The questions surrounding Jorge Prado’s future have been subject to much speculation by many in the motocross world in recent times, fans, media and industry people alike. The young Spaniard’s desire to race in America at some point in the future has been well documented and it became a possibility that he could move there as early as next season. This would have been due to the MX2 rule that means that riders must move into MXGP after winning two titles, regardless of their age. Of course, much could happen yet in the MX2 world championship, but Prado’s dominance has pointed him towards picking up that second world title.
With that in mind Red Bull KTM have today announced that Prado will remain a part of their squad within the MXGP series until 2023. Whether he claims his second MX2 world title or not in 2019, Prado will remain in MXGP and we could see him as teammate to Jeffrey Herlings and Tony Cairoli in the 450 class in 2020. Such is the scale of Prado’s achievement for his age, he will only be 22 at the end of this contract, he could still have a long career in America post this deal.
Below is what Prado, his team manager and the KTM VP of Offroad had to say about this from the KTM press release:
Jorge Prado: “KTM have supported me since I started racing and winning my first world title in the 65s. They offered me a great opportunity for MXGP because if I win this year then I’ll need to be on a 450 and so this all came together very easily. I’m very happy to stay another four years and we’re both excited about it. Since I joined this team and worked with Claudio [De Carli] I’ve really felt that my place was to stay here and learn. He has a lot of experience and I’m sure we’ll make a good pass to the 450s. I have a great team behind me and it is difficult to find a better place than where I am right now.”
Claudio De Carli, Red Bull KTM MXGP Team Manager: “In our sport we can never take anything taken for granted, so it is always satisfying when renewals like this happen and we can continue our journey. It is the sign that we are working in the right direction and the continuity in relationships means that the group is solid and close-knit. With Jorge I have had again the chance to help a young rider, which has always been one of my priorities, and I thank KTM for this. In the last two years I can only say that with Jorge we have always worked with the utmost commitment and with a smile, even in difficult times. He is a fantastic boy that deserves all his success.”
Robert Jonas, VP of Offroad: “Jorge has been a KTM rider from the beginning and it has been special and rewarding to watch him develop so fast to reach the top of the sport. Full credit must go to Claudio and Davide De Carli, Tony Cairoli and the crew inside the team for the way they have mentored Jorge and helped him unlock that final touch needed to bring the results we all knew he was capable of. Making this new contract was pretty easy because it was something both of us really wanted to happen and we’re excited to see what he can do next.”
If Prado now has to move into MXGP next season, it will be interesting to see where he fits into the already competitive field.