THE MOTOCROSS AND SUPERCROSS NEWS FEED 2021 #5

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Présentation du Team Yamaha Drag’on Tek 2021/2022

12 octobre 2021

Présentation du Team Yamaha Drag’on Tek 2021/2022

Dans les starting-blocks ! Privés du CFS 2020-2021, les pilotes et spectateurs ont hâte de retrouver les circuits de sable et épreuves traditionnelles de ce championnat âprement disputé. Dès les 16 et 17 octobre au Beach Cross de Berck-sur-Mer (62), l’équipe Yamaha Drag’on Tek représentera la marque au plus haut niveau, avec l’ambition affichée de récupérer un titre de Champion de France qui n’a échappé que 4 fois à Yamaha au cours des 15 dernières saisons. Milko Potisek (Vice-champion en 2018-2019) et Todd Kellett (Vice-champion de France 2019-2020), tous deux équipés d’une YZ450F considérée comme la meilleure machine du plateau, sont les favoris de cette nouvelle saison.

Ce modèle, qui a largement fait ses preuves dans les compétitions du littoral, tout comme en MXGP et MX450 US, sera affûté par Drag’on Tek sous l’œil expert de Guillaume Davion. Jean-Claude Moussé (quadruple vainqueur de l’Enduropale), assurera la coordination des forces en présence.

Cette nouvelle saison illustre en outre le partenariat grandissant entre Yamaha et Monster Energy. À l’image de nos équipes officielles engagées en MotoGP, MXGP, MXUS ou rallyes, Yamaha Drag’On Tek adopte la griffe verte pour sponsor principal.

PILOTES

Milko Potisek #32
« Avoir disputé la saison de Championnat de France Elite m’a donné un excellent rythme. J’ai axé ma préparation sable avec des manches plus longues, et tout s’est bien goupillé. Je sais que je serai en forme à Berck car tout se passe comme prévu. La moto marche vraiment fort, on a une super base, donc c’est top. Monster Energy apporte une belle image au team sable, c’est canon. Avec Todd, ça se passe aussi vraiment bien. C’est notre deuxième année en tant que coéquipiers et l’entente est excellente. Tous les deux à l’entraînement, on est là pour se tirer vers le haut et ça crée une saine émulation. »

Todd Kellett #5
« Je me sens très bien. Je suis en France depuis plus d’un mois et je me suis énormément entraîné. Je suis impatient que cette saison débute et j’ai hâte de voir où en sont les autres concurrents. On n’a rien modifié de façon drastique sur la moto ou dans mon entraînement, mais simplement effectué quelques modifications qui font que tout est encore mieux organisé. Du côté de la moto, on a principalement peaufiné les suspensions. C’est une machine que j’adorai l’an dernier, donc je suis toujours heureux d’en prendre le guidon. Concernant cette saison, comme pour tout enfant qui pratique le MX, c’est un rêve qui devient réalité de rouler sur une Yamaha officielle au côté de Monster Energy. La machine a un look incroyable, elle est encore plus excitante, et je suis fier de la piloter. »

CALENDRIER
16-17/10/21 – Beach Cross de Berck-sur-Mer (62)
23-24/10/21 – Ronde des sables de Loon Plage (59)
13-14/11/21 – Bud Sand Race – Magescq (40)
20-21/11/21 – Ronde des sables Hossegor Capbreton (40)
8-9/01/22 – Gurp TT de Grayan-et-l’hôpital (33)
28-30/01/22 – Enduropale du Touquet (62)

Haiden Deegan Joins Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing is pleased to announce a multi-year deal with one of the sport’s top up-and-coming riders – Haiden Deegan. The Californian has multiple amateur titles and is a great addition to the team’s amateur motocross program.

At the young age of 15, Deegan is already one of the most popular riders in the sport with his on-track success and engaging personality. The son of motocross icon Brian Deegan, racing is in his blood and he shares his father’s work ethic and passion for the sport. He has won championships at every level that he has raced, including winning four in a single day. In addition to his impressive number of titles, at 10 years old, Deegan became the youngest rider in the world to land a backflip on a motorcycle. 

Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team Manager

“We’re really happy to have a rider of Haiden’s caliber join our team. He has a great presence on and off the track and is a proven championship contender. We look forward to the upcoming season and look to bring home some more number-one plates!”

Haiden Deegan – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m excited to ride with champions and learn from them at Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing. I feel good on the bike and have a lot of work to do, and I am looking forward to it!”

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Romain Febvre second du Mondial après un superbe duel
Romain Febvre s’est de nouveau emparé de la seconde place du championnat du Monde MXGP, au terme de deux superbes duels lors du MXGP de France qui s’est disputé à Lacapelle Marival.

Dès les essais du matin Romain et Jeffrey Herlings confirmaient être intouchables sur cette piste, reléguant tous leurs poursuivants à quasiment deux secondes ! Ils allaient confirmer leur domination dans les deux manches de l’après midi, ou ils se livrèrent deux beaux duels. Dans les deux manches le leader du Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team se positionnait rapidement derrière Herlings dès le premier tour, gagnant quelques places sur ce tracé technique et ‘old school’ qui avait vu les deux hommes s’imposer lors des dernières éditions des Masters. Maintenant la pression sur son adversaire en première manche, il allait doubler le Néerlandais au huitième tour, soulevant le public tout acquis à sa cause ! Portant de suite son avance à cinq secondes, Romain allait voir cette avance fondre en fin de course du fait des retardataires et c’est roue dans roue que les deux rivaux entamaient le dernier tour ; mais Romain allait contrôler la course jusqu’au drapeau à damiers, qu’il franchissait avec moins d’une seconde d’avance !
Les nombreux fans étaient en haleine avant le départ de la seconde manche, et une fois de plus Herlings et Febvre se retrouvaient en tête de la course après quelques virages, signant tour à tour les meilleurs chronos dans les différents secteurs du circuit. Romain allait continuer à mettre la pression sur le leader et cela finissait par payer quand à mi course Herlings faisait une erreur qui profitait à son rival. Comptant jusqu’à trois secondes d’avance Romain allait voir son avantage se réduire au retour sur les retardataires, et Herlings allait s’imposer dans un virage serré ; Romain ne lâchait rien, jusqu’à ce qu’il se retrouve gêné par un autre pilote et perde le contact avec le leader. Second de cette manche et second du Grand Prix avec le même nombre de points que Herlings, Romain pointe désormais à la seconde place du championnat, avec six points de moins que le détenteur de la plaque rouge. Six GP restent au programme, à commencer par celui d’Espagne qui se disputera le weekend prochain à proximité du centre commercial Xanadu-Arroyomolinos dans la banlieue de Madrid.

Romain Febvre : « J’étais heureux de gagner cette première manche. Le matin on avait déjà vu que nous étions plus rapides que nos rivaux, et nous voulions tous deux gagner. Je me suis très vite retrouvé second après quelques dépassements en première manche, et je savais ou doubler Jeffrey mais j’ai attendu d’être suffisamment près de lui pour l’attaquer. La fin de course fut compliquée avec les retardataires, mais j’ai gagné et célébré cette victoire avec les fans Français. En seconde manche on s’est encore retrouvés premier et second après quelques virages, et je savais que ce serait chaud jusqu’au bout. J’ai doublé Jeffrey quand il est parti à la faute, j’ai essayé de creuser l’écart mais il était plus rapide dans certaines sections du circuit. Honnêtement je suis un peu déçu d’avoir raté de peu la victoire, mais c’est bon d’être sur le podium et je suis content de voir autant de fans ; ils méritaient la victoire, mais je n’ai pas pu la leur offrir. C’est bien d’être trois en si peu de points au championnat ; j’espère que cela va rester serré jusqu’au bout, et que je vais trouver comment faire la différence sur la fin du championnat. »

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Fredriksen & Bonacorsi First & Second in France

Intense racing dominated proceedings at the sixth round of the EMX250 Championship in Lacapelle-Marival, France, today. Riley Yamaha Racing’s Hakon Fredriksen celebrated his first race and overall win of 2021, while Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Andrea Bonacorsi went a step higher than last weekend, securing a career-best second overall.

After a challenging start to the season, Bonacorsi proved the performance of his GYTR kitted YZ250F, as well as his own riding and tactical prowess, by grabbing pole position – the first of his EMX250 career – in spectacular style. He posted a 1’48.331 lap, 0.373 clear of Fredriksen in second. 

In the opening race, Fredriksen and Bonacorsi emerged from turn one inside the top-eight and impressively used the power of their YZ250Fs mixed with some creative lines to move quickly to the front of the field. 

Fredriksen took the lead before the end of the first full lap and then went on to take an emphatic race win – his first of 2021. Meanwhile, Bonacorsi had to fight for second position and eventually secured it after a thrilling bar-to-bar battle with another Yamaha rider, Cornelius Toendel. 

In the final race of the day, Fredriksen rocketed to another fabulous top-three start, while Bonacorsi had to weave his way through the pack after starting outside of the top-10. From there, Fredriksen put in a stellar performance to finish behind the championship leader, Nicholas Lapucci, in second position, as Bonacorsi stormed through the pack to finish third. 

A 1-2 scorecard gave Fredriksen his first-ever EMX250 overall victory, while Bonacorsi toasted a career-best result from the second step of the podium. 

Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250’s Jeremy Sydow got a fantastic start in the opening race but was shuffled back to 14th and in the final race, the German managed to score a point for 20th after a poor start.

Meanwhile, Dave Kooiker struggled to find his rhythm out on the hard-packed and narrow circuit. He finished 29th in the final classification. 

After collecting another piece of podium silverware, Bonacorsi remains fifth in the EMX250 Championship Standings and has moved within 7-points of Liam Everts in fourth. At the same time, Fredriksen gained six positions today and is now eighth. Kooiker remains 10th in the championship chase. After missing the first four rounds due to injury, Sydow is 25th. 

The next round of the EMX250 series will take place in Pietramurata, Italy, on Tuesday, October 26th.  

The tight and compact Lacapelle-Marival circuit was also the setting for the fourth round of the EMX125 Championship, where all three MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 riders, Ferruccio Zanchi, Karlis Reisulis and Ivano van Erp finished inside of the top-nine. 

Zanchi set the pace in timed practice and claimed a second consecutive pole position with the fastest lap, 1’51.371. Teammates van Erp and Reisulis also qualified strong inside the top-10. Van Erp was eighth and Reisulis was 10th. 

In the points-paying races, Zanchi was again the star performer. The young Italian battled with the leaders for 12 of the 17 laps in the opening race before catching his gear shifter in a deep rut and falling from fourth. After losing a lot of time trapped under his bike, the ‘73’ eventually broke free and pushed hard to finish 19th. 

Reisulis put in 17 smooth and consistent laps to finish a season-best seventh position, while last weekend’s round winner, van Erp, started last and fought back to 16th after hitting the gate. 

Bouncing back from the frustration of the first race, Zanchi powered his GYTR kitted YZ125 to an incredible holeshot in race two and led every lap for an emphatic race win – the first of his budding career. 

Van Erp also got off to a much better start and battled back from a small crash to finish sixth, while teammate Reisulis rounded out the top-10.  

After a day of ups and downs, Zanchi was fifth in the overall classification, 2-points clear of Reisulis in seventh, and 7 in front of van Erp in ninth. 

The MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 Team and its line-up of talented youngsters will be back in action next weekend, in Madrid, Spain. For full results from the EMX round of France, click here. 

Hakon Fredriksen

EMX250 Round of France Winner, 47-points

8th EMX250 Championship Standings, 103-points

“I am really happy about my race today. I had two good starts and I know I can run with the guys up front, so I am happy that I managed to keep it on two wheels and take it home. This season has been a big struggle so it’s just an emotional win. I’d like to thank everyone behind me, especially the team and my family. I am so happy now. ”

Andrea Bonacorsi

3rd EMX250 Round of France, 42-points

5th EMX250 Championship Standings, 154-points

“Another good day on the box, second place today. I am really happy I am growing, let’s say, race by race. I feel really good. In the second moto I struggled a bit more but anyway, I am still really happy about my day.”

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VIALLE SIGNS FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS WITH RED BULL KTM AND EYES THE MXGP CLASSMXGP 2021 news

Defending MX2 World Champion Tom Vialle will steer the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 250 SX-F in the 2022 FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship before entering the premier class of MXGP in 2023.

20-year-old Vialle claimed the 2020 MX2 title and has already won four Grands Prix in the current campaign. The Frenchman is rapidly climbing the standings after suffering a broken right hand earlier in the season and has risen from 11th to 4th position with seven rounds still to go. 

After entering the Red Bull KTM squad as an MX2 rookie in 2019, Vialle has made incredible progress and mixed his blossoming technique, fitness, racecraft and intelligence with outstanding results. He has now committed his future to the factory effort to bring his association with KTM up to more than half a decade.

As well as aiming for another MX2 crown in 2022 – where Vialle will also help develop the latest generation of the KTM 250 SX-F – #28 is also lined-up to make his debut with the KTM 450 SX-F in MXGP in 2023 where he will be given time and scope to learn the intricacies of the division in a deal that will stretch to the end of 2025.

Tom Vialle:“I’m so happy to continue with KTM. I want to give special thanks to Robert and Pit because they understand me and my wish to make another year in MX2 because I had some bad luck this season. I want another title. I feel so good with the team – Dirk, Joel, Valentina, Harry, the whole crew – and I wanted to carry on with them. It was an easy decision. KTM is my first team! They were the first people who believed in me, so I am very grateful.”

Robert Jonas, VP of Motorsports Offroad: “When Tom came into the Red Bull KTM team he was given the opportunity to show what he could do and he worked hard, listened, learned and delivered. I think he is a shining example to any youngster wanting to follow the same path. He has vindicated the belief that people like Joel Smets and Dirk Gruebel had in him and we’re delighted to watch how he’s progressed and become such a force with the KTM 250 SX-F. We’re also proud that we can continue the story together and it’s fantastic to create this longer-term project with Tom for both his last MX2 season and into MXGP. If we can continue as we have so far then we hope to have another special rider, team and machine combination coming up.”

Monster Energy Supercross Tickets on Sale Today 
Triple Crown, 250SX Class Regions and East/West Showdown Races Announced250SX Futures Class Set to Race at Upcoming Saturday Events    ELLENTON, Fla., (October 5, 2021) – Feld Entertainment, Inc. announced today that tickets are on sale for all 17 rounds of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. Pre-sale begins today at 10 a.m. ET for preferred customers and will run through next Monday, October 11. Tickets will then become available to the public starting on Tuesday, October 12 at 10 a.m. ET and then 10 a.m. in each subsequent time zone. Fans can sign up for preferred access or make ticket purchases online at SupercrossLIVE.com.    The 17-race schedule returns to its traditional weekend routing format as the series visits 15 cities spread across 13 states including California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan and Washington.
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2022 Monster Energy Supercross Schedule
Storylines abound for the 2022 Supercross season as the 450SX Class continues to feature what has become an ever-expanding, deep array of talent. Three Supercross champions will be competing for another title – 2x champion Cooper Webb, 2020 champion Eli Tomac and 2018 champion Jason Anderson as both a domestic and international “who’s who” list of competitors vie for their first title – Ken Roczen (Germany), Marvin Musquin (France), Dylan Ferrandis (France), Adam Cianciarulo, Justin Barcia, Aaron Plessinger, Malcolm Stewart and Chase Sexton, all from America. 
The first of three Triple Crown events will take place on Saturday, February 5 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., followed by rounds 8 and 13 on Saturday, February 26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas and Saturday, April 9 at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Mo. The Triple Crown, three-race format is a break from the traditional one Main Event race format and has become a fan favorite since its inception in 2018.  
The 250SX Class will see a return of both reigning champions – Justin Cooper (Western Regional) and Colt Nichols (Eastern Regional), while Australian super-star brothers Jett and Hunter Lawrence and Japan’s Jo Shimoda seek their first title.       
The Western Regional 250SX Class Championship will be contested at the following rounds:

  • Round 1 – Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, January 8 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim 
  • Round 2 – Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, January 15 at RingCentral Coliseum 
  • Round 3 – San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, January 22 at Petco Park 
  • Round 4 – Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, January 29 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim 
  • Round 5 – Glendale, Ariz. on Saturday, February 5 at State Farm Stadium 
  • Round 6 – Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, February 12 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim 
  • Round 12 – Seattle, Wash. on Saturday, March 26 at Lumen Field 
  • Round 16 – Denver, Colo. on Saturday, April 30 at Empower Field at Mile High 

 The Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship will be contested at the following rounds:

  • Round 7 – Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday, February 19 at U.S. Bank Stadium 
  • Round 8 – Arlington, Texas on Saturday, February 26 at AT&T Stadium 
  • Round 9 – Daytona Beach Fla. on Saturday, March 5 at Daytona International Speedway 
  • Round 10 – Detroit, Mich. on Saturday, March 12 at Ford Field 
  • Round 11 – Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday, March 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium 
  • Round 13 – St. Louis, Mo. on Saturday, April 9 at the Dome at America’s Center 
  • Round 15 – Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday, April 23 at Gillette Stadium 

 The Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Showdown races will be held on Saturday, April 16 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga. (Round 14) and Saturday, May 7 at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah (Round 17). 
Monster Energy Supercross, The Official Video game 4, released last Spring featured a new track editor feature where gamers can create their own in-game track designs. Milestone, the video game maker, ran a global contest from April through June where the winning prize was to bring one virtual track design to life during the 2022 championship. Round 11 in Indianapolis will be inspired by the winning design from the video game track editor contest.  

Round 11 Indianapolis Track Map – featuring Monster Energy Supercross, The Official Video game 4 track editor contest winning submission.
Six Supercross events will also serve as the second and Premiere round of qualifying for the Supercross Futures AMA National Championship. Athletes competing in the 250SX Futures Class will be awarded points towards their pro Supercross license based on their finishing positions at these Premiere qualifying events. For the first-time ever fans will be able to preview the next generation of talent as part of the Saturday Supercross race-day schedule.
Supercross Futures Premiere Qualifying Events:

  • Round 2 – Oakland, Calif. on Saturday, January 15 at RingCentral Coliseum
  • Round 4 – Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, January 29 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim
  • Round 5 – Glendale, Ariz. on Saturday, February 5 at State Farm Stadium
  • Round 8 – Arlington, Texas on Saturday, February 26 at AT&T Stadium
  • Round 14 – Hampton, Ga. on Saturday, April 16 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 
  • Round 15 – Foxborough, Mass. on Saturday, April 23 at Gillette Stadium

The top four athletes from each Premiere qualifying race will advance to the Supercross Futures AMA National Championship where 24 athletes will vie to become the 250SX Futures Class Champion. The Supercross Futures AMA National Championship will take place at Round 17 in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, May 7 at Rice-Eccles Stadium. 
Kicking off its 23rd year of racing, KTM Junior Supercross, presented by Wells Fargo will return to competition and the 2022 program will feature participants racing aboard KTM’s highly competitive electric KTM SX-E 5 platform, with a fully solar operational semi and set up.
A fan favorite, KTM Junior Supercross, presented by Wells Fargo will take place at 10 rounds culminating in a championship at the finale in Salt Lake City, Utah.  KTM Junior Supercross, presented by Wells Fargo Schedule:

  • Round 1 – Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, January 8 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim 
  • Round 3 – San Diego, Calif. on Saturday, January 22 at Petco Park
  • Round 5 – Glendale, Ariz. on Saturday, February 5 at State Farm Stadium 
  • Round 6 – Anaheim, Calif. on Saturday, February 12 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim 
  • Round 7 – Minneapolis, Minn. on Saturday, February 19 at U.S. Bank Stadium 
  • Round 8 – Arlington, Texas on Saturday, February 26 at AT&T Stadium 
  • Round 10 – Detroit, Mich. on Saturday, March 12 at Ford Field 
  • Round 11 – Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday, March 19 at Lucas Oil Stadium 
  • Round 13 – St. Louis, Mo. on Saturday, April 9 at the Dome at America’s Center 
  • Round 16 – Denver, Colo. on Saturday, April 30 at Empower Field at Mile High 
  • Round 17 – Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, May 7 at Rice-Eccles Stadium 

Registration for the 2022 season opens October 15 at KTM Junior Supercross, presented by Wells Fargo – Registration Link. FanFest is currently planned for all rounds except Minneapolis, Minn. (Round 7) and Detroit, Mich. (Round 10). The expansive outside footprint will feature the race team rigs, Monster Energy exhibitions, sponsor displays, photo opportunity set ups, food and beverages, plus the red-carpet styled Ride of Fame. As the pandemic recovery progresses, Supercross is monitoring changes to government mandates, public health guidelines and industry standards and is working closely with our venue partners to adjust protocols for the safety and wellness of guests based on state and local requirements. Please monitor the venue website for health and safety policies, including face covering and entry requirements, which are subject to change. For details about Supercross Fan Wellness, please go here.

About Monster Energy Supercross:Monster Energy AMA Supercross is the most competitive and highest-profile off-road motorcycle racing championship on the planet. Founded in America and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) since 1974. Over 17 weeks and a million-dollar All-Star Race, Supercross attracts some of the largest and most impressive crowds inside the most recognizable and prestigious stadiums in North America to race in front of nearly one million live fans and broadcast to millions more worldwide. For more information, visit SupercrossLIVE.com.
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HERLINGS, VIALLE AND HOFER POST PODIUM FINISHES AT GERMAN GRAND PRIX MXGP 2021 Round 11 of 18, Teutschenthal (GER)

Fresh from spoils at the 2021 Motocross of Nations, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team resumed MXGP duties and obtained three of the six podium positions at an overcast and temperate Talkessel circuit for the Grand Prix of Germany and the eleventh round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

– Tom Vialle docked a fourth MX2 GP win in a row but moves to 4th in the championship- Rene Hofer finishes 3rd and celebrates his maiden podium in his first full MX2 term- Herlings takes a 2-3 for 2nd overall in MXGP and his ninth trophy from 11 rounds- 7th for a weakened Tony Cairoli, and an MXGP moto win and DNS for Jorge Prado. Talkessel opened the paddock gates to Grand Prix racing for the first time since the summer of 2019 and provided the usual tough, narrow and hard-pack test. Undulations and long ruts were a feature of the German terrain under cloudy skies and with a large public attendance. MXGP A lap-time almost 1.5 seconds faster anybody else gave Jeffrey Herlings his seventh Pole Position from 11 rounds this season. The Dutchman found a rhythm quickly on the rough course but it was teammate Jorge Prado who launched away from the line with his eleventh holeshot of the year and fronted the pack until the last three laps of the first moto. The Spaniard was caught by Herlings, who was also under pressure from Tim Gajser and Romain Febvre on his rear wheel. The duel between the teammates was decided by less than two-tenths of a second at the finish line but the two sensationally collided mid-air and Prado was taken to the medical center to cure a cut in his upper torso and did not start the second race. Herlings, fortunately unhurt but nursing a blow to his knee, rode to a distant 3rd later in the afternoon as both Gajser and Febvre broke away. The result was sufficient for the second step of the overall podium. Tony Cairoli classified 7th while still struggling with his ribs and the aftermath of his crash at the GP of Sardinia and the exertions of last week’s Motocross of Nations. The 36-year-old was 5th in the first moto but a poor start in the second meant he had to push from outside the top fifteen to reach 10th. Despite his non-score, Prado was 9th in the final Grand Prix list. Herlings is only 2 points behind Gajser in world championship standings. Prado loses some ground but is 4th and 31 away from the red plate while Cairoli is 5th. Jeffrey Herlings:“What can I say? As good as it starts as bad as it ends. I’m lucky to still be racing today. I made some mistakes in the first 15 mins of the first moto but was then able to catch Jorge. We know he is not the easiest rider to pass; he defends his line and there is nothing wrong with that but jumping? My knee had a big impact and it’s 100% OK, but the trauma of the bang meant it was really sore in that second moto. This is not my favorite track so when I got up to 3rd place I did not even try to close the gap and accepted second overall. We’ll work on the knee now and I’ll look forward to France and hope to fight with the boys again” Tony Cairoli“I knew it would be tough here because I couldn’t ride in the week due to my painful ribs. I took some medication and rode at the Nations – although the first moto crash and someone hitting my ribs again didn’t help – and I survived the weekend and we won. It was something I was missing in my career and I wanted to do it but I didn’t think too much about the reaction and the consequences and I was feeling really bad here. I was struggling with my health and I knew it would be a tough day from Timed Practice. After fifteen minutes I couldn’t really hold onto the bike that much anymore. A 5th in the first moto was OK and I was very happy with that result but the second moto was so tough and I knew it would be before I went to the gate. I just tried to make my way to the end. 10th is not what we want but I couldn’t do any more. Let’s try to recover this week and try to do what we can in France.” MX2 

Tom Vialle grabbed his second Pole Position (and second from the last four rounds) in morning Timed Practice and the prime first pick for the long downhill entry to the left-handed opening turn. The Frenchman needed twelve laps to catch and pass teammate Rene Hofer in the first moto. The Austrian started brightly and marked the pace until Vialle’s last gasp charge. The Red Bull KTMs were 1-2 at the flag with Vialle capturing his seventh victory of the season, Hofer entered the top thee for the third time in 2021. Mattia Guadagnini made a mistake that saw the Italian cross the line in 13th.

 Vialle holeshotted the second moto and streaked away for his third 1-1 scorecard of the year but was later penalized two positions for jumping while a yellow flag was waved. He tied on points with Maxime Renaux and demoted to 2nd overall. Hofer worked his way up from 7th to 4th which enabled the Austrian to walk the box for the very first time and after only 15 GPs as a Red Bull KTM rider. Guadagnini was 10th. Vialle’s five podiums this season and fierce form means he has raced up the points table to 4th and is only 29 from Guadagnini in 3rd. Hofer is 7th and 21 points away from the top five. 

Tom Vialle:“What should have been a great weekend and started with Pole Position. It was really important to get good starts today. I enjoyed the track but it was hard for passing. I had to work to overtake Rene in the first moto and then had half the job done through the first lap in the second. I don’t know what to say about the yellow flag decision except that I didn’t see them and watching the video back you needed to be lucky to see them. Despite this decision it has been a good run of results so far and we’re looking good for my home Grand Prix next weekend. It’s nice to go back to France and LaCapelle is really technical. I’m excited already.”


Rene Hofer:“I finally put two solid motos together and I’m really happy that I was able to make my first visit to the MX2 podium. I led almost the whole moto and kept quite close to Tom. Fourth in the second meant decent points and I was really excited. It’s an important moment and I’m pleased it happened at this race and this track that is not that far from my home. Together with the team we have been working hard for this, so it’s really nice it finally happened. I’m in really good shape and better than the start of the season when I was coming back from injury, so I want to keep this kind of momentum.” Mattia Guadagnini:“I’m not happy about today. We were all very close in qualifying and I felt OK. I didn’t start well in the first race and couldn’t find a good flow. I made a small mistake and lost some positions. Race two, the start was a bit better, my riding also, but I again had made some mistakes around mid-race distance. I couldn’t get a good feeling. I was losing too much time. A bad day. We’ll focus on the next one.” The Grand Prix of France will be hosted by the LaCapelle Marival circuit next weekend as MXGP continues a hectic second half of the 2021 campaign. Results MXGP Germany 2021 1. Tim Gajser (SLO), Honda (3-1)2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (2-3)3. Romain Febvre (FRA), Kawasaki (4-2)4. Pauls Jonass (LAT) GASGAS (6-4)5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI), Yamaha (8-5)7. Tony Cairoli (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (5-10)9. Jorge Prado (ESP), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1-DNS)Standings MXGP 2021 after 11 of 18 rounds 1. Tim Gajser 415 points2. Jeffrey Herlings 4133. Romain Febvre 4074. Jorge Prado 3845. Tony Cairoli 353Results MX2 Germany 2021 1. Maxime Renaux (FRA), Yamaha (3-1)2. Tom Vialle (FRA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (1-3)3. Rene Hofer (AUT), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (2-4)4. Jago Geerts (BEL) Yamaha (5-3)5. Jed Beaton (AUS) Husqvarna (4-5)11. Mattia Guadagnini (ITA), Red Bull KTM Factory Racing (13-10)Standings MX2 2021 after 11 of 18 rounds 1. Maxime Renaux 445 points2. Jago Geerts 3613. Mattia Guadagnini 3514. Tom Vialle 3225. Jed Beaton 3247. Rene Hofer 303

Renaux Claims Third Grand Prix Win & Extends MX2 Championship Lead

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2’s Maxime Renaux added to his MX2 Championship points lead at the 11th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship in Teutschenthal, Germany. The Frenchman celebrated a ninth podium appearance and was eventually awarded the Grand Prix win after his compatriot Tom Vialle received a penalty for disrespecting waved yellow flags. Renaux now leads the championship by 84-points over teammate Jago Geerts who finished 2-points shy of the podium, in fourth overall. Thibault Benistant finished 12th after crashing in both races. 

The Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 riders took to the highly technical and spectacular Teutschenthal circuit, starting with a hotly contested timed practice session. Less than 0.174 of a second separated the top six riders. Geerts ended the run in fifth, with Renaux posting an almost identical lap time for sixth. Thibault Benistant was 11th – only 1-second off the pace.   

In the opening race, the trio of YZ250FM riders got off to strong starts, with Renaux starting fourth, followed by his teammates Benistant and Geerts, in that order. As the laps ticked by, the championship leader, Renaux, increased his pace and before the end of lap-4 the Frenchman had made a pass for third. 

Geerts took a more careful approach in the opening stages. In front of a wild crowd, the Belgian made a pass on local hero Simon Langenfelder for fourth but finished fifth after he was nudged back a position by Jed Beaton.

Meanwhile, Renaux settled into a formidable rhythm and edged closer to the leaders but eventually ran out of time to make a pass stick. He finished third. 

As for Benistant, the ‘198’ crashed dramatically out of fourth position on the second lap, and after rejoining the race in last position, he fought his way back to 16th.

Proving the undeniable power of the YZ250FM, all three riders fronted the field on the exit of turn-one in the final race of the day. Almost a blueprint copy of race one, Renaux was again the best placed Yamaha rider in front of Benistant and Geerts.

As Renaux chased the defending champion Vialle, Benistant spectacularly crashed out of third position when he caught his footpeg at the top of a jump face. Geerts inherited the final place in the top-three and finished there 16-seconds off Renaux. While Renaux and Geerts physically crossed the finish line in second and third, respectively, both riders gained one position after Vialle received a yellow-flag infringement. Renaux was awarded the race win and Geerts was bumped up to second. 

Meanwhile, Benistant treated the highly animated crowd to a thrilling battle of wits as he used some creative lines to pass riders on his charge back to a ninth place finish.

The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place in Lacapelle Marival, France, on October 10th.  For full results from the MXGP of Germany, click. 

Maxime Renaux

MX2 Grand Prix of Germany Winner, 45-points

MX2 World Championship Leader, 445-points

“Today was a good day. Two solid races and two solid results. The goal now is to stay steady and not take any big risks, although I did try to push for the win in the second race. Now, I can take the red plate to my home round in France. I really look forward to that to have the French public there and cheering. I have never experienced that before so I am looking forward to it.”

Jago Geerts

4th MX2 Grand Prix of Germany, 38-points

2nd MX2 World Championship Standings, 361-points

“I am pretty happy with the result. I was riding well but I made some small mistakes and finished fifth. I was happy with my speed but I lost my rhythm a little bit at the end. In the second heat, I was a little bit better. I know I need to keep working to find more speed so that I can battle with Tom (Vialle) and Maxime (Renaux).”

Thibault Benistant

12th MX2 Grand Prix of Germany, 47-points

6th MX2 World Championship Standings, 307-points

“Today was not a really good day for me. I took two really good starts but I had some big crashes because I was attacking too much. This is something I am working on, I want to be more aggressive in the first laps, but I was pushing too much and then I crashed and had to start from last. So it was quite a difficult weekend for me.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP Press release

Romain Febvre reste dans la course au titre MXGP avec un nouveau podium
En montant pour la cinquième fois de la saison sur un podium, Romain Febvre reste dans la course au titre Mondial MXGP à l’issue du Grand Prix d’Allemagne disputé à Teutschenthal.

Dans le bon rythme dès les essais qualificatifs ou il signera le quatrième temps, Romain décrochait une bonne place derrière la grille et au premier départ il pointait en troisième position. Dans le sillage des deux leaders, il ne parviendra pas à trouver l’ouverture sur ce circuit ou il est toujours difficile de doubler ; une petite erreur à la sortie d’une ornière lui fera perdre une place, mais l’officiel Kawasaki Monster Energy restait plus que jamais dans la course au podium avant la seconde manche. Cette fois il signait le holeshot – son sixième cette saison – et imprimait le rythme à la course, menant la danse pendant onze tours et étant alors le vainqueur virtuel du GP. Mais ne pouvant résister aux attaques de Gajser c’est à la seconde place que Romain terminait cette manche, montant sur la troisième marche du podium et quittant Teutschenthal à huit points du leader du championnat avant le MXGP de France à Lacapelle Marival le weekend prochain.

Romain Febvre : « Ma vitesse était bonne aujourd’hui, et j’ai pris de bons départs dans les deux manches. Dans la première j’étais derrière Prado, j’était plus rapide mais il était vraiment difficile de doubler ; ensuite je me suis retrouvé derrière Jeffrey (Herlings) et j’ai vu Tim (Gajser) revenir car Jeffrey me ralentissait. Puis j’ai fait une petite erreur dans un virage, j’ai essayé de regagner la position perdue mais en vain. Je savais qu’avec un bon départ je pouvais gagner le GP, et j’ai signé le holeshot ; mais Tim était meilleur aujourd’hui. J’ai fait tout ce que je pouvais pour le contenir, mais il avait de meilleures traces que moi sur deux secteurs et je ne savais pas ou il allait essayer de me doubler. J’ai pris de bons points pour le championnat aujourd’hui mais j’en veux plus ; j’aime bien les circuits qui arrivent, à commencer par la France le weekend prochain. »

Romain était le seul pilote KRT en Allemagne, Ivo Monticelli se remettant de son opération à l’épaule qui va le tenir écarté des circuits jusqu’à la fin de saison. A partir des MXGP d’Italie Mathys Boisrame rejoindra le team, qui lui laisse le temps de bien se préparer et de s’accoutumer à la KX450-SR avant de faire ses débuts en MXGP alors qu’il n’a roulé jusque là qu’en 250.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP would like to thank: Kawasaki, Monster Energy, Alpinestars, Motorex, Pro Circuit, Dunlop, Showa, Xtrig, Renthal, Vertex, Polisport, Hinson, Wagner meca, Braking, Kawasaki Apparel, D.I.D, Twin Air, NGK, Blackbird, Cometic, Antigravity batteries, Haan Wheels, Beta, CRM, Samco Sport, JTEKT, Ogio, Mechanix Wear, Matrix concepts, Mollar, Garage Tonon, Oakley, GoPro.

Tomac Joins the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing is pleased to announce the addition of Eli Tomac to the team for the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. The multi-time champion completes a powerhouse line-up, joining the newly crowned 2021 Pro Motocross Champion Dylan Ferrandis. After campaigning for a Supercross title in the 250 class, Christian Craig will join the duo for the outdoor season aboard the Yamaha YZ450F.

Tomac brings with him a wealth of experience and is a proven championship contender. In addition to his three consecutive Pro Motocross 450MX titles from 2017-2019, he added the coveted 450SX Championship to his resume in 2020. The Coloradan has amassed an impressive number of victories and is the winningest rider currently active in both premier class championships.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team is fresh off of a great debut in the premier class. After a solid start in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship with all three riders earning their first 450SX podium and finishing comfortably inside the top-10 in the standings, the team had a stellar Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season. In addition to Ferrandis securing the title a weekend early, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. earned Manufacturer of the Year honors, and the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team was named Team of the Year. The series also awarded Jeremy Coker Team Manager of the Year and the 450 Mechanic of the Year went to Ferrandis’ mechanic, Alex Campbell.

Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team Manager

“We’re really happy to have Eli on board next season. He is a proven championship contender and an incredible athlete. Together with Dylan and then Christian joining us for the outdoor season, we have a great line-up and look to be fighting up front for the number-one plate in both championships. This year was a great first year in the premier class for the team and an absolutely incredible Pro Motocross season. We look to build on that and are really excited for the 2022 season.”

Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m really excited about this next chapter of my racing career with the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team. With the recent success of the team, motorcycle, and crew members in place, I know we will be ready for the challenge of winning races. January can’t come soon enough!”

MXGP OF GERMANY – TEUTSCHENTHAL, 1 OCTOBER 2021

Mathys Boisrame to deputise for injured Monticelli in MXGP

HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES THANKS JASON ANDERSON ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING PART WAYS WITH FORMER 450SX CHAMPION AFTER SEVEN SUCCESSFUL YEARS TOGETHER

Husqvarna Motorcycles would like to express its sincere thanks to Jason Anderson for his hard work, commitment, and racing achievements during the last seven years. Following a highly successful relationship with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, the American’s time with the team has now drawn to a close.

Since joining Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in 2015 to compete on FC 450 machinery in the 450 class, Jason Anderson has entered each AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross season as a genuine title contender.

Unquestionably, the highlight of Anderson’s time with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna came in 2018 when he was crowned 450SX champion. The victory marked the first 450 supercross title for Husqvarna Motorcycles with Jason’s performances and championship result also making a notable contribution to the brand’s international standing, as well as adding to their now 106 World Championship wins. During his time with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Jason won seven 450SX Main Events and claimed 27 podium finishes.

Further success was achieved outdoors in the 450 Pro Motocross series, with Anderson claiming 16 overall podium results and a career-best championship finish of fourth in 2019. Outside of racing in America, Anderson won multiple Australian Supercross Championship races and represented Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations on two occasions.

Robert Jonas – Vice President Motorsports Offroad:“We’ve had a great seven years with Jason and are hugely appreciative of all that he achieved and contributed to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. The highlight of course was winning the 450SX title in 2018. It was a huge achievement, both personally for Jason and also for Husqvarna, marking the first 450SX championship for Husqvarna and the FC 450. That championship win really helped elevate Husqvarna’s position within global motorsports, and really helped push the brand forwards. Everyone at Husqvarna Motorcycles wish Jason the very best of luck for the future.”

Stephen Westfall – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager:“It’s been an honour to have worked with such a talented and committed racer like Jason. His dedication and talent, together with his willingness to always put the work in, ensured he was always the best rider he could be. It’s unfortunate that his time with the team coincides with him being injured as he was showing some great speed early on in the Pro Motocross season. On behalf of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, I wish Jason well and look forward to seeing him at the races in the future.”

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