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Direction Shift for Future West and it’s British Supercross Championship



Future West Promotions the owners of the British Supercross Championship would like to announce effective immediately that the British Supercross Championship will now be sanctioned by the MC Federation. Recent legal proceedings have brought to light major problems with the insurance provided by the Auto Cycle Union that Future West were previously provided with which ultimately lead to the change. With the change in sanctioning also unfortunately comes the announcement that the London round of the British Supercross Championship scheduled for Wembley Arena on January 14th will be now be cancelled to allow time for the transition of registered riders to receive refunds and re enter through the MC Federation for the Birmingham event at the LG Arena on February 18th, 2012.

An incident that transpired in 2008 has exposed some major issues with the insurance coverage promised to Future West by the Auto Cycle Union. Future West have been left to defend themselves against the claim with no help or cover from the Auto Cycle Union. It was clearly pointed out to Future West prior to the incident that all aspects of our Supercross events were covered under the insurance provided by the Auto Cycle Union from open to close of every event. The Auto Cycle Union have accepted no responsibility in defending the claim and have left Future West to defend the claim solo. Future West would urge every club and promoter to consider the position we are currently facing before purchasing event insurance in the future in the hopes that they do not find themselves in the same position.

The British Supercross Championship will now be completed under the sanctioning and insurance of the MC Federation. Roy Barton of the MC Federation was instrumental in the back office during his time with the Auto Cycle Union before moving to MC Federation especially with relation to scheduling and rider organization for our British Supercross Championship. The MC Federation has shown it’s capabilities with the outstanding Red Bull Pro Nationals and it’s various other events and clubs that it sanctions.

“Obviously we are extremely disappointed with the lack of support given to us by the Auto Cycle Union in regards to insurance cover and the obvious effects it has had on our business fighting the claims against us. The cancellation of an event is always hard to accept but in these tough economic times it essential for us to ensure our future. We are happy to work with Matt Bates and the MC Federation as we obviously know Matt’s pedigree with event organisation and sanctioning” says Future West’s John Hellam.

The attention of Future West and the British Supercross Championship will now turn to the final round of the series at the newly refurbished LG Arena in Birmingham on February 18th. The event is selling extremely well and the racing is surely going to be intense with it being the final round of the series. For tickets to the final round contact The Ticket Factory at the NEC on 0844 338 8000.

For riders looking to register for the final round of the series MC Federation will accept 2011 and 2012 MC Federation licences and will have day licences available for those riders who currently aren’t MC Federation members. To register please contact Clare Tye at the MC Federation office on 01865 343668 [email protected] For those that have already registered with the Auto Cycle Union please contact Sonia Goggin for a refund on 01788 566404.

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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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