Stat Sheet: History of HIMX

A trip down memory lane

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There is no vault that contains the results from every single race that has been run in Britain, unfortunately, and it is actually rather difficult to track statistics. With that in mind, this feature is particularly interesting. The Hawkstone International has attracted many noteworthy names in recent years and will do so again this weekend, but who has enjoyed the most success at the historic venue out of the current riders?

From the results below, which are based around the premier class, it is immediately clear that it is fairly rare to have a British winner. Heck, a British rider has appeared inside of the top three just three times in the last ten years. Belgian and Dutch riders tend to dominate, which is hardly surprising considering the surface, but the days of those riders being unstoppable in the sand are long gone. The results actually reflect that as just one Belgian rider has won in the last four years. However, on the other hand, the best guys do not always show up.

Jeffrey Herlings is obviously one of the favourites for the win this weekend (KTM Images/S. Taglioni)

Another intriguing aspect to consider is that the winner has swept both motos just five times. Seeing as the field is weaker than a regular Grand Prix, it is rather surprising that dominant figures do not appear more often. Perhaps this shows just how many kinks are being worked out at these pre-season internationals? It is easy to forget that these guys are still working through set-up issues and may not be peaking physically at this point in the year. There are so many layers to these events.

In the last ten years, the eventual world champion has not started his season at the Hawkstone International. The tide could change this year, however, with both Jeffrey Herlings and Max Anstie behind the starting line. Both riders will be contenders in the premier class in the FIM Motocross World Championship and will add a lot to this edition of the event. Anyway, take some time to scroll through the podium finishers below. What stands out for you? How many of these races were you at?

2007

1st

Kevin Strijbos

1-1

2nd

Ken de Dycker

2-2

3rd

Josh Coppins

3-4

Kevin Strijbos has enjoyed some success at Hawkstone Park (Suzuki Racing)

2008

1st

Marc de Reuver

3-1

2nd

Steve Ramon

2-3

3rd

Josh Coppins

4-2

2009

1st

Marc de Reuver

1-3

2nd

Kevin Strijbos

2-2

3rd

Steve Ramon

4-4

2010

1st

Steve Ramon

3-1

2nd

Max Nagl

4-2

3rd

Tanel Leok

1-6

2011

1st

Clement Desalle

1-1

2nd

Tanel Leok

2-2

3rd

Steve Ramon

3-3

2012

1st

Clement Desalle

1-1

2nd

Gautier Paulin

2-2

3rd

Xavier Boog

7-3

Suzuki have actually been rather dominant at Hawkstone recently (Suzuki Racing)

2013 (Cancelled)

2014

1st

Shaun Simpson

2-1

2nd

Matiss Karro

3-2

3rd

Jens Getteman

6-4

2015

1st

Kevin Strjibos

1-1

2nd

Clement Desalle

2-2

3rd

Glenn Coldenhoff

4-3

2016

1st

Shaun Simpson

3-1

2nd

Clement Desalle

2-3

3rd

Ben Townley

6-2

2017

1st

Max Nagl

2-1

2nd

Max Anstie

1-5

3rd

Arminas Jasikonis

3-4

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/J.P Acevedo

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