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Evotech Stevens Honda sets tone for the British season with top five result at Hawkstone Park

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The annual Hawkstone International race is the start gun for the outdoor season in Britain, and Evotech Stevens Honda signalled its intention to be a force to be reckoned with by posting a stunning top five result against extraordinary competition.

Qualifying got underway with overcast skies and low temperatures, and the team’s two MX2 riders, veteran Neville Bradshaw and rookie Jordan Divall, ended the session in eighth and thirty-fifth respectively.

With the clouds replaced by bright sunshine, racing got underway at noon. Bradshaw immediately established himself as a front-runner, starting the first lap in sixth and relentlessly putting the pressure on his rivals ahead of him. Throughout, Bradshaw also kept impressive foreign competition in the form of Nikolaj Larsen, Steven Lenoir and Harri Kullas at bay, ending the first race where he started, in sixth. Although the second race started off with a wheel-spin on the start that threw off his timing, Bradshaw made quick work of several riders in the first half of the race, finding himself wedged between Larsen and Glenn Coldenhoff for the remainder. A fifth on the finish line earned him fifth on the day as well as a place in the super-final, from which he emerged as the sixth-fastest MX2 rider.

For Jordan Divall this race was the jump to the big league. Although his first start left him in the back of the pack, the youngster soon found himself nudging the top thirty. Several small mistakes cost him time, positions and pride, and he ended the race in thirty-third. The second race looked much improved with a mid-pack start turning into a position in the top twenty-five, but a stall dropped Divall back into the thirties, from which he valiantly fought to recover. With mere laps to go, he took ruthless advantage of mistakes made by other riders to leap-frog his way to twenty-seventh on the finish line.

“It’s good to have the first race out of the way,” commented team principal Matt Hutchins. “We struggled with the starts a little bit; in the second race, Neville had to choose a different gate because his was taken, so he ended up with some wheel-spin. Other than that, he rode really solid today. Jordan also had a good day. He had a few crashes and stalled it in a few places, but he kept at it and we have a little bit of work to do, but overall I’m pleased with the way things have gone today.”

Neville Bradshaw (#272): “Today was pretty good. Qualifying went alright. In the first race I ended sixth; I rode a little bit tight because it’s the first race of the year. The second race I rode a bit better and ended fifth. I came through the field and felt that I rode better. Fifth overall on the day is pretty good with quite a stacked field with all the GP riders out there. My fitness is good, and there are a few things we’re going to work on during the week and working towards the first round of the British championship.”

Jordan Divall (#63): “Today I made it into the main race after I qualified in thirty-fifth. In the first race I didn’t get a very good start, it being on the inside. I pulled through a little bit and managed to get to twentieth for a couple of corners before I landed on someone, and it just went downhill from there. I crashed a couple more times and went over the bars, so it wasn’t a good race. In the second race I didn’t get a good start again. I went up a few places, stalled it, then came through a few places again and managed to pull through to twenty-seventh at the end of the race. I’m happy with it; I am a bit annoyed that I didn’t qualify for the super-final, but it’s only the first meeting of the year.”

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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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