Tonus cleans up at Hawkstone

On a day that felt like we don’t have to wait too long for Spring it was also great to get our first real dose of MX action in the UK after going cold turkey for too long! Hawkstone Park was heaving with fans and they were not disappointed as plenty of the top riders in the UK and a good sprinkling of GP riders went through their paces as they turned up the wick in preparation for the long year ahead, and nobody looked more prepared than Arnaud Tonus.

The Swiss rider looked the bees knees as he romped to victory in the MX2 class on his Monster Energy/ Bike it/ Cosworth Yamaha and then checked out in the Route 77 Energy superfinal leaving all in his wake. “I’m really surprised to win the superfinal. I knew I was in a good rhythm but to stay in front of the 450’s was really surprising. It was really rough out there and my goal was to stay consistent in my lap times” said Tonus after the race in his usual unassuming manner.  To say he was consistent was an understatement, he led every lap of each race! The only time he was beaten was in qualification by Jake Nicholls. You can watch and listen to more of what Tonus had to say on the forth coming video, so keep an eye out for that.

Rockstar Suzuki’s Clement Desalle took both race victories in the MX1 class but he had to work for it. Gautier Paulin kept him honest and even had the chance for the overall victory himself on his new ride for the factory Kawasaki racing team, but Clement found a way back past him in the latter stages of the second moto. Desalle had no answer to Tonus in the superfinal though.

The Brits made a good account of themselves. Jake Nicholls finished the day second overall with a 2-2 score in the MX2 class behind the dominant Tonus. Elliott Banks Browne looked very strong on his UK debut for HM Plant/ Red Bull KTM until he went out with technical issues. Shaun Simpson bagged a solid third place in the first MX1 moto and looked at home on the Monster Energy/ Bike it/ Cosworth Yamaha and adopted Brit Mattis Karro rode a blinder in the superfinal on his debut for STR KTM to take the final step on the box.

All in all it was a great way to kickstart the season both for the riders and fans and now we’ve all had our little appetiser we’re hungry for that first Maxxis British championship in two weeks time at FatCat Moto Parc, Doncaster. We’re certainly going to be there, so make sure you are too.

Images.Mark Turner.

Hawk International Results

MX1
1 25 Clement Desalle 40 20 20
2 21 Gautier Paulin 34 17 17
3 121 Xavier Boog 24 9 15
4 22 Kevin Strjbos 24 11 13
5 24 Shaun Simpson 22 15 7
6 212 Marc De Reuver 21 10 11
7 287 Markus Schiffer 21 13 8
8 37 Gert Krestinov 16 7 9
9 50 Martin Barr 15 5 10
10 387 Yentel Martens 9 4 5

MX2
1 7 Arnaud Tonus 40 20 20
2 45 Jake Nicholls 34 17 17
3 25 Glenn Coldenhoff 26 13 13
4 151 Harri Kullas 24 9 15
5 272 Neville Bradshaw 21 10 11
6 249 Nikolaj Larsen 17 7 10
7 35 Pascal Rauchenecker 17 8 9
8 44 Elliott Banks Browne 15 15 –
9 15 Donny Bastemeijer 12 4 8
10 5 Graeme Irwin 11 11 –

Route 77 Energy Superfinal
1 7 Arnaud Tonus 12 30:15.518 2:20.923 1 –
2 25x Clement Desalle 12 30:31.301 15.783 2:20.340 2 –
3 91 Mattis Karro 12 30:52.568 37.050 2:23.015 2 –
4 212 Marc De Reuver 12 31:08.058 52.540 2:23.399 2 –
5 45 Jake Nicholls 12 31:11.594 56.076 2:24.342 2 –
6 151 Harri Kullas 12 31:16.081 1:00.563 2:25.688 2 –
7 2500 Glenn Coldenhoff 12 31:21.696 1:06.178 2:24.373 1 –
8 22 Kevin Strjbos 12 31:29.852 1:14.334 2:24.725 2 –
9 287 Markus Schiffer 12 31:39.518 1:24.000 2:26.126 5 –
10 249 Nikolaj Larsen 12 31:40.463 1:24.945 2:25.998 1 –

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