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The Man Behind This Weekends Track At Weston – Johnny Douglas Hamilton



The man behind the GP tracks at Sun City in South Africa, Gore Basin on the Isle of Wight and Matterley Basin – scene of one of the most memorable Motocross des Nations of recent times – is heading down to Somerset this weekend to begin work on the circuit for round two of the Red Bull Pro Nationals at Weston-super-Mare.

The name Johnny Douglas Hamilton is synonymous with bespoke, world-class motocross circuits and the 34-year-old former British championship rider knows building a track from scratch on the beach at Weston will throw up a few fresh challenges.

“The plan is to come up with a design that Matt and Steve are happy with and then over the week it will be built with around five machines working on it. The other guys are familiar with how Weston develops and they have been advising me on the sorts of problems that can develop.

“The aim is to keep the design open and flowing and just let the sand itself become the obstacle. There will be a couple of big jumps but mostly it will be a gruelling whoop monster.

“I would like to get as much of the final touches done myself as is possible but when you work on an event like this that’s time-restricted you rely on others very heavily. It’s very much a team effort and everybody has to contribute in a big way.”

Johnny – or Lord Johnny Douglas Hamilton to give him his full title (“it’s just an honorary title given to the younger son/brother of a Duke, I’m not the ‘Lord’ of anything as such and I’ve never actually written my name down as Lord”) – has been riding off-road since he was a kid but didn’t start racing until his late teens and from then on was always playing catch up.

“My dad had all four of his kids riding dirt bikes from a young age but he didn’t want me actually racing till I finished my A levels. When I left school I got the chance to try racing properly. I say ‘properly’ but it was a bit of a one man band type effort. My dad gave me two bikes and said I was welcome to try race but that I would be on my own from there.

“I drove myself to the races from Scotland and laboured during the week to try and pay for the racing. I obviously had to do my own engines and suspension. I drove an old water board van that I tried to kit out myself.

“Within a couple years of leaving school I scraped into the British in 2000 but I wasn’t much use. I started to get the hang of it and scored in a few races but at the wrong end of the top 20. I remember just missing the top 10 at Southport one year and I always loved sandy tracks like Lyng and Desertmartin.

“When I injured myself at the first round of 2004 I’d had a reasonable go at it by then. I was tidy enough but I just didn’t have that raw speed that you could see in the top boys. Without the schoolboy background I was essentially still learning as an adult what everyone else had already picked up in their teens.”
Even before he was racing Johnny was building tracks in a forest near his home which Billy MacKenzie and Stuart Flockhart used for practice and what started as a hobby has developed into a career.

“Jeff Perrett was doing a shoot there for Animal in ’98 and I guess it was him that would get me the gig at the Isle of Wight six years later. It obviously went really well and the positive reaction from the riders was massive. From there I got the chance to go all around the world doing tracks.

“My main line of work now is building private tracks as and we’ve helped quite a few pro guys from Zach Osborne through to David Knight.”

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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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