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Stat Sheet: Contenders

Stats, facts and opinions!



We all endured a fairly uneventful 2015 Maxxis British Championship, as Shaun Simpson and Max Anstie dominated each week. Good things come to those who wait, however, as both classes are wide open this year. The current MX2 standings, specifically, could turn upside down by the time that the final chequered flag waves at Foxhill.

Steven Clarke currently leads by the smallest of margins, but one mishap would see him demoted to fourth. All it would then take is a good moto and he could be back at the head of the table. It is that close. Seeing as there are now just six motos remaining, it seemed fitting to break each contender down.

We, of course, must start with the current series leader. Although Clarke was forced to withdraw from the first moto of the year, consistency has undoubtedly been his greatest strength since then. If you take that DNF out of the equation, his average finish has been a third. That is what helps you win championships, folks! Canada Heights was where he was at his best and, taking the conditions there into account, you could perhaps expect similar rides from him at Blaxhall and Foxhill.

His starts have been a bit of a problem lately, although he rebounded somewhat with a holeshot at Leuchars, but they were not bad at all through the first three rounds. ‘511’ is clearly capable of getting out of the gate, so there is no reason to doubt that aspect of his programme. All in all, Clarke appears to be a formidable contender and one who will be tough to topple.


It's hard to fault Steven Clarke, which will make him tough to beat.

Ray Archer

Taking an unconventional route, it seems appropriate to jump to the man who sits fourth and is the winningest rider thus far. Adam Sterry obviously missed round one and has been playing catch up since then, so the fact that he sits just fifteen points back with three rounds remaining is pretty good. It is completely hypothetical, but if you give him a brace of sixths at round one (that is a scorecard that he is obviously more than capable of acquiring) then he would be fifteen points ahead right now.

Sterry seemingly has the pace, consistency (he has not dropped out of the top two since April) and ability to start up front. That will be a tough combination to beat, quite truthfully. What could be his Achilles heel in all of this? Beating Clarke at Foxhill could prove to be difficult, but he just needs to ensure that he gets the most out of Blaxhall and then Preston Docks. The latter is a circuit that he will be the clear favourite at.


Adam Sterry has momentum on his side, so it is important for the others to put a stop to that.

Ray Archer

Martin Barr currently occupies second in the MX2 standings, as he has one more moto win than Bryan Mackenzie. If the series were to end like this, the extra victory would break the tie between the two. That may actually be something worth paying attention to as this thing goes down to the wire; tie breaks may have to come into play.

Back to Barr, anyway, who has had a turbulent campaign thus far, with freak issues (Lyng), injuries and first-lap crashes (Desertmartin). The fact that he is still in this thing is actually a little surprising, when you lay everything out like that. ‘50’ is typically considered a sand specialist but has performed well at Foxhill in the past also, so his versatility may be his greatest strength. Starts are clearly his weakness though.

Tenth is the position that he has started each moto in on average, but that figure obviously crashed massively after Desertmartin. Even taking that out of the equation though, he has started in the top five in four of the ten motos run thus far this year. That may not sound too bad, but it could make a difference as some spoilers come into play.


Starts appear to be the thing that could halt Martin Barr's charge.

Ray Archer

Bryan Mackenzie is currently tied with Martin Barr, as mentioned above, and has actually been remarkably consistent recently. He has more podium finishes, seven to be exact, than anyone else and has had an average finish of third since round two. Admittedly the most recent round was not the best for him, but the fact that he still salvaged a brace of thirds on what was an ‘off’ day was positive.

His starts have been incredibly good in seven of the ten motos, but in the other three they have been atrocious. It seems there is no in between, as he has either started in the top three or way outside of the top ten. The good news for him, however, is that he has only done the latter three times, so the chances of it happening a lot through these last three rounds are slim. If it were to happen again, however, it could stop him from making a serious push for this title.


Bryan Mackenzie and Martin Barr are this close in the standings!

Ray Archer

The spoilers, alluded to previously, should get amongst these four and steal some points. Mel Pocock has the greatest chance of doing this at Blaxhall, then Ben Watson should be up there when he returns too. I actually believe it will be this that decides the championship. If Sterry manages to win a moto this weekend and Pocock chases him across the line, he would make up five points on whoever finishes third in that one race alone! Every points counts at this stage, so it really is an exciting time to be a fan.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Image: Ray Archer


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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Pro Motocross

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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