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MAXXIS Press Release, 1st November 2011



ACU Events have now released all the dates and venues for the 2012 Maxxis ACU British Motocross Championship and an exciting new formula which will be used at selected rounds.

The fantastic facility at Fatcat Moto Park will start the series off on March 11th and a separate announcement regarding special facilities will be announced concerning this event shortly. The Hawkstone Park event has been brought forward to a summer date (round six) whilst Langrish is re-introduced at their Manor Farm venue, which will incorporate a weekend event, probably with Sidecars, Quads and Evo racing on the Sunday to create a real value for money weekend for fans.

Having traditionally opened the series for the past two years, the series finishes with the Little Silver event near Exeter in early October.

The eight venues will be;

March 11th, Fatcat Moto Park, Doncaster

April 1st, Canada Heights, Kent

May 6th, Lyng, Norfolk

May 27th, Milton Moto Park, Northants

24th June, Desertmartin, Northern Ireland

29th July, Hawkstone Park, Shrewsbury

27th August (Monday), Langrish, Hants

7th October, Little Silver, Exeter

Series Manager, Brian Higgins commented, “We are delighted to have everything in place and contracts signed by all eight organisers. Unfortunately, Farleigh Castle does not feature in 2012, but we are talking with the new land agent and hopefully the Somerset venue will be included for 2013. I am excited about the series kicking off at Fatcat, which we openly admit was chosen for the opening round due to the tarmac entrance, hardstanding and sand track. Equally, I am pleased about Langrish returning to the series as traditionally the August Bank Holiday event gets a large crowd of spectators”.

Whilst five rounds will remain similar to 2011, with three MX1, three MX2 and two support races of either Youth or Veterans, the remaining three rounds will have a revised format, with just two races each for the MX and MX2 classes of the normal 20 minute duration, whilst the top twenty riders from each class will go forward to a longer 30 minute shootout race at the end of the day. Obviously this is exciting as the old format did not allow the top MX1 and MX2 riders to race together. It is also understood that at these specific rounds only, two extra races will be included for Big Wheel 85cc riders (and 150F’s) to show their talents in front of the big teams and large gathering of spectators. Again Higgins enthused, “We have consulted with many of the leading teams and whilst the basic formula seems to work we felt it was the right time to introduce something different and the prospect of Tonus and Whatley racing together is exciting. Equally, I am delighted the Youths will have chance to show their skills on major tracks in true championship conditions”.

The allocation of classes at each event will be finalised once the FIM have announced their final Motocross GP fixture list, hopefully very soon.


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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