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After typical English summertime weather most had expected round 3 of the British motocross championship to be a mudfest, but with threatening skies and winter like temperatures the historic sandy circuit of Lyng was in prime condition! The temperature was set to soar as the qualification times were posted and both Yamaha’s Samsung RFX MX2 riders where inside the top 10 once again.

The first race saw both the Samsung RFX riders hitting the front just behind eventual race winner Elliott Bank-Browne (EBB). Irwin managed to pass team mate Lenoir and set after EBB. For Lenoir it was his first visit to the South East track and a bit of a learning curve pitted against riders who had raced here many times before, but the French ace kept the Samsung RFX Yamaha upright on the demanding natural terrain holding second spot for over half the race to bring it home eventually in 4th place not far adrift of Irwin who despite his efforts could do nothing about lining the leader up to make the pass for that illusive first Maxxis win aboard the Samsung RFX 250f Yamaha.

Race 2 looked to be another great start as again both the Yamaha’s in the Samsung RFX squad had got off the concrete launch pad well their Pirelli tyres hooking up well putting both riders inside the top 10 as they hit the first turn. Irwin had the better of his Samsung RFX team mate this time out and came round to complete lap 1 in 3rd tucked in behind first race winner EBB with GP rider Pocock out front. Lenoir had managed to climb to 6th as they came past the timming wagon and had the 250f Yamaha flat out trying to make up ground. Irwin forced EBB into an error and took over the second spot once again responding to every move leader Pocock made, but again that win wasn’t to be as he crossed the line for the second time in second place but now in with a great shot of the overall win on the day. Lenoir had worked hard with poor vision from the damp sandy conditions but his Rip n Roll cartridge googles kept him in the hunt and he moved up the leaderboard to cross the line in a very comfortable 4th, again.

Into the final race of the day for the MX2 riders and it looked good for at least one of the Samsung RFX boys, if not both to finish on the podium. Lenoir hooked his Pirelli tyre up and bolted off into the lead with an increadable holeshot with race 1 winner EBB in hot pursuit, the Frenchman rode exceptionally well to hold the lead untill the 3rd lap and then eventually dropped to 3rd on lap 7 of 11 but crossed the line with only a 3 second margin to reclaiming the runner up position. Irwin’s race hadn’t gone quite to plan after another good start a collision with another rider while trying to make an aggressive pass had left the Samsung RFX pilot on the ground and down the leaderboard. Picking himself back up and putting on a great charge on the by now hidiously rough circuit it was to be a battle of will for the young Irishman to try to put in a finish to salvage what could of been an overall victory. Managing to climb back into 5th place earnt him 3rd overall for the day just ousting team mate Lenoir back to 4th. Surely it will be only a matter of time now before we see the Samsung pair getting race wins and the overall victory that they both so deserve.

MX1 Samsung RFX rider Jake Shipton set a 2.11 lap in qualification to put him in 27th just needing to find a mere 2 seconds a lap to be in side the top 20 and this now doubt will come soon once the youngster is back to being race fit after his pre-season mishaps.

Race 1 saw the mighty 450f Samsung RFX Yamaha come round to complete lap 1 in 25th and with the Samsung RFX setup performing well he was able to push up to just outside the point scoring 20th place before his stamina started to fade halting any further forward momentum, crossing the line in 22nd.

Race 2 got underway and after having had some light rain the track the riders in the thick of it were imparred by poor visibility and this was hammpering any chance for Shipton to recover from a very poor start, only managing to climb from near last on lap 1 to finish 33rd.

Final race saw a better start but a problem on the second lap saw Shiptons race was over as he retired on lap 3, hoping to come back stronger for round 4 at Milton Malsor in a few weeks time with a track more to his suiting.

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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!

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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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