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Under the Radar: Anaheim 2

Both Justin Hill and Weston Peick flew under the radar at round three of the Monster Energy Supercross series.



Wow, I still cannot believe how good Anaheim 2 was! Obviously, the top guys have received a lot of attention thus far. However, there are a couple of riders that deserve praise for how they rode this past weekend, as they exceeded the expectations that we had of them. So, in this weekly feature, we like to put the spotlight on the riders that you may not have noticed at the third round of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series.

Justin Hill (250SX): If you read a lot of my articles, you will know that I believe in Justin Hill. I honestly believe that he has the potential to mix it up with the elite riders in the 250SX west class. However, prior to this past weekend, Justin had not shown too much speed, as he was floundering around outside of the top five. Although he only narrowly improved his result at A2, the way that he achieved his fifth place was extremely impressive.

I am sure that you have watched the 250SX main event by now; did you see a Kawasaki rider get separated from his bike in the first rhythm section and lose a ton of time? Well, that was Hill. But, despite that crash, he pulled through to finish fifth. Hill had to deal with a bent bike too, which meant that his performance was even stronger. In his rookie season last year, Hill had two fifth place finishes. But, that was against lesser competition, it has to be said.

You cannot discredit his result at all; he earnt that finish, as he had to come back from dead last. Honestly, I was surprised that his lap times were not on par with the leaders. However, you can put that down to the fact that he was constantly coming through traffic; Hill did not have a clear track like those guys. I am interested to see what he can do with a good start; it would not surprise me if he wins a race before the end of the year. Justin has to finish up on the box at some point; if he fails to do that, the season will be a disaster, in my opinion.

Weston Peick (450SX): In recent years Weston Peick has gained a lot of new fans, because of his speed and attitude to racing. Peick has a much stronger program this year; he is receiving some support from Suzuki, and he has a title sponsor in the form of MotoSport, so racing is a lot easier for him this year. However, he still does not have the type of support that we think he deserves.

Anyway, I digress. At Anaheim 2, Peick defied the odds and finished seventh, despite the fact that he bruised his lungs in a vicious fall in Phoenix one weekend earlier. Honestly, I was a bit surprised that he was even on-track this past weekend, let alone up front! You have to check out his crash, if you have not already – it was bad! I am certain that most guys wouldn’t have gotten up from it. But, in true Weston Peick fashion, it did not faze him in the slightest.

In the 450SX main event, Weston got a reasonably good start on the cusp of the top ten, and then began working his way through the pack at a steady pace. Eventually he got to seventh, which is where he finished. Since 2012 he has finished in seventh on two occasions, so rarely does he finish that far up. However, he managed it this past weekend against a stacked field, and in less than ideal circumstances; he was still a little beat up from round two. You have to give him credit for how he has improved in supercross over the last few years.

I expect Weston to continue finishing in the top ten, as he clearly has the speed. After all, he showed a good amount of speed at Anaheim 1 too; he had the sixth fastest lap time! If Peick can continue riding like this, a strong team will surely pick him up for next year. 2014 may be a long way off, but those negotiations will begin very soon.

Words: Lewis Phillips

 Image: James Lissimore


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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