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Kawasaki Racing Team prepares 2012

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Kawasaki Racing Team went this month to Southern Europe for several testing sessions. It’s the best opportunity to test all new factory parts a few months prior the new season.

The entire staff moved to Spain and later to South of France, where several tracks were selected for this test session. Due to some showers during these sessions, the riders were able to work and test on hard, soft and wet tracks! For François Lemariey, team manager, this period is always important as there are many prototype parts to test and develop.

“We used several tracks in Spain and south of France, so our riders have tested on different layouts and conditions. Both Xavier and Gautier were surprised to have so much work to do, as we received from Kawasaki Japan six boxes full of special parts and we also had new parts from our technical partners. Takashi Maruyama, a Japanese engine engineer and Theo Lockwood, who is dedicated to electronical ignition at Kawasaki Motors Corporation in the US stayed with us and it was a positive experience to work with them as we could share many informations” said François who was pleased to work in a great atmosphere with all the team members.

“We’ve changed some members of our technical staff, with a new engine tuner – David Raymond – while Brad Graham is now dedicated to the electronical ignition. Concerning the mechanics Luc Bruggeman works with Xavier Boog, and Jorg Pyka is now alongside Gautier Paulin. It was our first experience with Gautier, and we’re delighted to work with him; he has great human qualities, and gave to the mechanics and engineers many informations. He has a huge testing experience, and it was very interesting to mix Gautier and Xavier remarks; Xavier will enter his third season with the team, and he knows what he want. The atmosphere was very good during this period, on the tracks as well as at the hotel, and everyone has a great motivation for next season” he added.

Sport manager of the team, Yves Demaria was also pleased to work with such a motivated group. “We worked hard on the bikes during the season, and as we raced with the 2012 models since the French Grand Prix we never thought that we would have so many parts to test! The factory has also work hard to prepare so many novelties, and Xavier who is now used to the team and the bike was also surprised; it’s for us a great motivation to know that at the factory everyone is pushing hard, and also to enter a true cooperation with Kawasaki US. I was also testing with Xavier and Gautier, and I can say that the bike is improved; the engine is more powerful but not aggressive, the frame and suspensions are more comfortable and we’ve worked on many other details. As we could imagine it was a pleasure to work with Gautier, he knows exactly what he wants; as Xavier has more experience he is now more involved in the development of the bike, and it was great to compare both opinions” analyzed Yves who will enter his second season with KRT.

“I would say that these sessions were better than last year; it’s easier to work with two riders than three, the relationship is better and stronger between the team members. Everyone is motivated and has the same goal: to offer the best results to Kawasaki and of course to win races. We will receive the new parts in a few weeks, and we have scheduled other tests later in March on sandy tracks” continued Yves who has now more experience as sport manager.

The Riders and mechanics have a break after these tests but soon they will be back at the workshop and on the tracks to prepare the first pre-season races scheduled in February.

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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!


Images: HRC Honda


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?

Featured Image: HRC Honda

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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