KENNESAW, Ga., Aug 22, 2017 / Nestled just outside of our Nation’s Capital in Mechanicsville, Maryland is Budds Creek Motocross Park – home to the GEICO Budds Creek National and Round 11 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Initially there was concern that weather would once again wreck havoc on race day – as it rained heavily at the track on Friday evening, flooding much of the paddock area. Even though the paddock was turned into sloppy and muddy mush, the track faired surprisingly well considering all the rain that fell. When race day rolled around, there was no threat of rain or thunderstorms in sight. However, in place of the rain, the temperatures soared and humidity levels were excessive as well. Proper hydration and recovery would be essential to a successful day of racing for MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki Racing. This round of racing brought with it a change to our team lineup, with the #645 of Cheyenne Harmon making the switch from the 450 class to the 250 class, while the #606 of Ronnie Stewart maintained his position as the team’s 450 rider.
This week, it would be the 450 riders who took to the dirt first. Thanks to some great track prep by the Budds Creek team, the riders didn’t have to navigate mud and slop the way we initially anticipated. The track was a bit wet still, however, for the first practice, which led to most riders finding their fastest lap time during the second practice session, Ronnie Stewart included. Ronnie qualified in 23rd – a great gate pick position heading into the afternoon motos. Cheyenne Harmon, in his 250 class debut with the team, immediately looked comfortable on the RMZ 250 and quickly found his flow amongst the incredibly competitive class of riders. Cheyenne would qualify in 33rd, making it his second-ever National that he qualified for in a direct transfer position. Having both riders earn their gate picks directly from qualifying practice gave them extra time to rest and recover before the motos, allowing their core body temperatures to cool down in the extreme heat.
Budds Creek features an unusual left-hand start and plenty of off-camber turns to challenge the riders. In the first Moto, Ronnie Stewart landed toward the back of the pack off the start, but that didn’t keep him from charging hard the entire 30-minute + 2 lap moto. He would make some decisive passes that would ultimately score him in 25th at the finish. When the gate dropped on the first 250 moto, many riders found themselves tangled in a first turn carnage pileup, but not Cheyenne Harmon. Cheyenne was able to navigate around the traffic jam and keep it on two wheels. The 250 class has been, arguably, even more competitive than the 450 class this season with at least the top 15 guys fairly evenly matched each and every week. Entering into this class, especially during Budds Creek, was particularly challenging because there was a good chance a champion would be crowned. Harmon navigated the competitive class quite well and finished the first moto in 33rd.
As the second motos approached, a slight breeze rolled in as a welcome relief to the extreme temperatures we had experienced much of the day thus far. Where previously the extreme heat and humidity took a toll on Stewart – as it does on so many of the riders – Ronnie was able to tackle both motos with heart and dedication, despite the challenging conditions. He would go on to finish the moto in 20th place, earning another valuable point in the series. Stewart’s 25-20 score on the day put him in 24th place overall. In the final moto of the day, Cheyenne Harmon was once again ready to battle in the highly competitive 250 class. Harmon was scored in 31st off the start, where he settled in and remained for the entirety of the moto, finishing in 31st and improving his finishing position by two places. By scoring 33-31, Cheyenne would finish with 33rd overall.
There is only one round remaining in the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series, but that still leaves plenty of time for epic on-track battles in both classes. We look forward to finishing out the year on a high note and hopefully some season-best finishes. Join us as MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Racing heads to Crawfordsville, Indiana for the conclusion of the 2017 Pro Motocross season.
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RCH Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Bogle collected his first career AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship victory riding the team’s RM-Z450 at the weekend’s Budds Creek National in America.
Bogle was consistent with a 1-3 finish at the 11th round and led the way and dominated the first moto. He said: “It’s an incredible feeling to get a win. This was my first podium on a 450 and to make it a win is awesome. I drilled my starts in both motos and came out top-three each time. The pressure was there with lappers. Lappers were so tough. They did an incredible job with the track after the conditions we had on Friday with all the rain. It was one line so that made it kind of tough. I have to give a shout out to the whole RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory team. It’s an incredible group of guys. I love those guys. It feels like my rookie year. I’m learning so much. It was a beautiful day to get out there and lead some laps. I’m so thankful for everyone who has been helping me out. Jeannie (Carmichael), RC (RCH team co-owner Ricky Carmichael), everybody back at the Farm. My trainer, my management team, everyone who has helped me reach this point.”
Bogle, who moved to Tallahassee, Florida earlier this year to re-tool his training and riding programs, was a staple at the front of the field in both motos and never raced deeper than third in the running order. His win also marked the first chequered flag for the defending 450 Class champions this season and first since Ken Roczen closed-out last year with a 1-1 finish at the Ironman National.
Bogle’s RCH teammate Matt Bisceglia had a career day of his own by collecting both premier 450 Class Holeshot Awards and logging a 6-10 finish to bring his RM-Z450 home eighth in the final rundown.
“I had a very good day at Budds Creek,” commented Bisceglia. “Practice and qualifying were both very smooth and I ripped both holeshots. I was really happy with how everything went. My Suzuki RM-Z450 was absolutely putting the power to the ground. I didn’t loop-out at all this weekend and I went 6-10 to finish eighth overall. It was a big step in the right direction and I’m really happy with my progress. I’m excited about the last round at Ironman this weekend. I’ll come in strong and be ready to go.”
The curtain rings down on 2017 Saturday afternoon when the teams and riders of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship visit Crawfordsville, for the 12th and final race of the year.
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Weston Peick took his Suzuki RM-Z450 to eighth place in the first moto, then switched-up his lines for the second moto and for sixth. His 8-6 moto scores netted him sixth overall and he sits eighth in the standings with one round to go.
Phil Nicoletti continued to get used to the race pace after being out for the better part of a year. Nicoletti’s 14-12 scores resulted in a 13th place overall finish. Was this post helpful? Add yours to our service or subscribe to our feed above.
CEO’s of Harley-Davidson and Polaris to Offer Keynote Addresses
IRVINE, Calif. (August 18, 2017) - The future of the powersports industry lies with new riders, and how to develop these new riders is a tough yet intriguing challenge the industry must face together. To help address that challenge, AIMExpo presented by Nationwide (AIMExpo) invites dealers, media and all industry attendees to the show’s opening program, where leaders of iconic American manufacturers Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Polaris Industries will share their ideas. The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) also will reveal a key initiative toward this goal.
AIMExpo presented by Nationwide will kickstart four days of industry business with “The Future Starts Here” on September 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Opening ceremonies will feature keynote speeches from Scott Wine, CEO of Polaris, and Matt Levatich, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. The two industry leaders will explore the challenges and opportunities for motorcycling and powersports’ future as we approach the millennium’s third decade.
“The work must begin now to present a powersports riding opportunity that captures the emotion and imagination of the first ride experience to the next generations in America,” said Tim Buche, CEO of the MIC, which produces AIMExpo. “The moment has arrived for everyone in this great industry to have a role in building the road to our future, and we’re excited to welcome the leaders of legacy American brands Harley-Davidson and Polaris to America’s premier show as we define the way forward.”
AIMExpo presented by Nationwide is where all the industry’s stakeholders – dealers, manufacturers, aftermarket and media – converge to share not only what products and services will be part of the business in 2018, but also to address shaping the state of the business beyond 2018 and into the future.
“Plotting the path ahead and addressing the real challenges of our collective business starts with coming together,” said MIC Events VP and general manager Larry Little. “There will not be a better opportunity for the industry to meet face-to-face and discuss these issues than AIMExpo presented by Nationwide this September in Columbus.”
The opening program begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to all exhibitors and trade visitors with a trade credential. Doors to the showfloor will open to trade visitors at 10:00 a.m. following the program.
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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER FINISHES ON THE MXGP PODIUM FOR THE SEVENTH TIME IN 2017
Securing a podium result for the second week in succession, Gautier Paulin claimed third overall at a challenging MXGP of Sweden. Collecting 40 valuable points the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider is now just four points behind the provisional runner-up spot in the 2017 MXGP Motocross World Championship standings.
Remaining fast and consistent despite changing conditions at the historic Uddevalla track, Gautier wrapped up the GP with two third place results. The FC 450 mounted rider collected equal points with runner-up Romain Febvre but had to settle for third overall due to Febvre’s better result in moto two.
Max Anstie was faced with a mountain to climb in each of the two motos following disappointing starts. Collecting 13-8 results he earned 11th overall at the GP of Sweden.
Luck wasn’t with Max Nagl’s in either of the MXGP final motos. Racing as high as fifth in moto one, Romain Febvre crashed in front of him causing Nagl to fall and in the process breaking his front bake lever, forcing him to retire. In a similar scenario in moto two, the German was racing in fourth before another rider landing on his back. Quickly picking himself up Nagl finished the race in 15th place.
The GP of Sweden proved to be the most successful of Conrad Meswe’s career to date. Blisteringly fast aboard his FC 250 the young Brit got fourth in MX2 moto one and then eighth in moto two to wrap up the GP fourth overall in the 250cc class.
For Mewse’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Thomas Covington, the highlight of the Swedish GP was an impressive second moto victory. Taken down by another rider crashing in front of him in moto one, the American had to settle for 16th at the finish. Getting valuable points from his second moto victory Thomas earned fifth overall at the GP.
Working hard during the weekend to improve on his speed, Thomas Kjer-Olsen collected 9-4 results for sixth overall in the MX2 class.
The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round 17 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Jacksonville, USA on September 1/2.
Gautier Paulin: “We had a good weekend in Sweden. With the rain falling on Saturday and Sunday morning we were faced with changing track conditions. It took some time for me to get a good feeling but once this happened I was able to get a good speed and keep that throughout both motos. In the opening moto I got off to a good start and after making some mid race passes I managed to get third. Then in the second moto I lost some time right after the gate dropped, but my bike was so good that I could remain inside the top five going into the first corner. It was tough to remain fast on this track and you had to rely a lot on a good technique. I pushed hard for another third-place result and I was happy to earn one more podium result.”
Max Anstie: “I felt I had the speed to battle for the top five this weekend but things didn’t actually work our way. Not getting a great result in qualifying made my life a lot harder for the final motos. In moto one I started outside the top 20 and had to push hard to passes. I really feel I did my best and ended up finishing in 13th place. Going into the second moto I was feeling good on the bike despite changing conditions in the track. My start wasn’t perfect again so had to battle my way through the pack again. Coming home in eighth was a positive result, it made me feel good considering my bad start. Overall, I’m pleased with my speed here in Sweden and I’m looking forward to the coming GP in the States.”
Max Nagl: “I really like the Uddevalla track and I had a really good feeling coming into this GP. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on our side this weekend. Getting fourth in the qualifying race I had a good starting position for the final motos. In moto one my start was great and I was racing in fifth position until Romain Febvre crashed in front of me. Hitting the ground hard my front brake lever broke so I had to pull in. Then in moto two I got another good start and was racing in fourth until I felt another rider landing in my back. We went down and when I got back into the race I was last. None of these incidents were really my fault. I’m hoping for some better luck in the coming GP in the US.”
Conrad Mewse: “I’m really happy with getting fourth overall in Sweden. It’s the best overall result of my career in MX2 and it’s the best reward for all the hard work we’ve been putting in. Following my good fifth place result in qualifying I got off to a good start in the opening moto and was running in third for the first corners. After a few laps things cleared out and I could focus on myself. I rode my own moto and came home in fourth place. Then in moto two my start wasn’t that good. I started the race outside the top 10 and slowly got myself up to eighth at the finish line making a few good passes along the way. I’m now hoping we can continue this momentum going into the last part of the series.”
Thomas Covington: “It’s been a tough GP for me so I’m satisfied I managed to turn things around and get the victory in the final moto. Following a crash in the qualifying moto I didn’t have a great starting position. In moto one I got a good start but a few laps into the race another rider crashed in front of me. I got back up and started charging but then again I made a mistake coming off the track. Eventually I crossed the line in 16th place. For moto two I decided to make a few changes. I had a different plan for the start and it worked out pretty well. Spending the first half of the race battling for the top three, I could see that my speed was good compared to the riders in front. Putting myself in second five laps before the end I saw that Jeremy Seewer had a steady pace. I decided to go for it and on the jump before the last corner I stayed on the gas and managed to make the pass for the win. We’re now heading to the US and I can’t wait to race on my home soil.”
Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “I’m satisfied with my performance in the second race. In the opening moto I didn’t manage to get a good feeling. I was struggling to remain fast so I had to settle for a ninth-place result at the chequered flag. I decided to approach moto two with a completely different mind-set and that worked out quite well. Starting outside the top 10 I made a few good passes. I was feeling good on my bike so managed to get fourth at the line for sixth overall at the GP. We take the positives from this second moto and move on to the next round in the US."
Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 16
MXGP - Overall 1. Tim Gajser (Honda), 47pts; 2. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 40; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 40… 11. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 21; 12. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 17… 17. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 6… 19. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 5… 23. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 3; 24. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 2
Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office Team Suzuki Press Office – August 20.
Arminas Jasikonis – 10-9 for 9th Kevin Strijbos – 31-13 for 16th
Arminas Jasikonis put his RM-Z450WS inside the top 10 at the MXGP of Sweden, on what was a strange day at the Uddevalla track. Rain showers and bursts of sunshine meant that the riders never knew what conditions they’d be facing when they lined up at the gate but Jasikonis fought hard in both his motos to get a ninth overall and a little confidence boost before the trip to America. Kevin Strijbos also put in a hard-charge in the second moto to come home in 13th, after a nasty incident in the first moto meant that he wasn’t even sure he’d be lining up.
“It’s been a struggle all weekend with my riding but it turned out quite good today actually”, said Jasikonis. “My riding was much better, and I was making good passes despite getting stuck behind Jeremy van Horebeek. I couldn’t make the pass and I made mistakes when I was changing the lines, which allowed Antonio Cairoli and Romain Febvre to pass me and that’s why I finished in 10th place. The second moto I rode even better, I didn’t have the best start but after a couple of laps I made some good passes again and got into sixth place. Everyone was there, not too far in front but a few silly mistakes dropped me back from that unfortunately. My riding was good though, I was happy with that, and now we are going to build upon that to prepare myself for the USA, and take another step forward.”
For Strijbos, it was disappointment to get his first moto cut short, but he showed real guts in the second race to line-up and still put in the third fastest lap of the race on his RM-Z450WS. “In the first moto I didn’t get the best start and then in the first lap I just stuck out my left leg and it got caught in the rut and I ran over my leg with my own footpeg. I twisted it really badly and it was really painful. I couldn’t stand on it, and it was throbbing in my boot and if it does that I know it’s not good. I even thought it could be broken so I pulled into the pits and got my boots off. I put some ice on it, took some painkillers and taped it up. It was still painful to walk but I wanted to try for the second moto still and it actually felt better when I put my boot on again. Unfortunately I got a similar start in race two and in the beginning my mobility was limited but it gradually got better and I put in some good laps. I think I had the third fastest laptime in the second race so that shows I have the speed, I just need to get better starts. Now we’re going to go back and find something for America, so people can see my true potential on the track.”
Team Manager Stefan Everts said: “Kevin hurt his ankle in the first moto and didn’t get the best starts in both motos and at this level it’s tough to come and battle the top 15 with any sort of injury. For AJ, in both races he came though the pack really well and I think in the first moto it was possible to get a top six finish. Unfortunately he dropped it at one point. The second moto was almost the exact same scenario, he came through well before dropping it again. It’s the small mistakes which he needs to work on but speed-wise he is performing well and I’m really happy with that. He came away with a 10th and a ninth so it is still positive but we can always aim for more.”
Winnipeg, MB - FXR Racing is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2018 MX Collection, launching August 18, 2017. FXR has a passion for creating a higher standard in high-performance motocross racewear. Through extensive research, development, and testing in actual races and months of working hand in hand with our team riders on every detail, FXR has produced the FXR 2018 MX Collection; the lightest, most comfortable high-performance motocross gear on the market.
The Revo line is FXR’s premium gear. Putting the rider first, with a focus on ergonomic fit and ultra-light weight performance. The Revo moto pants and jersey will deliver on the finish line.
The Revo Pant offers an industry-leading fit and performance. The fit is created by our tailored approach and innovative 4-way stretch poly/span lightweight fabric panels. The Revo pant incorporates a pre-shaped leg construction with ultra-lightweight fabrics to offer the ultimate balance of comfort and performance.
The Revo Jersey is a slim fit lightweight polyester-spandex mesh for superior airflow and comfort, along with proprietary moisture-wicking yarns that provide quick-dry performance
The Mission line is FXR’s mid-level gear line. With a focus on performance fit and durability, the Mission moto pants and jersey will give you what you are looking for.
The Mission Pant offers the best balance between fit and durability. The Mission pant incorporates tough 900D fabric construction with lightweight 600D fabric to offer the best comfort and mobility.
The Mission Jersey combines a lightweight polyester-spandex mesh with polyester knit for the best balance in comfort and airflow with an athletic fit.
CLUTCH MX PRIME COLLECTION
The Clutch line is FXR’s entry-level gear line. With performance and value in mind. The construction and colorways are made to appeal to a wide variety of riders.
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Using the same tailored approach from our REVO pant. The innovative 4-way stretch poly/span lightweight fabric thigh panels and the 600D fabric leg construction. This gives you the benefits of ultra-lightweight and durable all in one.
The Revo Off-road Jersey is a slim fit, lightweight polyester-spandex mesh for superior airflow and comfort, along with proprietary moisture-wicking yarns that provide quick-dry performance.
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Jeremy Seewer – 2-2 for 1st Hunter Lawrence – 12-6 for 9th Zach Pichon – 30-31 for 32nd
Jeremy Seewer battled hard in both motos as he took his fifth MX2 GP at the MXGP of Sweden. On a day where the weather conditions were constantly changing, the Uddevalla track provided a real test for all the riders, but Seewer coped the best and topped the scores with 44pts.
Behind him, Hunter Lawrence also showed everyone how to ride the track, running in second place in the second moto, just behind Seewer as the Suzuki RM-Z250s were in first and second position. In the end, the Australian came home in sixth place, but it was further confirmation of just how talented the young Australian is. Zach Pichon also proved he can run with the MX2 guys, putting in two solid motos, showing good speed and battling hard on what was his MX2 debut.
For Seewer though, it was an overall that he thoroughly deserved, despite the disappointment of not being able to take a moto win. He then gave his thoughts on the performance: “In the first moto I got a decent start and made my way to third position, where I then made a small mistake. That only cost me a few seconds, but it would prove crucial in the end as I came home in second, really close to Jorge Prado in first. And then in the second moto I got a really good start with the KTM duo up front. I made the passes happen and moved into the lead really quickly. I had my team mate Lawrence on my back in second place, in between me and Thomas Covington who was riding really well. I did my best all the race, I made a few mistakes near the end and of course I’m frustrated he passed me on that last corner but he was just on another level on those last couple of laps. It was frustrating on one side but I’m really happy to have got my fifth GP win this year, which is awesome for everyone in the Suzuki World MX2 team. I’m just enjoying racing so much at the moment and I’m having a lot of fun. The championship is important and it won’t be easy with just three to go, but we shall see how it goes.”
The end result wasn’t quite a good representation of how Lawrence rode, but ninth overall is still impressive for the MX2 rookie: “The first moto was difficult”, said Lawrence. “I got an ok start, around 15th but on the fifth corner another rider ran into the back of me and I crashed and had to start from last. I passed a lot of riders and got back to 12th but it wasn’t great to have to do that. In the second moto I got a very good start in the top five or six. I moved into second quickly but Covington was on my rear and putting pressure on me. I took a line a bit too rushed and came off just before the wall jump. It was the worst place to crash on the track and it took a bit to get going. I fought hard to come home in sixth, it just could have been better. A lot of positives though, riding is good, speed is good both motos, I just needed to put it all together.”
On his debut, nothing was really expected from Pichon, but it was still good to see three RM-Z250s out on the track and fighting hard. Afterwards the young Frenchman summed up his first ever MX2 event: “In the first moto I got an ok start, around 20th and was feeling good in the first 20 minutes. I was pushing hard and having some good battles. The last 10 minutes were difficult though, I made some mistakes and didn’t have a good rhythm on the track and lost some places. In the second moto I didn’t get off to the best start but I passed a lot of riders around the first corner and I think I was pretty close to the top 10. I was riding ok, but then I had a big crash on the table-top, nearly going over the bars. It was a good experience though, the results weren’t there, but overall it was ok for the first GP and I had fun.”
Stefan Everts was obviously happy to have another win for the team, and was especially delighted when the two RM-Z250s were up front in that second moto. “Jeremy had a good weekend, all weekend he was riding well and he felt really good. Sweden is a tough track, it’s a tough track and not one you can have a lot of fun on. He got everything dialled in really quickly and the riding was good. He had a good start and moved into second in that first moto. Unfortunately, he dropped it and ended up losing by a close distance to Prado. I think if he hadn’t dropped it he could have won the race. In the second moto the start was good, along with Hunter and after a couple of laps they was first and second and it was a dream scenario for everyone in the Suzuki World team. Unfortunately, Hunter made his mistake and then Jeremy got passed just before the finish line. We still took the overall win, so we have to be happy and glad for that, but it was a pity for that to happen right at the end. The gap at the top got four points smaller so we’re going to keep on trying and keep on pushing until the very end. For Hunter, he finally got a good start after analysing and studying everything and he was running up front. He was pushing Jeremy and one of the fastest guys out there. It was a very positive second moto and he proved he has the speed.”
With three rounds left, Seewer still has his sights set on over-turning the deficit at the top of the MX2 Championship and hopes to get another win for the Suzuki World team when the series resumes in the USA on September 2nd. MX2 Moto 1: 1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 34:43.460; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:01.823; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:28.793; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:30.835; 5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:38.535; 6. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:39.396; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:40.303; 8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +0:42.035; 9. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:43.397; 10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:46.421; 11. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:47.334; 12. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:48.500; 30. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World MX2), -1 lap(s).
MX2 Moto 2: 1. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), 34:06.609; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:00.055; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:21.635; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:22.772; 5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:24.457; 6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:24.811; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:25.192; 8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:35.912; 9. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:38.203; 10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:44.945; 31. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World MX2), -1 lap(s).
MX2 Overall: 1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 44 points; 2. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 41 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 31 p.; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 30 p.; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 28 p.; 8. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 27 p.; 9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 24 p.; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 23 p.; 32. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World MX2), 0 p.
MX2 Points Standings: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 669 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 624 p.; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 504 p.; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 497 p.; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 436 p.; 6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 417 p.; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 392 p.; 8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 331 p.; 9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 284 p.; 10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 273 p. Was this post helpful? Add yours to our service or subscribe to our feed above.