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Luke Norris Race Report – British Championship Round 1

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Fat Cats Motoparc, Doncaster

11th March 2012

Round 1 of the Maxxis British Championships finally arrived and it was to be the first time that Luke had come up against this many strong riders in one race since last year.

Luke was very excited going into the weekend as he felt that all of his hard work and preparation through the winter could finally be put to good use.

We arrived at the track midday Saturday and set up the pit area ready for the weekend. The bikes were scruitineered which went without any problem and once out of the way were able to sit back and relax for the rest of the day.

The track was a deep sand track which looked lovely and smooth to start with but would cut up to be very rough as the races progressed.

Sunday was going to be a tough day but one that we were all prepared for.

Sunday started with 15 minutes free practice followed by 15 minutes timed qualifying. Luke started well putting in some good laps early on but it was going to be very close, he ended up qualifying in 20th but there was less than a second covering 10 places. A good respectable position which meant that the choice of start gate was going to be reasonable.

Race 1

Luke lined up for the first race and managed to get a reasonable start mid pack. As the race progressed Luke didn’t seem to be making much progress and didn’t look as though he could get a good rhythm to make the push forward that he needed. This continued through the race however Luke still managed to finish in 24th place which was out of the points. Not what Luke wanted but a good solid start none the less.

Luke came in complaining that he had no energy at all and felt really flat. We have been undertaking a full review of Luke’s nutrition over the last few months and the race day food had changed but we were still trying to find the right balance and needed to adjust this slightly going into the second race.

Race 2

Luke lined up in a different place on the start line as he felt that the first position didn’t work. He managed to get out of the gate brilliantly and made a huge push for the first corner, Luke got to the corner in around 2nd place and made an awesome start.

Luke was looking totally different from Race 1 and looked like he had much more energy. Luke was holding a great position for over a lap until disaster struck where another rider crashed in front of him so he had no where to go and came off the bike. It took a while for Luke to restart the bike and by this time he had lost the great position.

Eventually Luke restarted his bike and got going again but was way down the field. Luke then got his head down and started pushing hard, he was circulating really well then started catching riders in front of him. As the race went on a lot of the other riders were starting to flag but Luke was still going very strong. Luke kept his head down and managed to catch 6 riders on one lap to push him up the order to finish 20th getting his first point.

We were all really chuffed as Luke had a cracking start, awesome riding both before and after the crash and finished in the points. This was the confidence needed to take him into race 3. More importantly he was strong and had plenty of energy.

Race 3

Luke lined up in a similar position to the second race however the start didn’t go as well as the previous race, he was in a reasonable position during the early part of the race and was looking very strong again.

Luke was pushing hard and as the race progressed he was picking off riders one at a time. This continued and as the other riders were tiring or falling by the wayside Luke was still going strong. Luke crossed the finish line in 16th place again scoring more points.

Summary

Whilst the race meeting didn’t start as Luke had wanted, by the second race we were starting to see the riding which we know Luke is capable of. These races have given Luke great confidence on which to build and a very strong start to the British Championships.

We now have 2 weekends off before the next round of the British Championships at Canada Heights, Swanley, Kent.

Tracy Norris

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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!


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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?

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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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