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Mitch Evan’s first Grand Prix podium in Argentina

Mitch Evan’s first Grand Prix podium in Argentina

International Motocross Champion Mitch Evans

2019 Mitch Evans podiums in MX2 Grand Prix season opener in Argentina - By Australasian Dirt Bike
2019 Mitch Evans podiums in MX2 Grand Prix season opener in Argentina (with his Honda team) - By Australasian Dirt Bike

Photos: [Left] On 19 May 2019, Australian Mitch Evans (Honda) finished third overall at the opening Patagonia Grand Prix in Argentina behind Jorge Prado (Spain, KTM) and Kjer Olsen (Denmark, Husqvarna); and [Right] Celebrating his debut performance with the Honda 114 Motorsports CRF Team – By Australasian Dirt Bike 

Evan's first Grand Prix podium in Argentina

On 3 March 2019, Australian Mitch Evans podiumed in a World Motocross Championship for the first time.  The 20-year-old sensation from Cairns in Queensland was the headline maker announcing himself as the latest Aussie sensation to watch on the Grand Prix circuit.

The Team Honda 114 Motorsports CRF rider finished third behind overall winner Red Bull Factory KTM’s Jorge Prado (Spain) and Kjer Olsen (Denmark, Husqvarna)in the MX2 Patagonia Grand Prix – season opener in Argentina.

After qualifying sixth, Evans started off well in Moto 1, rounding the first corner inside the top 10 and he worked his forward until he finished in fifth place, just four seconds behind third place.  Then in race two it went even better as he crossed for the first lap in second place. He held this position for four laps before dropping one spot but was still able to receive the chequered flag in third place, which gave him the winning second moto tie-breaker after tying with both Calvin Vlaanderen and Henry Jacobi on 36 points.

The Cairns talent made a rapid rise through the ranks domestically before earning a surprise deal on the world circuit, ultimately fulfilling the position vacated by compatriot Hunter Lawrence.  After finishing 9th Motocross in the 2018 MX2 World Championship, Hunter (and younger brother Jett) moved to the United States to race with Hunter contesting the 2019 AMA Pro 250 Motocross Championship with Team Honda HRC.

Evans, the 2016 Australian MX3 Champion earned his international opportunity after finishing third in the 2017 National MX2 series. Then in 2018, he was the runner-up Australian MX1 Champion behind three-times champion Dean Ferris.

That year, at just 17 years of age and still attending high school, Evans received the phone call to fill-in for Jed Beaton at Maggiora’s MXoN in Italy after the MX2 champion injured his collarbone in the lead-up to the prestigious event.

In 2019 – his first year on the Grand Prix circuit – Mitch Evans finished 11th in the final standings with Spain’s Jorge Prado the clear winner on his KTM.
In Portugal, on 19 May 2019, Evans podiumed for the second time in a Grand Prix, finishing third in behind Championship leader Prado and Danish rider Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna).

2019 World MX2 Motocross Grand Prix Results Patagonia, Argentina (3 March)

Overall
1. Jorge Prado (Spain) KTM 1-1
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den) Husq. 2-2
3. Mitchell Evans (Aus) Honda 5-3
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (South Africa) Honda 4-4
5. Henry Jacobi (Ger) Kawasaki 3-5

Race 1
1. Jorge Prado (Spain) KTM
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den) Husq.
3. Henry Jacobi (Germany) Kawasaki
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (South Africa) Honda
5. Mitchell Evans (Australia) Honda

Race 2
1. Jorge Prado (Spain) KTM
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Den) Husq.
3. Mitchell Evans (Australia) Honda
4. Calvin Vlaanderen (South Africa) Honda
5. Henry Jacobi (Germany) Kawasaki

Final Standings (after 18 rounds)

1. Jorge Prado ES KTM 837 points
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen DK Husq 624
3. Jago Geerts BE Yam 543
4. Tom Vialle FR KTM 537
5. Henry Jacobi DE Kaw 442
11. Mitch Evans AU Honda 279

Race videos

MXGP of Argentina 2019 – Replay MX2 Race 1 – Motocross | MXGPTV

MXGP of Argentina 2019 – Replay MX2 Race 2 – Motocross | MXGPTV

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