With his one-two card good enough for him to repeat his 2017 performance at the MXGP of Trentino, MX2 overall winner Jorge Prado from Spain took 17 points out of team-mate Pauls Jonass’ lead.
“It is good for me getting up closer to the leader in the points so it was almost a perfect weekend,” said the Red Bull KTM rider. “Jonass is pretty strong and it wasn’t his best weekend but it is a long championship and there is still 16 races left this season.”
Defending champion Jonass, who was unbeaten heading into Italy, put his fifth-placed finish down to problems getting out of the gate.
“I would say that the speed was there all weekend,” said the Latvian. “In free practice, warm-up, time practice, everything went good but I just didn’t get the best of starts. In a nutshell, the starts were not there, I made a couple of mistakes and crashed – not the way we wanted the GP to go but we are going to keep working.”
American Thomas Covington chased Prado for the full second moto before a late pass gave the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider the race win and second overall.
“First race was pretty decent for me,” he said. “I have been struggling so far this season and that was a good ride for me. The second race I got a better start behind Prado and I really just tried to stick with him because he was riding a really good pace.
“I pretty much just went for it on the last few laps – a couple of times I thought I had him but I finally made a pass stick on the last lap. It was an incredible race for me and one that I will always remember.”