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Andrea Bonacorsi Clinches EMX250 Championship

Bonacorsi secures the 2023 EMX250 title with a stunning victory at round nine.

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Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Andrea Bonacorsi has secured the 2023 EMX250 Championship title with a stunning victory at the ninth and penultimate round of the European Championship in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey. Bonacorsi’s outstanding EMX250 title campaign is highlighted by a 100% podium record, which includes four overall victories and six race wins.


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Bonacorsi entered the EMX250 round of Turkey with a significant 54-point lead over his closest championship rival, Kay Karssemakers. As a result, the Yamaha ace only needed to beat the Dutch rider or finish within 4 points of him to clinch the championship crown. 

Despite struggling to find his flow around the hard-packed Afyon circuit on Saturday afternoon, ‘Bona’ remained composed in Race One and completed 15 smooth and consistent laps to finish the race in fourth place, ahead of Karssemakers. 

Entering the final race on Sunday morning, Bonacorsi maintained his composure and powered his GYTR-kitted YZ250F to a top-five start. The determined Italian then solidified his position as the championship leader and deserving champion, by making a few brilliant passes to ultimately secure the crown with a stunning race win. 

This season marks Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s fourth term as Yamaha Motor Europe’s Official EMX250 team, and in those four years, they have celebrated three titles. The team’s winning streak began in 2020 with Thibault Benistant, followed by Rick Elzinga’s triumph in 2022. Now, Andrea Bonacorsi has contributed to their impressive legacy by clinching an incredible title in 2023.

Andrea Bonacorsi – 2023 EMX250 Champion: “Today was so good! I struggled a little bit yesterday, but today I felt much better, and I managed to win the championship and the overall. I really need to thank everyone, especially my family who are at home watching on TV, Wim Hutten and the Hutten Metaal Yamaha team, Yamaha Motor Europe, Monster Energy and everyone around me who have made it possible for me to achieve this goal. We finally made it! It’s incredible.”

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HRC Video: Meeting Ferruccio Zanchi

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Ferruccio Zanchi is the new face in Team HRC, with the Italian youngster leading the renewed CRF250R programme for 2024. Watch on, to get to know a bit more about this new MX2 rider.

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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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Lucas and Sacha Coenen confirmed for Lierop

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This Sunday (March 3) the Dutch motocross season will start at the Herselse Bossen circuit in Lierop. The field of racers is getting stronger and stronger and it promises to be a really high-level race.


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The MX2 class is full of young and motivated riders and Lucas and Sacha Coenen will join them for Lierop. These talented twins regularly impressed in the MX2 World Championship last year and Lucas won his first Grand Prix in Indonesia at the age of sixteen.

A fifth place was his share in the final standings and he certainly wants to improve on that this year. Sacha also regularly showed that he has the speed to compete at the front. Highlights were his second place in the qualifying heat in Finland and top five finishes in the Czech Republic and Sweden.

In the deep sand of Lierop, the Coenen brothers will compete against riders like Kay de Wolf, Cas Valk, Hakon Osterhagen, Max Werner, Scott Smulders, Bradley Mesters, Hakon Fredriksen, Oriol Oliver and others.

Also in the 500 class we get fireworks with the participation of Jeffrey Herlings, Jago Geerts, Pauls Jonass, Calvin Vlaanderen, Brent van Doninck and others.

The weather forecast looks good, so the Dutch MX Season Opener in Lierop has all the ingredients to see a great day of racing.

For more information have a look at www.maclierop.nl

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