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Desalle consolidates 2nd at British MX1 GP

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Team Suzuki Press Office – August 19.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 endured a tough meeting under sweltering sunshine at Matterley Basin for the British Grand Prix and the 13th round of 16 in the FIM Motocross World Championship, but Clement Desalle was able extend his advantage with second place in the MX1 standings with sixth overall nursing a hand injury while team mate Tanel Leok was seventh.

Both Desalle and Leok faced a technical and challenging surface in England in front of 35,000 spectators with the naturally-set layout of Matterley Basin mixing a range of demands; from big jumps, long and deep ruts, off-camber turns and plenty of line choice. The event was also home to the MXGP Festival with 10 classes from amateur to the FIM Women’s World Championship in action.

Desalle started from seventh position in the gate and with some pain in his right hand after a tumble in qualification. Desalle – who was also dealing with a family bereavement – made two good starts and rode to sixth place in the first moto but felt the discomfort from his injury more severely in the second half of the next race where he bravely continued to the finish line for 11th spot. Desalle was sixth in the final classification but nine positions ahead of Christophe Pourcel, which means he holds a margin of 35 points in the MX1 table over the Frenchman.

Leok was second and first fastest in the two practice sessions on Saturday and was unfortunate to suffer a technical problem that placed him down in 31st on the start line for the motos. The determined Estonian scored 11th in the first moto but was more effective on the bumpier mud in the second outing. Leok should have picked up a top six or seven position but a small crash dropped him down to eighth. The experienced racer is eighth in the MX1 championship.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 will make the short journey back to its Lommel base in Belgium before preparing for a hectic period in September with Grands Prix in the Netherlands, Italy and Germany to bring the 2012 campaign to a close.

Clement Desalle:

“On Wednesday my aunt died and it was really not good for my head coming here. I’ve lost my grandfather and my aunt in the last two months and a half and both were very close to me…the sort of people that I could say anything to. Talking about motocross…I felt good on Saturday and was having fun on the track but then I made a small mistake and jumped too far on the step-up. It was a big crash and I had a lot of pain in my hand. I went to the medical centre and there was nothing broken but I needed some attention and help. My starts were good in the motos and I think this was the only good part of the weekend. I felt OK in the first parts of the races but in the later stages it was difficult and painful through the braking bumps and on the landings of the jumps. The second moto was really hard and at the end I was looking at the clock by the finish every lap and hoping it would go down. To have pain and crash is part of the job and I just tried to do my best. I will go for physio now on Tuesday and hope everything will quickly get better.”

Tanel Leok:

“I didn’t have the best start position obviously and I found the track was too flat in the first moto. There were not so many lines like there were on Saturday and I couldn’t make the passes like I wanted. I changed my start slot in the second moto but the ground was not so well prepared. I have to say my riding was better in the second and I was chasing and passing people. I just made that small mistake which made me lose two positions but I tried to fight back. The results were not the best but I was happy with my riding.”

MX1 Moto1: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40:25.134; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:15.529; 3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:25.647; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:31.712; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:35.562; 6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:40.016; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:40.614; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), +0:44.173; 9. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:46.476; 10. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Honda), +0:47.368; 11. Tanel Leok (EST, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:48.426.

MX1 Moto2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41:00.780; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:10.508; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:24.624; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:32.799; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:37.732; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:40.465; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:41.367; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:42.135; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +0:50.894; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:51.464; 11. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +1:05.568.

MX1 Overall result: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 38 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 36 p.; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 30 p.; 6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 25 p.; 7. Tanel Leok (EST, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 23 p.; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 23 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 22 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 21 p.

MX1 World Championship Standings (after 13 of 16 rounds): 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 542 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 487 p.; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 452 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 440 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 404 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 342 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 336 p.; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), 300 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 295 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 242 p.

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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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