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Mitch Evans podiums at Portuguese MX2 Grand Prix

Mitch Evans podiums at Portuguese MX2 Grand Prix

International Motocross Champion Mitch Evans

2019 Australian Mitch Evans finishes second in Portugal Grand Prix, Aqueda - In action on 19 May (By Australasian Dirt Bike)

Photos:  On 19 May 2019, Australian Mitch Evans finished third  overall at the Portuguese Grand Prix on a Honda at the Agueda Circuit  behind Jorge Prado (Spain, KTM) and Thomas Kjer Olsen (Denmark, Yamaha) – By Australasian Dirt Bike

Evans podiums at Portuguese MX2 Grand Prix

On 19 May 2019, Australian Mitch Evans achieved his second podium in a World Motocross Championship at the Aqueda MX2 Grand Prix in Portugal.

The 20-year-old from Cairns in Queensland finished third behind Championship leader Jorge Prado (KTM) from Spain and and Danish rider Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna).

In stark contrast to the rain and cold in Mantova, Italy the previous weekend, in Portugal the riders faced decent racing conditions and a rough, fast and flowing race track that was surrounded by plenty of Spanish fans keen to see Jorge Prado repeat his 2018 triumph at the venue, which he did.

Jorge Prado was unstoppable at Agueda, convincingly winning both MX2 motos on his KTM 250 SX-F and move further ahead on the overall Championship leader board.

In Moto 1 he kept a menacing Mitchell Evans at bay early, who would go onto finish fourth behind Prado, Kjer Olsen and Belgium Yamaha rider Jago Geerts.
Prado beat the Australian again in Moto 2, as well as the fast Henry Jacobi (Germany, Kawasaki) with Kjer Olsen finishing fourth ahead of Dutchman Roan Van de Moosdijk (Kawasaki).

Thomas Kjer Olsen’s 2-4 finish in both motos saw him finish second overall on the day, just two points ahead of Honda rider Evans (4-3), with the Australian filling the last podium spot after fine performances in the previous rounds at Terntino and Lombardie in Italy.

It was Evan’s second Grand Prix motocross podium after finishing third behind Prado and Kjer Olsen in the season opener in Argentina on 3 March 2019.

After six rounds, Prado has won all ten of the twelve motos so far this season he contested (missing the British Grand Prix through injury), including the last eight in a row in Holland, Italy (twice) and now Portugal. 

His success in Agueda allowed him to resume the top spot in the championship standings for the first time since round one in Argentina, defending a narrow 3 points gap over Kjer Olsen in second.  Prado would go on to absolutely dominate and convincingly win all remaining rounds to be crowned the 2019 World MX2 Champion, with Australian Mitch Evans finishing in 11th.

2019 World MX2 Motocross Grand Prix Results Agueda, Portugal (19 May)

Overall

1. Jorge Prado (ESP), KTM (50 points)
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN),  Hus (40)
3. Mitchell Evans (AUS), Honda (38)
4. Henry Jacobi (GER), Kawasaki (26)
5. Tom Vialle (FRA) KTM (23)

Race 1

1. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM
2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN), Hus
3. Jago Geerts (BEL) Yamaha
4. Mitch Evans (AUS) Honda
5. Mathys Boisrame (FRA) Honda

Race 2

1. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM
2. Henry Jacobi (GER), Kawasaki
3. Mitch Evans (AUS) Honda
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN), Hus
5. Roan Van de Moosdijk (NL) Kaw

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 Portugal 2019 – Replay MX2 Race 1 – Motocross | MXGPTV

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

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