Thursday, February 15, 2018

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Continues Sponsorship of GNCC, Including Fast Track Pre-Registration Program

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PAYSON, UT (February 15, 2018) – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC will continue its longstanding relationship with Racer Productions as the 2018 Feature/TV Sponsor of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, an AMA National Championship. The sponsorship includes the continuing direct support of competitors through the Fast Track Pre-Registration program, powered by Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s Race Gas program.

GNCC has gained a reputation as an off-road racing series that appeals to high-level professionals as well as beginning amateurs. Since 1975, it has attracted riders with its grueling courses across varied terrain. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is the official online retailer of the series and helps to expand the series’ reach as the Feature/TV Sponsor. Additionally, RMATVMC serves as the Presenting Sponsor of round 11, the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Mason-Dixon, which is scheduled to be held on September 29-30.

The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Fast Track program is available to all riders who pre-register online. All participants of the Fast Track program will receive $20 worth of Race Gas Cash for each round they pre-register to race. This credit can be used toward any product on the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC website.

“The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Fast Track Pre-Registration program is a win-win for the GNCC community,” said Tim Cotter, Racer Productions Event Director. “Not only does it allow for a quick registration process at the track, but each round, racers will earn Race Gas Cash redeemable on the entire Rocky Mountain ATV/MC inventory. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC continues to put an unprecedented amount of money back into our racers’ pockets!”

“We’re excited for another year of GNCC racing, and we’re happy to be involved as a sponsor,” said Dan Thomas, CEO and Founder of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. “There’s something truly special about the GNCC series, and it’s great that we can help in a variety of roles, from serving as the Feature/TV Sponsor to offering the Fast Track program.”

For more information on pre-registration through the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Race Gas Fast Track program, go to GNCCracing.com/pages/pre-registration.

About Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is the trusted online source for high-quality riding gear, parts and accessories for dirt bikes, ATVs, UTVs, dual sport bikes and street motorcycles. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has provided low prices and unparalleled customer service for over 33 years. With the RM Cash program, a fit-guarantee apparel exchange, free three-day shipping and a price match guarantee, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC continues to deliver a premier shopping experience for the off-road enthusiast. For more information, visit www.RockyMountainATVMC.com.

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About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events test a rider’s skill and draw talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. For more information, please visit www.GNCCRacing.com.

GNCC on Social Media
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·         Instagram: @GNCC_Racing
·         Twitter: @GNCCRacing

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

JUSTIN BOGLE INJURY UPDATE

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Team Suzuki Press Office – February 13. 



Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team rider Justin Bogle, who sustained a broken right arm during the opening lap of the second 450 heat race at the San Diego AMA/ FIM World Supercross race at the weekend, successfully underwent surgery on Monday. 

Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team Manager, Jeremy Albrecht, said: “Bogle was making progress throughout the day in San Diego. Unfortunately, he was landed on by another rider and sustained a break to his right humerus. He was transported to a local hospital for observation. On Monday, Justin underwent what his surgeons, Dr. Tal David and Dr. Christopher Sherman are calling a successful surgery, which included fixing the injury with two plates and screws.” 

As far as a timeline for Bogle’s return, Albrecht stated, “We will have a better idea once Justin heals up from surgery and resumes daily activities. Malcolm Stewart will continue racing for the team while Bogle is sidelined.” 

The Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas this Saturday for round seven of the 2018 Supercross series. 

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Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame Now Available

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MILAN, (February 13, 2018)
 - The time has come: Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame is now available in stores and via digital download for PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Windows PC®/STEAM, and Nintendo Switch™.
 
Starting today, users can also purchase the Monster Energy Supercross Videogame Season Pass for $14.99 to get additional, exclusive content. The Season Pass, which is available for PlayStation4 and Xbox One, includes 5 DLCs in total, 3 of them available at launch:
  • A DLC with 60 liveries - 10 for each manufacturer - and 10 rider tracksuits to customize bikes and riders
  • An exclusive set of 15 additional Icons and 15 Butt Patches to further expand your customization options
  • The Credit Multiplier DLC
Shortly after, users will get access to two additional DLCs:
  • Monster Energy Cup, set to offer all fans the exact replica of the 2017 Monster Energy Cup track at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, for both offline and online modes
  • Compound, a training space with 2 new tracks for players to train on Supercross and Motocross circuits
Featuring innovative track designs and set inside the most recognizable and prestigious stadiums in North America, Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame is the most realistic and immersive Supercross fan experience ever. 

Click the image below to view the Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame Launch Trailer:
 
Key features include:
  • The official 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Season
  • Official bikes, iconic tracks, including Daytona, and athletes from both 250SX and 450SX Classes: Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, reigning champion Ryan Dungey and others will race across official challenging tracks
  • An exciting career mode with extreme customization options for customizing both riders and bikes with the maximum flexibility to advance in racing classes
  • A powerful track editor, for endless gameplay possibilities. Thanks to the track editor, players can create their own custom tracks, race on them and share online: once uploaded on the server, users can "like" other gamers' creations, vote on their favorite tracks and increase the prestige of the track designer
  • Top notch graphics for a world-class game quality and a next-level immersive experience
  • Online modes, with Multiplayer up to 12 players who can ride on both official and custom tracks
The track editor and online modes will only be available on PlayStation4, Xbox One and Windows PC4/STEAM.
 
Standard Edition of Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame is available for PlayStation4 and Xbox One at $59.99 while the Special Edition, including Full Game and Season Pass, is $69.99. The game for Windows PC/STEAM is available at $49.99 and for Nintendo Switch at $59.99.
 
The Supercross Championship was also released on mobile platforms, with the app Monster Energy Supercross Game, available on iOS since February 9th.
 
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THE TOYOTA TACOMA TRUCK SWEEPSTAKES BENEFITING THE ROAD 2 RECOVERY FOUNDATION

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Get entered into the R2R Toyota Tacoma Sweepstakes all throughout the 2018 Supercross season with 3 easy ways. One, go to r2rtacomasweepstakes.com  and enter online. Two, stop by the R2R booth at any one of the 17 rounds of the Supercross race series; while at the booth make sure to check out all the cool items they have for purchase. And three, stop by Toyota of Escondido at 231 Lincoln Parkway, Escondido, CA 92026 during business hours and enter at the kiosk in the main showroom. The winner will be announced on May 5, 2018, at the final round of Monster Energy Supercross in Las Vegas, NV. Winner does not need to be present to win and transport will be provided at no cost to the mutually agreed upon Toyota dealership.
The suggested donation is only $10 per entry, and you can enter up to 50 times a day. All contributions for the R2R Toyota Tacoma Truck Sweepstakes entries will go to support the Road 2 Recovery Foundation and the mission to help injured SX/MX and action sports athletes when they sustain a debilitating injury. Since the inception of the foundation and with your support, R2R has donated over 6 million dollars to help over 70 athletes, their families, and fund special projects that meet R2R’s mission. Each entry to win will make sure that R2R can continue to support these athletes and it’s mission. 
For the full spec list with all additional upgraded options on the R2R Toyota Tacoma and official rules, go to r2rtacomasweepstakes.com .

About Road 2 Recovery: 
The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2000, and is dedicated to helping AMA licensed Professional Motocross/Supercross riders and Action Sports Athletes with financial assistance if they sustain career-ending injuries as well as providing motivational, emotional, and spiritual support to these individuals and their families. To make a donation click here.  For more information on Road 2 Recovery and upcoming events visit  www.road2recovery.com 






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Monday, February 12, 2018

Geico Honda - San Diego Race Report

Courtesy of Geico Honda



San Diego, CA (February 10, 2018) – GEICO Honda’s 250SX West Region rookie Chase Sexton heads into the first break of his Monster Energy Supercross career with some momentum. He rode well in San Diego to net third, the second podium of his career. Late in the race, he even had race leaders Justin Hill and Adam Cianciarulo in sight.
 
“I didn’t get off to the best start, some of the ruts in front of the gate were pretty messed up but I got a decent enough start,” explained Sexton, age 18. “These guys were riding good. I passed Joey [Savatgy] and got up behind these two They were battling pretty hard and I was trying to be there in case anything happened. But nothing happened and then I got held up by a lapper and they kind of dropped me. But it was a good race. Track got pretty tough at the end, so I’m just happy to get third.”
 
While Sexton had the podium finish, it was Christian Craig who looked good throughout the day. He hoped for a strong result in his home race, but it didn’t pan out.
 
“Honestly I don’t even know what to say at this point because I’m just sounding like a broken record,” said Craig. “Felt awesome all day in San Diego. Really thought it was my night. Qualified third and was riding awesome—everyone on the team was pumped on how I was riding. I finished second in my heat and felt tight the entire time. In the main I got a terrible start and passed a few guys early on but just couldn’t get up where I should be and where I’m capable of being. Luckily we have a few weeks off so I can figure out whatever is going on right now and break this trend.”
 
Craig and Sexton get a little over a month off while 250SX East begins next weekend in Arlington, Texas. Jeremy Martin, RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo will put their Honda CRF250Rs in to battle at AT&T Stadium on Saturday night.
 
GEICO Honda Results
San Diego Supercross
 
3. Chase Sexton
6. Christian Craig
 
250SX West Standings
 
5. Chase Sexton
6. Christian Craig





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TEAM BABBITT’S/MONSTER ENERGY/KAWASAKI RIDER JACOB HAYES TAKES THE 250AX CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS LEAD

Courtesy of Kawasaki


After a weekend off, the 2018 AMA Arenacross season resumed with Round 5 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Madison, Wisconsin, with Kawasaki once again on top. Although it was the home race for two-time reigning AMA Arenacross champion Gavin Faith, it was his Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/Kawasaki teammate Jacob Hayes who took the victory for the night.
The first 250AX Main Event started with a huge collision in the first turn affecting multiple key riders, ultimately forcing a full gate restart. Faith was one of the riders involved in the pileup and was unable to line up for the second start of Main Event 1. Seemingly undisturbed, Hayes remained focused as he grabbed the holeshot of the restart and led all 15 laps to the checkers.
Hayes continued his dominance in the second 250AX Main Event by riding his KX™250F flawlessly and led the entire 15 laps to take the wire-to-wire victory. This marks the second overall victory of the 2018 season for Hayes as he takes over the 250AX Class Championship Standings. Fortunately, Faith was able to line up for the second main event and managed to take sixth, salvaging valuable points and would leave the event 13 points behind his teammate.
"It feels amazing," said Hayes. "I'm just trying to keep my composure and keep trying to plug away each and every weekend. We're feeling good, tonight was a great night for us."


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MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI CLOSES-IN ON CHAMPIONSHIP WITH PODIUM FINISH IN SAN DIEGO

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Round 6 of the 2018 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship landed in sunny San Diego at Petco Park. Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Josh Grant were looking strong heading into the night show after qualifying first and 12th respectively.
Both Kawasaki riders would qualify directly out of their 450SX Heat Race with Tomac finishing third out of Heat 1 and Grant fourth from Heat 2. When the gate dropped on the 450SX Main Event, Tomac and Grant collided due to a pileup in the first corner and ended up on the ground. Due to the collision, Tomac was unable to continue the race and was forced to retire from the competition. Teammate Grant finished 11th, with an incredible come-from-behind performance after starting the race in 21st.
"I was feeling really good and knew if I got a good start in the main event, I had a chance at the podium.," said Grant. "After getting caught up in the first corner carnage, I was way back and just tried my best to charge for 20 straight minutes. 11th place isn't terrible but I'm hungry for more. I'm looking forward to the east coast dirt."
"I felt great on the bike all through qualifying and into the heat race," said Tomac. "I got off to a decent start in the main event and ended up catching my handlebar on another rider in the first corner, which caused us both to go down. It's unfortunate that these things happen, but it could be worse."
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Adam Cianciarulo and Joey Savatgy launched out of the gate in 250SX Heat Race 1 in first and second and never looked back. Cianciarulo would capture his second heat race victory of the season, with Savatgy second. When the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event, it was the No. 17 Kawasaki of Savatgy capturing his first second holeshot of the night on his KX™250F, followed closely by his teammate Cianciarulo in second. Cianciarulo took over the lead on the opening lap and would lead the field for 11 laps before slipping to second place. Cianciarulo fought hard to regain the lead but never succeeded. When the checkered flag waved, Cianciarulo crossed the line in second and Savatgy fourth. Both Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders moved closer to the championship points leader, with Savatgy only four points down in second place.
"I'm so pumped on my start," said Cianciarulo. "I'm more excited about the holeshot than I am the podium finish. I've been working so hard on my starts and to finally see a result means a lot. Overall, today was really good for us and I'm looking forward to the break as the East Coast guys start racing."
"I'm happy to leave here with a fourth-place finish," said Savatgy. "I had a pretty bad crash in practice, which left me banged up and bruised and I almost didn't even race. So to leave here with a fourth-place finish is great. Thankfully we have a nice break now, which gives me time to heal and come back 100-percent."



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HILL & AUTOTRADER YOSHIMURA SUZUKI DOMINATE SAN DIEGO SX

Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office


Team Suzuki Press Office – February 12.



Justin Hill – 250 Class – 1st
Weston Peick – 450 Class – 7th
Phillip Nicoletti – 250 Class – 11th
Malcolm Stewart – 450 Class – 17th
Justin Bogle – 450 Class - DNS 


The Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team had a monumental day at San Diego’s Petco Park for round six of the 2018 AMA/ FIM World Supercross series on Saturday where Suzuki RM-Z250 rider Justin Hill logged the fastest lap time in qualifying, won his heat race, and meticulously picked apart the competition in winning the 250 Main Event in front of 41,237 fans. 

Hill’s 250 teammate, Phil Nicoletti, came from last place to just outside the top-10 while RM-Z450 rider Weston Peick fought his way up to seventh after a first-turn crash. 

Hill rode with speed and confidence from the very first lap of practice, jumping rhythm sections on his RM-Z250 that only a few of the 450 riders were clearing. The reigning champion clicked-off the fastest 250 qualifying lap and used the first gate choice in his heat race to clear the field and win in convincing fashion. The Oregon native started the Main Event in third place and methodically paced leader Adam Cianciarulo for 11 laps. Hill passed for the lead and stormed away for the win and is now only 12 points out of third place in the standings. 

Nicoletti suffered a crash early in the 250 Main Event, but fought up to 11th place. The New York native sits 13th in the standings. 

In the 450 class, Peick suffered misfortune when another rider fell in the first turn. That incident didn’t prevent Peick from slicing his way through the field and collecting seventh place. He’s only eight points out of third place in the standings. 

Malcolm Stewart returned for another run at the podium with the Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team. Unfortunately, Stewart was collected up in the same first turn crash that took down Peick. “Mookie” ended the night in 17th. 

Justin Bogle was looking to improve in his third race back, but a crash in his heat race knocked him out of action. The initial injury report is a broken upper arm; an updated status will be released when available. 

Justin Hill [250 Class, First Place]: 

“Perfect days don’t come very often, so I’m basking in the goodness of going 1-1-1…fastest qualifier, heat win and Main Event win. Everything was clicking with the team and my RM-Z250. I was ripping the whoops and rhythms in practice, doing what I needed to do to get the top qualifying time. We watched film after practice and decided to leave the bike alone, because it was working really well. 

“My strategy in the Main Event was to calculate everything around me. At one point I thought I could trail him [Adam Cianciarulo] and execute a wham-bam pass towards the end. Then I realised there were some people behind us that were riding well, and if we tangled it could jeopardise the win. I started increasing my intensity and pressing harder. I knew I had the speed. For the most part I was trying to be calm about picking up the pace and not do anything rash. I had good runs through the whoops and knew where I could gain. The pass was made before the whoops so I could pull away in the sand section. I had a couple ideas on accident avoidance in order to stay ahead. Once I got a small gap I tried to get back into a zone click away good laps.” 

Weston Peick [450 Class, Seventh Place]: 

“San Diego was a bummer, plain and simple. I was feeling well all day. I was the sixth-fastest rider in practice, which was better than where I have typically been qualifying. I got off to a decent start in the heat race, made a few bobbles, and worked my way up to third. I was feeling solid in the Main Event. I probably would have come out of the first turn in the top five, but [Ken] Roczen went down and I fell. The bike got stuck on top of me. I got back going and riding really well, passing from 17th up to seventh place. I would have liked to pass [Justin] Brayton and [Broc] Tickle, but I’m happy with the progress I’m making. The Suzuki RM-Z450 is working really well.” 

Phil Nicoletti [250 Class, 11th Place]: 

“I finally rode well, even though the result doesn’t show it. The bike handled awesome through the whoops. I felt strong, despite being banged up from the previous race. I had a brain fart on the second lap of the Main Event and tucked the front end in the sand. I tried to put in clean laps after the crash and worked up to 11th place. My entire body hurts, so it will be nice to take a week off now that the 250 West series takes a break. I’m going to head back to North Carolina and spend my time there training and riding.” 

Malcolm Stewart [450 Class, 17th Place]: 

“I wasn’t feeling that good all day, until the Main Event came. I went down in the first turn, got back going, and climbed up to 12th place. Then I hit a tuff block and went down. Overall, I was riding well. I just need to clean the mistakes up and make it happen in order to get the results I feel I should be getting.” 

Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager]: 

“It was a race filled with highs and lows. The obvious highs being Hill showing the capabilities of the Suzuki RM-Z250 and winning the 250 Main Event. Peick again showed a lot of promise. If it wasn’t for the first turn crash I really think he could have been in one of those front spots. Unfortunately, Bogle was landed on by another rider in his heat race when he failed to jump the triple. It was a pretty bad crash that left him with a broken upper arm. He was obviously in a lot of pain afterward. I feel bad that it happened, because Justin was starting to find his groove. Stewart was feeling under the weather all weekend. Despite that, he fought hard and looked to have a good finish in the bag until he crashed and fell back to 17th. Nicoletti was in a great spot on the opening laps of the 250 Main, but he lost the front end and went down. I’m looking forward to building on our results at the next round.” 

The Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team will travel to Arlington, Texas for round seven of the 2018 Supercross series on Saturday, February 17th. Arlington will also mark the first round of the 250 East Supercross series, featuring RM-Z250 riders Jimmy Decotis and Kyle Peters. 






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2018 SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS | 51FIFTY ENERGY YAMAHA RACE REPORT

Courtesy of 51FIFTY ENERGY YAMAHA

February 12, 2018 – Livingston, Ca – The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team brought the heat to sunny San Diego looking to carry their Oakland momentum into the last race before the mid-season break. Highlights from the weekend include an LCQ win, two Top 12 finishes, and entering the break with both riders in the Top 10 in overall points.
Both 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha YZ250F’s were on the gate for Heat 1 after posting competitive lap times in qualifying. Chisholm avoided the first turn carnage and ran as high as 3rd before crossing the line in 5th. Hayden Mellross fought hard all day despite coming down with food poisoning early Saturday morning. He rode smart and consistent but ultimately finished short of a direct transfer.
Mellross lined up for the LCQ and took the holeshot with serious intensity. He rode calm and collected on the technical track while taking advantage of other riders’ mistakes. Hayden set the fastest lap of the race and easily won by over 5 seconds. Leading the race gave our bikes more time in front of the camera, displaying the eye-catching Race For Autism graphics.
The boys picked their way through the tight first turn and into the pack of riders at the start of the 250 Main Event. Kyle Chisholm battled with former race winners and proved again that he is the real deal in the 250 class. Mellross, weakened by a day of heaving, did what he could, coming from behind and working his way through the pack. Both riders seemed to get stronger as the track deteriorated, making passes well over the half-way mark in the race. Chisholm had a great battle with series-leader Aaron Plessinger for several laps at the end of the race. Plessinger was docked a position putting the #11 of Chisholm in 7th with Mellross finishing12th.
The team now holds down two Top 10’s in the series points with Chisholm 8th and Mellross 10th.
“Another solid night in the books for me and the team,” said Chisholm. “I enjoyed the track all day and found a good flow from first practice that I used throughout the day. I’m happy with another solid finish but I really want that Top 5. We’re close and I’m going to use the break to work on some areas that need improvement.”
“I did the best I could tonight and that’s all I can really ask for,” Mellross commented. “This food poisoning has been kicking my butt all day and my usual race-day energy just wasn’t where it needed to be. I rode smart and consistent and worked my way up. I’m excited for the break so I can rest up and come out swinging for the home stretch of the series.”




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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA RIDERS EARN TOP THREE RESULTS AT HAWKSTONE INTERNATIONAL MX 2018

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA RIDERS EARN TOP THREE RESULTS AT HAWKSTONE INTERNATIONAL MX 2018
GAUTIER PAULIN SECURES THIRD IN MX1 WHILE THOMAS KJER-OLSEN FINISHES SECOND IN MX2
Enjoying a solid day of racing at the 2018 edition of the Hawkstone International MX, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing squad saw Gautier Paulin secure a strong third overall in MX1 class, with MX2 class rider Thomas Kjer-Olsen finishing second in the highly-competitive 250cc class.

For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders, this weekend’s event in England formed part of their preparations ahead of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship that kicks off in the beginning of March in Argentina.

In what was just his second competitive outing for 2018, Gautier Paulin was a strong contender for the top spots in each of the three motos contested at the sandy British track. Enjoying good starts throughout the day, the Frenchman earned fourth in MX1 moto one, improving to third in both the second MX1 moto and the Superfinal. Earning third overall in MX1, Gautier will continue working hard ahead of the long and challenging MXGP season.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie was also a force to be reckoned with on his home soil. Securing a strong third in the opening MX1 moto, the young Brit was unable to finish moto two due to a small issue. Battling through a bad starting position in the Superfinal, Max wrapped up the day with sixth in the final moto of the day.

The Hawkstone International MX marked the first competition outing in 2018 for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 class rider Thomas Kjer-Olsen. Earning 3/2 results in the two MX2 class motos contested, the young Dane secured a solid runner-up class result. Battling against the MX1 class riders, Thomas wrapped up the day with seventh in the Superfinal.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team members Gautier Paulin, Max Anstie and Thomas Kjer-Olsen will be back in action on February 18 at the Lacapelle Marival International MX in France. It will be their last international event before the start of the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship in Argentina on March 3/4.

Gautier Paulin“We worked on some bike setups today and made some good adjustments. I’m really happy with the progress made so far. The track was demanding and the bad weather made things even tougher today. In most parts there was only one big rut so passing was quite challenging. Despite a few small mistakes I got fourth in the opening MX1 moto. Getting back on the gate for moto two I wanted to push harder for an even better result. I got a good start and quickly found myself behind Herlings and Coldenhoff. I attacked for a better position but due to poor visibility on the track I opted to settle for third. Getting third again in the superfinal was a good way to wrap up a positive weekend.”

Max Anstie“We had a pretty good day here at Hawkstone Park. The track was one-rutted in most places, so starts were crucial for every moto. In the opening MX1 race I got off to a decent start and followed the train of leading riders to cross the line in third place. I had a competitive pace despite demanding track conditions and that was really positive. In moto two my start was good again but a small issue did not let me finish the race. In the Superfinal I was eager to show what I’m capable of but my bad starting position outside the concrete start did limit any possibilities for a great result. It was a fun race here in England and we made some progress for the long season to come.”

Thomas Kjer-Olsen“I felt good during the whole day here in England and it was great to kick off the new season with a strong result. In the opening MX2 moto I had a bad start but managed to find my way close to the top after a few laps. Then in the second moto my start was better and I managed to put in some fast laps. We had a good battle with Jonass and I crossed the line in second. In the Superfinal we had the chance to race against the MX1 class riders and that was a great experience. I had a good start and was racing in fifth but I made a small mistake, went off the track and ended up crossing the line in seventh place. Overall, I’m happy with my performance and I’m looking forward to racing in France next week.”

Provisional Results - Hawkstone International MX 2018 

MX2 – Race 1 
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM); 2. Martin Barr (Husqvarna); 3. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna)… 9. Mikkel Haarup (Husqvarna)

MX2 – Race 2 
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM); 2. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna); 3. Adam Sterry (Kawasaki) … 10. Mikkel Haarup (Husqvarna)

MX1 – Race 1 
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM); 2. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM); 3. Max Anstie (Husqvarna); 4. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna)

MX1 – Race 2 
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM); 2. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM); 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna)

MX1/MX2 Superfinal 
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM); 2. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM); 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna)… 6. Max Anstie (Husqvarna); 7. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna)

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