Results Recap: #8

Fans have now turned their attention to the FIM Motocross World Championship, hence why the Fox Head Europe ‘Results Recap’ looks a little different this week. Rather than reflect on what went on over the last two days, as we usually would, it seemed fitting to look at the results from a tedious off-season. Round one of eighteen is just four days away, so it is best that you are prepared.


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Jeffrey HerlingsMXGP
Antonio CairoliMXGP
Glenn ColdenhoffMXGP

Note: Antonio Cairoli is entering the penultimate year of his current contract with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, whilst Glenn Coldenhoff is about to tackle the final year of his deal.


Glenn Coldenhoff will be looking to continue his fine form from the latter part of last year.

KTM/Ray Archer

Marchetti Racing KTM

Jose ButronMXGP

Note: After finishing fifteenth in the premier class last year, Jose Butron signed a one-year extension with the Marchetti Racing KTM squad.

Hitachi KTM UK

Jake NichollsMXGP

Note: The Hitachi Construction Machinery squad have switched to KTM, but retained the services of Jake Nicholls and Ben Watson. The duo will compete in all eighteen rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Cofain Racing KTM

Lukas NeurauterMXGP

Scandinavian Racing Sports

Jonathan BengtssonMXGP

Steel Dr Jack KTM

Riccardo RighiMXGP

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Max NaglMXGP
Max AnstieMXGP
Gautier PaulinMXGP

Note: Max Nagl is currently completing a one-year deal with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing outfit, so will have to hunt around for a new contract at the end of this year. His teammates, on the other hand, are in the midst of multi-year deals.


Max Nagl, a former Grand Prix winner, is heading into the season very underrated.

Husqvarna/Bavo Swijgers

Husqvarna 8Biano Racing

Tanel LeokMXGP
Rui GoncalvesMXGP

62 Motorsport Husqvarna

Klemen GercarMXGP

Husqvarna Maurer-Gep

Jernej IrtMXGP

Honda HRC

Tim GajserMXGP
Evgeny BobryshevMXGP

Note: Although this may seem like a big change for Tim Gajser, he is actually on the same team that he was a year ago. The Gariboldi outfit now run the Honda HRC operation.


Evgeny Bobryshev is hoping to take that next step and challenge for the MXGP title.

Honda Racing Corporation

Honda Red Moto

Alessandro LupinoMXGP
Valentin GuillodMXGP

Note: Valentin Guillod’s deal is intriguing. The Swiss pilot has a one-year deal with the Honda Red Moto team, but there is an option for a second year with Honda and it is also written into his deal that he is allowed to step over to the factory awning if one of their riders gets injured.

Carglass Honda Racing

Ander ValentinMXGP

Note: Like a lot of riders on this list, Ander Valentin will be restricted to the European rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Carglass Honda are a new to the paddock.

Monster Energy Yamaha

Romain FebvreMXGP
Jeremy Van HorebeekMXGP

Note: This is the start of Romain Febvre’s three-year deal with the Monster Energy Yamaha squad. Jeremy Van Horebeek only has a contract for this year, on the other hand, so this could be his final ‘blue’ term.


Romain Febvre has had a turbulent month, but is healthy and poised to challenge.

Yamaha Racing

Wilvo Yamaha MXGP

Arnaud TonusMXGP
Shaun SimpsonMXGP

CDP Cortenuova

Nicola RecchiaMXGP

E-MX Racing Yamaha

Bryan BoulardMXGP

I-Fly JK Racing Yamaha

Ryan HoughtonMXGP

Note: Ryan Houghton fills the seat that was vacated by Alex Snow, but will only compete in five or six FIM Motocross World Championship rounds.

Suzuki World MXGP

Kevin StrijbosMXGP
Arminas JasikonisMXGP

Note: The Suzuki World MXGP duo need to perform, as their contracts are up in October. Kevin Strijbos and Arminas Jasikonis will pilot the all-new 2018 RM-Z450WS throughout the season.


Kevin Strijbos, a new father, needs to impress this year, as his contract is almost up.

Suzuki Racing

JTech Suzuki Valenti

Ken De DyckerMXGP

Note: Ken De Dycker mentioned that he had an option to compete in the flyaway events, but his name has been removed from the pre-entry list. The Italian team do not have too much support from Suzuki.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team

Clement Desalle


Jordi Tixier


Note: Clement Desalle’s two-year deal with the Monster Energy KRT will expire at the end of the season. Jordi Tixier is in the same position as his teammate.

Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki

Tommy SearleMXGP

Note: After undergoing corrective surgery to the muscle tissue in the lateral area of his right knee, following a practice crash in the USA, Tommy Searle is expected to miss the first two rounds of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Gebben Venrooy Kawasaki Racing

Maxime DespreyMXGP


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

Pauls JonassMX2
Jorge PradoMX2

Note: Pauls Jonass has won just one moto in his short career, but enters the FIM Motocross World Championship as a favourite for the title. The Latvian may be a little rusty, however, after sustaining a “light concussion” just eight days ago.


Jorge Prado has already made a statement this year, as he clinched the Italian title.

KTM/Ray Archer

HSF Logistics KTM

Davy PootjesMX2
Brian BogersMX2
Calvin VlaanderenMX2

Hitachi KTM UK

Ben WatsonMX2

Note: Ben Watson will be racing the full FIM Motocross World Championship with support from his team, unlike last year, as mentioned above. Watson missed fourteen of the eighteen rounds last year with a foot injury.


Julien LieberMX2

Note: Julien Lieber last raced a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship seventeen months ago. Various injuries have sidelined him since then, so he’ll have to rebuild from within his own outfit.

Marchetti Racing KTM

Ivo MonticelliMX2

Note: Ivo Monticelli was contemplating a switch to the premier class, but has opted to tackle the 250F division one last time. A seventh was his best moto finish last year.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna

Thomas CovingtonMX2
Thomas Kjer OlsenMX2
Conrad MewseMX2

Note: Thomas Covington is the only rider in the MX2 class who has won a Grand Prix, amazingly, and typically excels at the flyaway events.


Can Thomas Covington put the pieces of the puzzle together and fight for the title?

Husqvarna/Bavo Swijgers

Husqvarna 8Biano Racing

Iker Larranaga OlanoMX2
Caleb WardMX2

Husqvarna Maurer-Gep

Brian HsuMX2

STC Racing

Henry JacobiMX2

CEC Husqvarna Sweden

Anton GoleMX2

Honda HRC

Chihiro NotsukaMX2
Michele CervellinMX2

Note: Chihiro Notsuka shot to fame after landing on Jason Anderson at the Motocross of Nations last year. The Japanese rider has not contested the full FIM Motocross World Championship before, but did compete in the Grand Prix of Switzerland last year.


After taking the win at the final Italian round, Michele Cervellin is carrying momentum.

Honda Racing Corporation

Vamo Racing Team

Maykal Grisha IvanovMX2
Lars Van BerkelMX2

Note: The Vamo Racing squad will make their debut at the fifth FIM Motocross World Championship round in Trentino in April.

Kemea Yamaha

Benoit PaturelMX2
Alvin OstlundMX2
Brent Van DoninckMX2


Benoit Paturel is poised to win his first Grand Prix this year.

Yamaha Racing

Ausio Yamaha Yamalube

Jorge ZaragozaMX2

I-Fly JK Racing Yamaha

Jay WilsonMX2

Note: James Dunn was initially pegged to sit alongside Ryan Houghton, but split from the team in January. Jay Wilson, who was racing the ArenacrossUK series for the team, has now been drafted in for the full series.

Suzuki World MX2

Jeremy SeewerMX2
Hunter LawrenceMX2
Bas VaessenMX2


Jeremy Seewer is gunning for the title in his final season aboard the 250F.

Suzuki Racing

JTech Suzuki Valenti

Giuseppe TropepeMX2

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team

Adam SterryMX2
Petar PetrovMX2
Stephen RubiniMX2

Note: Monster Energy KRT are almost in a year of transition, as two of their riders are new to the team and have never finished in the top five. Petar Petrov, on the other hand, has the potential to win a Grand Prix.

Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki

Vsevolod BrylyakovMX2
Darian SanayeiMX2

F&H Racing Kawasaki

David HerbreteauMX2

TM Factory Racing

Samuele BernardiniMX2

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/Bavo Swijgers

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