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Barr and Co off to a promising start at the Red Bull Pro Nationals

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Following its postponement the Maxxis Henderson LPE Kawasaki squad headed off on the long trip to Cornwall for the opening round of the 2012 Red Bull Pro Nationals Championship. With most of the country suffering from heavy rain it was a surprise to arrive at the hillside circuit in beautiful sunshine.

The weekend started early with Ray Rowson opting to race the two stroke class on the Saturday in preparation for the Pro races on the Sunday. Ray’s results on the two stroke progressively got better as the day went on, finishing a solid second in the last race after a pair of fifth places in the opening races for fourth overall on the day.

After the promising results on the Saturday, the team was looking forward to Sunday. Sunday morning started off with the new format of free practice and qualification being split into two sessions, allowing riders and team’s time to change settings on the bike in between sessions and it worked very well

During the free practice all three riders used the time to get comfortable with the track and get ready for qualifying. In the qualifying session Martin was able find his groove quickly and posted the fourth fastest time in MX1. Meanwhile MX2 riders Connor Walkley and Ray Rowson both producing strong laps to be inside the top 10,

Following the lunch break it was time for the first race of the Red Bull Pro National Championship and as the gate dropped Martin made a strong start getting into third place early on. Both Connor and Ray were battling hard in the mid pack, until on the third lap Connor took a heavy crash and knocked himself out in the process. Also at the front Martin suffered a problem with the bike causing it to stop in a corner and losing him a number of places. Ray’s race was steadily getting better after his slow start with him eventually making it into 4th place in MX2 and just behind Martin, who would finish in 6th place in MX1.

With Connor having to visit the local hospital for a series of checks, it was down to Martin and Ray to produce the results in race two. After a good start Martin was inside the top 3 and riding well. For Ray it was to be a troubled start as he suffered a few small mistakes and found himself at the back of the field. Martin’s second race of the day was to be much stronger with a 4th place finish in the MX1 class for fifth overall on the day. Ray continued to battle hard all race and would bring home valuable points in 14th place for 8th overall on the day.

Ray Rowson

“The two stroke races on the Saturday weren’t the best with brake issues in the first two races, but I got a good second in the last one and was happy. Then the first race today I had a mega ride from a bad start and got fourth in MX2, and in the second one I got up to third and then crashed and never really got going again.”

Martin Barr

“Coming into today I’d been suffering with some bad luck of recent weeks and was looking for a fresh start. Qualifying went well and I was looking forward to the first race where I got a good start and pushed forward. But on the second lap the bike cut out and it took a few kicks to get started again, so I had all the work to do again and finished 6th in MX1. The second race I got a better start and then Aubin went down and I was in third and closing in on Sword until I had big moment around the back and lost my rhythm and Aubin got back past me and I ended up fourth in MX1 and fifth overall on the day. I was a bit happier with the second race and pace I had so hopefully I can crack on from here.”

Steve James

“Today’s been a big improvement after the bad luck of last weekend. Martin finished in fifth overall in MX1 and Ray finish eighth overall in MX2 and produced a great first race result. Ray has shown that he has his speed back and is getting back to form, it was just a shame he had the couple of mistakes in the second one. Martin has made a solid start and we can build upon this result over the coming weeks. Poor Connor suffered a rough day though after riding really well in qualifying before having a massive crash in the first race and knocking himself out cold. He had to go to hospital to have a few checks and tests done and the first report is that there’s no broken bones or internal bleeding which is a good sign and his CT Scan showed no serious damage to his head, he is a bit beaten up and sore but hopefully with some rest over the next few days he will be fine to race again in two weeks time for the teams next meeting.”

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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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