Before a huge number of people, MXGP Patagonia Argentina 2019 had a superb starting day this Saturday in Villa La Angostura. Romain Febvre in MXGP and Thomas Kjer Olsen in MX2 claimed the first place in the qualifying races which were full of exciting action.
The background for the first day was perfect. It was a warm sunny season opening day in Argentina. After the vacations, the activity of the FIM Motocross World Championship restarted and it was with lots of action, anticipating a great race for Sunday.
The activity on the track started in the morning with the free practices. In the afternoon, expectation grew among the thousands of fans who gathered at Patagonia Race Track who were eagerly waiting for the qualifying races which would decide the starting order for the races on Sunday. And the riders did not disappoint their fans.
In MX2, Thomas Kjer Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing Factory), Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) and Henry Jacobi ((F&H Racing Team), offered an incredible show exchanging the lead up to the final laps. Finally, Husqvarna factory rider got the best time and will choose his starting place for tomorrow. Prado and Jacobi were 2nd and 3rd respectively.
MXGP had something to show, too. Tim Gasjer (Team HRC) was leading during the first laps showing why he won two GPs at Patagonia Race Track in 2016 and 2017. However, he fell down and French Romain Fevbre (Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing) took advantage of this to become the best rider of the day. Julien Lieber (Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory Racing) and Jeremy Van Horebeek (Honda SR Motorblouz) followed him. Toni Cairoli had to retire due to mechanical issues in his KTM.
Joaquín Poli was the best Argentine rider in MXGP with a 22nd place; and Nicolás Mana in MX2 in the 27th place.
Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha – MXGP): “It is my favorite track in the calendar, however, I have never been on the podium here so far. I was quite fast today, but I need to be fast tomorrow and that is what I´m gonna try to do”.
Thomas Olsen (Rockstar Energy Husqvarn – MX2): “I felt very well on my bike today. I think it is the first time I´m first all through a Saturday and it feels quite good to open the GPs like this. I feel confident for tomorrow. This is a great track and I always like coming here. The track fits me and there is a great atmosphere. It is possible to listen to the fans cheering every time we run in front of them”.
Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – MXGP): “I had a bad start, but I tried to keep running. But suddenly my bike stopped completely and I could not start it again. Fortunately, it was not in a dangerous place. So I was able to get out. It is part of the game, it can happen, so I’m not worried. Tomorrow, it will be important to make a good start. If I am within the top 10, I can attack”.
Joaquín Poli (MXGP): “I felt very well. I feel all my preparation in Europe was useful. I fell down, but I´m happy because I had good rhythm in the middle of the squad and that really motivates me for tomorrow”.
Sunday, a day for definitions
Tomorrow will be a day full of adrenaline.
12:15hs: Race 1 MX2 (30 minutes plus 2 laps).
13:15hs: Race 2 MXGP (30 minutes plus 2 laps).
15:10hs: Race 2 MX2 (30 minutes plus 2 laps).
16:10hs: Race 2 MXGP (30 minutes plus 2 laps).
MXGP Patagonia Argentina winner is defined by adding the points obtained in both races.