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The Verdict: Garmin Arenacross

A look back at some of the interesting moments during the first two rounds of the Garmin Arenacross series.



The first two rounds of the Garmin Arencross series are in the books. But were they a success? The answer is a resounding yes!

The racing was simply spectacular. Between big crashes, hard passes and intense battles you really didn’t know where to look.

The track conditions may not have been ideal for the riders but the soft surface made the track more technical and the chance of the making mistakes were much greater. The riders had to be on their A game all night as there was no place to relax. Passing opportunities were also better than last year but you had to be aggressive to do it. But isn’t that what Arenacross is all about?

One of the coolest moments of practice was when Kristian Whatley went round a rutted left hander, lent over, at close to full speed while casually pulling a tear-off with his left hand – awesome!

The first corner on Friday was a little unorthodox and you took a right instead of going onto an on-off section then a left around the freestyle landing ramp. Unfortunately Cyrille Coulon forgot this in the main and went straight to the on off section, forgetting to go around the freestyle landing, by the time he realised and got the bike turned he was dead last.

It was funny for everyone except Coulon who had been showing good speed all day.  The Frenchman also had one of the memorable moments on Saturday night, but this time it was a positive experience.

Coulon spectacularly scrubbed the triple from the inside (very few even jumped it from the inside), initially it seemed he had scrubbed it too much, but Coulon judged it perfectly, stayed low and passed Bradshaw in doing so. It was probably the best pass of the weekend!

Tyler Villopoto looked uncomfortable all weekend. The deep ruts were something that he was not accustomed too and hitting them with 100% aggression and a wide open throttle wasn’t helping his cause either. The top guys were flowing through the turns more but Villopoto, as he mentioned in our interview, is simply not used to the soft ruts, saying even California outdoor tracks don’t have ruts like that! Villopoto didn’t qualify for either main event in what was a nightmare debut.

Tyler has skills though and his jumping ability and bike control were evident. Once he gets on a harder based track and gets a start he should be OK.

Two riders who showed a lot of speed but maybe didn’t get the results to go with were Bryan MacKenzie and Neville Bradshaw. Crashes cost Mackenzie during the races and while he crashed out of both LCQs he did get a promoters choice and was allowed into Friday main where Pendrich Kawasaki rider showed his speed despite a second row start to get sixth.

Bradshaw could have been on the podium. He was flying on the Putoline Honda and looked very comfortable on the track. He also won a heat race but the mains just didn’t go his way and he was left battling through the field. Don’t be surprised if Bradshaw wins a main or two before the season is over.

Whatley was the fastest on both nights on the MBO Yamaha but he didn’t win either main. However he had the most flash on the track and the extensive whoop practice he had been doing certainly worked. Arm pump got to him in the first one and two crashes on Saturday night ruined his results.

It turned out to be the two guys with the most experience that won a main each. Both Fabien Izoird and Steven Clarke brought their best performances out when it really mattered. Both guys have substantial supercross experience both in Europe and America and that seemed to really help them come main event time.

Even with not a great start on Friday night Izoird rode smart and stayed out of the carnage to get third. He backed it up with a win after stalking Clarke all main event on Saturday before finally making his move.

Clarke was also impressive. In each main event he just exploded out of the start and rode the best he had ridden all day. He was one and a half laps away from winning both mains, and should have won the head to head on Saturday too.  Clarke looks comfortable on the bike and with his new team. Don’t be surprised if this form continues into the outdoors it’s been a while since Clarke has been fully prepared for a full season of UK motocross but this season he seems to be ready and focused on his goals.

The only real negative was the time it took for the crew to put the freestyle boards on the track. They even had to get the track maintenance machinery to flatten the corner to make sure the boards could site flat. This ate into the time of the show and created a bit too much downtime. As a consequence a few people left before the main event as the night was pretty long.

It would also be nice to see the heats and main be extended for a couple more laps. The racing is good – but each race just goes by so fast!

There was a boisterous sold out crowd on Saturday night and they got to see their hero Gordon Crockard win the LCQ. The crowd cheered his every lap in the lead and it showed just how cool arenacross can be with the crowd so involved. The atmosphere was superb.

Steven Clarke should hopefully experience that this weekend in Birmingham as he attempts to get a win in front of his home crowd and retake the points lead.

The other great thing about arenacross is that is brings the sport of motocross to the city. People who have never seen the sport before get a chance to see it close up in a clean and comfortable environment.

The teams and riders have a brilliant opportunity to gain extra exposure and get some racing in during the winter months to maintain almost year round coverage in the media. The mainstream media promotion is greater than any outdoor race too.

If Belfast is anything to go by, arenacross works and it is a great addition to the UK calendar, especially during the depressing winter period!

Article: Jonathan McCready

Picture: Paul McCready


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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