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Viewpoint: Arnaud Tonus

Arnaud Tonus on a turbulent weekend.

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Arnaud Tonus didn’t stand on the podium at the Grand Prix of Czechia, which was actually quite surprising. There were still a few positives to pull from the thirteenth round of the current campaign, however, especially considering the difficulties that he has encountered since the trip to Indonesia. Time is running out to capture that elusive overall win though, so the pressure is mounting with five rounds left to run.

MX Vice: A positive weekend, I would say. A bit up and down, especially compared to what you are used to now, but the fact that you came on so strong in the second one ended it on a high note.

Arnaud Tonus: Yeah. It was definitely a better second moto for me. I was sick coming back from Indonesia. I got a bacterium infection there, so it was not easy. I was in bed for a week, so it was pretty tough. I could not train, really, so it was good to salvage some points this weekend and end up healthy with a solid second moto. It’s pretty positive.

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Was there any particular reason why you struggled in the first one or was it just a bad start? Let’s be honest, no one was really charging forward out there.

Well, it was a mix. My start was not good but also my rhythm was not great. Then as soon as I caught a bad rhythm, I made a mistake and lost a few positions again. It made it tough on myself. Other than that, like you said, it was hard to really make passes, so let’s say I ended the moto like I could and had a better second one with a better start. Until the end I think it was pretty tight with everybody. Happy to end up like this.

Did you actually make any bike changes or anything between motos to help or was it just literally just a better start and better track position?

Yeah, exactly. I haven’t changed anything on the bike. I felt quite good with it, with my set-up, so it was more about just putting myself back in the situation. Good start and from there it was a lot easier to keep the rhythm. Physically it was pretty tough, because of the sickness and everything. I wasn’t really in the best shape. It was more about holding on and trying to stay where I was than really doing a big charge, because I didn’t have much energy to do it.

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I feel like every week that I speak to you, you say you don’t really make bike changes. Are you quite low maintenance with that? Does your silky-smooth style help?

We did a few changes, let’s say, compared to Semarang. There we were quite far away with the set-up. There it was just super strange. We went to a direction that I never really went before. My set-ups are very, very close each and every weekend other than that. It means that it is a good set-up when you do not need to go that far. I think on a motocross bike you do a few changes here and there, but if you find your base you don’t go too far away from that.

You mentioned that you were in bed all of the week after Indonesia. Did you actually get any training time in this week?

I rode one time, but I was not feeling great. I rode one time on Wednesday and that was just to try to break in my body a little bit. It just happens. You have some weekends like this where you have to deal with sickness or a bit of up-and-down stuff. It’s a part of it.

I’m guessing that whilst dealing with the sickness and not being one hundred percent, you were thinking about Lommel coming up and how you would quite like to be at your best for that one. You do not want to struggle around there.

Yeah, for sure. You want to come there fit, so it is good that I went through this weekend healthy. Now focusing on recovering and coming solid next weekend.

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Obviously, you did not race here last year but you have got plenty of time in on this place. They added a few little rollers and little doubles this weekend. Did it make it better? Did it open up more passing opportunities?

I don’t think so. I think it broke down the rhythm a bit, so with myself it didn’t really help. It was so hard to make passes and stuff. I think the track was really rough compared to previous years to me. I never remember Loket being that rough. It was good for the races, but it made it tough on us.

That was actually going to be my next question. Every rider I’ve spoken to has said this is the roughest Loket they have ever seen. Do you feel like they prepped it differently or anything like that? I do not really feel like they did anything to make it rough.

Yeah, it’s strange. We walked the track on Friday and thought it was going to be hard-pack. It looked super dry and they did not water so much at that time. Somehow it became that rough. I don’t know where it came from, to be honest. I never expected it to be like that. I was thinking it was going to be more hard-pack. The base is still hard. There were many berms, ruts and sharp bumps. It was quite technical.

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Finally, just to get people excited, are we still on to reveal the changes that you made at the end of the season? I will leave it until then, but can we get people a bit excited?

Do you think they really get excited about that?

People are quite excited. We have kind of built this up for, like, two months now. I feel like I have tried to guess every single week, so let’s build it up.

If you build it up, let’s make a cool story about it at the end of the season and we can make an interview around it. That will be cool.

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Ferruccio Zanchi is the new face in Team HRC, with the Italian youngster leading the renewed CRF250R programme for 2024. Watch on, to get to know a bit more about this new MX2 rider.

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Hawkstone International in the books for Gabriel SS24 KTM

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In the MX2 class Cas qualified 3rd and had a good feeling on the sandy circuit. In moto 1 he had a good start but struggled to pass on the one lined track and by the time he got to third position the leaders had pulled away. Shortly into moto 2 there was a red flag with a full restart. Cas again restarted in second behind current MX2 world champion Adrea Adamo to where he would finish the 25 minute + 1 lap race. As well as securing 2nd on the podium these results qualified Cas to line up for the superfinal. The MX2 riders were let off the gate first shortly followed by the MX1 riders. Cas started in second and throughout the moto was picked off gradually by the faster 450 machines. He finished a very respectable 12th in the combined results, and the second MX2 machine. Up next for Cas is Lierop International this Sunday 3rd March.


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Coming into the weekend Josh was carrying a slight lower back issue but was able to compete and got stronger as the day went on. He qualified 17th which he was not happy with but didn’t let it affect him ahead of the races. In moto 1 he had an unusually bad start but got up to 11th place just behind Adam Sterry and despite getting close was not able to make the pass. In moto 2 he had another good jump but had more bad luck when he got caught up with another rider and had a first turn crash. Coming from dead last he came through the pack to finish 10th. Heading into the superfinal Josh rode his best all day and finished the superfinal 7th in the combined results, 6th MX1 machine and top British rider for which he received the Vaughan Semmens Memorial Trophy for. This was Josh’s last preseason race to get the final touches sorted before his season officially starts in Argentina for the MXGP series on the 9th/10th March.

Team Manager Shaun Simpson, said: “Hawkstone is always a great pre-season race and this year certainly didn’t disappoint! Probably one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at Hawkstone in the last 20 years. It’s a great test for the riders and was nice for us to showcase our new paddock setup for our British fans and sponsors. Both Josh and Cas steadily got better as the day went on, the mechanics done a fantastic job with the tight schedule and it was nice for Cas to get his first podium of the season. We are gathering some momentum now and are looking forward to Lierop this weekend for Cas and Argentina in two weeks to start the MXGP championship with Josh.”

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Lucas and Sacha Coenen confirmed for Lierop

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This Sunday (March 3) the Dutch motocross season will start at the Herselse Bossen circuit in Lierop. The field of racers is getting stronger and stronger and it promises to be a really high-level race.


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The MX2 class is full of young and motivated riders and Lucas and Sacha Coenen will join them for Lierop. These talented twins regularly impressed in the MX2 World Championship last year and Lucas won his first Grand Prix in Indonesia at the age of sixteen.

A fifth place was his share in the final standings and he certainly wants to improve on that this year. Sacha also regularly showed that he has the speed to compete at the front. Highlights were his second place in the qualifying heat in Finland and top five finishes in the Czech Republic and Sweden.

In the deep sand of Lierop, the Coenen brothers will compete against riders like Kay de Wolf, Cas Valk, Hakon Osterhagen, Max Werner, Scott Smulders, Bradley Mesters, Hakon Fredriksen, Oriol Oliver and others.

Also in the 500 class we get fireworks with the participation of Jeffrey Herlings, Jago Geerts, Pauls Jonass, Calvin Vlaanderen, Brent van Doninck and others.

The weather forecast looks good, so the Dutch MX Season Opener in Lierop has all the ingredients to see a great day of racing.

For more information have a look at www.maclierop.nl

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