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EBB and Karro’s orange crush at ‘the heights’

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The second round of the ACU Maxxis British championship at Canada Heights was another belter. Just like round #1 at FatCat the track was drenched in beautiful sunshine as we continue to get this amazing weather so early in the year. As good as the opening round was though, this round was better. It had more incident and as always the bumper crowd at Canada Heights were certainly entertained with some brilliant racing right throughout the pack – no question, the classes are much tighter this year and even the regular front runners are having to work extremely hard to cut through the pack.

One rider who has been working hard but maybe not reaping the rewards of that is Elliott Banks-Browne on his HM Plant KTM – until yesterday at least. EBB finally took his first overall British championship win and he deserves too. After his performances last year it was always only going to be a matter of time for EBB to bag an illustrious British championship win and well done that man. Second on the box went to Neville Bradshaw on the Evo-Tech Honda. It was another solid performance for Nevstar and he’s right there in the mix for this championship that’s for sure. As is our new series leader Mel Pocock on the Monster Energy/Cosworth/ Bike it Yamaha. Mel is now finding a true level of consistency and now with both of his teammates out for a while he’s flying the flag for the team. With Zach Osborne going out leading up to the event after a nasty training crash, everyone had Arnaud Tonus as a shoe in for the three race wins this weekend and to run away with the championship but the Swiss rider scrubbed a jump a little too hard trying to pass early race one leader, Samsung Yamaha’s Graeme Irwin and lost the front end on take off and whiped out Irwin in mid flight over the finish jump, trust us, it was messy! (it was caught by MX Vice’s Ade Threasher and we’ll post that up soon, so you can see for yourself). It resulted in a suspected dislocated shoulder and broken wrist for Tonus, just a week before the first World GP too, and Irwin was knocked out and had a severe concussion. Not good at all. So now with the dominant force of Tonus and Osborne dropping points and maybe up against it to be fit for the next round at Lyng on the 6th May this MX2 title is going to get even more interesting.

After the first round you couldn’t be blamed for thinking that HM Plant’s Kevin Strijbos would walk all over this series in the MX1 class but this week he didn’t even make the podium! It was fellow KTM rider Matiss Karro on  his STR KTM that took the overall with a race win in moto two and popular overall win. Popular because it’s almost impossible not to like Karro, he’s always smiling and he’s always giving it everything he has and leaving it on the track and it was another typical performance by him at the weekend. The points were so tight in this class on the day but Karro took it on a tie break with Tyco Suzuki’s Stephen Sword. Swordy was looking good and you can tell in his body language he’s getting in the groove with the bike and his new team each time he heads out on the track. Shaun Simpson looked good too, taking the final moto win but a poor second moto after a first turn crash and then crashing into the fence on the new step up jump cost him the overall. Strijbos brought it home in fourth to keep hold of the red plate. The first moto win went to Lanes Kawasaki and the lanky and lovable Marc DeReuver, much to the delight of the team but more so himself as he fist pumped over the finish line, but it all turned sour in moto two when he went down on the first corner and got taken out mid race by another rider as he tried to charge through.

The young guns of the MXY2 class certainly held up their end of the bargain of making it an entertaining day. After a couple of false starts and an unfortunate red flag it was eventually James Harrison on his Lanes Kawasaki who took the overall with some confident and composed riding. Robert Davidson bagged second on one of his first major outings on a 250F and Dan Thornhill rounded out the box just pipping Chris Bayliss in the tie breaker.

Results

MX1

1 91 Matiss Karro 58 13 25 20
2 8 Stephen Sword 58 22 20 16
3 24 Shaun Simpson 57 20 12 25
4 22 Kevin Strijbos 56 12 22 22
5 227 Kristian Whatley 46 18 14 14
6 212 Marc De Reuver 40 25 15
7 50 Martin Barr 38 7 18 13
8 701 Dorron Coutts 37 10 15 12
9 37 Gert Krestinov 34 16 18
10 31 Alex Snow 34 11 13 10
11 42 Nathan Parker 30 14 16
12 25 Jamie Law 27 9 7 11
13 41 Alfie Smith 24 5 10 9
14 5 Josh Waterman 21 6 9 6
15 17 Jason Dougan 19 15 4
16 35 John May 15 4 11
17 704 Ashley Wilde 14 1 6 7
18 36 Mathew Moffat 13 8 5
19 118 Jamie Smith 10 2 8
20 27 Lewis Gregory 8 8
21 33 Wayne Garrett 7 2 5
22 331 Ashley Greedy 7 3 4
23 129 Ross Hill 3 3
24 26 Aston Bird 3 3
25 700 Sam Simmons 2 2
26 21 Ross Keyworth 1 1
27 180 Maarten Cremers 1 1
MX2
1 44 Elliott Banks Browne 66 16 25 25
2 272 Neville Bradshaw 60 20 18 22
3 119 Mel Pocock 60 18 22 20
4 131 Nicolas Aubin 60 25 20 15
5 121 Bryan MacKenzie 47 15 16 16
6 685 Steven Lenoir 40 22 18
7 871 Connor Walkley 32 9 9 14
8 114 Jordan Booker 31 14 5 12
9 9 Stuart Edmonds 27 3 15 9
10 68 Shane Carless 27 13 6 8
11 51 Alan Keet 25 11 1 13
12 24 Luke Remmer 23 12 11
13 66 Lewis Tombs 22 12 10
14 711 James Cottrell 16 14 2
15 321 Bradley Pocock 15 8 7
16 153 Hamish Harwood 15 7 2 6
17 19 Ryan Houghton 14 10 4
18 177 Sunny Thompson 13 13
19 356 Anthony Reville 12 5 7
20 71 Alexander Eriksson 11 11
21 111 Ray Rowson 10 10
22 811 Adam Sterry 8 8
23 144 Luke Mellows 7 4 3
24 99 Nathan Watson 6 6
25 50 Sean Mitchell 6 1 5
26 303 Jake Milward 5 2 3
27 271 Tom Kelly 5 4 1
MXY2
1 153 James Harrison 40 15 25
2 114 Robert Davidson 36 16 20
3 95 Dan Thornhill 35 13 22
4 3 Chris Bayliss 35 20 15
5 5 Ben Howell 32 18 14
6 101 Robert Muscat 31 22 9
7 99 Ben Watson 30 12 18
8 681 Tommy Alba 25 25
9 148 Michael Eccles 21 11 10
10 337 Glenn McCormick 20 9 11
11 11 Sam Winterburn 19 3 16
12 17 Fraser Wakeford 19 14 5
13 54 Joe Bamfield 17 4 13
14 100 James Rutter 16 8 8
15 111 Lloyd Pettett 12 12
16 77 Arminuas Jasikonis 11 5 6
17 131 Jack Gardner 10 10
18 18 Ryan Monckton 10 7 3
19 20 Alec Carefoot 7 7
20 151 Ben Harrison 6 6
21 103 Oliver Osmaston 6 2 4
22 888 Connor Campbell 2 2
23 994 Damon Brooks 1 1
24 23 Luke Newman 1 1

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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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