Jorge Prado

2019 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

Born on 5 January 2001 in Lugo, Spain

© Nuno Laranjeira

© Nuno Laranjeira

PRADO’S PERFECT SEASON 

Jorge Prado García (KTM) further enhanced his reputation as the brightest young talent in World motocross as he claimed the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship for the second successive season at the age of just eighteen.  

Prado began riding trials at the age of three, switching to motocross when he was seven and starting his large collection of prestigious international titles just a couple of years later, including the FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Championship in 2011 - the youngest rider ever to do so. He made his MX2 debut in 2016 and claimed his first podium, taking a first win in 2017 and the title in 2018. The youngster will now move up to the MXGP class in 2020 on the back of a truly sensational 2019 that saw him wrap up the title with two rounds to spare, having won twenty-seven of the thirty-two motos up to that point. 

Out of those thirty-two races, Prado missed two of them when he was ruled out of the British Grand Prix with a shoulder injury sustained in training, whilst he finished second in two of the others. Meanwhile, his fourth place in the second moto in Sweden came after a victory in the first that already secured the title, and made him the youngest two-time World Champion in the history of the sport.  

Jorge also pursues a successful swimming career and has been crowned Galician swimming champion, as well as having competed with team Portamiñá. 

PALMARES

Junior Motocross 65cc World title - 2011
World title – MX2 2018 and 2019

2018 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

PRODIGIOUS PRADO MAKES A SPLASH

Jorge Prado García (KTM) followed in the illustrious footsteps of Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings in 2018 as he became an FIM MX2 World Champion at the tender age of seventeen. After a season-long battle with his teammate and defending champion Pauls Jonass (KTM), Prado was actually crowned ahead of the final round at Imola when the Latvian was forced to withdraw from the event in order to undergo surgery on his right knee.

With a healthy advantage over Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) in third place, Jonass’ absence meant that Prado was champion before a wheel was turned in Italy but there could be no denying that the youngster from Lugo, Galicia, had earned it. Signing off with a fourth double, the Spaniard finished the season with seventeen individual race wins, twelve overall victories and seventeen podiums. Prado’s total of 873 points from 20 rounds of racing represents an impressive average of 43.6 points per round - out of a maximum 50 - at the end of a season that also wielded ten pole positions and a total of 331 laps spent in the lead.

Prado, who also pursues a successful swimming career and is a Galician regional champion, is the eighth different rider to have earned MX2 success with KTM in fifteen years and he now lies behind only Herlings and Antonio Cairoli in the all-time MX2 winners’ list. Denmark’s Olsen finished third in the championship for the second successive season after claiming sixteen podium finishes, including a single victory in Latvia.

PALMARES

World title – MX2 2018
Junior Motocross 65cc World title - 2011

Pauls Jonass

2017 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

Born on 13 January 1997 in Latvia

JONASS JUMPS INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS

At just twenty years of age Pauls Jonass made motorcycling history in 2017, becoming the first Latvian rider to be crowned as an FIM World Champion. In taking the MX2 title at the final round, Jonass also gave Red Bull KTM their sixth Grand Prix ‘double’ since 2010, adding to the achievement of his factory colleague Antonio Cairoli in MXGP. This landmark extended the Austrian factory’s unmatchable record in the category within the modern era by becoming their sixth different champion since 2008. 

Jonass was marked for glory from his debut term on the works 250 SX-F in 2015 by making the podium at his first attempt in Qatar and then jostling for the #1 plate with eventual winner Tim Gajser while still a rookie that year. 2016 was beset with some hefty crashes and the concussion he suffered while leading at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic prematurely ended his season but forced a re-think of his strategy and approach to racing. 

A more mature, considered and focused Jonass started 2017 with a 1-1 performance in Qatar and set out his stall immediately for overall success. He faced a sustained threat from last year's runner-up Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) but was the most consistent rider from all Grand Prix classes; fifteen podiums meaning that the likeable and joyous youngster could make history in the mud of Villars sous Ecot in the penultimate moto of a long campaign. Pauls will defend his status in 2018 and could be the first rider in all of MXGP to wear a No.1 plate since Marvin Musquin in 2010.

PALMARES
World title – 2017