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MBO Sport Yamaha – Maxxis British Motocross Championship – Round 1, Landrake



It looked like on paper that this years Maxxis British Motocross championship was going to be the best and most competitive in many years, but Kristian Whatley and the MBO Sport Yamaha Team showed last Sunday at Landrake in Cornwall that although opposition is tough they are not going to have the championship they have worked so hard to get, taken away very easily as the team were well on the race pace with Kristian on the podium again.

It was a treat to have some nice sunny dry weather as Kristian qualified fourth but within a second of the leader GP rider Shaun Simpson, but come “superpole” time, Kristian qualified fourth giving him a good gate pick for that all important start.

In the first MX1 race Kristian followed Jake Nicholls into turn one as the pair of fast riders set off at a great pace leaving the rest to squabble over third place.

All though Kristian was riding the same speed as Nicholls on the tight rutty fast track he couldn’t find a place to effect a pass and had to settle for a safe second place.

He said after the race, “I had a good jump at the start of the first race and was second going into the first turn behind Jake as the pair of us managed to open up a bit of a lead over Shaun. I just couldn’t find away past Jake as he was riding so well and had to settle for second”

Things didn’t go to plan for Kristian in race two as he tangled with another rider in the opening part of the race and ended the lap in eighteenth and with a lot of work to do to get some good championship points.

He powered his way back up the pack to third by the half way stage but a simple mistake like stalling his Yamahas engine dropped him back down to seventh with only three laps left in the race.

As Shaun took his first win of the year, Kristian finished fifth behind two GP runners and two ex-British champions.

He said after the race, “I had a good start but got it all wrong going up the start straight and dropped back to about twentieth. From then on I pushed hard and managed to make my way back up to third behind Jake again, but then stalled the bike in a turn and ended up fifth”

The third and last MX1 race of the day was more straight forward as Shaun got the holeshot from Jake and Kristian and with the track getting more rutted and becoming one line Kristian had to wait for an opportunity to pass Jake, which he did with five laps to go.

He closed in on Shaun very quickly but run out of race time before he could make a pass.

 Kristian said after racing had finished for the day about the last race and the rest of the year, “I gated third in the last race behind Shaun and Jake, but half way through the race I was feeling comfortable on the bike and Jake was making some mistakes so I capitalised on that and passed him in to second. I closed the gap on Shaun and if the race had been another couple of laps longer perhaps I could have challenged him for the lead. I think the scene is set now and this years championship and it will be a fight between us three”

MBO Sport Yamahas second rider is the young Lewis Trickett riding in the MX2 class and he acquitted himself very well to the task handed to him by getting a thirteenth place start in the MX2 first race and finishing a creditable ninth.

In the second he started in twelfth and finish seventh, just behind Neville Bradshaw and his best race came in his last outing where he gated fifth amongst the top runners and held that position till the end of the race giving him a fine eighth overall.


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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