Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Microbilt/PRBC Unadilla National Race Report: New Berlin, NY

Courtesy of Microbilt/PRBC

After Round 9 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series in Washougal, Washington, most riders enjoyed their final weekend off from racing before hitting the final three rounds of the season. For Ronnie Stewart, however, he made the trek from West Coast to East Coast a bit earlier in order to ride in his home state of New Jersey. Cheyenne Harmon spent the week training in his home state of Texas and the two riders converged in New Berlin, Ney York for Round 10 of the Pro Motocross series at the storied Unadilla MX. As the longest continuously running Pro Motocross facility in the United States, Unadilla has earned the accolades of being one of the most renowned and beloved motocross facilities in the country. With memorable sections like the “Gravity Cavity”, “Screw U” and the Unadilla Sky Shot, it’s no wonder that Unadilla MX is one of the most anticipated events in the series each year. This year, spectators were bestowed with great racing in every condition imaginable. What started out as an incredibly well prepped and extremely fast track in practice, morphed into the muddiest slop fest that we’ve seen in recent years. By the end of the day, riders were not only racing each other but the treacherous conditions as well.

Round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series brought with it exceptional conditions in practice, along with a list of 80 riders who attempted to qualify in the 450 class. With only 36 direct transfer spots available and 40 riders in each of the qualifying sessions, a mistake-free and fast hot lap would be imperative in order to qualify for the afternoon motos at Unadilla. At only his second race back since his injury at High Point, Cheyenne Harmon is working diligently at rebuilding his physical strength and mental focus in order to resume racing at his highest ability. His valiant effort led him to earn a qualifying position of 43rd. Teammate Ronnie Stewart was able to log a time of 2:12.444 and a qualifying position of 17th – less than six seconds off top qualifier Christian Craig. Stewart’s 17th place in qualifying afforded him some extra rest time before the motos, whereas Harmon would have an opportunity to get some more laps on the track during the 450 Consolation Race. With 38 riders on the gate for the LCQ and only four laps of racing, a good start paired with some good luck would be your best chance at that golden ticket transfer position. Harmon launched off the gate, but found himself in the middle of the pack at the first turn – and with only four laps to make moves, the task at hand becomes exponentially more challenging. Cheyenne fought a hard battle the entire race and his lap times were easily on par with the leaders, but ultimately finished the consolation race in 11th and would have to skip the motos this week.

Seventeen was the lucky number of the day for the #606 of Ronnie Stewart. During Moto 1, the track went from prepped and fast to the start of the absolute mud fest in a matter of moments. About 20 minutes into the Moto, it started to rain, and then pour, and then hail – rapidly changing the track conditions. As riders ran out of tear-offs and lightning quickly entered the immediate vicinity of the race track, the race was Red-Flagged and scored at 25:48.545 into the race in the interest of safety for both the riders and spectators alike. But the ever-evolving conditions didn’t stop Stewart from logging a 17th place finish in the first Moto 1. After Moto 1 began the waiting game as conditions went from bad to sunny to worse and back again. In moto, we know that almost nothing will stop a race – that exception being lightning in close proximity to the track. By the time the electrical portion of the storm had passed and the torrential rains subsided, nearly two and half hours had passed before the 250 class even got to line up for Moto 2. This weather pattern gave way to an unusually extended period of rest for the 450 riders before their second moto, which proved to be beneficial for many, including Stewart. As the gate dropped on Moto 2, Ronnie launched into a 9th place start on a motocross track, practically turned jet-ski course. Where the sloppiest sludge mudder proved to be a force to be reckoned with for some riders, Stewart managed to remain consistent throughout the entire moto. He would finish Moto 2, also in 17th place for a 18th place finish overall – matching his season-best finish that was earned at High Point during Round 4 of the series. 

It’s hard to believe, but the season is rapidly drawing to a close with only two round of racing remaining. MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki looks forward to putting our best effort forward in order to finish out the season strong! Join us as we head to Mechanicsville, Maryland for racing just outside of our Nation’s Capital at Budds Creek. 
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall has extended his contact for another two years with the off-road racing team. Duvall has had a successful first season with the team aboard his FX 350. He is currently leading in points in the AMA National Enduro Series and sits in a close second place in the GNCC Racing Series. 

Thad Duvall“I am really excited to be given the opportunity, once again, to work with such an awesome company and team for two more years. I feel that the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team have helped me to showcase my best talents. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.” 

Tim Weigand – Rockastar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-road Team Manager“Thad is a huge part of our Rockstar Energy Husqvarna off-road family and we are happy to continue this partnership. He puts forth a lot of hard work and determination into the race program. It has been awesome to see his true potential show this year and I look forward to seeing him race with us for the next two seasons.”


Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Historical Notes Package: GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National

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Monday, August 14, 2017


Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson will sit out the final two rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship as he recovers from a recent surgery.
Following several weeks of racing in pain, Jason and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racingteam decided it was best for the FC 450 rider to sit out the remaining races and take care of pre-existing injuries
Anderson, who injured his foot at the 2016 Motocross of Nations in Italy, had hardware removed, which results in him withdrawing from the last two rounds in order to heal up 100% and resume training for the 2018 AMA Supercross season.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

Team Suzuki Press Office – August 13.

Kevin Strijbos – 14-13 for 14th
Arminas Jasikonis – 12-34 for 17th 

Both Suzuki World MXGP riders had top 10 finishes in mind when they started today’s proceedings at the MXGP of Switzerland, but due to some bad luck and some unfortunate incidents, Kevin Strijbos and Arminas Jasikonis came up just short on their expectations. Jasikonis actually posted the second fastest lap of the first moto but due to the tricky nature of the Frauenfeld track, it wasn’t enough to propel him inside the top 10. Then in the second moto, there was a nasty collision between Arnaud Tonus and Jasikonis, after the Swiss rider crashed on the landing of a blind jump, with the RM-450WS rider having no chance to avoid the impact. 

“It wasn’t a great weekend for me, with one DNF again,” said the young Lithuanian. “The first race start wasn’t too bad but I messed up the second turn and dropped a few places. Then a lap of two later I crashed and it was really hard to pass guys to make up those positions again. With five minutes to go I started to pass some guys and made some fast laps and that’s a good positive from the weekend, to have the second fastest lap on my RM-Z450WS. In the second moto I was around 12th when I hit Tonus as he stood up after a crash. The flag marshal wasn’t there because it happened so fast, so I hit him and crashed myself which bent the bike and meant I had to pull off. I feel sorry for him, it was a complete accident and I hope he’s ok. Now I’m just going to practice some more this week as the rib injury feels better, so we’ll see how it goes as I get ready for Sweden, another new track that I’m really looking forward to.” 

After yesterday’s good performance, Strijbos hoped for a little bit better placings, but on what was a scorching Sunday, the Frauenfeld track made passing extremely difficult as the 450 machines were so equally matched. “In the first moto I got a good jump, but I shut off the throttle too quickly around the first turn as I wanted to cut in tight instead of railing around the edge a bit more. It was a mistake on my part but afterwards my riding was ok. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t very good like yesterday, just ok really. The speed was there with the rest of the field, from sixth to 14th we were in a train, before they started to gap me a little bit at the end. In the second moto I blew the start completely and I was dead last and came back to 13th behind Max Anstie, who came second in race one, but then I spent the whole moto behind him. Again my speed was comparable with guys in the top 10, I just couldn’t make the passes to get there. It’s a shame really that I just couldn’t get those top 10 finishes that I think I could have achieved.” 

General Manager Stefan Everts echoed those sentiments in what was a difficult weekend for both his riders. “For Kevin it has been a tough weekend, he showed some good riding skills but his starts weren’t great and that made it tough to move through the field. He just got stuck behind riders a bit too much but he’s getting back to speed after his injury and that’s positive. AJ also had bad starts and made some mistakes but his race speed was good and he could have easily got a top 10 with better starts to the motos. It’s also good that he didn’t complain about his ribs and now hopefully we can work with him in midweek, rather than just going race to race.” 

With both riders looking to line-up at the Belgian race in Keiheuval on Tuesday, they should have everything dialled-in for next weekend when the World Motocross Championships returns to Sweden after a one-year absence.

MXGP Moto 1: 1. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 34:40.671; 2. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:00.882; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.419; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:08.563; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.095; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:31.501; 7. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:33.556; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:38.368; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:40.735; 10. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:41.371; 11. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:44.815; 12. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:45.070; 13. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:47.019; 14. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:48.146.

MXGP Moto 2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:26.611; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:04.557; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.625; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:11.381; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:23.231; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:31.183; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:44.703; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:52.004; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:53.997; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:55.213; 11. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:58.258; 12. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:01.150; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +1:05.585; 34. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), -14 lap(s). 

MXGP Overall:
 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 40 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 36 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 31 p.; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 30 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 25 p.; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 25 p.; 10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 22 p. 14. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 15 p.; 17. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), 9 p.

MXGP Points Standings: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 605 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 508 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 486 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 483 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 406 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 401 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 358 p.; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 348 p.; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 328 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 320 p.; 11. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 320 p.; 12. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 307 p.; 13. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 260 p.; 14. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 167 p.; 15. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 155 p.; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 141 p. 

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Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

Team Suzuki Press Office – August 13.

Jeremy Seewer – 1-5 for 2nd
Hunter Lawrence – 32-7 for 13th
Zach Pichon – 15-39 for 21st (EMX250) 

Jeremy Seewer gave it everything he had to bring the 30,000 Swiss supporters the overall victory they all desperately wanted. However, after winning the first MX2 moto of the MXGP of Switzerland, a crash in the first turn of race two robbed him of any chance of getting on the first step of the podium and instead he had to settle for runner-up spot again, just like 2016. 

It was still a great performance by the #91 who overtook everyone except the top four on a track that was proving extremely difficult to pass on. Hunter Lawrence also showed his passing skills as he worked his way through the pack in both motos, finishing with a seventh in race two after being involved in the same incident as Seewer in the first turn. 

“It was amazing how the whole weekend went,” said Seewer. “All the fans and all my friends are here, and I was just feeling so good both days, especially after the first moto victory on my RM-Z250. Then the second moto started and I was going for the holeshot and a KTM bike pulled across at the last second and I couldn’t avoid him after he cross-rutted right in front of me. There I was, dead last and the dream was gone. No more home overall. Luckily, I was fine after the crash and I put in all I had and I think it’s still an amazing job to have got fifth after that start. The track was tricky and difficult to pass on but I gave it everything. I’m still disappointed to get second overall though when I know I could have won it. I know it’s tough but I’m not going to give up and that feeling I had after the first moto will stay with me forever.”

Lawrence also didn’t get the results that his speed deserved after getting involved in some first turn antics himself. “I didn’t get the best start in the first moto as I was expecting a bit of tyre spin on the metal mesh and it didn’t happen. On Saturday, it happened so I was prepared for it, so I had less RPMs and my body weight was further back, but then it didn’t happen which obviously meant I got a bad start. Then in the first turn I stalled it anyway. I got my head down and charged through to 11th but the track was tricky and one of the ruts ripped my feet off the pegs and had a pretty hard crash. I couldn’t finish the moto as my head and back hurt a bit but in the break, I just tried to get myself ready as best I could for moto two. Then in the first turn of race two, some guys from the inside cut across and Jeremy crashed and I was right behind and nearly ran him over, but I stopped luckily. This meant I was last again so once more I put my head down and made it made it back up to seventh. Some definite positives in terms of my race pace and I’m hoping to take that kind of speed into Sweden next weekend.”

General Manager Stefan Everts remained positive about how events unfolded, despite the goal of a home win for Jeremy slipping through his fingers. “Jeremy had a fantastic weekend. In the first moto he had a tough battle with Benoit Paturel right up until the chequered flag, but it was a great race and great for all the Swiss fans who came to see him. In the second moto he got cut off by one of the KTM riders in the first turn and had to come from dead last but I think he rode the race of life in front of his home crowd; it just wasn’t quite enough to win the GP. Obviously it was a big disappointment not to be able to win his home GP, especially after how he rode in the first moto. But then to ride how he rode in that second race on this kind of track was incredible. Hunter had a nasty crash in moto one but he was riding ok before that happened. He’s still trying to get up to race pace after his injury, but then in race two he showed fantastic speed to come through the pack after getting caught up in the same incident as Jeremy.”

The EMX250 class also had their second moto today but unfortunately Zach Pichon’s day was cut short after a crash on the first lap: “I had a really bad start and was maybe around 15th on the first lap when I came to the wave section and unfortunately I got kicked left and right, ending up by going over the bars with a big crash. I hit my head and neck pretty hard and the bike was completely destroyed so I had to DNF the race.” 

So while the overall feeling is one of missed opportunities, both riders know that the speed is there and that with a bit more luck they’ll be battling up the front of the field next weekend at the MXGP of Sweden in Uddevalla, where Pichon will make his MX2 debut. 

MX2 Moto 1: 1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 35:16.002; 2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:00.620; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:23.088; 4. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:29.007; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:36.006; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:39.419; 7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:41.102; 8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:45.138; 9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:47.424; 10. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:50.953;32. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), -3 lap(s).

MX2 Moto 2: 1. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), 35:22.061; 2. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:04.826; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:10.043; 4. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:12.078; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:14.984; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:26.033; 7. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:32.668; 8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +0:34.746; 9. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:37.807; 10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:38.587. 

MX2 Overall: 1. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 47 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 41 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 36 p.; 5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 36 p.; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 23 p.; 8. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 23 p.; 9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 23 p.; 10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 22 p.; 11. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 16 p.; 12. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 16 p.; 13. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 14 p.

MX2 Points Standings:
 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 629 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 580 p.; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 476 p.; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 467 p.; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 428 p.; 6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 387 p.; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 351 p.; 8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 308 p.; 9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 260 p.; 10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 259 p.

EMX250 Race 2: 1. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, Kawasaki), 30:42.823; 2. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +0:04.017; 3. Tristan Charboneau (USA, Kawasaki), +0:21.633; 4. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:34.090; 5. Adrien Malaval (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:40.592; 6. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), +0:41.860; 7. Marshal Weltin (USA, Kawasaki), +0:45.906; 8. Todd Kellett (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:46.621; 9. Alberto Forato (ITA, Honda), +0:59.365; 10. Jere Haavisto (FIN, KTM), +1:09.782; 39. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World EMX250), -14 lap(s).

EMX250 Overall: 1. Tristan Charboneau (USA, KAW), 45 points; 2. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KAW), 41 p.; 3. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 33 p.; 4. Marshal Weltin (USA, KAW), 32 p.; 5. Jed Beaton (AUS, HON), 31 p.; 6. Adrien Malaval (FRA, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 30 p.; 8. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Todd Kellett (GBR, HUS), 25 p.; 10. Jere Haavisto (FIN, KTM), 22 p.; 21. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World EMX250), 6 p.

EMX250 Points Standings: 1. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KAW), 268 points; 2. Simone Furlotti (ITA, YAM), 242 p.; 3. Alberto Forato (ITA, HON), 192 p.; 4. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 192 p.; 5. Marshal Weltin (USA, KAW), 175 p.; 6. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 171 p.; 7. Ken Bengtson (SWE, YAM), 170 p.; 8. Tristan Charboneau (USA, KAW), 159 p.; 9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 157 p.; 10. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 126 p.; 21. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World EMX250), 47 p


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28th Annual GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National Returns toMechanicsville’s Budds Creek Raceway on August 18-202017 Pro Motocross Season Continues with Full Slate
of Entertainment and Amateur Racing 
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 11, 2017) – The 11th round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is set to take place at the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland next Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20. The 28th annual event includes a full slate of special events, amateur racing and professional competition.
Amateur race registration kicks off on Thursday, August 17, from 6-8 p.m. EST. An AMA membership is required for both days of amateur racing. Both competitive amateur racing days on Friday and Sunday will consist of a two-moto format, and FLYday Friday race fees are $35 per class, with fees being $40 per class on Sunday.
Simon Cudby
The weekend begins with FLYday Friday practice with amateur racing to follow, all starting at 8:00 a.m. Specialty awards will be presented to each class winner including replica professional number plates and Fly Racing contingency. Early Entry Pit Passes to the Budds Creek National will also accompany each winner’s award, in addition to a team truck tour on Friday evening at 5 p.m.
Children 12 and under are invited to the “Pizza Party with the Pros,” at 6 p.m. at the Super Ticket VIP Tent. It will feature an autograph signing with some of the top 250 pro riders and the lovely Lucas Oil girls, complemented by free pizza and games. 
The Budds Creek Pit Bike National begins at 7:00 p.m. featuring the following classes: Bone Stoke 110, Pro Stock 110, Open 110 and Clutch Full-Size TTR 125/Honda 150 Air-Cooled.
Andrew Fredrickson
The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headlines the action on Saturday, August 19, at Budds Creek Raceway. With both championships still undecided, the hottest race action of the summer is set to take place on the track in both the 450cc and 250cc class divisions.
Keep the radio tuned to MXFM 93.5 for up-to-date announcements, racing news, interviews and information throughout the weekend. For a full list of weekend event rules and regulations please click HERE.
The second day of amateur racing will take place Sunday, August 20, in conjunction with the Mason Dixon Riding Association Bonus Points Race. Race fees are $40 per class and follows a 2-Moto format. Please see below or click HERE for the full list of amateur race classes available on FLYday Friday, August 18, and on Sunday, August 20.
Open AOpen A
Open BOpen B
Open COpen C
250 All-Star A/B250 A
250 B250 B
250 C250 C
125 B/CCollege B/C (14-24)
College B/C (14-24)Junior 25+
Junior 25+Vet 30+
Vet 30+Vet 30+ C
Senior 40+Vet 35+
Masters 50+Senior 40+
65 (7-9)Senior 40+ B/C
65 Open (7-11)Vet 45+
85 (9-13)Masters 50+
Mini Jr. (7-13)65 (7-9)
Mini Sr. (12-15)65 Open (7-11)
Supermini (12-16)85 (9-13)
Schoolboy 2 (14-16)Mini Jr. (7-13)
Women (12+)Mini Sr. (12-15)
 Supermini (12-16)
 Schoolboy 1 (12-16)
 Schoolboy 2 (14-16)
 Women 12+
 Girls (9-15)

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Gold Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle,, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at  

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The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team continued their double class podium run by once again landing riders on the box in both classes at Round 10 of the Pro Motocross Championship for the Unadilla National held in New Berlin, NY. Riders, team and motorcycles were put to the ultimate test when the skies opened up during 450 moto 1 and torrential rains wreaked havoc on the race track leading to a delayed and abbreviated schedule for the rest of the days racing. Facing the most difficult conditions they’ve seen all season, Martin Davalos, Zach Osborne and Dean Wilson rocketed their Husqvarna FC motorcycles off the rain soaked and mud filled start line to grab clear vision at the front of the pack and rode precise and aggressive races.

Martin Davalos started eighth in the first 450 moto before moving back to 10th in lap two. He made a comeback and navigated into ninth in lap three. He held strong until the halfway mark before making a pass on Eli Tomac for the eighth place spot with 12 minutes to go. He rode through the rain and slick conditions to finish eighth. He got a great start in the second moto and quickly moved into second place after passing teammate Dean Wilson in the first lap. Looking good and making easy work of the difficult conditions, he pushed ahead and stalked leader Marvin Musquin. He stayed consistent the remainder of the race, kept it on two wheels, and finished an impressive second. The 8-2 finish gave him second overall on the day and puts him sixth overall in 450 rider point standings.

“Unadilla is an awesome track,” said Davalos. “Everyone was watching the weather coming. They didn’t disc the track really deep like they normally do here because of the weather. I think it was a good call because it down poured during our first moto. It started around the third lap and there was a lot of lightning. I did my best, but the struggle with the goggles was difficult with the amount of rain we were getting. We lounged around for awhile before the second moto because we didn’t know what time we were going to go. I got a decent start and just put my head down. I stayed positive and came out with a second in that moto and it put me in second overall. I’m super proud of myself and proud of everything. I’m thankful to be where I’m at."

Zach Osborne started outside the top 10 in the first 250 moto but charged up to fifth by the sixth lap. He made passes on Aaron Plessigner and Adam Cianciarulo right before the white flag came out and held strong to finish third. The second moto started after a 30 minute rain delay, with Osborne claiming the eighth spot off the gate. With a shortened 20 minute plus one lap format due to rain, Osborne knew he had to move through the pack quickly. He moved into seventh by the second lap and continued to battle the difficult conditions. He ran up to sixth by the fourth lap, then fifth the following lap. He held strong to fifth until the finish. The 3-5 finish gave him third overall on the day and maintains his lead in the 250 championship.

“All in all it was a good day,” said Osborne. “It definitely could have been a little bit better, but I’m happy to come away with a podium. That second moto was high stakes, and I’m happy I got a top-five and come away with another podium. I’ve only missed one podium the entire season, so I’m just trying to keep that trend going. I hope to carry some momentum in Budds Creek—it’s a track I really enjoy and I look forward to it."

Dean Wilson was 13th at the start of the first 450 moto and worked his way up to 10th by the halfway mark. He made the pass on Eli Tomac for ninth just in time for the red flag to be waived with two minutes to go due to severe track conditions and finished ninth. He was second at the start of the second moto and came out of the first lap in third. Still in third with 3 minutes to go, he was feeling pressure from Cooper Webb. He held strong until the white flag when Webb snuck by, putting Wilson in fourth. He kept it steady the remainder of the race to finish fourth. The 9-4 finish gave him sixth overall on the day, and he is currently fourth overall in 450 rider point standings.

“I’m happy to walk away with some good points,” said Wilson. “I feel like my riding is probably the best it’s been this year, but it didn’t really show. We got cut short the first moto, then it started raining and was a mud moto. It was completely muddy the second moto. I’m still happy to walk away with sixth overall. It’s all good. I’m happy to move on to the next weekend and hope to have a good showing."

The team will now make its way to the Budds Creek National next Saturday, held in Mechanicsville, MD, for the penultimate round of the series. 

Unadilla National Results

1. Marvin Musquin, KTM (1-1)
2. Martin Davalos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (8-2)
3. Cole Seely, HON (3-6)
4. Cooper Webb, YAM (7-3)
5. Blake Baggett, KTM (2-11)
6. Dean Wilson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (9-4)
7. Justin Bogle, SUZ (4-10)
8. Christian Craig, HON (5-9)
9. Eli Tomac, KAW (10-5)
10. Benny Bloss, KTM (15-8)

1. Jeremy Martin, HON (2-1)
2. Joey Savatgy, KAW (1-4)
3. Zach Osborne, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (3-5)
4. Dylan Ferrandis, YAM (6-3)
5. Justin Cooper, YAM (12-2)
6. Adam Cianciarulo, KAW (5-8)
7. Aaron Plessinger, YAM (4-10)
8. RJ Hampshire, HON (8-6)
9. Chase Sexton, HON (7-12)
10. Kyle Cunningham, SUZ (13-7)

1. Eli Tomac (400)
2. Blake Baggett (373)
3. Marvin Musquin (369)
4. Dean Wilson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (299)
5. Cole Seely (263)
6. Martin Davalos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (243)
7. Justin Bogle (241)
8. Jason Anderson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (216)
9. Weston Peick (213)
10. Cooper Webb (211)

1. Zach Osborne, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (413)
2. Jeremy Martin (350)
3. Joey Savatgy (324)
4. Dylan Ferrandis (299)
5. Alex Martin (296)
6. Aaron Plessinger (285)
7. Adam Cianciarulo (283)
8. Colt Nichols (235)
9. Mitchell Harrison (229)
10. Shane McElrath (210)



Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Putting in two strong performances at the Frauenfeld circuit, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin wrapped up round 15 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship by earning a solid runner-up overall result at the MXGP of Switzerland. 

With the rutted Swiss circuit providing few chances for passing, Paulin got off to two good starts in the final MXGP class races and remained fast and mistake-free until the end of each moto. Securing fourth in moto one before a strong runner-up result in moto two, the Frenchman found himself battling for the overall victory in Switzerland. Collecting equal points with the overall winner Jeffrey Herlings, Paulin had to settle for second overall due to Herlings’ better result in moto two. 

Continuing to build on his speed, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie enjoyed a season best moto result claiming a well-deserved runner-up spot in the opening MXGP race. Together with his second place finish in Saturday’s qualifying race, it was a great weekend for the MXGP class rookie. Frustratingly, unable to get a good start in the second MXGP moto Anstie finished 12th and had to settle for fifth overall at the GP. 

Showing some good speed in both motos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl collected 13-7 results to earn 10th overall at the MXGP of Switzerland. 

In the MX2 category, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Covington came close to securing a podium result in Frauenfeld. Battling through a bad start to claim seventh in moto one, the young American found himself leading moto two for a few laps. Settling for the runner-up spot in moto two, he wrapped up his weekend fourth overall at the GP. 

Involved in some close battles in both motos, Thomas Kjer-Olsen collected a pair of sixth place results in Frauenfeld for sixth overall at the Swiss GP. 

For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s MX2 class rookie Conrad Mewse the GP ended with the young Brit claiming 17th overall in the 250cc class. 

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round 16 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Uddevalla, Sweden on August 19/20. 

Gautier Paulin“I’m really happy to be back on the podium. We had a big fight for the overall win here in Switzerland and eventually I ended up sharing the same number of points with Jeffrey Herlings. It feels good to be back up to speed and I can’t thank my team enough for all their hard work and dedication. The pace was high in both motos. I got two good starts and that was positive. It also felt great to be leading the second moto for some laps. Overall, this GP has been a big step in the right direction and I will keep pushing to take this momentum into the coming events.” 

Max Anstie“It’s been a good weekend for me. Getting the holeshot and then going on to finish second in the qualifying race was a good confidence booster. I was feeling good on the bike so was looking forward to the final motos. Getting another great start in moto one I managed to get a good race pace right from the first laps. I spent the first half of the moto pushing hard to pass Arnaud Tonus for the lead but then decided to settle for second and save some energy for moto two. My start wasn’t bad in the second moto but another rider hit neutral in front of me in turn two so I ended up losing a lot of time. Taking the positives out of this GP I got two holeshots and a strong runner-up moto result. This is very positive for the next rounds of the championship.” 

Max Nagl“It was hard to find a good rhythm at this circuit. The weekend started with a downpour on Saturday morning but the track dried up pretty quick. I had a good qualifying race where I finished ninth. Conditions during the final motos were different. I could not get the start I wanted and that made my life a lot harder in both motos. My jumps out of the gate were quite good but I could not keep my speed going into the first corner. My best moment came in the second moto where I found myself battling for the top eight. I made some passes and ended up getting seventh at the chequered flag.” 

Thomas Covington“I’m really happy with my performance in moto two. With the track being one-lined in most parts, you had to push hard to stay fast. Getting a bad start in moto one I had to dig pretty deep. Making many passes I managed to get seventh at the chequered flag. Then in moto two I got off to a great start and then was able to lead the race for a couple of laps. To get second at the finish line shows that the speed is there. My pace was really good but as we were getting closer to the end of the race I felt like I was running out of energy. I might have narrowly missed the overall podium in Switzerland but we will keep working to get back on it in the coming rounds.” 

Thomas Kjer-Olsen“Getting sixth overall is a good overall result but I was expecting more from this round. I did my best for some good results in both motos but I just couldn’t match the speed of the riders in front. The track was one-lined and it was very tough to make passes. There were some very deep ruts so it was also very physically exhausting. We’re now heading to Uddevalla in Sweden and I’m hoping for some improved results there.” 

Conrad Mewse“It’s been an on and off weekend for me. There were times in both motos where my speed was good and I had some nice battles with the frontrunners. In the opening race I started right outside the top 10 and went on to cross the line in 14th. Then in moto two my start was not good, so I had to push hard. I was not able to get a good race pace so I had to settle for 18th at the line. We keep the positives and continue the hard work.” 

Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 15 

MXGP - Overall 
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 40pts; 2. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 40; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 38… 5. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 31… 10. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 22… 16. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 10… 21. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 2 

MXGP - Race 1 
1. Arnaud Tonus (Yamaha) 16 laps, 34:40.671; 2. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 34:41.553; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 34:42.090; 4. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34:49.234… 13. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:27.690… 18. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 36:13.579; 19. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:16.429… 22. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 36:48.152… 31. Nicolas Bender (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 35:44.987 

MXGP - Race 2 
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 16 laps, 34:26.611; 2. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34:31.168; 3. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 34:34.236… 7. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:11.314… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 35:27.761… 14. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 35:35.010… 18. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 36:32.136… 26. Nicolas Bender (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 35:45.636… 28. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 23:24.789 

MX2 - Overall 
1. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 47pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 41; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 40; 4. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 36… 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 30… 17. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 10; 18. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 9; 19. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 9; 20. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 4… 24. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 1 

MX2 - Race 1 
1. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 16 laps, 35:16.002; 2. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 35:16.622; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 35:39.090… 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:55.421; 7. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:57.104… 12. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 36:11.356… 14. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 36:22.624… 18. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 37:00.496… 20. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 37:33.530… 26. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 36:11.120 

MX2 - Race 2 
1. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 16 laps, 35:22.061; 2. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:26.887; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 35:32.104… 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:48.094… 15. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 36:25.956… 17. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 36:33.637; 18. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 36:37.265… 23. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 36:59.954 

Championship Standings (After Round 15) 

1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 605pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 508; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 486… 7. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 358… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 307… 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 167… 19. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 105… 24. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 35… 33. Evgeny Mikhaylov (Husqvarna) 10… 35. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 6… 44. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 3… 48. Sven Van der Mierden (Husqvarna) 2 

1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 629pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 580; 3. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 476; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 467… 6. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 387… 16. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 161; 20. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 105; 21. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 89; 22. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 87… 30. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 42… 33. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 30… 37. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 14; 38. Karel Kutsar (Husqvarna) 14… 48. Ivan Petrov (Husqvarna) 1… 52. Aaron Tanti (Husqvarna) 1