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Arenacross Chat: Steven Clarke

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Steven Clarke was hovering around as a podium contender all day on Friday. But when he got the holeshot in the main, he suddenly found an extra burst of speed and confidence to hold off Kristian Whatley.

Whatley had won both his heats and was probably the favourite going into the main but Clarke held strong, adapting to the race as it went on, and took a very impressive win on the Dyer and Butler KTM machine.

Clarke was bubbling over with excitement after the race and you could see just how much it meant to him, his family and the team to win the first round of the year. But as we found out Clarke isn’t counting his chickens, he knows that anything can happen and he has to keep his focus.

You made putting that coat on harder work than the main event!

Yeah! (laughs) I just got a good start and rode a smart race. I tried not to put a foot wrong, Whatley was riding well behind me. He was applying the pressure and he didn’t make it easy for me. Like I said, I just kept my head smart and I knew if I didn’t make any mistakes it would be hard for him to make the pass. It’s a different race tomorrow and anything can happen but I am excited to get a win and lead the points into tomorrow.

Whatley was coming and he was really quick in the whoops but then I noticed you started wheeling into the first half of them. Did that help?

As a rider you have to develop yourself to when the track makes changes one line might be good in the beginning but when that gets worn out you have to be ready to adapt and change your lines up and I think I handled it quite well. I’m just happy and I can’t wait for tomorrow.

You were top 3/5 speed all day did you expect you could win the main event? That you just needed the start?

I knew I had the speed to win. I have done more supercross than anyone here put together with being in America and that. But that doesn’t really count into today it’s more about getting the start because we are all really close on times anyway. As long as you ride a smart race and don’t make too many mistakes it’s anyone’s game really. Tomorrow will be another day, they are changing the track a bit and with everyone being so close I would expect some more good racing tomorrow.

The track was pretty soft there in qualifying but maybe wasn’t as bad in the race? I don’t know…what was your take on it?

It was pretty soft still in the main, it got down to the plywood in a lot of places but they prepped it before the main so in a few sections it was better but the whoops were equally bad all day. There’s just so much moisture in the dirt and it is really sandy dirt so they can’t expect it to pack down too hard. They have done quite well, I was impressed with the way they handled the track prep.

And just a word on Dortmund last weekend, it was a bit up and down I believe?

I got really bad food poisoning just before I flew to Germany and that played on me really bad. I had no energy so that was tough. It took until Saturday afternoon before I could keep any food in my stomach without it coming out of either end – let’s just leave it at that! But I came out with a fifth on Sunday night which put me tenth overall on the weekend. It was nice to have some gate time before I came here.

I just can’t thank my team Dyer and Butler racing KTM enough for sticking behind me and letting me go to Germany and rider for a different team. A lot of people wouldn’t do that but these guys are good and they are behind me and believed it would be beneficial.

You’re the point’s leader now. Does that change your outlook for the rest of the series?

Not really no -anything can happen in this game. You could win five in a row and then not qualify for the next one. You have to take as many points as you can when you can.

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

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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

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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!


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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

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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?

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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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