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Brad Anderson Update from OZ…



After a disappointing meeting last time out at Wanneroo in Western Australia, Brad Anderson and the Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing Team were looking for good results as they headed to Murray Bridge in South Australia for Round 5 of the 2012 Australian MX Nationals Championships.

The format for this weekends action was a 1 day race meeting so after heading to the track on Saturday it was just a case of walking the track and checking out the Sandy Circuit, before things kicked off bright and early on Sunday Morning.

As the MX1 class headed out for Qualifying it was instantly clear that Brad had taken to the track quickly as he was topping the leader board all the way through the session, eventually going on the take 1st place and Pole Position by nearly 2 seconds over 2nd placed Todd Waters.

Race 1 saw Waters grab the holeshot, whilst Brad got momentarily caught up in turn 2, he was to only loose a few seconds but found himself in 4th place. Brad was soon all over the back wheel of Tye Simmonds in 3rd place and it wasn’t long before he managed to put a pass on and make it stick. Next up was Dan Reardon in 2nd and although it didn’t take long for Brad to claim to position, Waters had stretched out a gap out front. Brad was riding well though and set about chasing Waters down, but the chase was in vain as Waters went on to take the win with Brad in 2nd, and current Championship leader Josh Coppins came through the pack to take 3rd.

After a quick 5 minute turnaround the riders were back on the line for the 2nd of the ‘Back to Back’ races, and this time Brad didn’t get a good start and was on the edge of the top 10 but some good fast laps early on saw him climb up to 4th. As the race passed halfway, Waters was again out front leading and a small crash from Brad had dropped him down into 5th place with Marmont and Coppins right behind him. Although 4th place was now looking out of reach for Brad he held off the attentions of the duo behind to cross the finish in 5th, ahead of Coppins in 6th. Waters went on to take the win with Simmonds 2nd and Cody Cooper in 3rd.

After the interval it was now time for the 3rd and final race of the day and this time out it was Jake Moss that took the holeshot with Waters in 2nd, Coppins 3rd and Brad right behind in 4th. it was a real 4 way battle for the lead and just after Waters had made a pass to take the lead, Moss and Coppins came together which promoted Brad in to 2nd and left Coppins in 14th, and Moss out of the race and on his way to the medical truck. Brad was now all over Waters and soon made a pass to take the lead. Shortly after taking the lead, Brad had a goggle malfunction and was forced to throw them away, this gave Waters back the lead but Brad was right back on him and fighting to retake the lead, and despite his lack of clear vision Brad found a way past and stretched out a small lead at the front. Brad kept his gap right up until the 2 lap to go point when Waters came back at him as he struggled to get past back markers without his goggle’s, but Brad’s lead was big enough to keep Waters behind and he crossed the finish to take a memorable race win. Simmonds came home in 3rd spot and Coppins rode out of his skin after his crash with Moss to come back through to finish 9th.

Waters 2 race wins and 2nd place gave him the overall win on the day with Brad’s 2,5,1 scorecard enough for 2nd and Simmonds to the final podium place. Waters points haul of 72 sees him jump above Brad into 2nd in the championship. Brad now lies in 3rd on

Words and Pics by Ade Threasher

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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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