All roads lead to Shropshire this weekend, Sunday 10th Feb, when HIMX promote the Hawk International Motocross at Hawkstone Park and they have attracted a stunning line up of top Grand Prix and British riders.
Heading the field are current MX2 World Champion Jeffrey Herlings (Red Bull KTM) and Britain’s No 1 rider Tommy Searle who finished second to Herlings after a season long battle. For 2013, 18 year old Herlings stays in the MX2 class to defend his crown and his main opposition may come from his French team mate Jordi Tixier who also lines up on Sunday.
For Searle it is different as the age restriction in MX2 means he moves up to the MX1 class and will make his 2013 racing debut on the 450cc CLS Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki at Hawskstone Park. Rockstar Suzuki MX1 and MX2 bring a strong trio of Belgian riders with Clement Desalle and Kevin Strijbos on the 450cc machines and Julien Lieber aboard the 250cc bike.
World number two Desalle won the MX1 class last year so will be looking for a similar result this time while British MX1 Champion Strijbos cleaned up at Mantova two weeks ago and will be a real threat. Super stylish Frenchman Gautier Paulin heads the Kawasaki factory team and will be looking for a good start to his season as he tries to improve on his third place finish in last year’s World Championship.
Newcomer to the Kawasaki team is Belgian Jeremy Van Horebeek who also like Searle moves into the MX1 class having finished the 2012 MX2 season in third place. Formula 1 racing driver Kimi Raikkonnen`s Ice1 Racing also make the trip and will be represented by Frenchman Xavier Boog and Portuguese rider Rui Goncalves both of whom finished top ten in MX1 last year.
Maxxis Kawasaki by LPE head the British charge with former British Champion Brad Anderson on the green machine this year and after a spell in Australia he is back and raring to go, Dorren Coutts and Connor Walkley team up with Brad this year.
Spaniard Jonathan Barragan and Latvian Matiss Karro spearhead Steve Turners STR KTM squad while Adam Sterry carries the flag in MX2, and another British team Route 77 Energy Honda field super strong Estonian Tanel Leok and Jason Dougan in MX1 and Arminas Jasikonis in MX2.
Britain’s best bet for honours in MX2 lies with the HM Plant KTM UK team led by British Champion Elliott Banks Browne, Swindon`s James Dunn and the Watson brothers from Nottingham, Ben and Nathan.
Other names who are entered include Alessandro Lupino, Marc De Reuver, Jens Getteman, Maxime Desprey, Mike Kras, Alex Snow, Petar Petrov, Pascal Rauchenecker, Glenn Coldenhoff, Nev Bradshaw etc etc, far too many good names to mention them all.
HIMX would like to thank all of the sponsors who have helped out this year namely Hawk, RJS Builders, Cradley Kawasaki, Doodson, Salop Leisure, IS02 Nutrition, CMP Racewear, TMX, DBR, MX Vice and Moto. The first race time has been brought forward to 11.45am as daylight is at a premium at the moment and we want to make sure the Superfinal is run over the full distance and spectators can see the podium before making their way back to their vehicles.
Hawkstone is situated 10 miles north of Shrewsbury and will be signposted off the A49 Shrewsbury to Whitchurch and the A53 Shrewsbury to Market Drayton roads, postcode SY4 4NA.
For more information see the new website www.hawkstoneinternationalmx.
The 2013 Hawkstone International Motocross is supported by
Hawk Plant Hire – www.hawk-group.co.uk
Salop Leisure – www.salopleisure.co.uk
RJS Builders – www.rjsbuildersltd.co.uk
Doodson Motorsport – www.doodsonbg.com
ISO2 – www.iso2nutrition.co.uk
CMP Racewear – www.cmpracewear.com
Pemberton Tyres – www.pembertontyres.co.uk
|Tony Craig||Carnegie Fuels/MOM Honda|
|Carlton Husband||JLP Racing KTM|
|Jonathan Barragan||STR KTM|
|Marc de Reuver||Stabilo Pro Grip KTM|
|Ross Keyworth||Revo Talon Kawasaki|
|Gautier Paulin||Kawasaki Racing Team|
|Kevin Strijbos||Rockstar Suzuki World MX1|
|Jilani Cambre||JDS Racing Team KTM|
|Clement Desalle||Rockstar Suzuki World MX1|
|Alex Snow||Oakleaf Kawasaki|
|Wayne Garrett||JAR Honda by IFS|
|Jamie Collins||TVR Racing KTM|
|Jake Gowan||D3 KTM|
|Tanel Leok||Route 77 Energy Honda|
|Nathan Parker||Revo Talon Kawasaki|
|Jens Getteman||LS Honda|
|Brad Anderson||Maxxis Kawasaki by LPE|
|Shane Carless||Oakleaf Kawasaki|
|Dorren Coutts||Maxxis Kawasaki by LPE|
|Adam Cook||Concept Catering KTM|
|Patrick Major||Desert Off Road Kawasaki|
|Connor Walkley||Maxxis Kawasaki by LPE|
|Jason Dougan||Route 77 Energy Honda|
|Jeremy Van Horebeek||Kawasaki Racing Team|
|Matiss Karro||STR KTM|
|Tommy Searle||CLS Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki|
|John Meara||TMC Moto X Racing Honda|
|Jake Boyes||Wulf/Bikesport/Wearside Rewinds Honda|
|Kenny Van Dueren||Team Scott KTM|
|Greg Fisher||Jack Horseman Kawasaki|
|Xavier Boog||Ice1Racing KTM|
|Jamie Law||Dyer & Butler KTM|
|Oliver Sandiford Smith||MJW Kawasaki|
|Daniel Hutchinson||Bikesport KTM|
|Luke Burton||Heads & All Threads Suzuki|
|Scott Elderfield||CMP Racewear/Goldentyre Kawasaki|
|Jamie Ellis||RSS/Spiral Graphics/RFX KTM|
|Scott Ardren||NC Groundworks Kawasaki|
|James Lassu||MJW Kawasaki|
|Tom Kelly||Malin KTM Racing|
|Ben Hunt||Green Lane Recycling Honda|
|Christy Harnett||TMC Moto X Racing Honda|
|Tommy Alba||Dirtbikexpress/HPR Honda|
|Sam Simmons||Motoward Yamaha|
|Ashley Wilde||Sandbach Scrap Metal Kawasaki|
|Rui Goncalves||Ice1Racing KTM|
|Liam Garland||Dyer & Butler KTM|
|Graeme Irwin||Heads & All Threads Suzuki|
|Bradley Wheeler||GL12 Racing KTM|
|Charlie Hamlet||Feehily/Morris/Fox/RFX Suzuki|
|Mathew Callaghan||RSS Suspension/Recognize GFX Honda|
|James Dunn||HM Plant KTM UK|
|Luke Newman||International Plywood/Ride Direct Kawasaki|
|Julien Lieber||Rockstar Suzuki MX2|
|Axel Van de Sande||Stabilo Pro Grip KTM|
|Elliott Banks-Browne||HM Plant KTM UK|
|Mike Kras||Team Beursfoon Suzuki|
|Ceriel Klein Kromhof||HFS Logistics MX Team KTM|
|Lewis Tombs||JAR Honda by IFS|
|Zac Stealey||V Customs Kawasaki|
|Luke Norris||Oct X MNE Kawasaki|
|Pascal Rauchenecker||Standing Construct KTM|
|Arminas Jasikonis||Route 77 Energy Honda|
|Jeffrey Herlings||Red Bull KTM Factory Racing|
|Brian Bogers||Stabilo Pro Grip KTM|
|John Robson||Bikesport Newcastle/ JR Robson KTM|
|Dan Thornhill||Revo Talon Kawasaki|
|Ben Watson||HM Plant KTM UK|
|Sam Winterburn||D3 Racing KTM|
|Adam Darbyshire||Underdog Racing Honda|
|Rob Davidson||MJW Kawasaki|
|David Blackburn||Blackburn Motorbodies Honda|
|Glenn Fletcher||CM Engineering/Regent MX/ JWR Honda|
|Jack Cox||JL Cox Cranes/MotoMark Yamaha|
|Daniel Brough||Heatex Racing Kawasaki|
|Maxime Desprey||Monster Energy Bike It Dixon Yamaha|
|Petar Petrov||Kemea-Reytec-van de Laar Yamaha|
|Ludovic Brevers||Kemea-Reytec-van de Laar Yamaha|