Desalle won the French MXGP round from Cairoli
Hunter Lawrence fourth in MX2 after a broken shifter slowed him in the first moto, Jonass won the MX2

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The 2017 FIAT Professional MXGP of France got underway in Ernée, hosting the MXGP, MX2, WMX and EMX125/250 classes across a weekend of racing. In the MXGP Desalle won qualifying, and race two, while race one was won by Nagl.

Desalle took the round win, with a single point advantage over Cairoli who leads the standings. Desalle now sits third in the overall standings.

It was a challenging weekend for Hunter Lawrence who still managed to finish fourth in MX2
It was a challenging weekend for Hunter Lawrence who still managed to finish fourth in MX2

In MX2 it was a hard weekend for Aussie Hunter Lawrence, with a broken gear shifter in the first moto ensuring a safe result was the best he could deliver with fifth. In the second moto he improved on this to take fourth. This gave him fourth overall in the MX2 class.

Pauls Jonass, MX2 leader, won the round with a first and second result respectively, and maintains his championship lead. In the WMX Duncan Courtney took a win in the second moto after a DNF in Race 1. Jed Beaton in the EMX250 was 10th in the first moto but finished the round with a 19th in race two.

MXGP: Desalle takes one-point victory over Cairoli in France

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The weekend couldn’t have started better for Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle as he had a good start in qualifying race, not the Holeshot but into the lead on the second corner. Desalle led every lap and won his first qualifying race of the season.

MXGP Start in Ernee France
MXGP Start in Ernee, France

In front of a monstrous Saturday crowd Monster Energy Yamaha Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre gave his supportive French fans a show. Febvre grabbed the Holeshot but he lost the lead immediately to Desalle and then he fell into fourth. The #461 Yamaha rider fought his way back to second place closing on Desalle every lap but was unable to get close enough.

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders of Jeffrey Herlings and Antonio Cairoli battled throughout most of the race with neither rider wanting to back down. At first it was Cairoli who was ahead but Herlings found his way by the 8-time champion who was in 6th on lap 4 and unable to take the position back.

Herlings continued his charge forward finishing 3rd while Cairoli remained 6th until the checkered flag.

MXGP Qualifying Race Top Ten
  1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), 25:28.566
  2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:08.913
  3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:30.734
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:32.203
  5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:33.160
  6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:33.650
  7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:48.072
  8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +1:04.199
  9. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:05.731
  10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +1:06.436
MXGP Race 1 & 2
Tony Cairoli leading the MXGP pack
Tony Cairoli leading the MXGP pack

Desalle started Sunday looking to keep the momentum on his side but a 4th place in Race 1 wasn’t what he was capable of or expecting. In Race 2 the #25 came out on a mission when he jumped past Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli for the lead on lap 2 and then led every lap to the finish winning his first race and overall of the year.

Clement Desalle

“It felt good yesterday already to win qualification but it is even better to be back on the top step of the podium. I’m so happy; I can’t even remember the last time I won a moto before injuries interfered. I missed the start in the first moto and had to settle for fourth after I made a mistake, but I was soon in the lead in race two and could focus on my own riding. That was good for me and this win is good for me, the team and my family. Now my goal is to be consistent and to keep making good starts.”

Clement Desalle
Clement Desalle

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli, the current championship points leader, had somewhat of an off weekend where he struggled to pick lines and put in the laps he wanted. In Race 1 Cairoli was 3rd for 16 laps but he made it into second for the final two laps.

Race 2 started with the FOX Holeshot but he was passed by both Desalle and Paulin, an uncommon occurrence. Overall it was a positive weekend for Cairoli though with a 2-3 finish for a second overall, an extended points lead, and he surpassed a milestone of 8,000 championship points throughout his career.

Tony Cairoli

“Overall I’m happy about the weekend because we extended our championship lead and that’s what we are here for. I’m a little disappointed by my riding because I know I can do better but I struggled a lot with the track, even with two good starts. So second and third is not too bad but we always aim to win. We’ll go to Russia to do our best and get on the podium again and now it is almost time to look more at the standings and start to control the classification.”

Tony Cairoli
Tony Cairoli

Third overall but first in the French fans hearts was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin. Paulin admittedly struggled in yesterday’s qualifying race and today’s Race 1 where he finished 6th.

Paulin and his team made some adjustments between the races and found a noticeably improved setting. Paulin was 4th on the start of race 2 but methodically worked his way to challenge Desalle. Paulin finished 6-2 for 3rd overall.

Gautier Paulin

“I’m really happy with getting on the podium in front of my home fans. The weekend didn’t start in the best possible way for us, but we managed to make some great progress and find a setup that worked very well on Sunday. I can’t thank my team enough for all their hard work and dedication. In the opening moto I didn’t get a good start and had to push hard for sixth. Max Nagl did a great job taking the holeshot and going on to claim victory and I’d like to congratulate him for that. In moto two my start wasn’t perfect but I made a good come back for second. I showed that victory was within my reach and I’m happy with that. Second in the championship is great but obviously the goal now is to remain consistent and to be on the podium in each of the following GPs.”

Gautier Paulin
Gautier Paulin

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl had his first race win this season today which was also his first top five of the season. The German has been making strides in his performances and today was rather impressive when he took the FOX Holeshot and led every lap to win Race 1.

In Race 2 he had another good start amongst the top 10 before moving up to sixth but he was then passed twice and later fell. Even with the fall Nagl had a stellar weekend and finished 4th overall.

Max Nagl

“Struggling with my confidence during the last few GPs, it felt great to get out there and get the victory in moto one. The weekend started well for us and I’m really satisfied that all my starts were good. In moto one I got the holeshot and kept my head down. Increasing the lead in every lap, I built a gap of almost seven seconds at the chequered flag. Then in moto two my start was good but I made a couple of mistakes in the opening laps losing a few spots. Then after the halfway mark I had a big crash, falling heavily. Luckily I didn’t get hurt and I resumed the race to earn ninth.” 

Max Nagl
Max Nagl

Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Jeremy Van Horebeek fought hard through both races battling with various riders but most of all his teammate Romain Febvre. In Race 1 Van Horebeek held second position for 16 laps but fell on the 17th and lost the position to Cairoli.

In Race 2 Febvre had the backing of the home GP fans, beating out Van Horebeek and with a strong end of Race he charged the Frenchman finishing 4th. The two Yamaha’s would go 5th and 6th overall with Van Horebeek ahead.

Another notable ride came from Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings when he came from near last in Race 2. After a first turn crash Herlings was on fire before finishing 5th. The “Bullet” put in the fastest lap of the race on his charge through the pack and his salvaged 5-5 took 7th overall.

Jeffrey Herlings

“It is a shame because I felt like I was one of the fastest here this weekend but I messed up the starts. Two fifth positions are not the results that we want but in two weeks we have another shot. The track was OK and I liked it. I felt good out there. It was important to go home safe. We’re thinking of Russia now and I know with top five starts then we’re in a position to win, it doesn’t matter the terrain.”

Jeffrey Herlings
Jeffrey Herlings

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser withdrew from today’s racing due to shoulder pain. The Slovenian was at one point the red plate holder and coming into this weekend was second in the championship. Gajser is now 4th in the championship and his status outside this weekend is yet to be determined.

MXGP Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 35:35.189
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:06.733
  3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:08.460
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:09.028
  5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:10.996
  6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:18.286
  7. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:30.885
  8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:35.172
  9. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:41.628
  10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki), +0:46.421
MXGP Race 2 Top Ten
  1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), 35:08.044
  2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:02.439
  3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:08.169
  4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:11.832
  5. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:17.245
  6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.475
  7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:42.570
  8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:48.221
  9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:57.579
  10. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:06.009
MXGP Podium - Ernee, France - Round 9
MXGP Podium – Ernee, France – Round 9
MXGP Overall Top Ten
  1. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 43 points
  2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 42
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 37
  4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 37
  5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 35
  6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 32
  7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 32
  8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 27
  9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 23
  10. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 22
MXGP Championship Top Ten
  1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 347 points
  2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 297
  3. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 289
  4. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 261
  5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 261
  6.  Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 253
  7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 214
  8. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 209
  9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 200
  10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 176 
MXGP Manufacturers
  1. KTM, 374 points
  2. Husqvarna, 316
  3. Honda, 311
  4. Yamaha, 310
  5. Kawasaki, 289
  6. Suzuki, 189

MX2: Jonass wins as Lawrence breaks a shifter in the first moto

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass controlled MX2’s Qualifying race once. Jonass didn’t get his usual Holeshot but he moved into the lead quickly and led every time the field crossing the finish line. Jonass seems to be focused and feeling good heading into Sunday. 

Benoit Paturel
Benoit Paturel

The Kemea Yamaha Official MX Team rider Benoit Paturel is now showing the competitiveness many expected earlier in the season. Paturel didn’t have the best of starts but he managed to pass several riders on the first lap and put in the fastest lap time of the race.

Running third the first 6 laps Benoit tried to make a pass for second and made a mistake causing him to lose ground. Paturel eventually managed his way to second where he was 11.4 seconds behind Jonass. By the checkered flag the roaring support of the home fans pushed him to close the gap to 2.1 seconds. 

Pauls Jonass
Pauls Jonass

The rider who grabbed the holeshot was Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jorge Prado. Prado’s holeshot lasted only a few meters though before he slid out on the lip of the first jump and then also fell a couple more times before finishing 27th. Though the track got the best of Prado today tomorrow’s racing remains his focus.

MX2 Qualifying Race Top Ten
  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 24:15.271
  2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.187
  3. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:18.437
  4. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), +0:20.602
  5. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:45.230
  6. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Yamaha), +0:49.583
  7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:50.816
  8. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:54.086
  9. David Herbreteau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:56.841
  10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:57.592
MX2 Race 1 & 2

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass did what he has done now many times this season, win the MX2 overall and extend his points lead. Jonass won Saturday’s Qualifying races and had a similar Race 1 by getting the lead and creating a gap early and then coasting to the finish.

The MX2 field taking off
The MX2 field taking off

Race 2 was a new challenge as Jonass had Benoit Paturel ahead of him and Jeremy Seewer providing pressure from behind. Jonass stay second and took home the overall with the 1-2 result.

Pauls Jonass

“I really enjoyed my riding in the first moto after taking the whole shot and pulling away in the first laps; I was able to control it. In the second race I was not riding that well and Benoit was just a bit better: it is also nice that he can win a moto in front of the home crowd. 1-2 is really good for the championship and I’m really happy because last weekend was also hard-pack and things have been pretty good. I’m glad to have the win in the pocket. The bike was working really good this weekend and now we’ll focus on being 100% for Russia.”

Pauls Jonass
Pauls Jonass

Kemea Yamaha Official MX Team’s Benoit Paturel had the French crowd on his side the entire weekend. In Race 1 Paturel passed several riders to get to third by lap 7, however Benoit was left searching for a way past Jeremy Seewer. Unable to find a way through Paturel he took 3rd in Race 1 behind Seewer and Jonass.

In Race 2 Paturel, who has struggled with starts all year long, scored his first career Fox Holeshot. The firsts kept on coming as he won race 2, the only time in his career thus far. On the French mother’s day holiday Paturel finished second overall and dedicated his race win to his mother, whom passed away last year.

Benoit Paturel

“I’m really happy with my race, I had difficulty in the past at the last race in Germany, but I came back strong. I’m happy to battle with these two guys (Jonass and Seewer), I think we have a good level and it is really nice to ride like this. Today I got the first FOX Holeshot of my career and it helped very much.”

Suzuki World MX2’s Jeremy Seewer followed up his 2nd place with 3rd in Race 2. Seewer applied pressure to his title competitor Jonass in both races but in neither was able to make a pass. Seewer has been focusing on eliminating mistakes and his 3rd overall scored the same points as Paturel’s 2nd.

Jeremy Seewer

“Two good races for the championship, I did what I had to do more or less. I would have loved to have got a couple more points, especially in that first moto when I struggled a little with some mistakes that cost me the ability to pass Pauls Jonass. Then I had to fight with Benoit Paturel the rest of the race because of that. I didn’t feel perfect, but I had good starts on my RM-Z250 and that was important on this track. I was really going for the holeshot in that second moto but Paturel came in hot in that first turn so I had to slow a bit or we both would have crashed. I got into third quickly and then it was just a drag race to the finish, we pulled away so far from the rest of the field. All three of us gave all we had and there really just wasn’t a spot on the track to make a pass as we were all so evenly matched. The season is still long, we lost a few points but we won’t give up and keep fighting until the end.” 

Jeremy Seewer
Jeremy Seewer

For the second time in two races Suzuki World MX2’s Hunter Lawrence placed one spot behind his teammate, Seewer, while last weekend he was third, this time it was 4th overall. Lawrence placed 5-4 and is showing some serious speed that will undoubtedly continue in the upcoming rounds, and this was while riding with a broken gear shift in one moto, stuck in second gear.

Hunter Lawrence

“I was off to a really good start in the first moto, top seven round the first bend before making some quick passes and finding myself in third place. It took me a couple of laps to get going but then I started to click off some good lap times and closed up a bit on the two riders in front. Unfortunately, on the sixth lap I ran into a problem when my gear shifter got snapped off in a rut and I had to ride the rest of the moto in second gear. As bad as that was, I was still riding ok and was able to finish fifth. In the second moto I didn’t get the best start but quickly got through the pack into fourth but when I got there, Jeremy Seewer, Pauls Jonass and Benoit Paturel had long gone. I just had to ride my own race, which is quite difficult actually as I had no one around me to gauge my speed on or pressure me. Still, I came home in fourth for fourth overall and a lot of positives from the weekend.”

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence

The final spot in the top five went to the hard charging LRT KTM rider Julien Lieber. The Belgian had a decent start in Race 1 and moved from 5th on lap one to finish 4th. Though the real story was that of the 2nd race when he was 19th after lap one but made a miraculous charge up to 6th by the finish, the #33’s 4-6 charge was worth 33 points proved just enough to keep him 5th overall.

Other notable riders are Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen and Red Bull Factory KTM Racing’s Jorge Prado Garcia. Olsen, third in the championship scored 7-8 finishes after being 13th and 21st on lap one taking 7th overall.

Prado battled in the top three first few laps of MX2 Race 1 before finishing 6th and in the top five of Race two eventually finishing 5th for 6th overall.

MX2 Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:40.293
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:02.395
  3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:03.324
  4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:19.084
  5. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:24.152
  6. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:40.842
  7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:44.865
  8. Brian Hsu (GER, Husqvarna), +0:55.028
  9. Stephen Rubini (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:57.490
  10. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:01.587
Hunter Lawrence took a stronger result in Race 2
Hunter Lawrence took a stronger result in Race 2
MX2 Race 2 Top Ten
  1. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), 34:00.096
  2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:01.699
  3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:03.626
  4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki), +0:45.346
  5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +1:11.119
  6. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +1:16.485
  7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +1:22.585
  8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +1:26.415
  9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:30.988
  10. Bas Vaessen (NED, Suzuki), +1:32.488
MX2 Overall Top Ten
  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 47 points
  2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 45
  3. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 42
  4. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 34
  5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 33
  6. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 31
  7. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 27
  8. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 24
  9. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 23
  10. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KAW), 19 p
MX2 Podium - Ernee, France - Round 9
MX2 Podium – Ernee, France – Round 9
MX2 Championship Top Ten
  1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 372 points
  2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 330
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 291
  4. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 282
  5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 265
  6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 208
  7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 206
  8. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 174
  9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, SUZ), 171
  10. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 157 p
MX2 Manufacturers
  1. KTM, 414 points
  2. Suzuki, 341
  3. Husqvarna, 336
  4. Yamaha, 304
  5. Kawasaki, 236
  6. Honda, 152
  7. TM, 111 p


The 2nd day of the Fiat Professional MXGP of France started out with the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship Race 2. Over the two days of racing French motocross superstar, Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot was consistently fast and claimed her first overall of the year and she did it in front of her home crowd.

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Both the WMX races were epic with several lead changes and battles abound. In Race 1 MXFonta Racing’s Kiara Fontanesi had the lead with a lap and a half remaining but she fell on the uphill and lost out to Nancy Van de Ven, Livia Lancelot, and several other riders.

WMX Start - Ernee, France
WMX Start – Ernee, France

With one lap to go and Van de Ven in the lead Lancelot charged to the front, passed Van de Ven, and won Race 1 in an epic fashion in front of the roaring French fans. Larissa Papenmeier rallied her way into 3rd just ahead of Fontanesi. The last spot in the top 5 of Race 1 went to the German rider, Stephanie Laier.

After leading and then crashing out of Race 1 Altherm JCR Yamaha’s Courtney Duncan came back with a vengeance making her way to the front of Race 2 by lap 2 even after a near 10th place start.

Livia Lancelot
Livia Lancelot

Livia Lancelot took the Holeshot but she was quickly passed by Nancy Van De Ven on the first jump. Lancelot didn’t let Nancy lead for long though and by the end of the first lap was in first. After Duncan’s pass on Lancelot it was a game of cat and mouse for the lead but Lancelot knew she had the overall and wisely settled for second.

Livia Lancelot

“It’s always nice to win a Grand Prix, but when it’s in your home country it’s magical, always! The first race was pretty tough as I had a bad start, but finally I came back and passed Nancy on the last lap to win the moto. Today I was more focused at the gate, had a good start and had a good rhythm all race; it was great to have all the public behind me, it’s crazy but you hear them when you are on the bike. I didn’t win the second moto; I tried but I avoided going over the limit as I knew that with a second position I would won the GP. There’s now only one point between me and the series leader and we have one month to prepare for the next GP; I’m sure that I will be even stronger there.”

Kiara Fontanesi started in a similar position as Duncan but didn’t move forward as quickly. On lap 4 Duncan passed Van De Ven for 3rd, the pair remained 3rd and 4th through to the finish. 5th was taken by Papenmeier and 6th was Sara Andersen.

Courtney Duncan

“I was happy with my performance in that race. I learnt a lot this weekend about my race management. It was frustrating to not finish the first race but it was 100 per cent my fault. We are still in the championship hunt. We are fast enough but I just have to be smarter with my race craft” 

Duncan Courtney
Duncan Courtney

Overall on the weekend Lancelot’s 1-2 prevailed and the 47 championship points earned have her only 1 point of the lead of Fontanesi. Van De Ven’s 2-4 took second, Fontanesi’s 4-3 took third, and the final spots in the top five went to the consistent Papenmeier and Andersen.

DPH’s Maddy Brown, also flying the flag for Australia in the WMX class throughout Europe this year, contested the MXGP of Ernee in France over the weekend coming away with a 12-16 result for equal 14th overall (15th on count back).

Maddy Brown

“Not the results I wanted and the interruption to my preparation caused by my knee injury really showed, but there has been some improvements made. I was caught behind a crashed rider in the second race that put me further back in the field and it was a real battle to move forward. I’ve now got some time before the next round in Loket, Czech Republic on July 22-23 to focus and work on the little things we know will pay off. Thanks to those who support me and make this possible I am trying my best and will keep working.”

WMX Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 25:28.122
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:02.773
  3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:31.741
  4. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:40.648
  5. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:50.780
  6. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha), +1:07.974
  7. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), +1:53.114
  8. Sara Andersen (DEN, Yamaha), +2:09.223
  9. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), +2:11.920
  10. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), +2:19.465
WMX Race 2 Top Ten
  1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Yamaha), 26:01.080
  2. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.241
  3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:15.978
  4. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:23.338
  5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:38.129
  6. Sara Andersen (DEN, Yamaha), +0:46.374
  7. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), +1:00.540
  8. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, Yamaha), +1:21.001
  9. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +1:39.352
  10. Jessie Joineau (FRA, Honda), +1:42.510.
WMX Podium - Ernee, France - Round 9
WMX Podium – Ernee, France – Round 9
WMX Overall Top 10
  1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 47 points
  2. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 40
  3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 38
  4.  Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 36
  5. Sara Andersen (DEN, YAM), 28
  6. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 28
  7. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 28
  8. Courtney Duncan (NZL, YAM), 25
  9.  Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 25
  10. Justine Charroux (FRA, YAM), 20
WMX Championship Top 10
  1. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 115 points
  2. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 114
  3.  Courtney Duncan (NZL, YAM), 108
  4.  Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 103
  5. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 99
  6. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, YAM), 87
  7.  Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KTM), 81
  8.  Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 63
  9. Francesca Nocera (ITA, SUZ), 61
  10. Virginie Germond (SUI, YAM), 54
WMX Manufacturers
  1. Yamaha, 144 points
  2. Kawasaki, 114
  3. Suzuki, 105
  4. KTM, 93
  5. Honda, 32
  6. Husqvarna, 27


In what started as a field of 77 EMX250 riders ended up with one winner, Frenchman Mathys Boisrame. Boisrame shined in front of his home crowd when he led every lap of race one on his way to the win.

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The #172 almost did the same in race two but was denied by his Honda Redmoto teammate Alberto Forato. Forato passed Boisrame on the very last lap to take the race 2 win after starting in eighth and working his way forward. Forato’s 12th in race one and win in race 2 put him 3rd overall.

EMX250 Start
EMX250 Start

Splitting the two Honda’s was Sakhar Racing KTM’s Jago Geerts who went 2nd in race 1 after he made passes from 5th. In race 2 he battled up front again but unlike race one he started 2nd but then would drop a position to Forato on the last lap and finish 3rd.

Team VHR’s Pierre Goupillon had a great start in race 1 and held second for 5 laps when on the 6th he was passed by Geerts. Race 2 he was 7th on lap 1 then made his way up one spot before dropping and eventually finishing 10th earning him 4th overall.

Mathys Boisrame
Mathys Boisrame

EMX250 points leader and Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s new recruit, Morgan Lesiardo is on new bike but is settling quickly but could use better starts. The Italian worked his way forward from 11th in race 1 to 5th and an even worse start in the 2nd race crashing then working his way from 18th to 9th. Lesiardo maintains his points lead and is now 34 points ahead of Geerts in second.

EMX250 Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), 29:39.540
  2. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), +0:03.715
  3. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), +0:04.610
  4. Todd Kellett (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:07.550
  5. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:14.857
  6. Adrien Malaval (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:21.721
  7. Mike Stender (GER, Suzuki), +0:24.485
  8. Ken Bengtson (SWE, Yamaha), +0:25.678
  9. Marshal Weltin (USA, Kawasaki), +0:26.718
  10. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +0:31.041
EMX250 Race 2 Top Ten
  1. Alberto Forato (ITA, Honda), 30:55.611
  2. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:00.348
  3. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), +0:04.723
  4. Simone Furlotti (ITA, Yamaha), +0:08.291
  5. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:12.965
  6. Josiah Natzke (NZL, KTM), +0:16.622
  7. Mel Pocock (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:19.923
  8. Mike Stender (GER, Suzuki), +0:44.005
  9. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:49.892
  10. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), +0:52.086
EMX250 Podium - Ernee, France - Round 9
EMX250 Podium – Ernee, France – Round 9
EMX250 Overall Top 10
  1. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 47 points
  2. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 42
  3. Alberto Forato (ITA, HON), 34
  4. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), 31
  5. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KAW), 28
  6. Mike Stender (GER, SUZ), 27
  7. Todd Kellett (GBR, HUS), 26
  8.  Josiah Natzke (NZL, KTM), 23
  9. Ken Bengtson (SWE, YAM), 22
  10. Adrien Malaval (FRA, HUS), 22
EMX250 Championship Top 10
  1. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KAW), 140 points
  2. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 106
  3. Simone Furlotti (ITA, YAM), 104
  4. Alberto Forato (ITA, HON), 97
  5. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 94
  6. Ken Bengtson (SWE, YAM), 91
  7. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 90
  8. Josiah Natzke (NZL, KTM), 75
  9. Nick Kouwenberg (NED, YAM), 73
  10. Todd Kellett (GBR, HUS), 70
EMX250 Manufacturers
  1. KTM, 185 points
  2. Yamaha, 149
  3. Kawasaki, 139
  4. Honda, 133
  5. Husqvarna, 95
  6. Suzuki, 55


Creymert Racing’s Kevin Horgmo is one of the 71 riders who entered the EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing class during the FIAT Professional MXGP of France but he is the only one to stand atop the podium.

EMX125 Start
EMX125 Start

Horgmo started Race 1 strong but soon fell out of the lead. In an impressive and unlikely fashion Horgmo came back from his fall to win race 1 and he then followed it up with a second in race 2 to earn the overall, his first ever.

Italian Gianluca Facchetti made a mistake in race one as well but would instead finish third. Fachetti rebounded in race 2 though as he worked his way from fourth and on lap 5 into the lead where he finished out the race. However the 3-1 wasn’t enough to beat out Horgmo’s 1-2.

Kevin Horgmo
Kevin Horgmo

BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brian Strubhart Moreau had the points lead coming into his home race in France and he will leave with it also. With 3rd overall from 5-3 results he is only 10 points ahead of Horgmo with 128 points vs. Horgmo’s 118.

Another French rider, Tom Guyon put his #270 TM in fourth overall after having consistent finishes, a 7th and a 6th. Following Guyon and taking the final top five spot was Andrea Zanotti who finished 6th and 10th.

EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten
  1. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 30:24.646
  2. Scotty Verhaeghe (FRA, KTM), +0:09.281
  3. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:11.262
  4. Maxime Charlier (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:15.607
  5. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, ), +0:18.961
  6. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), +0:27.183
  7. Tom Guyon (FRA, TM), +0:30.802
  8. Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), +0:41.613
  9. Paolo Lugana (ITA, TM), +0:42.382
  10. Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), +0:44.784
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten
  1. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, Husqvarna), 29:27.191
  2. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:06.563
  3. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:11.353
  4. Calvin Fonvieille (FRA, KTM), +0:15.875
  5. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:16.743
  6. Tom Guyon (FRA, TM), +0:19.545
  7. Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), +0:31.849
  8. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:32.596
  9. Raivo Dankers (NED, KTM), +0:37.635
  10. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), +0:38.766
EMX125 Podium - Ernee, France - Round 9
EMX125 Podium – Ernee, France – Round 9
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top 10
  1. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 47 points
  2. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, HUS), 45
  3. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 36
  4. Tom Guyon (FRA, TM), 29
  5. Andrea Zanotti (SMR, KTM), 26
  6. Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), 25
  7. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 23
  8. Scotty Verhaeghe (FRA, KTM), 22
  9. Paolo Lugana (ITA, TM), 20
  10. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 19 p
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top 10
  1. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 128 points
  2. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), 118
  3. Gianluca Facchetti (ITA, HUS), 100
  4. Mikkel Haarup (DEN, HUS), 97
  5. Sergi Notario (ESP, KTM), 78
  6. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), 63
  7. Paolo Lugana (ITA, TM), 60
  8. Jeremy Sydow (GER, KTM), 53
  9. Alessandro Manucci (ITA, HUS), 51
  10. Tim Edberg (SWE, YAM), 49
EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing Manufacturers
  1. Husqvarna, 135 points
  2. KTM, 129
  3. Kawasaki, 128
  4. Yamaha, 78
  5. TM, 74
  6. Suzuki, 9

The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will be held on the 10th and 11th June in Orlyonok for the MXGP of Russia.