Main image courtesy of KTM Images/Ray Archer.
It was the talking point of the MXGP of Germany last week after Jeffrey Herlings and Jorge Prado collided in mid-air over the finish line jump at the very end of MXGP race one. Prado had taken the victory narrowly and the two riders slowly drifted together in mid-air before toppling over together on landing. Herlings immediately stood up and walked off while Prado laid there momentarily before he too stood up and walked away from the crash.
However, Prado would leave the circuit to hospital and would not partake in the second MXGP race later that day as he nursed a fairly severe gash in his arm from the crash. Initial rumors of a fractured leg were ultimately determined to be false. A week later, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing have now confirmed that Prado will attempt to race this weekend in Lacapelle Marival for the French Grand Prix.
Red Bull KTM MXGP racer Jorge Prado is travelling to Lacapelle Marival to tackle the twelfth round of the 2021 World Championship after minor surgery to repair a cut sustained after the first moto in Germany last Sunday. "Every day is a bit better," he said. "The cut was pretty deep and I was lucky I didn’t get any damage to the nerves or the muscles. I had some stitches under my arm and now the plan is to see if I can ride the bike and race this weekend. It’s a bit hard to pull my elbow up, but I’ll try to do my best. Some points will be good enough."
Prado’s DNS dropped him to fourth in the World Championship standings as he now sits 31 points behind championship leader Tim Gajser. As for Herlings, he was able to race and eventually finish in third place in the second race earning him second overall on the day. Despite some bumps and bruises, Herlings was mostly okay and will be ready to go this Sunday as well.
The race win was Prado’s third on the season as he sat right in the thick of the championship hunt. Both he and Herlings were pushing the limit to win the race and ultimately it ended in tears. But with Prado now ailing from his recent surgery, he might not be fit enough to stay in the hunt and this weekend will be crucial to decide that.
MXGP of FranceEMX250, EMX125 Races
Sunday, October 10
- MX 2 Free/Time PracticeLiveOctober 10 - 3:30 AM
- MXGP Free/Time PracticeLiveOctober 10 - 4:30 AM
- MX2 Race 1LiveOctober 10 - 6:00 AM
- MXGP Race 1LiveOctober 10 - 7:00 AM
- MX2 Race 2LiveOctober 10 - 9:00 AM
- MXGP Race 2LiveOctober 10 - 10:00 AM
- MX2 Race 2 (Delayed)October 10 - 2:00 PM
- MXGP Race 2 (Delayed)October 10 - 3:00 PM