MOTOCROSS AND SUPERCROSS 2022

Retrouvez toutes les news, actualités, concernant le Supercross américain et le Motocross Mondial de 2022 dans ce post régulièrement mis à jour.. Jérôme Faraill

Ferrandis Returns to Action at Unadilla

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis will make his long-awaited return to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this weekend at the Unadilla National in New Berlin, New York. Returning with the 250 team to battle in front of the home crowd is rookie Nick Romano.

Ferrandis is eager to get his 2022 outdoor season started after being sidelined from a crash while riding at the press day ahead of the opening round in Pala, California. The reigning 450 Pro Motocross had his thumb repaired and put in the hours to get back on track this season and looks forward to racing his No. 1 YZ450F at the remaining four rounds.

Romano is also eager to return to action this weekend in his home state of New York. Still feeling beat up after his big crash at Round 7 of the championship at the Spring Creek MX Park, he sat out of the Washougal National before the two-week break. The young rookie is ready to race and looks to build on the progress he has made in his debut season. His 250 teammates Matt LeBlanc and Levi Kitchen continue to work on returning to full fitness, and an update on their return will follow at a later date.

Dylan Ferrandis – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 450 Team

“I’m very excited to go racing this weekend at Unadilla. I didn’t want to miss the full Pro Motocross season so I worked really hard to go back racing as soon as I could, and I’m really happy to be able to do the last four rounds.”

Nick Romano – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 Team

“I’m so excited to get back to racing this weekend! It’s a home race for me, so I’m looking forward to seeing all of my family and friends!”

Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing Signs Jordon Smith

The Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 team is pleased to announce the addition of Jordon Smith to their 2023 roster in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championships.

Smith has three wins and multiple podiums in the 250 Supercross class and took the runner-up spot in the 250SX East Championship in 2018. It’s been a tough few years for the rider from Belmont, North Carolina, who was sidelined with injuries the following seasons. Back to full fitness, a reenergized Smith is hungrier than ever and ready to come out swinging next season with Yamaha.

Jensen Hendler – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing 250 Team Manager

“We are excited to get things started with Jordon as we have the resources to help him be very successful next year. Jordon has shown potential in the past, and we look forward to a successful 2023!”

Jordon Smith – Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing

“I’m really excited to be joining the Monster Energy Yamaha Star Racing team. After a few rough years, this past year was a building year for me. My goal was to get back to a factory team, and after all of the hard work I put in, I landed on the best team out there. I’m really excited to get to work and see what I can do working with this great group of people!”

7/6/2022 : Romain Febvre back behind the gate this week-end.

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Ryan Dungey Comes Out of Retirement to Contest Opening Rounds of 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Four-Time Series Champion Rejoins the Fray with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 29, 2022) – With one of the most exciting and unexpected announcements in the history of American motocross, four-time AMA National Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey will come out of retirement to contest the opening rounds of the 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The Minnesota native amassed one of the most decorated careers in series history before he announced his retirement from racing just prior to the start of the 2017 summer campaign, but now, five seasons later, he’ll return to the starting gate as a member of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, with whom he captured the 2012 and 2015 titles in the 450 Class. Fittingly, Dungey’s comeback will also welcome the return of his famed No. 5 on the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.

“We knew that the 50th anniversary season of the world’s most prestigious motocross championship was destined to be one for the ages, but nothing could have prepared us for the competitive return of two of motocross’ most prolific champions in Ryan Dungey and Antonio Cairoli,” said Davey Coombs, President, MX Sports Pro Racing. “When Ryan retired in 2017 it certainly felt like he still had a lot left in the tank, so it was bittersweet to watch him step away in his prime. While a return to action was always something we’d hoped would happen, today’s announcement is unprecedented and we cannot wait to watch two ageless legends of the sport go bar-to-bar with their younger counterparts this summer. Seeing the #5 and #222 together on the track will truly be one of the series’ landmark moments.”

Dungey’s last Pro Motocross start came at the Thunder Valley National during the 2016 season, where he suffered a season-ending injury just three rounds into the summer.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Dungey was just 27 years old when he hung up his helmet and boots in 2017, putting pause on a career that saw him capture 46 career wins, third all time, earn 91 career podiums, second all time, and prevail with three 450 Class titles (2010, 2012, 2015) and a 250 Class crown (2009). Now, at the age of 32 and just over two months after the birth of his second child, Dungey is set to continue his unprecedented journey.

Not to be outdone, Dungey can simply look next to him under the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing tent for inspiration and motivation for what’s possible past 30 years of age. Just one week ago, the Austrian manufacturer announced Italian MXGP icon Antonio Cairoli would make his Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship debut at the opening rounds, bringing his nine FIM World Motocross Championship credentials to the states at the age of 36, just five months removed from his retirement from Europe’s premier series. The two have gone head-to-head here in the U.S. just once, at the 2010 FIM Motocross of Nations from Colorado’s Thunder Valley Motocross Park, and engaged in a memorable battle for the win for their respective countries, from which Dungey emerged triumphant in leading Team USA to victory on home soil.

Combined, Dungey and Cairoli provide the single-most-successful combination of teammates the sport has ever seen as they join Cooper Webb and Aaron Plessinger, two AMA National Champions in their own right, for a historic lineup at Red Bull KTM Factory Racing. They, and the rest of the star-studded international field of the world’s fastest riders, will line up for the first time together on May 28 in Southern California at the Fox Raceway National before traveling to Northern California for the legendary Hangtown Motocross Classic on June 4 in Sacramento.

Dungey returns to the same Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team with which he captured two 450 Class titles, the second coming during the 2015 season.
Photo: Simon Cudby

The 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will be bookended by the holiday weekends that serve as the proverbial starting point and finishing point of the summer, with the season-opening round over Memorial Day Weekend on May 28 and the season finale over Labor Day Weekend on September 3. The 12-round season will visit 10 different states, visiting iconic venues with decades of history like the Hangtown Classic (June 4), High Point Raceway (June 18), RedBud MX (July 2), The Wick 338 (July 9), Spring Creek MX Park (July 16), Washougal MX Park (July 23), Unadilla MX (August 13), and Budds Creek Motocross Park (August 20), as well as additional world-class venues in Fox Raceway (May 28 & September 3), Thunder Valley Motocross Park (June 11), and Ironman Raceway (August 27).

Tickets to each round of the 2022 season are now available and can be purchased by visiting the official website of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, ProMotocross.com.

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:

Now available for download for both Apple and Android devices is the official Pro Motocross App. Fans of American motocross can have access to the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series right at their fingertips on their mobile devices. Developed by AMA Pro Racing, the Pro Motocross App provides users with the most important information surrounding the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, from series news to schedule and ticket information, as well as broadcast schedule details and live timing & scoring. Download it now via the App Store or Google Play.

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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
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. Broadcast coverage will be showcased live all season long on MAVTV Motorsports Network and the MAVTV Plus streaming service. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

Lucas Oil Products, Inc.
Lucas Oil Products was founded by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as the top selling additive line in the United States. Additionally, Lucas Oil offers a premium line of motor oils, greases, fuel treatments, industrial lubricants, and problem-solving additives to help firmly establish Lucas Oil as a prominent figure in the marketplace. It has provided title sponsorship of the world’s prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series since the 2009 season. For more information, visit www.LucasOil.com.

MAVTV Motorsports Network 
MAVTV Motorsports Network is the only television network in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to motorsports. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive and unique events, including unprecedented live coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. MAVTV goes beyond the national mainstream motorsports events to include grassroots racing from across the globe: drag racing, sprint boats, rally cars, short course off-road truck racing, sprint cars, pro pulling, drifting, ice racing, and everything in between. MAVTV knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that are truly second-to-none. From 24/7 automotive and motorsports content on MAVTV Motorsports Network to the free and exclusive content available on MAVTV Select and the on-demand streaming service of MAVTV Plus, if it has a motor, it’s probably on MAVTV – The Motorsports Network!

MAVTV Motorsports Network is available on most cable, satellite, and digital television providers. MAVTV Plus provides worldwide live streaming for all Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship events for a yearly subscription of $99, or for $6.99 a month.

SECURE ONE OF THE FINAL PLACES ON THE START GATE FOR THE 2022 EUROPEAN JUNIOR E-MOTOCROSS SERIES

With just over four weeks to go until the 2022 European Junior e-Motocross Series kicks off in Spain, all 40 spaces on the start line are almost taken with registrations on course to reach full capacity well before the closing date. Interested parents of riders on KTM SX-E 5 minicycles are encouraged to register quickly to avoid disappointment as the second running of this ground-breaking series looks set to be a sell-out.

Proving to be incredibly popular in 2021, the European Junior e-Motocross Series returns for a second term in 2022 and is open to all KTM SX-E 5 riders aged 6–8 years old (age taken on January 1, 2022). The continuation of the revolutionary series underlines the strength of the highly successful partnership between KTM and Infront Moto Racing, which showcases the capabilities of e-powered motorsport to a truly global audience.

With each round taking place alongside the MXGP World Championship, young riders can embrace the opportunity of racing on some of the best motocross tracks in the world. The European Junior e-Motocross Series adopts a similar racing format to MXGP with a timed qualifying session to determine gate pick, followed by two points-paying races. Points earned in each moto are then tallied up with the top three riders overall making their way onto the MXGP podium to celebrate.

The MXGP of Spain on May 28 and 29 hosts the opening round with the remaining four events taking place in June and July. In what will be a truly international series, round two takes place in Ernée, France, round three is in Teutschenthal, Germany, before a two-day event at the MXGP of Czech Republic on July 16-17 brings the series to a close.

The remaining spots for the European Junior e-Motocross Series will sell out fast, with the only requirement to secure a place on the start line being that competitors commit to a minimum of three rounds.

Each racer that lines up on the state-of-the-art KTM SX-E 5 minicycle will receive a selection of exciting products from the KTM PowerWear range. Designed with the same winning intent as all KTM motocross models, the pit wear, merchandise, and accessories provided will ensure a professional appearance when away from the racetrack.

An exclusive prize is up for grabs for the 2022 European Junior e-Motocross Series champion – an all-expenses paid trip plus one guest to the FIM Motocross of Nations in the USA in September! Additionally, all riders who compete in all five rounds will be eligible to join an end-of-season training camp with representatives from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing.

For further information on the exciting European Junior e-Motocross Series and to secure one of the remaining places on the start line, please visit – www.junioremotocross.com

Watch season highlights from the 2021 series here.

Calendar – 2022 European Junior e-Motocross Series
Round 1: 28-29 May MXGP of Spain – intu Xanadú – Arroyomolinos
Round 2: 4-5 June MXGP of France – Ernée
Round 3: 11-12 June MXGP of Germany – Teutschenthal
Round 4: 16 July MXGP of Czech Republic – Loket
Round 5: 17 July MXGP of Czech Republic – Loket

Record Level of Contingency Support Awaits Riders for
50th Anniversary of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

More than $13 Million in Funds Up for Grabs from Seven Competing Manufacturers

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (April 1, 2022) – MX Sports Pro Racing has announced that the seven competing manufacturers in American motocross – GASGASHondaHusqvarnaKawasakiKTMSuzuki, and Yamaha – have combined to provide a record level of contingency for the 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. For the first time, the millions of dollars made available through contingency has reached double digits, as more than $13 million in funds will be available to competitors this summer when the 12-round season commences on Saturday, May 28, from Southern California’s Fox Raceway.

“The continued investment from the sport’s competing manufacturers to provide benefits for those who compete on their behalf is invaluable to the overall success of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship,” said Roy Janson, Managing Director, MX Sports Pro Racing. “Even in the face of uncertainty over the past two seasons, our manufacturers never wavered in their commitment to the sport. The unprecedented level of support from our OEM’s this season is a testament to their ongoing dedication to not only be competitors in the championship, but also partners in the longevity of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series, which will reach the half-century mark this summer for a landmark season what will further deepen the incredible legacy of American motocross.”

The seven manufacturers set to line up on the gate for the 2022 season present an impressive global footprint, with roots that stem from four countries – Austria, Japan, Spain, and Sweden. Combined with the widespread reach of an international field of competitors that represents upwards of 20 different countries, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is one of the most globally diverse motorsports series in the world, headlined by reigning 450 Class Champion Dylan Ferrandis, from France, and defending 250 Class Champion Jett Lawrence, from Australia.

The 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will be bookended by the holiday weekends that serve as the proverbial starting point and finishing point of the summer, with the season-opening round over Memorial Day Weekend on May 28 and the season finale over Labor Day Weekend on September 3. The 12-round season will visit 10 different states, visiting iconic venues with decades of history like the Hangtown Classic (June 4), High Point Raceway (June 18), RedBud MX (July 2), The Wick 338 (July 9), Spring Creek MX Park (July 16), Washougal MX Park (July 23), Unadilla MX (August 13), and Budds Creek Motocross Park (August 20), as well as additional world-class venues in Fox Raceway (May 28 & September 3), Thunder Valley Motocross Park (June 11), and Ironman Raceway (August 27).

Tickets to each round of the 2022 season are now available and can be purchased by visiting the official website of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, ProMotocross.com.

For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:

Now available for download for both Apple and Android devices is the official Pro Motocross App. Fans of American motocross can have access to the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series right at their fingertips on their mobile devices. Developed by AMA Pro Racing, the Pro Motocross App provides users with the most important information surrounding the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, from series news to schedule and ticket information, as well as broadcast schedule details and live timing & scoring. Download it now via the App Store or Google Play.

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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
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. Broadcast coverage will be showcased live all season long on MAVTV Motorsports Network and the MAVTV Plus streaming service. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

Lucas Oil Products, Inc.
Lucas Oil Products was founded by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as the top selling additive line in the United States. Additionally, Lucas Oil offers a premium line of motor oils, greases, fuel treatments, industrial lubricants, and problem-solving additives to help firmly establish Lucas Oil as a prominent figure in the marketplace. It has provided title sponsorship of the world’s prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series since the 2009 season. For more information, visit www.LucasOil.com.

MAVTV Motorsports Network
MAVTV Motorsports Network is the only television network in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to motorsports. MAVTV offers an unparalleled line-up of exclusive and unique events, including unprecedented live coverage of the 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. MAVTV goes beyond the national mainstream motorsports events to include grassroots racing from across the globe: drag racing, sprint boats, rally cars, short course off-road truck racing, sprint cars, pro pulling, drifting, ice racing, and everything in between. MAVTV knows you don’t have to be a race fan to be an automotive enthusiast, which is why we have developed a package of automotive reality and custom build shows that are truly second-to-none. From 24/7 automotive and motorsports content on MAVTV Motorsports Network to the free and exclusive content available on MAVTV Select and the on-demand streaming service of MAVTV Plus, if it has a motor, it’s probably on MAVTV – The Motorsports Network!

Scandinavian YZ65 bLU cRU Cup Riders Entertain at the Yamaha Supercross & Freestyle Show in Denmark

On the 4-5th of February, 14 young Scandinavian Yamaha YZ65 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup riders got the exciting opportunity to race in front of over 11,500 fans at the 27th Yamaha Supercross and Freestyle Show in Herning, Denmark, Northern Europe’s biggest supercross event.

Yamaha’s Supercross and Freestyle Show returned to the BOXEN Arena in Denmark for the 27th time, after a year’s enforced absence due to the Covid pandemic. Over the two days, 11,500 fans attended the event to see some of Europe’s biggest off-road and freestyle riders showcase their skills.

One of the highlights of the event involved potential stars of tomorrow as the 14 Scandinavian YZ65 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup riders got the chance to hit the track and take part in a series of races to highlight their ability. Under the watchful eye of Wozniak Yamaha MX Racing Team’s Anthony Bourdon and Thomas Ramette, the young riders grabbed the opportunity to compete in front of such a large crowd with both hands, producing some excellent racing to keep everyone entertained.

Joining them at the show were the winner of the 2021 bLU cRU YZ65 Cup, Bertram Thorius, and Frederick Stampe who qualified for the bLU cRU YZ65 Masterclass in 2019 and 2021, with both riders flying in from Spain especially for the event. The two not only took part in the track presentation to the crowd on both nights but also joined the team in the commentary box for the YZ65 races. This gave them a chance to extoll the virtues of their experience in the Yamaha YZ bLU cRU Cup and explain how the next generation of young riders can get involved. After the races, they even got to meet the fans and sign autographs alongside some of the biggest stars from the world of motocross.

Performing on such a stage is just one of the advantages for riders in the Yamaha YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup program, which is open to anyone that rides either a Yamaha YZ125, YZ85, or YZ65 in one of the approved national championships.

Throughout the season, riders accumulate bLU cRU points while racing in their respective national championships that count towards the overall Cup classification. The top 40 riders from each class win a place at the 2021 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale, which will take place at a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

For young MX riders looking for the best chance to take the next step in their racing careers, now is the time to enter. To register, simply click here and follow the instructions to sign up for the 2022 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup, but hurry as time is running out, with entries closing on the 28th of February.

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COUIZA (11) – LE CFCC FAIT SA RENTREE

Après deux années qui auront mis à l’épreuve l’enthousiasme de tous les acteurs de la sphère moto off-road, 2022 s’annonce bel et bien comme la saison du retour à la normale. Dans ce contexte, le Championnat De France Cross-Country Moto Kids 2022 ne déroge pas à la règle et fera sa rentrée dans moins d’une semaine avec un nombre d’engagés record. Une juste récompense pour cette discipline qui séduit de plus en plus. 

Cette première épreuve nous emmènera dans le sud, sous le soleil de l’ Aude, dans la commune de Couiza. Aux manettes pour organiser cette course, le Moto Club Borde Gazz, présidé par Julien Raquidel. Ce jeune pilote et désormais organisateur vient de reprendre l’association qui était en sommeil depuis 2012 et ne cache pas son intention de ramener la compétition moto dans un département qui en compte peu, et de participer ainsi à la dynamisation du territoire sur lequel il vit.

Avec son équipe de bénévoles passionnés, ils ont mis les petits plats dans les grands et ont dépensé l’intégralité de leurs week-ends depuis trois mois pour mettre sur pied l’évènement. Des efforts qui devraient ravir tous les participants qui profiteront d’un très beau circuit de 8 kilomètres qui offrira un juste équilibre entre parties boisées (pour moitié), prairies, et qui empruntera le terrain de Motocross local.

Lieu : Couiza –Domaine de la Cabanasse –GPS 42°55’37.85″ N 2°17’55.58″ E  Lien GoogleMap

Les Horaires 

Samedi 26 février

Contrôles administratifs  17h-19H

Dimanche 27 février

9H – Tour de Reconnaissance + Sprint Test KID

10H – Kids Manche 1

11H15 – Tour de Reconnaissance + Sprint Test

12H30 – Kids Manche 2

14h15 – Départ Cross-Country (3H Elite et Nationaux – 2H Jeunes/Féminines/Soft)

Sur le plan sportif, la liste des engagés a de quoi nous mettre l’eau à la bouche. On fait le point sur les forces en présence : 

Les Elites : 

Chez les Elites, le tenant du titre Hugo Blanjoue sera bien évidemment au rendez-vous pour tenter de confirmer les résultats exceptionnels obtenus l’an passé. Vainqueur en héros du Championnat après avoir subi une grosse blessure au genou qui l’a diminué de longues semaines, le pilote du team Elite Moto 15 sera le pilote à battre lors de ce premier rendez-vous. Et il aura de la concurrence. Le Dafy Enduro Team fait son entrée en Cross-Country et alignera de grosses pointures en Elite, Till De Clercq et Antoine Alix. Les pilotes Beta Max Vial et Vincent Gautie seront eux aussi de sérieux candidats à la victoire au scratch. Enfin, le basque Anthony Geslin qui roule désormais pour le team Atomic Moto, a ajouté en dernière minute son patronyme à la liste des pilotes de renom qui s’affronteront sur le circuit de Couiza, du beau spectacle en perspective.  

Les pilotes du Junior (Elites – de 23 ans) ne manqueront pas eux aussi d’assurer le spectacle. Le premier d’entre eux, Thomas Zoldos, aura du mal à faire mieux que la saison passée durant laquelle il s’était imposé à l’issue de chacune des courses. Favori, il aura face à lui le pilote Dafy Florian Baratange, Thomas Destarac, ou encore Toé Fugier, le pilote Sherco Academy qui monte. 

Les Nationaux :

Les pilotes nationaux seront aussi très bien représentés. Du coté des N1, Kevin Pennetier, dauphin d’ Anthony Aubery en 2021, tentera cette année d’aller décrocher le titre. La tâche ne sera pas simple, il devra se confronter à des pensionnaires réguliers des podiums, Guillaume Chaillou, Cédric Chabreuil, et à de nouveaux-venus tels que Nicolas Aguilar qui pourrait créer la surprise. 

En N2, c’est le tenant du titre Mika Martinez qui endossera le costume du favori. En plus d’être un partenaire fidèle du championnat, on le sait extrêmement rapide, il devrait encore évoluer aux avant-postes. On comptera aussi sur Pierrick Roncin, sur Thibaut Cuperlier, troisième en 2021, ou encore sur le cadurcien Benjamin Delpech, qui signe un retour en Cross-Country, pour aller lui disputer la victoire. 

Enfin, les gros bras du N3 nous promettent de belles passes d’armes, dans une catégorie très ouverte. Elle verra notamment s’affronter Florian Guesdon, tenant du titre, et Etienne Fontaine, qui aura à coeur de prendre sa revanche sur une saison 2021 avortée sur blessure, alors qu’il dominait les débats. Ils sont nombreux à avoir la vitesse pour l’emporter, Cyril Raynaud, Guillaume Rivoal, Alexandre Audrerie ou encore Vincent Amouroux.  

Les féminines : 

Chez les filles, Solenne Gobe défendra son titre acquis l’an passé. La catégorie féminine prend une ampleur spectaculaire cette année et voit notamment débarquer les animatrices régulières du championnat de France d’Enduro, Mauricette Brisebard, Elsa Galand et Lorna Lafont, ainsi qu’ Andréa Degiovanni, qui s’est imposé à deux reprises la saison passée.  

Les Espoirs/Jeunes

Nathan Boulenc remettra en jeu son titre obtenu dans la catégorie Espoir. Chez les moins de 21 ans, il se mesurera à de redoutables prétendants à la victoire, les deux pilotes de la Sherco Academy Quentin Clerc Tournier et Hugo Algay, mais aussi à de petits nouveaux, qui ont pris le tremplin de la catégorie Jeune, Jules Kalkias et Joris Garcia, respectivement champion et vice-champion 2021 dans cette catégorie.

Une catégorie Jeune qui se voit donc renouvelée, mais qui compte des noms qui ont déjà fait parler d’eux dans la sphère off-road, Benjamin Sicard, Julien Planet, Ruben Vayssade, ou Romain Dagna, le Champion Espoir Enduro Kid 2021.  

Les kids, justement, s’affronteront le matin, lors de deux manches  de 45 minutes. Louna et Mathéo Baudin, frêre et soeur et champions en titre, respectivement en +13ans et -13ans seront au rendez-vous pour défendre leur couronne.

Il y en aura pour toutes les générations, les catégories vétérans (+37 ans) et Super-vétérans (+47ans) seront elles aussi fortement représentés et comptent dans leurs rangs des pilotes capables de rivaliser avec les plus jeunes. 

On vous donne désormais rendez-vous dimanche prochain dans l’Aude pour vivre ensemble cette ouverture du Championnat de France Cross Country, qui promet d’être riche en émotion. Vous pourrez suivre le cours des évènements en vous connectant sur la page Facebook du Championnat et sur le live.

Yamaha Withdraw from Dakar Rally and FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship

The end of the 2022 Dakar Rally in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in which Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team riders Adrien van Beveren and Andrew Short finished in fourth and eighth place respectively, brings to a close Yamaha’s long and storied association with the 450cc motorcycle class at both the Dakar Rally and the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.

Yamaha is the only brand that has featured in every Dakar Rally since its inception, with Frenchman Cyril Neveu taking victory aboard a Yamaha XT500 on the very first edition in 1979 and following that up with a second win a year later. Dakar Legend Stéphane Peterhansel scored a record six victories for Yamaha in the 1990s with Italian Edi Orioli adding to Yamaha’s success in Africa with victory in the 1997 edition.

In more recent years the unique WR450F 2-Trac enjoyed a successful start in the 400cc Super Production category, finishing best in class at the 2004 and 2005 races with David Frétigné. He rode the bike to third overall at the first South American edition in 2009, with Hélder Rodrigues also finishing on the podium in 2011 and 2012, before Olivier Pain took third in 2014. For 2015, Yamaha brought a brand new WR450F Rally, with the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team coming close to podium finishes on several occasions, with Adrien van Beveren missing out on winning the 2018 edition just a few kilometres from the finish.

With 44 Dakar Rallies behind it, Yamaha will no longer race at the event with the WR450F Rally but will continue to have a presence in the SSV category supporting racers with its Yamaha YXZ1000R prototype project, which was raced in the 2021 and 2022 Dakar Rally editions, finishing 2nd and 6th as part of the ongoing development program. On two wheels the focus will shift to meeting evolving customer requirements in the off-road sector, considering the future introduction of the new Ténéré World Raid.

Yamaha would like to thank everyone involved in organising the Dakar Rally, the team’s crew, the riders and the sponsors who worked with the manufacturer over the last four decades and brought so much success and many emotions.

Eric de Seynes: President, Chief Executive Officer, Yamaha Motor Europe

« Yamaha has a long and storied history with the Dakar Rally, starting in 1979 at the first ever edition and running unbroken into the modern era. It’s also an event that I personally have a real passion for, having twice contested the event and for many years worked closely with Jean-Claude Olivier, who not only raced and won stages at the Dakar but also oversaw Yamaha’s most successful pioneer period in the rally. However, while the Dakar Rally has mainly succeeded in remaining close to its roots, even when it moved out of its spiritual home of Africa, the world in which it exists has changed considerably. Our off-road customers now have different expectations and they look for different products, and we must cater for these if we are to stay connected. It is for this reason we have decided to end our long history on two wheels at the Dakar Rally and in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, while simultaneously strengthening our commitment to racing the Dakar on four wheels with the Yamaha YXZ1000R SSV. However Yamaha’s commitment to Rally Raid events with motocycles is not over, but our future engagement must have a closer connection to our customers and their aspirations, developing further the Ténéré 700 potential towards a direction which will enable them to rediscover the more adventurous side of Rallies.”

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HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES AND ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK RENEW SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIPTHE NEW AGREEMENT SEES ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING CONTINUE WITH SUPERCROSS, MOTOCROSS, AND OFFROAD RACING ACTIVITIES IN NORTH AMERICA THROUGH 2023

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce an extension to its successful partnership with Rockstar Energy Drink for 2022 and 2023. The renewed agreement will see the energy drink giant exclusively direct its full support behind the North American sector of Husqvarna Factory Racing.

Beginning a highly successful collaboration in 2015 with the creation of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, the team has enjoyed a wealth of achievements across multiple disciplines. Headlined by Jason Anderson claiming the first AMA 450 Supercross Championship title for Husqvarna Motorcycles in 2018, Zach Osborne secured two 250SX East titles and two Pro Motocross crowns during his prosperous time racing with the squad.

Competing in enduro, Colton Haaker has claimed an incredible five AMA EnduroCross Championship titles alongside his three FIM SuperEnduro World Championship victories, all of which were achieved throughout the last six years as part of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. Additionally, Billy Bolt recently became the first-ever FIM Hard Enduro World Champion.

To celebrate the continued partnership between Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rockstar Energy, two exciting and innovative motocross models – the FC 450 Rockstar Edition and FC 250 Rockstar Edition – have recently been released. Featuring cutting-edge technology and complete with race-tested components, the motorcycles underline the strength of the collaboration and form the basis of the machines being raced by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna in the 2022 AMA Supercross season.

Roger De Coster – Director of Motorsport in North America: « Partnering with Rockstar Energy Drink seven years ago has led to many great milestones and achievements by the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team in supercross, motocross, and offroad. We’ve won many races and multiple championships along the way, and just this last weekend we saw our newest 450SX racer Malcolm Stewart score a career-best second-place result in Phoenix, so we look forward to continuing to build on this great partnership. With new Team Manager Nathan Ramsey and Crew Chief Tony Hall along with longstanding Team Coordinator Sean Murphy at the helm of the SX/MX team, and Offroad Team Manager Anthony DiBasilio in charge of our offroad program, we look forward to reaching even higher highs with the support of Rockstar Energy Drink throughout the upcoming racing seasons.

Robert Jonas – Vice President Motorsports Offroad: “After many successful years together and on behalf of Husqvarna Motorcycles, I am really delighted to announce that our partnership with Rockstar Energy has been extended. The relationship has undergone some changes in recent months but ultimately, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will continue to compete in North America in both AMA Supercross and Motocross, as well as in all offroad disciplines. Together with Rockstar Energy, we have achieved so much in recent years with multiple championships secured in both the USA and Europe. We now look forward to the coming seasons and achieving more success.”
Faby Torres – GM and CEO of PepsiCo Energy: “It’s been an incredible journey with Husqvarna Motorcycles the last six seasons. In shifting our focus to North American racing efforts, I have no doubt we’ll continue with our successful partnership. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing has been one of the best performing teams in the United States, giving our brand forward visibility. Looking ahead, with the riders and team personnel assembled for 2022, I’m confident we’ll continue to win more championship titles together.”

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ENDURO DES RÉGIONS 2022 : ÉPREUVE REPORTÉE EN OCTOBRE À BAS-EN-BASSET

L’Enduro des Régions prévu initialement le dimanche 13 mars prochain à Goméné (29) est reporté au mois d’octobre 2022 à Bas-en-Basset (43).

Nous vous communiquerons rapidement la date précise de cette épreuve majeure de l’Enduro français organisé par le Moto Club Bas en Basset.

Pour rappel, l’ensemble des compétitions de la discipline Enduro sont maintenues pour cette saison 2022 (Championnat de France 24mx d’Enduro, Enduro Kid, Cross Country, Coupe de France des régions d’Endurance TT …). Pour plus d’informations sur ces calendriers cliquez-ici

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STANDING CONSTRUCT HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING TO OFFICIALLY REPRESENT HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES IN MXGPHIGHLY RESPECTED TEAM SET TO COMPETE IN FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH PAULS JONASS AND BRIAN BOGERS ABOARD FC 450 MACHINERY

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce that Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing will officially represent the brand in the MXGP World Championship in 2022. Joining forces with the prestigious team will see both racers, Pauls Jonass and Brian Bogers, compete aboard proven FC 450 machinery with the highly talented duo excited for the new season to begin later this month on February 2022.

With Standing Construct Husqvarna retaining the services of former MX2 World Champion Pauls Jonass alongside the very capable Dutch racer Brian Bogers, the team looks to build upon its highly positive 2021 term in the MXGP World Championship which brought multiple podiums and top-five results for both riders.

Beginning with the MXGP of Great Britain on February 20, the 20-round MXGP series is scheduled to return to a traditional calendar with a two-day racing format and travel the globe to ensure a true world championship. With both Pauls and Brian excited for the new season after a positive pre-season period spent testing and training, the stage is set for both riders to accomplish their goals in 2022.

Pauls Jonass: “We’re not far away from the new season which is really exciting and moving over to race on Husqvarna machinery again, I really feel that 2022 will be a great season for myself and the whole team. Being able to stay with the Standing Construct team is perfect for me as we put in a lot of hard work before last season, and I know that this will give us a solid foundation going into 2022. We have goals to achieve together and I think that what we have built up over the last year will make a big difference this year. This off season has been really short and a lot of hard work has been done in preparation for the first round. With the team we have been really busy adjusting to the new bike and so far, everything has been positive and I felt comfortable on the FC 450 right away. Overall, I’m super excited for 2022 and I can’t wait to get started.”

Brian Bogers: “I’m really excited for the new season. The move over to Husqvarna machinery has not been a big change and the Standing Construct Husqvarna team has provided me with an amazing bike, just like they did last year. We’re going back to a two-day format for GP weekends in 2022 which is another positive change for me as there will be a lot more track time to really dial in the bike for each round. It’s not too long until the new season starts and I’m really excited for round one at Matterley Basin. The Standing Construct team is amazing and feels like a family to me, so this will for sure help me to achieve my goals. In 2021 I claimed many top-five results so my goal for 2022 will be to be up front and inside the top five more consistently. With this team and my new bike I’ve no doubt that I can achieve this.”

Tim Mathys – Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager: “We are really proud that we have the confidence of Husqvarna Motorcycles to officially represent the brand in MXGP. As they are one of the pioneers of offroad bikes with such a great history and reputation, it’s a really exciting new chapter for the team. We have enjoyed a great two years running the GASGAS program in MXGP and I think we did a good job with winning an MXGP round and getting several podiums, but now being responsible to represent Husqvarna in the biggest motocross championship in the world is another huge honour. With Pauls Jonass and Brian Bogers, we have two riders who have proven to be able to ride inside top five in MXGP, and with their age I think the extra experience from the past season will make them even stronger in 2022. Both riders feel very comfortable within the team and we are very happy with their professionalism, so that’s a good base to keep working from. We will keep the same crew for the new season. Everyone is very experienced, and they have all been working together for many years. With Wim van Hoof overseeing the team I am convinced we have one of the most capable teams in the paddock so I look forward to 2022 with lots of confidence.”

Robert Jonas – VP Motorsports Offroad: “Moving Husqvarna Motorcycles’ MXGP racing efforts over to the Standing Construct team was an easy decision because of their achievements on track, and their professionalism and work ethic away from it. They have done an incredible job to raise the profile of the GASGAS brand over the last two seasons in MXGP, and I strongly believe that they will do the same for Husqvarna Motorcycles in 2022. The team clearly has a great atmosphere and a really strong bond, which creates the perfect environment for both Pauls and Brian to achieve their goals. I wish them both, and the whole team, the greatest of success in 2022. »

Calendar – 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship

Round 1: 20 Feb MXGP of Great Britain – Matterley Basin
Round 2: 6 Mar MXGP of Lombardia – Mantova
Round 3: 20 Mar MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina – Villa La Angostura
Round 4: 3 Apr MXGP of Portugal – Agueda
Round 5: 10 Apr MXGP of Trentino (ITA) – Pietramurata
Round 6: 24 Apr MXGP of Latvia – Kegums
Round 7: 1 May MXGP of MFR – Orlyonok
Round 8: 15 May MXGP of Sardinia (ITA) – Riola Sardo
Round 9: 29 May MXGP of Spain – intu Xanadú – Arroyomolinos
Round 10: 5 Jun MXGP of France – Ernee
Round 11: 12 Jun MXGP of Germany – Teutschenthal
Round 12: 26 Jun MXGP of Indonesia – Samota-Sumbawa
Round 13: 3 Jul MXGP of Jakarta (INA) – Jakarta
Round 14: 17 Jul MXGP of Czech Republic – Loket
Round 15: 24 Jul MXGP of Flanders (BEL) – Lommel
Round 16: 7 Aug MXGP of Sweden – Uddevalla
Round 17: 14 Aug MXGP of Finland – Iitti-KymiRing
Round 18: 21 Aug MXGP of Charente Maritime (FRA) – St Jean d’Angely
Round 19: 4 Sep MXGP of Turkey – Afyonkarahisar
Round 20: 18 Sep TBA

Beta SDMCorse Mx Team
Internationals of Italy MX Riola Sardo

Internationals of Italy MX Riola Sardo

 

Good performance for Jeremy Van Horebeek at the first outing of the season.

First race of the season for the Beta SDM Corse Team on the treacherous Riola Sardo track for the second round of the MX 2022 Internationals of Italy.

Jeremy Van Horebeek is immediately at ease on the Sardinian sand and in qualifying he sets a good sixth time overall.

At the start of the heats Jeremy got off to a very good start, managing to recover some positions in the early stages of the race, passing in fourth position. Van Horebeek with an excellent pace made up the gap with his rivals and in the course of the last laps he conquered the third position.

Jeremy Van Horebeek climbs on the third step of the podium of the day.

In the final race of the day the “Supercampione” Jeremy manages to start very strong by entering third position behind Gajsere and Prado, unfortunately due to a problem with the rear brake he was forced to return to the pit lane to ensure that his technicians could fix the problem. The strong Belgian driver still returned to the race even if he delayed in order to continue to get more and more feeling with his Beta 450 RX.

Alessandro Lupino absent at this appointment is carrying out tests with Beta technicians in order to be ready for the first World Championship race on February 19-20 in England.


Daniele Marchese
 Team Manager: “Good performance for Jeremy in the heats reserved for MX1, he obtained an excellent result that repays us for the great work we are doing, getting the podium in the first race gives us morale to continue working to present ourselves at our best in England. . Too bad in the super champion where he started very strong but a problem with the rear brake forced him to stop. Alessandro Lupino who was not present today is doing a great job of fine-tuning the chassis part of our bike.“

Internationals of Italy MX Riola Sardo

Internazionali d’Italia MX Riola Sardo

Buona prestazione per Jeremy Van Horebeek alla prima uscita stagionale.


Prima gara della stagione per il Team Beta SDM Corse sull’insidiosa pista di Riola Sardo per il secondo appuntamento degli Internazionali d’Italia MX 2022.

Jeremy Van Horebeek si trova subito a suo agio sulla sabbia sarda e nelle qualifiche fa segnare un buon sesto tempo assoluto.


Al via della manche Jeremy è partito molto bene riuscendo a recuperare alcune posizioni nelle prime battute di gara transitando in quarta posizione. Van Horebeek con un ottimo ritmo ha recuperato il divario con i suoi avversari e nel corso degli ultimi giri ha conquistato la terza posizione.

Jeremy Van Horebeek sale sul terzo gradino del podio di giornata.


Nella gara conclusiva di giornata la “Supercampione” Jeremy riesce a partire fortissimo inserendosi in terza posizione alle spalle di Gajsere e Prado, purtroppo a causa di un problema al freno posteriore è stato costretto a rientrare in pit lane per far si che i suoi tecnici sistemassero il priblema. Il forte pilota belga è comunque rientrato in gara anche se attardato per poter continuare a prendere sempre più feeling con la sua Beta 450 RX.


Alessandro Lupino assente a questo appuntamento sta svolgendo test con i tecnici di Beta per poter essere pronto per la prima gara di Mondiale il 19-20 Febbraio in Inghiterra.


Daniele Marchese
 Team Manager:”Buona prova di Jeremy nella manche riservata alla MX1, ha ottenuto un ottimo risultato che ci ripaga del grande lavoro che stiamo facendo, ottenere il podio alla prima gara ci da morale per continuare a lavorare per presentarci al meglio in Inghilterra. Peccato nella supercampione dove era partito fortissimo ma un problema al freno posteriore lo ha costretto a fermarsi. Alessandro Lupino che non era presente oggi sta facendo un grosso lavoro di messa a punto sulla parte ciclistica della nostra moto.”

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NESTAAN HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING START 2022 WITH 1-2 FINISH IN FRANCEKAY DE WOLF AND ROAN VAN DE MOOSDIJK SECURE FIRST AND SECOND AT LACAPELLE-MARIVAL IN FRANCE

The complete Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing squad ventured south to LaCapelle-Marival, France, for their first appointment of the new term this past weekend. The technical layout provided Kay de Wolf and Roan Van De Moosdijk with a valuable opportunity to learn more about the FC 250 in a competitive setting. The duo experienced success in their first outing in new colorus.

Kay de Wolf utilised the power within his FC 250 to claim the holeshot in the first MX2 encounter and was unchallenged from there, winning the moto with an advantage of four seconds. De Wolf was just as brilliant in moto two, as he took another victory and topped the overall classification in the MX2 category. Racing against the 450F riders in the ‘Super Final’ at the end of the day, when the circuit was at its roughest, he battled for a podium spot before settling for fourth, a ranking that left him as the strongest MX2 rider.

The rider who trailed Kay de Wolf in the two motos was Roan Van De Moosdijk, who competed aboard the FC 250 for the very first time. Moosdijk chased de Wolf to the checkered flag in both motos to record a 2-2 scorecard in his debut. A similar scenario played out in the ‘Super Final’ race, as Moosdijk ended fifth and trailed his teammate by just six seconds. Securing a trophy in his Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing debut, momentum was gained after a productive winter period.

Standing Construct Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Brian Bogers also secured a podium finish at LaCapelle-Marival, as a 4-4 scorecard left him in third overall in the competitive MX1 division.

The opening round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship beckons now – the Grand Prix of Great Britain will open that campaign on February 20. The Husqvarna Factory Racing riders will finalise their pre-season preparation at another international event, Hawkstone Park in the United Kingdom, this weekend.

Kay de Wolf: “It was a pretty good day! I had pole position and then got the holeshot in the first moto, so I just led the way from the beginning. I had a lot of fun on the track – it was really technical and grippy. I had another holeshot in the second moto and just did my own thing. I was third in the ‘Super Final’ against the MX1 riders and almost made the pass for second, but could not make a move against the 450F. I lost third two laps from the end, but finished fourth and was the best MX2 rider. A good day!”

Roan Van De Moosdijk: “It was a really positive day – I felt comfortable on the bike and track straight away. The motos were great as well. It just felt like a normal practice day with Kay, like how we have been riding in Spain over the last month. We know that we are going in a good way and it was very nice to get a feel for the bike during a proper race day. We have one more pre-season race to go and then the MXGP series will begin!”

Results – LaCapelle-Marival, France

MX2 Overall
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 50pts; 2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Husqvarna) 44pts; 3. Kevin Horgmo (Kawasaki) 38pts

MX2 Moto One
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 25:50.000; 2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Husqvarna) 25:54.988; 3. Kevin Horgmo (Kawasaki) 26:11.641

MX2 Moto Two
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 25:39.430; 2. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Husqvarna) 25:40.538; 3. Jago Geerts (Yamaha) 25:41.511

MX1 Overall
1. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 50pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 44pts; 3. Brian Bogers (Husqvarna) 36pts

MX1 Moto One
1. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 25:47.366; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 25:50.900; 3. Henry Jacobi (Honda) 26:16.351… 4. Brian Bogers (Husqvarna) 26:21.178

MX1 Moto Two
1. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 25:49.048; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 25:50.212; 3. Jed Beaton (Kawasaki) 26:17.451… 4. Brian Bogers (Husqvarna) 26:27.210

Super Final
1. Maxime Renaux (Yamaha) 24:15.496; 2. Ben Watson (Kawasaki) 24:18.541; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Yamaha) 24:22.850… 4. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 24:37.743; 5. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Husqvarna) 24:43.403

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VIALLE LAUNCHES 2022 MOTOCROSS CAMPAIGN WITH LACAPELLE MARIVAL OUTING

2022 MXGP news

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing continue their schedule and programme for the 2022 MXGP FIM Motocross World Championship as MX2 title contender, Tom Vialle, makes his first competitive appearance of the year this weekend in France.

The 21-year-old Frenchman will race in front of expectant native fans at the scenic, compact and hard-packed circuit located in the centre of the LaCapelle Marival town. The annual International pre-season meeting – ‘Masters of Motocross’ is back on the agenda for the first time since 2020 and around the course that hosted the 2021 Grand Prix of France. Vialle will compete with his brand new KTM 250 SX-F as the team maintain their testing and development work ahead of the opening round of the FIM world championship in the UK on February 20th. Lacapelle will not only be the 2020 world champion’s first race of the year but also the first in his 2022 livery and with the innovative KTM 250 SX-F. He will face a number of MX2 Grand Prix peers. The team will then travel to Great Britain to contest the Hawkstone Park International the following weekend. Vialle triumphed at the last edition of the sandy fixture in 2020 when he went 4-1 in two damp motos to walk the top of the overall podium.

Tom Vialle: “It hasn’t been such a long off-season since the final Grand Prix of 2021 but I actually took quite a long break because my foot fracture. I worked a lot physically but it’s been just over a month since I started riding. So, perhaps less bike time than usual but I feel better every training every session. I’m happy to go to Lacapelle because it’s a nice track and a decent place to try the new bike in race conditions and to know where we are for set-up. It’s good to have some gatedrops there and in England before the first GP because we like mix racing on hard-pack and in the sand to know our feeling.”

“MXGP WORLD CHAMPION JEFFREY HERLINGS UNDERGOES SUCCESSFUL FOOT SURGERY


2022 MXGP news

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings has completed a surgical process to fix a broken heel bone in his left foot due to a mishap while riding in Spain on Monday 31st of January.

The reigning MXGP World Champion, who claimed victory in the opening round of the Spanish national championship the day beforehand as part of his warm-up preparations for the forthcoming 2022 MXGP season, was unseated on a small and routine jump section of the former Grand Prix site RedSand MX complex near Castellon.


Herlings, 27, hit his left heel in the resulting crash. The Dutchman organised travel back to his home in Belgium and after consultation, underwent surgery performed by Dr Stefaan Verfaillie (who worked on his previous ailment in 2019) to insert several screws and a supporting plate to fix the damage.

Jeffrey, his medical advisers and the Red Bull KTM team will now oversee his recovery for a return to action when fully fit and ready to race.

Jeffrey Herlings: “We’re paying the price for a ‘nothing’ crash. I think I might have hit a small stone on the take-off and that put me over the bars. The impact was pretty big on my left foot and we needed to get it fixed the best we could. Big thanks to the medical staff for looking after me and getting my foot repaired, again! Also to the whole Red Bull KTM team: we’d worked hard for this 2022 season and the goal now is to be back and winning as soon as we can.”

Joel Smets, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager: “Of course this is very disappointing for Jeffrey, the team and the championship. Trying to look at the positive side the injury is not as complicated as his foot problem in 2019. The operation took some time but everything went well and we hope Jeffrey can be out of a cast in less than two weeks and can even start some light training such as swimming and some other activities. Then we’ll have to see how he recovers to plan his GP return.””

Solid shakedown for Ben Watson in Sardinia

Ben Watson started his Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP career with a solid fourth place in the opening race of the European motocross season at the tortuous Alghero facility in Sardinia

The KRT team had travelled to the Mediterranean island to continue their early-season preparation and took the opportunity to offer the Englishman his first taste of race action on the KX450-SR. A solid start in the Super Final saw him holding down sixth place on the opening lap and, quickly advancing to fifth on lap three, he posted lap times faster than the leaders as he closed down the rider ahead of him. He moved into fourth just before half-distance but, with the front three out-of-sight and no championship points at stake, he sensibly took no risks and simply relished the opportunity to get in useful bike-time on his new mount. Earlier in the day the young Brit had fallen victim to the always hectic tight opening turn at the scenic track overlooking the magnificent coastline. Maintaining his composure he rejoined the race and had already advanced through the backmarkers to twelfth at the completion of the first lap. Three laps later he was seventh but time lost negotiating other riders inevitably meant that the rest of the leaderboard was more than ten seconds into the distance; settling into a good rhythm and posting solid lap times he finished just three seconds shy of the top-six.

The Kawasaki Racing Team and Watson will continue their early-season race preparation next weekend at Lacapelle Marival in central France; the opening round of the FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship is programmed for Matterley Basin in southern England in February 19/20.

Ben Watson: “I wouldn’t say it was a good weekend but the first race is now in the book; we came here mainly for getting into the rhythm of racing on the new bike and learning as much as we can to prepare for the MXGP season. The first race I had a lot of arm pump and couldn’t ride how I wanted to; I had a crash at the start of the race and it was not easy to come from the back, especially here at Alghero as the track is pretty narrow. The Super Final was a lot better; I took a good start and was able to ride how I want to. I finished fourth and learnt several things about the bike. It has been a short off-season and I’m not yet 100% used to the bike so it’s useful to do a couple of races before the GP season; when you are behind the gate it’s a very different feeling to training. I need to get more and more gate-time; a change of bike always demands a new technique for the start. After what we learnt this weekend we’ll make a few adjustments before the next race at Lacapelle next Sunday.”

Antti Pyrhonen (KRT team manager): “The first pre-season race is done; it’s always important to do a couple of races before the first GP. Ben had a tough start in the first race when he crashed at the start turn but then he rode a solid race to finish seventh. His second start was good; he had a strong moto and a fourth position is a good start after the winter. We always learn something in these pre-season races, and we’ll keep working as we have two further training races before the opening MXGP in UK.”

(Communiqué Kawasaki)

Only 28 Days Left to Enter the 2022 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup!

Only 28 Days Left to Enter the 2022 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup! 

The first month of 2022 has flown by in the blink of an eye, and you know what that means! The deadline for submissions to join the 2022 YZ bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup is fast approaching. Yamaha Motor Europe has already received more than 280 entries, and there is still time to enter! If your son or daughter rides a YZ125, YZ85 or YZ65 in one of the approved national championships and meets the age criteria, they’re eligible to join. Get in quick! Entries close on February 28th.

What is the YZ bLU cRU FIM EuropeCup? In 2015 Yamaha Motor Europe introduced the YZ125 bLU cRU Cup offering young motocross riders the best opportunity to find their feet in the world of professional racing. Following its instant success, and as a result of the positive response following the release of Yamaha’s YZ65 and updated YZ85 models in 2018, Yamaha expanded the program to include kids that ride YZ65 or YZ85’s in their national championships. 

The philosophy for all three YZ Cup categories matches FIM Europe’s MXGP Academy, where the emphasis is placed on rider education and sportsmanship. Consequently, an alliance was formed, and as of 2019, the name of the YZ bLU cRU Cup has changed to include this new partner.

Now with three classes, 120 riders have a chance to win a place on the gate at the 2022 YZ bLU cRU Cup Superfinale, and three talented youngsters have a chance to become a supported Yamaha rider in 2023.

Forty riders from each class will win a place at the 2021 bLU cRU FIM Europe Cup SuperFinale that will take place at a round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Fro the SuperFinale, two wild card riders will join the top three finishers in each class at the bLU cRU Masterclass, an event specifically designed to give young riders the advice and coaching needed to progress their riding.

At the Masterclass, the young riders will compete, learn, grow and develop over the three days of intense training and at the end of it, one YZ125 rider will be selected to compete in the 2023 EMX125 Championship aboard a GYTR kitted YZ125 for a Yamaha Motor Europe supported team, and the 65 and 85 riders will receive added support for their 2023 seasons.

If you want to give your child the best shot at taking their riding to the next level, now is the time to enter. 

Entries close on February 28th.

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À Paris, le 01 février 2022

Les sports mécaniques français en route vers la neutralité carbone à l’horizon 2050La FFSA et la FFM, en partenariat avec le Ministère chargé des Sports, présenteront au 2nd semestre 2022, le 1er « Baromètre Environnemental » des sports mécaniques.

Dès 2019, la France a inscrit dans la loi relative à l’énergie et au climat, l’objectif d’une neutralité carbone d’ici 2050, objectif partagé au niveau international.

La Fédération Française du Sport Automobile (FFSA) et la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme (FFM), unies par un socle de valeurs et de principes communs, renforcent leur collaboration pour que la Filière des sports mécaniques participe activement à l’objectif qui tend à atteindre la neutralité carbone de leurs activités à l’horizon 2050.

Il s’agit d’un défi majeur qui nécessite une évolution de nos activités et un accompagnement soutenu à l’égard de l’ensemble de notre écosystème. Nos acteurs, quels qui soient, pratiquants, bénévoles, industriels, équipementiers, énergéticiens, acteurs économiques, … sont déjà engagés pour contribuer à réduire l’empreinte environnementale des sports mécaniques.

La FFSA et la FFM, en partenariat avec le Ministère chargé des Sports, présenteront au 2nd semestre 2022, le 1er « Baromètre Environnemental » des sports mécaniques. Ce deuxième acte de la Filière des sports mécaniques s’inscrira parfaitement dans la continuité de sa structuration dont le premier acte était le 1er « Baromètre Economique », du 26 novembre 2019, déjà réalisé en partenariat avec le Ministère chargé des Sports.

La nature des évolutions profondes et les orientations à prendre seront discutées collectivement pour construire une stratégie de développement compatible avec un objectif de neutralité carbone à l’horizon en 2050. La feuille de route commune, qui sera adoptée à l’issue de ce Baromètre Environnemental, proposera, à tous nos acteurs et membres, un plan d’actions ambitieux en matière de réduction des émissions de CO2.

Au travers de ce travail prospectif, la FFSA et la FFM démontrent la volonté des sports mécaniques français d’être une Filière continuellement tournée vers l’excellence et l’avenir. En ce sens, les deux fédérations délégataires continueront d’œuvrer pour coordonner et renforcer la mobilisation de tous les acteurs de la Filière des sports mécaniques et ainsi accélérer la transition par l’adoption, volontaire et collective, de nouveaux engagements sur l’ensemble de nos territoires.

L’innovation reste un des grands marqueurs de la Filière, les sports mécaniques s’étant toujours inscrits dans les grandes transitions. Laboratoire grandeur nature pour les constructeurs pour expérimenter et faire évoluer les réponses de l’industrie aux enjeux écologiques, numériques et de mobilité.

Nicolas DESCHAUX et Sébastien POIRIER, Présidents de nos deux fédérations : « Nous avons pleinement conscience du sens de l’histoire et c’est un défi majeur que doit relever notre écosystème. Être un acteur de la transition écologique, c’est décider de pouvoir continuer à pratiquer notre passion dans le futur. Nous devons être moteurs d’actions et d’innovations pour des sports mécaniques durables de la même manière que nous sommes des moteurs de croissance pour le développement économique.
Il appartient donc à nos deux fédérations de renforcer nos positions et d’adopter une stratégie à long terme pour répondre aux enjeux environnementaux et plus largement sociétaux. Dans ces conditions, la vision commune FFSA/FFM constitue un formidable accélérateur pour les sports mécaniques français.
Nous tenons à remercier nos partenaires privés et publics qui nous accompagnent dans cette mobilisation ambitieuse qui s’inscrit dans la stratégie RSE de nos deux fédérations. » Fédération Française de Motocyclisme

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A Paris, le 27 janvier 2022

Les collectivités territoriales, un soutien affirmé au comité d’organisation de l’édition 2022 France – Le Puy en VelayMercredi 19 et jeudi 20 janvier derniers, la Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), la Fédération Française de Motocyclisme (FFM) et le Comité d’Organisation des FIM ISDE 2022 France – Le Puy en Velay avaient rendez-vous sur le territoire de l’événement.Un collectif soudé : élus locaux, Office de Tourisme, Comité d’Organisation, FFM et FIM (cf. légende ci-dessous).Au programme de ces 2 jours :

  • Visite des principaux sites de l’événement et meeting dans la perspective imminente d’ouverture des engagements (fin janvier / début février, date à confirmer prochainement),
  • Rencontre avec les élus des collectivités territoriales de la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, du Département de la Haute-Loire, de l’Agglomération et de la Ville du Puy en Velay, le jeudi 20/01/2022, à 12h à l’Office de Tourisme du Puy en Velay, l’Office de Tourisme étant par ailleurs un partenaire impliqué gérant l’hébergement pour le compte du Comité d’Organisation.

A l’occasion de cette rencontre en présence des médias locaux, les élus ont tenu à affirmer leur soutien à l’événement et son importance en relevant les points suivants :

  • L’exposition internationale pour le territoire, avec 650 pilotes, plus 3 000 personnes impliquées dans la course et plus de 30 nations représentées,
  • L’impact économique local direct généré par la manifestation : + de 3,5 M€, hors spectateurs,
  • Sa dimension durable et notamment sa compatibilité environnementale, l’organisation permettant d’entretenir des chemins (plus de 600 km de parcours), tout en veillant à la protection des zones sensibles, et à la remise en état après l’événement,
  • D’autres initiatives environnementales sont également au programme de l’événement, d’autres informations seront communiquées d’ici quelques mois.

C’est donc un territoire d’accueil historique pour la pratique de l’enduro, convaincu de l’impact positif de la discipline et de la dimension de l’événement qui attend l’ensemble des participants.

La FIM, la FFM et le Comité d’Organisation remercient vivement les collectivités territoriales pour leur engagement et leur soutien, sans lesquels il serait tout simplement impossible d’organiser cette 96ème édition des « 6 Jours » en France, au Puy en Velay, une première pour l’agglomération.

Les concurrents et teams pourront très prochainement s’engager via le site officiel www.FIM-ISDE.com.

Ils peuvent d’ores et déjà réserver leur hébergement sur le site www.isde2022-lepuyenvelay.com/ ou contacter directement l’équipe de l’Office de Tourisme à : contact@isde2022-lepuyenvelay.comLégende photo : 
1er rang, de gauche à droite : Marie-Agnès PETIT (Présidente du Conseil Départemental de la Haute-Loire), Roland Lonjon (Vice Président de l’Agglomération du Puy en Velay délégué aux Finances), Corinne Goncalves (Vice Présidente déléguée au tourisme et à l’événementiel), Jean-Pierre Vigier (Député et Conseiller Régional Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes).

2ème rang , de gauche à droite: Karine Wassner (Directrice Adjointe de l’Office du Tourisme du Puy en Velay), Fabio Muner (Directeur Marketing et Digtal FIM), Adrien Lerousseau (Coordinateur Marketing FIM), Dominique Gauthier (Vice Président du Comité d’Organisation ISDE et Président du Moto Club du Puy en Velay), Alain Borde (Trésorier du Comité d’Organisation ISDE et Président du Moto Club de Saugues).

3ème et dernier rang, de gauche à droite :Jean-Paul Grimaud (Directeur de l’Office de Tourisme du Puy en Velay), Emmanuel Boyer (Conseiller du Président de la Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes et de l’Agglomération du Puy en Velay), Laurent Courtal (Coordinateur Marketing – Communication Comité d’Organisation ISDE), Daniel Lhermet (Secrétaire Général du COISDE et Président du Moto Club Moto Verte Haute Lozère), Gregory Ricci (Coordinateur Commission Enduro FIM), Vincent Rigaudias (Vice-Président de la FFM, Président de la Ligue Motocycliste Régionale Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes).

(Crédit photo : Lucas Jacquet – Centre France)

Kawasaki Racing Team ready for 2022 MXGP campaign

The Kawasaki Racing Team will again enter the FIM Motocross World Championship with a strong line-up in the premier MXGP class; the 2022 series starts on February 19-20 at Matterley Basin (UK).

2021 was an epic end-of-season as three riders battled all the way down to the final moto for the title and with the silver medal, headed by the slenderest of margins, Romain Febvre gave Kawasaki its best-ever result in the premier MXGP class. The thirty-year-old Frenchman will again be the leader of KRT after signing a new two-year-deal directly with the Japanese factory which will now be even more deeply-involved in the new project as the reins of the Kawasaki Racing Team pass to Formula One legend Kimi Raikkonen and past motocross GP winner Antti Pyrhonen. Both have been involved in the sport for many years and celebrate their tenth anniversary in MXGP this year. In fact, their first season together was on private Kawasaki machinery, and they are now back in Green to run the Factory Kawasaki Racing Team assault with full support from KMC Japan and KME. England’s Ben Watson, a long-time training partner of Romain Febvre, will enter his second season in the MXGP class after a strong learning year in 2021; the young British talent is ready to enter the pre-season races this weekend on the island of Sardinia and one week later in France.
 
Steve Guttridge (Race Planning Manager – Kawasaki Motors Europe – KME): « In October of 2021 a new company and legal entity known as Kawasaki Motors Ltd – KMC was established in Japan to focus more directly on the Kawasaki motorcycle business which includes our factory racing team projects. The new company and management will be strategically involved in utilising the Kawasaki Racing Team’s MXGP racing activity, along with their own Research and Development. inside the MXGP arena more directly than in the past to integrate innovations into future KX production models for our worldwide customer base to use in their own racing endeavours. The Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP has a massive and complex role to fulfil; we believe that the team will continue to help us make big strides towards our ultimate goal of becoming MXGP World Champion. “
 
Kimi Räikkönen (Team principal – KRT MXGP): “It’s no secret that, for me, one of my great passions in life for many years has been motocross but this team is not what you might call a hobby; it’s very serious, very focused and we aspire to be the best we possibly can. Now I have retired from racing I will be able to spend more time on this project; not on the daily issues but more from a strategic point of view using my experience of how teams work and what creates success on the world stage. Everyone including myself is delighted that Kawasaki has chosen us to be the Factory team. I know that the chance of success is always greater with direct factory support so this translates into a great opportunity for us as the new Kawasaki Racing Team in MXGP.”
 
Antti Pyrhonen (Team manager – KRT MXGP): “Since I joined Kimi’s team ten years ago we have never stop working hard to get the best results in the MXGP class and, after we achieved some good results with numerous wins and podiums, we now have the opportunity to work closely with a prestigious factory. We have been working on this new project for several months already and we are of course delighted to have this opportunity to join Kawasaki and to run the Kawasaki Racing Team. The MXGP class is the pinnacle of our sport and we know how competitive the series is, but we are looking to this new challenge with optimism as we have two strong and fast riders to enter this new chapter with a factory behind us.”
 
Romain Febvre: “For sure it has not been my best winter since I started racing. It’s always frustrating to be recovering from an injury while your rivals are working on the tracks but that’s how it is; injuries are part of our sport. My recovery is going well and I can’t wait to get back on my Kawasaki. The championship will again be long and I will do my best to start racing as soon as possible. 2021 was definitely a great season for me; I felt so comfortable on the KX450-SR and I was fighting for the title until the very last moto. Signing a two-year factory deal with Japan was good for my confidence, and it is another boost to be involved in the new project from day one.”
 
Ben Watson: “There aren’t so many factory rides in the MXGP class so I’m very proud to be selected by the Kawasaki Racing Team for my second year in this championship. It’s a new chapter of my career and it’s great to work closely with Romain; we know and appreciate each other as we have trained together in the past. I learnt a lot during my rookie season and I am confident for the season ahead as I have seen how strong the team is after sharing time together for a couple of months already. It’s really exciting to be part of this new challenge.”


NEWS REPORT Wednesday, Jan 26th 2022

Team HRC fighting back in 2022

Tim Gajser and Mitch Evans will be under the Team HRC awning in 2022 as they both look to rebound from differing 2021 campaigns, and put their Honda CRF450R’s at the front of this highly competitive MXGP class.

Last year’s championship was filled with a lot of good moments for Team HRC, with four-time world-champion Gajser winning four rounds after some really impressive riding, including an incredible one-one performance at the opening round in Russia. However, ultimately, he came up just short in his quest to become a five-time champion, and it is that outcome that he is looking to set right when he lines up at Matterley Basin and beyond, for what should be another intense title-battle.

For teammate Evans, 2021 was the most difficult of his young career as he was forced to watch from the sidelines whilst recovering from the wrist injury he sustained at the MXGP of Spain in 2020. Missing an entire season is never positive, but the Australian has kept a strong focused mindset and is hoping to bounce-back this year and remind everyone of the rider who scored a third-place finish in his first ever MXGP moto. He knows it won’t be easy and isn’t putting pressure on himself to get those sorts of results straight-away but his belief in his ability has never wavered and it should only be a matter of time before the #43 is challenging at the very front of the field.

First up for both riders are the preseason Italian International races, before they head to Great Britain and the amazing Matterley Basin track on the weekend of February 20th. From then on, it’s a steady stream of racing, on some of the best tracks around the world, with hopeful returns to some of the overseas destinations that have been unavailable these past two seasons. Whatever happens this year with the calendar, both Honda riders are ready to bounce back and give their best in the 2022 World Motocross Championship.

Tim Gajser   243

I feel really good coming into this 2022 season. Obviously last year didn’t end the way I wanted, as I finished third in the championship, which is still good, but it isn’t what I aim for. I did have a lot of good moments and those are the things I am focusing on and building upon in this off-season. We haven’t had a lot of time to switch-off and relax so that has been difficult but I am feeling fit and healthy and ready to fight for the championship. I will race the Italian races to give me some warm-up gate drops but I know the real racing starts at Matterley Basin in under one month’s time. There are a lot of familiar tracks on the calendar and I am confident that I can maintain a high level of performance and put the Honda CRF450R on the podium throughout the season. Hopefully we can get into a regular routine and the schedule stays the same, and that the fans can come out and support us at all the rounds as that makes such a big difference.

Mitch Evans   43

It’s been a really tough 15 months for me, not being able to race and not being able to ride for such a long time. It’s been hard, both physically and mentally to try and stay positive and to keep the motivation high to come back to what is an extremely high level of motocross in the MXGP class now. However, I am feeling better and better every day now and my fitness and strength is ahead of the schedule I’d set out for myself. I know that it won’t be easy to race these guys right away because they are going so fast, but I’m not putting pressure on myself and I truly believe I can get back to that level. You never lose your ability to ride, so it’s just a case of getting my left-side strong enough and that is happening day by day. I’m really thankful to have had the support of Team HRC throughout this period and I’m really looking forward to paying that back by putting in the results on the track.

Marcus Pereira de Freitas

HRC General Manager – MXGP

It is great to have both Tim and Mitch under the awning this year, and they are both working really hard to be ready again for the new season. The break was very short from the end of the 2021 campaign so it has been a very busy period and I must thank everyone in Team HRC for continuing to work hard to make sure we are all set for the first gate drop. Tim always does the work necessary, both with bike testing and his own physical training so I always trust him to do exactly what he needs to do. Mitch has been back in Europe for a little bit now and all the reports have been positive and now we get to test with him before the first MXGP and that will give us an idea of where he is. We know it won’t be easy as the level has risen since he last raced but he is very determined and we will make sure he has everything he needs to get back to top of the class. It sounds like we are going back to a two-day format, which I think is good for the sport so we need to be ready for that, but overall, I think Team HRC is in a strong position for 2022.

MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina New Date and Venue Confirmed!

The FIM and Infront Moto Racing are delighted to confirm that the FIM Motocross World Championship will return to the beloved Villa La Angostura on the 19th and 20th of March for the MXGP of Patagonia – Argentina.

MXGP is excited to return to the picturesque circuit in the province of Neuquén for the first time since 2019, when it last visited Argentina. The Grand Prix in Patagonia-Argentina has always been among the favourites for the fans, teams, riders and staff – for its wonderful scenery and supportive fans!

List of winners of the Argentinian Grand Prix since the first event held in 2015 include the likes of Max Nagl, Jeffrey Herlings, Tim Gajser, Pauls Jonass,

Jorge Prado and Antonio Cairoli – and it will be interesting to see who will be victorious in 2022.

The FIM & Infront Moto Racing are excited to head back overseas and celebrate the return of the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina.

Tickets sales for the 2022 MXGP of Patagonia – Argentina will be online on February the 1st while tickets purchased for the 2020 MXGP of Patagonia – Argentina will be valid to be used this year.

An updated version of the 2022 MXGP calendar will be released in the next 24 hours.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Gears Up for Landmark 50th Anniversary Season

MX Sports Pro Racing Unveils Commemorative Logo for Summer Campaign

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 12, 2022) – With the turn of the new year, preparations are formally underway for the landmark 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. In conjunction with each respective Nationals event organizer, the sanctioning body at AMA Pro Racing, and longtime series title sponsor Lucas Oil, MX Sports Pro Racing will celebrate the storied legacy of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series, beginning with the introduction of a new commemorative logo for the 2022 season.

“After two years of challenges to successfully implement a championship calendar we are incredibly eager for the season that lies ahead this summer. We’ll have an opportunity to properly celebrate the 50th anniversary of this storied championship and pay homage to the individuals and venues who helped elevate American motocross to the forefront of the sport on a global scale,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “We also want to use this season as an opportunity to recognize the entities that have played an integral role in our ability to build on this indelible legacy over the past 14 years since MX Sports Pro Racing was awarded the role of series organizers.”

The 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship logo serves as a symbol of five decades showcasing the world’s finest motocross talent, hallmarked by a laurel wreath consisting of 50 leaves surrounding the anniversary numeral and the series’ longevity (1972-2022). Additionally, gold now compliments the series’ foundational blue colorway in an embrace of the “golden anniversary” of the 2022 season. The Lucas Oil branding provides a prominent accent piece featuring the company’s familiar red colorway along with four stars that serve as a nod to America’s role in elevating the sport through its most distinguished championship.

When the series was first introduced in 1972 it formalized a permanent, stand-alone national championship for homegrown talent to showcase their prowess under the banner of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). It didn’t take long for the Pro Motocross Championship to evolve into a true global competition between domestic and international athletes, and for the past 50 years it has brought the best riders from six continents to the United States in a quest for success and stardom, competing on the most hallowed grounds in all of motocross.The 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will mark the 50th anniversary
of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series.

Photo: Align MediaFittingly, the 50th anniversary will serve as the most prominent representation of the global influence of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship as a pair of international riders will carry the number one plate in both the 450 Class and 250 Class for the first time in history. Frenchman Dylan Ferrandis is just the third European rider ever in the 450 Class to serve as reigning champion, while Australian Jett Lawrence enters uncharted territory as the first defending titleholder in the 250 Class from the “Land Down Under.”

While most of the attention deservedly centers on the talent-rich collection of athletes preparing to embark on the grueling 24-moto journey this summer, many of the venues that will compose the 2022 schedule have been fixtures of the heritage of American motocross over the past half century. Whether it’s New York’s legendary Unadilla MX or California’s storied Hangtown Classic, both of which predate the Pro Motocross Championship, Michigan’s renowned RedBud MX, Massachusetts infamous The Wick 338, or Pennsylvania’s iconic High Point Raceway, these tracks have played an equally pivotal role in the ascension of American motocross as the hundreds of riders who have stood on the podium since that inaugural 1972 season. It’s a rare juxtaposition that makes the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship one of motorsports’ most distinguished competitions.Historic venues, like New York’s legendary Unadilla MX, will be celebrated
as they extend their legacies during the landmark 2022 season.

Photo: Align MediaThe 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will kick off over Memorial Day Weekend, on May 28, for the proverbial start of the summer and will travel throughout the country to the sport’s most high-profile venues for 12 captivating rounds, concluding on September 3 during Labor Day Weekend.For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:

Now available for download for both Apple and Android devices is the official Pro Motocross App. Fans of American motocross can have access to the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series right at their fingertips on their mobile devices. Developed by AMA Pro Racing, the Pro Motocross App provides users with the most important information surrounding the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, from series news to schedule and ticket information, as well as broadcast schedule details and live timing & scoring. Download it now via the App Store or Google Play.
###Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
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.Lucas Oil Products, Inc.
Lucas Oil Products was founded by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as the top selling additive line in the United States. Additionally, Lucas Oil offers a premium line of motor oils, greases, fuel treatments, industrial lubricants, and problem-solving additives to help firmly establish Lucas Oil as a prominent figure in the marketplace. For more information, visit www.LucasOil.com.

Supercross Video Pass to offer Extensive International Streaming of the 2022 Season 2022 Race Day Live Talent Announced Coverage of the 2022 Supercross Season Begins Saturday, Jan. 8, with the Opening Round in Anaheim, CaliforniaELLENTON, Fla. – December 28, 2021 – For the sixth consecutive season, the Supercross Video Pass returns for international streaming of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. The Supercross Video Pass offers fans live and on-demand access to all 17 rounds of the 3-hour Monster Energy Supercross broadcast, and for the fourth consecutive season, will exclusively include Race Day Live and Qualifying coverage from all 17 rounds. Supercross Video Pass season subscribers can enjoy all the live, adrenaline-filled action plus receive access to over 800 plus hours of archived races dating back to 2010. The Supercross Video Pass App, available for free on IOS (Apple Store/AppleTV Store), Android (Google Play Store), Amazon Fire and now on Roku, allows for viewing on the big screen or mobile device for on-the-go access of every round.  Supercross Video Pass is exclusive to subscribers that live outside of the United States and costs $129.99 (USD) for the full season. Please visit www.supercrosslive.tv/viewplans to purchase. 2022 season subscription package includes:

  • 17 Live and on-demand rounds of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross Season
  • 17 Live and on-demand rounds of the 2022 Race Day Live/Qualifying coverage
  • 800 plus hours of archived Monster Energy Supercross racing seasons 2010 – 2021
  • Complete 2015 – 2019 Monster Energy Cup Races
  • Three Seasons of Chasing the Dream
  • Legends of Racing Documentaries
  • Special Presentations including 2022 Supercross Preview Show

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NEWS REPORT Wednesday, Dec 22nd 2021

Evans: Back in the mix

Unfortunately for Team HRC’s Mitch Evans, 2021 was a complete write-off in terms of racing, as the young Australian was side-lined with a lingering wrist issue. It was meant that instead of lining up alongside former world champion Tim Gajser in the MXGP championship, he was back in Australia recovering and preparing himself as best he could for a return in the 2022 campaign.

With next year fast-approaching, and a start-date of February 20th on the horizon, we caught up with the #43 to see what he was up to now and how he was progressing after one of the toughest years in his career.

Where are you, and what have you been up to recently?
I’m currently in the south-west of France. I’ve finally moved here, after almost two years of looking for a place. I’m pretty happy to be back in the area, after staying here when I joined Livia’s (Honda 114 Motorsports) team in 2019. I’m setting up the house and just trying to get into a routine again. I’ve been riding and there are a lot of good tracks around here, a lot of physically demanding tracks, so I’ve been enjoying it a lot. Its good to be back in Europe building a base for next year.

How are you feeling, physically and mentally?
At the moment I’m feeling really good. I’ve been working a lot on my mental state when off the bike, so I’m in a good head-space right now. I’m trying to enjoy everything and be grateful, and trying to make the most of every day. Physically, I’m in a good position. Fitness-wise I’m a little bit limited by my wrist but it is getting better each time I’m on the bike so I’m going to keep working hard and it’ll be 100% before I know it.

How difficult has it been, missing a whole year of racing?
It’s been really difficult to miss a whole year of racing. 2021 hasn’t really happened for me, it has just been a blur and it’s been really difficult to sit out and watch. 13 months is by far the longest I’ve had off the bike, and even before that, I had a break of about four months, so it feels like it’s been a really long time since I raced. Thankfully though, you never forget how to ride a bike, you just lose the fitness and intensity, which has never taken me very long to get back so I’m looking forward to that.

What did you do in that year off?
I travelled back and forth to Australia a couple of times, spending around a month in hotel quarantine so that wasn’t too much fun. But being in Australia, I was able to catch up with friends and just go on a bit of a personal development journey. I found out a lot about myself, and it was a bit of an eye-opener for me. It was the first time I had to look outside of motocross to try and find fulfilment and even then, I wasn’t able to, because motocross has been such a big part of my life up until this point. This really brought into focus what was important and has given me some fresh motivation for next season.

Were you able to keep training to any degree?
During the time-off, I was still able to train; cycling, running, rowing but after every surgery I wasn’t able to use my wrist for about six weeks in the gym but I was able to keep my legs, core and right-side of my body fit. I still have a big imbalance in muscle-mass as it’s been difficult to keep my left-side as strong but that is the goal now to get everything equal. I am glad I was able to do some things though as that helped get me through a lot of time in these 13 months.

Were you able to watch the 2021 MXGP season?
I was able to watch the 2021 MXGP season. It was difficult to watch as the second moto would normally start after midnight in Australia so most of time I’d have to try and watch second motos in the morning or catch highlights, but I wanted to support Tim and Team HRC and he did such an excellent job throughout the year. It was tough though, to see all the action because I knew I should have been out there, so I didn’t watch as much as I normally would have. It was a very challenging season with a lot of high-intensity action, and was that another reason I struggled to view it because I felt deep down that I could have been up there with those front guys and battling, so to be sitting at home and seeing it on the laptop, I’m sure people can imagine how hard that is. I believe if I have a good winter, and I’m 100% healthy I can battle with those guys on any given day and that’s what I’m looking forward to trying to prove.

What are your plans for this 2022 pre-season?
My plans are to stay in France as long as I can to get ready here. Now that I’ve got my base setup here, I’ve got really good tracks, I’ve got a really programme so I’m hoping to do most of my work here. I’ll go to Sardinia at some stage with the team, for testing and do the Italian Championship races and then come back to France and finish off before the start of the season. I haven’t really looked at the calendar as at the moment, the important thing is taking it taking day by day and getting better each time I ride.

What are your goals for the start of the 2022 MXGP season?
My goals for next year are consistent top 10 performances. I want good starts, good motos and slowly getting back into the race rhythm. By the time of the first MXGP gate drop it will be about 15 or 16 months away so I’m sure people can appreciate that nerves will be a little higher than normal and I don’t want to set the bar too high in terms of results. I just want to play it smart and build as the year goes on.

What do you have hoped to achieve by the end of the season, in a perfect world?
In a perfect world, I’d hope to have achieved a couple of overall podiums and a couple of wins at the end of the year. Just being a top guy every weekend. If my wrist is pain-free, I know I can be that guy so it’s all going to come down to my wrist as the rest of my body is perfect. I’m in a better mental state than I have been in my life so I can’t wait to get started. I’d also like to thank the members of Team HRC for sticking with me and checking-in and seeing how I’m doing. It hasn’t been easy with this injury and travel and the global restrictions that have been in place so it was good to get their support throughout.

DIGA PROCROSS TO FIELD KTMS FOR 2022 WITH THOMAS KJER OLSEN AND LIAM EVERTS IN THE RANKS

2021 MXGP news

DIGA Procross KTM will run KTM SX-F race technology in both the MXGP and MX2 classes of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship with a fresh rider line-up. The German squad welcome Grand Prix winner Thomas Kjer Olsen and Grand Prix rookie Liam Everts into their Cologne-based operation.

The bond between the ambitious DIGA Procross team and the KTM racing department has existed since 2018 as the outfit helped develop a number of riders and Grand Prix talent. Justin Amian’s unit will now steer KTM’s advanced SX-F motocross machinery – with factory backing – but they will also harbor the competitive objectives of Thomas Kjer Olsen in the MXGP class and newcomer Liam Everts in MX2. Olsen enters only his second term in MXGP after claiming victories, podiums and three top-three classifications in a successful MX2 tenure. The 24-year-old Dane is looking to progress his career in 2022 after showing sufficient speed to become a top ten regular in 2021. Next year’s calendar will see #19 race the KTM 450 SX-F for the first time for what will also be DIGA Procross’ maiden appearance in the category. Liam Everts makes the step into Grand Prix competition for his first full year at world championship level. The 17-year-old Belgian has been carving his name into the foundations of the sport thanks to excellent technique and bags of potential. He showed enough promise through the EMX125 and EMX250 European Championships (with podium appearances in both divisions) – as well as debuting for his country at the 2021 Motocross of Nations – to earn his MX2 berth with the KTM 250 SX-F.

Justin Amian, DIGA Procross Team Manager: “We are happy and proud to officially represent KTM in theFIM Motocross World Championship from 2022.With Liam Everts we have a young, hungry and very talented athlete in our team,and we will try to support hisprogressas much as possible.With Thomas Kjer Olsen wewill starta new chapter in the premier class in 2022. Thomas has personally developed a lot in his 2021 MXGP rookie season and has shown greatpace, which gives us the confidence thathe will one day be at the frontof the toughest series on the planet. Our team iseager for great results and we will do everything in our power to get better and better every day.I would like to thank Pit Beirer and Robert Jonas for the confidence they have shown in us and for the opportunity to represent KTMat the highest level.”

Robert Jonas, VP of Motorsports Offroad: “With the fit of Thomas, Liam and the DIGA Procross team we are able to create an exciting effort for 2022 and the future. It’s an understatement to say we have high hopes for both riders in their classes and their stories and goals. We know Justin and rest of the DIGA crew will help them on the way and also push the KTM brand very hard. We’re already looking forward to seeing them on track.”

SX Global secures FIM Supercross World Championship

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the global governing body of motorcycle racing – today announced that SX Global has been selected, a highly credentialed Australian company, to manage and promote the FIM Supercross World Championship over the coming decade.

SX Global will develop and manage a new international series commencing in 2022. This is the first time an FIM World Championship has been conducted by an Australian based company. It is a fitting confirmation for a country with a deep history of success and extraordinary moments in professional motorsports, on two wheels.

Jorge Viegas – FIM President said: “After a strong and fruitful relationship over the last two decades between FIM, Feld Entertainment and AMA, it is now time to start a new journey to ensure a bright future for Supercross. In order to support the growth and commercial viability of the series, the FIM believes that SX Global has the expertise and the ability to deliver a first class FIM Supercross World Championship. The new series will offer exciting races thanks to the passion and extended experience of the SX Global team, with a plan that will gradually expand the Championship to new countries and territories across the world.”

SX Global brings together the creators of the AUS-X Open Supercross Adam Bailey and Ryan Sanderson, alongside Tony Cochrane, the founding chairman and driving force behind the creation, development and growth of the V8 Supercars Championship in Australia.  Adam and Ryan share deep experience in Supercross, having created and hosted a number of highly successful FIM Oceania Championship events since 2015.
Complementing this highly experienced team will be one of the world’s leading financial powerhouses with an established track record of investment in global sport properties, to be announced when SX Global officially unveils its plans for the 2022 FIM Supercross World Championship along with confirmation of new partnerships early in the new year.

With a wealth of global motorsports experience, SX Global is an exciting organization to truly take world Supercross to new heights on behalf of the FIM.  Utilizing this experience, the new entity SX Global is now preparing to bring Supercross to a world class global level as the promoter of the FIM Supercross World Championship and reach out to the millions of supercross fans around the globe.

Tony Cochrane – President SX Global added: “It’s been a tremendous journey over the past five months to bring our team together with some of the most experienced people in all facets of motorsports now coordinating a sharp focus on Supercross and its global expansion. We would very much like to thank the FIM for their strong support of our vision and plan and in particular its President, Jorge Viegas, who has shown great leadership in working to bring this together in such a short timeframe. Fans have been demanding world class Supercross in so many countries – it’s a special day for all of those fans and at the end of the day, fans are our No. 1 consideration.”

Further details on both the FIM World Championship and SX Global will be announced in January 2022.

STACYC INC. PARTNERS WITH MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS TO SHARE THE LOVE OF RIDING


STACYC’s Mission is to create and deliver products and experiences that help kids develop sooner and empower them to define their own ride.Ft. Worth, Texas – December, 20 2021 – STACYC Inc., is excited to announce for the 3rd year in a row, its partnership with Monster Energy AMA Supercross, again this year, as the Official Electric Balance Bike for kids. We will be sponsoring the STACYC Live segment, where Little Rippers from all over will be submitting videos in hopes of having their video aired live and on the big screen. Each round of Supercross 2022 will feature a different weekly submission. After all the submissions have been collected, STACYC will select two Grand Prize Winners who will win airfare and accommodations to the Salt Lake City Finale, Round 17 on May 7th, 2022, where they will get a coveted spot on the starting line for a chance at being the 2022 STACYC Holeshot Challenge Winner! Check out the Contest Page and Rules here for more on how to enter!

Starting line of the STACYC Holeshot Challenge – Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment Inc.
“Our program with STACYC has been a fantastic platform to engage with our young fans at an early age. We look forward to partnering with STACYC again during the 2022 season.” – Dave Prater, Senior Director of Operations – Two Wheel, Feld Motor Sports “Our partnership with Monster Energy Supercross and the Holeshot Challenge race are both back for 2022. This year, we will be showcasing fan submissions of Little Ripper’s on-air, weekly during the ‘STACYC Live’ portion of Supercross. Out of those submissions, the STACYC Team will pick two lucky kiddos to race in the Holeshot Challenge in Salt Lake City. Sharing the love of riding with participants and fans at Supercross each year, is something our whole team always looks forward to and we are excited to kick it off in Anaheim!” – Matt Schumann, VP of Marketing, STACYC Inc.
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A Paris, le 20 décembre 2021

X-TRIAL DES NATIONS 2022 :
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 la prochaine édition du X-Trial des Nations qui se déroulera à Nice (06) le 14 janvier 2022. Nos Bleus auront à cœur de défendre leur rang, lors de la dernière épreuve du X-Trial des Nations, l’Équipe de France avait terminé 2ème. La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme exprime son plein et entier soutien à notre Equipe de France qui défendra les couleurs nationales.


ÉQUIPE DE FRANCE DE TRIAL
Benoît BINCAZ
Alexandre FERRER

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Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Aiming High At 2022 Dakar Rally

Following on from a highly rewarding season of racing in the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team is now ready to take on the 2022 Dakar Rally. With all three riders, Adrien Van Beveren, Ross Branch, and Andrew Short confident and approaching the event with a strong focus on success, the trio will head out into the desert on January 1, 2022, to begin the 44th edition of the toughest rally raid in the world.

Scheduled to cover 8,375 kilometres, the Dakar Rally begins with its traditional prologue ahead of 12 physically demanding stages. Besides a mid-race rest day where riders and teams can regroup ahead of the final six days of racing, the Dakar Rally will once again provide a variety of challenging terrain to ensure a relentless test for all riders and their machinery with the eventual winner declared on January 14 in Jeddah.

Leading the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team into the desert at the 2022 Dakar Rally is Adrien Van Beveren. With his impressive second place finish in the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship still fresh in his mind, the Frenchman used the entire series as part of his preparations for the 2022 Dakar. Rounding out his highly positive season with three stage wins and a second-place overall result at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in November, Van Beveren is feeling fit, strong, and is undoubtedly back to his very best.

For Ross Branch, 2021 was something of a learning year in what was only his first full season of rally racing. Demonstrating his capabilities with an impressive win at Rally Kazakhstan, the Botswana native posted impressive stage finishes at all rounds of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with a few unfortunate incidents hampering his overall results. Undeterred and with a renewed focus, Ross looks to harness his raw speed to successfully reach the Dakar finish line on January 14.

Lining up with his sights set on securing his best ever result at the Dakar Rally is the third and final Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team rider, Andrew Short. With the American knowing the importance of safely completing each and every stage, as well as how chaotic the first few days of the Dakar can be, the 39-year-old is fully focused on achieving his goal.

Adrien Van Beveren

“I’ve just completed my final training sessions ahead of the Dakar and I’m feeling really strong and ready for the race. The whole of 2021 has been great for me. Round by round in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship I had a solid strategy of being consistent and minimising mistakes. I was able to execute my plan perfectly and end the season as vice world champion, which I was really pleased about for both myself and the team. To avoid some unnecessary pressure, I’m looking at the Dakar as just another race and a continuation of my progress throughout the last year. For sure it is a huge race that everyone in rally focuses on, but I will take it day by day, stage by stage, and apply the same mindset that took me to success in this year’s world championship.”

Ross Branch

“This year has flown by, and Dakar is now just around the corner. I’m really excited for it. A fresh start, new stages, and I think it’s going to be a really good race. During the last year the team have been working super-hard and this is really motivating as a rider to see as it just inspires me to put everything that I have into my training and preparation. My goal for the race is to finish each stage. It sounds modest but it’s such a long and wild race where anything can happen. Staying trouble free will be so important and now with my experience from racing all year in 2021, I’m in a really good place mentally ahead of the Dakar. I’ve got a great team behind me, and everything is in place for a successful race. I can’t wait to get started.”

Andrew Short

“I’m really looking forward to Dakar 2022 and it’ll actually be my fifth time racing the event. For this one I want to beat my best finish of sixth and to do that it’s super important to finish every stage safely. Each year I seem to experience some kind of problem early in the race so my focus will be on getting through week one without any major issues, then I’ll have the option to ramp things up in week two if I need to. Overall, you never really know how this race will go but I’ll be doing everything in my power to ensure the best result possible and have no regrets when the race comes to an end.”

Alexandre Kowalski – Yamaha Europe Off-Road Racing Manager

“Entering Dakar 2022 is an exciting time for the team following a whole year of continuous hard work from the mechanics and technicians, and of course the riders who have achieved so much in 2021. Behind the scenes we have developed the bike so much and it has been put to the test throughout the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. With Ross winning in Kazakhstan and Adrien ending the season as vice world champion, it clearly proves that we are heading in the right direction. Because of the success this year the team spirit is really high, and this is really important at such a long race like the Dakar. Anything can happen at this event, but I know the riders have all worked so hard to build up and prepare themselves in the best possible way. Now, we can look forward to the Dakar with confidence and I have a strong belief that it will be a successful race for the riders and the team as a whole.”

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Welcome ALessandro Lupino for the 2022 season

Welcome ALessandro Lupino for the 2022 season

 

The Beta Team SdmCorse is please to welcome ALessandro Lupino who in the 2022 season officially joins the Beta motor family in the motocross project by partecipating to the next MXGP World Championship.

Daniele Marchese: “We are really happy with Alessandro’s arrival, he is a very appreciated boy in the paddock, during the 2021 season he proved to be a top rider of the MXGP class and thanks to his experience in the World Championship we are sure he will be able to collect excellent results and he will contribute to the growth of the Motocross project”

Welcome ALessandro Lupino for the 2022 season

Benvenuto Alessandro Lupino per la stagione 2022 Campionato del Mondo MXGP Gp della Lombardia

Il Team Beta SdmCorse è lieto di dare il benvenuto ad Alessandro Lupino che dalla stagione 2022 entra ufficialmente a far parte della famiglia Beta motor nel progetto Motocross partecipando al prossimo Mondiale MXGP.

Daniele Marchese: “siamo davvero felici dell’arrivo di Alessandro, è un ragazzo molto apprezzato nel paddock del Mondiale , nella stagione 2021 ha dimostrato di essere un top rider della classe MXGP e grazie alla sua esperienza nel Mondiale siamo sicuri che riuscirà a raccogliere ottimi risultati e contribuirà alla crescita del progetto Motocross.“ 

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HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING SET FOR DAKAR RALLY 2022

LUCIANO BENAVIDES AND SKYLER HOWES TO RIDE NEW HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY IN GRUELLING 12-STAGE EVENT

Luciano Benavides and Skyler Howes will represent Husqvarna Factory Racing at the world’s toughest off-road motorcycle race – the Dakar Rally – with the two-man team set to compete on the new FR 450 Rally.

With just over two weeks to go before the biggest rally event of the year, Husqvarna Factory Racing are all set to take on the iconic event, held in Saudi Arabia for the third successive year. Armed with the latest edition of the Husqvarna FR 450 Rally, Benavides and Howes hope to start their 2022 seasons strongly with top results at the Dakar Rally.

Crashing out of the 2021 Dakar on stage nine, Luciano Benavides was forced to spend the start of his 2021 season recovering from an injury to his shoulder. Determined to get back on the bike and back racing as soon as possible, the young Argentinian returned to competition at the first round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in Kazakhstan, where he claimed an impressive sixth place overall.

A solid seventh-place result at the Silk Way Rally further increased Benavides’ confidence and he was able to carry that momentum into the Rallye du Maroc where his consistency enabled him to secure another top-six finish. Now, heading into the 2022 Dakar, Luciano is back to full fitness and feels more motivated than ever to secure his best result at the legendary event.

Signing for the Husqvarna factory in April, Skyler Howes competed in his first international event for the team just over one month later at Rally Kazakhstan. The likeable American immediately impressed, converting his speed and enthusiasm into two stage wins.

Gelling well with the team and with the bike, Howes continued to deliver strong performances for the rest of the world championship season, mixing it with the more established racers while also gaining valuable experience along the way. Securing fifth place and finishing as the top privateer at the 2021 Dakar, Skyler is now looking forward to competing at the event for the first time as a fully supported factory rider and will be hoping to make the best use of his excellent navigational skills on the technical terrain while fighting for a top result.

Marking the first round of the 2022 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship and awarding extra points due to its classification as an FIM Marathon Rally, the 44th edition of the Dakar is building up to be more important than ever. Covering 12 stages from January 1 to January 14, and totalling close to 8,000 kilometres, the race promises to provide the ultimate test of endurance, speed, and navigation as it travels through the Saudi desert.

Luciano Benavides:“2021 has been a long, tough year for me. It started well with the Dakar where I had good speed, but then my crash forced me out of the event. It took a lot of rest and training to get my shoulder up to strength, but thankfully I was able to get back on the bike quite early on and begin to build my pace again. The first couple of world championship rounds went ok at Kazakhstan and Silk Way, I was able to slowly build my confidence, but I knew I was a little bit off the pace. We spent a lot of time in the middle of the year developing the new bike and then when we rode it in Morocco it was definitely a big step forward for me. Not only did the bike perform really well, but it also helped me and my confidence – I felt comfortable straight away and from that the speed came more easily. The team have done an incredible job – many hours working and testing and I’m pleased with the result. Now, looking ahead to the next Dakar I’m happy with where I am both mentally and physically, and with my speed. The bike and the team are working really good right now, so I believe we have an excellent package for Dakar and will be able to fight for strong results. For sure, it’s going to be tough as always, but this will be my fifth Dakar and I think I’m better prepared than ever.”

Skyler Howes:“The year has gone really well for me – it’s been my first season as a factory racer and that has made a huge difference, it’s been great to just focus on my racing, which I feel is reflected in my results. Going into the Dakar in January, I’m definitely more prepared than I ever have been, but at the same time my goals remain the same – give it my all, stay safe, but try to come out the other side with the very best result possible. The Dakar is tough, and you can pretty much guarantee you’re going to have difficult days. The key is to keep looking forward and focus on that final result – that’s what keeps me going and keeps me motivated. The new bike we have been developing throughout the year has been another massive improvement for me. In years past, I’ve just turned up at the Dakar and often ridden a bike for the first time at that event. Now, I’ve been given the chance to not only spend a lot more time on that bike, but also have a massive input into its development. That’s had the effect that I feel really at home on the new FR 450 Rally and I’m looking forward to taking it to Dakar. At the end of the day, I’ll be happy if I give it my all and have fun, hopefully the final result will reflect that too.”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING INTRODUCE 2022 RIDER LINEUP FOR AMA SUPERCROSS AND PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPSTEAM AIMS FOR THE WIN WITH ALL-NEW HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES 2022 ROCKSTAR EDITIONS

With the opening round of the AMA Supercross Championship just around the corner, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team is excited to announce its rider lineup for the 2022 race season, which includes a seasoned roster in both classes. Returning riders Dean Wilson, RJ Hampshire, Jalek Swoll and Stilez Robertson – along with newcomer Malcolm Stewart – are looking forward to piloting the all-new FC Rockstar Editions this season, beginning on Saturday, January 8 in Anaheim, California. Since the exciting announcement over the summer, fans across the globe have anticipated Malcolm Stewart’s debut aboard the FC 450 Rockstar Edition and the time is finally upon us. Coming off a successful supercross season in 2021, Stewart has proven himself as a contender in the premier 450 class with a podium finish and four top-five finishes last season. Now, with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team behind him, Stewart looks to keep the momentum rolling as he prepares to attack both Supercross and Motocross for the first time since 2014.

Malcolm Stewart:“I feel really good. We’ve been doing a lot of training and we’ve got the bike really dialed in, so we’re looking forward to going into A1 and the 2022 season. It’s going to be a good year for me. I know I ended really good last year for the last couple rounds but now obviously we’re on a new team and feeling better, I like the whole vibe here. All we can do is go out there, have fun and do what we can do!” Wilson, who first came to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in 2017, will enter his sixth season with the team in 2022. Battling through an ongoing illness in 2021, Wilson missed quite a few races but he still managed to stay consistent and finish just outside the top-10 in the AMA Supercross Championship and he looks to build upon that foundation as he heads into 2022 healthy and ready to go.

Dean Wilson:“I’m really excited for the new season. I have another great opportunity with the team and I’m feeling really good. I’m looking for some good finishes, everything is kind of falling into place so it should be good.” 250SXThe Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team boasts an exciting lineup of seasoned 250 cc riders who are all set to contest the championship aboard the new generation FC 250 Rockstar Edition. At the helm for his third year with the team is multi-time race winner, RJ Hampshire. With an endless amount of speed and determination, Hampshire is a fierce competitor on the race track and he looks to refine his skills this season and finally land on top of the box with a number one plate.

RJ Hampshire:“I’m feeling good heading into the new season. We’ve had a good off-season so far and the bike is awesome, so we have a lot of things to look forward to. We’re starting fresh and just excited to be with the team for another year and build on what we’ve started the last couple years.” Jalek Swoll, who began his professional supercross career with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in 2020, now enters his third season in the class. The 21-year-old had a break-out season in 2021, claiming a strong second-place at Arlington SX before rounding out the series with a top-five overall in the championship standings. He also showed flashes of brilliance outdoors, securing his first-career overall win with 1-3 moto finishes at the High Point National. For 2022, Swoll will line up in the 250SX Western division where he looks forward to a new set of challenges on the west coast.

Jalek Swoll:“I’m excited to race, going to be on a different coast than usual so that will be a different and fun learning experience. I’m looking forward to that. I think we’re in for a pretty good year. I’m just going to do what I did last year and have fun all the way through and let the results come to me.” With one full year of professional racing under his belt, Stilez Robertson will return for his sophomore season with the team. Despite an up-and-down rookie season due to injury and illness, the 19-year-old came away with a few highlights in 2021, including an impressive second-place finish at Daytona SX. He missed three of the last five rounds but still managed a respectable 13th overall in the standings. Hoping for a strong push outdoors, Robertson got off to a decent start but illness prevented him from finishing out the season. Fully recovered heading into 2022, Robertson is confident that he will stack up when the gate drops in January.

Stilez Robertson:“It was a tough off-season with the sickness but I got over it and I’m really looking forward to going racing. I’ve been putting in the work and now I’m ready to go and show everybody what we’ve been working for. I’m excited to have a good season, be up front and try to put together some good results in both supercross and outdoors.”

Stephen Westfall – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager: “I feel really good heading into the 2022 season. The team is solid and we have an all-new bike for both the 450 and 250. We have a really solid base and I think we will continue to get better throughout the year. The team is working hard, we’ve got a good group down in Florida all training together and pushing each and every day. We’ll continue to improve and we’re looking forward to the results this year.”

The 2022 AMA Supercross Championship kicks off on Saturday, January 8 in Anaheim, California. Follow the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team on Instagram for behind-the-scenes race day action: @rockstarhusky #RockstarHusky #ElevatingTheSport

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s 250 Team Ready for 2022

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team heads into 2022 looking to reign supreme in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 class divisional championships. The six-rider lineup boasts a blend of youth and experience with the reigning 250SX West Champion, Justin Cooper and 250SX East Champion, Colt Nichols, and two-time 250MX Champion, Jeremy Martin. Also returning are Christian Craig and two of the sports up-and-coming riders – Nate Thrasher and Levi Kitchen. Jensen Hendler comes on board as the team manager for the 250 team.

Cooper enters his fifth year with the team and is coming off an impressive 2021 season. After taking the 250SX West crown in Supercross, the New Yorker backed it up with a great outdoor season. He came just shy of the title in the end, but lead the way in qualifying, holeshots and scored seven moto wins and never missed the overall podium. Cooper now has his eyes set on 2022 and adding more number-one plates to his resume.

Nichols also heads into the new year with a number-one plate. The Oklahoman took the title in the Eastern regional division to make it a Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing sweep in the 250 class, becoming the first team to do so in nearly a decade. Unfortunately, an injury sidelined him with five rounds remaining in the Pro Motocross season, but Nichols is ready to return to action for year six with the team and make another championship run.

Last year, Martin returned to the team where he won his back-to-back Pro Motocross 250MX titles (2014-2015). Although injuries sidelined him for the supercross season and a few rounds of motocross, the Minnesotan showed a lot of grit and determination. Despite not being 100%, he scored six moto wins and three overall 250MX victories. With some time to return to full fitness, Martin is eager to lineup on the gate in 2022 and fight for the championship.

Craig kicked off his debut season with the team with a bang, winning the 2021 250SX East season opener in Houston. He battled for top honors with his teammate all season until a crash at the penultimate round ended his title hopes prematurely. The Californian moved over to the 450 team for the outdoor season, where he enjoyed some solid results to end the year sixth. He now shifts gears back to the Yamaha YZ250F to try and claim the coveted 250SX crown, and will return to the premier class for the 2022 Pro Motocross season.

Thrasher turned a lot of heads during his first full season in the pro ranks, taking two 250SX wins at a very physically demanding track at the Atlanta Motor Speedway tripleheader, and ended the season seventh in the points standings. Unfortunately, he too was sidelined during the outdoor season, but the young Tennessee rider is ready to return and looks to build on his impressive rookie year.

Kitchen capped off his amateur career with a pair of titles at the 2021 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s and was named the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner. He made his pro debut at the Pro Motocross RedBud National and showed speed straight away, scoring some solid results inside the top 10. The Washington State native is now eager to start his first full season in the pro ranks and to make his debut in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 250 team would like to thank its partners for their support: Monster Energy, Yamaha Financial Services (YMFUS), Yamalube, GYTR, Thor, Parts Unlimited, Rekluse, FMF, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Works Connection, VP Fuels, Kite, Twin Air, KYB, Cycra, Alpinestars, 100%, Toyota of Escondido, Light Speed, Arc, Race Tech Titanium, Mechanix Wear, Boxo Tools, and Anti-Gravity Batteries.

Jensen Hendler – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 250 Team Manager

“We are very excited to get the season kicked off, as our riders are looking very good and ready to compete for the championship on both coasts. We have put a lot of work into our championship-winning program to make sure our riders and staff are ready to win!”

Justin Cooper – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m very excited for the 2022 season. I’ve been working really hard with the team to be my best self come race time. We’ve made the transition to Florida this year so it is nice to get on some new dirt and see where we can be better.”

Colt Nichols – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m excited for the season to get underway. It’s been a very productive off-season so far, and I’ve been trying to work on my weaknesses to be a better rider and translate that into the weekends. I’m looking forward to getting the ‘22 season going!”

Jeremy Martin – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I can’t wait for the new 2022 season to start! I had a rough year last year so I’m very motivated to make this coming season my best year yet.”

Christian Craig – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m very excited for the new season! It’s my second year with the team and I feel like I’m in a really good spot mentally and physically. I’ve had an awesome off-season riding and training in Florida, so I’m ready for it all to show on the race track!”

Nate Thrasher – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m really looking forward to this new season, I’ve put in a lot of hard work this off season and I’m ready to build off last year!”

Levi Kitchen – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“Looking forward to this upcoming season! Really happy to be in the position I am in and I’m just going to use every weekend to learn! Made the move to Florida and that has been awesome too.”

Ferrandis, Tomac Eager for 2022 Start

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis and Eli Tomac are ready for the highly anticipated start of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season on January 8 in Anaheim, California. The team has been hard at work at their new facility in Cairo, Georgia, and looks to build on this year’s successful premier class debut.

Ferrandis is fresh off a stellar rookie year on the YZ450F, securing his first premier class title at the penultimate Pro Motocross round in Pala, California. The Frenchman also enjoyed a great start to his 450SX debut earlier in the year, scoring his first podium at the second Supercross round in Houston, Texas. He looks to keep that momentum rolling into the New Year and fight for another number-one plate.

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.

Joining the team for 2022, Tomac is eager for that first gate drop aboard the Yamaha YF450F at the series opener at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Coloradan is a proven title contender, adding the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship to his resume after his impressive three-peat (2017-2019) in the Pro Motocross 450MX Championship. He is also the winningest rider currently active in the premier class and aims to reclaim the throne in 2022.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team would like to thank its partners for their support: Monster Energy, Yamaha Financial Services (YMFUS), Yamalube, GYTR, Thor, Parts Unlimited, Rekluse, FMF, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Works Connection, VP Fuels, Kite, Twin Air, KYB, Cycra, Pro Taper, Excel, Vortex EK, Vortex ECU, and D’Cor.

Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team Manager

“This off-season has been one that I will never forget. We moved the team across the country and have a new addition with Eli, so it’s been a lot of long hours to prepare for the season, but it’s very exciting. Dylan and Eli have been working very hard and look amazing. Hard work pays off, and we saw that last year. I think 2022 looks to be even better!”

Dylan Ferrandis – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“Our off-season has been going great. We have been working really hard on and off the bike. We still have one month left to prepare for the 2022 Supercross season, but I’m pretty excited for my second season on the 450 and can’t wait for A1!”

 Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“December riding at the Star Racing facility in Florida alongside my teammates has been great preparation. We’ve all been pushing for the next level and are ready to go for the 2022 Supercross season!

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REMEMBERING RENE: WORDS, THOUGHTS AND STORIES FROM HIS TEAM2021 MXGP

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing pay homage to the spirit and personality of their much-loved young motocross star, Rene Hofer, that tragically passed away in a skiing incident in Austria last week.

Rene Hofer was on the edge of FIM Motocross World Championship greatness. In 2021, at the age of 19 and in his second season (and maiden ‘full’ campaign in the MX2 class), Hofer already became the first Austrian to win a Grand Prix in the principal categories since 1987. His victory at the Grand Prix of Pietramurata was one of two podium finishes on the way to an encouraging 6th in the final standings. Hofer climbed into MX2 at the beginning of 2020. He had made his way through the ranks thanks to an early connection with the factory, earning European and World Junior titles with 85 SX equipment. The racer from Linz was front-running the 2018 EMX125 European Championship until a season-ending crash put him to the sidelines. He recovered and continued to show promise with a series of top five results in EMX250 in 2019 and was fast-tracked into MX2 for 2020. 

Rene rose to the challenge of Grand Prix immediately with a 2nd place moto finish in Great Britain for his debut as part of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing line-up. He managed two more top five classifications in the next two rounds before the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the schedule. Upon the return to action for the triple header in Latvia during the summer of 2020, Rene suffered a left shoulder injury that levered the rookie out of contention for the rest of the year and after just four Grands Prix in ‘orange’ colors.

2021 was his breakthrough term and the platform for vast progress in terms of his fitness, his confidence, his racecraft and experience. He posted 30 top ten scores from 36 motos in the longest season of his fledgling career and added the prestigious honor of winning the MX2 class for Team Austria at the 74th Motocross of Nations in Italy at the end of September. Together with teammate Tom Vialle he was expected to be tussling right at the top of MX2 in 2022. “Now I know what it is like to be a Pro motocross athlete at this level!” he smiled at the end of the championship in mid-November. “It’s quite a nice feeling to be together with the team the whole year. We got off to a bit of a slow start and in the middle of the season I was still struggling from the lack of racing in 2020. The last few GPs were great. I had a few Pole Positions, a few podiums and a GP win. For sure it brought me a bit closer to the goal and was a confidence booster. I have shown what I can do…” Rene is survived by a close and loving family: father Reinhard, mother Karin and sister Nadine.

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director:“In sport and life there are many ups-and-downs and some moments that are hard to accept. Losing Rene – who was such a young and appreciated member of our team and our family – in this way is almost unbelievable. All our hearts are with the Hofer family. Rene was a kid that pushed and pushed to get to where he was. He was a guy that lived to be part of the Red Bull KTM team but knew that reaching MX2 was just the start. The way he worked and the way he dedicated his life to racing even before he reached 20 years of age is an example to anybody. Rene, we will miss you.”

Dirk Gruebel, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Team Manager: “Rene came into the team with some pressure that none of the other guys had to deal with. He was a big hope for Austria. It is a testament to him that, even at his young age, he never really showed the weight of that expectation. He was so young and was in a big successful team surrounded by champions but it never fazed him. Many people have talked about his personality and it’s exactly what we found: a fun-loving, happy kid that was excited to be in his position but also deadly serious about working and moving forwards as a rider and a professional. He also had a brilliant family around him with just the right support. Rene was at the beginning of his career and had already progressed so much in only his first proper season with us. He is gone way-too soon and has left a large hole in our team and our lives.”


Jeffrey Herlings, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate: “Devastating news. Rene was a wonderful kid, so respectful and nice. I’ve seen him smile after a Grand Prix win and I’ve seen him smile after a 15th place finish; he was always one of the happiest members of the team and that makes it even harder that he’s gone. I had huge respect for him as a rider and more as a human being. I liked the kid so much. This is a tough pill to swallow. I heard the news just before I went on stage at the FIM Awards and I had tears in my eyes. It must be so difficult for his family and my heart goes out to them. It is very sad for the whole motocross community that a talent like Rene has passed away.”

Robert Jonas, KTM VP of Motorsport Offroad:“It is hard to describe how much we will miss Rene and how this news has impacted our team and the whole of the company. We knew each other a long time. As a hobby I used to run a little junior team. We called it ‘Youngblood Racing’ and we tried to support young Austrians on their way up in motocross. Rene joined us when he was 11. I was trying to help with my experience in racing and with training advice and Rene was asking how to prepare as a motocross Pro, so I invited him to do a fitness test at my house and wrote a training schedule for him. It was a 14 hour per week endurance program combined with core stabilization exercises, stretching and also included recovery: I explained to him that it was a training plan for an adult rider and asked him to just try a few small things, get a feeling for training and give me feedback in about six weeks’ time. So, after those six weeks, Rene came back to me with a training report, he had done every single unit listed and asked me: “what’s next?”. I have never seen such determination from a 11-year-old kid before and at that moment I recognized – knowing already about his riding skills – that this kid was something special. Rene was a very hard worker and nothing would be more important than his racing and training. He worked his way up to the very top and on his way he inspired many young national and international riders. Rene was an exceptional kid. I am so grateful for his friendship.”

Didi Lacher, Trainer, Mentor and friend“It was a privilege for me to work with Rene for six years. In that time, he became a good friend as well as being a hungry young kid that was so determined to be successful in MXGP. He was a very good motocross rider but, more importantly, he had a very warm character. In the last few days it has been possible to see just how many people he reached. Whether it was through his friendliness, his passion for what he was doing, his smile or his openness, Rene was a guy that many people liked and that is quite a rare thing. It is so very sad that he has gone just when his life and his story was starting but I think his family can take a small comfort that they had raised such a strong and positive young man. I will miss him.”


Valentina Ragni, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Team Co-Ordinator“Rene was a boy that everybody loved because he was always happy, with that sweet, happy face. He had a contagious smile. For me the riders are almost like my own kids and Rene was the youngest. He was very warm and we joked around a lot. He was a cool kid. I remember a couple of months ago he turned up to a race with curly hair and I joked he was my ‘Ricciolino’ because of the style. At the Grand Prix in Arco di Trento he said to me “Vale, I have a surprise for you…” and showed me this Ricciolino Butt Patch he had especially made for the Italian race. He gave me the riding pants and signed them to ‘Ricciolina’. It was a lovely and exclusive present and just summed him up. It was special when he did it and now, sadly, it is ten times more special. I remember also at the last race of the year in Mantova. Jeffrey [Herlings] was tied on points for the championship and before the start of the last moto I was standing to the side of the gate alone, as I usually do. It was a very tense and nervous time. Someone came up and hugged me from behind. It was Rene, and he started shouting for his teammate. It was another moment where I was very thankful and very impressed by who he was and what he was like. He really bonded with the team this year and I have some great memories from when we’d all stay in hotels and locations between back-to-back races. They will stay with me.”

Joel Smets, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Motocross Racing Sports Director: “Losing Rene this way is such a big loss to the team, the sport of motocross and, of course, all his family and people that knew him. He was a kid that was mature beyond his years, and he had a long and promising career ahead of him. I remember Rene as being very calculated with everything. He was not a guy that made impulsive moves or took crazy risks. For example, when we went BMXing I would ask him to try an obstacle and he would only do it when he was 110% sure! To see what happened to him makes it twice as sad and twice as unfair. I still cannot believe that I won’t see him when we go training.”


Tom Vialle, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate: “It’s tough and difficult to accept that Rene has gone. We were teammates for two years and were very close: I think 90% of my training time was also with him. Almost every day at the gym. In 2021 we spent a lot of time together, travelling to races also. We had fun, we went to the cinema, out to restaurants. We are all pretty close in our team so this has been a really difficult time. I have a lot of memories with Rene and they were all good and I think that also says a lot about what a good guy he was.”

Adam Wheeler, journalist:“’There’s an Austrian kid coming up, riding a KTM; had better interview him…’ this was the reasoning to sit down and speak with Rene in 2018. Even at that tender age it was possible to detect a youngster that was incredibly level-headed and focused. All those steps through European Championship races were just stones on the path to where he wanted to be and where he knew he could be. Rene didn’t rocket into Red Bull KTM in the same way that names like ‘Musquin’, ‘Herlings’, ‘Roczen’, ‘Jonass’, ‘Prado’ and ‘Vialle’ had done but he did everything he had to do as a factory rider in such a short time: listen, learn, work and evolve. I wrote personal press releases for him in 2021 and to look at those texts now and see the results climb from his first feeling back in MX2 after that tough 2020 to the heights of the Motocross of Nations, the podium in Germany, the win, Pole Positions and establishment at the front of the MX2 pack was heart-warming and exciting. He was erudite, funny and a pleasure to talk to. His passing still doesn’t seem real. A big loss to the sport and to the team.”

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FOUR-RIDER RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM IS READY TO RACE 2022 SEASON ON ALL-NEW KTM FACTORY EDITION MODELSSupercross Announcement

A solid four-rider Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team is set to enter the 2022 AMA Supercross Championship aboard the radically new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION models. With only a month to go before the start of the series, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team came together in Murrieta, California to celebrate the launch of the new generation machines that all riders will pilot throughout the season.

Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin and Aaron Plessinger will officially debut the all-new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION at the Anaheim SX opener on January 8, 2022, while Max Vohland is set to race the KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in the 250SX class.

Webb, the reigning 450SX Champion, will proudly display the #1 plate aboard his new bike as he sets out to defend his title for the second time. The 26-year-old had an exceptional supercross season in 2021, sweeping half of the Main Events for a total of eight victories. He followed this up with a consistent performance in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, finishing fourth overall, and now his focus is set on bringing home back-to-back titles in supercross.

Cooper Webb:“I’m really excited for the upcoming series. It’ll be great defending the number one plate again, we worked hard last year to get the championship. We have a brand new bike this year and that is great. We’ve also been having fun with the new team dynamic and having Aaron [Plessinger] on the team. I’ve been teammates with him before, so it’s been great to reunite and have a three-man team on the 450, with Max on the 250. I’m looking forward to it.”

Returning for his 12th season with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Musquin will be among Webb’s toughest competitors as the French rider looks to earn a title of his own with a supercross-only focus in 2022. Musquin had his fair share of battles coming back from injury last season, but he managed to finish strong with 1-2 results at the final two rounds. Following his dominating performance at the Paris Supercross in November, the Frenchman will look to build upon strong momentum when the gate drops in the U.S. in January.

Marvin Musquin:“It’s always exciting to go for a new season, especially this year with a new bike. It is something that I was looking forward to – we have made progress and we’re still learning to be even better, so it’s super exciting. We are going into my 12th year with Red Bull KTM here in America. It’s very special and I’m always super honored to be a part of the Red Bull KTM family and to go for one more year and achieve great things. It’s going to be a very strong team for this new season!”

Joining Webb and Musquin on-track for the first time is Red Bull KTM newcomer, Aaron Plessinger, aboard the #7 machine. Like his teammates, Plessinger has been hard at work in his pre-season training in high anticipation for his debut with the team at Anaheim. Claiming his first 450 podium at the 2021 Daytona SX, Plessinger delivered consistent results all season to lock in a top-five in the championship standings and the 25-year-old now has his sights set on podium contention in 2022.

Aaron Plessinger:“It’s an amazing accomplishment for me to have joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team. My dad used to race for KTM in GNCC, and won a couple championships, so it’s pretty special for me to get to be a part of this team. My goal is to get as many race-wins as I can and try to win these guys some more championships. My time is due and I feel like this year is going to be a really good year with two great teammates – Cooper and Marvin – I think we can really do some damage out there. The new bike is awesome. I love this thing. It’s so nimble and light, I can put it where I want it and the suspension works great on it. I think it’s going to be a really good year and I’m looking forward to it.”

Maximus Vohland continues with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for his second season in the 250SX division. The 18-year-old missed the majority of his rookie Supercross season due to an injury sustained early on, but he came back strong for the AMA Pro Motocross Championship with a top-10 result in the 250 category. With more experience and a new KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in his armory Vohland will aim for the podium in his first full season of supercross.

Max Vohland:“It’s been a really great off-season and I’m looking forward to 2022 with the new teammates and the new bike. It feels fresh and I’m looking forward to it. The new FACTORY EDITION has been awesome, the whole package has been great from suspension to chassis and motor-wise – we’re making steps forward every day. I only have three SX races under my belt, so I have a little bit of experience, but I think this extra time I’ve had on the bike during the off-season has really helped and I feel like a completely different rider than last year, I feel way ahead of where I was last year for this new season coming up.”

Ian Harrison, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager:“The team has expanded this year with three 450 guys and Max on for his second year as a 250 rider, plus we have new bikes across the board. We’re excited about that. There’s been a lot of work and testing hours being put into the bikes here and in Austria, and we’ve made good progress with it on both sides. We’re looking forward to going racing in early January. We’ve got a good platform and the guys are happy to start the season.”

In regards to the team lineup, Harrison added, “The team dynamic is great right now. I think Aaron brings that real ‘loving-life’ style to the team, which is good. Cooper is looking happy with his new bike, he’s making good progress and I’m excited to see what he can do. I think Marvin is going to surprise us all. He’s had a good off-season and he did really well when he went to Europe to race the SX, so I think he’s going to be really good. With Max, we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do on the new bike with a clean bill of health this season. We’re excited to get things rolling here in a month.”

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Yamaha Confirms 2022 EMX125 & EMX250 Line Up

Yamaha Motor Europe is delighted to announce that EMX250 bronze medalist Rick Elzinga will join fellow EMX250 title challengers Andrea Bonacorsi and Dave Kooiker at the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team for the 2022 EMX250 European Championship campaign. Meanwhile, the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team has retained its current crop of young stars, Ivano van Erp, Karlis Reisulis and Ferruccio Zanchi, for the 2022 EMX125 season. 

Spearheading the effort in the MX2 feeder class, EMX250, Elzinga makes his return to the Yamaha Family after a two-year hiatus. The Dutchman demonstrated his capabilities in the 2021 EMX250 Championship with an emphatic overall victory at his home round, the first of his career. The 19-year-old went on to score another three podiums, before securing the EMX250 bronze medal with a third-place finish at the final round in Mantova, Italy. 

After winning the EMX125 Championship in 2020, Bonacorsi moved up to the highly competitive EMX250 class in 2021, joining the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team. Raising the bar for the next crop of up-and-coming talents, the 18-year-old Italian completed his first full term in the 250cc category in fourth overall after proving his true potential with a pair of back-to-back race wins at two of the three rounds in Pietramurata, Italy. The rookie sensation also raced his GYTR kitted YZ250F to the podium on three further occasions and will look to add to that tally to mount a title challenge next year.  

Remaining with the Hutten Metaal set-up for a third full-season, 16-year-old Kooiker hopes to line up fit and strong in 2022, eager to inch closer to the front runners. 

In the EMX125 series, the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team is thrilled to continue with its trio of proven title challengers, Van Erp, Reisulis and Zanchi.

All three MJC Yamaha riders celebrated podium silverware in 2021. Van Erp emerged as one of the major title contenders with three race and round wins at EMX125 events in Germany, Spain, and Italy. After starting the 2021 season with an injury, Reisulis bounced back with a vengeance. The 16-year-old Latvian rounded out his season with two overall podiums at the final two rounds in Italy, finishing second on both occasions. Zanchi was classified second overall at the first round in Matterley Basin, while the Italian’s first full season in the series also included an impressive race victory in France.

All three riders are confident and eager to continue racing the highly competitive GYTR kitted YZ125 inside the EMX125 Championship in 2022.

Wim Hutten

Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 Team Owner

« I am happy and proud to run Yamaha’s Official EMX250 Team for a third year in a row. For this upcoming season, we add Rick Elzinga to the team, which is exciting because we are a Dutch-based team and he is a Dutch rider, and is also close to the Hutten Metaal area. It is also nice to keep Andrea, after an excellent rookie season, and Dave who will continue with us for another year as well. We see a lot of potential in this line-up, and our team will do all we can to give them the best opportunity to show what they are able to achieve. »

Loic LeFoll

MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 Team Owner

 “I am so happy to continue working with these young riders. All three riders are very talented, which is exciting for our team, and in addition to that, they are very hard working and have great attitudes on and off the bike. I really enjoy working with riders like this, and we are already looking forward to the new season. The team is motivated, the riders are motivated, the YZ125 is a fantastic bike and we are excited for the 2022 season. « 

Thorsten Lentink

Yamaha Motor Europe MX Racing Coordinator

“We are already looking forward to the 2022 European Motocross Championship after securing a strong 2022 line up for both of our Official EMX250 and EMX125 teams. In EMX250, after an incredible rookie season with Andrea Bonacorsi finishing fourth in the EMX250 Championship, we are excited to keep Andrea onboard for another season where we hope to regularly challenge the podium. In addition, we have also retained Dave Kooiker. He has just turned 16 and is a young talent on the rise, he started the year strong and solid but ended up facing some struggles later in the season, he has shown that he is a fighter and will keep pushing forward. And finally, we are super happy to re-sign Rick Elzinga. Rick is a rider who we started a relationship with inside the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team a few years ago, and despite a couple of challenging seasons that were spoiled by injury, he bounced back strong in 2021 and has proven that he is a title challenger in the EMX250 class. Rick is a true talent and a real asset to the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team, especially as he comes from the same area as the title sponsor, Hutten Metaal. We are really looking forward to working with these three riders and helping them reach their full potential. In the 125cc category, I am very happy that we can continue in 2022 with the exact same team. We have made a big step forward, and we have proven that we can fight for race and round wins. This year, we landed on the podium with all three of the MJC Yamaha riders, Ivano van Erp, Karlis Reisulis and Ferruccio Zanchi, and many times we had the fastest lap times. We are definitely podium contenders and very competitive, so I look forward to continuing in this direction with all three riders and the GYTR kitted YZ125.”