The XL weeknd, due to the carnival holidays in Argentina, was a true party with MXGP Patagonia Argentina 2019. Motocross fans experienced three days full of action and emotion and it had a great closing with the amazing victories of two of the favorite riders in Argentina: Antonio Cairoli in MXGP and Jorge Prado in MX2.
Local authorities said around 30 thousand people visited Villa la Angostura and Patagonia Race Track in this MXGP event.
Sunday filled the expectations of spectators with a perfect closing. The clouds, the cold morning and the light rain did not soothe the enthusiasm of the fans who covered every slope at the sides the best track of the season for the past four years, to see how their idols finally clinched victories in both races.
Prado had an absolute lead in MX2
It was Jorge Prado’s day. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider had a dream day at Patagonia Race Track as he was able to get his first victory here in Argentina.
The Spaniard had a superb riding and sealed victories in both races of the day by getting a perfect 50-point score for the championship.
After him, Thomas Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) put 44 points in his pocket by being second in both races. While Mitchell Evans (Honda 114 Motorsports) bagged 36 points after his fifth and third places in each race.
This way, KTM is leading the manufacturers championship with 50 points followed by Husqvarna with 44 and Honda with 38.
Cairoli: The new owner of MXGP Patagonia Argentina 2019
And one day Antonio Cairoli made it in Argentina. After a forgettable Saturday, due to mechanical issues in his bike during the qualifying race, the nine-time world champion showed all his experience and his weapons by winning both races.
Although he was starting with some disadvantage, the Italian who conquered the Argentine fans, brought up some of his “tricks” which helped him win both races. Tim Gajser (Team HRC) was second both times. The third place in the overall was for Jeremy Van Horebeek (Honda SR Motoblouz). Only two weeks ago, the Belgian rider found a team to compete in the present season.
Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – MXGP): “I’m happy in general because after yesterday I was not sure about the start, as it is very important to be in front from the beginning. I had two good starts today, both (races) in the Top 10. I had a good rhythm and a good race. I’m very happy. I was looking forward to this victory on this track”.
“I’m very emotional, so I always show my feelings, especially in a country where people are so warm. Besides, there many Argentineans who encourage me all along the year in the social media. So, it is very nice for me to offer them a victory, especially on this track where I had not had the chance to win until today. I was close last year, but it is always very nice to run where the people do not see you so often and have the chance to make them happy”.
Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – MX2): “I had a great day yesterday, and today when I woke up I was feeling even better. I’m very happy with this start of the season. I’m happy with my two first places in the races and with my first place overall”.
A big crowd cheered at Patagonia Race Track
The fifth edition of MXGP Argentina was a true party with about 30,000 people who enjoyed these three days of the Motocross World Championship in Villa La Angostura.
Regarding the impact of this race in the region, Marisa Focarazzo, Minister of Tourism of Neuquén said: “We are happy. As our governor Omar Gutiérrez says, MXGP has become part of Villa La Angostura and of the people who are part of this international tourist route “7 Lakes”. We are proud of the work we do altogether with the public sector, the private sector and Más Eventos. We work to develop the tourist sector, not only for the province of Neuquén, or for the region but also for