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Kawasaki Debrief: Jeremy Seewer and Romain Febvre flex their muscles in France

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The Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP dominated the opening race of the French motocross season at Sommières; Jeremy Seewer won both MX1 motos from Romain Febvre while Febvre claimed the SuperFinal ahead of Seewer.


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The event was a perfect opportunity for both riders and the entire KRT team to enjoy further preparation for the upcoming FIM World MXGP Championship in fine weather under racing conditions. The brace of MX1 moto wins – and of course the overall classification – were the first victories for the Swiss rider in Green, and Febvre, as last week in Italy, again showed his speed and endurance to win the final race of the day with his teammate in his wheel tracks, nearly half a minute ahead of their closest rival.

The Kawasaki duo will complete their preparation for the opening GP in Argentina on March 9-10 when Febvre races at Hawkstone Park in central England and Seewer at Lacapelle Marival in France next weekend.

Jeremy Seewer: “It was a positive day; I’m very happy about my riding, my starts and many things but there is still room for further improvement. It’s good to take the experience out of this and I learned the bike in race conditions; it was only my second race on a Kawasaki and I won two races against some fast guys so that’s good. The organisers prepared a beautiful track with a lot of people and good atmosphere; all-in all it was a perfect day.”

Romain Febvre: “A good day at Sommières with good racing conditions and weather but it was not so easy to pass on this track. My first start was not so good as the gate dropped very quickly and I lost time in a little crash too but I came back second behind Jeremy, and again posted a second position in the next race. My speed was good all day long; I won the SuperFinal and I have a good feeling in racing conditions; we continue to learn our bike, and this week I will again test some more new parts before the next race.”

Antti Pyrhonen: “It was a very intense and busy day at Sommières with timed training, super-pole, two motos and a SuperFinal! Absolutely a great preparation and a great training with great results. We went 1-2 in every motos; our riders were both really strong and it was a good preparation for the future challenges. The bikes were working really well for both riders, we got all the holeshots and we had a really good day.”

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We’re Still FAST! Inside the MXGP of Trentino

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Home to one of the most spectacular venues on the calendar, the fourth round of MXGP that took place at the foot of the saw-toothed Dolomite mountains in Pietramurata, Italy, did not fail to deliver!

Adding a vibrant twist to the already stunning landscape, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP and MX2 teams rocked up to the Grand Prix decked out in Yamaha’s iconic white and pink anniversary livery.

Inspired by the 1993 YZs, the eye-catching design celebrating 50 years of Yamaha’s championship-winning YZ brought a burst of energy and camaraderie to the paddock. “Only real men wear pink!” Calvin Vlaanderen smiled. “You look like a Barbie, a really beautiful Barbie, though,” his trainer joked. Throughout the weekend, the uplifting effect of the retro livery was undeniable.

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Thriving in the loud and energetic atmosphere typical of an Italian Grand Prix, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s own Italian stallion, Andrea Bonacorsi, took everyone by surprise. “You see! You were thinking I was not fast! But I come, eh? Don’t worry, eh! Be happy!” Andrea grinned. While ‘Bona’, the reigning EMX250 Champion and one of MX2’s most exciting young rookies, showed what he is capable of with an epic third-place finish in Race Two, the biggest relief was for his teammate Thibault Benistant.

As a rider that has been pegged as a title contender, Thibault finally uncorked his first bottle of prosecco in 2024 after putting his YZ250FM on the box! “Finally! I had to wait too long for this one,” the French star said. “Actually, I can be happy, because I didn’t ride that good today. I was quite tight, so to be on the podium with such crap riding, was not too bad.”

In between the talk of all things Italian, such as pizza, prosecco and ‘dragons of the night’, Calvin Vlaanderen was FAST! “I felt so good this weekend,” the South African said, “I was P1 in Free Practice, P3 in Time Practice, but crashed in the qualifying race. I cross-jumped the triple, landed off the track and went down, so I had to come from last to P7, which was actually quite good.”

Calvin finished sixth after another average start in Race One but bounced back in Race Two with a lively start followed by a hard-fought second-place finish. He missed the podium by a mere 3 points! “Race Two was fun,” he said, “I really enjoyed running up front with the guys. At one point, I could see Jeremy (Seewer) coming, so I just focused on putting in two or three good laps, and then I saw I had a 3-second gap on him, so I was super happy with that. I just kept my focus ahead on (Jorge) Prado, to see if I can keep the pace, and we managed that. It was nice!”

The MXGP of Trentino brought together adrenaline-pumping action, colourful team spirit, and a glimpse of how fast the Yamaha riders really are. With its stunning location and some incredible moments, this round was one for the memory bank.

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The highlights from HRC Honda at Trentino

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Highlights from the fourth round of the 2024 MXGP World Championships, held at the picturesque Pietramurata track in Trentino, Italy, where Tim Gajser was able to close up the gap at the top of the table, after a hard-fought third place.

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Mathis Valin stays second in EMX250

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Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Mathis Valin narrowly missed the podium in round two of the EMX250 Championship at Pietramurata in the Trentino region of northern Italy but the French teenager retained a secure second place in the series standings.

A single slip in each race cost the youngster a second consecutive podium in his rookie season in the class, but he displayed character and determination to regain his composure and charge back up the leaderboard to finish fourth in each moto. He spun out in a loose-surfaced turn on the third lap of Saturday afternoon’s first moto after quickly advancing to fourth; the incident cost him three positions but he responded well to recover fourth place five laps from the close despite discomfort in his leg from the crash. In race two on Sunday morning he found himself squeezed towards the trackside banking heading into the first turn but was again quickly on the move to seventh before tipping over in a tight turn at the start of lap four to surrender two positions. Undaunted by the slip he persevered with decisive passes on consecutive laps mid-moto to make fourth his own four laps from the end. He now trails the championship leader by sixteen points but is seventeen clear of third in the standings.

Bud teammate Benjamin Garib had no joy in Saturday’s first moto as he was involved in a mass collision on the exit from turn one but the Chilean showed his speed and determination in race two as he advanced consequently from a fifteenth-placed start to seventh – with his sights set on fifth – two laps from the finish before a fall pushed him back to eighth at the chequered flag.

Mathis Valin: “ After my crash yesterday I had so much pain in my leg that I could hardly walk when I came back to the team truck and I didn’t sleep so well last night. But today I did my best to get some important points with another fourth-placed finish; in the first part of the race I still had some pain, especially when I was sitting down, but  it became less painful mid-moto and I could make some passes. I didn’t really enjoy this track so much but the results show that all the work we did this winter is paying off and overall I’m happy as I’m still second in the standings.”

Benjamin Garib: ” Saturday was not a good way to start the weekend with a crunch at the first corner but my start was better today and I was right on the pack. I could make some good passes but I had a small crash near the end which cost me a couple of places. I enjoyed the track, but it was a new experience and very tricky with the grip; you had to be very careful with line-choice. I’m happy with my riding; I just need to figure out my starts.”

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