Moto News Wrap for June 7, 2016 by Darren Smart

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This Weeks Racing Overview
  • AMA Motocross Championships – Round 3 – Thunder Valley
  • World Motocross Championships – Round 10 – France
  • Manjimup 15000 – Cosy Creek, WA
This Week’s News Overview
  • Smarty on Three Wheels
  • Cooper Webb Returns for AusX Open
  • SA MX Championship – Round 2 – Renmark Motocross Track
  • Victorian MX Championships – Round 2 – Wonthaggi
  • Calder Twilight Sprint – Calder Park Raceway
  • Brook off to America
  • Bridgeford V2
  • Aussies On Fire At X-Games
  • CMRC Canadian MX National – Round 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia
  • Bisceglia Fills in at Yoshimura Suzuki
  • Josh Hansen Injured in Car Crash
  • Lawrence Opts for Surgery
  • Febvre Says Blue Till 2019
  • Kevin Strijbos Sits Out Grand Prix of France
  • Paulin Suffers HUGE Crash in France
  • European Motocross Championship Rounds at MXGP of France
Australasian News
Smarty on Three Wheels

Last Sunday Tony Garry and I had our first and only practice on his sidecar before we take on Australia’s best sidecar racers at the Australian Classic Motocross Championship being held at Harrisville, West of Brisbane in two weekend’s time – for those who haven’t done this before it is one of the hardest things I have ever done on a motorcycle but hey, in for a penny, in for a pound.

Tony Garry and Darren Smart in action
Tony Garry and Darren Smart in action
Cooper Webb Returns for AusX Open

Cooper Webb has confirmed in an interview recently that he is returning to Australia for the AusX Open in Sydney over the weekend of November 12th and 13th at Qudos Bank Arena – Webb will join good mate Chad Reed and fellow Yank Ryan Villopoto as the main drawcards to the event.

SA MX Championship – Round 2 – Renmark Motocross Track

Round two of the SA Motocross Championships was held at the Renmark facility last weekend and it was Izak Maule who took out the MX1 class ahead of Nicholas Murray and Matt Clarke while Siegah Ward won the MX2 class ahead of Nicholas Day, Levi McManus and Mitchell Norris.

Callum Norton, Wil Carpenter, Taj Gow – Smith, Jake Snow, Blake Fox, Tyler Darby, Stephanie Cutler, Jack Coleman and Ian Haylock all took out their respective class wins in the support and junior classes.

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Victorian MX Championships – Round 2 – Wonthaggi

Round two of the Victorian Motocross Championship was held at the state-of-the-art motocross facility in Wonthaggi last weekend and it was red hot Tomas Ravenhorst who took the MX1 round win from Joel Milesevic and championship leader Joel Green while Kale Makeham extended his championship lead with a win over Ravenhorst and Green.

Angus Kelly, Wade Kirkland, Jai Constantinou, Madison Bird, Maddy Brown, Liam Thompson, Lachlan Terry, Tom Sutherland, Sam Pelz, Corey Vanderlei and Cameron Taylor all won their respective support classes.

Calder Twilight Sprint – Calder Park Raceway

Dylan Rees has clocked an overall time of 58:43.578 to win the Calder Twilight Sprint held at Calder Park Raceway last weekend while Sean Holmes  (1:00:57.634) and Craig Prout (1:02:53.675) rounded out the podium.

Brook and Whale in America

18 year old Jarred Brook has packed his KTM and riding gear and is heading to America to contest a series of races against the best dirt trackers the Yanks have to offer – 15 year old Max Whale is already over in New York battling the locals on his KXF450 and just scored second place in one of the main events at an event put on by the Square Deal Riders Motorcycle Club – I will keep you posted on the two young Queenslander’s progress.

Bridgeford V2

Back in the late 1970s and early 80s one of the fastest young riders in Australia was a kid from Darwin by the name of Wayne Bridgeford – he had style, was blinding fast and from memory went on to win several championships in motocross and speedway in the NT – well, I notice the name Ayden Bridgeford sneaking into some of the results lately and after a 4th place in the Lites class at Manjimup and I checked around and sure enough, it is Wayne’s son and it looks like the young man has a bright future in the sport.

American News
Aussies On Fire At X-Games

There were plenty of Aussies invited to the 2016 X-Games held in Austin Texas last weekend and one of the first to excel was Mick Kirkness who holeshot the Harley Davidson Flat Track final before finishing a sensational 5th behind Jared Mees, Kenny Coolbeth, Jr, Brad Baker and Jake Johnson.

Josh Sheehan led an Aussie podium clean sweep over Rob Adelberg and Clinton Moore in the Moto-X Freestyle final while the Moto X Step-Up Final and Best Whip was won by Jarryd McNeil and to top off the dominance of our boys Jackson Strong took out Best Trick from Sheehan and Moore.

CMRC Canadian MX National – Round 1 – Kamloops, British Columbia

Round one of the Canadian Motocross Championships was held at Kamloops last weekend and it was KTM’s David Millsaps who took the overall in the MX1 class with 2-1 moto results ahead of Matt Goerke (1-3), Colton Facciotti (3-4), Kaven Benoit (6-4), Mike Alessi (4-6) and Brett Metcalfe (5-5).

Shawn Maffenbeier took out the MX2 class over Cole Thompson, Brandon Leith, Jeremy Medaglia and Tallo La Foutaine.

Round two of the series will be held next Sunday, June 12 at The Wastelands, Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Facciotti started his championship defense with a 3rd at round 1
Facciotti started his championship defense with a 3rd at round 1
Bisceglia Fills in at Yoshimura Suzuki

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing signed Matt Bisceglia to compete as a replacement rider for Blake Baggett and James Stewart at last weekend’s AMA Motocross round at Thunder Valley and the hard charging youngster scored 10-10 finishes for 8th outright on the day – in fact, Bisceglia scored more points in one round than James Stewart has scored over the past three seasons.

“Yeah, I think it maybe even exceeded my expectations a little bit,” Bisceglia told RacerX after the race. “I knew what I was capable of coming in, but I’ve been taking a little bit of time off. With the lack of time I’ve had on this bike, it kind of shows how good their program is over here with how well I was able to do with such short time on the bike. I can’t thank these guys enough. It was a great day, and hopefully we can continue the relationship and something good can come out of it. I came here, and I did as good as I could. It was a good day. Eighth overall—I can’t complain with it. My first 450 National. Really kind of my first 450 race since Loretta’s ’13 almost. I’m happy with it. It couldn’t have gone any better. That’s exactly what I wanted to come here and do.”

Euro News

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Lawrence Opts for Surgery
Hunter Lawrence - Reina, Spain
Hunter Lawrence – Reina, Spain

Australian teenager speedster Hunter Lawrence has made the tough decision to sit out the remainder of the 2016 EMX250 Championship to have his knee operated on after inuring it at the Spanish round of the series.

“After much deliberation we’ve decided for the long term I will sadly pull out of the European championships to go into surgery next Friday on my knee after the crashes in Talavera De Reina in Spain.” Hunter posted via instagram. “Super gutted as I was loving the racing and riding all the different tracks, and learning the race craft required in Europe, but the bigger picture is MX2 so i want to be 100% healthy and have no niggling injuries coming into MX2.”

Hunter Lawrence
Hunter Lawrence won the EMX250 round at Teutschenthal
Febvre Says Blue Till 2019

Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. has announce that current Monster Energy Yamaha Official MXGP rider Romain Febvre will remain as an official Yamaha rider for the next three seasons, 2017 to 2019 inclusive. “I’m really happy that Yamaha and I have reached a new agreement that reflects the great work we have achieved so far together. It is a great feeling to be appreciated for my riding skills and dedicated approach to racing. We share open minds and ambition to be the best, that is a great asset for our future together. I’m really excited for the coming season, we are going to continue building an unbeatable team together and create more stories of success in MXGP.”

Febvre Won his home GP
Febvre Won his home GP
Kevin Strijbos Sits Out Grand Prix of France

Kevin Strijbos sat out of the Grand Prix of France last weekend thanks to a wrist injury. “I will not be riding in France this weekend. Went to the doctor for a last check up and I have a fracture in the joint capsule of the wrist, it is still pretty swollen and no movement. Need some MRI scan tomorrow to see what is gonna happen – hope to be back in England!”

It’s been a tough season for the Suzuki factory team with Ben Townley fighting injury already and now with Strijbos out the ‘big rig’ is looking decidedly empty – hmm, much like the Suzuki team in America…….

Paulin Suffers HUGE Crash in France

Local hero Gautier Paulin had a massive crash while leading Saturday’s qualifying race for the MXGP of France and was forced to sit out his home GP – this really was a monster crash. “I had a good night of rest and this morning physically I feel fine, but just I can’t see properly with the swelling in my right eye. I woke this morning and I really wanted to be on the bike. I did my routine, warmed-up and wanted to race. I went to see the medical team and they checked me and I’m fine, physically. There’s no damage to my body, and my eye is also fine, but I just have the swelling above it from the impact. We discuss a lot with the team this morning and we all agreed that I will not race today.”

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European Motocross Championship Rounds at MXGP of France

There were two European Motocross Championship classes on hand last weekend at the MXGP of France and in the EMX125 class Stephen Rubini won both races to take the overall ahead of Pierre Goupillon, Jago Geerts and Zachary Pichon while American Darian Sanayei won the EMX250 class ahead of championship leader Thomas Kjer Olsen and Bas Vaessen.

Rubini now leads the EMX125 championship by four points over Geerts while Kjer Olsen has a massive 63 point lead in the EMX250 class over Sanayei now that Hunter Lawrence is out of the series (see separate story).

MXGP - 2016 - Saint Jean D'Angely - EMX
MXGP – 2016 – Saint Jean D’Angely – EMX
Smarty’s Race Reports and Official Results from last Weekend
AMA Motocross Championships – Round 3 – Thunder Valley

Ken Roczen and Joey Savatgy scored the overall victory in the 450cc and 250cc classes respectively at the third round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Thunder Valley MX Park and in doing so both rider will take the red plate into the two week break in the championship calendar.

450 Race Report

1st – Ken Roczen (1-1): This was Roczen’s second 1-1 moto sweep of the season was the eighth 450 Class win of his career and his second at Thunder Valley – K-Roc won the first moto from go-to-woe and was gifted the second moto when Dungey crashed early. “My day was great. I grabbed an awesome start in the first moto and never looked back. I just rode a smooth race with minimal mistakes,” said Roczen. “We went into the second moto with a strong mentality. I didn’t get a good start and actually almost crashed. I tried to make some quick moves [to move up to the front] but didn’t want to rush it. Going 1-1 is a great thing headed into the off weekend. I’m really excited for the rest of the season.”

Ken Roczen
Ken Roczen

2nd – Ryan Dungey (2-4): Dungey had nothing for Roczen in the opening moto – in fact, the Suzuki pilot’s fastest lap time was almost a full second faster than Dungey’s best and it was looking good for Dungey in the second moto as he vied for the lead while Roczen was back in the pack but it wasn’t to be with the KTM rider uncharacteristically crashing while trying to force a pass on early leader Trey Canard – but as you would expect, Dungey stormed from 19th to 4th to earn second overall.

“Overall it was a good day. We got good starts in both motos. In the first moto we got into second and just tried to maintain that. I felt good going into the second moto. I was up front and trying to go for the lead and my front popped out of the rut and once it hit the soft dirt it just tucked the front end,” said Dungey. “We got up and just tried to pass as many guys as we could. I got up to fourth and wasn’t able to catch [Cole] Seely [for third], but all things considered it was pretty good.”

Ryan Dungey
Ryan Dungey

Roczen gained 10 points on Dungey to extend his lead in the 450 Class standings to 12 points after three rounds.

3rd – Eli Tomac (5-2): Eli started the opening moto outside the top 20 and was storming his way through the pack but took too many laps to get around Cole Seeley to make it past a 5th place finish and in the second moto he didn’t fare much better off the start but the factory Kawasaki star found speed that took him right up to second place while reeling off laps faster than race winner Roczen – Tomac has solidified his hold on third in the championship but is 29 points out of the lead.

4th and 5th – Cole Seely (6-3) and Trey Canard (3-6): The two factory Honda riders are being seen at the pointy end of the field more often than not so far this series and it’s a welcome sight – while Seely will be happy to have come from way back to finish the opening moto in 6th before backing that up with a podium in the second moto Trey will be disappointed in going from the lead back to sixth in the second moto – the good news is that both a fit and uninjured right now – a rarity across the paddock right now.

6th – Josh Grant (4-7): This is a great story – Grant has been well inside the top ten in every moto so far this series and is looking rock solid on the factory Kawasaki – look for JG to light up the podium when the series hits the traditional tracks like Red Budd, Southwick, Washougal and Unadilla.

Cole Seely
Cole Seely
450 Class (Moto Finish)

1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki (1-1)

2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-4)

3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-2)

4. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (6-3)

5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (3-6)

6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki (4-7)

7. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (11-8)

8. Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Suzuki (10-10)

9. Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna (8-12)

10. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (7-13)

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450 Class Championship Standings

1. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki – 143

2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 131

3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 114

4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda – 97

5. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 89

6. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 88

7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 73

8. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 64

9. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 62

10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 50

250 Race Report

1st Joey Savatgy (2-1): While all of the limelight has been on the four Yamaha riders (Martin x 2, Webb and Plessinger) you can bet that Joey Savatgy was chomping at the bit to redeem himself after a so-so performance at Glen Helen and that is exactly what the Kawasaki pilot did with two stellar rides to garner the overall on the day and retake the championship lead.

Joey Savatgy
Joey Savatgy

“It was almost a picture-perfect weekend. I qualified second and led first moto for long time, but I made a mistake. I had a motivational text from Ricky [Carmichael] waiting for me and I came back strong in the final moto,” said Savatgy, who became the 10th different 250 Class winner at Thunder Valley in 12 seasons. “I got the red plate back [as points leader] and that’s awesome. I’m pumped. I wasn’t feeling great last weekend and was a little under the weather, but I went back to the [Carmichael] Farm and worked hard coming into this weekend. It’s a good way to go into the break, so I’m pumped.”

2nd – Jeremy Martin (1-3): Martin managed a late moto pass on Savatgy in the opening moto to clinch another win but in the second moto the defending champion lost a little bit of rhythm and couldn’t match the leading pace of Savatgy or his barn-storming brother Alex so 1-3 results was another solid weekend for J-Mart.

AMA MX 2016 - Round Three - Thunder Valley 250 MX Podium
AMA MX 2016 – Round Three – Thunder Valley 250 MX Podium

“It was a good day today. Those guys [Savatgy and Alex] were on it,” said Jeremy Martin. “I heard my brother say ‘woohoo’ after he passed me, and he and Joey were just riding awesome. It’s making for a good series. I love a challenge and I cannot wait until [the next race at] High Point.”

3rd – Alex Martin (8-2): Alex was sitting in a solid fourth place in the opening moto when his teammate Aaron Plessinger crashed hard taking Alex down with him and while Plessinger would only make it to 14th place by moto end Alex stormed his way to 8th position and in the second moto the older of the Martin brothers ripped his way from a so-so start to blow by everyone but Savatgy for what must have been a very satisfying 2nd place for third overall.

Alex Martin
Alex Martin

4th – Zach Osborne (4-6): I don’t know what to make of Osborne so far this season but his 4th overall at Thunder Valley put some confidence back into the factory Husqvarna rider’s program – Zach like the gnarly tracks so look for him to shine at Southwick and Unadilla.

5th – Cooper Webb (3-8): The first moto was typical Cooper Webb with the holeshot followed by 30 minutes of good hard racing to finish in 3rd place but in moto two Webb scored a poor start then as he moved through the pack he couldn’t get around Arnaud Tonus for almost half the race so 8th place was the best Webb could manage – going into the two week break Webb will be satisfied that he got through the first three rounds with a broken bone in his wrist and still be within 13 points of the championship lead.

Cooper Webb
Cooper Webb

25th and 26th – Jackson Richardson (20-37) and Luke Clout (22-21): Jackson and Luke managed 19th and 20th out of the gate in moto one and battled tooth and nail to be sitting in 16th and 18th at the mid moto mark but both dropped a few positions towards the end to finish in 20th and 22nd respectively but in the second moto Richardson was sitting pretty in 12th place after the opening lap while Clout was back in 37th place but on lap 5 Richardson’s name fell off the live timing display so the Queenslander either had a mechanical failure or a crash while Clout continued to battle all of the way up to 21st, one place out of a points paying ride.

Clout posted this on FB: ‘What a day, my riding is coming! I’m happy with the progress! First moto was 22nd which was okay and then last moto I was involved in a crash on the first lap after a top 10 start and come from dead last to 21st! Just keep building!!’

250 Class (Moto Finish)

1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (2-1)

2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-3)

3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (8-2)

4. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-6)

5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (3-8)

6. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Husqvarna (7-5)

7. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda (5-12)

8. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (12-7)

9. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki (17-4)

10. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (11-11)

25. Jackson Richardson, Honda (20-37)

26. Luke Clout, Suzuki (22-21)

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250 Class Championship Standings

1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 123

2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 120

3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 114

4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 110

5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 81

6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 80

7. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 78

8. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., KTM – 65

9. RJ Hampshire, Hudson Fla., Honda – 59

10. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., Honda – 52

28. Jackson Richardson, Honda – 2

World Motocross Championships – Round 10 – France

Round ten of the FIM Motocross World Championship was held in France last weekend and it was Tim Gajser and Jeffrey Herlings who won the MX1 and MX2 class respectively and extended their points lead in each championship.

MX1 Report

Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser were streaks ahead of the rest of the field in both motos – the opening moto was a nail biting race between the two riders with Gasjer taking the win by less than a second and it could well have been the support of the parochial French crowd that got Febvre over the line for the win in the second moto. “I am so happy,” Febvre said. “It’s a long time I didn’t win and to win in France. It is nice to be on the top step of the podium. I had pain from Spain, but I am so happy to win a GP a week later.

“That was some good racing with Romain today – we were pushing so hard,” said Gasjer. “I’m really pleased with the win in the first moto because I caught and passed Romain, but then he was really on my rear wheel and there was no space for a mistake. It was hard racing! But it was a big win so I’m very happy for that. In race two I made a better start and took the lead but we made some changes to the bike that didn’t work as well. Again we were pushing so hard but towards the end of the race I had some problems passing lapped riders because the lines are not so easy for overtaking. I decided to close the gas a little and finish in second place. In the second half of the season it’s not everything to go out there and give 100 per cent – sometimes you also have to be smart and know when to settle for position instead of risking crashing and losing points. We finished on the same points so the championship lead is the same, and congratulations to Romain to win his home GP.”

Tony Cairoli
Tony Cairoli

Antonio Cairoli holeshot the opening moto but was smoked by the Febvre/Gasjer freight train to finish a distant third before struggling after two crashes in the second moto to finish 7th – Cairoli is now 60 points behind Gasjer in the championship. “It ‘was another weekend not good for the standings unfortunately. In the first race I managed to take a good start and the third place is a result that satisfies me, also because I didn’t had the speed to stay ahead. Between the two moto we worked on the bike and we have made changes that have gone in the right direction, because during the comeback, after the crash at the start in race two, I felt at ease, both with my riding and on the bike. The physical training is going well, if anything, the problem today was caused by too many mistakes and too many crashes; I am, however, satisfied with the speed and determination with which I reassembled in the second round. We must continue to work hard because right now in front they have a higher rhythm than ours.”

Clement Desalle put in two solid rides in France for 4th overall – the Belgian is gaining confidence with the Kawasaki as his injuries heal – look for Desalle to hit the podium very soon. “Saturday started pretty well. I surprised myself with the second position in the timed practice period and then I led the qualifying race for several laps. It was good mentally, but I had a bad line in one section and lost three positions there. Anyway fourth was a good gate for the GP races; in the first race my start was not so good but I came back sixth before two mistakes dropped me back to eighth; I wasn’t so happy with my riding and we changed some settings for the second race. My start was even worse than the first one and I was eleventh after one lap but I had some good lines and came back fourth which is not so bad; the rhythm is really high now in MXGP and if you are not in the top five at the start it’s tough to get on the podium.”

MXGP – Race 1 – Classification: 1. Gajser. 2. Febvre. 3. Cairoli. 4. Bobryshev. 5. Van Horebeek. 6. Guillod. 7. Nagl. 8. Desalle. 9. Coldenhoff. 10. Tixier.

MXGP – Race 2 – Classification: 1. Febvre. 2. Gajser. 3. Bobryshev. 4. Desalle. 5. Coldenhoff. 6. Ullrich. 7. Cairoli. 8. Guillod. 9. Searle. 10. Nagl.

MXGP – Championship Points: 1. Gajser, Tim – 432. 2. Febvre, Romain – 408. 3. Cairoli, A – 372. 4. Nagl, M – 342. 5. Bobryshev, E – 333. 6. Van Horebeek, J – 293. 7. Simpson, Shaun – 210. 8. Guillod, V – 208. 9. Strijbos, K – 204. 10. Coldenhoff, G – 184. 11. Searle, Tommy – 162. 12. Charlier, C – 159. 13. Desalle, C – 148. 14. Butron, Jose – 130. 15. Townley, Ben – 119.

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MX2 Report

Jeffrey Herlings is closer to his third world motocross championship and picked up his 10th GP win of the season and his 57th Grand Prix victory in his career, to move into third place in the all-time GP winners list along with Joel Smets. Only Stefan Everts with 101 GP wins and Antonio Cairoli with 76 GP wins are ahead of him.

Herlings picked up GP win number 57 in France
Herlings picked up GP win number 57 in France

“It hasn’t been easy,” Herlings said. “Somebody (Ferrandis) cut my off at the start (of the second moto) pretty bad and I got hit by some rocks coming through, and that was pretty painful. To equal the same number of GP wins as Joel Smets, so it’s a nice day to get the 57th win. I came back from bad starts and on a track like this that is pretty special. I try to be a champion, and going crazy at the start of races has cost me and I made mistakes. It was tough because I was 15th and got first and I couldn’t have done it without the KTM team.”

Local hero Benoit Paturel put together two stellar rides in front of a huge crowd to earn second overall off the back of 2-3 moto finishes which cements the Yamaha pilot’s fourth position in the championships. “After Spain I am on a good path. I hope I can continue, and I’m really happy about my riding this weekend. The public was incredible here, and even though I am from far away in Lyon, France is France! I had good starts today and a good rhythm. To lead the first moto for 25 minutes makes me very happy and I am grateful to the team for having all the professional preparations to take this result.”

Jeremy Seewer was the only Suzuki rider representing the factory Suzuki team in France and 3-4 finishes was good enough for 3rd overall and it further extended his second place position in the championship over KTM Pauls Jonass who managed a pair of 5th places.

“I’m happy to be back on the podium because I missed it in the last two GPs because of some crashes and some bad luck and bad starts,” said Seewer. “That’s part of it! We worked hard on the starts and to almost have two holeshots was amazing for me. There was some great racing. I wasn’t feeling so good in the first moto but I managed to finish third and in the second it was a great battle. A little mistake cost me third position but I pushed hard. I also had some bad luck by finding a tuff bloc in the middle of the track that cost me a few seconds; and on a track like this it is so hard to make it back.”

This should have been a sensational GP for local Dylan Ferrandis but the Kawasaki pilot spent both motos coming back from crashes and poor choices off the start (like the dumb-arse move of spewing sideways in a vain attempt to block Herlings). “I’m disappointed with the results, I had two very bad starts as I was last in the first corner. I couldn’t get good starts on this ground, and then I had to fight for the entire thirty-five minutes to come back in the top eight. I had no fun riding on this track, and everything seems to go wrong at the moment as I’m still waiting for my knee braces and equipment as the airplane company lost my luggage from Spain. Now we have two weeks to recover before Matterley; let’s hope that they will do a good track preparation.”

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 1: 1. Herlings. 2. Paturel. 3. Seewer. 4. Tonkov 5. Jonass. 6. Ferrandis. 7. Bernardini. 8. Mewse. 9. Petrov. 10. Bogers.

MX2 – Grand Prix Race 2: 1. Herlings. 2. Anstie. 3. Paturel. 4. Seewer. 5. Jonass. 6. Bogers. 7. Ferrandis. 8. Petrov. 9. Brylyakov. 10. Tonkov.

MX2 – World Championship Classification: 1. Herlings, J – 497. 2. Seewer, Jeremy – 363. 3. Jonass, Pauls – 332. 4. Paturel, B – 293. 5. Tonkov, A – 269. 6. Petrov, Petar – 230. 7. Ferrandis, D – 229. 8. Bernardini, S – 228. 9. Anstie, Max – 227. 10. Brylyakov, V – 209.

Manjimup 15,000 Motocross – Cosy Creek – Western Australia

After four tough motos where he battled defending champion Kirk Gibbs and fellow Queenslander Caleb Ward, Todd Waters has captured his second Manjimup 15,000 victory last weekend at the picturesque Cosy Creek circuit in Western Australia’s southwest.

Gibbs won the opening two motos from Waters and ard but Waters bounce back to take the third and fourth motos to earn the overall and the large chunk of the prizemoney. “Today was difficult – Gibbsy had me all morning and the track was super slick – he is a hard guy to catch on a smooth and flat track.” Waters said. “Towards the end of the day, it got really rough through the sand, and I was able to make up time through there. I made the pass there in the third Moto, and I just capitalised on his (Gibbs) mistake in the final.”

Todd Waters - Image by Jeremy Hammer
Todd Waters – Image by Jeremy Hammer

Western Australian favourite Kyle Webster tied on points with Jesse Dobson but was awarded the higher position on count back after an impressive second place finish in race four while MX2 regular Caleb Ward narrowly missed out on the podium, finishing just one point shy of Dobson and Webster thanks to a mistake in the final moto where he finished sixth.

With the All-stars category predominately filled with open class machines, Jayden Rykers displayed an incredible performance to finish just within the top ten in nearly every moto aboard his KTM 250 2-stroke – his efforts were rewarded with a clean sweep of the All-Stars Lites class who were scored separately in the overall standings.

All-Stars Overall Results: 1. Todd Waters. 2. Kirk Gibbs. 3. Kyle Webster. 4. Jesse Dobson. 5. Caleb Ward. 6. Jamie Law. 7. Robert Lovett. 8. Mitch Taylor. 9. Michael Mahon. 10. Julian Cutajar.

All-Stars Lites Overall Results: 1. Jayden Rykers. 2. Izaac Jones. 3. Tom Westv. 4. Ayden Bridgeford. 5. Grant Buchan. 6. John Darroch. 7. Carson Bascombe. 8. Tom Lilly. 9. Justin Hart. 10. Luke Davis.

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