He doesn’t need to win races to continue steadily towards the MXGP title, in fact, he shouldn’t risk more than necessary because he knows that the only thing that can complicate his great year is an injury. But still, Jorge Prado continues to show its dominance over GasGas as demonstrated in on the first day of activity in Finland by taking the qualifying victory (his ninth of the season) stopping Febvre to leave his advantage in the round figure of 100 points. Behind them, Rubén Fernández took third place.
For the first time in 2023, the MXGP grid had all the great figures, albeit with Gajser and Herlings (present at the last minute) recovering from their injuries. But if we talk about figures right now in the Motocross World Championship, two stand out above the rest, Prado and Febvre, who once again starred in a fight for victory that this time fell on the Spaniard’s side. The man from Lugo drove a perfect race leading from the first to the last lap of qualifying, although it was not as easy as it seems.
Because Febvre, who took the second starting position, practically did not leave Prado’s back during the entire sleeve. There were many laps that the Frenchman tried to find the gap in the Vantaa sand to pass the Spaniard, but he defended himself perfectly, causing the Kawasaki’s mistake. In the last of the thirteen laps and when he was looking for the final attack 1.8 behind the leader, Romain made a mistake that left him behind to cross the finish line more than five seconds behind Jorge.
Like them, Fernández maintained his starting position from start to finish achieving a third With which to gain confidence for the races on Sunday, in which he needs good points to separate himself from Coldenhoff and get closer to Seewer, who were left in that order behind him after the Dutchman overtook the Swiss on the last lap. The one from Honda is still in the middle of both Yamaha riders, 23 points behind one and two above the other. Herlings was tenth on his and Gajser’s return, 12th after a crash when he was fifth.