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Hawkstone International in the books for Gabriel SS24 KTM

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In the MX2 class Cas qualified 3rd and had a good feeling on the sandy circuit. In moto 1 he had a good start but struggled to pass on the one lined track and by the time he got to third position the leaders had pulled away. Shortly into moto 2 there was a red flag with a full restart. Cas again restarted in second behind current MX2 world champion Adrea Adamo to where he would finish the 25 minute + 1 lap race. As well as securing 2nd on the podium these results qualified Cas to line up for the superfinal. The MX2 riders were let off the gate first shortly followed by the MX1 riders. Cas started in second and throughout the moto was picked off gradually by the faster 450 machines. He finished a very respectable 12th in the combined results, and the second MX2 machine. Up next for Cas is Lierop International this Sunday 3rd March.


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Coming into the weekend Josh was carrying a slight lower back issue but was able to compete and got stronger as the day went on. He qualified 17th which he was not happy with but didn’t let it affect him ahead of the races. In moto 1 he had an unusually bad start but got up to 11th place just behind Adam Sterry and despite getting close was not able to make the pass. In moto 2 he had another good jump but had more bad luck when he got caught up with another rider and had a first turn crash. Coming from dead last he came through the pack to finish 10th. Heading into the superfinal Josh rode his best all day and finished the superfinal 7th in the combined results, 6th MX1 machine and top British rider for which he received the Vaughan Semmens Memorial Trophy for. This was Josh’s last preseason race to get the final touches sorted before his season officially starts in Argentina for the MXGP series on the 9th/10th March.

Team Manager Shaun Simpson, said: “Hawkstone is always a great pre-season race and this year certainly didn’t disappoint! Probably one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at Hawkstone in the last 20 years. It’s a great test for the riders and was nice for us to showcase our new paddock setup for our British fans and sponsors. Both Josh and Cas steadily got better as the day went on, the mechanics done a fantastic job with the tight schedule and it was nice for Cas to get his first podium of the season. We are gathering some momentum now and are looking forward to Lierop this weekend for Cas and Argentina in two weeks to start the MXGP championship with Josh.”

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MXGP of Trentino – Drone action

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Nowadays, a drone is flying above the riders during the MXGP races. Below you can see some great action footage that was taken during the MXGP of Trentino!

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Consistent points for Chambers in Trentino

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Jack Chambers

Qualifying  17th

Race 1 14th

Race 2 14th

Overall 14th

Championship Standings: 14th

Bobby Bruce

Qualifying  18th

Race 1 31st

Race 2 DNS

 

Championship Standings: 24th

It was a mixed weekend for the American Jack Chambers, as he once again showed his consistency in race one continuing to make passes until the last lap, finishing in 14th after starting in 18th. Race two would see the Bike It Kawasaki rider achieve his best start so far in 4th, but a lack of experience this year at the front of the pack saw the “12” lose some positions throughout the race, once again finishing in 14th. Unfortunately teammate Bobby Bruce, still recovering from a wrist injury sustained in Sardinia last week was unable to finish the first race and wasn’t able to participate in race two. With some time off before the next race in 3 weeks, Bobby should have some time to heal up.

In EMX250 all fingers were crossed when Billy Askew had a big crash in practice, and luckily nothing was broken but the medical team did not permit the young brit to carry on for Sunday’s racing. Billy showed improved speed and felt more comfortable racing abroad before the crash. He will join the other two in three weeks for the MXGP of Portugal.

After a good week’s training in Italy, and an awning full of sponsors the prep couldn’t have gone better. Unfortunately, this is racing and the results didn’t reflect our efforts going into the weekend. Having said that, this year MX2 is an exceptionally tough class and whilst we had a 14th from the back and a 14th coming from the front, we just need to work on a few details with Jack to bring his training speed and winter speed to the races. I’ve worked with a lot of racers and I know the next step is not far away.

Equally, with Bobby trying to ride with an injured wrist from Sardinia, he’s shown enough speed and character to know that we are on the right course – but to complete a race at this level you need to be 100%, so the few week break before Portugal is perfect. Billy had a huge crash at speed, but it didn’t deter him from wanting to line up for the races. Because the crash was quite big, the medical crew wouldn’t allow him to continue for the weekend, which I know is the correct choice from a Medical POV. We’re looking forward to our next race which is the first round of the British Championship at Lyng, which is the home circuit of our Sponsor Stebbings, who are located nearby in Kings Lynn.

Despite the results on paper from Italy, all the sponsors enjoyed a great weekend and were first-hand to see all the effort that goes into the weekend, right there with the team throughout the weekend, which can be an eye-opener compared to reading a race report that can’t replicate the real ups and downs of the racing experience.

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Federico Tuani comes close to scoring points in Trentino Europe

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Federico Tuani of the AIT Racing team came close to score points in the fourth round of the MX2 World Championship in Arco di Trento. Tuani finished twenty-first in the first moto and rode inside the top fifteen for a long time in the second moto until his chain broke and he was forced to retire.

Tuani did not get off to a good start in the first heat, but the riding went well and he also managed to set good lap times. In the end he fell just short of scoring a point and finished twenty-first.

After a good start in the second heat, he was riding in thirteenth position in the beginning. He managed to stay in the top fifteen until the middle of the race, but then fatigue started to set in. Tuani persevered but eventually had to leave the race due to a broken chain.

In qualifying for the EMX250 class, Xavier Cazal was unable to find his rhythm. He tried several times to put a fast lap together but despite his efforts he could not get further than a twenty-first time. This meant that he was a reserve for the heats. Unfortunately he was not allowed to participate in the first heat, but this was the case in the second heat. Cazal managed to cross the finish line in twenty-sixth place in the second moto.

There was also a large turnout in the EMX125 class. Venicslav Toshev managed to set a twenty-seventh time in his group, which was not enough for qualification. Despite this disappointment, Toshev stays positive and he will again strive to achieve a good result in Markelo this Sunday.

This Sunday, several riders from the AIT Racing team will compete in the final of the Dutch Masters of Motocross in Markelo.

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