The MXGP Argentina YPF INFINIA 2024 was a real party. The sun showed up during Sunday and the more than 42 thousand people who came to the track during the whole weekend enjoyed a spectacular opening of the FIM MX World Championship season. Spaniard Jorge Prado (GasGas) took the victory in MXGP and Dutchman Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) won in MX2.

Undoubtedly, this edition of the MXGP Argentina YPF INFINIA 2024 will remain in everybody´s memory because it was the last one at the award-winning Patagonia Race Track. Not only were there tremendous races enjoyed by the 42 thousand souls that crowded the natural grandstands of the wonderful venue that hosted the event in Villa La Angostura during the last 8 editions, but also because of the visit of the World Rally Raid Champion, Luciano Benavides and the two times winner of the Dakar Rally, Kevin Benavides, who took the pleasure of riding in the circuit. The event had the invaluable support of the fans, who have already made it their own, and will continue to visit Argentina for the next three years in a new place.

Crédito de la foto: Nicolás Arias

MXGP: Prado started the 2024 season like a true champion

Wearing the #1 plate for the first time in front of the Argentinian fans, Jorge Prado gave a master class in the first MXGP race of the season, dominating from start to finish and taking almost 10 seconds off his runner-up Romain Febvre (Kawasaki), showing that he is serious about defending what he achieved last year.

In the second race it was another great champion of the category, Tim Gajser (Honda), the one who took the lead. The Slovenian had a great start, got away at the front and gave no chance to Prado, who also kept a safe pace that allowed him to finish in second position, leaving Febvre far from the fight for the Grand Prix. 

Prado, reigning champion, led the overall followed by Febvre (2015 champion) and Gajser (4 times champion in the senior division) in a luxury podium for the opener race.

MX2: De Wolf got a victory in an unforgettable second race. 

The MX2 offered two races to remember. The first one started with Marc-Antoine Rossi (GasGas) leading during the first half of the race; however, after lap 11 he lost ground until he finished in fourth position.

Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) took the lead but was quickly overtaken by Simon Laengenfelder (GasGas) who headed to the first chequered flag on Sunday followed by Kay de Wolf and Benistant.

The second race was a real battle. Mikkel Haarup (Triumph), Laengenfelder and Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) traded positions for the first ten laps. In the second half of the race, Coenen built up a good gap and looked on course for his second win in the class, but a crash three corners from the finish on the final lap left him with no consolation.

De Wolf, who was in fourth place four laps from the end, found himself on top of the race for his first podium of the season.

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Voices form the Paddock
Romain Febvre (Kawasaki): «It’s great to start the season like this and even more so at my favourite circuit. It’s a shame we won’t be here next year.

For me, this is one of the best places on the calendar. I like coming here, even if it’s a long journey. We don’t know what to expect. We’ll see what they can do. Maybe they will make an even better track.
Tim Gajser (HRC) «This circuit is unpredictable for everyone and you have to adapt. I would like to come back, it’s a nice place with amazing fans».

Jorge Prado (GasGas): «To me, racing in Argentina is the same as racing in Spain. You feel motivated, loved,     and comfortable. You feel the energy from the fans. I am very grateful for the support of the spectators, even on the last lap, who cheered me on when they saw that I was already winning. Hopefully, in the future we will have another great track like this one».

Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna): “It was a good weekend. I felt really good actually, with my bike. I really enjoyed it. I built it up all weekend and it paid off at the end. I feel I’m one with the bike”.

Crédito de la foto: Nicolás Arias

¡MXGP Argentina for several more years! 

Although this edition was the last one at the magnificent Patagonia Race Track, the continuity of the MXGP in Argentina is assured. +Eventos will organise the Motocross World Championship in the country for the next three years to the delight of the local fans. The countdown for next year has already started and within the next 90 days, the new location where the MXGP Argentina will be held will be announced.

«We are pleasantly surprised by the support of all the fans. MXGP Argentina YPF INFINIA is an event that has established itself and is growing every day, even with all the inconveniences we had this time. We will have the Motocross World Championship in Argentina until 2027 and very soon we will announce the new venue that we hope will be as magical as this one. It has been a pleasure to have raced all these years in Patagonia Race Track and in Villa La Angostura».

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