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KTM Race Report from Mexico…




Red Bull KTM factory riders Tony Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings sealed both the MX1 and MX2 GPs in Guadalajara Mexico on Sunday in Rd. 4 of the World Championships to move further ahead in their respective championships and retain the coveted red plates.

After a clear victory in the opening moto for Cairoli the five times world champion had to engage in a tough four-way fight for the checkered flag in the closing stages of the second moto. The final result could have gone either way right up to the last seconds but he managed to hang on to third place to grab the GP win by a slender one point. It was a fight all the way for Cairoli.

He was back at sixth at the start of the second moto but in his usual dynamic way was quickly mixing it with the race leaders. With a handful of laps to go he looked certain to challenge for the lead but then dug the front end of his 350 SX-F into the sand and sacrificed two places. Cairoli then went on the offensive on the now deeply rutted track. He managed to hang on to third but also received some assistance thanks to a last minute charge by fellow Italian David Philippaerts who spoilt the party for rivals Clement Desalle and Christophe Pourcel. Cairoli’s third place was enough to give him the overall prize.

Tony Cairoli: “We had a good race and the track today was in good condition. I enjoyed the races and I made a good start in the first and was in third place and I just waited for a chance to pass Pourcel and Desalle, who were fighting each other. Then I found the right moment and was able to pull away, I was very motivated to go out and win the second race and I was 5 or 6 at the start. I moved up the third and I watched the guys in front for an opportunity to pass. But then I slipped out in one of the corners and lost two places. Maybe I lost a bit of concentration. I pushed to get back to third and that cost me a lot of energy but I was happy to take a 1-3 result and some more points in the championship.”

It was also a very strong weekend for Cairoli’s current teammate Ken de Dycker of Belgium who is replacing the injured Max Nagl. De Dycker put in two strong motos in the tricky soft sand to finish overall fourth but with equal points to third placed David Philippaerts. The Italian finished instead of de Dycker on the podium because of his better result in the second race. Ken is currently fourth in the overall MX1 standings and is just three points behind third placed Gautier Paulin of France heading for Brazil next weekend. While Tony Cairoli competes in the big class on the light and nimble KTM 350 SX-F, de Dycker, like all other riders in the class is on the 450 cc bike.

Ken de Dycker: “I finished with equal points to Philippaerts but I am really disappointed not to be on the podium. It was very close the whole weekend and I feel like I am getting better with the bike now. But I can’t really complain as I was sick last week and wasn’t able to do any preparation the whole week. Also I did well in the points so I have to be happy about that.”

Herlings shines in MX2
Jeffrey Herlings delivered two copybook rides in MX2 to go into the record books as the first ever GP winner in Mexico by putting on a great show on his KTM 250 SX-F for the Mexican fans. Jeffrey was well supported by teammate Jeremy van Horebeek of Belgium who had two excellent starts, secured both holeshots and even led both motos in the opening stages. He twice finished third behind Briton Tommy Searle to join his teammate on the podium in third overall and has strengthened his second position in the championship standings.

Without a doubt it was the Dutch teenager who was the MX2 star of the weekend and he seemed to gain in authority and confidence as the race weekend progressed. Looking increasingly comfortable on the shale and sand track that had been heavily watered for Sunday’s race, he put in a stunning ride in the second moto to finish 25 seconds clear of his biggest rival, Searle. He now has six wins and two second from eight races and has a 40-point lead over teammate van Horebeek in the overall standings.

Jordi Tixier of France, the rookie member of the Red Bull KTM factory team can also leave Mexico satisfied with his ride. He rode well in both motos to finish a creditable sixth overall and his first moto was particularly strong when he looked like he was going to finish fourth but got passed in the final corner.

Jeffrey Herlings: ”The track was kind of sandy and so it suited me and on Sunday it was much better prepared. I managed to put in a solid gap to win the race and in the second moto I came from tenth and won by about 25 seconds. Now I am pumped to be racing another new track in Brazil next week.”

Jeremy van Horebeek: “I took two holeshots and the bike was awesome but I had to give away my second place in both races. I pushed very heard at the beginning and in the end I had to pay for that. I didn’t feel good between the heats and probably it was a combination of the heat and the altitude and the different food.’

Jordi Tixier: “I’m happy with my weekend. I had two good starts and I was fourth in the first race all through but then I got passed in the last corner so I was a little disappointed. I was also going well in the second race then I crashed when I was fighting with Roelants. I lost some power with the bike so I went off the gas and stuck to that place.”

All the riders had issues with the dust on Saturday and did not compete in the qualifying race but the organizers did well to prepare the track for Sunday’s races, which was heavily watered overnight. They also raced in very hot, dry conditions and at altitude so top levels of fitness was very important. They now immediately travel to Brazil to another new venue at Beto Carrero where they will race next week. The track is reported to be sandy so it should particularly suit Herlings and Cairoli very well.

Picture by Ray Archer

GP of Mexico at Guadalajara – Round 4 of the World Championship
MX1 Results
1, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM
2, Clement Desalle, Belgium, Suzuki
3, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha
4, Ken de Dycker, Belgium, KTM
5, Tanel Leok, Estonia, Suzuki
Other KTM
7, Kevin Strijbos, Belgium, KTM
12, Matiss Karro, Latvia, KTM
16, Davide Guarneri, Italy, KTM

MX1 Standings
1, Cairoli, 178
2, Desalle, 149
3, Paulin, 134
4, de Dycker, 131
5, C. Pourcel, 129
Other KTM
7, Strijbos, 103
14, Karro, 53
15, Guarneri, 46

MX1 Manufacturers Standings
1, KTM, 178
2, Kawasaki, 165
3, Suzuki, 159

MX2 Results
1, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM
2, Tommy Searle, GBR, Kawasaki
3, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM
4, Joel Roelants, Belgium, Kawasaki
5, Christophe Charlier, France, Yamaha
Other KTM
6, Jordi Tixier, France, KTM
7, Jake Nichols, GBR, KTM
9, Glenn Coldenhoff, Netherlands, KTM
14, Valentin Guillod, Switzerland, KTM
15, Jose Butron, Spain, KTM

MX2 Standings
1, Herlings, 194
2, van Horebeek, 154
3, Searle, 153
4, Roelants, 118
5, Tixier, 107
Other KTM
7, Nichols, 95
12, Butron, 60

MX2 Manufacturers Standings
1, KTM, 194
2, Kawasaki, 176
3, Yamaha, 113


Impressive Second for Benistant at MXGP of Trentino as Bonacorsi Delivers Career-Best Result




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



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



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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