to climb up to 14th position. Overall, I secured 10th place for the weekend. Looking ahead, I’m focused on maintaining this momentum throughout the season. A huge thank you to the entire team for their relentless effort and support. Let’s keep this progression going!”

MXGP of Pietramurata (Trentino) Results:

MXGP – Overall

  1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 45pts
  2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 41pts
  3. Tim Gasjer (Honda) 40pts
  4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 32pts

MXGP – Moto One

  1. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki)
  2. Tim Gasjer (Honda)
  3. Jorge Prado (GASGAS)
  4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)

MXGP – Moto Two

  1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS)
  2. Calvin Vlaanderen (Yamaha)
  3. Jeremey Seewer (Kawasaki)
  4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)

MXGP – Standings

  1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 219pts
  2. Tim Gasjer (Honda) 206pts
  3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 174pts
  4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 164pts

MX2 – Overall

  1. Liam Everts (KTM) 42pts
  2. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 40pts
  3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 38pts
  4. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 38pts
  5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 29pts
  6. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 23pts
  7. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 17pts
  8. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 10pts

MX2 – Moto One

  1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna)
  2. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha)
  3. Liam Everts (KTM)
  4. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS)
  5. Andrea Adamo (KTM)
  6. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS)
  7. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna)

MX2 – Moto Two

  1. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS)
  2. Liam Everts (KTM)
  3. Andrea Bonacorsi (Yamaha)
  4. Andrea Adamo (KTM)
  5. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna)
  6. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna)
  7. Sacha Coenen (KTM)
  8. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS)

MX2 – Standings

  1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 213pts
  2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 187pts
  3. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 148pts
  4. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 147pts
  5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 139pts
  6. Liam Everts (KTM) 128pts
  7. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 101pts
  8. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 90pts
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Vital points for de Wolf as Coenen fights back at the MXGP of Trentino

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Kay de Wolf wins MX2 race one and delights fans with a blistering comeback in race two, while teammate Lucas Coenen overcame injury to secure vital points.

Set against the stunning backdrop of the Dolomite mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Garda, the historic Il Ciclamino track in Trentino played host to the fourth round of the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship. For the Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing team, the weekend was a mix of triumph and perseverance, underscored by blistering performances and valuable championship points.
Starting the weekend strong, Kay de Wolf qualified in sixth position, setting himself up well for Sunday’s race day. In the first moto, he quickly moved up from third at the start to second by the second lap, closely tailing race leader Sacha Coenen. By the fifth lap, Kay not only set the fastest lap of the race but also seized the lead. From there, he steadily built a gap, commanding the track with a lead that stretched to 4.3 seconds by the eleventh lap. Riding a smooth and controlled race, Kay maintained his lead to take the win by a 3.7-second margin, untouched by his competitors.
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However, the second race tested Kay’s resolve. An early multi-rider crash shuffled him back to the 31st position, setting the stage for a fierce comeback. Undeterred, Kay sliced through the field, consistently marking lap times around the 1:51s – among the fastest on the track. Despite a minor crash, he climbed back rapidly to finish eighth, narrowly missing the podium but crucially holding onto his lead in the championship standings.

Teammate and fellow Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Lucas Coenen faced a formidable challenge before the first start gate of the weekend; riding with a shoulder injury picked up in a crash just days before. Struggling in qualifying due to his injury, Lucas started the first race in 13th position but showcased his grit by climbing into the top ten to finish tenth. His tenacity was on full display, as he managed to ride through the pain, preserving his strength and securing crucial points.
The second race saw Lucas improve his start, quickly moving up to ninth by the third lap. Despite a late crash, he recovered to finish ninth, showing his determination under pressure once again. Each lap was a testament to Lucas’s effort in gritting his teeth, as he tackled the track’s tricky conditions head-on.
As the Nestaan Husqvarna team departs from Trentino, they take away valuable points ready to face the next challenge in Agueda, Portugal on May 5.


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#74 – Kay de Wolf: “It was an OK weekend—I lost three points in the championship, but overall, I am pretty happy with my riding throughout the weekend. In the first moto, I had a really good flow and rhythm, and just did my own thing! It was a fun race. Then, in the second moto, there was a crash in the first turn, which put me back to last, but I managed to fight my way back to eighth. The riding was amazing in the second moto, so I have lots of positives to take from the weekend, and I’m really looking forward to the next race in Portugal.”

#96 – Lucas Coenen:
“The weekend didn’t go as I had hoped. On Tuesday, I had a crash during training and injured my right shoulder. I came into the weekend still in pain from this injury and really just tried my best. During qualifying, I got off to a good start—I was around P6—but the pain was too intense, and I couldn’t manage to hold on, so I DNF’d. I actually said then that I wouldn’t race on Sunday, but somehow, I managed to motivate myself to push through the pain. The first moto was pretty difficult; my shoulder was bothering me, but we still managed to secure some important points. Then in the second moto, I had a good start but was completely on the outside, which made it difficult. I finished P9 and got P10 overall, so it’s positive, all things considered. Now we have some time to recover before Portugal, and I’m aiming to come back strong!”

Results – 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Four

MX2 – Overall 

1. Liam Everts (KTM) 42pts; 2. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 40pts; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 38pts; 4. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 38pts; 7. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 29pts; 10. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 23pts; 13. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 17pts; 16. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 10pts;

MX2 – Moto One
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna)  35:12.455; 2. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 35:16.205; 3. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:31. 651; 6. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 35:47.082; 7. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:48.473; 8. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:49.466; 10. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 36:28.199
MX2 – Moto Two 
1. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:31.370; 2. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:41.353; 3. Andrea Bonacorsi (Yamaha) 35:44.987; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:59.054; 8. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 36:14.277; 9. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 36:20.033; 11.Sacha Coenen (KTM) 36:34.774; 19. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 35:53.034;
MX2 – Standings
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 213pts; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 187pts; 3. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 148pts; 4. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 147pts; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 139pts; 7. Liam Everts (KTM) 128pts; 10. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 101pts; 11. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 90pts;

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Near Podium for Vlaanderen in Trentino

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Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Calvin Vlaanderen powered to a season-best fourth overall at the fourth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Pietramurata, Italy.

Throughout the weekend, Vlaanderen displayed exceptional speed around the rough, technical, and slippery Ciclamino Circuit. Despite a mid-pack start in Race One, the fiery number 10 put in an incredible charge as he fought his way through the field, moving up as high as fifth place before losing a position to Jeffrey Herlings in the latter stages. He ultimately crossed the line in sixth.

Knowing he has the speed to challenge the podium, Vlaanderen rocketed to a top-three start in Race Two and showed his ability to run up front. Despite losing second-position to Romain Febvre early on, the South African reclaimed the spot when the Frenchman fell on lap six, and maintained it to the flag.

After an encouraging weekend at the MXGP of Trentino, Calvin has maintained seventh position in the MXGP World Championship standings.

Following the close of a promising round four, the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship will resume in Agueda, Portugal on the weekend of May 4th and 5th.

Calvin Vlaanderen

4th MXGP of Trentino, 37-points

7th MXGP Championship Standings, 13-points

“I’m definitely happy with my results this weekend! I was fast all weekend. First in Free Practice, third in Timed Practice, and then again today, I had good speed. I’m really happy with the steps we’ve been making, and it was nice to show the result of all the hard work in Race Two. We’re getting better and better, and I’m motivated for more, but first I’ll get some rest before we line-up again for round five.”

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