Offre primo-licencié 2021 : top départ le 1er septembre prochain
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A Paris, le 18 août 2021
OFFRE PRIMO-LICENCIÉ :
TOP DÉPART LE 1er SEPTEMBRE PROCHAIN !Le compte à rebours est lancé !
La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme renouvelle à partir du 1er septembre prochain son offre « Primo-licencié » permettant aux pratiquants de sport moto de bénéficier d’une licence annuelle compétition ou entraînement d’une validité de 16 mois, soit jusqu’à 4 mois offerts*. Pour être éligible à la règle dite « primo-licencié », le pratiquant devra remplir l’une ou l’autre de ces conditions :
- Ne jamais avoir été licencié à la FFM ;
- Pour les anciens licenciés, ne pas avoir renouvelé sa licence annuelle (compétition ou entraînement) lors des saisons 2020 et 2021.
Pass’Sport : 50€ de réduction sur la licence
Le Pass’Sport s’adresse aux enfants de 6 à 17 ans révolus au 30 juin 2021 qui bénéficient soit de :
- l’allocation de rentrée scolaire ;
- l’allocation d’éducation de l’enfant handicapé ;
- l’allocation aux adultes handicapés (entre 16 et 18 ans).
Les modalités d’utilisation de ce Pass’Sport auprès de la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme seront précisées très prochainement. Validité du Pass’Sport jusqu’au 31 octobre 2021.
Une occasion à ne pas manquer pour assouvir sa passion et retrouver le chemin des circuits !
*Pour une souscription de licence annuelle par une personne dite « primo-licencié » à compter du 1er septembre 2021, licence valable du 01/09/2021 au 31/12/2022.CLIQUEZ ICI POUR PLUS D’INFORMATION
Communiqué de presse FFM : Rendez-vous aux Journées Découverte de la Moto les 11 & 12 septembre prochains
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A Paris, le lundi 16 août 2021
JOURNÉES DÉCOUVERTE DE LA MOTO :
2 JOURS POUR S’INITIER AU SPORT MOTOCYCLISTELes 11 et 12 septembre prochains, la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme lance les Journées Découverte de la Moto, partout en France, permettant aux enfants de s’initier à la pratique de la moto.
40 structures mobilisées !
Grâce à l’encadrement des Écoles Françaises de Motocyclisme, des Moto-Clubs Éducatifs et des Moto-Clubs partenaires de l’événement, des motos d’initiation seront mises à disposition des enfants, à partir de 6 ans, afin de découvrir différentes disciplines comme le motocross ou encore le trial.
Grâce à ces structures de qualité, la pratique se déroulera en toute sécurité, dans le respect des règles pédagogiques et avec un encadrement diplômé.
Sébastien Poirier, Président de la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme : « Dans le cadre de notre mission de développement du sport motocycliste, ces Journées Découverte de la Moto représentent un événement fédérateur à l’échelle nationale. Elles permettront d’ouvrir notre sport à un large public et ainsi de participer à sa démocratisation.
Pour cette première édition, 40 structures sont mobilisées soit autant d’opportunités pour les jeunes de découvrir le sport motocycliste en toute sécurité. »LISTE DES STRUCTURES PARTICIPANTES À L’OPÉRATION : CLIQUEZ ICI !
STRONG SHOWING FOR MUSQUIN AND RED BULL KTM TEAMMATES AT UNADILLA NATIONAL
STRONG SHOWING FOR MUSQUIN AND RED BULL KTM TEAMMATES AT UNADILLA NATIONAL
Round 8 – AMA Pro Motocross Championship
NEW BERLIN, N.Y. – It was a rough and technical day of racing at the Unadilla National and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin proved that he was up for the challenge as he boasted a season-best third overall in the premier 450MX class at Round 8 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Teammate Max Vohland also put forth his best performance of the season, claiming 6-5 moto scores in the 250MX class to secure a career-best fifth overall in his rookie season. Musquin, the sixth-place qualifier, found himself back in eighth off the start of Moto 1 and he put his head down to charge into a top-five position early on. He powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into fourth just after the halfway point and quickly set his sights on catching the podium battle ahead. Despite charging his way into striking distance of the third, Musquin wasn’t able to make the podium pass stick and he ended up with a solid fourth. In Moto 2, he grabbed a fifth-place start and quickly worked his way into fourth by the second lap. He maintained a good pace throughout the rest of the moto but the top-three riders were just out of reach, giving him fourth-place in the moto but third overall on the day with consistent 4-4 moto scores. Musquin:“It was a good weekend and I felt good right away, I love Unadilla! In the first moto, I came back to fifth and started fighting with Tomac. I was looking forward to passing him but I landed in a hole on the finish line jump and thought I broke something in the shock or the wheel, so I slowed down big time to make sure everything was fine and I lost connection with him. In the second moto, I put myself in a good position but I was never capable of putting an attack on Dylan for third. Trying to pass the lappers was pretty tough with all the ruts and I couldn’t do much more, so 4-4 on the podium in third place is a good positive.” Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cooper Webb saw one of his most consistent days of the summer as he battled inside the top-five all day. With a nice start aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in Moto 1, Webb’s third-place start turned into fifth on lap one after swerving to avoid a crash at the end of the holeshot straight. He lost momentum and shuffled back a few spots early on but he managed to bounce back and secure fifth. In Moto 2, Webb had another great start in third and he fought hard inside the top-five throughout the race. Finishing just behind Musquin once again in Moto 2, Webb landed two top-five finishes to come away with sixth overall for the day. Webb:“Today was a pretty good day. My starts were good in both motos, which helped. I didn’t ride too great in the first moto but I felt a lot better in the second moto – we made a complete bike change for the second moto and it worked out a lot better. So 5-5, it was definitely a better day and we’ll keep building to try and get better for Budds Creek.” Max Vohland had a great start in Moto 1, battling just outside podium contention in fourth for the first two laps. Settling into fifth early on, the rookie held his own amongst some of the veterans in the class and he finished strong with a season-best sixth in the first moto. In Moto 2, Vohland got off to another solid start – despite having to avoid chaos on the opening lap – and he battled in seventh early on. Making the pass for sixth on lap four, Vohland continued to charge into the top-five, where he secured yet another career-best moto-finish in fifth. With 6-5 scores, Vohland earned the first top-five overall finish of his young career at Unadilla. Vohland:“Today went really well. The track was super brutal and I found myself getting shuffled back a lot but I put in good charges in both motos to go 6-5 for fifth overall, which is a career-best for me and I’m looking to carry this momentum into next weekend at Budds Creek.” The AMA Pro Motocross Championship will return to racing next Saturday, August 21 with the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Results 450MX Class – Unadilla National1. Ken Roczen (GER), Honda, 1-12. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA), Yamaha, 2-3
3. Marvin Musquin (FRA), KTM, 4-4OTHER KTM6. Cooper Webb (USA), KTM, 5-59. Justin Bogle (USA), KTM13. Joey Savatgy (USA), KTM14. Chris Canning (USA), KTM20. Ben LaMay (USA), KTM27. Nathen LaPorte (USA), KTM30. Nicolas Rolando (USA), KTM35. Trevor Schmidt (USA), KTM40. Jonah Geistler (USA), KTMResults 250MX Class – Unadilla National1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda, 2-12. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha, 1-43. Jeremy Martin (USA), Yamaha, 3-2OTHER KTM5. Max Vohland (USA), KTM, 6-515. Josh Varize (USA), KTM20. Xylian Ramella (SWI), KTM21. Christopher Prebula (USA), KTM26. Vincent Luhovey (USA), KTM38. Stephen Hooker (USA), KTM41. Dennis Gritzmacher (USA), KTM Standings 450MX Class 2021 after 8 of 12 rounds1. Dylan Ferrandis, 345 points2. Ken Roczen, 3063. Eli Tomac, 283 OTHER KTM7. Marvin Musquin, 2139. Cooper Webb, 20910. Joey Savatgy, 16014. Justin Bogle, 10717. Fredrik Noren, 58 Standings 250MX Class 2021 after 8 of 12 rounds1. Justin Cooper, 324 points2. Jett Lawrence, 3203. Hunter Lawrence, 263OTHER KTM11. Max Vohland, 15119. Josh Varize, 56
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Results: Circle K Unadilla National
Roczen Dominant at Unadilla, Sweeps Motos for Second Win
of 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Jett Lawrence Wraps Up Honda Sweep with Second 250 Class Victory
NEW BERLIN, N.Y. (August 14, 2021) – The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, kicked off its stretch run to close out the 2021 campaign with an anticipated return to legendary Unadilla MX in Central New York. Picture-perfect weather and a passionate crowd greeted riders for the Circle K Unadilla National, where the eighth round saw Team Honda HRC sweep the day’s victories. In the 450 Class, Ken Roczen provided arguably the most impressive outing of the summer with a sweep of the motos to secure his second victory of the season. In the 250 Class, Jett Lawrence rode a dominant second moto to surge to his second win and tighten up the championship battle.Ken Roczen enjoyed a dominant sweep of the motos en route to his second win of 2021.
Photo: Align Media
As the gate dropped on the opening 450 Class moto it was Roczen clear ahead of the field exiting the first turn to easily capture the MotoSport.com Holeshot. As the rest of the field jockeyed for position behind him, it was the Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing duo of Aaron Plessinger and Dylan Ferrandis who slotted into second and third. Roczen was able to drop the hammer on the opening lap and took full advantage of the clear track to establish a multi-second lead over Plessinger and Ferrandis, as the lead trio surged out to a significant margin over the remainder of the 40-rider field.
Soon the race became a two-rider affair as both Roczen and Plessinger continued to pull away from Ferrandis. Roczen was comfortable in control of the moto, but Plessinger continually kept him honest by mirroring the lap times. No more than two seconds separated the lead pair through the first half of the moto. Plessinger looked to be faster than Roczen in some places and even showed a wheel a couple times, but the Honda kept him at bay and put a few bike lengths between them. With 10 minutes remaining in the moto, as he gave chase to Roczen, Plessinger suffered a frightening crash that saw his Yamaha loop out and resulted in heavy impact with the ground. Fortunately, Plessinger was able to get up and walk away under his own power, but it brought what began as a strong start to the afternoon to an abrupt and heartbreaking conclusion.
With the pressure no longer a factor, Roczen rode alone out front and managed a double-digit lead through the remainder of the moto to earn an impressive wire-to-wire win. He took the checkered flag 10.6 seconds ahead of Ferrandis, while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac followed in a distant third. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin was fourth, with his teammate Cooper Webb fifth.Dylan Ferrandis extended his podium streak to eight rounds with a runner-up effort.
Photo: Align MediaThe second and deciding moto began with Team Honda HRC’s Chase Sexton out front with the MotoSport.com Holeshot, followed by Webb, Ferrandis and Roczen. As Sexton looked to take advantage of his position at the front of the field Roczen was incredibly aggressive and made passes on both Ferrandis and Webb to surge up into second behind his teammate. Shortly thereafter Ferrandis put the pressure on Webb for third and successfully moved into podium position.
As the points leader took over control of third, the Hondas out front had built a lead of more than five seconds. Sexton showed impressive pace to maintain a lead of about a second over Roczen, but the German bided his time and waited for the race to come to him. As the moto reached its opening 10 minutes Roczen pulled the trigger and went on the attack. An impressive outside move allowed Roczen to make quick, easy work of his teammate. From there he cemented his control of the moto with one of his fastest laps of the race.
Sexton kept Roczen honest and was within reach as the moto reached its halfway point, but Roczen responded to open up his biggest lead of the moto. The German never looked back and put the finishing touches on one of the most dominant outings of his career. He wrapped up a sweep of the motos by six seconds over Sexton, while Ferrandis withstood a persistent threat from his fellow Frenchman Musquin to finish third.Marvin Musquin earned his first overall podium result of the season in third.
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It’s the second 1-1 effort for Roczen this season and signifies the 20th victory of his career, which moves him into a tie with James Stewart for sixth on the all-time wins list. It’s also the second straight victory for Roczen at Unadilla, where he won the last time the championship visited during the 2019 season.
“This was unreal,” exclaimed Roczen, who won earlier this season at Thunder Valley. “I just felt like I got into the zone today. The track was brutal, and it was easy to make a mistake, but I was able to find great lines and ride really consistent. The crowd was awesome today. They were so passionate and really kept me going. I just want to thank everyone for their support and my team for all the hard work.”
Ferrandis finished in the runner-up spot (2-3) for his eighth podium result this season, which effectively minimized the damage done in the championship standings. Musquin captured his first podium result of the season in third (4-4) to complete an overall podium composed entirely of international competitors.
“I came here to win, but Ken (Roczen) was way too strong today,” said Ferrandis. “It’s fine. Second overall is still good. I lost some points in the championship, but there’s four rounds to go. We’ll see. I think we got the maximum today out of myself and the bike. Ken was just better. We’ll come back and try to be on the top step (of the podium).”
Roczen gained eight points on Ferrandis in the 450 Class standings, and now 39 points sit between them with four rounds remaining. Tomac, who finished fourth (3-7), is third, 62 points out of the lead.It was an all-international podium in the 450 Class.
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The opening 250 Class moto saw championship point leader Justin Cooper emerge with the MotoSport.com Holeshot aboard his Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing machine just ahead of Lawrence, Cooper’s championship rival, and Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Jeremy Martin, who brought a two-race win streak into Unadilla. Lawrence applied heavy pressure on Cooper on the opening lap and looked for a way around, but to no avail. Instead, Cooper withstood the challenge and put a few bike lengths on the field, as Martin looked to close in from third.
The field stabilized about 10 minutes into the moto, but the lead trio were closer than ever with less than two seconds between them. Lawrence appeared to be the fastest of the leaders and once again went on the attack. The top two riders in the championship put on a show as they went to battle for control of the race, which allowed them to drop Martin in third, but Cooper was able to respond to the challenge again. As they reached the halfway point of the moto the leaders settled into their positions, where Cooper managed a multi-second advantage over Lawrence as Martin continued to give chase from third.
Cooper was able to pick up the pace over the second half of the moto and pulled away from Lawrence to establish a lead of more than five seconds. He continued to charge through to the finish and capped off a wire-to-wire victory by 3.3 seconds over Lawrence, with Martin third, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire fourth, and Team Honda HRC’s Hunter Lawrence fifth.Jett Lawrence returned to the top step of the overall podium with his second win of the season.
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As they field charged through the first turn to start Moto 2 it was Cooper who wrapped up each of the day’s MotoSport.com Holeshots, with Martin in tow. Behind them, Jett Lawrence and Hampshire duked it out for third. Martin didn’t waste any time trying to put the pressure on his teammate as the Yamaha-mounted riders went bar-to-bar on multiple occasions on the opening lap. Cooper held him off as Lawrence closed in to make it a three-way fight.
Martin’s persistence paid off five minutes into the moto when he took advantage of a slight bobble by Cooper to take over the lead. Lawrence then proceeded to follow his way into second, but only briefly, as Cooper responded and reclaimed second. Meanwhile, Martin moved out to a lead of nearly two seconds. A lap later Lawrence found his way back onto Cooper’s rear fender and seized the moment to make the pass once again for second. The Australian then set his sights on Martin for the lead.
As Lawrence continued his pursuit of Martin out front, Cooper was facing additional pressure from behind, this time from Hampshire. The Husqvarna rider needed a couple tries, but soon dropped Cooper outside the top three. Not long after that, Lawrence’s path to the front was complete with a decisive pass on Martin just before the halfway point of the moto.
Once out front, Lawrence was able to sprint away from his rivals and quickly built a lead of more than five seconds. He maintained that advantage through to the finish to earn his first moto win since RedBud, taking the checkered flag 3.6 seconds ahead of Martin, with Hampshire in third and Cooper a distant fourth.New York native Justin Cooper finished in the runner-up spot at his home National.
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The triumph in the second moto vaulted Lawrence to the overall win (2-1), the third of his young career. It ended a three-race drought from the podium and follows up his season-opening victory at Fox Raceway in May.
“I finally got my starts sorted and that helps a lot,” said Lawrence. “The boys (fellow competitors) were hooking, but I got some lines, and they were working. I just felt really good there. It felt like home. I got into a groove and felt so fast. It’s just awesome. My mentality isn’t going to change (for the rest of the season). I’m going to come into these last four rounds trying to do everything I can, because Justin (Cooper) is riding well.”
Cooper finished in the runner-up spot (1-4) to miss out on a win in his home state but has still finished on the overall podium in all eight rounds this season. Martin rounded out the podium in third (3-2).
“I just felt really good in the first moto, but I think we needed to make a bike change for the second moto,” explained Cooper. “The track was a lot rougher than I expected. I just lost my rhythm out there. It was still a positive day. We’ll come out swinging (for the final four rounds) and try to wrap up this championship.”
After eight rounds, just four points separate Cooper and Lawrence in the 250 Class standings. Hunter Lawrence, who finished sixth (5-11), is third, 61 points out of the lead, while Martin sits an additional point back in fourth.Jeremy Martin rounded out the overall podium in third.
Photo: Align MediaThe Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will continue next weekend with a visit to Southern Maryland, in the shadow of the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., where Mechanicsville’s famed Budds Creek Motocross Park will host Round 9 of the championship and the Circle K Budds Creek National. Broadcast coverage will begin with a live telecast of the opening motos on MAVTV Motorsports Network, beginning at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Second moto coverage of both classes will air via tape delay at 8 p.m. PT / 11 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Action from Budds Creek will also stream live all day long on Peacock, beginning with exclusive qualifying coverage at 7 a.m. PT / 10 a.m. ET, followed by four consecutive hours of moto coverage beginning at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET.
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Circle K Unadilla National
Unadilla MX – New Berlin, New York
August 14, 2021
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda (1-1)
- Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (2-3)
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-4)
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (3-7)
- Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (11-2)
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (5-5)
- Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha (7-6)
- Max Anstie, England, Suzuki (8-9)
- Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., KTM (9-12)
- Coty Schock, Dover, Del., Honda (12-10)
450 Class Championship Standings (Round 8 of 12)
- Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 345
- Ken Roczen, Germany, Honda – 306
- Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 283
- Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 270
- Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., GASGAS – 239
- Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 217
- Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 213
- Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Yamaha – 211
- Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM – 209
- Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM – 160
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
- Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (2-1)
- Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (1-4)
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (3-2)
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (4-3)
- Max Vohland, Sacramento, Calif., KTM (6-5)
- Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (5-11)
- Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna (8-9)
- Levi Kitchen, Washougal, Wash., Yamaha (12-7)
- Jarrett Frye, Mechanicsville, Md., Yamaha (13-8)
- Ty Masterpool, Paradise, Texas, GASGAS (11-14)
250 Class Championship Standings (Round 8 of 12)
- Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 324
- Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 320
- Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 263
- Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 262
- RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 243
- Jo Shimoda, Japan, Kawasaki – 192
- Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna – 173
- Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 172
- Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, Calif., GASGAS – 154
- Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 152
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The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, competing aboard homologated bikes from one of seven competing manufacturers on a collection of the roughest, toughest tracks on the planet. Racing takes place each Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road powersports event production, manages the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The title sponsor is Lucas Oil, a leading producer of premium oils, greases, and problem solving additives, all made in America. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.NBC Sports & Peacock
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Communiqué de presse FFM : Le contrôle technique des deux-roues motorisés suspendu
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A Paris, le 12 août 2021Le contrôle technique des deux-roues motorisés suspendu Le Président de la République a suspendu ce jour le contrôle technique pour les deux-roues motorisés.
Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, Ministre délégué auprès de la Ministre de la Transition écologique, chargé des Transports, a informé ce jour le Président de la FFM, Sébastien Poirier, de cette décision.
Le Ministre a clairement indiqué au Président de la FFM, sa volonté d’engager une discussion globale sur les différents sujets touchant les deux-roues motorisés.
A ce titre, le Ministre organisera prochainement un temps d’échange avec les principaux acteurs du deux-roues motorisé auquel la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme entend prendre toute sa part.
En tout état de cause, le Président Sébastien Poirier se félicite de la suspension de cette mesure et de l’engagement du Ministre Jean Baptiste Djebbari à entamer une nouvelle concertation dans un climat serein et apaisé. Fédération Française de Motocyclisme
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A Paris, le 12 août 2021
SUPERMOTO DES NATIONS :
COMPOSITION DES ÉQUIPES DE FRANCE La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme a le plaisir de lever le voile sur les Équipes de France qui porteront nos couleurs lors de la prochaine édition du Supermoto des Nations qui se déroulera en France, au circuit Carole (93), les 18 et 19 septembre 2021.
Composée de 6 pilotes répartis dans 2 catégories (Sénior et Junior), la délégation Bleu-Blanc-Rouge sera confrontée à une vingtaine de pays avec à la clé le Trophée Francesco Zerbi qui récompensera la nation victorieuse.
Pour le retour de l’épreuve au calendrier, l’équipe de France Sénior tentera de remporter sa 7ème victoire consécutive et ainsi ajouter une dixième étoile à son palmarès en quinze éditions.
Seconde au scratch devant les équipes séniors des autres nations lors de la dernière édition du Supermoto des Nations au circuit Carole, l’équipe de France Junior avait fait sensation sur le tracé francilien. Nous faisons confiance à nos jeunes pour relever ce nouveau défi.
La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme exprime son plein et entier soutien aux Equipes de France qui défendront nos couleurs.
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MXGP World Championship Gp of Latvia
We have reached the seventh race of the 2021 season in Kegums in Latvia track with a very particular sand bottom circuit with very fast sections interspersed with a very technical part, during the day the weather changed the bottom of the track in race 1 in sunshine and in the second heat the rain changed the conditions of the ground.
In qualifying Jeremy Van Horebeek was unable to find the right feeling and the right trajectories to best interpret the Kegums track and closed practice with the 23rd time, Clochet the 31st.
In race 1 Jeremy did not manage to get a good start, remaining closed at the first corner in the middle of the group, Van Horebeek with a good comeback got the 18th place. Jimmy Clochet is 27th at the finish.
In the second heat an exceptional start for Van Horebeek who managed to recover a lot of positions during the first lap, Jeremy in the first laps held a great pace that took him up to the tenth position, due to a fall in the wawe he was forced to withdraw. After a few laps Clochet was forced to retire due to rear brake problems.
A long break due to the cancellation of the GP in Finland so the world championship will be back on track at the beginning of September with the double race in Turkey.
Daniele Marchese comments on the race as follows: ”The race is still difficult on the sand of Kegums, unfortunately after Lommel on this type of surface our riders were unable to find the right feeling and already struggled from practice. Race 1 was not easy for Jeremy, after a bad start he still managed to recover some positions. In race 2, after a good start that had brought him to a good position due to a crash, he was forced to retire. We have a long stop period where we will work to improve our performance.”
Campionato del Mondo MXGP 2021 Gp della Lettonia
Siamo giunti alla settima gara della stagione 2021 a Kegums in Lettonia pista con fondo di sabbia molto particolare circuito con tratti molto veloci inframezzati da una parte molto tecnica, nel corso della giornata il meteo ha modificato molto il fondo della pista in gara 1 in sole e nella seconda manche la pioggia ha cambiato le condizioni del terreno.
Nelle qualifiche Jeremy Van Horebeek non è riuscito a trovare il giusto feeling e le traiettorie giusto per interpretare al meglio la pista di Kegums e ha chiuso le prove con il 23° tempo, Clochet il 31°.
In gara 1 Jeremy non è riuscito ad avere una buona partenza rimanendo chiuso alla prima curva a centro gruppo, Van Horebeek con una buona rimonta ha ottenuto il 18° posto. Jimmy Clochet è 27° al traguardo.
Nella seconda manche eccezionale partenza per Van Horebeek che è riuscito a recuperare molto posizioni nel corso del primo giro, Jeremy nei primi giri ha tenuto un ottimo ritmo che lo ha portato fino alla decima posizione, a causa di una caduta nelle wawe è stato costretto al ritiro. Clochet dopo alcuni giri è stato costretto al ritiro per problemi al freno posteriore.
Una lunga pausa a causa della cancellazione del Gp in Finlandia così il mondiale tornerà in pista a inizio settembre con la doppia gara in Turchia.
Daniele Marchese commenta così la gara:”Gara ancora difficile sulla sabbia di Kegums, purtroppo dopo Lommel su questo tipo di superfice i nostri piloti non sono riusciti a trovare il giusto feeling e già dalle prove hanno faticato. Gara 1 non facile per Jeremy dopo una brutta partenza è comunque riuscito a rimontare qualche posizione. In gara 2 dopo un buon avvio che lo aveva portato in buona posizione a causa di una caduta è stato costretto a ritirarsi. Abbiamo un lungo periodo di stop dove lavoreremo per migliorare le nostre performance.”
The famed British marque enlists Ricky Carmichael and Iván Cervantes to spearhead racing development
August 10, 2021
By Kali Kotoski
Triumph Motorcycles will enter into the Motocross and Enduro motorcycle segments with a myriad of competition-focused motorcycles, the company announced late last month.
The decision to grow the brand’s footprint with an all-new competition MX and Enduro family aims to bring Triumph’s engineering expertise to off-road riders worldwide, the company said.
The announcement comes with Triumph’s development of a factory race program that has Motocross legend Ricky Carmichael and five-time Enduro World Champion Iván Cervantes employed as active partners for both bike testing and racing preparation.
“This is an incredible opportunity for me to join this historic brand, and I am honored and humbled to be a part of the development and release of their off-road motorcycles,” Ricky Carmichael said in a press release. “Building something from the ground up is something that really is intriguing to me at this stage of my career.”
Nick Bloor, CEO of Triumph Motorcycles, said that the announcement marks a new chapter for the Triumph brand and the move signals the company’s commitment to making a long-lasting impact within the highly competitive sport disciplines.
“[We have] a single-minded ambition to deliver a winning motorcycle line-up for a whole new generation of Triumph riders,” he said.
“I have loved Triumph motorcycles right from being a small kid, seeing them in films and on television,” said Iván Cervantes. “So to be working with Triumph from the beginning of this project […] is a dream come true for any racer!”
An announcement of the timetable for the launch and reveal of the motorcycles, as well as the racing program and the product advantages of the new Triumph MX and Enduro offerings will follow in the coming months, the company said.
It was a solo outing for the young Australian, as Hammal continues to recover and the WMX series takes a small break before the next GP in Turkey. An unfortunate mistake in timed qualifying cost Todd a top 10 gate position, and ended up with 18th, a tricky spot on the Latvian circuit, with its 180 degrees first turn. A not so bad start in race one was soon followed by disaster, after sharply braking and accidentally stalling Todd had to come back from 10 seconds behind last. Eventually finishing in 19th, Wilson had experienced some bad dizziness during the race but pushed on nonetheless. Moving into race two, a not-so-good start meant the KX250 had its work cut out as Wilson came through the pack, having a good battle with Pole Setter Jed Beaton. He crossed the chequered flag in 12th, regaining some points after last weekend.
The team now has a short break before the doubleheader in Turkey at the start of September.Wilson Todd
Qualifying – 18
Race 1 – 19
Race 2 – 12
Overall – 15Steve Dixon – Manager
« 18th gate pick wasn’t ideal, it’s a tight 180 turn here in Latvia. A small mistake in timed qualifying cost him a top 10 gate pick, but that’s how it goes sometimes. Race one looked okay as he came round the first corner just outside the top ten, unfortunately on the second corner Wilson locked up the brakes and accidentally stalled, leaving him about 10 seconds from the back. As he caught up his body language looked awful, not knowing if it was him or the bike we spoke after the race and found out that he had an issue causing some dizzyness. After a quick check-up with the doctors, going into race 2 was not such the best start so plenty of work to do, he had a good battle with pole setter Jed Beaton and eventually finished in 12th. I was pleased with his resilience in the first race. We now have a short break where we will work on development, working closely with Wilson and Courtney before the double header in Turkey. Every week that goes by Taylor is closer to being on the bike which is good. »Wilson Todd“ A really tough first moto at the weekend, I was suffering from a medical issue but didn’t want to pull off since I was still in the points, after coming through from last. I felt better in the second race, but I had a bad gate pick and it’s a tough first corner at Kegums, so had to move through the pack to 12th.”WMX Championship Standings
2nd Courtney Duncan – 87
MX2 Championship Standings
14th Wilson Todd – 101 points
28th Taylor Hammal – 10 points
Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Re-Signs Martin
Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Re-Signs Martin
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. is pleased to announce that Jeremy Martin will return with the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team for the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. The two-time 250MX Champion returned to the team this season and has shown strength as a title contender and a lot of perseverance coming back from injuries. He is currently riding the wave of back-to-back overall victories in the 250 class and looks to keep building on his success with the team.
Seth Rarick – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 250 Team Manager
“I am really excited that Jeremy is back on board for 2022. He’s proven that he’s a championship contender, and we know he brings us another shot at it in the future. It’s been a pleasure having him back on the team. His commitment to racing and winning is unparalleled. I’m excited about our chances next year.”
Jeremy Martin – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing
“I’m really excited to be back with Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing for 2022. I haven’t had the year I was hoping for, so I’m very grateful to do what I love and have another opportunity to race my butt off for some championships next year. The team and I have had a lot of success together over the years, and we look to build on that.”
Communiqué de presse FFM : Composition de l’Équipe de France en lice au Motocross des Nations
COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE
A Paris, le 10 août 2021
MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS :
COMPOSITION DE L’ÉQUIPE DE FRANCE La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme a le plaisir de lever le voile sur l’Équipe de France qui portera nos couleurs lors de l’édition 2021 du Motocross des Nations à Mantova (Italie) les 25 & 26 septembre prochains.
Cette 74ème édition s’annonce exceptionnelle à plus d’un titre. En effet, il s’agira du retour au calendrier de cette compétition mythique après l’annulation du millésime 2020 en raison de la pandémie liée au COVID-19.
De plus, jamais dans l’histoire de cette épreuve, le Motocross des Nations n’a été organisé en cours de saison de Mondial MX2 / MXGP.
Autant de paramètres pris en compte par la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme afin d’élaborer sa sélection.
La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme témoigne de tout son soutien à nos trois représentants pour reconquérir le Trophée Chamberlain et ainsi ajouter une 7ème étoile à notre palmarès.
ÉQUIPE DE FRANCE DE MOTOCROSS
Kitchen, Romano Take Top Honors for Yamaha bLU cRU at Loretta Lynn’s
Kitchen, Romano Take Top Honors for Yamaha bLU cRU at Loretta Lynn’s
Yamaha’s bLU cRU riders enjoyed another successful outing at the 40th annual AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s, claiming six National Championships last week at the iconic venue in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. In addition to their titles, Levi Kitchen and his Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing teammate Nick Romano were also awarded AMA Specialty Awards for their standout performances.
Kitchen continues to impress, adding two more National Championships to his resume in two of the most hotly contested classes: 250 Pro Sport and Open Pro Sport. He got off to a great start with the holeshot and a win in the first 250 Pro Sport moto but was later credited with a third-place finish after a penalty. The Washington State rider rebounded to win Moto 2 and then secured the title in the final moto in dramatic fashion. He was in the lead early but then had a tip-over, rejoining the race outside of the top 10. Undeterred, Kitchen made a heroic chargeback to second to take the number-one plate.
It was another hard-fought battle for the Open Pro Sport title. After a 3-1 result in the first two motos, Kitchen went into the final with a three-way tie for the lead. Battling inside the top five after the start, he put his head down and chased down the leader by the halfway mark, and capitalized on the front runner’s mistake to claim the lead. He went on to score his second-straight win by a healthy margin and secured the class championship. In addition to both titles, Kitchen was awarded the coveted 2021 Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award which recognizes the most promising amateur racer in the discipline.
“Man, what a week in Tennessee! I’m very happy to leave Loretta’s with both championships and also get the Horizon Award,” Kitchen said. « I had a few come from behind rides that I was very proud of and I know it will only help me heading into the Pro Motocross National this weekend at Unadilla.”
Romano got off to a great start in the final 250 B moto with his third holeshot of the week. Although he was shuffled to the runner-up spot, the New Yorker kept pushing and reclaimed the lead after the halfway mark and went unchallenged to sweep the class and take the title. He also showed strength in the Schoolboy 2 class taking commanding victories in the first two motos. Unfortunately, a couple of crashes in the final moto put him third overall (1-1-8). Romano’s impressive performance over the week earned the up-and-coming rider the accolade of AMA Amateur Rider of the Year.
“It was a great week at Loretta’s,” said Romano. “Five moto wins out of six and winning the 250B was pretty awesome. I’m also happy to be named the AMA Amateur Rider of the Year. It’s a great achievement with all of the riders out there.”
The young Carter Schutte also had a dominant performance, winning all three motos to take the 51cc (4-6) Shaft Drive Limited Championship for the ATVs and More Club MX FXR team. In the 250 C class, Owen Motorsports’ Brandon Bollino finished strong with a win in Moto 3 to secure the title with a 2-2-1 tally. Rallye Motoplex MotoX Compound’s Schofield also left with a number-one plate, scoring a pair of podium finishes (3-2-5) in the 450 C Championship.
NSA Rock River Yamaha’s Gage Linville had a solid week, finishing second overall (8-1-2) in the 250 B Limited class and third overall (2-2-4) in the 250 B class. EBR Performance Yamaha’s Ben Garib finished second in the Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C overall standings with a 4-3-3 tally. Cason Pinkston scored a pair of wins for the Performance Factory Fly team, finishing second overall (1-3-2) in the 125 C class and fourth overall (1-7-7) in the 250 C class.
Romain Febvre second du Mondial
Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Press release
Romain Febvre second du Mondial
Romain Febvre aborde la trêve estivale du championnat du Monde de Motocross installé à la seconde place du Mondial MXGP, après avoir décroché en Lettonie une nouvelle quatrième place pour le compte du Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team.
Quatrième aux essais chronométrés, Romain s’assurait une bonne place sur la grille de départ mais un incident allait l’empêcher de réaliser un bon départ en première manche quand son voisin déviait sa trajectoire et obligeait Romain à couper un instant les gaz. Se retrouvant dans le pack, il allait parvenir à effectuer de nombreux dépassements dans le premier tour pour pointer septième au premier passage sur la ligne. Au tour suivant il avait encore gagné une place, mais tous ses rivaux au championnat étaient devant lui ; le groupe de tête signant des temps au tour très similaires, il n’allait pas parvenir à remonter au delà de la cinquième place, dans la roue du quatrième. Signant un nouvel holeshot – le cinquième cette saison – en seconde manche, il allait d’entrée de jeu se ménager une avance de deux secondes dès le premier tour ; il accentuait son avance dans les deux premiers tours, jusqu’à ce qu’une glissade dans un virage sur une piste rendue piégeuse en raison de la pluie ne lui fasse perdre dix secondes. Reparti quatrième il allait reprendre un bon rythme dans le sillage du groupe de tête, et après qu’un adversaire soit parti à la faute en fin de course c’est en troisième position qu’il bouclait cette manche. Classé quatrième et ratant de peu le podium, il se consolait avec le meilleur temps en course et le ‘holeshot award’. Le championnat va maintenant observer un break de quatre semaines, et c’est en seconde position qu’il reprendra la piste en Turquie début septembre pour un double GP.
Ne pouvant s’entrainer dans la semaine après s’être déboité l’épaule au GP de Belgique, Ivo Monticelli aura besoin de temps pour reprendre ses marques et ce n’est qu’en vingt deuxième position qu’il prendra place derrière la grille. Profitant une fois de plus de la puissance de la KX450-SR pour s’élancer dans le top huit, il perdra par la suite des places face aux spécialistes du sable pour se classer seizième. Ivo manquera de chance au second départ, en se retrouvant au sol au premier virage ; revenu dix neuvième en l’espace de six tours, il reperdra de nombreuses places en chutant à nouveau, avant de revenir se classer dix huitième de cette manche ; il est désormais dix neuvième au championnat.
Romain Febvre : « Je dirais que c’était un GP correct ! La première manche ne fut pas facile du fait de mon départ dans le pack ; j’ai pu revenir cinquième, pas loin des pilotes me précédant, mais je n’ai pas pu les attaquer. Le second départ s’est superbement passé avec le holeshot, j’avais un bon feeling jusqu’à ce que je glisse dans un virage et chute ! Je suis revenu en piste quatrième, je ne pouvais faire mieux. La piste était étrange cette année, et avec la pluie ce fut encore plus compliqué ; j’ai eu la chance que Jeffrey chute à son tour en fin de course et m’offre la troisième place. Maintenant nous avons un break : on est en bonne position au championnat, et nous allons maintenant travailler sur les détails pour le gagner ce championnat. »
Ivo Monticelli : « Une journée difficile pour moi. Je n’ai pas pu m’entrainer à moto de la semaine après m’être blessé à l’épaule à Lommel, et je n’ai pas eu un bon feeling avec la piste ce matin, il y avait beaucoup trop de petites bosses et d’ornières pour mon épaule. J’ai vraiment pris un bon départ en première manche, mais je n’ai pu rouler qu’à mon rythme ; je n’étais pas très rapide, mais j’ai pu marquer des points. J’ai eu un meilleur feeling avec la piste en seconde manche, mais un autre pilote m’a fait chuter au départ et j’ai dû attendre pour reprendre ma moto ; j’était revenu dix neuvième quand j’ai chuté fort, il a fallu tout recommencer pour revenir dix huitième. Mon pilotage était bon en seconde manche, mais j’ai trop chuté. Maintenant j’ai quatre semaines pour récupérer d’ici au prochain GP ; je vais commencer par rentrer quelques jours en Italie pour me reposer puis je reprends le travail avec le team pour préparer la suite de la saison. »
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PRADO AND HERLINGS CLIMB THE GRAND PRIX OF LATVIA MXGP PODIUMMXGP 2021 Round 7 of 17, Kegums (LAT)
A fourth consecutive weekend of racing brought Red Bull KTM Factory Racing to Kegums: the staple venue for the Grand Prix of Latvia. Jorge Prado and Jeffrey Herlings walked away from round seven of seventeen with 2nd and 3rd positions overall.
– Herlings & Prado win motos at Kegums with the KTM 450 SX-F- Prado appears on the podium for the second time in ‘21 and is now 3rd in the championship- Tony Cairoli takes 5th position overall- Guadagnini makes the MX2 podium in 3rd with all three KTM 250 SX-Fs in the top six Kegums provided a cool, overcast and changeable climate with the sandy terrain – and hard base – proving to be rough, slick and difficult to manage as the motos wore on across the one-day format. Jeffrey Herlings sealed his fourth Pole Position of the season during Timed Practice as the Dutchman again set the pace on his factory KTM 450 SX-F. MXGP
Jorge Prado was victorious two races previously in the Czech Republic and was 3rd quickest in Timed Practice. The Spaniard used the decent gate position and his renowned capacity for rapid starts to vie for the lead in the formative stage of both motos. He was passed by Herlings on the first lap of the opening race and rode to 4th after a frantic battle between four riders for the final slot in the top three. In the second race Prado was unwavering and controlled proceedings, even if Herlings applied pressure in the last laps. Prado went 4-1 on the day for 2nd overall and now has five top three moto results from the last seven starts, including two wins.
Herlings dominated the opening moto by opening a strong lead ahead of Tim Gajser. The Dutchman clinched his second checkered flag from the last three by more than seven seconds. He pursued Prado closely in the second moto but the 26-year-old – still recovering from his left shoulder blade fracture – tipped over with a few corners remaining. He crossed the line in 4th and sacrificed the overall win for a fifth podium appearance of the season in 3rd place. Tony Cairoli, currently 4th in the championship standings and already a winner this year, relegated Prado in the first moto for 3rd spot. The Italian crashed out of the top four early in the second moto and his 3-6 for the GP meant 5th overall. Jorge Prado: “It was a great day. In the first moto I couldn’t get a rhythm and struggled a bit. In the second I was more relaxed. Good starts today and every weekend I’m feeling better and getting better physically. To come away with the second moto win is really positive. I’m happy, riding good and the team is working great.”Jeffrey Herlings:“All weekend was perfect apart from the last lap. What can I say? I felt like I could make a pass but I didn’t want to take a risk. Jorge was riding well and not making any mistakes. I went down all by myself. I’m sorry for the team and sorry for myself. I’m already looking towards Turkey now where hopefully I won’t have any pain and will be fitter. We’ll try to hunt those boys down. We are 43 points behind but there are still a lot of races ahead. We need to work and get fit. We know what we need to do. The rest of the guys here are fast but we’ve been on the box every time we’ve been racing, so I’ve been consistent. We need to start clicking off some wins and step it up a bit.”Tony Cairoli: “The day began well with a good lap in Timed Practice but my start was not good in the first moto. I was inside in the first corner and made it to the first five-six. I was riding OK and later in the race tried to attack and make my way to 3rd. I was OK with that but it took quite a bit of energy to pass those guys and I felt it for the second moto. I got up to 4th on the second lap but then unfortunately crashed and lost seven or eight positions. It was difficult in the rain and to pass others again. To recover to 6th was not too bad but also not my goal for the weekend. We’ll score this GP a ‘6.5 of out ten’ and move onto Turkey.” MX2
Mattia Guadagnini was the fastest of the KTM 250 SX-F riders in Timed Practice and wheeled his #101 machine into the gate in 6th place. The Italian rookie made two superb holeshots to lead both of the motos in the formative stages. He could not deflect the superior pace of Maxime Renaux but his 2-3 scorecard was enough to reach the third step of the podium for his fourth trophy of the season.
MX2 World Champion Tom Vialle was able to count on a few more days of rehab and preparation as the Frenchman continues to find full race-fitness in the wake of his fractured right hand. Although Vialle missed the holeshots he embarked on two robust charges to make positions. He fought from outside the top ten to seize 6th in the first moto and then pushed his way up to 4th during a rainy second chase to earn the same slot for the Grand Prix. Rene Hofer, keen to remove sour memories of his crash and shoulder injury at Kegums in 2020 that prematurely ended his rookie campaign, was consistent with his top ten speed. The Austrian registered an 8th in the first moto and followed with a 6th in the afternoon for 6th overall. Mattia Guadagnini:“Two really similar races. I took two holeshots. I saw Maxime coming strong I tried to push a little bit more and I was gaining ground when he passed me but I made a few mistakes. Second race: pretty much the same. I tried to stay close to Maxime to pass in the last few laps but Jago was coming up fast. I took 3rd place to get back on the podium. I didn’t have the best feeling with my right arm due to the crash I had in Lommel last week so we’ll take this and come back for more in Turkey.” Tom Vialle:“The weekend was not too bad overall and I had some really good speed. I’m happy with that but I need to work on Timed Practice because 14th was too far out on the gate and I was around the top ten for the starts. I fought to come back to 6th and 4th so my pace was good. We now have a few weeks off and I need to train hard. My form is coming back and this break will be good for me. I like the track in Turkey and we still have a lot of races and hard-pack tracks to come.” Rene Hofer:“Not a bad GP at all and especially after what happened last year I am really happy to go home in one piece and with these results. I’m really happy with the second race. I think it was my best in the sand this year. We now have some time to work on aspects of my riding to get better for the second half of the season.” MXGP can now breathe thanks to a three-week break lasting the rest of August. A double-header at Afyon for the Grand Prix of Turkey will bring the series back to the track in the first weekend of September. Results MXGP Latvia 2021 1. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (2-2)2. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (4-1)3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1-4)4. Romain Febvre (FRA), Kawasaki (5-3)5. Tony Cairoli (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (3-6)Standings MXGP 2021 after 07 of 17 rounds 1. Tim Gajser 270 points2. Romain Febvre 2573. Jorge Prado 2554. Tony Cairoli 2525. Jeffrey Herlings 227Results MX2 Latvia 2021 1. Maxime Renaux (FRA), Yamaha (1-1)2. Jago Geerts (BEL), Yamaha (3-2)3. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (2-3)4. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (6-4)5. Thibault Benistant (FRA), Yamaha (5-7)6. Rene Hofer (AUT), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (8-6)Standings MX2 2021 after 07 of 17 rounds 1. Maxime Renaux 271 points2. Mattia Guadagnini 2373. Jago Geerts 2354. Ruben Fernandez 2145. Thibaul Benistant 2049. Rene Hofer 18411. Tom Vialle 133 KTM Factory Racing
Renaux Extends Championship Lead with Double Moto Victory as Geerts Takes Second
Renaux Extends Championship Lead with Double Moto Victory as Geerts Takes Second
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Maxime Renaux dominated the MX2 Grand Prix of Latvia with a double race win – the first of his career – to extend his championship lead out to 34-points. Jago Geerts mounted the second step of the podium and moved up to third in the championship standings, while Thibault Benistant put all three YZ250FMs inside the top-five with a fifth overall. As a result, Yamaha has strengthened its Manufacturers’s Title defense.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 trio continued their flying form at the Zelta Zirgs circuit in Latvia for the seventh round of the MX2 World Championship. Renaux set the second-fastest time in qualifying edging Benistant by 0.172, while Geerts qualified 1 second off the pace in eighth.
Riding a wave of confidence with a splash of red on his YZ250FM as the series leader, Renaux was untouchable in the opening race of the Latvian Grand Prix. The Frenchman started inside the top five and wasted no time charging to the front of the field.
As Renaux stormed to a convincing race victory, Geerts was able to secure third after passing the poleman Jed Beaton with 10-minutes left on the clock.
Continuing to impress in his debut season, Benistant made countless spectacular passes on his charge from outside of the top-10. The Frenchman had a rock irritate an old clavicle injury, but managed to push on and finish fifth.
Renaux and Geerts are both riders that are renowned for their incredible ability to ride in sand. Both Yamaha Factory riders were on the top-two steps of the podium in sea-deep sand of Belgium one week ago and could replicate those results again in the shallower sand of Latvia today.
Renaux’s race was almost a carbon copy of race one in the second and final race of the day. The talented 21-year-old powered his YZ250FM to a top-three start and stalked his closest championship rival Mattia Guadagnini for six laps before making a pass for the lead. As Renaux put on a masterclass performance to secure his fourth-ever race win and take his first double race victory, Geerts made a brilliant pass on Guadagnini to steal second position with three laps remaining.
Like race one, Benistant was again the thick of a mid-pack battle as he had to fight through the pain barrier to finish seventh for fifth overall.
With its 2021 MX2 World Championship campaign going exactly to plan, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team has accumulated 10 pieces of podium silverware over the past seven Grands Prix, and all three riders are currently inside the top five in the championship standings.
After four consecutive rounds of racing, the team can now enjoy a hard-earned three-week break before the series resumes on September 5th in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey.
For full results from the MX2 Grand Prix of Latvia, click here.
MX2 Grand Prix of Latvia winner, 50-points
“It was a great day. It feels really good to get a double moto win, especially as I had to make some passes in both motos without having the best starts. I was quick to find my rhythm today, especially at the start of the race and made some great passes. As soon as I got the lead, I was able to pull away a little bit and control it from there. I couldn’t be happier. I got the first double victory of my career. We have a few weeks to rest now, so I will enjoy this and take it easy before we start building back up for the second half of the season.”
2nd MX2 Grand Prix of Latvia, 42-points
“I had a pretty good day. In the first race I was happy with my start, I was fourth and able to move up to third in the first laps. I felt my pace was good, even though I wasn’t that comfortable on the track today. I got another decent start in the second race and felt much better out on the track, so I was able to catch the leaders. I wanted to get Maxime, but I ran out of time, so I had to be happy with second, but still, it’s good points for the championship and I am happy with it.”
5th MX2 Grand Prix of Latvia, 30-points
“The day started really good. I almost got pole position, but I made a small mistake on my fast lap, so even with the mistake, I was still third. I was feeling good and happy with my riding, but I was a little bit unlucky to take a big stone to the collarbone that I broke during the winter. It was quite painful, and in the second moto I struggled with the pain and a bad start.”
FRUSTRATING DAY FOR ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING IN LATVIACRASHES AND MISFORTUNE LEAD TO MIXED RESULTS FOR THE TEAM AT MXGP ROUND SEVEN
It was a frustrating day of racing at round seven of the MXGP World Championship for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. With crashes effecting the results of all riders in Latvia, it was Jed Beaton in MX2 who fared best, securing eighth-overall with teammate Kay de Wolf close behind in ninth. Competing in the MXGP class, Thomas Kjer Olsen showed impressive speed all day to claim a solid eighth-place finish in moto two.
Round seven of the FIM Motocross World Championship marked the fourth event of the series in as many weeks, taking Rockstar Energy Husqvarna to Kegums in Latvia. The circuit, which combined a hard base with a demanding, sandy riding surface, once again proved challenging for all competitors.
Following three consecutive top-five overall results in the MX2 class, Jed Beaton arrived in Latvia aiming to maintain his excellent form. After qualifying fastest in Time Practice, the 23-year-old lined up for moto one on the very inside gate and enjoyed a great start, slotting into second position as the field emerged from the first turn. From there, the FC 250 racer remained up front for the whole moto, going on to end his race less than one second behind Jago Geerts and in a solid fourth place.
For race two, Jed was rightly confident of another strong result as well as a potential spot on the GP podium. Frustratingly, the Australian clipped a stricken bike on the opening lap, which sent him to the ground. Following another crash later in the race Beaton eventually worked his way up to 13th by the end of the moto. Despite his misfortune, Jed placed eighth-overall yet advances to sixth in the MX2 World Championship.
Kay de Wolf continues to deliver strong results in his rookie season in the MX2 class. After getting caught in the start gate along with several of his rivals in race one, the young Dutchman clawed his way through the field to place ninth in the opening moto of the day.
With a much better start in race two, Kay moved into sixth place on lap four and gave chase to the leading riders. Maintaining his position for the whole moto, the 16-year-old frustratingly made a few costly mistakes on the final lap, which allowed two riders to pass him. Nevertheless, it was a strong ninth overall for de Wolf as he added another solid points haul to his championship tally.
In the MXGP class, Thomas Kjer Olsen was looking forward to racing at one of his favourite circuits on the calendar. Following a great start and running up front in race one, a small mistake resulted in a rival landing on his bike, damaging it so much that he was unable to continue.
Regrouping for moto two, the Dane enjoyed another great start and slotted into eighth at the halfway stage of the race. Thomas then gave chase to Jeremy Seewer but came up just short of making a pass stick. The 24-year-old ultimately claimed 13th overall on the day.
For Thomas’ teammate Arminas Jasikonis, his day in Latvia was brought to a premature end following a heavy fall in Time Practice that ruled the Lithuanian out of lining up for MXGP round seven.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing return to FIM Motocross World Championship action on September 5 for the first of two rounds to take place in Turkey.
Jed Beaton:“I was certainly hoping for more today, especially after race one. In the second one someone had crashed in front of me and I had nowhere to go so I hit their bike and went down. I was coming through pretty good and then I crashed again. It’s frustrating as I’ve been building momentum during the last few weeks so it’s a little disappointing. I’m looking forward to Turkey and two rounds there on the hardpack, so that should be a good trip.”
Kay de Wolf:“It’s not been too bad here in Latvia. The day didn’t start good with the issue with the gate in race one, but I managed to come through pretty well for ninth in that one, passing a lot of good riders. I’m a little annoyed about race two, I made three big mistakes on the last lap and lost sixth place, which is frustrating. But on the other hand, I didn’t crash and I’m healthy, and I scored some solid points, so I can’t be too unhappy.”
Thomas Kjer Olsen:“Unfortunately this weekend was a little bit like last weekend – one good moto and one bad one. The bad one, that was just bad luck really, I made a mistake and then someone landed on the back of my bike and it was too damaged to continue. What makes it worse is that I was up front and I felt like I could start picking riders off. Eighth in race two though, I’ll take that. I felt great on my bike, so I really enjoyed that one. I know I have the speed so it’s just about putting it all together.”
Results – 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 7
MXGP – Overall1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 44pts; 2. Jorge Prado (KTM) 43; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 43… 13. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 13
MXGP – Race 11. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:16:523, 17 laps; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:24:226; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:28:306
MXGP – Race 21. Jorge Prado (KTM) 36:22:889, 17 laps; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 36:29:981; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 36:38:452… 8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 37:23:375
MX2 – Overall1. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 50pts; 2. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 42; 3. Mattia Guadagnini (KTM) 42… 8. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 26; 9. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 25
MX2 – Race 11. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 35:49:854, 17 laps; 2. Mattia Guadagnini (KTM) 35:55:843; 3. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 35:59:711; 4. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 36:00:555; 9. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 36:22:973
MX2 – Race 21. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 35:36:088, 17 laps; 2. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 35:40:079; 3. Mattia Guadagnini (KTM) 35:46:734; 8. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 36:15:383; 13. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 36:39:608
Championship Standings – After Round 7
MXGP1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 270pts; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 257; 3. Jorge Prado (KTM) 255… 12. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 101; 20. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 48
MX21. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 271pts; 2. Mattia Guadagnini (KTM) 237; 3. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 235… 6. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 197; 8. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 184
MXGP of Latvia
MXGP 2021 Round 7
Gajser victorious at the MXGP of Latvia
For the third time in his highly-successful career, Team HRC’s Tim Gajser has won the MXGP of Latvia on board his Honda CRF450RW. In what were two vastly different motos due to the weather conditions, the #243 stayed solid and consistent, going two-two for first overall, and more than doubling his MXGP championship points lead in the process.
The sandy Kegums track is always a tricky proposition for the riders with the soft top layer making way for a firm base, but all day long Gajser showed he was a match for all conditions. Qualifying took place in bright sunshine, and after getting first gate-pick last week in Lommel, he backed it up by getting the second-choice time this weekend. This gave him the platform to get out of the gate and challenge round the first bend and that’s exactly what he did in both races, crossing the holeshot line in about fifth place each moto.
In the first moto, the weather remained sunny and after his good start, a couple of quick passes moved the Slovenian into second position. Despite a good pace, he wasn’t able to make any moves on the leader and instead had to settle for a solid second place, safe in the knowledge that another good moto would give him the chance of the overall.
About 30 minutes before the second gatedrop, the rain started falling and it didn’t let up until the chequered flag was waved, giving the riders a slightly trickier Kegums than they are used to. Once again though, Gajser rounded the first corner in good position and while those in front made early mistakes, he remained solid, moving through into third place and putting pressure on the leading duo. As the laps ticked off, the Honda rider remained in third place, which would have seen him third overall. However, on the last lap, another rider in front made a mistake giving Gajser two more points which saw him jump up to the top of the podium.
It was a fantastic moment for Tim and everyone in Team HRC, and was just-reward for all the hard work they’ve put in this season already. It was also a good confidence boost heading into this mini-summer break where the next round is a double-header in Turkey on September 5th and 8th. Gajser has now won three of the seven rounds so far, and sits 13 points clear at the top of the MXGP world championship.
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I’m super-happy with how this weekend has gone, winning the overall after two tough races. I wanted to try and cut out the mistakes from the previous couple of rounds, and I knew if I did that I would do well, so it was good to see that it paid off already. Obviously winning is a massive boost before these three weekends’ off so I will enjoy this moment before getting back to work and preparing myself for the second half of the season. A big thanks to everyone in Team HRC for all their work and I can’t wait for Turkey, which is a track I really enjoy racing.
Marcus Pereira de Freitas
HRC General Manager – MXGP
We were happy with Tim’s riding in both races, because he’d been smooth and consistent in what were very difficult conditions, but then to see that he’d won the overall on the final lap was just amazing and we’re really delighted with how it turned out. The past two rounds had been tough, with mistakes costing him points so it was important to rebound and show everyone that he is still a top rider, and that’s exactly what he did. We now have a bit of a break to regroup and prepare for what should be a long second half of the season, but everyone in Team HRC has showed they are ready to work hard and get the job done!
Pos.RiderNumNationPoints TeamTime/Gap 1HERLINGS Jeffrey84NDL25Red Bull KTM Factory Racing35:16.5232GAJSER Tim243SLO22Team HRC – MXGP0:07.7033CAIROLI Antonio222ITA20Red Bull KTM Factory Racing0:11.7834PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA18Red Bull KTM Factory Racing0:15.5985FEBVRE Romain3FRA16Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing0:16.9346JONASS Pauls41LAT15Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team0:18.6417COLDENHOFF Glenn259NDL14Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team0:38.7948LUPINO Alessandro77ITA13MRT Racing Team KTM0:49.7029SEEWER Jeremy91SWI12Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team0:51.83310BOGERS Brian189NDL11Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team1:05.51611JACOBI Henry29GER10JM Honda Racing1:10.74312TIXIER Jordi911FRA9JT911 KTM Racing Team1:12.95913WATSON Ben919GBR8Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team1:16.17314STRIJBOS Kevin22BEL7Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing1:19.54315VAN DONINCK Brent32BEL6Gebben Van Venrooy Yamaha Racing1:25.38916MONTICELLI Ivo128ITA5Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing1:28.50217KOCH Tom226GER4KTM Sarholz1:32.50918VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy89BEL3Beta SDM Corse MX Team1:39.87619FORATO Alberto303ITA2Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori1:42.84220ÖSTLUND Alvin161SWE1JK Racing Yamaha Active1:56.599
Pos.RiderNumNationPoints TeamTime/Gap 1PRADO GARCIA Jorge61SPA25Red Bull KTM Factory Racing36:22.8892GAJSER Tim243SLO22Team HRC – MXGP0:07.0923FEBVRE Romain3FRA20Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing0:15.563
4HERLINGS Jeffrey84NDL18Red Bull KTM Factory Racing0:26.6065BOGERS Brian189NDL16Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team0:45.3996CAIROLI Antonio222ITA15Red Bull KTM Factory Racing0:54.2037SEEWER Jeremy91SWI14Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team0:58.3218KJER OLSEN Thomas19DEN13Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing1:00.4869LUPINO Alessandro77ITA12MRT Racing Team KTM1:08.84310
The Ryan Dungey Foundation Announces
Opportunity Awaits, Its First Fundraising Event
Registration for September 18 at Fox Raceway Now Open
CHANHASSEN, Minn. (August 6, 2021) — Following its recent introduction, the Ryan Dungey Foundation, the new nonprofit organization established by the nine-time AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross Champion, announces plans for its first fundraising event. Opportunity Awaits, a ride day for everyone, will take place on Saturday, September 18, from Southern California’s Fox Raceway. Registration to get involved in this special event is now open.
“The motocross community, and two wheels in general, provided me with the life I enjoy today. Without the support of those who believed in my abilities I could have never achieved the success I had in my career,” explained Dungey. “It’s important for me to invest back into the industry that gave me so much, with the hope that we can get more kids on two wheels. Opportunity Awaits will provide an avenue to do just that, as we encourage any and everyone, especially kids who have never swung a leg over a bike, to come out and experience the joy of riding in a safe, controlled environment.”
Opportunity Awaits will be hosted with the support and partnership of several of the two-wheel industry’s most recognizable and influential brands — Fox Racing, KTM North America, Inc., STACYC Stability Cycle, and Strider Bikes. For the newcomers and the youngest guests in attendance, both STACYC and Strider will provide access to their introductory balance bikes on tracks specifically designed for these innovative and groundbreaking products that have helped make the world of two wheels more accessible than ever before. Additionally, KTM will include a collection of its entry level motorcycle models geared towards the youth rider on a track fitting for their performance. Experienced riders and adults with their own motorcycles will have access to Fox Raceway’s main motocross track.
All attendees, regardless of ability, will have the chance to engage with Ryan, ride on the track alongside the famed No. 5, and take advantage of the presence from each event supporter, including the purchase of exclusive Ryan Dungey Foundation apparel from Fox Racing.
“Opportunity Awaits is the culmination of a shared passion amongst each and every one of us in the motocross and greater two-wheeled community,” added Dungey. “It serves as a unique way to celebrate the way riding makes us feel, while also providing an environment that allows us to share that passion with those who have yet to discover it. Hopefully it can help foster a new generation of riders and ensure our industry can continue to grow for years to come.”Interested participants and contributors
to Opportunity Awaits can register online.REGISTER HERE!
Founded in July 2021, the Ryan Dungey Foundation is the culmination of Ryan’s years of dedication to charitable work and serves as the natural evolution of his commitment to philanthropy. Through his status as a world-class athlete Ryan remains focused on bettering the lives of others, with a particular emphasis on creating opportunities for the next generation of children. The beneficiaries of the Ryan Dungey Foundation are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a world renowned pediatric treatment and research facility focused on catastrophic diseases in children, and All Kids Bike, a national movement to place Kindergarten PE Learn-to-Ride programs into public schools, for free.
The efforts of the Ryan Dungey Foundation would not be possible without the support of its founding partners — Fox Racing, KTM North America, Inc., Kutzler Express, Inc., Next Level Sports, and Strider Sports International, Inc.
For more information on the Ryan Dungey Foundation, including signing up to receive direct communication about ways to donate and get involved, please visit RyanDungeyFoundation.org. Additionally, follow the Ryan Dungey Foundation on Instagram, @ryandungeyfoundation.# # #
About the Ryan Dungey Foundation
The Ryan Dungey Foundation is dedicated to creating opportunities for the next generation of children. We will focus our efforts on supporting the fight against childhood cancer and our commitment to help children live healthy and active lifestyles. The Foundation raises valuable funds in support of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and All Kids Bike.
The Ryan Dungey Foundation is a non-profit corporation organized under the laws of Minnesota. The foundation’s tax-exempt application was filed with the Internal Revenue Service on April 26, 2021. As of this date we are awaiting approval of our application.
Coming into the second round of the WMX World Championship with the red plate, to a notoriously infamous track that the « 1 » hadn’t competed at before, against a host of local sand specialists would be no easy task. The team and Duncan knew it was about maximal points while surviving the weekend without the Lommel sand biting back too hard. Posting a very respectable 8th in timed practice gave Duncan a good place to start from, and entered race 1 around 10th place. She slowly worked her way through several other competitors to bring home 6th in race one. Heading into race two with the confidence and track knowledge of race one, Duncan powered her Kawasaki KX250 down the start straight, grabbing the holeshot. Duncan impressed all with her race lead, but at around the 10-minute mark a loss of traction would see her slip down to third. With the track conditions worsening, and backmarkers making passing harder, Duncan moved back to 4th. Instead of settling for 4th with a 20-second gap to 5th, Duncan, knowing every point is vital, made an aggressive push forwards to take 3rd place, not too far from 2nd. The Kiwi only sits 2 points behind the red plate, heading back to favourable hard pack terrain, and one of her favourite tracks in Turkey.
There was little luck to be had for the Australian Wilson Todd’s first competetive outing in the deep Lommel sands. Posting a respectable 13th position in timed qualifying, the #20 headed into race one from the back of the pack, he charged through to around 14th at the halfway point. A hose on an additional oil cooling unit, designed for the deep sands of Lommel became damaged after a collision with another rider, unfortunately causing Todd to retire.
It was a much better start in race two, heading around the first corner in the top 6th, but this was to be short-lived as a mistake on corner 3 meant another fight through the pack. The charge through would be met with several more mistakes, only allowing Todd to finish in 23rd. Unable to pick up any points for the first time this year is obviously frustrating for any rider, but the determination is not faltered as we head into the next round at Latvia.Courtney Duncan
Qualifying – 8
Race 1 – 6
Race 2 – 3
Overall – 5
Qualifying – 13
Race 1 – 30
Race 2 – 23
Overall – 25Steve Dixon – Manager
« We knew it was going to be tough against the top girls that grew up and live around the sand, so our goal was top 5, which we achieved. We’re pleased that Courtney lead the second race, and despite a fall still charged back to take positions. Now that round is out the way we can focus on Courtney’s strengths, and take back the red plate in Turkey.
Wilson rides well in the sand, he qualified okay but a first corner entanglement in race 1 meant he had to come through the pack, after coming together with another rider the hose on the additional oil cooler must have got damaged, which meant he had to retire. It’s a shame as until now all the races have been good point-scoring rounds. Pumped up heading into race 2, he grabbed a much better start, but a mistake cost him his good position and he never really got the rhythm back after that. A day to forget but we head to Latvia confident about seeing Wilson fighting with the top guys where he belongs. »Wilson Todd“Today was a day to forget really. I came from the back to about 14th by halfway then the oil cooler hose was damaged, so I only managed to make it about 3 corners further, before I had to retire. I got a good start in moto two, but a mistake going into the third corner and I lost control. I did my best to charge through and ended up making a few more times just not really been able to see where I was going. It’s one to learn from for sure. »Courtney Duncan“It wasn’t easy out there but I think I can be proud of what we achieved today. Coming in we knew it was going to be tough; it was one of those days where we had to salvage as much as we could and you win championships on those days. I’m proud of the effort, particularly the way I was able to hang tough with the other girls at the front in race two. First moto I got a good jump off the start but I shut off too early into the corner; a small crash on lap two made the race tough for me but I still pushed to the end, salvaged what I could, and got some important points. Another holeshot made the second race easier but I didn’t quite have it to win the race. Now we go home, regroup and come out swinging for Turkey. It’s one of my favourite tracks on the calendar so I’m confident headed there. It’s important we nail the training leading up to each event, continue to look for ways to be even better, and give our best effort. WMX Championship Standings
2nd Courtney Duncan – 87
MX2 Championship Standings
13th Wilson Todd – 90 points
25th Taylor Hammal – 10 points
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PAULS JONASS ON THE BOX IN BELGIUM!GASGAS FACTORY RACING’S MXGP STAR LEADS LAPS AND SECURES THIRD OVERALL IN LOMMEL Pauls on the podium – we’ll take that! Our MC 450F racer has shown just what he’s capable of with an impressive third overall at the MXGP of Flanders-Belgium, round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Pauls was on the gas all day, placing fourth in race one while in moto two, he led plenty of laps and came up just short of victory in second! Jonass’ MXGP class teammate Brian Bogers enjoyed a quietly consistent day with the Dutchman securing a strong 10th overall. For our MX2 racers, Simon Langenfelder fared best with ninth overall while Isak Gifting placed 16th.
- Pauls Jonass on the gas and on the podium in Belgium
- First overall podium visit of the season for GASGAS Factory Racing
- Simon Langenfelder posts two solid point-scoring rides in Lommel
Pauls Jonass:“Just wow! There are so many firsts for me today that there are too many to list! My first podium on the GASGAS, my first laps led in MXGP ever, and my first overall podium finish of the season. After last weekend in Loket we hit the reset button and made a few changes on the bike, and they really helped today with the starts. With the team, we made some great progress before this race, and they really deserve this podium finish as well. Today has given me a huge confidence boost ahead of my home GP and I can’t wait to head out onto the track in front of my home fans next weekend. It’s going to be awesome!”
With a focus on his starts in the week leading up to Lommel, Pauls came out swinging in moto one to quickly slot into third. As the race continued, the Latvian posted consistently fast lap times to maintain his position and was all set for a top-three finish – until Antonio Cairoli demoted him to fourth with two laps to go.
For moto two, Jonass was on the gas from the start. Emerging from turn one in third, he moved into the lead on lap two and with a clear track, put the hammer down to extend his margin over the chasing pack of riders. Leading laps in MXGP is no easy feat and the 24-year-old led nine of them until he was reeled in and passed by Romain Febvre with a few laps to go. Despite missing out on the win, Pauls was rightly ecstatic to be back on the MXGP podium and now aims to take his speed to Kegums for his home GP in Latvia next weekend.
With a soft spot for sandy terrain, Brian Bogers claimed 11th in both races for a solid 10th overall on his MC 450F. Following two strong rides and a pretty decent points haul, the Dutchman’s consistent results elevate him up from 19th in the championship standings to 14th.
In the MX2 class, Simon Langenfelder battled through the field in both races to secure an impressive ninth overall. In the opening moto of the day, the young German was lucky to avoid a massive first-turn crash and regrouped to finish 10th. A promising start in moto two quickly became unravelled as the 17-year-old was frustratingly pushed wide and off of the sandy circuit before re-joining the race in 25th. Simon then put together a solid ride, charging hard through the field for a well-deserved ninth.
For Isak Gifting, the young Swede wasn’t quite able to get the best of starts in either race, going on to claim a 16-15 result for 16th overall.
Brian Bogers:“It was a solid day today for me. Nothing spectacular, just two solid point-scoring rides and it was tough out there. I ended up 11th in both motos for 10th overall and both races I was able to ride my own lines and I really enjoyed it, despite the weather. I wanted better results, but I did my best and did everything I could so 10th overall is good points and a solid day for me and the team.”
Simon Langenfelder:“I felt really good on my bike today. I was flowing in the turns and after qualifying I was really confident for some strong results. Unfortunately, in both races I had to come from the back because of avoiding a crash in race one and then in moto two, I had a really good start, but I was pushed wide and off the track. In that one I came from 25th to ninth so my speed is there, I just needed a little bit of luck to get some better results.”
Isak Gifting:“It was difficult today. I know I have the speed and my lap times were really good all day. My starts let me down, really. I need to work on those, start up front and run with the guys at the front. Crashes in both races also didn’t help but I’m positive of getting back to where I should be next weekend in Latvia.”
Standing Construct GASGAS Factory Racing and DIGA Procross GASGAS Factory Racing will next be in FIM Motocross World Championship action at the MXGP of Latvia, round seven of the series, on August 8
HERLINGS MAKES RETURN TO ACTION AND FINISHES 2ND THROUGH THE LOMMEL SAND IN BELGIUMMXGP 2021 Round 6 of 17, Lommel (BEL)
The demanding sandy terrain of Lommel was no obstacle for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing as Jeffrey Herlings produced a heroic performance to finish 2nd overall at the Grand Prix of Belgium and the sixth round of the 2021 MXGP world championship.
– Herlings defies expectations with shoulder injury for fourth podium result of 2021- The Dutchman wins the first moto at Lommel to remain in the MXGP title hunt- Top five positions for Jorge Prado and Tony Cairoli- Tom Vialle 7th overall in MX2 Lommel remains the reference for Grand Prix sand tracks. The loose Belgian surface close to the Dutch border is notoriously deep, rough and technical and places an extreme test on both man and machinery. The sixth round of MXGP was also the third consecutive weekend of racing for the teams and riders of the two GP classes and the climate was cool, overcast and rainy. MXGP
Less than two weeks after fracturing his left shoulder blade in a racing incident at the Dutch Grand Prix and after sitting out the Czech round seven days ago, Jeffrey Herlings elected to attempt Lommel late on Saturday afternoon. The 2018 MXGP World Champion is a renowned sand rider and wanted to keep his hand in the 2021 title dispute. The 26-year-old was a tenth of a second from securing Pole Position in Timed Practice and then slotted into 2nd place on the first lap of the opening moto. He chased Romain Febvre for 10 of the 15 laps and maintained his pace to eventually take the lead and win his third consecutive race by a comfortable 28 seconds. Torrential rain fell during the moto and continued sporadically into the second motos. Herlings was unlucky to tangle with Glenn Coldenhoff three corners into the second start. The incident meant he had to cut through from the lower reaches of the top twenty and reached as high as 5th before he ran out of energy and momentum. The 1-5 was still sufficient for the second step of the podium and means he sits 5th in the standings, 42 points from 1st.
Jorge Prado was buried outside the top ten at the launch of the first moto and rode consistently to move his way to 6th. The Spaniard started better and rode strongly at the front to post 3rd place later in the day. The 6-3 meant he settled in 4th for the Grand Prix. Just behind him in 5th was Tony Cairoli. The three-time winner of the event at Lommel won a close battle with Pauls Jonass and Jeremy Seewer to finish 3rd in the first moto. In the second Cairoli struggled a bit more to find his rhythm and took 7th. Cairoli is 3rd in the world championship standings, only 5 points from Prado in 4th and with four riders split by just 14 in what is proving to be a tight and unpredictable contest so far. Jeffrey Herlings:“We didn’t ride much in practice but we had a good gate pick and then in the first moto Romain had really good pace, so I just sat there to save energy. As everybody knows, I broke my shoulder blade and it’s not normal to be riding again in thirteen days. I didn’t know if my speed would fade because the track was so rough and hard on the body. At one point I felt I could run a faster pace. I passed Romain and made a gap. I started well in the second moto – fourth or fifth I think – but came together with Glenn going for an inside line. It was a shame to be last but I fought my way back to 5th…then I faded! I couldn’t hold onto the bike that well and I didn’t want to make a big crash. To go 1-5 is a good day. One week ago we thought the championship was over – and I still need to hunt down the points – but 42 points is not too bad and there are still a lot of races and options ahead. 42 away is not where I want to be but if I had this offer a week ago I would have signed for it.”Jorge Prado: “I’m very happy about today. I feel that we progressed a lot on the physical side. We raced on a track that was not typically what we find here. It was very bumpy from the support races yesterday and, already from Timed Practice, it was so rough. We just had to survive out there. I would have liked to have been ‘on the box’ but a small crash in the second moto did not make it easy. I made a few small mistakes and had to re-group to catch people. I could not make it happen but I’m happy.”Tony Cairoli: “I didn’t have a good feeling on the track during practice and was struggling to find a rhythm and the lines. I was patient in the first moto and waited a little bit because I could see that Jeffrey and [Romain] Febvre had gone. It started raining very heavily so I decided to try and see if I could make 3rd place. I was riding smart, and 3rd was OK. The track was getting very wet in the second moto and I always struggle a bit in the sand in these types of conditions. It gets very heavy, and you need to ride with a lot of power and strength, which is not really my style. I didn’t really find the flow and had a bad start so had to work through the pack. I finished my roll-off behind [Arminas] Jasikonis. and just had to take 7th. The championship is very close. The result was OK today – even if we didn’t make the podium – but I’m not happy with my riding. It should have been better for this surface. We rode defensive today and not really what I enjoy on these types of tracks.” MX2
Winner of the previous round in the Czech Republic, Mattia Guadagnini, was the fastest of the three KTM 250 SX-F riders in Timed Practice and clocked the 6th best lap-time. The Italian was unlucky to fall on the first turn of Moto 1 and performed well to return from last position to 14th. Riding sore from the crash the rookie didn’t start so well in Moto2 and pushed to 10th for 12th overall. Guadagnini is 2nd in the championship standings by 26 points.
MX2 world champion Tom Vialle was the highest ranked KTM rider on the day in 7th overall. In just his second Grand Prix after returning from right hand injury, Vialle took 4th in the first moto. The Frenchman is still missing quality training time in the saddle but was accomplished enough on the sand to run with the leaders. He lacked stamina in the second moto and also had a small crash that caused him to lose positions from 6th to 10th. He completed the 30 minutes and 2 lap in 11th. Rene Hofer didn’t enjoy the best of starts in the first race but reached as high as 8th before being swamped by pursuers in the final laps and finished 11th. The Austrian was right behind Vialle in the second moto and left Lommel with 10th overall in the GP classification. Tom Vialle:“7th is not what we want but after the injury I have not ridden in the sand for a long time. I tried twice this week but it wasn’t going too well with my hand. In another way I’m quite happy because my hand came through the motos well. We can build from here. I was already tired at the start of the second moto and the track was really tough today. If you are not ‘bike fit’ then it is extra difficult here. I think I would have enjoyed today a lot more if I had that fitness. I know from here we will be a bit better every day. We will train hard this week and I know I will be 100% by the time we go to Turkey.” Rene Hofer:“They call it the toughest GP of the year and it was, for sure! The rain did not make it any easier. I got pushed out at the start of the first moto and I was quite far back. I made it to 11th in the end but I wasn’t riding so good. The second moto was a lot better but the crash at the beginning was very ‘expensive’. It cost me time and positions, even if afterwards my riding was a step in the right direction. I just need to improve my sand skills and it’s something I aim to do year-by-year. I feel that I can be more competitive at Kegums next week.” Mattia Guadagnini:“Not the best day for me. I was feeling good in the first moto and had a strong start but I braked too hard in the first corner and I think I touched Tom. The bike went sideways and it was a big crash. I hurt my right arm. I just tried to save the race and to save some points and in the end it was not so bad. I was missing some strength for the second race because of all the energy I used for the comeback in the first one. I was trying not to crash again. So, not a great GP but Lommel is done for this year! We’re still 2nd in the championship and there are many motos to go.” The flurry of four Grands Prix in four weeks will come to a close with the trip to the Kegums circuit and Latvia in the coming days. Kegums promises another sandy challenge, but the ground is harder and slicker that the surface encountered at Lommel. Results MXGP Belgium 2021 1. Romain Febvre (FRA), Kawasaki (2-1)2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1-5)3. Pauls Jonass (LAT), GASGAS (4-3)4. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (6-3)5. Tony Cairoli (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (3-7)Standings MXGP 2021 after 06 of 17 rounds 1. Tim Gajser 226 points2. Romain Febvre 2213. Tony Cairoli 2174. Jorge Prado 2125. Jeffrey Herlings 184Results MX2 Belgium 2021 1. Jago Geerts (BEL), Yamaha (1-2)2. Kay de Wolf (NED), Husqvarna (3-1)3. Maxime Renaux (FRA), Yamaha (2-3)4. Thibault Benistant (FRA), Yamaha (5-4)5. Jed Beaton (AUS), Husqvarna (8-5)7. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (4-11)10. Rene Hofer (AUT), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (11-12)12. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (14-10)Standings MX2 2021 after 06 of 17 rounds 1. Maxime Renaux 221 points2. Mattia Guadagnini 1953. Ruben Fernandez 1944. Jago Geerts 1935. Mathys Boisrame 1769. Rene Hofer 15612. Tom Vialle 100
KAY DE WOLF CLAIMS RUNNER-UP FINISH AT MXGP ROUND SIXDUTCH SENSATION STORMS TO A DEBUT MOTO WIN ON HIS WAY TO ANOTHER OVERALL PODIUM RESULT
Competing in just his sixth MX2 Grand Prix, Kay de Wolf has raced to an incredible overall runner-up finish at MXGP round six in Belgium. The young Dutchman opened the day with a strong third in moto one, before claiming the holeshot second time out and storming away from the chasing pack to take his maiden MX2 class race win. Kay’s teammate, Jed Beaton, also impressed, with a solid fifth overall on his FC 250. Competing in the MXGP class, Arminas Jasikonis earned his best result of the season, securing sixth place in moto two, while Thomas Kjer Olsen’s day was highlighted by placing eighth in race one.
The sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship visited Belgium, with all the action unfolding at the infamous sand circuit of Lommel. With the track featuring a soft racing surface that becomes incredibly rough, it is one of the most physically demanding stops on the MXGP calendar.
One rider continuing to make huge strides in the MX2 class with his speed and consistency is Kay de Wolf, who was undoubtedly in the form of his career today in Lommel. After qualifying fastest, the 16-year-old began the opening race of the day well inside the top 10 and quickly began to work his way forwards, moving into third on lap nine. From there, Kay maintained his outstanding pace to claim a highly impressive third-place result.
Race two saw Kay deliver the ride of his life. Claiming the moto two holeshot, the FC 250 racer then successfully held off multiple challenges for the lead from Jago Geerts to lead every lap and ultimately secure his very first MX2 race victory. The duo maintained such a strong pace at the front that de Wolf crossed the finish line almost one minute ahead of current series leader Maxime Renaux in third. With a career-best day now complete, the youngster advances up the championship leaderboard to eighth.
Coming into round six of the MX2 World Championship, Jed Beaton was in great form following podium appearances and solid results in recent weeks. In Belgium, the Australian’s strong speed continued with an eighth-place finish in race one despite a small crash around the halfway stage of the moto.
In race two, Beaton started eighth and moved into fifth as the moto reached half distance. The 23-year-old then engaged in a battle for position with Conrad Mewse, ultimately coming out on top to claim fifth in the moto and secure his third consecutive top-five overall finish.
Competing in the MXGP class, Arminas Jasikonis bounced back from 19th in race one to claim his best result of the season with an impressive sixth-place finish in moto two. The Lithuanian continues to return to his GP-winning speed and now moves up to 18th in the series standings.
For Thomas Kjer Olsen, his day began with a solid eighth-place finish in race one. A crash early on in moto two left the Dane way down the field and following a race-long charge, he recovered to claim 18th, for 13th overall.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will next be in action at round seven of the FIM Motocross World Championship on August 8 for the MXGP of Latvia.
Kay de Wolf:“What can I say, it’s been another amazing day. Winning that second race gave me such an amazing feeling that words can’t describe it. Taking the holeshot and leading every lap – it was just a dream race. I really love the sand, and this track, and today has been really positive for me. This season is going way better than expected and I’m really excited for another GP on the sand next weekend in Latvia.”
Jed Beaton:“Today was a little bit of a bad day, but if I can take fifth overall on a bad day then it’s not so bad. I was fortunate in race one to miss a big crash just after the start but then while sixth I crashed on my own and fell way down the field. I got back to eighth which was ok though. My start in race two wasn’t so good and by the time I got into fifth the leaders were gone. It was unfortunate but fifth was good and solid points overall so all things considered, I’m happy with today.”
Arminas Jasikonis:“I’m really happy with the second race today. To be battling with the top guys again shows that all the hard work has been worth it. I’m leaving the track happy and I’m taking a lot of positives from today. Obviously the first race was a little bit of a disaster with two crashes and needing to go through the goggle lane, but overall, the second moto made up for that and now it’s on to Latvia and another chance to push for the top spots.”
Thomas Kjer Olsen:“My riding today was really good and probably the best I’ve felt all year, especially in race one. I showed what I can do and with a good start I can be up there. I just need to put myself in better positions every race. In the second one someone fell right in front of me and I had nowhere to go. I then crashed another time so that was a difficult one but I finished the moto and scored a few more points. I’m looking forward to Latvia next weekend. It’s one of my favourite tracks so I’ll be working on my starts this week and aim to be up front in both races there.”
Results – 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 6
MXGP – Overall
1. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 47pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 41; 3. Pauls Jonass (GASGAS) 40… 12. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 17; 13. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 16
MXGP – Race 1
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 34:37:691, 15 laps; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 35:05:840; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 35:14:109… 8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:38:607; 19. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 37:00:047
MXGP – Race 2
1. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 35:47:024, 15 laps; 2. Pauls Jonass (GASGAS) 35:51:363; 3. Jorge Prado (KTM) 35:56:772… 6. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 36:21:929; 18. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 37:44:430
MX2 – Overall
1. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 47pts; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 45; 3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 42… 5. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 29
MX2 – Race 1
1. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 36:38:821, 16 laps; 2. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 36:49:350; 3. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 36:59:100… 8. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 37:33:808
MX2 – Race 2
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 34:43:435, 15 laps; 2. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 34:46:179; 3. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 35:43:199… 5. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 36:08:080
Championship Standings – After Round 6
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 226pts; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 221; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 217… 13. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) 88; 18. Arminas Jasikonis (Husqvarna) 48
1. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 221pts; 2. Mattia Guadagnini (KTM) 195; 3. Ruben Fernandez (Honda) 194… 7. Jed Beaton (Husqvarna) 171; 8. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 159
Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Press releaseRomain Febvre s’impose à Lommel et prend la seconde place du Mondial
Romain Febvre s’est imposé dans la course la plus difficile de la saison, plaçant sa Kawasaki Monster Energy sur la plus haute marche du podium du GP de Belgique disputé à Lommel, et se positionnant second au Championnat du Monde MXGP.
Quatrième sur la grille, Romain allait une nouvelle fois signer le holeshot – son troisième en l’espace de quatre GP – en première manche, confirmant par la même les qualités de sa KX450-SR dans cet exercice. Portant immédiatement son avance à trois secondes, il allait poursuivre son effort pour porter à mi course cet avantage à six secondes face à son plus proche rival, les deux hommes de tête ayant relégué leurs adversaires à une trentaine de secondes. A cinq tours de l’arrivée son unique challenger – réputé pour être le meilleur pilote du monde dans le sable – allait finalement prendre le meilleur sur Romain assuré de la seconde place tant l’avance des deux hommes était importante, si bien que même une erreur en fin de course n’empêchait pas Romain de célébrer son cinquième podium de manche en l’espace de onze manches. C’est son équipier Ivo Monticelli qui allait signer le second holeshot, mais Romain passait bien vite en tête pour distancer ses rivaux en signant d’entrée de jeu le meilleur tour en course. Une petite erreur lors du second tour allait le reléguer en cinquième position, et privé de visière alors que la pluie avait détrempé le sable Romain allait faire fi des projections de sable pour attaquer un à un ses adversaires. Après vingt minutes de courses il était revenu second, une place lui assurant de remporter le GP, mais Romain voulait la victoire et à cinq tours de l’arrivée il portait une attaque victorieuse. Les quarante sept points marqués lui permettent de prendre la seconde place du championnat, à cinq petits points du leader et au terme du premier tiers de la saison.
Ivo Monticelli allait inévitablement subir la loi des spécialistes du sable lors des essais, se retrouvant dix septième derrière la grille. Cela ne l’empêcha pas de réussir un excellent premier départ, puisqu’il pointait septième au sortir du premier virage ; une chute durant le premier tour le reléguait en queue de peloton, mais il ne relâchait pas ses efforts pour revenir vingt sixième. Une nouvelle fois bien aidé par sa Kawasaki il signait le holeshot en seconde manche, son premier de la saison, mais sa course allait rapidement prendre fin quand il chutait peu après sur son épaule gauche et était contraint à l’abandon.
Romain Febvre : “Je ne suis pas venu vivre près d’ici toutes ces années pour rien ! Tout le travail effectué finit par payer ; j’ai vraiment fait du bon boulot avec mon coéquipier et tout le team Kawasaki cette semaine et on l’a fait… ça représente vraiment beaucoup pour moi de monter enfin sur la plus haute marche du podium ici à Lommel, après en avoir été proche à plusieurs reprises par le passé. J’ai fait une faute dans chaque manche mais je gagne quand même le GP. J’avais un bon rythme en première manche, jusqu’à ce que Jeffrey me double ; j’ai analysé ou il était plus rapide que moi, j’ai gardé le contact avant de faire une erreur deux tours plus tard. J’étais alors isolé en seconde position, j’ai assuré ma place ; je savais que pour la victoire tout dépendait de la seconde manche, et en début de course j’ai vraiment poussé pour creuser un écart et m’isoler de mes rivaux. Tout allait bien jusqu’à ce que je fasse une petite erreur et que je me retrouve cinquième ; il m’a fallu quelques tours pour reprendre mon rythme, mais j’était déterminé à gagner la manche et le GP. J’ai doublé les pilotes devant moi et je l’ai fait ! Je suis si fier de mon team et je les remercie pour tout ; c’est sûr qu’on va fêter cela ce soir. C’est toujours bien d’être proche de la tête du championnat, mais la plaque rouge ne signifie rien à ce stade de la saison. Pour nous ce fut une bonne journée, mais il reste tellement de courses devant nous ; la saison sera longue, on n’a fait que six courses pour l’instant, mais j’ai le sentiment que ce sera notre année ! »
Ivo Monticelli : « Ce fut vraiment un dur weekend. Je n’étais que dix septième aux essais, mais mes temps étaient proches du top dix. J’ai pris un bon départ du milieu de grille, j’étais septième avant de chuter fort dans le premier tour ; j’ai continué sans visière, ce qui n’a pas été facile quand la pluie est arrivée. En seconde manche j’ai signé le holeshot mais j’ai chuté au second virage ; mon épaule s’est déboitée et remise en place mais je ne suis pas reparti. Je suis déçu de moi même ; je travaille dur, mais les erreurs me coutent cher. Je crois toujours en moi et je vais continuer à travailler pour obtenir de meilleurs résultats. Je voudrais remercier le team ; ce fut une journée difficile pour moi mais ils font un super boulot et j’apprécie vraiment qu’ils me soutiennent comme ils le font, quelque soient mes résultats. »
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Geerts Victorious on Home Soil as Renaux Extends MX2 Championship Lead
Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Jago Geerts celebrated an emphatic Grand Prix win on home soil at the MX2 Grand Prix of Flanders in Lommel, Belgium. The Belgian was joined on the podium by Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 teammate Maxime Renaux who extended his MX2 Championship lead to 26-points over Mattia Gaudagnini. At the same time, Thibault Benistant was the third Yamaha YZ250FM rider to finish inside the top-four. He was fourth overall.
The Belgium-based Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 team celebrated a memorable home Grand Prix at the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, which was successful from start to finish. Geerts and Renaux were quick to set the tone in Timed Practice. Both riders were less than 1-second off Pole Position, with Geerts posting a 2:02.091 for second position, as Renaux went 2:02.378 for third. ‘The rookie’ Thibault Benistant also proved he had the speed, posting a 2:02.938 for seventh.
In the opening race of the day, Geerts and Renaux were a clear-cut level above the rest. Renaux led Geerts around turn-one and was the fastest man on track for the first 25-minutes. Geerts stalked his teammate for the first 11-laps before Renaux was thrown off his race line by a slower rider that was a lap down and crashed.
Geerts inherited the lead and confirmed his incredible ability to ride rough sand with a convincing race win – his third of the season. Renaux remounted his YZ250FM after the fall and managed to hold onto second place.
Benistant had to power his way through the pack after a racing incident at turn-one severed his front brake line. Still, the young Frenchman’s performance was astonishing as he managed to finish bar-to-bar with the defending champion, Tom Vialle. Unfortunately, despite a photo-finish for fourth, Vialle took the position by a single tyre knob, forcing Benistant to settle for fifth.
As heavy rainfall soaked the already treacherous sand circuit, the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 trio remained fully focused. All three riders rocketed out of the gate for the final race of the weekend to make up the top-four upon completion of lap-1.
Geerts remained unchallenged in second position from start to finish, as Renaux blasted up the inside of Benistant to take over third on lap-6. From there, all three riders controlled the race and managed to make up the top four at the flag.
After a brilliant Belgian Grand Prix, Geerts has re-established himself as a title contender as the second rider season to win two Grands Prix this season. His victory has also seen him move within 2-points of second position in the MX2 Championship chase. As a result, Yamaha has also extended its lead at the top of the Manufacturers’s Standings.
Renaux now guards a 26-point lead and will carry the championship leaders’ red plate into the seventh round of the FIM Motocross World Championship that will take place next weekend, August 8th, in Kegums, Latvia. For full results from the MX2 Grand Prix of Flanders, click here.
MX2 Grand Prix of Flanders winner, 47-points
4th MX2 World Championship Standings, 193-points
“I am really happy with the day. I’ve finally managed to win the GP here in Lommel after four or five attempts. I feel like I’m back, like as you can see, in the last few laps, I was riding faster and faster. I would say I am almost back to 100%, so I am excited and ready for the next races.”
3rd MX2 Grand Prix of Flanders, 41-points
MX2 World Championship Leader, 221-points
“I am pretty happy. We all know that Lommel is one of the toughest tracks, and I survived it. The most important thing was to take good points for the championship and to keep the red plate, and I managed to do that. I am a little bit disappointed with the crash in the first moto with a lapped rider, but it is what it is. I am happy with the result in the end, and I am also happy for the team and to keep the red plate with the Yamaha crew.”
6th MX2 Grand Prix of Flanders, 34-points points
MX2 World Championship Standings, 164-points
“My day was quite good overall because I finished fourth with 34-points. This is only 1-point less than my best ever finish this year, with my best weekend being 35-points. When you look at it like this, it is quite good. I had a bit of bad luck in the first race. Another rider hit my lever and I had no front brake for the whole race, but in the end of the race I was feeling really good and was one of the fastest guys on track at the end of the moto. In the second race, the feeling was not there, so I did not want to go over the limit and make a mistake for nothing; fourth overall in Lommel is not a bad result.”
SAVE THE DATE – JOURNÉES DECOUVERTE DE LA MOTO
Les 11 et 12 septembre prochains, la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme lance la première édition des Journées Découverte de la Moto, partout en France.
Cette opération nationale propose aux enfants de s’initier à la pratique de la moto. Grâce à l’encadrement des Écoles Françaises de Motocyclisme, des Moto-Clubs Éducatifs et des Moto-Clubs partenaires de l’événement, des motos d’initiation seront mises à disposition. L’occasion pour les enfants de plus de 6 ans de découvrir différentes disciplines dont motocross, le trial, l’enduro et la vitesse. Grâce à ces structures de qualité, la pratique se déroulera en toute sécurité, dans le respect des règles pédagogiques et avec un encadrement diplômé. L’enjeu de cette organisation est de mettre en avant l’accessibilité du sport moto auprès des plus jeunes.
STRUCTURES FFM PARTENAIRES DE L’ÉVÉNEMENT :
Trial Club de Marcoussis (91), Moto-Club du Val de Loire (44), Union Motocycliste Bichoise (68), MX École (83), Moto Sport 71 (71), Toulouse Moto Sport (09), Chaumont Enduro (52), Moto Club des Sables (71), Moto Racer Club d’Albion (84), Comité Départemental du 75 (95), Aix’treme Cross (13), Trial Club du Pays de la Châtre (36), AMSL Trial Event (06), Moto Club de Comteville (28), Trial Club Fabrègues (34), BEMP MX (13), BEMP MX (Ile de la Réunion), Moto Club du Loup-Garou (79), Moto Club Catalan (66), A.O. Gazelec Strasbourg (67), Comité Départemental du Finistère – Moto-Club d’Edern (29), Vouharte Moto-Club (16), Moto-Kids des Sables (40), ASM ACO (72), Moto-Club Cap Sud (64), Comité Département du 45 – Moto-Club de Donnery (45), Moto-Club Spinalien (88), Joker Racing Team (30), Moto-Club Argentonnais (36), Comité Département du 54 (54), ACL Bréalaise (35), Moto-Club de Romagné (35), Moto-Club du Val de Loire (44).
Fédération Française de Motocyclisme
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2021 MXGP World Championship GP Czech Republic
The 2021 World Championship after the Dutch sand moves to the hard one in Loket in the Czech Republic, a historic track for the world championship tournament which returns after a year of stoppage
In qualifying Jeremy Van Horebeek manages to find a good set-up on the difficult Loket track characterized by deep channels that make it very technical and demanding, Jeremy obtained the 14th time. Jimmy Clochet closed his practice 30th.
Excellent start of Jeremy in race 1 who managed to move immediately to eleventh position, Van Horebeek showed an incredible determination and with a race to the attack he closed with an incredible seventh place despite the breakage of some spokes of the rear wheel causes contact with another rider. Clochet in trouble on the Czech track could not do better than 27th position.
In the second heat Jeremy once again proved all his worth and his speed. At the start, Van Horebeek got off to a good start once again, taking the first lap to eleventh position. Jeremy with an excellent race pace moved up to the ninth final position. Clochet improves his performance with 24th place.
Thanks to the two excellent results Jeremy Van Horebeek closes the GP eighth overall.
Next appointment in Lommel on Sunday 1st August.
Daniele Marchese Team Manager: “Positive day for the Team thanks to the great performance of Jeremy who managed to bring us back to the top ten of the Championship. We recovered after Oss’s poor performance. We continue to work to try to improve race after race but if we think that after the first five races, we have been in the top ten four times we can be satisfied with the work done.”
Campionato del Mondo MXGP 2021 Gp Repubblica Ceca
Il mondiale 2021 dopo la sabbia Olandese si sposta sul duro a Loket in Repubblica Ceca, pista storica per il torneo iridato che rientra dopo un anno di stop.
Nelle qualifiche Jeremy Van Horebeek riesce a trovare un buon assetto sulla difficile pista di Loket caratterizzata da profondi canali che la rendono molto tecnica e impegnativa, Jeremy ha ottenuto il 14° tempo. Jimmy Clochet ha chiuso le sue prove 30°.
Ottima la partenza di Jeremy in gara 1 che è riuscito a portarsi subito in undicesima posizioni, Van Horebeek ha messo in mostra una incredibile grinta e con una manche all’attacco ha chiuso con un incredibile settimo posto nonostante la rottura di alcuni raggi della ruota posteriore causa un contatto con un altro pilota. Clochet in difficoltà sulla pista Ceca non ha potuto fare meglio della 27° posizione.
Nella seconda manche Jeremy ha dimostrato ancora una volta tutto il suo valore e la sua velocità. Alla partenza Van Horebeek è scattato ancora una volta molto bene portandosi nel corso del primo giro in undicesima posizione. Jeremy con un ottimo passo gara si è portato fino alla nona posizione finale. Clochet migliora la sua prestazione con il 24° posto.
Grazie ai due ottimi risultati Jeremy Van Horebeek chiude il Gp ottavo assoluto.
Prossimo appuntamento a Lommel domenica 1 Agosto.
Daniele Marchese Team Manager: “Giornata positiva per il Team grazie alla grande prestazione di Jeremy che si riesce a riportaci nella top ten del Campionato. Ci siamo ripresi dopo la non eccellente prestazione di Oss. Si continua lavorare per cercare di migliorarci gara dopo gara ma se pensiamo che dopo le prime cinque gare siamo stati per ben quattro volte nella top ten possiamo ritenerci soddisfatti del lavoro svolto.”