We are back! The Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing riders completed their first competitive trio outing at Riola Sardo, Sardinia this weekend. Jorge Prado, Mattia Guadagnini and Simon Langenfelder tackled the final stage of the Internazionali D’Italia series with the aim of gathering valuable information ahead of the opening round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship.
- Jorge Prado takes second place in his first race of the season
- Simon Langenfelder leads several laps securing second place
- Mattia Guadagnini finalizes the preparation on his MC 250F
Completing his first race since the last Grand Prix of the 2021 season, Prado used both bikes in the gluttonous sand to adapt his MC 450F to race conditions. Pursuing the race leader throughout the first heat, after a top-three start in his new colors, the GASGAS rider was able to finish second. Prado managed to achieve the same placing in the final race, which was made up of the strongest MX1 and MX2 riders.
Jorge Prado: “It was a good day! The first race of the season is over. I’m happy that we were able to race here in Riola Sardo. We were able to test the new bike and it was a good experience – everything worked well. I am happy with the setup we have at the moment! It’s good that we came to race here, because it brings a little more intensity to our training. We will return to Rome and train in Malagrotta now, as always I think we are going in the right direction. We are all very, very motivated and especially with the move to GASGAS!
Simon Langenfelder continued to impress in pre-season appearances and came so close to a maiden victory in Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing colours. Langenfelder was only minutes away from victory in the first moto; he collided with a fallen straggler on the last lap and was only able to salvage second when the checkered flag was waved. Langenfelder successfully completed his final pre-season event by finishing seventh in the mixed MX1 and MX2 moto.
For Mattia Guadagnini, it was a productive day of competition. Guadagnini crashed into the first corner of the MX2 bike and charged from the back of the field in sixth place at the finish line, despite a small mistake on the final lap that cost him a top-five finish. The final race featured another impressive charge, as he was able to go from 10th on lap one to fourth while battling the bigger machines.
The Red Bull GASGAS Factory Racing trio will now return to their base in Italy, to progress further ahead of the start of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship on February 20. The British Grand Prix, to be held at the spectacular Matterley Basin circuit, will act as the opening round of the series.
Simon Langenfelder: “I had a good start in the first moto and then took the lead after 10 minutes. I was managing the gap pretty well, even though I had arm pumps, but lapped riders crashed in front me on the last lap and crashed me. I was still second in the race and overall, so I’m pretty happy. I had a great pre-season training here. We’re now back at Rome, where we will train on hard-pack, then we will be ready for Matterley Basin.
Mattia Guadagnini: “Riola Sardo was pretty good for me in the end! I got off to a good start in moto one, but lost the front in turn one and had a small crash. My driving wasn’t bad and I set fast lap times, it was a good comeback! Finishing fourth in the last moto was really good considering it was against the 450F riders as well. We will do even more practice in the next two weeks and then we will be ready for the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship. The bike is really good and a step up for this year.
Words: GasGas/Press Release