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The 86th Wild & Woolly, Boxing Day 2011



The 86th running of the world’s oldest off-road motorcycle race saw a few changes for this year, with both a new venue and a new start time. Airfield Farm, Market Harborough proved a perfect alternative venue for the traditional Boxing Day mudfest. Whilst the track didn’t have as much standing water as the traditional Blisworth venue, it proved extremely challenging.  There were lots of new sections added to the circuit making it as spectacular as ever. The traditional dead-engine start was delayed by one hour to allow spectators time to arrive at the new venue, and arrive they did in their thousands. By the time the flag dropped the crowds were bigger than ever, estimated to be between three and four thousand.

2010’s winner Jack Lee hit the front almost immediately, and his extreme enduro skills shone through as he made the going look easy. Following him on lap one was Michael McClurg, followed by nine time race winner Ryan Griffiths, Neil Prince, current South Midland Centre Expert Champion Dale Raynor, and track owner Steve Harrison. Positions at the front remained unchanged on lap two, but the first of the big muddy ditches got deeper and harder for most of the rest of the field. Despite the efforts of the usual crowd of marshalls with ropes, it became impassable to all but the best. On lap three the course was diverted around the muddy crevass and the race really got into full swing. Jack continued to lead by example with a flawless performance. Next around Ryan Griffiths edged past close rival Michael McClurg though the pair were inseperable for most of the race. Neil Prince and Steve Harrison rounded out the top five after a painful fall cost Dale Raynor a lap.
On lap five disaster struck the early leader Jack Lee. A collision with an erratic lapped rider cost him a dislocated finger and painful ribs, putting him out of the rest of the race. Michael McClurg inherited the lead after re-passing Ryan Griffiths, with Neil Prince and Steve Harrison still behind them. James Barnwell was moving steadily up the leader board, now into fifth position as was Mark McCann now into sixth. By lap seven Michael McClurg’s grip on the race began to slip, a number of incidents dropped him back to fifth as Ryan Griffiths took the lead for the first time. James Barnwell moved up to second with Steve Harrison in a brilliant third at this stage. Moving up to fourth place now was 2007 winner Richard Main. After a problematic first lap Richard slowly reeled in the the riders in front of him, his progress largely unnoticed by the crowds. In a stealthy yet determined performance he adjusted well to the sticky conditions and was able to keep pace with the leaders from futher back in the field.
By the halfway point most of the top ten riders had suffered some kind of delay or fall. Richard Main progressed through to second after Michael McClurg, Steve Harrison, James Barnwell and Mark McCann all missed laps. Ryan Griiffiths lead commandingly from the front, however Michael McClurg refused to give up. Eventually he caught and passed the leader to unlap himself a couple of laps from the finish. This brave moved secured him third spot and put him back on the same lap as the leader.
After a difficult hour and seventeen gruelling laps, Ryan took the checkered flag and his historic tenth Wild & Woolly victory. Though thrilled at the win, he insisted it will be his last ever attempt and is looking forward to spectating next year. Mind you, he’s said that quite a few times before.. Richard Main took second and whilst pleased with the result, would dearly have liked to challenge for the lead had he not had such a difficult start. Arguably the fastest man on the track while he was going, Michael Mclurg was the third and final rider to complete the full seventeen laps for a well deserved third place.
Steve Harrison took a brilliant fourth on his home track, just one lap behind the leading trio. An equally impressive Mark McCann slipped to fifth after a problem two laps from the end. He was closely followed by Dale Raynor who came back through the field to sixth, James Barnwell, Adam Castledine, 1990 winner Mark Elliott and Marc  Bates.

That concluded the 86th Woolly and answered a number of questions that the change of venue had asked. Market Harborough had proved to be an excellent alternative venue, and the people of Leicestershire supported the event magnificently by turning out in such great numbers. Ryan took an amazing tenth win after twenty years of trying, a feat that would seem impossible to beat.

1. Ryan Griffiths- 17 laps
2. Richard Main- 17 laps
3. Michael McClurg- 17 laps
4. Steve Harrison- 16 laps
5. Mark McCann- 15 laps
6. Dale Raynor- 15 laps
7. James Barnwell- 15 laps
8. Adam Castledine- 15 laps
9. Mark Elliott- 15 laps
10. Marc Bates- 14 laps
11. Rob Saunders- 14 laps
12. Jamie Scott- 14 laps
13. Matt Willis- 14 laps
14. Martin Streeton- 14 laps
15. John Gill- 13 laps
16. Neil Prince- 12 laps
17. Ross Gray- 11 laps
18. Darren Faulkner- 11 laps
19. Ross Harrison- 10 laps
20. John Abbott 10 laps
21. Jim Appleby- 10 laps
22. Daniel Loveday -10 laps
23. Brad Willis – 9 laps
24. James Higgins- 9 laps
25. Christian Livesey- 8 laps
26. Jamie Nelson- 8 laps
27. Ryan Blackwell- 8 laps
28. Ashley Rilings- 7 laps
29. Hayley Rilings- 7 laps
30. Steve Potter- 6 laps
31. Mark Page- 6 laps
32. Nathan Wheeler- 5 laps

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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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