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2012 SMC Championships Rnd 2 at Daventry by Northampton Motorcyclists Club



Report: Fraser Law

It is often said that a week in politics is a long time, well in motocross a week can feel like a whole season away. Round 1 of the SMC had to be abandoned last weekend following torrential rain and a snow storm in the miserable depths of winter.  Just seven days later Round 2 felt like a warm July day, with a clear blue sky at Daventry overlooking a perfectly prepped track.  The meeting was well supported at this popular Northamptonshire track, with gates pretty much full in all classes meaning some close and exciting racing .

Reigning SMC Expert Champion Dale Raynor made a great start to defending his title. After coming from behind on his new KTM he went on to win the opening Expert race from a new and improved James Barnwell. The second leg win went to Michael McClurg from David Frankland. In the final race there was yet another winner. This time Joe Wyse proved unstoppable, though Dale followed him home in second to pick up the overall victory. Second overall went to James Barnwell, with Mark Boswell, David Frankland and Michael McClurg all tying on points for third.

In the Junior A group next year’s Experts fought hard for points. Jordan Loomes won both finals for a clear overall victory. John Gill took second in class with a second place and a third. Darren Flitney rounded out the podium with a second and a fourth. Paul Atkinson proved unbeatable in both Junior B races, ending up there after mechanical problems in qualifying. Brad Willis, Gary Shaw and Paul Higgins battled closely behind him to finish tied for second on points.

The Under 40 class got the age groups underway, with Joe Wyse dominating all three legs for a hat trick of wins. Justin Robinson never strayed from the top three on his way to second overall from Paul Edge. Former SMC Expert champion Ryan Griffiths stepped up to the Premier class this year to win all three Over 40 races. Defending champion Tony Leishman had to settle for second each time. Adam Collins got faster as the day progressed to take third. Despite not winning a moto, Sam Boak took the overall win consistent top four finishes in the Over 50’s. Reg Willis won the opener, but a mishap in the second leg dropped him to third overall. Nigel Miller won the second and third legs but had to settle for fourth after problems in race one. Sean Bennett improved as the day went on, second place in the final race securing him second overall.

With two wins and a third, Jamie Scott won the very well supported Two Stroke class. Another second overall in this class went to Tony Leishman, while Mark Bland screamed his 125 into third. The next round of the championship takes place on May 13 at Toddington hosted by Luton and District, by which time it will probably be autumn again.

Expert: 1 Dale Raynor, 2 James Barnwell, 3 Mark Boswell, 4 David Frankland, 5 Michael McClurg, 6 Paul Burn
Junior A: 1 Jordan Loomes, 2 John Gill, 3 Darren Flitney, 4 Josh Mayo, 5 Thomas Harwood, 6 Michael Austin
Junior B: 1 Paul Atkinson, 2 Brad Willis, 3 Gary Shaw, 4 Paul Higgins, 5 Wayne Parks, 6 Tom Burn
Under 40: 1 Joe Wyse, 2 Paul Edge, 3 Justin Robinson, 4 Alex Barnett, 5 Darren Flitney, 6 Craig Barrow
Over 40: 1 Ryan Griffiths, 2 Tony Leishman, 3 Adam Collins, 4 Paul Baldwin, 5 Richard Wright, 6 Mark Bland
Over 50: 1 Sam Boak, 2 Sean Bennett, 3 Reg Willis, 4 Nigel Miller, 5 Steve Morgan, 6 Martyn Raynor
2 Stroke: 1 Jamie Scott, 2 Tony Leishman, 3 Mark Bland, 4 Paul Baldwin, 5 Richard Wright, 6 Alex Barnett
Workers: 1 Ryan Griffiths, 2 Martin Streeton, 3 Fraser Law, 4 Gerard Scott, 5 Stephen Cole, 6 Giles Agar

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Impressive Second for Benistant at MXGP of Trentino as Bonacorsi Delivers Career-Best Result




Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Thibault Benistant returned to form at round four of the MX2 World Championship with an impressive runner-up finish at the MXGP of Trentino. Adding to the team’s success in Pietramurata, Italy, was Andrea Bonacorsi, who delivered a stunning career-best result of sixth overall in front of his home crowd. At the same time, Rick Elzinga put in a hard-charge for ninth overall.

In Race One, Benistant got off to a great start and ran third before passing Sascha Coenen on Lap 12. Continuing to ride with a high pace, the French sensation closed in on the eventual race winner, Kay de Wolf, during the final laps of the race and crossed the line just under four seconds adrift of victory.

Another strong start in Race Two saw Benistant quickly engage in a battle for a place on the podium. Holding fifth until just past the halfway point of the race, Benistant capitalised on a mistake by Mikkel Haarup and moved into fourth. From there, the 198 chased home his teammate Bonacorsi and secured fourth for second overall. As a result, he has regained third position in the MX2 Championship Standings.

Bonacorsi, spurred on by his passionate home crowd, delivered a career-best race and overall result in Pietramurata. Despite having a rider fall in front of him at turn one, the 20-year-old put in a spirited ride through the field to finish 12th in Race One.

In Race Two, ‘Bona’ emerged from the first corner in second and immediately gave chase to the early leader. After slipping to third on lap seven, he maintained his impressive pace and kept the position to the flag. Following his breakout ride, Bonacorsi maintains 12th in the championship chase, but has closed the gap to the top 10.

One week on from his impressive sixth-place finish in Sardinia, Elzinga carried that same speed and momentum into round four and placed fourth in Race One. An unfortunate crash at the start of Race Two gave the Dutchman a lot of work to do on a circuit that proved challenging to pass on. Maintaining his razor sharp focus, the 44 fought back to 13th, which was enough to maintain ninth position in the MX2 Championship Standings.

The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Agueda, Portugal, on the weekend of May 5th.

Click here for all the results from the MXGP of Trentino.

Thibault Benistant

 2nd MXGP of Trentino, 40-points

 3rd MX2 Championship Standings, 148-points

“It wasn’t an easy weekend for me despite being on the box. I rode well, but there is still room for improvement and to show what I am really capable of. I know my speed can be better. Of course, I’m happy to finally be on the podium for the first time this year; it’s a big step in the right direction. But I want more, so we will keep working. It’s still a long season.”

Andrea Bonacorsi

 6th MXGP of Trentino, 29-points

 12th MX2 Championship Standings, 83-points

“Today I was able to show what I can do with a good start. I know I can run up front in MX2 and I proved that I can in race two. I’m really proud of myself with sixth overall and now we’ll keep working and focus on the next race in Portugal.”

Rick Elzinga

 9th MXGP of Trentino, 26-points

 9th MX2 Championship Standings, 110-points

“I’m not a ‘hard-pack’ rider, but I tend to ride well here. I felt good on the bike all weekend and put in a really good ride in Race One after making a mistake. I really pushed and made it all the way up to fourth. So, I was happy with that. In the second one I had another good start but in turn one a few of us crashed and my bike got tangled with another rider. It took two laps to catch the pack, but I kept pushing and ended up in 13th. My speed is good, and I’m happy with my riding, so we’ll keep working ahead of Portugal.”

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The MX Vice SMX Review Show Episode #22 – Lars Lindstrom

HRC Boss talks about their amazing 2023 season



In 2023, MX Vice is running a regular SMX Review show, where we talk all things AMA, frequently with a star guest or pundit. This time Ben & Brad are joined by Honda HRC USA Team Manager Lars Lindstrom, talking about the red team’s amazing 2023 season, his time as Chad Reed’s mechanic, and his riders’ plans for the Motocross of Nations!

Images: HRC Honda

Lars (crouching with his arm on the front fender) has enjoyed a great year with his team in 2023

Massive thanks to Lars for joining us and we wish you and your team all the best for the rest of the year!

This podcast was recorded prior to the Washougal National, so apologies for the delay and for the few sound issues.  None of these were caused by Lars or his systems. Enjoy the podcast!

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Live Results – AMA Pro Motocross Round 6 – Southwick

Practice Times & Race Results from The Wick



The action is underway at Southwick for round six of the AMA Pro Motocross series. Will Jett Lawrence dominate again, and how will Hunter fare after his issues at RedBud?

Featured Image: HRC Honda

This page will have all of the results from The Wick. The results are posted in an easy-to-view fashion, with the latest results at the very top of the page. If you do not immediately see the most recent results, hit the refresh button in the top-right corner and then the issue should be rectified.

450 Updated Championship Classification

450 Overall Results

450 Moto Two

250 Updated Championship Classification

250 Overall Results

They said the sand might suit him! Tom Vialle takes his first overall win in the USA, and the 250 wildness continues through the pack as the red plate changes hands for the first time in either class this summer!

250 Moto 2

450 Moto 1

250 Moto 1

450 Consolation Race

Just for British fans, SC Sporthomes Husqvarna rider Charlie Putnam finished 19th in the Consolation Race after not making the cut in Qualifying.

250 Combined Qualifying Times

450 Combined Qualifying Times

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