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MXGP of Czech Republic: De Wolf Captures Emotional Win While Coenen Races To P3

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After a short refresh break, the Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Team touched down for racing on European soil again, following their total domination of the fly-away races in Indonesia two weeks ago. The picturesque and formidable Loket circuit beckoned, boasting its fearsome layout of steep climbs, and winding rock-laden turns.  Nestled in the hillsides of the scenic Karlovy Vary Region of the Czech Republic, Loket is a truly iconic venue on the FIM Motocross World Championship calendar, having featured nearly every year since 1995. For current MX2 Red Plate holder Kay de Wolf, the venue held special significance, as victory had eluded him there throughout his career. That was until now. The Dutchman delivered a true champion's performance throughout a rollercoaster weekend, which started with a huge crash during lap three of qualifying. The Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Team worked through the night to repair his bike for the start gates on Sunday. Repaying their efforts, de Wolf finished third in the opening moto and then cruised to a dominant victory in the second moto. Better yet, the 3-1 result earned him his fifth victory of the season and extended his championship lead by 46 points. Teammate Lucas Coenen was in hot pursuit, eager to close down the championship gap to de Wolf. The Belgian charged to the front during Saturday’s qualifying to take an emphatic victory—his fifth qualifying win of 2024—and moved into Sunday with the prime gate slot. Despite a tough start in Sunday’s opening moto, which initially dropped Coenen to 13th, the Belgian once again charged through the field, taking the lead on lap seven. By the final flag, Coenen had controlled the race with a nine-second lead over rival Simon Längenfelder. A difficult second moto saw Coenen swing between 8th and 4th, despite a heavy crash into a mud bank while racing his teammate. At the final flag, a 1-4 finish placed the Belgian third overall on the podium, setting him up to fight for the win at his home GP in under a week’s time. For Mattia Guadagnini, Loket proved to be a weekend of mixed fortunes. Continuing his move to the front of the grid, Mattia showed why he is one to watch. Setting a strong pace in qualifying, Mattia ran in P4 for much of the session before slipping to a respectable seventh at the end. On Sunday, the Italian made a blistering start in the first moto, fighting his way up to 8th. Notably at mid-race distance, Mattia went bar-to-bar for several laps with former world champion Romain Febvre.  The second moto saw Mattia make another excellent start, almost clinching the holeshot. However, an unfortunate crash after catching the rear wheel of Jorge Prado forced him off the bike. The incident was further compounded as other riders ran over him. Despite this, Mattia displayed remarkable determination, jumping back on his bike and pushing 100% to finish 16th. His combined results of 8-16 placed him 18th overall for the weekend. Next up is the famous sand circuit in Belgium—Lommel—for the MXGP of Flanders on the 28th June. #101 - Mattia Guadagnini: “It was going well until the second moto - and overall I think I can be quite satisfied with the weekend. I really pushed over Saturday and Sunday, and I felt good with the track. In qualifying I was running fourth, but I couldn't quite keep that pace for the whole moto - so I slipped to 7th. In the first moto - I started around 10th and finished eighth. Then in the second moto, I almost took the holeshot, but then I got together with Jorge in the first corner and couldn't stay on the bike. Some guys ran over me - which I could feel. That was a hard one for sure. I got back on the bike and pushed 100% to the end anyway to make up some positions. For the riding, I can be quite satisfied. I’m getting closer to the front now - and for sure I’m happy about that!” #74 - Kay de Wolf: “It was amazing to get the victory, even though the starts didn't make it easy, but I’m so happy with the result. I got a little bit emotional on that podium. From last year going through so much pain, I was on the box as well, and then in 2018 I missed out on the Junior 85cc - which also just raced here this weekend - so to finally get the win here feels very special. I couldn't have done it without the amazing team behind me, they are really doing a great job. They had to do so much work overnight to fix the bike, which was completely bent after a big crash on Saturday, so a big shout out to them for sure!” #96 - Lucas Coenen: “For sure, even though we were on the podium, it felt like a tough one. I don't have loads to say about the first moto - I came from 13th through to win, the track was pretty tough and it was quite hot - so it was a challenge physically. In the second moto, my start was good but I got pushed wide from the inside and then I messed it up and I crashed. It was a big hit, but I tried to come back as best as possible. We don't quit, we just race as hard as we can - and I’m looking ahead to Lommel to go as fast as I can!” Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Thirteen:
MXGP – Overall:
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 45pts; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 44pts; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 43pts; 4. Calvin Vlaanderen (Yamaha) 36pts; 18. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 18pts MXGP – Moto One:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:28.261; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 35:36.343; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:38.655; 8. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 36:21.951 MXGP – Moto Two:
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:31.253; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 35:34.284; 3. Calvin Vlaanderen (Yamaha) 35:35.613; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:40.787; 16. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 37:28.356 MXGP – Standings:
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 663pts; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 527pts; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 608pts; 12. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 194pts MX2 – Overall:
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 45pts; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 44pts; 3. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 25pts; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 36pts; 5. Mikkel Haarup (Triumph) 34pts; 15. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 12pts; 32. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 0pts MX2 – Moto One:
1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 33:54.414; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 34:04.363; 3. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 34:07.997; 5. Liam Everts (KTM) 34:12.456; 26. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 27:33.493; 28 Sacha Coenen (KTM) 21:10.215 MX2 – Moto Two:
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 33:54.288; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 33:56.246; 3. Liam Everts (KTM) 34:02.033; 4. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 34:14.973; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 34:53.616; DNS. Andrea Adamo (KTM) MX2 – Standings:
1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 626pts; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 580pts; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 560pts; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 515pts; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 457pts; 8. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 362pts; 16. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 122pts

Consistent results continue for Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig at Washougal National

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Malcolm Stewart finished seventh and Christian Craig ninth overall in Washougal's eighth round of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, continuing their consistent top-10 form in the 450MX division during the Military Appreciation weekend of the series. Stewart placed his Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition into seventh position at the conclusion of qualifying and then he charged through the pack to 10th in the opening moto. This afternoon's second outing went far more smoothly, impressing on his way to a sixth-place finish and taking home P7 overall. Malcolm is also seventh in the championship standings.
"Washougal was good and practice was actually really strong for me,"   Stewart said.   "I actually got off to an okay start in Moto 1, but came together with another rider and both went down, so I had to get up and charge from the back of the pack. In the next moto, my start was way better and I rode really hard all the way towards the end. I'm happy with everything, we rode good all day, and we'll enjoy this two-week break – maybe do some fishing and hang out with the family before we get into the last three!"
Directly behind his teammate in qualifying, Craig had the eighth gate pick for the premier class races, in which he managed a 7-12 scorecard. Sitting ninth in points, it was another important step in his return to competition during the outdoors and he will take advantage of the next two weekends off to make further gains.
"Qualifying was good, I was comfortable straight away, and always enjoy coming here,"   Craig reflected.   "Moto 1, I made my way up to seventh and was able to stay there, so was pretty stoked with that. In the second moto I damaged my shifter on a rut or something about midway through, and was stuck in second gear following that. I salvaged what I could, so look forward to getting my arm a little stronger in the break, and we'll come out swinging for the last three."
In his first appearance at Washougal – known for its technical, shady nature – Casey Cochran endured a more challenging day out in 250MX. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider rode his Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Edition to 12th in qualifying, followed by 15th in Moto 1 and 13th in Moto 2. As a result, he was 15th overall and is ranked 11th in points.
"It was a tough day for me today,"   Cochran commented.   "I struggled to get comfortable with the track, which showed in my results. I didn't make great starts today either, but we know what we need to work on, and we will come out stronger following the break."
Next Race:  August 10 – Unadilla, New York

Results 450MX Class – Washougal National
1. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
2. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
3. Jason Anderson (USA), Kawasaki
7. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
9. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 8 of 11 rounds
1. Chase Sexton, 360 points
2. Hunter Lawrence, 332
3. Justin Cooper, 284
4. Aaron Plessinger, 281
7. Malcolm Stewart, 213
9. Christian Craig, 161
10. Justin Barcia, 148

Results 250MX Class – Washougal National
1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
2. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
3. Jo Shimoda (JPN), Honda
4. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
5. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
11. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
15. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 8 of 11 rounds
1. Haiden Deegan, 361 points
2. Tom Vialle, 307
3. Levi Kitchen, 291
7. Pierce Brown, 195
9. Ryder DiFrancesco, 181
11. Casey Cochran, 153
13. Julien Beaumer, 148

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rookie Casey Cochran stars with Spring Creek 250MX podium

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Teenage rookie Casey Cochran has claimed a spectacular first-career podium finish at the Spring Creek National, leading the majority of 250MX Moto 2 this afternoon on his way to a P2 finish, which resulted in third position overall in a breakout ride at Round 7 of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. After qualifying in ninth position, 18-year-old Cochran matched that result in the opening encounter on his Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Edition. It was another encouraging effort well inside the top 10, but his best was yet to come in Moto 2.
Following a serious amount of rainfall before gate-drop, it was the second outing that Cochran really made his mark in, leading for more than half race distance and eventually bringing it home in P2. That placed the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing revelation a well-earned third overall and he's now 11th in the point standings.
"I can't even explain the feelings right now!"   Cochran said.   "I got a great start, amazing first laps, got a good lead, and I was just shocked... I'm looking back, like, 'Where did everyone go?'. To cross the finish second, I was stoked, and then to come in third overall, it's an unreal feeling. All the hard work is paying off, so I'm ready to keep building and to keep progressing."
Both Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450MX riders, Christian Craig and Malcolm Stewart, raced to top 10 finishes on their Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition machinery in Millville, led by Craig in P7 and Stewart in 10th place overall.
Craig was impressive throughout the weekend at the Spring Creek National, setting the sixth-fastest lap-time in qualifying. He started strongly in the races and managed seventh-place results across both motos, which placed him seventh overall. Craig is currently 10th in the premier class standings.
"Today started off good with my best qualifying all season,"   commented Craig.   "All-in-all, I got better starts, was riding better all-round, and stayed off the ground. We put in two solid motos for my best finish of the season so far – I can't be mad, but we're always striving for more."
As for Stewart, he qualified eighth and then scored P8 in Moto 1, before having to settle for a 15th-place finish in the final race, which saw heavy rain arrive in the closing stages. The end result was 10th overall in his full-time return to the outdoors, still ranked eighth in the series with four rounds remaining.
"I actually had fun today,"   Stewart recalled.   "First moto, I went down, but made a lot of passes for eighth and that was great. Second moto, not a terrible start, and then I got together with another rider. I put a hard charge on, went down again, and – I'll be honest – I kind of gassed myself out at that point. It's part of racing when you're on the edge and getting going again. We'll take what we got and learn, so I'm looking forward to getting back to Washougal next." Next Race:  July 20 – Washougal, Washington

Results 450MX Class – Spring Creek National
1. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
3. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha
4. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
7. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
10. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 7 of 11 rounds
1. Chase Sexton, 310 points
2. Hunter Lawrence, 297
3. Justin Cooper, 249
4. Aaron Plessinger, 239
8. Malcolm Stewart, 185
9. Justin Barcia, 148
10. Christian Craig, 136

Results 250MX Class – Spring Creek National
1. Levi Kitchen (USA), Kawasaki
2. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
3. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
6. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
7. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
10. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
14. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS

Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 7 of 11 rounds
1. Haiden Deegan, 314 points
2. Levi Kitchen, 263
3. Tom Vialle, 260
7. Pierce Brown, 162
10. Ryder DiFrancesco, 147
11. Casey Cochran, 137
12. Julien Beaumer, 128

    ROBERTSON DELIVERS A CAREER-BEST RIDE AT THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL

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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Stilez Robertson secured a career-best finish in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, racing to sixth overall in the 250MX class with 6-7 moto finishes at the Thunder Valley National. In the 450MX class, fill-in rider Shane McElrath claimed a season-best eighth overall with 12-5 scores at Round 3. Robertson had a great start in the first moto, charging his way into third on the opening lap. He battled up front in fifth before getting passed halfway into the race. Putting up a good fight late in the race, Robertson attempted to break into the top-five but ultimately finished sixth. In Moto 2, he found himself just inside the top-10 off the start and he climbed into seventh early on. Racing steadily to the finish, Robertson rounded out the day with a solid seventh, giving him sixth overall on the day. “Today was pretty good,” Robertson said. “I went 6-7 in the motos, so it was the best day ever in outdoors for me. Six motos down and 18 to go, so let’s keep it going! I’m having fun and the team is killing it, so I’m looking forward to the rest.” Fill-in rider Shane McElrath had a season-best performance at Round 3, finishing the day off strong with fifth in Moto 2. McElrath had a 12th place start in the first moto and he battled just outside the top-10 all race to lock in a 12th place finish. In Moto 2, he charged off the line to put himself into sixth early on and he battled up to fifth by the sixth lap. From there, he kept a strong pace into the final moments to secure a season-best finish of fifth in the second moto. “Much better today and a much better week all-around,” McElrath said. “We had a couple good riding days this week – actually my best ones yet – and we made really good progress on the bike. I think I’m just growing confidence every time I’m on the bike. It took me a while to get going today, so I need to work on that, but we’re taking big steps and I’m happy.” Team rider Jalek Swoll grabbed an eighth-place start in Moto 1 and he fought his way up to seventh heading into the midway point of the race. While running eight, Swoll experienced a big crash with a few laps to go and wasn’t able to continue racing for the rest of the day. Next Event (Round 4): June 18 – High Point National – Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania Round 3 Results: Thunder Valley National 450MX Results 1. Ken Roczen (HON) 2-1 2. Eli Tomac (KAW) 1-3 3. Chase Sexton (HON) 4-2 … 8. Shane McElrath – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 12-5 250MX Results
    1. Jett Lawrence (HON) 2. Hunter Lawrence (HON) 3. Levi Kitchen (YAM) … 6. Stilez Robertson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 6-7 41. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 36-DNS 450MX Rider Point Standings 1. Chase Sexton – 134 points 2. Ken Roczen – 129 points 3. Eli Tomac – 120 points … 10. Shane McElrath – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 65 points 250MX Rider Point Standings 1. Jett Lawrence – 139 points 2. Hunter Lawrence – 127 points 3. Jo Shimoda – 101 points … 8. Stilez Robertson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 74 points 16. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 37 points

    Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Shines At Lombok Scorcher: Coenen Wins While De Wolf Leads

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    The 2024 FIM World Motocross Championship roared back into action on the picturesque island of Lombok in Indonesia on the 7th of July, for round 12, and what formed the second half of the fly away portion of the 2024 MXGP and MX2 season. 

    Better yet, as the temperatures peaked into the high 30s (°C), so too did the results for the Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. Last time out Kay de Wolf scored 1-1, to secure a perfect result to reaffirm his place at the top of the MX2 standings. This time, however Lucas Coenen used his FC250 to maximum effect on the reversed 1640m hard pack Selaparang circuit to strike back against his team mate, and also score a 1-1 winning result. After securing his fourth RAM qualifying win, Coenen rolled into Sunday in dominant form. During the opening moto Coenen quickly battled to the front from the gate drop, overtaking his teammate by the end of the first lap and steadily increasing his lead to a commanding 9.4 seconds by lap eight. Maintaining control throughout, Coenen finished first to net a full 25-point haul. In the second moto, Coenen again took the lead early, extending his advantage to 12.9 seconds by lap eight this time, and took the chequered flag unchallenged; securing a 1-1 victory and the overall win for the weekend.
    Meanwhile Kay De Wolf showed superb speed and style despite finishing just off the podium in fifth position. The current Red Plate holder fought hard to move up to third from the gate drop of the opening moto briefly holding second place before a setback dropped him to 3rd at the finish. Moto two saw De Wolf back at the sharp end, battling for top positions early on. However a crash on lap nine pushed him to 6th; where he remained until the final flag. Despite the challenges, De Wolf still finishes the weekend in control of the championship standings.
    In MXGP Mattia Guadagnini made further positive steps on and off track, securing another top ten finish. After a 12th place qualifying race finish, Guadagnini made a solid start to Sunday, battling to eighth position in the day’s 17 lap opening moto. The Italian kicked it up a gear further for the second moto, where he rocketed up to third place after the gate drop. Unfortunately a crash on lap two dropped him to 7th, and by lap five, he had fallen to 15th. Guadagnini managed to climb back to 14th by lap 10 and made up two more places to finish 12th, securing nine points. Overall, Guadagnini finished 10th for the weekend with a total of 22 points, moving up a place in the championship standings. 
    Next up, the Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Team now takes aim at round thirteen, hosted at the MXGP of Czech Republic on the technical Loket circuit on July 20/21.
    #101 - Mattia Guadagnini: “Despite the challenges, I'm proud of the progress we made this weekend and securing another top ten finish. The first race went well, and although the crash in the second moto was frustrating, I managed to fight back and make up several places. Crashes are part of racing, but I'm focused on building speed and aiming for even better results in the next one at Loket.”
    #74 - Kay de Wolf: “It was a tough day - I really struggled with finding a good flow out on track. I made some mistakes, which I can only blame myself for. But still, I came away from this Indonesian trip with gaining one point overall in the championship; so it’s important to focus on the positive. I still have the Red Plate, and I’m looking ahead to Loket now; and I’m focused on two weeks of hard training to prepare for this. Let’s go!”
    #96 - Lucas Coenen: “The second moto was way easier than the first moto. The temperatures have been really high - and I felt like people were really suffering with it. I cooled down pretty well in the break between the two races. I just tried to do my own thing in the second moto, pushing where I needed to, but trying to control the pace. I feel really good about this result, and I’m looking forward to keeping on going at this level!”
    Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Twelve:
    MXGP – Overall:
    1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 50pts; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 44pts; 3. Calvin Vlaanderen (Yamaha) 40pts; 4. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 34pts; 10. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 22pts MXGP – Moto One:
    1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 34:21.365; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 34:28.801; 3. Calvin Vlaanderen (Yamaha) 34:36.238; 4. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 34:50.179; 8. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 35:17.549 MXGP – Moto Two:
    1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 34:56.731; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:02.818; 3. Calvin Vlaanderen (Yamaha) 35:08.447; 5. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 35:12.891; 12. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 36:35.785 MXGP – Standings:
    1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 608pts; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 574pts; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 557pts; 12. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 172pts MX2 – Overall:
    1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 50pts ; 2. Mikkel Haarup (Triumph) 38pts; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 38pts; 4. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 37pts; 5. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35pts ; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 22pts; 6. Liam Everts (KTM) 34pts MX2 – Moto One:
    1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 33:56.609 ; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 34:00.882; 3. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 34:01.705 ; 5. Liam Everts (KTM) 34:16.998; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 34:50.066; 7. Sacha Coenen (KTM)34:53.435 MX2 – Moto Two:
    1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 34:51.702 ; 2. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 34:56.612; 3. Mikkel Haarup (Triumph) 34:57.360; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:10.815; 5. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:17.717; 6. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:50.147 ; 13. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 36:48.672 MX2 – Standings:
    1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 576pts ; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 527pts ; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 509pts;4. Liam Everts (KTM) 471pts; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 455pts;8. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 341pts; 16. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 122pts  

    Top nine for Husqvarna Motorcycles after captivating Moto3™ German Grand Prix

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    Tatsuki Suzuki and the FR 250 GP showed race-leading speed at the curving Sachsenring for round nine of 2024 MotoGP™ by scoring 9th position in Saxony. The Husqvarna IntactGP team were flush with confidence and the last drips of adrenaline after a fantastic Dutch TT as they made the relatively short journey across the continent to arrive at Sachsenring; the traditional home of the German Grand Prix since the end of the previous century. The 3.6km 13-turn anticlockwise layout of the Sachsenring course was an entirely different prospect compared to the speed and flow of the TT Circuit Assen. The track required high corner speed and careful tyre preservation to maintain pace around the ten lefthand corners and just three righthanded bends. Veijer was just as prominent in Germany as he had been in the Netherlands, standing just a few tenths of a second away from provisional Pole Position during the practice sessions. Meanwhile, teammate Tatsuki Suzuki was hoping to rebuild some confidence after his slip the previous Sunday: the Japanese was swiftly into the top ten and used all his experience at Sachsenring to drift straight into Q2. Qualification took place in sunny and hot conditions in Germany. Veijer immediately got down to business and his finest lap was good enough for his third career Pole Position by over three tenths of a second. Suzuki was also quick and filled P9 on the grid. The weather swung again for the 22 laps ahead on Sunday with conditions that were temperate and overcast. Veijer sprung into the lead but disaster struck entering Turn 11 on the second circulation when he lost traction and crashed. Fortunately, he was able to remount but finished out of the points in 18th and with a damaged motorcycle! Suzuki maintained a decent flow inside the group as eleven riders disputed the podium prizes. At the flag the Japanese took 9th. Collin is 4th in the standings and 64 points adrift of the current world championship leader. Suzuki is 15th in the rankings. The series then crosses the English Channel for the trip to Silverstone and where the 75th anniversary of the sport will be celebrated with the British Grand Prix on the first weekend of August. Tatsuki Suzuki, 9th: “Quite a positive weekend but at the same time the result was a bit of a shame, I think more was possible. After crashes in Assen and Mugello it was important to finish and restart the momentum, as well as build up to Silverstone.” Collin Veijer, 18th: “I felt good but it was unfortunate to crash. I turned into the corner and it just let go. I think it was just the colder side of the tyre. I could finish the race with half a bike so we tried to get everything out of it. As long as the team as happy then so am I but I still want to say sorry to them. This was not the smartest race but let’s see what we can do after the summer break.”   Senna Agius spearheaded the Moto2 effort on his first Grand Prix appearance at the Sachsenring. The Australian searched for his now-usual routine of education, progression and performance in the valuable track time from Friday morning up until Saturday Q1 and Q2 qualification sessions. His push in Q2 led to a career-best 4th position and the first time the rookie has appeared on the second row on the grid. Darryn Binder focused on lowering his lap-times and for the best possible grid slot. The South African occupied 16th place after Saturday’s hot qualifying run. Moto2 spun around the German course for 25 laps on Sunday and Agius nudged through to the top five while Binder elbowed his way into the top ten. As the time clicked down and the race pace – as well as the tire conservation – became more acute, Senna had to nurse his rubber home to 11th position. Darryn had already suffered a small crash that put him down to the back and he reached the finish in 25th. Senna Agius, 11th: “Today has been bittersweet. For the first 10-15 laps I could understand the feeling and see the guys up front. I could see them struggling and I was adapting my riding. I thought I was saving the tyre and today was my day. Then we encountered a super-sudden drop and I locked the front into Turn 8 and ran wide. I lost a few positions and it was a bit devastating. We need to analyse where the others might have found an advantage with a tyre that I didn’t feel;. Maybe I didn’t use it enough. Anyway, I’m leaving Germany happy and proud. I gave it my all and I felt like a front-runner.” Darryn Binder, 25th : “Unfortunately I came into Turn 1 and as I let go of the brake I lost the front. I had the feeling it was a little strange and it had been getting hot in the group. I tried to drop back and get some fresh air but didn’t give it long enough. Super-disappointing because I felt very strong in the race and had a decent start. I made the right rear tyre choice and should have had a bit extra towards the end. Anyway, it is what it is. A tough first half of the season and I’m looking forward to these three weeks to reset and refocus and then come back for a solid second half of the year. We are very close to making it happen.”   Results Moto3 German Grand Prix   1. David Alonso (COL) GASGAS 33:02.956, 2. Taiyo Furusato (JPN) Honda +0.187, 3. Ivan Ortola (ESP) KTM +0.339, 7. Daniel Holgado (ESP) GASGAS +3.869, 9. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna +5.685 , 14. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO +25.069, 16. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) KTM +38.789, 18. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna +39.387 , DNF. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP) KTM, DNF. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) GASGAS   World championship standings Moto3   1. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO, 179 points, 2. Ivan Ortola (ESP) KTM, 121, 3. Daniel Holgado (ESP) GASGAS, 120, 4. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna, 115 , 9. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP), KTM, 58 , 12. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) GASGAS, 44, 14. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO, 38, 15. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna, 38 , 22. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) KTM, 3   Results Moto2 German Grand Prix   1. Fermin Aldeguer (ESP) 35:07.384, 2. Jake Dixon (GBR) CFMOTO +2.159, 3. Ai Ogura (JPN) +4.418 5. Celestino Vietti (ITA) KTM +4.543, 11. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna +9.225 , 13. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO +10.690, 17. Marcel Schrötter (GER) KTM +14.483, 25. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna +1:13.462   World championship standings Moto2   1. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 147 points, 2. Ai Ogura (JPN), 140, 3. Joe Roberts (USA), 123, 9. Celestino Vietti (ITA) KTM, 55, 10. Jake Dixon (GBR) CFMOTO, 53, 15. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna, 26 , 17. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO, 21, 23. Deniz Öncü (TUR) KTM, 6, 24. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna, 6

    RedBud National the best yet for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in 2024

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    All three Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders took season-best finishes at the RedBud National, marking Round 6 of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Malcolm Stewart charged to sixth and Christian Craig 10th in 450MX, while newcomer Casey Cochran raced to the highest finish of his 250MX career in P7. Stewart qualified a convincing sixth on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition – complete with a USA-themed appearance this weekend – before battling hard to 6-7 scores in the pair of premier-class motos. He was challenging inside the top-five until falling during the middle stages of Moto 2, but left satisfied with sixth overall, and now sits P8 in the title race.
    "For another track I haven't been back to in 10 years, I can say one thing – the fans were awesome this weekend!"   Stewart said.   "It's pretty cool and I had a really, really great time out there. Moto 1 was good for me, and then Moto 2 was better again in a lot of ways. I made a mistake, went down, and got back up to charge to seventh. We were sixth overall, but I am really happy because I rode good and we're learning a lot as a team. We're just going to take this same momentum into Millville, and I'm glad we're leaving here on a good note, so we'll keep the ball rolling."
    RedBud also started convincingly for 450MX teammate Christian Craig, qualifying inside the top 10 with ninth position, and then he raced forward to a solid eighth-place score in Moto 1. His second moto result was 13th after struggling for track position, however, it was still enough to match his best result of the year in 10th overall – equalling his finishes from Hangtown and Thunder Valley.
    "The day started off pretty well, qualified inside the top 10 and felt confident going into the motos,"   Craig reflected.   "Moto 1, I got a mid-pack start and was able to work my way up into eighth, so that was decent. Second moto, I had a bad start and then started to make my way through, before some big mistakes cost me a lot of time. I was pretty frustrated, but I did what I could for 10th overall. My speed is still coming around and I'm just lacking some strength still, so we will keep working on that and come back better for next week."
    At one of the few tracks so far that he's been to before, teenage rookie Cochran stopped the clocks in eighth position at the end of 250MX qualifying, and then made even further progress on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition to claim P7 in the first race. He backed that up with ninth in the final outing, which resulted in seventh overall to retain 13th in the point standings.
    "RedBud was good for me,"   Cochran commented.   "I've had some success here in the past, so today I felt comfortable and I was able to get my best pair of moto finishes with a 7-9 for seventh overall. We're making progress each week, so we'll keep on building and hopefully get up there into the top five soon."
    Next Race:  July 13 – Spring Creek, Minnesota

    Results 450MX Class – RedBud National
    1. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    2. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    3. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    6. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    10. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 6 of 11 rounds
    1. Chase Sexton, 260 points
    2. Hunter Lawrence, 253
    3. Justin Cooper, 212
    5. Aaron Plessinger, 202
    8. Malcolm Stewart, 164
    9. Justin Barcia, 148
    10. Christian Craig, 106

    Results 250MX Class – RedBud National
    1. Chance Hymas (USA), Honda
    2. Ty Masterpool (USA), Kawasaki
    3. Jo Shimoda (JPN), Honda
    4. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
    7. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    8. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    17. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 6 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 276 points
    2. Chance Hymas, 239
    3. Tom Vialle, 233
    7. Pierce Brown, 145
    10. Ryder DiFrancesco, 120
    12. Julien Beaumer, 107
    13. Casey Cochran, 102

    Collin Veijer shares Moto3™ home glory with 2nd place at packed Dutch TT

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    Round eight of 2024 MotoGP™ took place at the revered TT Assen circuit and Husqvarna Motorcycles and Collin Veijer almost added to the folklore, missing out on P1 by 0.012 of a second. The sun shone on the Drenthe region of the country and one of the historic hotbeds for motorcycle racing and general passion for two wheels. MotoGP gathered to resume competition after a three week pause and headed into a hectic back-to-back sequence of events at Assen and then the Sachsenring in Germany: two special tracks with a traditionally large and enthusiastic audience. For the Husqvarna IntactGP team Assen and Germany held special significance. For their star Moto3 racer, Collin Veijer, there was the possibility to give his rapidly growing legion of fans and supporters another anticipated trophy while the crew then contemplated their own home fixture at the site west of Chemnitz. Firstly, there was Veijer’s objective to meet, with the team also prepping the FR 250 GP to the best of their ability for teammate Tatsuki Suzuki to also show his potential and experience around the flat, narrow and weaving racetrack. It was the Dutch youngster who marked the terrain from the first sessions and headed Practice 1, Practice 2 and was holding Pole Position until the last seconds of Q2 on Saturday afternoon before having to accept 3rd place by just three tenths of a second. The front row slot of the grid for the 20-lap affair on Sunday was still an effective berth. Tatsuki was quick – only 0.6 from Pole – and filled 12th, on the fourth row. The balmy weather continued into Sunday but under overcast skies and Moto3’s ‘pack mentality’ was clear from the first laps when a group of 13 circulated at pace. Suzuki crashed in the first laps and was out of the running but many eyes were on Veijer’s progress. He bided his time in 3rd and then pushed to the front, leading the final phases of the race while cheered by the crowd. Only an attack by Ivan Ortola into the GT Chicane denied Collin final glory: the sprint to the flag was decided by 0.012 of a second. Veijer’s efforts captured the emotions of the near-capacity public and the result marked his fourth podium appearance from the last five events. #95 is 2nd in the world championship standings as the season nears the midway stage. Suzuki holds 31 points and is 16th on the list. The IntactGP team rank 4th from the total of 13. The compact and curling nature of the Sachsenring is next on the agenda.   Collin Veijer, 2nd: “I started the race with the medium tyre, so I had to get used to it a little, and the wind was blowing in a different direction compared to yesterday. I tried to push in the last five laps to see if anybody could stay but then started to struggle a bit with rear grip and I couldn’t open the gas as easy anymore. Finally, Ivan caught me and made the pass. Thanks to every supporter here! I could see some cheering when I was at the front so thanks to everyone, my team, sponsors and friends.” Tatsuki Suzuki, DNF: “ It's a shame to end the weekend like this because I was expecting more today. Fortunately, we have the next race at the Sachsenring in a week's time. So, the mentality is already changed to make a good restart there. I felt good until the crash and tried to catch up with the leading group. But maybe I was pushing a bit too hard at that moment and under breaking I was, let's say, over the limit."

    250MX rookie Casey Cochran makes inroads at first Southwick National

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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing newcomer Casey Cochran delivered his best 250MX moto finishes of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship season on his way to 10th overall at Southwick, as teammates Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig also featured inside the top 10 across Saturday's pair of 450MX motos. Like most tracks on the outdoor schedule, the sands of Southwick were entirely new to Cochran when practice commenced this morning. He went on to finish 11th in Moto 1 on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition and then improved further to 10th in Moto 2, which secured him P10 overall. As a result, he has climbed to 13th in the standings.
    "First time here again, but it was actually a pretty good day!"   Cochran commented.   "I struggled to figure out the track, but started coming around and got some pretty good finishes – my best two results that I've had so far. Overall, it was a pretty good weekend, we're going to keep taking baby steps and moving forward, so I'm excited for RedBud next weekend."
    Round 5 was also promising for Stewart in 450MX, riding his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition to 11th position in qualifying, and then going on to register 8-16 moto scores. His second moto was impacted by a first-turn crash, but he pressed on for points, which placed him 11th overall and he's ninth in the championship as it approaches halfway.
    "I actually had a good time here at Southwick,"   Stewart said.   "It's been 11 years since I raced this race and the number one coolest thing for me today was the fans. Practice was good, I forgot how fast this track can be early on, and that's important to get a good lap in. First moto was okay, got off to an okay start, and fought my way up to eighth. In the second one, my start was actually better than the first one, but we went down in the first corner and I was able to keep going for 16th. It obviously wasn't the best ride we've had, but we'll take this thing to RedBud and I'm excited for that... I'm going to give it everything I've got!"
    After qualifying directly behind his teammate in P12, Craig was also competitive in his return to Southwick, but had to settle for a lowly 20th in the opening encounter. Still working his way back to full fitness, he reverted to a base setting for this afternoon's final race and quickly found added comfort on the deteriorating track surface to improve for a season-best eighth-place score. Craig was 14th overall and is currently placed 11th in the points following five rounds.
    "Southwick was tough, just struggled with the setting on this track in the morning, and then went in the wrong direction for the first moto,"   Craig recalled.   "In the second moto, we went back to my base settings, got a better start, felt more comfortable, and it was an improvement. Today wasn't great overall, but my second moto finish in P8 was the best of the year so far. That was better, but there was still some inconsistency, so we'll move onto RedBud and try to keep building." Next Race:  July 6 – RedBud, Michigan

    Results 450MX Class – Southwick National
    1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    2. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    3. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    6. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    7. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
    11. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    14. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 5 of 11 rounds
    1. Hunter Lawrence, 213 points
    2. Jett Lawrence, 210
    3. Chase Sexton, 210
    5. Aaron Plessinger, 162
    8. Justin Barcia, 148
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 133
    11. Christian Craig, 83

    Results 250MX Class – Southwick National
    1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    2. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
    3. Jo Shimoda (JPN), Honda
    9. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    10. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    11. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    24. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 5 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 238 points
    2. Chance Hymas, 196
    3. Tom Vialle, 193
    7. Pierce Brown, 133
    11. Julien Beaumer, 107
    12. Ryder DiFrancesco, 96
    13. Casey Cochran, 74

    Maggiora Battles: Guadagnini Scores Points While De Wolf Retains Championship Lead

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    The iconic Maggiora track, which has hosted GP action since 1966 in northwest Italy, provided the perfect venue for the Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Team to reach the halfway point of the season. The team has so far claimed six overall wins and 11 individual race wins in MX2 alone.  Both Kay de Wolf and Lucas Coenen are placed in first and third place in the championship standings respectively; with de Wolf holding the Red Plate lead by an impressive 48-point margin. While the weekend may not have gone exactly to plan for both riders, their standings in the championship speak volumes about their progress. In the first moto, de Wolf faced a difficult start when he was taken down in the first corner due to a rider crashing in front of him. Despite dropping to 29th place, he fought his way through the pack, advancing to 20th by lap two and eventually finishing in an impressive seventh place. The second moto saw de Wolf start in ninth place. He steadily made his way up the field, consistently improving his position. By the end of the race, the Dutch rider had secured a solid sixth-place finish. Meanwhile, Lucas Coenen faced his own challenges at Maggiora. Despite a tough start in the first moto, where he began from 26th place, Coenen gritted his teeth and battled back to a respectable 10th position. In the second moto, Coenen enjoyed a much stronger start, immediately battling for the lead against his brother and rival, Sacha Coenen. He maintained his second place position throughout the race, consistently closing the gap and finishing just 1.7 seconds behind his brother. The 10-2 finishes placed Coenen sixth overall for the weekend. In MXGP, Mattia Guadagnini also finished an eventful weekend on a high note. Starting from eighth position in the first moto, Guadagnini faced a tough start, dropping to 15th at the gate drop. Despite this setback, he clawed his way back to 14th by the end of the first lap and continued to battle for positions throughout the race. Fluctuating between 12th and 17th, he ultimately secured 14th place by the final flag. The second moto saw Guadagnini involved in an early incident, being clipped from behind and pushed onto a grass bank. Despite this unusual start, he rejoined the track in sixth place by lap two, just 8.48 seconds behind leader Gajser. #101 maintained sixth place in fine style until lap five, only dropping to seventh position at the finish. These performances moved Guadagnini up to 13th in the championship, continuing his steady trajectory up the standings. The Nestaan Husqvarna Team now pack up and head to Indonesia for the first of two back-to-back flyaway races, starting with the MXGP of West Nusa Tenggara in Lombok, Indonesia, on June 30th. #101 - Mattia Guadagnini: “Overall, I had a really good feeling about this weekend. On Saturday, the rain and conditions made things difficult, and then on Sunday, the track was a little strange because it was almost just one line. This meant that getting a good start in every race was super important. I made some good passes in the qualifying race and finished 8th, which was good for the gate position I had. Then on Sunday, for the first moto, I got stuck behind some guys in front of me and just couldn't make the passes I wanted. I think in trying so hard, I had two small crashes and lost a lot of time. I went from 17th to 14th in the end, so I wasn’t happy with that. The second moto was much better at the start. I made some mistakes again, but I finished 7th in the end, which I’m a bit more happy about. I’m a little disappointed to have thrown away the first moto, which cost me a good result at my home GP. But there were still plenty of positives to focus on from my riding to keep building on, so I can fight for better results at the next GP.” #74 - Kay de Wolf: "Not an easy weekend, but still overall positive! I still have a good margin on the Red Plate, so I’m feeling good! Saturday was difficult; I had a crash on the opening lap, and the bars on my bike were bent, making it hard to fight back. I managed to get back up to 10th and earned one point. Then on Sunday, during the first moto, I had a crash at the start because I couldn't avoid the riders in front of me. So, I had to work my way up to eighth from last, which I thought was okay. In the second moto, it felt like a train ride; everyone was just lined up behind each other, and no one could really pass. I saw Simon and Haarup crash, and that was the only real event during the moto. As the track dried, there was really only one line. So, in general, it was a positive weekend, and I’m looking forward to Indonesia!" #96 - Lucas Coenen: "Maggiora is always a unique challenge, and this weekend was no exception. Starting from 26th in the first moto was tough, but I pushed hard to get 10th place. The second moto was a different story, battling for the lead with my brother Sacha. Finishing just 1.7 seconds behind him in second place was a great feeling; but of course I want to win! Our progress this season shows how much everyone is pushing, and I’m excited to keep building as we head to Indonesia." Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Ten MXGP – Overall:
    1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 47pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 45pts; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Kawasaki) 36pts; 10. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 22pts; 11. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 21pts MXGP – Moto One:
    1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 33:55.146; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 33:56.520; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 33:57.467; 14. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 35:33.543 MXGP – Moto Two:
    1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:14.215; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:26.048; 3. Jeremy Seewer (Kawasaki) 36:07.839; 7. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 36:29.514 ; 24. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 9:28.413 MXGP – Standings:
    1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 511pts; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 477pts; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 440pts; 13. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 121pts MX2 – Overall:
    1. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 43pts; 2. Liam Everts (KTM) 43pts; 3. Valerio Lata (GASGAS) 36pts; 4. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 36pts; 5. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35pts; 6. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 33pts; 7. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 29pts MX2 – Moto One:
    1. Liam Everts (KTM) 34:57.023; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:03.974; 3. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:11.280; 4. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 35:18.749; 5. Valerio Lata (GASGAS) 35:29.496; 7. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:54.807; 10. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:59.183 MX2 – Moto Two:
    1. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 34:07.146; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 34:09.210 ; 3. Valerio Lata (GASGAS) 34:12.015; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 34:12.546; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 34:13.160; 6. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 34:15.138 ; 8. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 34:43.034 MX2 – Standings:
    1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 473pts ; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 425pts; 3. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 421pts ; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 394pts; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 368pts; 8. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 278pts; 14. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 122pts

    Ninth overall at High Point National delivered by Malcolm Stewart

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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Malcolm Stewart went 9-9 for ninth overall at today's High Point National, marking Round 4 of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Rutted, technical conditions were on the agenda, but it was consistency that was once again the story of Stewart's day. Despite qualifying a lowly 17th in relatively muddy conditions, the track began to form up for the motos, where Stewart guided his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition to P9 in Moto 1 after gaining track position throughout the race. He once again featured inside the top 10 for ninth at the conclusion of Moto 2, placing him in that same spot overall and he's also ninth in the title race.
    "Today was okay, the track was very, very tough after the rain on Friday night, and it got really rutty out there,"   said Stewart.   "All-in-all, I had a really good time. We did the best we could, and 9-9 finishes aren't the results we want, but sometimes when you're a little bit off this track can work you! We're safe and we'll enjoy this weekend off before Southwick – I think I'm going to shine at that one and am looking forward to getting out there in the sand!"
    High Point started strongly for 450MX teammate Christian Craig as he was fourth in the first session and then qualified in P9, but unfortunately crashed out of the first in the middle stages. He was able to return to action for this afternoon, salvaging points in 13th place, but will benefit from the scheduled weekend off before Southwick. Craig sits 11th in the championship following the fourth round of the season.
    "It was a tough day at High Point,"   Craig commented.   "I actually felt really good in practice, qualifying went well, and then in the first moto I had two tip-overs and had to keep building through the pack, but unfortunately had a pretty big crash about halfway through and that ended my moto. I hit the ground pretty hard and was shaken up a little bit, but the guys did a good job of getting the bike ready again, and I did what I could in Moto 2. It was a rough day, but we're healthy, and I feel like my speed is coming along. As long as we can keep these little mistakes away, we'll have some good results soon."
    It was a similar story for 250MX newcomer Casey Cochran today, starting inside the top 10 until he crashed out of Moto 1 in spectacular fashion, but was thankfully able to remount his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition for the final race. He was impressive in charging from 17th on lap one to claim a career-best race result of 11th, which put him P17 overall, and he is 15th in the standings.
    "This was my first time here at High Point and overall it wasn't a bad day,"   recalled Cochran.   "I felt like I had some pretty good pace and endurance this weekend, we're making steps in the right direction, and I got my best moto finish yet in Moto 2 even though I crashed out of the first one. We have positives to take away and now we have an off weekend, I will keep working, and come back swinging in Southwick." Next Race:  June 29 – Southwick, Massachusetts

    Results 450MX Class – High Point National
    1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    2. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    3. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    4. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    8. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
    9. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    18. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 4 of 11 rounds
    1. Hunter Lawrence, 171 points
    2. Chase Sexton, 165
    3. Jett Lawrence, 163
    5. Aaron Plessinger, 134
    7. Justin Barcia, 121
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 113
    11. Christian Craig, 67

    Results 250MX Class – High Point National
    1. Ty Masterpool (USA), Kawasaki
    2. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    3. Chance Hymas (USA), Honda
    5. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
    6. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
    7. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    8. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    17. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 4 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 191 points
    2. Chance Hymas, 159
    3. Tom Vialle, 153
    8. Pierce Brown, 109
    9. Julien Beaumer, 103
    12. Ryder DiFrancesco, 73

    MXGP Latvia: Coenen Podiums De Wolf Leads and Guadagnini Scores Top Ten

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    Top-Five Finishes Podium Glory and Championship points Highlight Round Nine at Kegums. Current Red Plate MX2 championship leader Kay de Wolf demonstrated why he is widely regarded as the sand specialist by delivering a blistering display of speed and style in Sunday’s opening moto. Having won Saturday’s qualifying race, the Dutch rider was in superb form. Not even a small spill mid-race on lap seven, which briefly dropped him to third, could hinder his winning charge. Lucas Coenen was right alongside de Wolf for much of the race also; having battled up from fourth place at the race start. Lucas took the flag two seconds behind de Wolf, securing a Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Team 1-2 finish. In the second moto, the tables turned slightly, with Lucas Coenen leading the charge for the team. De Wolf made a handful of uncharacteristic mistakes, dropping him to 17th initially. Despite this, de Wolf fought back to 9th, completing a 1-9 score and a fourth overall. Meanwhile, Lucas Coenen blasted through to finish third, marking his fourth Grand Prix podium in a row and securing his P2 position in the world championship standings. In MXGP, Mattia Guadagnini showed further improvement, continuing his upward trend of results with each event. A fifth-place finish during Saturday’s qualifying kicked off the weekend in solid style. On Sunday, Guadagnini showed true grit, battling back from an early crash in the first moto to finish 13th at the chequered flag. In the second moto, Guadagnini scored his best performance of race day, improving on his start and securing ninth position, only 0.4 seconds behind sixth at the final flag.
    The MXGP of Italy is up next at the fan-favourite Maggiora, on June 16, concluding a run of three events in as many weekends.
    #101 - Mattia Guadagnini: “Overall, I’m quite happy. Saturday was great, and I managed to find a really good rhythm in the sand. I’ve put a lot of effort into training, and I think this is paying off. I got a good start during the qualifying race, and then was riding in third for almost all the moto. I just couldn't quite hold that pace until the end, so some riders passed me, and I finished fifth. Then on Sunday, I didn't have the best start in the first moto, and I crashed on the second lap, so I was far back. I tried to fight back, but it wasn't easy. I think I dropped to 20th or more, but then I got to 13th. Then in the second moto, the start was better, and I made up a few positions in the first lap. I could not quite find as good a rhythm as before, but I finished ninth.”
    #74 - Kay de Wolf: "I had a mixed weekend, but I think there are still lots of positives to take from it. I had a really good Saturday, and the first moto on Sunday was super positive with a win. But in the second moto, I just made too many mistakes. I had two stupid crashes and should not have made them. I threw away a possible GP win and finished fourth overall instead. So, I’m quite upset about that, but I’ll work on it and will come back stronger in Italy. We are making progress every weekend, so this is the most important thing!"
    #96 - Lucas Coenen: "I’m super pumped for my brother to get the win. All those hard moments he went through, it’s great to see him up there. Of course, as a competitor, I want to do better though. I took some big hits (crashes) in the second moto, so I think it could have gone better from my perspective. I struggled the whole weekend, let’s say, so I think we need to build on this and look ahead to fighting again in Italy."
    Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Nine
    MXGP – Overall:
    1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 45pts; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 44pts; 3. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 39pts; 11. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 20pts MXGP – Moto One:
    1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 36:13.461; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 36:28.267; 3. Glenn Coldenhoff (Fantic) 36:37.270; 7. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 37:09.695; 13. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 37:49.954 MXGP – Moto Two:
    1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 35:31.669;2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:33.334; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:35.072; 9. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 37:00.483 MXGP – Standings:
    1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 454pts; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 450pts; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 386pts; 18. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 97pts MX2 – Overall:
    1. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 45pts; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 45pts ; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 40pts; 4. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 37pts ; 5. Liam Everts (KTM) 34pts; 9. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 21pts MX2 – Moto One:
    1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:07.196 ; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:10.049 ; 3. Sacha Coenen (KTM)35:27.223; 4. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:42.691; 5. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:54.647; 13. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 36:55.671 MX2 – Moto Two:
    1. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 34:26.176; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 34:41.931; 3. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 34:51.680 ;4. Liam Everts (KTM) 34:52.480; 8. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:16.532; 9. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:35.958 ;  MX2 – Standings:
    1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 443pts ; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 388pts ; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 381pts; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 341pts; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 327pts; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 228pts;14. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 122pts

    Consistency continues for Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig in Colorado

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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammates Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig have further established themselves among the top 10 of 450MX in the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, with Stewart a picture of consistency for P8 and Craig gaining strength on his way to 10th at Thunder Valley, Colorado. Stewart continues to impress in his full-time return to the outdoors, charging hard to 7-7 moto finishes at Round 3 and earning eighth overall. He's drawing closer toward the front of the field on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition, benefiting from increasing confidence and making the most of being at the races, now ranked ninth in the standings.
    "Thunder Valley treated me well,"   commented Stewart.   "Practice was okay considering it's been 10 years since I've been here – I'm probably going to keep saying that for my next few quotes until we get to Unadilla! – and I'm having a good time so far. We went 7-7 for eighth overall, so at the end of the day, all we can do is keep moving forward. I felt like I was in some good battles between sixth to eighth, so we'll try to be in with those guys and moving forward. I honestly feel like we're in a good spot and I'm stoked with the team – we made some changes for that second moto and they made the right decisions to help me feel more comfortable again. We're here to race hard and have fun, then we'll see where the results are towards the end of the season."
    As for Craig, still working his way back to 100 percent fitness following an extended stint on the sidelines, he raced to his second top 10 result in a row. With his speed elevating and strength in his elbow improving, Craig went 9-10 for P10 overall, which he will be able to further build upon into the middle stages of the season, and he's currently positioned 11th in the series.
    "Today was a positive day,"   Craig recalled.   "I didn't have the best qualifying result, but felt pretty confident with my bike and set-up. First moto, I made some quick passes into the top 10 and was battling with my teammate for much of the moto to finish ninth – my best of the season so far. Second moto was similar, I was in ninth for most of it until I was passed toward the end, but overall my speed was better and strength is slowly coming around in my elbow. We'll keep doing this and improving each week."
    In his first appearance at Thunder Valley, 250MX newcomer Casey Cochran faced added challenges this weekend on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition, while learning the circuit in technical conditions. After qualifying 15th and then being caught up in a first turn pile-up at the beginning of Moto 1, the teenager registered 16-16 scores for 16th overall, and he also sits P16 in the championship.
    "I struggled all day, really, and never got too comfortable with the track,"   said Cochran.   "Never being here before and learning it, that kind of showed, so we're going to keep our heads high and get ready for next weekend at High Point. We'll make some progress and come out swinging."
    Next Race:  June 15 – High Point, Pennsylvania

    Results 450MX Class – Thunder Valley National
    1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    3. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha
    4. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
    5. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    6. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    8. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    10. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 3 of 11 rounds
    1. Hunter Lawrence, 129 points
    2. Chase Sexton, 123
    3. Jett Lawrence, 113
    5. Aaron Plessinger, 100
    7. Justin Barcia, 95
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 87
    11. Christian Craig, 58

    Results 250MX Class – Thunder Valley National
    1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    2. Chance Hymas (USA), Honda
    3. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
    8. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    9. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
    15. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
    16. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 3 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 144 points
    2. Chance Hymas, 121
    3. Tom Vialle, 121
    7. Pierce Brown, 84
    8. Julien Beaumer, 73
    12. Ryder DiFrancesco, 47
    16. Casey Cochran, 40

    Luciano Benavides sidelined from Desafio Ruta 40 due to injury

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    Husqvarna Factory Racing rally star Luciano Benavides has been forced out of the Desafio Ruta 40 after a crash on stage one resulted in a fracture to the top of his right femur. Following a strong start on the timed special, Benavides fell from his FR 450 Rally and was subsequently airlifted to a hospital in nearby Cordoba. As runner-up at last year’s Desafio Ruta 40, Luciano headed to the 2024 event with high hopes of going one better on home soil. Frustratingly, the crash, which happened 258 kilometres into the special, and the resultant fracture, have ruled the 2023 FIM World Rally-Raid Champion out of contesting the remaining days of the race. After his initial checks and diagnosis, the 28-year-old was transferred to a hospital in Salta for further evaluation. Everyone at Husqvarna Factory Racing wishes Luciano a full and fast recovery from his unfortunate injury. Andreas Hölzl – Rally Team Manager:  “Luciano was having a really good start to the rally until his unfortunate crash. When he arrived at the hospital he was diagnosed with a small fracture to the head of his femur. Further checks are due to take place today to decide if surgery is required. Of course, we are really sorry that this has happened and it’s disappointing, especially as it was Luciano’s home race, but now we will focus on making sure he has a full recovery before he returns to racing.”

    Coenen and de Wolf lock out MX2 while Guadagnini strikes into the top ten at MXGP of Germany

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    Grand Prix winners, championship leaders, and pace setters at every race. The Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Team are a force to be reckoned with, delivering another outstanding set of results at the MXGP of Germany. Battling through the thick and rutted mud of the 1590m long Teutschenthal circuit, in the east of Germany, Lucas Coenen secured his third consecutive MX2 Grand Prix victory, with championship leader and current Red Plate holder Kay de Wolf finishing a close second. The sheer dominance of the Husqvarna squad is impressive; with both riders locking out the podium. For Coenen, in particular, the result in Germany marks three overall event wins and five race victories in a row, with one in Galicia, two in France, and two at Teutschenthal. In the opening MX2 moto, Lucas Coenen burst out of the start gate to secure his first Fox Holeshot of the season, immediately romping into the lead. He maintained this position throughout all 18 laps, virtually unchallenged by anyone other than his teammate. Meanwhile, Kay de Wolf battled fiercely from the start, engaging in a close fight with Simon Längenfelder before securing second place. De Wolf consistently closed the gap to Coenen, narrowing it to just one second by lap 15. Despite a hard push, de Wolf ran wide on the last lap, allowing Coenen to secure the win with a 2.5-second lead, leaving de Wolf to finish a commendable second. The afternoon’s second moto saw improved weather conditions after the lunch break. In a slight role reversal, de Wolf surged into the lead by lap two, building a 2.5-second gap over Lucas Coenen by lap five. However, a crash at the pit lane corner on lap eight saw him drop to third. Undeterred, de Wolf fought back, overtaking Simon Längenfelder on lap 15 to reclaim second place. Meanwhile, Coenen maintained solid pace, building a comfortable 7.4-second lead at the head of the field. The victory marked Coenen's fifth consecutive race win and his third Grand Prix victory in a row, propelling him to second in the championship standings. Meanwhile, in MXGP, Mattia Guadagnini faced a challenging weekend. Despite a blistering start, Guadagnini was hampered by the tough track conditions and dropped back to 18th. Throughout the opening moto, he steadily climbed to 12th by lap four and held on to 11th from lap six onwards, finishing just behind rival Jeremy Seewer. A similar race followed in the second moto for Guadagnini. Despite slipping to 25th on the first lap, he climbed back to 20th by lap four and eventually grabbed 12th on the last lap. More importantly, the 10th overall finish at the MXGP of Germany earned Guadagnini a three-position bump in the championship standings. The 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship continues next weekend with the MXGP of Latvia on 9th June. #101 - Mattia Guadagnini: “I can be quite happy with today! I didn't feel great yesterday and couldn't find my flow, but I took the holeshot in the qualifying race and did my best to finish in a respectable 10th place. Today was much better; unfortunately, I had two really bad starts, but I managed two solid comebacks and can be satisfied with my riding and determination. Things are getting better and better, and soon we’ll be closer to the front.” #74 - Kay de Wolf: "I made a few mistakes in the second moto, but overall, it was a weekend full of positive vibes. We gained crucial points in the championship, which is what it's all about. The main goal is to maintain consistency every weekend and keep finishing as high as possible. Overall, I'm really happy with this weekend; I think, as a team, we showed great speed and only made a few minor mistakes, which we'll definitely work on. I'm really pleased and can't thank the team enough!" #96 - Lucas Coenen: "It feels fantastic to get this result, especially here, to be honest. I was concerned we might struggle as we did last year, but now I've put that behind me. It was a perfect weekend. In the first moto, I had a great battle with my teammate Kay, and in the second moto, I aimed to do the same. He was ahead of me, so I pushed hard and wasn't sure if I could get past him. Then I saw him go down in a corner, which allowed me to overtake. It was an easier race from then on, but I'm just delighted to have another great weekend. We will keep building on these results, and I'm looking forward to Latvia." Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Eight MXGP – Overall:
    1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 50pts; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 42pts; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM); 42pts; 10. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 21pts

    MXGP - Moto One:
    1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 36:00.648; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 36:13.543; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 36:15.337; 11. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 36:59.117 MXGP – Moto Two:
    1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 35:36.969; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:40.298; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:44.347; 10. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 37:03.323 MXGP – Standings:
    1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 402pts; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 400pts; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 336pts; 18. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 71pts MX2 – Overall:
    1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 50pts; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 44pts; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 40pts; 4. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 33pts; 7. Liam Everts (KTM) 28pts; 12. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 19pts; 32. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 0pts MX2 – Moto One:
    1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:07.874; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:11.538; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:32.949; 4. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 36:02.634; 7. Liam Everts (KTM) 36:23.761; 13. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 35:26.761; 35. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) DNS MX2 – Moto Two:
    1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:45.714; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:55.219; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:56.893; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 36:28.616; 7. Liam Everts (KTM) 36:44.741; 10. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 37:01. 596; DNS. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) MX2 – Standings:
    1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 396pts; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 337pts; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 333pts; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 304pts; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 299pts; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 178pts; 14. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 122pts

    Veijer storms to Moto3™ runner-up finish at speedy Italian Grand Prix

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    Husqvarna Motorcycles maintain its status as a central Moto3 protagonist as Collin Veijer guides his FR 250 GP to 2nd place at a warm and busy Autodromo del Mugello for round seven of ’24 MotoGP™. The FIM World Championship set up in the unique Tuscan valley setting of Mugello for the Italian Grand Prix and the second fixture in consecutive weekends. The seventh date of the current 20-race season took place in warm and occasionally cloudy conditions with the threat of brief showers covering the three days in the region north of Florence. Mugello has nearly forty years of GP history and is one of the best-loved and most scenic venues on the calendar thanks to the swirling 15-corner layout and high speed. Collin Veijer explored possibilities for Pole Position on Saturday and ended Q2 in 4th place: top of the second row and 0.7 from the quickest lap of Mugello. Tatsuki Suzuki was a second further back and in 15th spot but with full knowledge that the train of riders hunting the top three around the Italian layout would be high octane. Pace-setting and position-swapping formed the bulk of the action once the GP got underway on a sunny Sunday morning. Veijer did not hesitate to implement his racecraft and physicality, but the race was halted briefly due to a crash. Unluckily for Suzuki he fell at Turn 10 for the restart but Veijer swept into contention again as six riders tussled for the new 11-lap distance. The Moto3 ‘stalk’ entered a critical phase in the last two laps when the podium runners tried to make some sort of breakaway or consolidate their slot for a slipstream attack out of the long Bucine final turn. Collin was at the rear of the posse but began a charge that resulted in two consecutive fastest laps and came within a tenth of a second of the winner. After his third podium finish of 2024, Veijer is 3rd in the Moto3 world championship and needs just 11 points for further promotion. Suzuki is 14th and the IntactGP squad are situated 4th from 13 in the Teams list. The Dutch Grand Prix (Collin’s home event) will bring MotoGP back to readiness but only after a three-weekend pause. The hallowed ground of the TT Circuit Assen - one of the only tracks to have been part of the original FIM world championship as the series now marks a 75th anniversary - will stage round eight at the end of June. Collin Veijer, 2nd: “The feeling was good all race and also when I was the front. At one point I was sitting behind the group and it was a bit too easy, so I knew I had to get back ahead otherwise the leader would be gone. In the end I left it a bit too late. I caught David [Alonso] on the last lap but next time we need to disturb him a bit more! Good race though, and we’ll try again at our home GP.” Tatsuki Suzuki, DNF: “There's not much to say about today. Just before the red flag came out, I highsided by myself. It was a pretty big one, but luckily I managed to get back to the pits in time and we were able to restart the race. I got away quite well at the second start but perhaps I wanted to overtake another rider too early and I lost the front. It's a shame, of course, because I had high expectations for Mugello and the feeling in the race was also good. As I said, it wasn't a great end to the weekend. However, we now have a three-week break, during which I will completely reset mentally and try to come back even stronger and more competitive in Assen.”

    All three Rockstar Energy Husqvarna riders race into Hangtown National top 10

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    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing has been able to draw from the positives following an encouraging Hangtown National that saw all three riders – Casey Cochran, Malcolm Stewart, and Christian Craig – finish inside the top 10. For 250MX rookie Cochran, he started the day in convincing fashion by qualifying quickest overall in class. At 17 years of age and in his first full season of AMA Pro Motocross Championship competition, Cochran qualified in P1 this morning riding his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition, and then went on to claim a consistent scorecard of 12-12 for a deserved 10th overall. With speed on his side and experience increasing, his early progression has been evident this weekend. "It was definitely a good day,"   reflected Cochran.   "I surprised myself and I think a lot of people this morning by qualifying fastest, then ended up 10th overall for the weekend. To finish inside the top 10 at the second round, we can keep building and building off of that result, and I'm happy with the day overall." In the 450MX Class, Stewart made a welcome return to the Hangtown Motocross Classic for the first time in a decade, and he too delivered a consistent performance. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider qualified in P7 and then went 7-9 across the two premier class motos for eighth overall, improving upon his result at the opening round one week prior, and he remains ninth in the standings.
    "Hangtown was fun for me!"   Stewart said.   "It's been 10 years since I've been here and the track's changed, but the people haven't. I've always had some really solid fans here and there's nothing better than the fans welcoming me back. Practice was good, then first moto I rode a solid race, before in the second moto I had a rough start, went down, and made a lot of passes right until the very end! I was enjoying the moment, so we'll take what we learned here, regroup, and come back out swinging in Colorado."
    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Craig placed his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition inside the top 10 as well, both in qualifying and the overall results. Craig was 10th in qualifying and went 12-11 in the races, which handed him P10 for the weekend and saw him climb to 12th position in the 450MX championship standings two rounds into his return to racing.
    "Today was a better day and in qualifying my speed's starting to come around,"   commented Craig.   "I'm still lacking strength, but that's going to take time and will eventually come. We were better today, I had two mid-pack starts and stayed out of the chaos, so ended up going 11-12 for 10th overall – we'll take that luck on our side with the overall. I'm getting more comfortable on the bike again with more seat time, so we'll just keep building each week from here."
    Next Race:  June 8 – Thunder Valley, Colorado

    Results 450MX Class – Hangtown National
    1. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
    2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
    3. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
    7. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
    8. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    10. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 2 of 11 rounds
    1. Chase Sexton, 90 points
    2. Hunter Lawrence, 82
    3. Aaron Plessinger, 69
    8. Justin Barcia, 61
    9. Malcolm Stewart, 57
    12. Christian Craig, 33

    Results 250MX Class – Hangtown National
    1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
    2. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
    3. Levi Kitchen (USA), Kawasaki
    6. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
    9. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
    10. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    15. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS

    Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 2 of 11 rounds
    1. Haiden Deegan, 97 points
    2. Levi Kitchen, 84
    3. Tom Vialle, 81
    7. Pierce Brown, 55
    8. Julien Beaumer, 48
    13. Ryder DiFrancesco, 35
    16. Casey Cochran, 28

      4th for Veijer as Husqvarna Motorcycles chase more Moto3™ spoils in Catalunya

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      Round six of 2024 MotoGP™ took place at the sun-kissed Circuit de Barcelona-Cataluyna and Dutch star Collin Veijer and his FR 250 GP were protagonists in the Moto3 class once more. The IntactGP team also reached a personal best with 5th in Moto2™. MotoGP headed to northeast Spain for the first of two back-to-back events and Grands Prix at the popular Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya followed by a trip to the epic sweeps of Mugello in Italy a week later. LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna IntactGP formed up for round six of the series with their full Moto3 and Moto2™ roster eager to continue strong results and positive progress. Conditions were bright, breezy and warm through practice and qualification at the circuit just outside of the Catalan capital and one of the most consistent events on the MotoGP slate since the 1990s. The track itself has a 4.6km layout with 14 corners and is renowned for its constant use as a racing, testing and leisure site. The low grip of the asphalt has always been an issue and provided a technical challenge for the teams and riders for finding traction and conserving tyre life. Collin Veijer, like many of his peers, has intimate knowledge and plenty of experience of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya and arrived in Spain eager to acquire a third GP podium appearance in a row after classifying 3rd and 1st in Spain and France. Tatsuki Suzuki was also adapting quickly to the FR 250 GP and using his years in the Moto3 category to positive effect. On Saturday Veijer made sure of the front row in Q2 with 2nd position. He was a miniscule 0.019 away from Pole but banked a prosperous slot on the grid. Suzuki tried to pull through Q1 but missed out by slithers of a second and started the 18-lap race on Sunday from 21st. The race occurred in sunny and warmer conditions and a leading swarm of 15 riders rubbed elbows for much of the distance. Veijer hit the front of the pack numerous times and a four-way final lap chase ended with Collin just half a second from 1st place. However, 4th ensured decent championship points. Suzuki was forced into running off the track in Turn 2 and was obliged to take a Long Lap penalty for doing so and then had to repeat the sanction. The Japanese lost the tow of the leaders and reached the line in 15th. Veijer began the weekend 3rd in the Moto3 world championship standings and after the events of Sunday morning he remains in the top three with a 29-point differential to 2nd. Suzuki is 13th. The team are ranked 4th from all in the pitlane. The high-speed and lean angles of Barcelona’s signature turns acted as a decent ‘warm-up’ for the flow of Mugello to come next week. Round seven will get fast for the whole IntactGP crew in a matter of days in Tuscany. Collin Veijer, 4th: “P4 was the maximum today. My start was okay, and I felt good from the beginning. From then on, I pushed really hard and did my best throughout the race, although I struggled a lot in the uphill sections of the track. So, I think we have to be happy with P4 and hopefully we can do better in Mugello." Tatsuki Suzuki, 15th: “My race didn't go as I had hoped. I had a good start and made up a lot of positions in the first sector. But later I made a stupid mistake when I was a bit too late on the brakes in the first corner, which forced me to go wide. Unfortunately, I cut the first sector there, which led to a penalty. I served it straight away but maybe I crossed the white line and that's why I got a second one. That was a shame because until that moment everything was fine as I was well positioned in the leading group. However, it is what it is, and we can still take some positives from the race after struggling for two days to get a good feel for this track. I'm looking forward to the next race is in Mugello, one of my home races. I'm really looking forward to next week."   Moto2 brought Senna Agius and Darryn Binder into action. Both riders attacked Q1 with relish on Saturday with the Australian leading the time sheets and Binder also making the cut. After the 15-minute blast through Q2 Senna made sure of 12th while Darryn grabbed 18th. Moto2 played out through 21-laps on Sunday and under more generous Catalan sun. Senna made a fantastic start to fly into the top ten and was as high as 8th in the initial stages. Agius rode brilliantly to emerge from a three-rider dispute late in the race to secure 5th at the flag: a personal best for the Aussie and also for the Husqvarna IntactGP team’s Moto2 project. Darryn persevered to come home in 15th and with the final point of the classification. Senna Agius, 5th: “A great start and unlike the first races, I could actually stay there and fight. We had made a big change during the weekend that focused the bike on being able to attack on Sunday and we’d already started work on Friday with the rear tyre and how the drop would play-out. I kept charging forward and P5 is a massive step forward from the last races. Feet on the ground though. It’s a good result that we deserve, and we will again go to tracks I haven’t been to and have other situations to face but at least I’ve shown people what I can do. Let’s see how the rest of the season pans out.” Darryn Binder, 15th : “Not the race I was looking for today unfortunately. I had a bad feeling with the rear of the bike and could not push as hard as I would have liked. I knew I would have to conserve the tyre but I didn’t have the grip I needed at the beginning. By the end of the race it was more or less normal but I’m disappointed because I had a good start. Just didn’t have the pace. So, we have some work to do. Onto Mugello and let’s see what happens.”   Results Moto3 Catalan Grand Prix   1. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO 32:25.084, 2. Ivan Ortola (ESP) KTM +0.242, 3. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP) KTM +0.513, 4. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP +0.560 , 6. Daniel Holgado (ESP) GASGAS +3.390, 8. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) GASGAS +7.248, 14. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO +8.160, 15. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP +20.335 , 19. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) KTM +22.327   World championship standings Moto3   1. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO, 118 points, 2. Daniel Holgado (ESP) GASGAS, 104, 3. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna, 75, 6. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP), KTM, 44, 11. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO, 35, 12. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) GASGAS, 35, 13. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna, 31, 22. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) KTM, 3   Results Moto2 Catalan Grand Prix   1. Ai Ogura (JPN) 36:33.540, 2. Sergio Garcia (ESP) +3.816, 3. Jake Dixon (GBR) CFMOTO +9.186, 5. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP +12.593 , 15. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP +24.747 , 20. Deniz Öncü (TUR) +38.590, DNF. Celestino Vietti (ITA), DNF. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO   World championship standings Moto2   1. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 109 points, 2. Joe Roberts (USA), 89, 3. Ai Ogura (JPN), 88, 12. Celestino Vietti (ITA), 29, 15. Jake Dixon (GBR) CFMOTO, 16, 16. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP, 16, 19. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO, 10, 22. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP, 4, 23. Deniz Öncü (TUR), 3

      Top 10 scores for Malcolm Stewart in return to AMA Pro Motocross series

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      Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Malcolm Stewart's return to the AMA Pro Motocross Championship resulted in an encouraging top 10 result overall at the Fox Raceway National, as teammates Christian Craig and Casey Cochran formed foundations to build upon in the 2024 season. Stewart hasn't lined up at the beginning of an outdoor series in a full decade, but quickly established himself inside the top 10 of the 450MX field on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition. He was eighth in Moto 1 and went one better on his way to seventh in the final outing, placing him ninth overall for the weekend.
      "For being 10 years of not racing a season opener for outdoors, it treated me well,"   Stewart reflected.   "We said we'd be happy with a top eight, or to be around there, and we were. When you have a season-ending injury like I had last year, it makes you miss the little things, and so far I'm just having a heck of a time here! Overall, I'm happy, we made a lot of improvements event from Moto 1 to Moto 2, and we're enjoying the moment."
      Alongside Stewart in the premier class was Christian Craig, making his welcome return to competition after an extended time on the sidelines with an elbow injury. He finished 15th in his first race back and backed that up with P17 in Moto 2, despite enduring his share of adversity early on in both motos. Those results placed him 15th overall at Round 1, which he will be able to further improve upon in the coming rounds.
      "I didn't know what to expect coming in, but just wanted to get some gate drops, and to put my best effort in,"  commented Craig.   "I had a couple of crashes, a first turn pile-up in the first moto, and then in the second moto I fell on the first lap, so I made it hard on myself but I was able to come through the pack, and score some points. I am happy to be at the races again, to be back with the team, and it's a good vibe being around everybody. We'll go back to work this week and get ready for Hangtown." The anticipated full-time debut of 250MX rookie Casey Cochran was impacted by early falls in both races on Saturday afternoon, but he gained important experience that will count as the season progresses. Moto 1 saw him finish 15th and then he was 21st in the second one, placing him 19th overall for the round onboard the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition. "It was a tough day with going down on both starts, so I had to fight from the back in the motos and ate a lot of roost today,"   Cochran said.   "It ended up alright, we rode pretty decent, and if we can get a good start we'll be up there in the top 10 with those guys. I will work on some starts and come out swinging again next week!" Next Race:  June 1 – Hangtown, California

      Results 450MX Class – Fox Raceway National
      1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
      2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
      3. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
      5. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
      7. Aaron Plessinger (USA), KTM
      9. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
      15. Christian Craig (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

      Standings 450MX Class 2024 after 1 of 11 rounds
      1. Jett Lawrence, 50 points
      2. Hunter Lawrence, 42
      3. Chase Sexton, 40
      5. Justin Barcia, 32
      7. Aaron Plessinger, 30
      9. Malcolm Stewart, 29
      15. Christian Craig, 12

      Results 250MX Class – Fox Raceway National
      1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
      2. Levi Kitchen (USA), Kawasaki
      3. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
      8. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
      10. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
      11. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
      19. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

      Standings 250MX Class 2024 after 1 of 11 rounds
      1. Haiden Deegan, 50 points
      2. Levi Kitchen, 44
      3. Tom Vialle, 38
      8. Pierce Brown, 26
      10. Ryder DiFrancesco, 23
      11. Julien Beaumer, 22
      19. Casey Cochran, 8

      RJ Hampshire sidelined ahead of AMA Pro Motocross season opener

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      Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider RJ Hampshire has unfortunately been sidelined ahead of Round 1 of the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Pala, California, after injuring his wrist during media day on Thursday afternoon. The 28-year-old, fresh from capturing the 250SX West Championship in AMA Supercross two weeks ago, underwent immediate surgery yesterday evening, but it remains unclear when he will be fit to return to the 11-round outdoor series.
      Nathan Ramsey, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager:   "The highs and the lows of this sport are sometimes tough to swallow, but unfortunately with RJ taking a spill on press day here at Pala, he has injured his wrist. It's a setback, but we can all get through this – I know that RJ and the crew will stay positive. RJ's tough and he's mentally strong, so he'll be back as soon as possible."
      Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing looks forward to welcoming RJ back once he is back to 100 percent health. The team will field Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig in 450MX, as well as rookie Casey Cochran in 250MX, at this Saturday's season-opening Fox Raceway National.

      Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team aims for AMA Pro Motocross success

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      The 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship beckons for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, fresh from RJ Hampshire's title-winning achievements in the 250SX West division of AMA Supercross and with the motivation to maintain that momentum into the great outdoors. Round 1 will take place in Pala, California, this Saturday. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will arrive at the Fox Raceway National with Hampshire to be joined by newcomer Casey Cochran in the 250MX category, while Spaniard Guillem Farres continues to recover from a broken femur sustained in February. The 450MX ranks will see Malcolm Stewart rejoined by Christian Craig in time for the Pro Motocross season.
      Hampshire lines up as a legitimate title threat in the 250MX category with experience on his side at 28 years of age, certain to benefit from his knowledge gained in the stadiums on his way to a first-career professional championship victory. He has claimed four overall wins during his career, now aiming to deliver in a similar fashion to what he managed during the Supercross series.
      "We're super excited leading into the outdoors,"   explained Hampshire.   "Coming off the west coast championship in Supercross, we all want to carry that momentum into the new season and we have a lot to look forward to. We have a really good base, and I feel like we're going to be in a good position right off the bat this season, so I look forward to getting back racing at Pala for the opener."
      Still only at the age of 17, Cochran is a multiple-time AMA Amateur National Motocross Champion as a result of his success at Loretta Lynn's prior to turning pro full-time for 2024. After lining up at two rounds last season, it's expected that he will gain a wealth of experience throughout the 11 rounds this year, and has the potential to make an impact as the season progresses equipped with the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition.
      "Coming into my first season outdoors, I'm super excited for the full 11 rounds this year,"   Cochran commented.   "Hopefully we can be in there racing with some good guys, while getting some good experience and results along the way. I've got a good team behind me and am feeling good on the bike, so I'm looking forward to getting out there and competing, showing everyone what we can do in my rookie year. Let's go!"
      While Hampshire and Cochran will fly to flag in the 250 Class to commence the 2024 series, a vast amount of attention will be directed Stewart's way in 450MX. Injuries have meant that he's only made minimal appearances outdoors in recent years, but that's not causing him to lower his outlook on the eve of the upcoming season ahead. Instead, he's looking to keep improving his results, as he did in the closing stages of the 450SX.
      "I'm very excited, very motivated, after having all of last season off of racing,"   Stewart said.   "For me, I'm thankful to continue being able to race, and to build on what we did in Supercross. I'm looking forward to the outdoors and also building into SMX later this year – all racing is good racing over here! I'm ready to line up, enjoy it, and see what we can do."
      California native Christian Craig – who previously resided in the Temecula region during the majority of his career – is back on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition following issues with a re-aggravated elbow injury that sidelined him toward the end of February. Like teammate Stewart, Craig missed the entire outdoor season last year, but is excited to be returning in time for the season-opener.
      "I'm excited to get this outdoor season started,"   Craig explained.   "Unfortunately, we won't be coming in with a lot of time on the bike after dealing with this elbow injury for a while, but nonetheless I'm looking forward to getting some gate drops and building throughout the season. The bike is in a good spot already, so let's get the season going!"
      Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager, Nathan Ramsey, added:   "Making the transition from Supercross into Pro Motocross with the one weekend off in between is pretty tight, but obviously we have some good momentum, and we've squeezed in some motocross testing along the way. I feel really good about the season ahead and I think it will be one of those things, if we can start the season on a high note, hopefully we can keep that up and be consistent through the long season to fight for the championship in the end. RJ is in a good spot, Malcolm is excited too, Casey as our rookie coming in has been riding good as well, plus we're excited to have Christian back, coming off an injury. The goal for him is to get started and build as the series goes on into the middle stages of the season, which is also when we are hoping to see Guillem back at the races."
      The first round of 11 scheduled will begin this Saturday, May 25th, in Southern California, before travelling the country and arriving in Indiana at the end of August, where champions will be crowned in the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship across the 450MX and 250MX categories.

      Luciano Benavides is all set to take on 2024 Desafio Ruta 40

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      Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides is excited to return to rally-raid action with his home race, the Desafio Ruta 40. After four months of training and testing since last competing, the Argentinian is feeling fit and eager to improve on his runner-up finish at last year’s event. Securing a top-seven result at the Dakar Rally in January, Benavides will be looking to maintain that strong run of form and capitalise on his home advantage at the Desafio Ruta 40. The FR 450 Rally rider enjoyed huge success at the Argentinian event last year, where he finished as runner-up in his hometown of Salta, an impressive feat which he will be looking to surpass this season. The 2024 edition of the Desafio Ruta 40 will challenge riders with a prologue on Sunday, June 2, followed by five stages of racing in the desert through to the finish on Friday, June 7. Starting and finishing in the city of Cordoba, competitors will cover 3,213 kilometres over six days, of which 2,085 will be timed special raced against the clock. The challenging event promises to test riders with technically demanding navigation and a mixture of terrain, ranging from vast expanses of dunes to flat-out rocky tracks.

      Season 3 of Grit and Grind: A Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Series premieres today

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      Watch Episode 1 now Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rockstar Energy are excited to introduce Season 3 of the immensely popular Grit and Grind: A Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Series, documenting the team's remarkable journey throughout all 17 rounds of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship.  It's a raw behind-the-scenes docuseries featuring 450SX team riders Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig, alongside newly-crowned 250SX West Champion RJ Hampshire, Spanish recruit Guillem Farres, and highly-rated teenage rookie Casey Cochran. Come along with us for a captivating ride all season long, showcasing the highs and owning the lows with ultimate authenticity.
      Season 3 of Grit and Grind follows 250 class mainstay Hampshire every step of the way en route to claiming three Main Event victories and a breakout championship victory on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition. At 28 years of age, see how he finally managed to execute when it counted for a first-career professional title, delivering on the promise that has been evident since signing with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing five full seasons ago. Tune in to watch where determination meets destiny. This year has also seen fan favorite Stewart back on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition after missing the majority of last season, gradually elevating his match fitness again, while enduring the challenges that are naturally faced following an extended period on the sidelines. And the fortunes of Craig and Farres are turned upside down early on, with injuries unfortunately putting the pair out of action before having a proper chance to put their pre-season preparation to work over the course of a full season. From mid-week motos at the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing training grounds, to weekends at the races on the biggest stage of all in AMA Supercross, this is your in-depth all-access ticket to chronologically witness the sport in its realest of forms with Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rockstar Energy. New episodes of Grit and Grind: A Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Series will be released bi-weekly over the next seven weeks as the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) enters its second phase in the great outdoors for the 11-round AMA Pro Motocross Championship, commencing this Saturday in Pala, California. Exclusively catch each episode on the  Husqvarna Motorcycles YouTube channel , with Episode 1 of Grit and Grind Season 3 premiering today and  available to watch now ! Grit and Grind Season 3 Release Dates
      Episode 1 – Tuesday, May 21st 2024
      Episode 2 – Tuesday, June 4th 2024
      Episode 3 – Tuesday, June 18th 2024
      Episode 4 – Wednesday, July 3rd 2024

      MX2 PODIUM LOCKOUT IN FRANCE: COENEN GOES 1-1 WHILE DE WOLF EXTENDS LEAD

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      The Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Team delivered an outstanding performance at the 2024 MXGP of France. Lucas Coenen dominated MX2, celebrating 1-1 finishes in both motos to take the overall win, while Kay de Wolf secured second place, maintaining his lead in the championship standings. In MXGP, Mattia Guadagnini finished a solid 14th, securing valuable points to move-up in the world championship standings. Held at the historic St. Jean d’Angely circuit, the French venue hosted its 18th MXGP, providing a thrilling backdrop for the third consecutive weekend of action in the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship. Despite muddy conditions on Friday and Saturday due to heavy rain, Sunday started out with dry conditions, though heavy rain returned in the afternoon, challenging riders on the 1620m hardpack circuit. In MX2, Lucas Coenen was in a class of his own, winning Saturday's qualifying race in sticky muddy conditions. On Sunday, he showcased his dominance again, starting 4th in race one, moving to 2nd by lap two, and taking the lead by lap seven. By lap 13, Coenen had stretched out a 10.5-second lead over Andrea Adamo, eventually finishing 11 seconds clear at the flag. In race two, he quickly swept into the lead by lap three, set the fastest lap on lap six with a time of 1:49.9 and stretched his lead to over nine seconds by lap 7. Despite worsening weather, Coenen secured his third Grand Prix victory, moving to third in the championship and closing in on second place. At the same time, championship leader Kay de Wolf arrived in France with a 44-point advantage. In race one, he grabbed the Fox Holeshot and, despite an early setback dropping to 11th, battled back to finish 3rd. In race two, de Wolf moved up to 2nd by lap five, capitalising on a mistake from Sacha Coenen. Eventually taking the flag in second place, de Wolf's 3-2 results for the weekend extended his championship lead, completing an incredible performance for the Nestaan Husqvarna MX2 squad. In MXGP, Mattia Guadagnini showcased his raw speed and huge potential in the world championship’s premier class. In race one, he rocketed to third place at the start, an impressive feat from his 15th place gate slot. Though he slipped to 7th by lap two and finished 13th, his performance earned him eight valuable points. Race two was even more challenging with heavy rain lashing down from the start. A crash at the first corner put Guadagnini in 24th place, but he steadily worked his way back up to finish 17th, moving up one spot in the championship standings to 21st.
      #101 - Mattia Guadagnini:  “The conditions were tough this weekend, but I’m pleased with how I managed to fight through. Starting from 15th and making it up to third at the start of the first moto felt great, even though I finished 13th. The second moto was a real challenge with the heavy rain and the crash at the first corner, but I pushed hard and managed to climb back to 17th. Overall, I’m happy to have earned some valuable points and moved up in the championship. A big thanks to the team for their support. I’m looking forward to building on this and performing even better in Germany.”
      #74 - Kay de Wolf:  "The first race was intense, but I managed to hold on. In the second moto, I eased up when the rain and storms hit, keeping the bigger picture in mind. It was definitely another great weekend—I’m really happy with the bike and my performance. Being back on the podium and extending my championship lead feels fantastic. I hope we can keep this momentum going!" #96 - Lucas Coenen:  "The first moto I was thinking about using the outside gate start like Kay and then on the second one I gave it a try - and it all worked out. We pulled off two great motos today and the win on Saturday, so I’m super super happy with this result - especially after last weekend in Lugo. I will try to keep building on this, and carry this momentum over to Germany next. I want to say a huge thankyou to the team, and also I want to take a moment to wish Thibault (Benistant) a fast recovery after his huge crash this weekend. 1-1 on Sunday with the changing conditions is awesome; let's keep it up."
      Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Seven MXGP - Overall:
      1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 43pts; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 42pts; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 40pts; 4. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 38pts;  14. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 12pts MXGP - Moto One:
      1. Tim Gajser (Honda); 3:12.805; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 35:19.273; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 35:31.869; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:37.464;  13. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 36:32.106 MXGP - Moto Two:
      1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 36:25.903; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 36:32.901; 3. Pauls Jonass (Honda) 36:52.625; 5. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 37:41.745;  17. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 37:08.447 MXGP Standings:
      1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 348pts; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 343pts; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 319pts; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 287pts; 21. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 47pts MX2 - Overall:
      1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 50pts; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 42pts;  3. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 40pts; 4. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 38pts; 5. Liam Everts (KTM) 31pts; 11. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 18pts; 35. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 0pts MX2 – Moto One:
      1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:26.564;  2. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:36.709;  3. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:43.052;  4. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:50.120; 6. Liam Everts (KTM) 36:14.025; 15. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 37:11.098; 35. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) DNF MX2 – Moto Two:
      1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:49.450; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:13. 617;  3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:19.299; 4. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:25.145; 5. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:28.161; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 36:04.690; DNS. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) MX2 - Standings:
      1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 342pts;  2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 290pts;  3. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 283pts;  4. Liam Everts (KTM) 268pts; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 257pts; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 159pts; 12. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 122pts

      COENEN CLINCHES MX2 VICTORY AT MXGP OF GALICIA AS DE WOLF RETAINS THE RED PLATE

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      Lucas Coenen secured victory in the MX2 category at the 2024 MXGP of Galicia, with Kay de Wolf maintaining his championship lead. In MXGP, Mattia Guadagnini raced to secure a top ten finish.  The 2024 MXGP of Galicia in northwest Spain provided perfect sunny conditions for the Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Team to shine. Lucas Coenen clinched a thrilling victory in the MX2 category, while Mattia Guadagnini secured valuable points with a P10 finish in the MXGP class. Coenen came into the weekend with high expectations and lived up to them. Despite a challenging start in the first race where he slipped to 12th place, Coenen showed incredible pace and determination, fighting his way back to finish 4th by the final flag. In the afternoon's second race, he took an early lead and expertly controlled the race, finishing with a 2.6 second lead over Liam Everts. The win marked a significant return to the podium for Coenen, achieving his first victory since his triumph in Sumbawa, Indonesia, last season.  The win marked a significant return to the podium for Coenen, achieving his first victory since his triumph in Sumbawa, Indonesia, last season.  Meanwhile, Kay de Wolf, the current MX2 Red Plate holder, continued to showcase just why he is the championship leader. Starting from 7th in qualifying, de Wolf made rapid progress in the first race, narrowly missing the top spot by just six-tenths of a second. The second moto presented more challenges due to a tough start, but de Wolf pushed through, climbing from 8th to 3rd place. His efforts throughout the day placed him 4th in the overall standings, helping him maintain his lead at the top of the world championship classification. In the MXGP category, Mattia Guadagnini encountered some difficulties but managed to collect crucial points. He faced an off-track incident and goggle problems in the first race that led to a 13th-place finish. The second moto however  was a solid comeback, where he improved significantly to secure 8th place. Guadagnini's combined results earned him a 10th-place overall finish. The run of back-to-back weekends continues with the MXGP of France on the 19th May.
        #101 - Mattia Guadagnini: "I'm happy about the weekend; I felt good from Saturday morning and really enjoyed the track. I had a good qualifying race on Saturday and just tried to keep that flow going today. I didn’t have the best start in Moto 1, going off the track in the second corner, and a goggle problem didn’t help, but I gave my best to recover as much as possible. I had a really good start in the second moto, but the race was red-flagged. The second start wasn't as good as the first one, but I still managed to secure a good position to compete with the top riders. I managed to find my rhythm and secured a solid 8th place. Given my condition at the moment, being out for so long, I can be happy with the weekend—not just because of the decent result but more so because of my riding and the feeling. It's a good point to start from and improve." #74 - Kay de Wolf: "It was a good weekend - I extended my points lead - and I’m really happy overall. It’s a shame that the 3rd and second place finishes were not enough to make the podium. I thought my riding overall was great. The starts were not so good and the consistency was good too. I just want to focus on my riding in general - I feel very comfortable on the bike at the moment, and I’m looking forward to the next round in France." #96 - Lucas Coenen: "The last few races have been really tough on me—I kept getting injury after injury. I'm not 100% yet with my shoulder, and I'm still battling with it, but today I managed to win. This was a brutal weekend. In the first moto, I was frustrated because I couldn't pass somebody. Then in the second moto, I just tried to focus on getting my rhythm going. I got into third and then into the lead, and I tried to control the gap as best as I could. I hope that now we have finally got the win, we can keep this pace up for the rest of the year and see where we end up! Huge thank you to all the team and support—this wouldn't be possible without all of you!" Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Six MXGP - Overall:
      1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 50pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 40pts; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 40pts; 10. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 8pts MXGP - Moto One:
      1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 34:11.687; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 34:13.723; 3. Calvin Vlaandeeren (Yamaha) 34:14.286; 13. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 35:51.887 MXGP - Moto Two:
      1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 34:04.763; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 34:07.643; 3. Tim Gajser (Honda) 34:14.873; 8. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 34:58.518 MXGP Standings:
      1. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 298pts; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 296pts; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 267pts; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 246pts; 22. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 35pts MX2 - Overall:
      1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 43pts; 2. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 43pts; 3. Liam Everts (KTM) 42pts; 4. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 42pts; 6. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 29pts; 9. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 26pts; 13. Valerio Lata (GASGAS) 13pts; 14. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 11pts; 22. Mads Fredsoe (GASGAS) 2pts MX2 – Moto One:
      1.  Andrea Adamo (KTM) 34:23.923; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 34:24.655; 3. Liam Everts (KTM) 34:31.967; 4. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 34:38.267 ; 6. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 34:49.717; 7. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 34:56.001; 10. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 35:23.584; 14. Valerio Lata (GASGAS) 35:50.643; 24. Mads Fredsoe (GASGAS) 35:12.284 MX2 – Moto Two:
      1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 34:49.474 ; 2. Liam Everts (KTM) 34:52.132; 3. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 34:54.500; 4. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:04.504; 7. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 35:29.205; 9. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:44.525; 15. Valerio Lata (GASGAS) 36:21.106; 19. Mads Fredsoe (GASGAS) 35:04.188; DNF. Marc Antoine Rossi (GASGAS)  MX2 - Standings:
      1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 292pts ; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 248pts; 3. Liam Everts (KTM) 230pts; 5. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 223pts; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 211pts; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 141pts; 11. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 113pts; 28. Valerio Lata (GASGAS) 13pts; 35. Mads Fredsoe (GASGAS) 2pts

      Moto3™ podium for Husqvarna Motorcycles at Le Mans

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      Collin Veijer continues his bright 2024 Grand Prix campaign by tussling for the win and taking 3rd position at the French Grand Prix and round five of the world championship. MotoGP welcomed summer air at the full and atmospheric Bugatti Circuit for the Grand Prix de France and round five of twenty-one in 2024. Hot sunshine coated the massive crowd at the sold-out famous layout for motorsport. Collin Veijer, in just his second Grand Prix season, was right at the top of the time sheets once more; earning P2 at the end of the second practice session on Saturday and headed confidently into Q2. Tatsuki Suzuki was also just a second away as the track grouped the lap-times close together. The duo negotiated qualification through the hottest part of the weekend and Veijer held Pole Position by a slender 0.001 of a second with one minute remaining. In the final rush he ended with 5th and a decent slot on the second row. Suzuki was 4th in Q1 and rode to 14th in Q2 for the same spot on the grid. The climate turned on Sunday as the clouds rolled in and the threat of light showers hovered. The Moto3 Grand Prix distance involved 20 laps of the Bugatti trajectory and Veijer was able to launch straight into the leading pack as Suzuki rallied to the top fourteen. Collin kept pace with Daniel Holgado, David Muñoz and David Alonso; some of his main rivals for the title. He attacked on the last lap but could not barge his way into the top two and was a solid 3rd at the line. Tatsuki set the fastest lap of the race in the formative stages and the freight train of riders meant he was on the edge of the top ten but was circulating less than two seconds from the leader! In the second half of the distance the Japanese strived to 9th and was just a second adrift from P1: one of the closest finales ever in Moto3 at Le Mans. Collin has consolidated 3rd in the world championship standings while Tatsuki is 11th. The team are 3rd from 13 and the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya beckons next with round six in a fortnight. Collin Veijer, 3rd: “My start wasn’t perfect and I tried to be steady in the beginning of the race. I then tried to keep the pace and not be too crazy. The last lap was a bit difficult for me on the right side and I struggled on corner entry; maybe we have to manage the tyre better in the last laps and stand the bike up earlier. Overall, the feeling was good and happy to be back on the podium.” Tatsuki Suzuki, 9th: “Quite happy. Unfortunately I made a huge mistake at the start which stopped me going with the leaders. It was difficult on the first five laps to gain positions but once I broke free from the second group then I was quite fast to catch the others. I was strong. Overall, a positive weekend. I still need to improve qualifying but we are coming.”   Senna Agius rode well on Saturday in Le Mans to earn one of the four slots through Q1 and into Q2 for the Moto2 Grand Prix. The Australian rookie then concentrated on registering the best possible lap-time and starting position. His quickest effort resulted in 6th place, just shy of a second from Pole: his personal best in the category to-date. Darryn Binder missed out on Q2 by a miniscule two hundredths of a second and therefore accepted 19th on the grid for the 22-lap on Sunday. Senna had the more advanced position for the 22-lapper on Sunday. He pushed hard, reaching a lower top ten slot at one stage. Darryn was also making positive progress and by the end of the race the teammates were circulating together. Agius was able to get to the chequered flag only a tenth of a second ahead of Binder as the pair filled 13th and 14th respectively in the final standings: points for both and a sign of forward progress. Senna Agius, 13th: “Things were going well until about halfway through but then I made a mistake and had to make a hard reset to again charge and get where I could for the last ten laps or so. We took home two points but we went the wrong way in the race. I was quite fast this weekend but was also missing something at a crucial point and we didn’t really realise that until we were into the 22-laps! I also think we took a bit of a tyre gamble that didn’t’ pay off and we need to analyse why. We’re missing some rhythm so we’ll attack Barcelona with some changes.” Darryn Binder, 14th : “Getting better. Probably the best race so far this season. Starting 19th wasn’t ideal but I got away well, made some good passes and had semi-decent pace. We’re heading in the right direction but I just didn’t have the feeling I needed to fight for the top eleven. It was a bit of a struggle. It was the first time I used this type of tyre but we have positives to take away this weekend after we made progress with the bike at Jerez. I felt comfortable. We have to fine-tune now and find some speed. I have some of my best memories of racing in Barcelona so I’m really keen to get there.”   Results Moto3 French Grand Prix   1. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO 34:00.058, 2. Daniel Holgado (ESP) GASGAS +0.105, 3. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP +0.242 , 4. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO +0.234, 8. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP) KTM +1.035, 9. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP +1.101 , 12. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) GASGAS +6.903, 16. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) KTM +13.275   World championship standings Moto3   1. Daniel Holgado (ESP) KTM, 94 points, 2. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO, 93, 3. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP, 62, 8. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO, 33, 11. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP, 30 , 12. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP) KTM, 28, 13. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) GASGAS, 27, 22. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) KTM, 3   Results Moto2 French Grand Prix   1. Sergio Garcia (ESP) 35:20.709, 2. Ai Ogura (JPN) +3.174, 3. Alonso Lopez (ESP) +3.704, 10. Izan Guevara (ESP) +14.215, 13. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP +18.191 , 14. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP +18.349 , 17. Jake Dixon (GBR) +26.939, 18. Deniz Öncü (TUR) +30.633   World championship standings Moto2   1. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 89 points, 2. Joe Roberts (USA), 82, 3. Fermin Aldeguer (ESP), 63 , 11. Celestino Vietti (ITA), 29, 16. Izan Guevara (ESP), 10, 19. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP, 5, 20. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP, 3, 21. Deniz Öncü (TUR), 3, 28. Jake Dixon (GBR), 0

      RJ Hampshire and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing clinch 250SX West Championship

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      Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's RJ Hampshire is the new AMA Supercross 250SX West Champion after clinching the 2024 title at tonight's final round of the season in Salt Lake City, Utah. Hampshire came into Round 10 of the western region tied on points in the standings, where a second-place result at Rice-Eccles Stadium was enough for RJ to capture his first-career Supercross crown following the second 250SX East/West Showdown of the year.

      The year opened in convincing style at the beginning of January when Hampshire won Anaheim 1's season-opener, which he has since backed up with additional wins in Glendale and the Nashville 250SX East/West Showdown. Two more second-place podiums were achieved at Anaheim 2 and in Seattle, while last weekend in Denver he placed third on the podium.

      At 28 years of age, Hampshire is firmly established as one of the 250SX category's most decorated riders, previously finishing runner-up in the standings on two occasions – P2 in the western region in 2023 and also in the eastern region in 2022. He was ranked third in the inaugural SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) last year within the 250SMX division.

      "It's so special,"   Hampshire reflected.   "Everybody has their own story and I was determined to write my own. To have an opportunity to win a championship, just to be a part of that, is truly special. I've had so many ups, so many downs, and still people who just believed in me. My group, I would not change, and a massive thanks to everybody who has been involved and a part of the story. I was the fastest guy all day today, had a decent start in the Main Event, and did what I needed to do – in the end, we finally did it and it was a good race to clinch the championship!"

      The championship is Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s first in AMA Supercross since Jason Anderson won the 2018 450SX Championship and Zach Osborne claimed back-to-back 250SX East Championships in 2017-2018. Osborne also went on to earn the 2020 450MX national championship, which was the team’s most recent professional MX/SX title in the United States prior to Hampshire’s success.

      "There's nobody who deserves it more than RJ,"   commented Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager, Nathan Ramsey.   "He works so hard, he's a warrior, and never, ever gives up. I'm so happy for the team, the crew, and everybody that's a part of this. We pulled this thing together and RJ brought it home for us! RJ's been working at this and dreaming of this forever, so to have him be able to finally wrap his head around it and learn how to piece it all together, here we are – champions."

      Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450SX teammate Malcolm Stewart also put forward a strong performance to complete the Supercross season. He was fourth fastest in combined Qualifying onboard the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition, which set the tone for the night program when he raced to P6 in the Main Event and secured 10th in the point standings.

      "Final round, at the end of the day, it was a great Supercross season,"   Stewart said.   "We had some ups and downs, but finished every single round, and ended this one with a better result in P6. I felt great all day and am very, very happy for everybody at Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. A huge shoutout to my teammate, RJ, for clinching the 250 championship tonight! I'm really looking forward to the outdoors and we're going to keep digging to improve ourselves."

      The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team will now turn their attention to the 2024 AMA Pro Motocross Championship when it begins in Pala, California, on May 25, which doubles as the second stage of the combined SMX hybrid series.

      Next Race:  May 25 – Pala, California (AMA Pro Motocross)

      Results 450SX Class – Salt Lake City
      1. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
      2. Justin Cooper (USA), Yamaha
      3. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha
      5. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
      6. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

      Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 17 of 17 rounds
      1. Jett Lawrence, 351 points
      2. Cooper Webb, 336
      3. Chase Sexton, 307
      8. Justin Barcia, 217
      10. Malcolm Stewart, 200
      11. Aaron Plessinger, 198

      Results 250SX East/West Showdown Class – Salt Lake City
      1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
      2. RJ Hampshire (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
      3. Jordon Smith (USA), Yamaha
      8. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
      12. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
      13. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS
      22. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM

      Standings 250SX West Class 2024 after 10 of 10 rounds
      1. RJ Hampshire, 208 points
      2. Levi Kitchen, 203
      3. Jordon Smith, 185
      7. Julien Beaumer, 118
      12. Ryder DiFrancesco, 88

      Standings 250SX East Class 2024 after 9 of 9 rounds
      1. Tom Vialle, 172 points
      2. Haiden Deegan, 168
      3. Coty Schock, 132
      4. Pierce Brown, 131

        GUADAGNINI RETURNS AS DE WOLF RETAINS RED PLATE AT MXGP OF PORTUGAL

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        Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing faced a rollercoaster weekend at the challenging Agueda track for round five of the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, marked by the eagerly awaited return of Mattia Guadagnini, as well as standout performances from Kay de Wolf and Lucas Coenen. In MXGP, Mattia Guadagnini made a strong comeback to the series having missed the initial four rounds due to pre-season injuries. Showing solid pace, Mattia finished 11th in qualifying and was running 9th in the first of Sunday’s motos, before a heartbreaking mechanical issue on the last lap forced him out of a top-ten finish. He continued to show his resilience in the second moto; battling to a 14th place finish under difficult conditions. Kay de Wolf demonstrated his skill around the treacherous Agueda circuit, recovering from a challenging start and a fall in the opening moto, to secure a commendable 3rd place finish. In the second moto, despite another early crash, Kay fought hard through the pack to finish 9th, showcasing his determination and skill. Lucas Coenen, riding with a pre-existing shoulder injury, displayed equal speed as his team mate, starting race one from 5th on the grid. However, a couple of crashes due to the deep mud-bath conditions relegated him to finish 16th. In the second moto, Lucas made significant progress to secure an 8th place finish, and a haul of important championship points to boot. Despite the challenging weekend both Kay and Lucas still place first and fifth in the championship standings respectively, with Husqvarna topping the Manufacturers Classification, ahead of KTM and GASGAS in second and third. The Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing team are now focusing ahead to the next round - the MXGP of Galicia in Lugo on the 12th of May - determined to build on the experiences from Agueda and continue challenging for podiums and the championship.
          #101 - Mattia Guadagnini: "It’s great to be back racing, though this wasn’t the easiest race to come back to! Qualifying on Saturday went well; I was really focused on building my pace. But Sunday was a whole different story - it felt more like we were just trying to survive out there. I was in a good position, running up to sixth at one point, and then on the last lap when I was in 9th the bike stopped - so I couldn't finish the race. I know it was a tough day for everyone. I managed to finish 14th in the second race, and get 17th overall under such wild conditions—it's honestly just great to be back. These challenging races are just part of motocross, and I want to say thankyou for the team and family for the support to get me back here!"
        #74 - Kay de Wolf: "This weekend at Agueda was a true test for us. Facing a tough track and early falls in the races, it was all about fighting back and proving what we can do. Keeping the red plate means a lot for sure, and looking forward to the upcoming rounds, we’re fired up to keep pushing and improving. With a third place in the first moto and a ninth in the second, it's clear we have good speed. The support from the team and fans has been phenomenal, and I’m excited to go again next weekend." #96 - Lucas Coenen: " This weekend at Agueda threw everything at us, and despite the setbacks, and my shoulder not being 100%, we pulled through with some points for the championship. The conditions were brutal, especially with my injury, but my focus was on managing my pace and staying as consistent as possible. Finishing 16th and then 8th in the motos under such circumstances really tests you. We're still in the fight for the championship, and I’m determined to hit the ground running in Galicia."
          Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Five
        MXGP - Overall:
        1. Pauls Jonass (Honda) 44pts; 2. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 38pts; 3. Tim Gasjer (Honda) 36pts; 9. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 25pts; 13. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 15pts; 17. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 11pts MXGP - Moto One:
        1. Tim Gasjer (Honda) 36:39.323; 2. Pauls Jonass (Honda) 37:23.183; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 37:52.907; 15. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 39:04.842; 17. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 34:28.172 ; 23. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) +6 laps MXGP - Moto Two:
        1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 38:10.525; 2. Pauls Jonass (Honda) 38:34.091; 3. Cornelius Toendel (KTM) 38:37.327; 12. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 38:12.666; 14. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 38:58.138 MXGP Standings:
        1. Tim Gasjer (Honda) 252pts; 2. Jorge Prado (GASGAS) 238pts; 3. Romain Febvre (Kawasaki) 220pts; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 198pts; 25. Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) 11pts

        MX2 - Overall
        1. Liam Everts (KTM) 50pts; 2. Rick Elzinga (Yamaha) 40pts; 3. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 34pts; 4. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 32pts ; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 29pts; 9. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 22pts; 10. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 18pts ; 16. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 14pts; 

        MX2 - Moto One
        1. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:04.844; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:10.724; 3. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:37.865 ; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 36:07.753; 8. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 37:31.026; 16. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 36:11.746

        MX2 - Moto Two
        1. Liam Everts (KTM) 38:19.181; 2. Rick Elzinga (Yamaha) 39:40.354; 3. Mikkel Haarup (Triumph) 40:44.494; 7. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 38:40.185; 8. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 38:59.001 ; 9. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 39:28.252 ; 20. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 29:00.497; DNF. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) +8 Laps

        MX2 - Standings
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 246pts ; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 216pts; 7. Liam Everts (KTM) 188pts; 5. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 171pts ; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 168pts; 10. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 104pts; 11. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 101pts;

        Denver podium has RJ Hampshire tied for points lead in 250SX West title race

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's RJ Hampshire finished third at the penultimate round of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship in Denver, positioning him tied on points with a single round remaining in the 250SX West title race. After carrying the 250SX West red plate into Denver with a two-point advantage in the standings, Hampshire managed to qualify on top of the timesheets and then finished second in Heat 2 of the night program. The Main Event saw Hampshire caught in the pack in the early stages, before he raced into clear air and set his sights on the podium.

        An eventual third-place result for Hampshire on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition – just 2.163s outside of the victory – will see him enter next Saturday's AMA Supercross Finals in Salt Lake City as the joint points leader, tied with Levi Kitchen in a winner takes all scenario that will also double as the second 250SX East/West Showdown of the season.

        "We're leaving with the red plate still and it's all tied up heading into the final round,"   Hampshire recalled.   "It's awesome to be in this position and going for a championship. We had really good speed all day and I needed some things to go my way in the Main Event, but they didn't. I need to focus on getting out of the gate better, put myself in a better position, and we can win this championship next weekend. I'll be ready to go in Salt Lake."

        Denver started in exceptional fashion for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450SX teammate Malcolm Stewart, taking his best qualifying result of the year with second position on combined times riding the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition.

        Stewart finished third in Heat 1, but was caught up in a first turn incident, which put him on the back foot for the remainder of the Main Event. In the end, he managed to race his way back to seventh place in one of his best rides of the year, and continues to sit 11th in points.

        "I had a really good time here – for some reason, I always ride really good here in Denver,"   Stewart said.   "Practice was amazing, the track was hard-pack and a little technical. We got third in the Heat, which was actually okay, and then in the Main Event unfortunately we were in a first turn pile-up. I went down again with a lap or two to go, then finished strong and ended up seventh. The result wasn't what we wanted, but the riding was really good and keeps the motivation up going into Salt Lake City. We'll try to finish this season off on a high note! We've had some flashes, which is what I need and what the team needed, so I'm excited."

        Next Race:  May 11 – Salt Lake City, Utah

        Results 450SX Class – Denver
        1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
        2. Hunter Lawrence (AUS), Honda
        3. Jason Anderson (USA), Kawasaki
        4. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
        7. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        8. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM

        Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 16 of 17 rounds
        1. Jett Lawrence, 336 points
        2. Cooper Webb, 316
        3. Chase Sexton, 282
        9. Justin Barcia, 200
        10. Aaron Plessinger, 198
        11. Malcolm Stewart, 184

        Results 250SX West Class – Denver
        1. Jo Shimoda (JPN), Honda
        2. Levi Kitchen (USA), Kawasaki
        3. RJ Hampshire (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        10. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
        11. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS

        Standings 250SX West Class 2024 after 9 of 10 rounds
        1. RJ Hampshire, 186 points
        2. Levi Kitchen, 186
        3. Jordon Smith, 165
        6. Julien Beaumer, 118

        Moto3™ victory and a dominant Spanish Grand Prix for Collin Veijer

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        Husqvarna Motorcycles earned the first ‘P1’ and 25 points of the season at Circuit de Jerez-Angel Nieto and round four of 2024 MotoGP™ today.  

        The Gran Premio de España brought MotoGP back to European asphalt and for a sustained run of events that will take the 76th season of the FIM World Championship into early summer. Jerez, and the tight, 4.4km winding collection of tight and fast corners, is a familiar venue to almost every Grand Prix rider thanks to its popularity as a testing site and also thanks to a steady presence on the MotoGP slate, heading back to its debut in 1987.  

        Cool and breezy Spring weather coated Friday and then the rain plummeted on Saturday morning at Jerez. Veijer and Suzuki had to find their rhythm in the wet and then mixed conditions as the track dried in time for Q2 qualification. Collin’s best lap was a second from Pole Position but good enough for 3rd and the final slot on the front row of the grid. Tatsuki was only a few spots behind in 9th.  

        The race spun around 19 laps on Sunday morning and was thankfully dry and sunny. Tatsuki’s plight inside the top seven unfortunately ended with a technical issue at the end of the second lap. He exited the pitlane to re-join the fray but could not improve on 25th place. In contrast, Collin was fighting hard at the front of the field and led a breakaway group of six after the first quarter of the distance. Somewhat uniquely, Veijer was barely headed by his rivals. The FR 250 GP remained at the peak of the field from the first circulations and all the way to the flag; showing unbeatable speed in the second half of the lap. His 0.045 winning margin was enough to bank the first win of the season for the team and ensure his second career success in what is just his second Moto3 year.  

        Tallying maximum points on Sunday afternoon reveals that Veijer now sits 3rd in the standings while Suzuki is 11th. Husqvarna Motorcycles is 4th in the Constructors league and the IntactGP crew rank 4th best in the category.  

        MotoGP rolls north next week to occupy another history-laden motorsport venue. The paddock trucks will park in the confines of Le Mans for the Grand Prix de France and round five in two weeks’ time.  

        Collin Veijer, 1st: “This feels strange to be fair! I felt great in the race and could keep the pace quite consistent and that brought me the win. On the last lap I thought I might need to block some corners but they didn’t pass me. I want to thank my family, friends, sponsors and everyone.”  

        Tatsuki Suzuki, 25th: “It's a shame because the feeling with the bike was good. But there was a problem after the second lap. That's why I had to come into the pits, where my crew was able to solve it quickly. It was very bad luck because it was nobody's fault. Hopefully this will bring us positive results next time."  

           

        Moto2 involved 21 laps of position-swapping and frantic strategy as the teams and riders are still in the acclimatisation period of the new controlled Pirelli tyres. Senna Agius was the faster qualifier and the Australian rookie was able to put a healthy degree of track knowledge to good use. He was 19th while Darryn Binder made it to 21st on Saturday. The race itself ended early for Senna after contact with another rider exiting Turn 6 on the second lap put him on the ground and out of the running. Darryn surged up to the points and was located in the third group. He made a mistake and ended the Grand Prix adrift in 19th.  

        Darryn Binder, 19th : “There were tricky conditions with some crashes around me. I got a good start and tried to settle into my own rhythm while working all through the race but, unfortunately, I came into Turn 6 on the same line as before although this time closed the front [end]. I was able to restart and continue the race to gain some information and to keep working forwards.”  

        Senna Agius, DNF: “I went into Turn 6 with my normal line and I saw that another rider had gone super-wide and off the track. I’d already done the corner, so I just found this other bike in front of me. I think it was reckless that he cut back like that. I’m super-disappointed but we shouldn’t be in this part of the pack where these stupid things are happening. We need to be better in qualifying so we’re not in similar situations through the first laps. This will make life much better.”  

           

        Results Moto3 Spanish Grand Prix  

           

        1. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP 33:29.725, 2. David Muñoz (ESP) KTM +0.045 , 3. Ivan Ortola (ESP) KTM +0.871 , 7. Daniel Holgado (ESP) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +10.400 , 11. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO +19.152 , 12. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +19.921 , 16. Vicente Perez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +22.382 , 22. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +45.326 , 25. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP +1 lap, DNF. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO  

           

        World championship standings Moto3  

           

        1. Daniel Holgado (ESP) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3, 74 points, 2. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO, 68, 3. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP, 46, 10. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3, 23, 11. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP, 22 , 13. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP), Red Bull KTM Ajo, 20, 14. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO, 20, 21. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 3  

           

        Results Moto2 Spanish Grand Prix  

           

        1. Fermin Aldeguer (ESP) 35:36.316, 2. Joe Roberts (USA) +1.287, 3. Manuel Gonzalez (ESP) +1.568  

        9. Celestino Vietti (ITA) Red Bull KTM Ajo +14.508, 12. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO +21.779, 14. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo +32.146, 19. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP +1 lap , DNF. Jake Dixon (GBR) CFMOTO, DNF. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP  

           

        World championship standings Moto2  

           

        1. Joe Roberts (USA), 69 points, 2. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 64, 3. Fermin Aldeguer (ESP), 54, 9. Celestino Vietti (ITA) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 29, 18. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO, 4, 19. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 3, 21. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP, 2, 23. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP, 1, 30. Jake Dixon (GBR) CFMOTO, 0  

             

        Momentum builds for Malcolm Stewart in Philadelphia with eighth in 450SX

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        An eighth-place finish marked another step forward for Malcolm Stewart and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in Philadelphia for Round 15 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship, continuing to gain momentum in the final stages of the season. Stewart has been improving from week to week onboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition, qualifying in ninth position – within a second of the fastest lap-time following Qualifying 2 – and then racing to fifth in Heat 2. The Main Event saw him fight hard to P8 for a fourth-straight top-10 score and he's still ranked 11th in the standings.
        "Philly was definitely new for everybody, very challenging dirt, but I enjoyed it,"   said Stewart.   "The fans were awesome this weekend and we actually did alright. The Main Event was okay, because I made some mistakes, but pulled it back around and we ended up P8. It's not the result we want exactly, but I rode good and that's all that we can ask for at the end of the day. There are some things we could clean up, so I look forward to the next races and the whole Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing crew have done a phenomenal job – we'll keep giving it everything we've got."
        Teenage teammate Casey Cochran made his third professional AMA Supercross start in 250SX East, once again displaying his speed for ninth overall in Qualifying and then claiming seventh in his Heat race. Equipped with the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition, he had an early mishap in the Main Event, before going on to claim five points in 17th position.
        "It was another day of learning for me overall,"   Cochran reflected.   "It wasn't the best day for me, but we'll push on and move forward. I'm taking it all in with each race, so we'll use this to keep being able to learn and apply it for next year."
        Next Race:  May 4 – Denver, Colorado

        Results 450SX Class – Philadelphia
        1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
        2. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM
        3. Jason Anderson (USA), Kawasaki
        6. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
        8. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 15 of 17 rounds
        1. Jett Lawrence, 311 points
        2. Cooper Webb, 299
        3. Eli Tomac, 270
        4. Chase Sexton, 268
        7. Aaron Plessinger, 198
        9. Justin Barcia, 182
        11. Malcolm Stewart, 169

        Results 250SX East Class – Philadelphia
        1. Max Anstie (GBR), Honda
        2. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
        3. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha
        14. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
        17. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        Standings 250SX East Class 2024 after 8 of 9 rounds
        1. Tom Vialle, 158 points
        2. Haiden Deegan, 143
        3. Pierce Brown, 124
        22. Casey Cochran, 19

        Showdown victory in Nashville elevates RJ Hampshire into 250SX West points lead

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        A third victory of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship saw Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider RJ Hampshire take over the 250SX West points lead in Nashville's 250SX East/West Showdown tonight, setting him up to contend for the western regional title into its closing stages. Hampshire was at his very best onboard the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition inside Nissan Stadium, qualifying quickest in class and then going on to win his Heat race. From there he managed to deliver a commanding Main Event win after leading the entire race, which sees him reclaim the red plate with a two-point advantage and just two rounds remaining in the 250SX West series. "First off, I'm so proud of this team,"  said Hampshire.  "I had that feeling from the beginning – Practice went awesome with P1, then in the Heat race I came from the back to win that, followed by a holeshot in the Main Event to lead every lap for the win! That's the first time that's ever happened in my career and it came at a really good time to do it. Tonight I executed the start in that Main Event, and felt like that was what I really needed. I had the speed, so it was just giving myself a chance, and it was an awesome race from there. I had a couple of moments in the beginning, then settled in and it's a big weight off my shoulders. I knew I could close the points lead tonight, but didn't expect to get the red plate back – I'm so happy for my whole team and all of our supporters! This Nashville crowd is awesome, I love this state, and it's pretty cool to come away with the win here tonight."
        Alongside Hampshire in the Showdown was 250SX East newcomer Casey Cochran, the teenager impressing early on today by clocking the sixth-quickest time in Qualifying and finishing fourth in his Heat race. The Main Event was tougher on his way to an eventual P15 result, but it was another positive step in these initial stages of his professional career.
        "First Showdown of my career, so a new experience and I'm just learning, building each weekend, so I'm stoked to come back again next weekend,"   Cochran commented.   "Overall, a pretty good day in Qualifying and the Heat race again... gotta clean up a few mistakes, but I'm happy with my riding and want to continue in this direction."
        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450SX entry Malcolm Stewart also displayed promise in his first visit to Nashville, powering his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition to ninth on the time-sheets in Qualifying and then surging to P4 in Heat 2. The Main Event saw him earn his ninth top 10 finish of the year in P9, despite an early fall, and is motivated to keep climbing the order in the upcoming final races of the season.
        "Nashville, I honestly felt like overall I was riding alright,"   Stewart reflected.   "It was definitely a pretty crazy, notchy track, and we made a few mistakes. I didn't get off to a good start, wasn't sure when I was, and then went down after the finish line, but was able to salvage a ninth. We're trying, doing everything we can to get back up there where we should be, but it's a matter of time, so we're just going to take the momentum that we have and fight all the way to the end because we're not giving up."
        Next Race:  April 27 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

        Results 450SX Class – Nashville
        1. Jett Lawrence (AUS), Honda
        2. Eli Tomac (USA), Yamaha
        3. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha
        5. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS
        9. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        DNF. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM

        Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 14 of 17 rounds
        1. Jett Lawrence, 286 points
        2. Cooper Webb, 281
        3. Eli Tomac, 253
        4. Chase Sexton, 246
        7. Aaron Plessinger, 198
        9. Justin Barcia, 166
        11. Malcolm Stewart, 155

        Results 250SX East/West Showdown Class – Nashville
        1. RJ Hampshire (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        2. Jo Shimoda (JPN), Honda
        3. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM
        9. Julien Beaumer (USA), KTM
        11. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS
        15. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        19. Ryder DiFrancesco (USA), GASGAS

        Standings 250SX East Class 2024 after 7 of 9 rounds
        1. Tom Vialle, 136 points
        2. Haiden Deegan, 123
        3. Cameron McAdoo, 120
        4. Pierce Brown, 116
        24. Casey Cochran, 14

        Standings 250SX West Class 2024 after 8 of 10 rounds
        1. RJ Hampshire, 166 points
        2. Levi Kitchen, 164
        3. Jordon Smith, 148
        6. Julien Beaumer, 106
        12. Ryder DiFrancesco, 68

        Vital Points for de Wolf as Coenen fights back at the MXGP of Trentino

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        Kay de Wolf wins MX2 race one and delights fans with a blistering comeback in race two, while teammate Lucas Coenen overcame injury to secure vital points. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Dolomite mountains and the shimmering waters of Lake Garda, the historic Il Ciclamino track in Trentino played host to the fourth round of the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship. For the Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing team, the weekend was a mix of triumph and perseverance, underscored by blistering performances and valuable championship points. Starting the weekend strong, Kay de Wolf qualified in sixth position, setting himself up well for Sunday’s race day. In the first moto, he quickly moved up from third at the start to second by the second lap, closely tailing race leader Sacha Coenen. By the fifth lap, Kay not only set the fastest lap of the race but also seized the lead. From there, he steadily built a gap, commanding the track with a lead that stretched to 4.3 seconds by the eleventh lap. Riding a smooth and controlled race, Kay maintained his lead to take the win by a 3.7-second margin, untouched by his competitors. However, the second race tested Kay's resolve. An early multi-rider crash shuffled him back to the 31st position, setting the stage for a fierce comeback. Undeterred, Kay sliced through the field, consistently marking lap times around the 1:51s - among the fastest on the track. Despite a minor crash, he climbed back rapidly to finish eighth, narrowly missing the podium but crucially holding onto his lead in the championship standings. Teammate and fellow Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Lucas Coenen faced a formidable challenge before the first start gate of the weekend; riding with a shoulder injury picked up in a crash just days before. Struggling in qualifying due to his injury, Lucas started the first race in 13th position but showcased his grit by climbing into the top ten to finish tenth. His tenacity was on full display, as he managed to ride through the pain, preserving his strength and securing crucial points. The second race saw Lucas improve his start, quickly moving up to ninth by the third lap. Despite a late crash, he recovered to finish ninth, showing his determination under pressure once again. Each lap was a testament to Lucas's effort in gritting his teeth, as he tackled the track's tricky conditions head-on. As the Nestaan Husqvarna team departs from Trentino, they take away valuable points ready to face the next challenge in Agueda, Portugal on May 5.   #74 - Kay de Wolf: "It was an OK weekend—I lost three points in the championship, but overall, I am pretty happy with my riding throughout the weekend. In the first moto, I had a really good flow and rhythm, and just did my own thing! It was a fun race. Then, in the second moto, there was a crash in the first turn, which put me back to last, but I managed to fight my way back to eighth. The riding was amazing in the second moto, so I have lots of positives to take from the weekend, and I'm really looking forward to the next race in Portugal." #96 - Lucas Coenen: "The weekend didn’t go as I had hoped. On Tuesday, I had a crash during training and injured my right shoulder. I came into the weekend still in pain from this injury and really just tried my best. During qualifying, I got off to a good start—I was around P6—but the pain was too intense, and I couldn’t manage to hold on, so I DNF'd. I actually said then that I wouldn’t race on Sunday, but somehow, I managed to motivate myself to push through the pain. The first moto was pretty difficult; my shoulder was bothering me, but we still managed to secure some important points. Then in the second moto, I had a good start but was completely on the outside, which made it difficult. I finished P9 and got P10 overall, so it’s positive, all things considered. Now we have some time to recover before Portugal, and I'm aiming to come back strong!"   Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Four MX2 - Overall
        1. Liam Everts (KTM) 42pts; 2. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 40pts; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 38pts; 4. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 38pts; 7. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 29pts; 10. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 23pts; 13. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 17pts; 16. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 10pts;

        MX2 - Moto One
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna)  35:12.455; 2. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 35:16.205; 3. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:31. 651; 6. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 35:47.082; 7. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:48.473; 8. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:49.466; 10. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 36:28.199 MX2 - Moto Two 
        1. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:31.370; 2. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:41.353; 3. Andrea Bonacorsi (Yamaha) 35:44.987; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:59.054; 8. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 36:14.277; 9. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 36:20.033; 11. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 36:34.774; 19. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 35:53.034; 

        MX2 - Standings
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 213pts; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 187pts; 3. Thibault Benistant (Yamaha) 148pts; 4. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 147pts; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 139pts; 7. Liam Everts (KTM) 128pts; 10. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 101pts; 11. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 90pts;

        Top six for Tatsuki Suzuki at Americas Grand Prix

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        Round three of 2024 MotoGP™ rounded the complex Circuit of the Americas in Texas and Husqvarna Motorcycles’ Tatsuki Suzuki scored 6th in Moto3™. Qatar, Portugal and then to the United States for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas and for a stop on the world championship trail with a very distinctive Texas flavour. LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna IntactGP travelled to Austin hopeful of more points, progress and prizes with their efforts in both the Moto3 and Moto2™ categories. The 5.5km, 20-corner layout offers a bewildering blend of fast, slow, open, closed, banked and blind corners for one of the most physical and technical challenges on the Grand Prix calendar. The Austin climate veered between bright and overcast but with good temperatures and enjoyed by an enthusiastic crowd. Collin Veijer and Tatsuki Suzuki used the practice sessions in Moto3 to refine their set-up and feeling on the FR 250 GPs for the best compromise and all-round speed. By the end of qualification Veijer was 4th fastest and only several tenths of a second away from the Pole Position time. Suzuki was also improving his feeling in just his third meeting with the motorcycle and was 16th, on the sixth row of the grid. Moto3 involved a 14-lap rush around COTA on Sunday morning. Veijer was immediately into the leading group that formed of five riders behind the runaway David Alonso. Chaos reigned with clashes and crashes and Veijer was hit three times by rivals running hot into tight turns like 11 and 15. The youngster kept his cool and focused on the pursuit of P2 but his race ended with three laps to go after a crash flicking through the chicane at Turn 6. Suzuki had attached himself to third group and inside the top ten as attrition gripped the race, the Japanese moved up. On the last lap he made sure of 6th and therefore 10 points. In the championship standings Suzuki is now up to 5th and Veijer is just behind in 6th while the IntactGP team are 4th (from 13) in their respective table while Husqvarna Motorcycles is the fifth best Constructor based on Grand Prix points thus far. The entire team will roll into action in two weeks with the Spanish Grand Prix at the compact and atmospheric Circuit de Jerez-Angel Nieto. Tatsuki Suzuki, 6th: “ Today's race wasn't easy because a rider crashed in front of me right after the start. That wasn't all! In the next corner I was hit from behind by another rider and pushed me off the track. I lost more positions as a result and, more importantly, I also lost contact with the second group. But I put my head down and tried to catch up with the group in front of me, which wasn't that easy. We finished in P6, which was very important for me and the team. I'm happy because I did everything I could today, and I always gave 100 percent. I'm looking forward to Jerez and what we'll be able to do there." Collin Veijer, DNF: “A strong race until the crash happened. A few riders touched me on the first few laps. As soon as the field lined up, I tried as best I could to get in front of my group and stay there. I gave it my all on every lap and I saw that I was catching up with [David] Alonso pretty quickly. I did everything the same every lap until I tried to go a bit faster at the entrance of the fast 'S' corners and as soon as I turned the bike to the right side, I had a moment and high-sided myself. I am very sorry to the team. We are still sixth in the championship, which is not a big disaster, but I feel much stronger than that. Let's see what we can do in Jerez."   Darryn Binder and Senna Agius led the charge for Husqvarna Motorcycles in Moto2 but faced some challenging circumstances with Senna trying to learn and master COTA for the first time and Darryn struggling with a cold, as well as a crash in Q1, that meant he was unable to log another fast lap and ranked 29th. Agius took to the grid in 22nd. Both riders had to go-for-broke in the first circulations and it was Agius who made good progress initially as Darryn pushed hard but made a mistake and had to re-join far behind the field. Senna battled on the edge of the top fifteen and for the final points and came across the line in 17th, ten places ahead of his teammate. Senna Agius, 17th: “Not a bad start and I’ve improved in that aspect but I got shoved off the track which was disappointing. I fought back up and close to the points but I was losing out in some sectors and gaining in others. It was like a yo-yo but I learnt more from this race than the last couple. I think I am knocking on the door for something bigger. We’ll keep trying to build, and the gap to the leaders was not so bad.” Darryn Binder, 27th : “Unfortunately it has been a weekend to forget. A tough day yesterday and I went into the race to try my absolute best and I was firing my way through the grid but made a mistake trying to overtake a rider into Turn 15 and that was the race over. Still struggling, a lot of work to do and will just look forward to the next one.”   Results Moto3 Americas Grand Prix   1. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO 31:38.427, 2. Daniel Holgado (ESP) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +5.163, 3. Angel Piqueras (ESP) Honda +5.176, 6. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP +13.730 , 8. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +19.126, 9. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO +19.325, 13. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +22.869, DNF. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP , DNS. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo   World championship standings Moto3   1. Daniel Holgado (ESP) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3, 65 points, 2. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO, 63 , 3. Joel Kelso (AUS) KTM, 28, 5. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP, 22 , 6. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP, 21, 7. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP), Red Bull KTM Ajo, 20, 9. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO, 20, 11. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3, 19, 20. Xabi Zurutuza (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 3   Results Moto2 Americas Grand Prix   1. Sergio Garcia (ESP) 34:25.954, 2. Joe Roberts (USA) +0.492, 3. Fermin Aldeguer (ESP) +3.293 10. Celestino Vietti (ITA) Red Bull KTM Ajo +12.751, 17. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP +19.460 , 20. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO +26.351, 22. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo +33.210, 23. Jake Dixon (GBR) CFMOTO +43.821, 27. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP +1:17.291   World championship standings Moto2   1. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 51 points, 2. Joe Roberts (USA), 49, 3. Alonso Lopez (ESP), 38, 10. Celestino Vietti (ITA) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 22 , 18. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP, 2, 20. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP, 1, 21. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 1, 24. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO, 0, 27. Jake Dixon (GBR) CFMOTO, 0

        Malcolm Stewart battles to top 10 finish in Foxborough 450SX Main Event

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        A 10th-place finish was the outcome for Malcolm Stewart in the 450SX Main Event at Foxborough, marking Round 13 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship. Tonight also marked the anticipated debut in 250SX East for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Casey Cochran. Stewart has been gaining strength throughout the series since his return to competition on the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition this year, recording his eighth top-10 result and continuing to take the positives out of each weekend completed. He was P9 in qualifying today and surged to fifth in his Heat, before racing hard in the Main Event for 10th, which sees him ranked 11th in the championship with four rounds left on the schedule.
        "Foxborough was decent, even though of course the result isn't where we wanted it to be,"   Stewart commented.   "The track was definitely pretty gnarly. I went down in the Main Event in the final couple of laps, but at the end of the day, we've just gotta keep digging and keep moving forward. I rode hard, made some passes, and there are some positives to take – we'll get them next weekend! I've never raced in Nashville, so I'm excited for that one."
        Foxborough saw the professional AMA Supercross debut of Cochran onboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition in the eastern region of 250SX, the 17-year-old impressing from the outset by qualifying in third position on combined times. He then raced to P5 in Heat 2 of the night program, before clawing his way back from an early crash to 15th in a hard-fought first Main Event appearance.
        "First pro Supercross race at Foxborough, it was tough,"   recalled Cochran.   "I mean, I had a pretty good day until the Main Event, went down on the first lap, and was basically dead last... I started to click a few laps together, but it's a whole new experience out there with these guys. Unfortunately, I had a second crash as well, then just did what I could from there. We get another go at it next weekend, so I learned a lot, and we'll take what we have and continue from here."
        Following his breakout podium result in St. Louis, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna amateur newcomer Landon Gibson was back in action as part of the Supercross Futures category, but was unable to start the Main Event after sustaining a broken collarbone during the afternoon's practice session.

        Next Race:  April 20 – Nashville, Tennessee

        Results 450SX Class – Foxborough 1. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha 2. Chase Sexton (USA), KTM 3. Ken Roczen (GER), Suzuki 10. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 11. Justin Barcia (USA), GASGAS

        Standings 450SX Class 2024 after 13 of 17 rounds 1. Jett Lawrence, 261 points 2. Cooper Webb, 261 3. Chase Sexton, 246 7. Aaron Plessinger, 198 9. Justin Barcia, 149 11. Malcolm Stewart, 142

        Results 250SX East Class – Foxborough 1. Haiden Deegan (USA), Yamaha 2. Cameron McAdoo (USA), Kawasaki 3. Tom Vialle (FRA), KTM 4. Pierce Brown (USA), GASGAS 15. Casey Cochran (USA), Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        Standings 250SX East Class 2024 after 6 of 9 rounds 1. Cameron McAdoo, 120 points 2. Tom Vialle, 116 3. Haiden Deegan, 107 4. Pierce Brown, 105 29. Casey Cochran, 7

        KAY DE WOLF REIGNS SUPREME IN SARDEGNA

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        As the temperatures soared in Sardegna, so too did the results for the The Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, with Kay de Wolf delivering an incredible overall third Grand Prix victory in a row, and Lucas Coenen winning Sunday’s opening moto. The pair had started the weekend in dominant form; with Championship leader de Wolf, and team mate Lucas Coenen, lapping over a second clear of the pack throughout timed and free practice on their Husqvarna MX2 FC250 machines. De Wolf in particular also powered his way to win the Saturday qualifying race, proving just why he is the worthy red plate holder for a second successive time this season so far. In the first moto both Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing riders led the way delivering a masterclass of fluid sand riding through the deep and ever changing ruts of the 1750m long Riola Sardo circuit. De Wolf had initially looked to be on course for a dominant win in the first moto taking the lead on lap three, and then opening up a 3.5 second gap over his team mate by lap six. However an error on the final corner of  lap 13, allowed Lucas Coenen to slip into first place.  From there, Coenen never looked back, extending his lead to finish first, a staggering 29.973 seconds ahead of his teammate. The result marks his seventh career race victory and his first win in 2024.  In the second moto the de Wolf came back fighting - hungry to make up for the missed opportunity in the first moto. The Dutch rider made it look all too easy amidst the ever changing ruts and sand. Leading the way from the gate drop de Wolf shot straight into the race lead stretching out a 10.6 second lead by lap 10. A further eight laps of textbook riding followed, and by the final flag de Wolf cruised home over 12 seconds clear of his team mate.  Next up, the FIM World Motocross Championship moves back to hard-pack surface racing, and continues its run of back-to-back weekends, at the Pietramurata circuit in the Trentino region of Italy on April 14th.   #74 - Kay de Wolf: "In the first race, I didn't really find a good flow—and credit to Lucas, he was pretty fast when he passed me. Big shout-out to him. In the second moto, I backed off a little bit because I knew Lucas was behind me and we could fight until the flag. He made a little mistake towards the end, which made my life easier—but I’m super happy with the results this weekend. Three in a row—it’s honestly amazing. Hopefully, we can keep this momentum going into the next weekend. We just keep aiming for the podiums—that's the main goal. I can't thank the team enough for their hard work, and now I’m looking forward to the next one!”
        #96 - Lucas Coenen: "The first moto was perfect—I managed to just get Kay at the end. Then in the second moto, I didn't quite have a good start, but managed to get back to his back wheel. I made a few stupid mistakes, and honestly, I wanted to just follow like I did in the first moto. I still need to iron out these mistakes, but I feel like a win is coming. The first podium of the season is not bad!"   Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Three MX2 - Overall 
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 47pts; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 47pts; 3. Camden Mclellan (Triumph) 36pts; 4. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 34pts; 5. Liam Everts (KTM) 31pts; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 23pts; 8. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 21pts; 12. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 18pts

        MX2 - Moto One
        1. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:19.551; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna)  35:49.524; 3. Camden Mclellan (Triumph) 36:04.369; 4. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 36:16.744; 7. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 37:04.266; 8. Liam Everts (KTM) 37:27.834; 11. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 35:29.357; Sacha Coenen (KTM); 35:40.665

        MX2 - Moto Two 
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:29.714; 2. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:41.398; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 36:04.529; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 36:05.318; 6. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 36:20.896; 10. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 36:56.194; DSQ. Andrea Adamo (KTM)

        MX2 - Standings
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 170pts; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 141pts; 3. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 124 pts; 5. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 100pts; 8. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 80pts; 10. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 77pts; 11. Liam Everts (KTM) 77pts

        Video: Billy Bolt Undefeated – The Documentary out now on YouTube

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        Husqvarna Factory Racing's Billy Bolt delivered a perfect indoor enduro season this year, securing an impressive seven wins from seven rounds and claiming the 2024 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship crown in style. We followed Billy throughout the entire season, documenting the highs, the lows, and the glory in this epic in-depth feature. Taking us all the way through his 2024 SuperEnduro campaign, from pre-season training to being crowned world champion in his hometown of Newcastle, Billy delves into what it took to claim his fourth consecutive world title. Despite sustaining an injury to his left knee at round three in Germany, Bolt dug deep to continue racing and ultimately emerge victorious.

        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's RJ Hampshire claims fourth in St. Louis

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        A fourth-place result saw Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider RJ Hampshire only marginally finish outside of the 250SX West podium in St. Louis' final Triple Crown round of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship, as Malcolm Stewart equaled his best finish of the year with seventh overall in 450SX. The afternoon saw Hampshire qualify on top of the timesheets, setting the tone for what would be another competitive night on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition. He recovered from an average start in the opening encounter for fourth and then repeated that result in Race 2, before P2 in Race 3 saw him credited fourth overall to retain second in the championship, just 15 points outside of the red plates.
        "My riding was pretty good all day, but not my starts,"   Hampshire commented.   "4-4-2 is not going to get it done, so we will have a couple of weeks off and focus on the three rounds left [in the western region]. Get out of the gate better and I feel like I could have won tonight, but I didn't execute when it was time to go, and we will be better at Nashville."
        Stewart, meanwhile, continued his fight in the 450SX division equipped with the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition, qualifying ninth and then registering 7-9 finishes across the first two races of the evening. An eighth-place score in the final encounter resulted in him claiming seventh overall, in line with his best finish of the 2024 season to date.
        "St. Louis was okay for me,"   said Stewart.   "We struggled a little bit on the starts, just trying to get up there to run with those guys. I'm going to enjoy this upcoming weekend off, clear my head in the outdoors, and come back swinging for the last five rounds. I know we keep saying it, but we're here in the fight and ain't ever gonna give up."
        Round 12 of the season also saw the Supercross Futures back on track, where Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing newcomer Landon Gibson impressed on his way to second position on the podium, as Casey Cochran took the checkered flag in seventh place.
        "It was such a great experience,"   Gibson reflected.   "I was tense the first two laps, but after that I got into a groove and I feel like I deserve this, so I'm really happy with the result and to finish on the podium."
        Next Event (Round 13):  April 13, 2024 – Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts

        450SX – St. Louis Results
        1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha)
        2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha)
        3. Hunter Lawrence (Honda)
        4. Aaron Plessinger (KTM)
        5. Chase Sexton (KTM)
        6. Justin Barcia (GASGAS)
        7. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        450SX Rider Point Standings after Round 12
        1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 244 points
        2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) – 236 points
        3. Chase Sexton (KTM) – 224 points
        6. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) – 198 points
        9. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) – 138 points
        11. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 130 points

        250SX West – St. Louis Results
        1. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki)
        2. Jo Shimoda (Honda)
        3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha)
        4. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        7. Julien Beaumer (KTM)
        8. Ryder DiFrancesco (GASGAS)

        250SX West Rider Point Standings after Round 7
        1. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) – 156 points
        2. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 141 points
        3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 130 points
        6. Julien Beaumer (KTM) – 93 points
        13. Ryder DiFrancesco (GASGAS) – 65 points

        NESTAAN HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING AND KAY DE WOLF WIN IN SPAIN

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        Kay de Wolf continues his blistering form in MX2 2024 by taking two podiums and the overall win at the MXGP of Spain. The Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Team rider proved just why he is sitting at the top of the championship table on 113 points, after taking a dominant set of results at the 2024 MXGP of Spain. Not only did de Wolf cruise to an emphatic win on Saturday during qualifying, but he then laid on a textbook performance to take victory Sunday’s opening moto at the intu Xanadú-Arroyomolinos. In the second moto, de Wolf leapfrogged through the top positions from fourth on the opening lap, into the lead on lap four with a series of incredible overtakes. It was only at the mid point of the race that, while briefly tagging wheels with Andrea Adamo, that #74 slipped back to second.  Fellow Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Lucas Coenen locked in solid third and fourth place finishes across both motos, placing him fourth overall at the end of the weekend. By his own admission Coenen had struggled to get his machine working in his favour on the deep rutted Spanish soil, nonetheless Coenen showed impressive pace while battling with rival Simon Längenfelder throughout the second moto. At the final flag Coenen concluded the weekend in fourth overall - bumping himself up into fourth in the championship also.  The FIM World Motocross Championship now looks ahead to a challenging sand round, at MXGP of Sardinia at Riola Sardo, on the 7th of April.


        #74 - Kay de Wolf: “I worked really hard for the result this weekend - especially in the second moto. Qualifying went really great on Saturday with a dominant win, but the pace has been really fast on Sunday.  I got shuffled back to around sixth I think at the start of the first moto, but just tried to stay calm and work my way back to the front. It felt amazing to get back to back wins after Argentina! Then at the start of the second moto I had to let Andrea by; he was on really good form. In the last few laps I wanted to push and catch him - but I was making way too many mistakes. The track was not allowing me to be as fast as I wanted! It was tough but we made it happen anyway! I can’t thank the team enough - I worked really hard for these results, so it’s a pleasure to be able to secure the championship points in return. I’m looking forward to Sardina now for sure!”
        #96 - Lucas Coenen: "The weekend was not quite as planned - but not bad either. Saturday warm up was good, but I struggled with the bike set-up a little. Then in the qualifying race I came from the back and finished P4. On Sunday, the warm up went great, but at the first moto I struggled with the start. I tried my best, and finished third in the end. I was trying to battle Simon (Längenfelder) - but it was difficult to pass. In the second moto, I messed up my start, so then again I tried to come back as fast as possible. I made some good laps, but I only finished fourth. I missed out on the podium - which I’m mad about! Now we have some work to do ahead of Sardinia - and then we will fight again!"
          Results - 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship, Round Two:
        MX2 - Overall: 
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 47pts ; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 42pts; 3. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 40pts… 4. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 38pts ; 5. Liam Everts (KTM) 33pts; 8. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 23pts; 9. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 22pts MX2 - Moto One:
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna)  35:35.021 ; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:38.352; 3. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:39.878 ; 4. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:40.678; 6. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 36:09.013; 9. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 36:23.387; 12. Sacha Coenen (KTM); 36:46.009 MX2 - Moto Two:  
        1. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 35:28.621; 2. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 35:30.365 ; 3. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 35:31.380; 4. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 35:32.113 ; 6. Liam Everts (KTM) 35:59.153; 8. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 36:08.966; 10. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 36:27.620 MX2 - Standings:
        1. Kay de Wolf (Husqvarna) 113pts ; 2. Simon Längenfelder (GASGAS) 101pts; 3. Andrea Adamo (KTM) 82pts; 4. Lucas Coenen (Husqvarna) 75 pts ; 7. Marc-Antoine Rossi (GASGAS) 59pts; 8. Sacha Coenen (KTM) 53pts; 12. Liam Everts (KTM) 41pts

        Moto3™ top six for Veijer as Husqvarna Motorcycles push hard in Portugal

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        Decent points and pace for LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna IntactGP at the second round of 2024 MotoGP™ as Collin Veijer logs his second top six result of the season with the FR 250 GP. The Algarve International Circuit welcomed MotoGP for the fifth time since 2020 and almost twenty years of history for Portugal in the FIM world championship. The relatively new facility in the south of the country provided warm and dry conditions across the key days of Saturday and Sunday and after a rainy beginning on Thursday that caused the spiralling trajectory to become dirty and tricky. The 4.5km track is renowned for its technical demands and variety of corners, many with blind entries. The trip to the Algarve represents the first European stop on the 2024 schedule and saw the full paddock setup and infrastructure established. The Husqvarna IntactGP crew watched on Friday and Saturday (Friday afternoon, as the first Moto3 session was lost to the weather and effects on the layout) as Collin Veijer rushed around the course and got his FR 250 GP in sync. The Dutchman qualified in 6th place: under half a second from Pole Position and for a spot on the second row of the starting grid for Sunday’s main dash. Tatsuki Suzuki was also seeking improvements but couldn’t quite burst through from Q1 and was a few rows further back in 20th. The Moto3 Grand Prix ran for 19 laps and in pleasant but overcast spring weather as the grandstands and viewing spaces filled with an eclectic range of fans. Veijer made a positive start and placed his bike into the ten-rider group disputing podium places. The youngster bided his time inside the pack while keeping an eye on the leaders as Suzuki circulated in the second throng and on the edge of the top ten. The final rush involved six protagonists going for trophies. Veijer was situated on the fringe of the podium but in the blitz to the line ranked 6th. Suzuki used his experience to make progress through the pack and rescued three points for 13th. Collin is 4th in the championship standings. The recent cancellation of the Grand Prix of Argentina means that MotoGP now breaks for two weeks ahead of the trek to the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for the third round of twenty-one. Collin Veijer, 6th: “I think we had a good race. I felt quite strong and we closed some gaps. In the first sector I felt fast but in sectors three and four we struggled a bit. It’s a track that I find quite tricky…but I think we made some good decisions with the team. I think we can take this information into the next race in America and let’s see if we can do better there.” Tatsuki Suzuki, 13th: “It was a little bit complicated starting that far back but we came into the points and worked in a positive way. This is only our second race and we know we need to start in the leading positions but it’s a target for us in the next grands prix and for our improvement.”   Darryn Binder and Senna Agius rolled the Husqvarna IntactGP motorcycles onto the Moto2™ grid in Portimao for 21 laps of action. The Australian had fared better in qualification on Saturday and was 13th on the grid: his best start slot so far in Grand Prix. Binder was two rows behind his teammate in 20th and both racers had ground to make up in the opening exchanges of the outing. Senna looked lively as he pushed his way up to the periphery of the top ten. A Long Lap penalty for passing under a yellow flag hampered his progress in the last three laps but he still made sure of his first Grand Prix points of the season in 14th. A second behind was Darryn who made it to the line in 15th and also grabbed a world championship point. Both riders now have a base and a foundation to push on for more bounty in the meetings to come. Husqvarna IntactGP will make the Atlantic hop in two weeks and for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in mid-April. Senna Agius: “Bittersweet. My first points and the closest gap to the leader yet but could have been better. My first five laps were an improvement but I honestly did not see the yellow [flag]. I was looking through the corner and we were all bunched together. It was a bit unclear by the time I got the notification. Anyway, I pushed all I could and brought home some points. A big thanks to the team. That’s the best I’ve felt on the bike all weekend. A good step in the pace and I’ll be ready for Texas.” Darryn Binder : “It was an interesting race and the first one where we could really understand how these new tyres work. It hasn’t been the easiest weekend and starting in that position on the grid. I might have ridden a bit too aggressive at the beginning to make up some places and it did not benefit me too well at the end. In the last couple of laps I managed to work out how to deal with the used tyre a bit better though. One point, so that’s a positive thing but we still have some work to do on the bike and to pick up my speed.”   Results Moto3 Portugal Grand Prix   1. Daniel Holgado (ESP) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 34:09.038, 2. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.044, 3. Ivan Ortola (ESP) KTM +0.820, 4. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO +2.218, 6. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP +2.263 , 8. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO +5.430, 11. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 +16.213, 13. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP +20.682 , 14. Vicente Perez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo +20.776   World championship standings Moto3   1. Daniel Holgado (ESP) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3, 45 points, 2. David Alonso (COL) CFMOTO, 38 3. Ivan Ortola (ESP) KTM, 23, 4. Collin Veijer (NED) Husqvarna IntactGP, 21, 5. Jose Antonio Rueda (ESP), Red Bull KTM Ajo, 20, 10. Joel Esteban (ESP) CFMOTO, 13, 11. Tatsuki Suzuki (JPN) Husqvarna IntactGP, 12 , 12. Jacob Roulstone (AUS) Red Bull GASGAS Tech3, 11, 19. Vicente Perez (ESP) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 2   Results Moto2 Portugal Grand Prix   1. Aron Canet (ESP) 36:03.959, 2. Joe Roberts (USA) +2.059, 3. Manuel Gonzalez (ESP) +2.610 7. Celestino Vietti (ITA) Red Bull KTM Ajo +7.288, 14. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP +16.739 , 15. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP +17.945 , 20. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo +26.523, 22. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO +41.234   World championship standings Moto2   1. Aron Canet (ESP), 31 points, 2. Joe Roberts (USA), 29, 3. Manuel Gonzalez (ESP), 27, 9. Celestino Vietti (ITA) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 16, 17. Senna Agius (AUS) Husqvarna IntactGP, 2, 18. Darryn Binder (RSA) Husqvarna IntactGP, 1, 19. Deniz Öncü (TUR) Red Bull KTM Ajo, 1, 24. Izan Guevara (ESP) CFMOTO, 0

        Runner-up podium result for RJ Hampshire as 250SX West series returns in Seattle

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        A solid second-place finish signaled a convincing return to action for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's RJ Hampshire as the 250SX West division resumed in Seattle, marking Round 11 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship. In what was the sixth race of the western regional series, Hampshire rode his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition to P6 in qualifying and built momentum from there. He improved to second in his Heat and then repeated that result in the Main Event despite a difficult start, continuing to challenge for the title in its middle stages and only sitting eight points outside of the red plate. "I was second in the Heat race and then I settled down for the Main Event, but I'm not sure what happened off the start – I must have spun or something and those first couple of laps were hectic,"   recalled Hampshire.   "I made some good passes, but this track was brutal tonight, and we're happy to be on the podium in the end. We said we wanted to be solid tonight and that's all we had, so we will take second and look forward to St. Louis."
        Tonight was also a promising one for Malcolm Stewart at Lumen Field in the 450SX category, taking an encouraging fourth-place result in Heat 2 equipped with his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition. After featuring inside the top 10 early on, Stewart eventually claimed 11th position and is determined to keep gaining form in the final stages of the season.
        "Seattle was definitely muddy in practice, but the track actually turned out okay for the night show,"   Stewart commented.   "I was P4 in the Heat, which was okay, and then in the Main Event we were running okay again to begin with, but I got a little tight and the track started going away. When you start riding the track like that you start making a lot of mistakes, so we ended up 11th and that's not the result we were looking for, but we'll live to fight another day."
        Next Event (Round 12):  March 30, 2024 – The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri

        450SX – Seattle Results
        1. Cooper Webb (Yamaha)
        2. Chase Sexton (KTM)
        3. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
        4. Aaron Plessinger (KTM)
        9. Justin Barcia (GASGAS)
        11. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        450SX Rider Point Standings after Round 11
        1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 230 points
        2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) – 214 points
        3. Chase Sexton (KTM) - 207 points
        6. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) – 162 points
        9. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) – 122 points
        11. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 115 points

        250SX West – Seattle Results
        1. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki)
        2. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        3. Jo Shimoda (Honda)
        7. Julien Beaumer (KTM)
        13. Ryder DiFrancesco (GASGAS)

        250SX West Rider Point Standings
        1. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) – 131 points
        2. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 123 points
        3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 110 points
        7. Julien Beaumer (KTM) – 78 points
        14. Ryder DiFrancesco (GASGAS) – 51 points

        Consistent Indianapolis Triple Crown results in ninth for Malcolm Stewart

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        An encouraging run of consistent finishes saw Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Malcolm Stewart claim eighth place overall in Indianapolis at the second Triple Crown round of the year. Stewart continues to build momentum in the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship after missing the majority of last season through injury, racing to 9-8-8 results across the three 450SX races onboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition in Indy.
        In navigating some of the most technical track conditions of the year, Stewart managed to keep charging throughout the night and improved with each gate drop, which now has him positioned 11th in the championship standings following Round 10 of 17. He's also excited to head to Seattle next weekend, where he's had strong results in the past during his professional career.
        "Indy was tough for everybody with the track conditions, but we went 9-8-8 to end up ninth overall,"   said Stewart.   "It was not too bad, I felt like we got better as the mains went on – the intensity is always so high at these Triple Crown races. Obviously, it could have been a better night or a worse night, and we're leaving here healthy again, ready to keep pushing ahead. It will be good to get to Seattle, I always ride well there, and I'm really looking forward to that one."
        Next Saturday night in Seattle will also see the return of the 250SX West category, where Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's RJ Hampshire is currently positioned third in the standings on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition, only five points outside of the lead.
        Next Event (Round 11):  March 23, 2024 – Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington

        450SX – Indianapolis Results
        1. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
        2. Ken Roczen (Suzuki)
        3. Chase Sexton (KTM)

        9. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        450SX Rider Point Standings after Round 10
        1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 210 points
        2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) – 189 points
        3. Chase Sexton (KTM) - 185 points
        ...
        11. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 104 points

        Strong Main Event sees Malcolm Stewart land 10th in Birmingham Supercross

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Malcolm Stewart pushed on for a well-earned 10th-place finish at Birmingham's ninth round of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship, continuing to gain strength as 450SX reached its halfway point tonight. Supercross made a welcome debut at Protective Stadium in Alabama and Stewart was in the mix from the outset on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition, qualifying in sixth as the track conditions began to dry and improve.
        Stewart then impressed on his way to third in his Heat race once the night program commenced, before an early crash in the Main Event while running inside the top 10 saw him bumped toward the rear of the pack. From there he put on a charge, climbing all the way back to 10th position and taking confidence from his effort in technical conditions.
        "Birmingham actually treated me well, we had a good round in its own weird way,"   Stewart reflected.   "The track was a little muddy in practice and qualifying, but I ended up P6 this afternoon and then the Heat was really good, so ended up third in that one. The Main Event wasn't terrible and it wasn't a bad start inside the top 10. I tried to make a pass on one of the outsides of the turns though and went down, it was just one of those things – I just lost the front.
        "I got back up, rode strong and we ended up P10, so overall everything has been going well. It's heading the way that we want it to go on the motorcycle, but we're just having a few issues with the racing side of it and making these little mistakes. Onto Indy now and we're looking forward to that, I think the Triple Crown will be good for us! I'm stoked as a team, we live and learn, and everybody's trying their best including myself, so it is just a matter of time until we are where we want to be." Next Event (Round 10):  March 16, 2024 – Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana

        450SX – Birmingham Results
        1. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
        2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha)
        3. Ken Roczen (Suzuki)

        10. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        450SX Rider Point Standings after Round 9
        1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 185 points
        2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) – 172 points
        3. Chase Sexton (KTM) - 165 points
        ...
        11. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 91 points
        18. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 39 points

        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Malcolm Stewart races into top 10 at Daytona

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        A season-best seventh position continued Malcolm Stewart's mid-season uplift at Daytona's eighth round of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider taking his third top-10 result in a row. Stewart has been gaining race fitness and comfort as the 450SX season approaches its middle stages, powering his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition to fourth place in the Heat Race. The Main Event was just as promising, overcoming grueling track conditions to claim P7 and make further inroads on the front-runners after missing much of last season through injury.
        "Being the closest race to a hometown weekend for me, Daytona treated me okay,"   Stewart said .  "The Heat wasn't too bad, vision was kind of tough being where I was, but we made some passes and ended up fourth in that one. Main Event, the track went away really fast and it was a typical, really hard Daytona. At the end of the day, we ended up P7 – it could have been better, could have been worse. My headspace is okay, we're going to look forward to Alabama, get back to regular Supercross, and get back up front."
        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Casey Cochran impressed in his first 250SX Futures appearance of the season, qualifying on top of the charts this afternoon to take first gate pick for the Main Event. He recovered from a bad start to make his way to third position, opening his campaign with a podium result on the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250.
        "I felt pretty solid all day, really comfortable, and was super-excited for the Main Event,"   Cochran said.   "It was a tough start for me, I was buried pretty far back and was struggling to get into a flow out there. It was one of those nights where you couldn't really get into the rhythm you wanted to – the track was like a minefield getting around – so I'm happy to still get a podium finish."
        The weekend also marked the first showing for new recruit Landon Gibson in the 250SX Futures, the talented young rider on debut gaining immense experience on his way to 11th place. He ran as high as sixth at around halfway, only for a mistake to drop him down the order and to eventually take the checkered flag just outside the top 10.
        "It was definitely a learning curve,"   reflected Gibson.   "I was far inside on the gate and got swarmed off the start in the Main Event, then later on, after the whoops I went down pretty hard. That was that and I know what I need to work on from here – I'm looking forward to lining up again now."
        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450SX regular Christian Craig is scheduled to undergo surgery next week on his ongoing elbow injury, which will extend his time on the sidelines. We look forward to welcoming him back to racing once he is healed and healthy to line up again.
        Next Event (Round 9):  March 9, 2024 – Protective Stadium in Birmingham, Alabama
        Round 8 Results: Daytona
        450SX – Daytona Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 2. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 3. Chase Sexton (KTM) … 7. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        250SX Futures – Daytona Results 1. Drew Adams (Kawasaki) 2. Cole Davies (GASGAS) 3. Casey Cochran – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna … 11. Landon Gibson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna
        450SX Rider Point Standings 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 160 points 2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) – 150 points 3. Chase Sexton (KTM) - 147 points ... 12. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 79 points 17. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 39 points
        250SX Futures Rider Point Standings 1. Cole Davies (GASGAS) – 47 points 2. Drew Adams (Kawasaki) – 41 points 3. Parker Ross (Honda) – 36 points … 8. Casey Cochran – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna - 20 points 18. Landon Gibson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna - 11 points

        Consistent results from Malcolm Stewart and Guillem Farres in Texas

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing pair Malcolm Stewart and Guillem Farres both managed ninth-place results at Arlington's seventh round of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship, with both displaying front-running pace throughout the program. While Christian Craig was unfortunately ruled out of the Millitary Appreciation Round with a re-aggravated elbow injury following press day at AT&T Stadium, it was Stewart who flew the flag solo in the 450SX division on his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition.

        Stewart was seventh on the charts at the conclusion of qualifying and then battled for the victory in Heat 2 on his way to second position. A troubled Main Event saw him go down early and recover to ninth, marking his third top 10 of the season in an inspired performance. Importantly, his confidence is on the rise in the mid-stages of the season.

        "Arlington always treats me okay and all day I felt really good on the bike,"   explained Stewart.   "I was gelling with everything and it was good to lead in the Heat. I enjoy being on the East Coast, we've all been putting in the work, and it's beginning to click. In the Main Event, we made some passes really quickly but came together with another rider and went down. I got back up and felt like it was one of the best rides I've had all year long. I know the results aren't what everyone wants to see on paper, but we've been moving in the right direction and it's just a matter of time before we're heading for the box or a win."

        The resumption of 250SX East was a welcome one for Farres as he continued to gain Supercross experience during his rookie campaign, qualifying in an encouraging sixth position and then claiming fourth in his Heat. The Main Event saw him ride to ninth place, banking his second top 10 result in a row onboard the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition.

        "My day started pretty good, felt good in practice, and then in qualifying I was sixth,"   Farres said.   "The Heat was positive with fourth and then I felt good coming into the Main Event. The start was decent, around top-five, and then I made a mistake and got passed by a couple of riders. I ended up ninth and felt better towards the end, so overall I am happy because we made a big step from Detroit in the past few weeks."

        Next Event (Round 8):  March 2, 2024 – Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida

        Round 7 Results:  Arlington

        450SX – Arlington Results
        1. Cooper Webb (Yamaha)
        2. Eli Tomac (Yamaha)
        3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM)

        9. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        250SX East – Arlington Results
        1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha)
        2. Cameron McAdoo (Kawasaki)
        3. Tom Vialle (KTM)

        9. Guillem Farres – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        450SX Rider Point Standings
        1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 135 points
        2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) – 132 points
        3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) - 128 points
        ...
        12. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 64 points
        16. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 39 points

        250SX East Rider Point Standings
        1. Max Anstie (Honda) – 38 points
        2. Pierce Brown (GASGAS) – 34 points
        3. Daxton Bennick (Yamaha) – 32 points

        9. Guillem Farres – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 27 points

        GUADAGNINI TO MISS MXGP SEASON OPENER

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        Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing team rider and MXGP talent Mattia Guadagnini will not participate in the opening round of the 2024 FIM Motocross World Championship in Patagonia-Argentina, due to injuries sustained in a crash during pre-season training in the South of France. Guadagnini was promptly transferred to the nearest local hospital for check ups, where he was diagnosed with a fractured shoulder blade, and soft tissue injuries to his lower arm. The latter required minor surgery, which was successfully carried out this morning. The medical team has conducted comprehensive functionality tests, revealing no damage to nerves or tendons, with positive forecasts for a full recovery of the arm. However, the timeline for this recovery remains undetermined at this stage. Guadagnini is expected to be discharged from the hospital within 48 hours, with plans to return to Belgium for further assessments and a second opinion on his injuries to establish a clearer recovery timeframe. As a result, participation in the MXGP of Patagonia-Argentina has been ruled out, with further examinations required to provide an indication of when he might return to racing.
        Rasmus Jorgensen, Team Manager of Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing, stated: "This is a setback for Mattia and the team, but we are relieved that his injuries are not as severe as initially feared. Our focus now is on his recovery and ensuring he receives the best possible care. We appreciate the concern and support from the MXGP community and will provide updates as we learn more about Mattia's condition and expected return to racing."
        Further information regarding Guadagnini's recovery progress and expected return to competition will be shared in due course. The team wishes Mattia a swift and full recovery and looks forward to his return to the MXGP circuit.

        RJ Hampshire back on top as 250SX West series resumes in Glendale

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire has returned to the top step of the 250SX West Class podium at Round 6 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship in Glendale, Arizona, on a night where 450SX teammates Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig both raced to season-best results. Hampshire resumed his quest for the western regional championship by posting the third-fastest qualifying time onboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition, which he would follow up with P3 in his Heat Race.
        A top-three start in the Main Event saw the number 24 exercise patience as the battle unfolded at the front, with a decisive move for the lead allowing Hampshire to move into clean air, as he extended his winning margin to over two seconds as the checkered flag flew. He's now within five points of the red plates entering a six-week break in the 250SX West schedule.
        “Glendale was awesome,”   recalled Hampshire.   “The ending was especially awesome, but I felt really good at the beginning of the day, and then had a big case in the first timed qualifying. I was in a lot of pain from that, although I knew I needed to pull it together for the Main, and that was when I rode my best. I made a couple of quick passes, then saw I had a bit of a gap after the others made mistakes, and just managed it from there. Really stoked and am looking forward to some time off before Seattle.”
        450SX contender Stewart was ranked P6 in qualifying inside the sizable State Farm Stadium, before racing to a convincing second-place finish in his Heat Race, and taking his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition into the Main Event.
        Starting outside the top 10, Stewart charged all race long as he progressively made his way up the leaderboard, putting in a spirited ride that would last the entire Main Event to land him eighth place for the night and his best finish of the season so far.
        “Glendale went fairly well for me,”  said Stewart.   “Qualifying was decent with P6, then we finished with P2 in the Heat Race, which felt really good to be up there. Main Event, not a great start, so I just had to pick my way through the field and got all the way back up to P8. My riding was great, although you need to get the start in this class, so we’ll work on those heading into Arlington.” Craig, meanwhile, found comfort early in Arizona as he qualified in ninth position, which he converted into a P7 score in his Heat Race. In posting a calculated ride on a highly-technical circuit, Craig would seal P12 in the Main Event, which was also his best result of the year. “Glendale started off well, I felt comfortable right away with the layout and big rhythm sections,”   Craig commented.   “I struggled a little with arm strength today for some reason, which was frustrating, so this week off comes at a good time. Feeling more comfortable, had more fun, so I feel the improvements are coming over the break.”
        Next Event (Round 7):  February 24, 2024 – AT&T Stadium, Arlington Texas.

        Round 6 Results: Glendale

        250SX West – Glendale Results 1. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) 3. Jo Shimoda (Honda)

        450SX – Glendale Results 1. Ken Roczen (Suzuki) 2. Jason Anderson (Kawasaki) 3. Jett Lawrence (Honda) … 8. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 12. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

        250SX West Rider Point Standings 1. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) – 106 points 2. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 102 points 3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 101 points

        450SX Rider Point Standings 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 117 points 2. Chase Sexton (KTM) – 111 points 3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) – 108 points ... 12. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 51 points 15. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 39 points

        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing keeps pushing forward in Detroit

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing experienced a mixed day at Round 5 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship in Detroit, with 450SX contenders Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig racing to P11 and P13 results, while 250SX East Class rookie Guillem Farres claimed a solid eighth place finish on debut. Stewart opened race day by registering the ninth-fastest qualifying time aboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition, adjusting to the softer, rutty conditions that the East Coast dirt served, before powering his way to fifth place in his Heat Race.
        A top 10 start saw Stewart battling forward in the premier class Main Event, before an untimely fall while making further passes ultimately cost him a stronger result. Tumbling down the running order, the fan favorite would eventually climb into 11th position by race's end. “Detroit, I was P1 in Free Practice, which meant I felt pretty good all day,”   recalled Stewart.   “Ninth overall in qualifying, then fifth in the Heat, and felt really good at that point. I tried to get by [Jason] Anderson in the whoops after a good start, and then just dropped it at the end of the set there. It really sucks to crash like that, but I fought hard for 11th – the riding has been improving, so we’ll keep fighting.”
        450SX teammate Craig started the day with consistency, posting a time good enough for P13 in qualifying, before improving to seventh place in his Heat Race. In struggling for track position on the technical track surface, he would salvage a 13th place finish to complete his day inside Ford Field.
        As the Eastern Region made its anticipated first showing of the year, Guillem Farres made his Supercross debut, with the talented Spaniard piecing together a confidence-inspiring day across the variety of sessions. Ninth place in 250SX East qualifying, followed by P7 in his Heat Race set the rookie up well entering the Main Event, where he went on to finish in eighth position on the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition.
        “Detroit was pretty good, especially for my first Supercross ever!”   Farres commented.   “Luckily, I got the track pretty dialed on press day, which was helpful. I felt good in my qualifiers today and then was super nervous heading into the Heat Race, but got a decent start and finished seventh. Then, in the Main there was a massive pile-up that I was lucky to avoid... I was running sixth until the last lap before a small tip-over, so I am a little mad about the fall, but happy with my first Supercross.”
        Next Event (Round 6):  February 10, 2024 – State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona
        Round 5 Results: Detroit
        250SX East – Detroit Results 1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki) 2. Max Anstie (Honda) 3. Daxton Bennick (Yamaha) … 8. Guillem Farres – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        450SX – Detroit Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 2. Chase Sexton (KTM) 3. Ken Roczen (Suzuki) … 11. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 13. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        250SX East Rider Point Standings 1. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki) – 25 points 2. Max Anstie (Honda) – 22 points 3. Daxton Bennick (Yamaha) – 20 points … 8. Guillem Farres – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 13 points
        450SX Rider Point Standings 1. Chase Sexton (KTM) – 98 points 2. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 97 points 3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) - 96 points ... 14. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 37 points 17. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 29 points

        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's RJ Hampshire finishes second in A2 Triple Crown

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider RJ Hampshire rebounded to a well-deserved second-place finish in the 250SX West Class at Round 4 of AMA Supercross action in Anaheim, California, on a night where 450SX contenders Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig finished the Triple Crown event with P10 and P14 results, respectively. Hampshire charged to pole position onboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition in the Anaheim 2 round, before carrying that momentum into the opening Race of the Triple Crown format, in which he would go on to register a P2 result.
        Race 2 saw Hampshire jump out of the gates to a strong start as he sat inside the top three, biding his time in P2 before making a decisive pass for the race lead. Managing the race comfortably at the front, he would collect a popular Race 2 win.
        A small mishap in Race 3 saw Hampshire briefly on the ground, however, the number 24 would recover for seventh position, which was enough for second overall on the night and he is currently third in the 250SX West standings.
        “It was a solid night at A2 and I was fast all day,”   recalled Hampshire.   “We topped all three practices, and the first two Races were awesome – I had so much fun battling with Levi [Kitchen], we put on a good show, which was sick. Third Race, not a great start, and then just a bit of a mishap. Still made up a lot of points, cut the deficit in half, so I’m stoked on that.”
        Stewart would start his Anaheim 2 race day by sealing the fourth-fastest qualifying time in 450SX overall, which the Floridian would follow up with a strong start in Race 1. An unfortunate fall while battling inside the top 10 would result in 11th place for the Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 450 Rockstar Edition pilot.
        Races 2 and 3 saw the number 27 improve his position on each occasion despite being hampered by mid-field starts, collecting P10 and P9 results across the remaining races, which meant a 10th-place finish on the night and his best of the season upon return from injury.
        “A2 for me, there are positives to take,”   said Stewart .  "I was P1 in the first qualifier and then was affected by some tough starts in the Races for the Triple Crown. Went down in Race 1 with Hunter [Lawrence], came back to 11th. Then the others, just struggled with starts again, but I’m getting back into the swing of things – I haven't raced for a long time, so this one really felt like A1 to me. We’re heading in the right direction and it’s going to come, so we’ll keep on trucking into Detroit.”
        450SX challenger Craig collected the 15th-fastest qualifying time, before going down on the opening lap in Race 1 and recovering to P17. A 12th place in Race 2, coupled with 13th in the third Race earned him 14th overall for the weekend. “My day started decently and qualifying went okay,”   Craig commented .  “It was nice to be on a dry track after the last couple of weeks, but yeah, I went down in the second corner in Race 1 and was way, way back. Inched up, did what I could, then in the second one I think I got 12th. Race 3, not enough intensity at the start, got passed a bunch, and then had to try to make those passes back. It has been a frustrating start to the season, but we’ll keep trying.”
        Next Event (Round 5):  February 3, 2024 – Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
        Round 4 Results: Anaheim 2
        250SX West – Triple Crown Results 1. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) 2. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 3. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha)
        450SX – Triple Crown Results 1. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) 2. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) … 10. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 14. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        250SX West Rider Point Standings 1. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 84 points 2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) – 84 points 3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 76 points
        450SX Rider Point Standings 1. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) – 80 points 2. Chase Sexton (KTM) – 76 points 3. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) - 74 points ... 15. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 26 points 17. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 20 points

        RJ Hampshire takes sixth-place finish in challenging San Diego Supercross

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing endured a challenging night of racing at Round 3 of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship in San Diego, California, with RJ Hampshire taking a sixth-place result in the 250SX West division, while Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig encountered their share of adversity in 450SX. Hampshire opened the day by posting the third-fastest qualifying time, before rocketing out of the gates onboard his Husqvarna Motorcycles FC 250 Rockstar Edition in the Heat Race. Despite a troubled affair, he eventually claimed P6 to transfer into the Main Event. In mixed conditions with rain beginning to fall once again, Hampshire launched to the holeshot in the 250SX West Main Event, extending his lead to a two-second margin throughout the opening stages of the race. An all-out battle ensued for first place throughout the entirety of the race, with a late race mishap demoting him to sixth place. “Just another mudder here in SD and another tough night,”   recalled Hampshire .  “I got off to an awesome start and then led a lot of laps in the Main, but threw away a podium with two corners to go. Super-frustrating, but nothing I can do about it now. Time to go home, regroup, and we need a win next week in Anaheim.” Tenth place for Stewart in 450SX qualifying translated into a strong Heat Race ride, as the number 27 charged the entire duration of the race and fell short of the victory by a small margin, claiming second place. An opening lap fall for Stewart made for a tough premier class Main Event, with a race impacted by errors resulting in a 19th-place score. “San Diego was another mud race,”   said Stewart .  “We qualified 10th in the dry, then got off to a great start in the Heat Race and finished with second, which pulled me out of a bit of a slump I felt I was in. Then in the Main Event, I spun off the gate – no big deal – and then I came together with another rider and went down in the first lane, which pretty much summed my race up. The bars were tweaked, so I visited the mechanic's area, but again my speed was super-good. We're off to a Triple Crown next weekend and my starts have been good, so I’m confident of a good night of racing in Anaheim to turn things around.” 450SX challenger Craig posted the 11th-fastest qualifying time, before improving to a fifth-place finish in his Heat Race and a direct transfer into the Main Event for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider. Jumping out of the gates to a good start, Craig ran inside the top 10 before cross-rutting in the muddy terrain, which resulted in him coming together with another ride. A visit to the mechanics area meant that the Californian was buried deep in the field and was credited with P20. “The day started pretty good with qualifying in P11,”   Craig commented.   “I was riding good and felt really strong, but then the rain came down, unfortunately. Got off to a sweet start to the Heat and was running up front for a while, then made a couple of mistakes in the mud, which shifted me back to fifth. I got another good start in the Main, but just cross-rutted in the mud and another rider completely landed on me from behind. It's racing, unfortunately, it took me a while to get going, took a trip to the pits, put my head down and did what I could. Another bad result, but we’ll put our heads down for A2.” Next Event (Round 4):  January 27, 2024 – Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Round 3 Results:  San Diego 250SX West – Main Event 1. Nate Thrasher (Yamaha)  2. Garrett Marchbanks (Yamaha) 3. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) … 6. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450SX – Main Event 1. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) 2. Cooper Webb (Yamaha) 3. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) … 19. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 20. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 250SX West Rider Point Standings 1. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 67 points 2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) – 59 points  3. Garrett Marchbanks (Yamaha) – 57 points … 4. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 54 points 450SX Rider Point Standings 1. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) – 60 points 2. Chase Sexton (KTM) – 59 points 3. Jett Lawrence (Honda) - 56 points
        ...
        17. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 14 points 18. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 12 points

        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team braves rain-soaked San Francisco

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        It was a challenging evening for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing at the second round of the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship in San Francisco, California, with RJ Hampshire salvaging a ninth-place finish in the 250SX West division, as Christian Craig and Malcolm Stewart battled hard against the elements in 450SX. Entering with the points lead, Hampshire continued his impressive form in the San Francisco mud by topping the qualifying timesheets amidst the chaotic conditions. A consistent ride on his Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Edition resulted in a second-place finish for his Heat Race. As the conditions worsened for the Main Event, Hampshire got off to a mid-field start, which created an eventful race of being caught up with other downed riders. Despite those challenges, Hampshire salvaged a P9 result and a solid bag of points toward the championship. “Man, that was just a really, really, long and tough day for us,”   recalled Hampshire .  “Start was decent, got up to fourth, I think… but stuff happens with this type of racing with a guy cross-rutting and falling into me. I was in a really bad spot to go down in, hard to get back going, but managed what I could and knew I needed to get some points, so now headed to San Diego and hoping it’ll be a lot better than this weekend.” 450SX racer Craig posted the 15th-fastest qualifying time, before improving to a seventh-place finish in his Heat Race and a direct transfer into the Main Event for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing pilot. A high-speed fall on the start straight meant that Craig would be playing catch-up for the remainder of the race, which the Californian would do, and claw his way back to a 14th-place finish as the checkered flag flew. “The day started off as a mud race and that’s obviously chaos,”   Craig commented.   “Qualified decent, then went to the Heat Race just wanting to make it through to the Main, which we did. In the Main I went down 100 feet off the start, was lying in the mud with some others for a while, but just charged from the back and did what we could do. I'm excited for some dry conditions next weekend.” For teammate Stewart, he navigated the challenging conditions onboard his Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition to the ninth-quickest 450SX qualifying time, before crossing the finish line in sixth place for his Heat Race. A difficult night of racing, combined with a trip to the mechanic's area, saw the number 27 credited 22nd. “SF was a muddy one for us,”   said Stewart .  “Went down off the start, then the vision was blind for a bit, pulled a tear-off and I was in the tuff blocks. It got stuck in around the shifter, and someone had to go get a razor blade to cut it, so that’s how I got back on the track! Didn’t do very well, it was survival mode, and in these conditions, it’s hard to predict where you’ll end up. I'm disappointed as the team and I made great progress through the week, but we're looking forward to San Diego where I got my first Heat Race win last year.” Next Event (Round 3):  January 20, 2024 – Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, Calif. Round 2 Results:  San Francisco 250SX West – Main Event 1. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) 2. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki)  3. Garrett Marchbanks (Yamaha) … 9. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450SX – Main Event 1. Chase Sexton (KTM) 2. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 3. Ken Roczen (Suzuki) … 14. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 22. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 250SX West Rider Point Standings 1. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 47 points 3. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) – 42 points  3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 38 points 450SX Rider Point Standings 1. Chase Sexton (KTM) – 45 points 2. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 38 points 3. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 35 points … 17. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 11 points 18. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 10 points

        Strong ride for Luciano Benavides on first half of Dakar Rally chrono stage

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        Husqvarna Factory Racing star Luciano Benavides has completed the first half of the new 48-hour chrono stage as fifth-fastest. Covering 513 out of a possible 626 kilometres of the timed special, the FR 450 Rally rider now has a short day of racing ahead of him tomorrow to complete the demanding two-day stage. Beginning the new 48-hour chrono stage, riders were initially faced with a short liaison that led them to the start of a 626-kilometre timed special that they are given two days to complete. Venturing deeper into the featureless Empty Quarter, riders commented on the extreme physicality of the special, which takes them through the endless dunes and chotts of the Saudi Arabian desert. Taking advantage of his mid-pack start position, Benavides focused on his roadbook while maintaining a strong pace over the rolling dunes. Successfully tackling the complex navigation, that featured many hidden waypoints and headings, Luciano finished stage 6a provisionally in fifth place on his Husqvarna Factory Racing machine. Benavides was one of only 12 riders to reach rest point F, 513 kilometres into the special. This leaves the Argentinian with only 113 kilometres to race against the clock on Friday’s second half of stage 6, followed by a 110km liaison before being reunited with the team at the end of the ultra-challenging marathon stage. Andreas Hölzl – Rally Team Manager: “Today was a good day for Luciano, he put in a really strong performance on what has easily been one of the toughest stages of the event so far. After his disappointing day yesterday, it’s great to see him pushing on again. He made it to bivouac F after a long, hot day and that means there is not long to go on the special tomorrow. I think everyone on the team is looking forward to a well-deserved rest day in Riyadh.” 2024 Dakar Rally – Stage 6a Provisional Classification 1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 6:30:39
        2. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 6:32:00
        3. Toby Price (KTM) 6:32:38
        4. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 6:34:11
        5. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 6:36:46

        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's RJ Hampshire earns Anaheim 1 250SX West victory

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        Victory for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s RJ Hampshire in the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship season-opener at Anaheim 1 marked an exceptional start to his season in 250SX West, as 450SX teammates Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig each experienced their share of adversity at the opening round. Hampshire was fast as soon as bikes were on-track at Angel Stadium, with the title contender rocketing his Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Edition to second position during the afternoon’s qualifying sessions.
        That momentum continued for Hampshire into his Heat Race, where he pieced together a ride that very nearly earned him the win, before crossing the line in second place and setting the stage for a strong Main Event.
        Launching out of the gates for a top three-start, Hampshire exercised patience in the opening laps and allowing the race to unfold, before making his way into the lead and taking control from there, eventually capturing the victory and taking hold of the series leader's red plate heading into Round 2.
        “A1 was awesome for me and it was a dream of mine to win Anaheim 1 and leave with the red plate,”   commented Hampshire.   “Super-happy with the day, felt awesome on my Husqvarna and am thankful for the whole team, they’ve been crushing it for me and it shows tonight. I took what the night gave me and it gave me a win, so I'm happy with where we are at, there's a lot of good things going right now, and we’ll stay level-headed heading into San Fran next week.”
        Stewart made his welcome return to competition at Anaheim 1 after spending the majority of last year on the sidelines due to injury, with the number 27 looking fit and ready to attack 2024. He opened proceedings by posting the 10th-fastest qualifying time, before charging to an impressive third position in his Heat Race.
        An unfortunate fall on the opening lap of the Main Event for Stewart after being collected in a pile-up made for a difficult outing, as the Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition pilot was tasked with a come-from-behind ride as he remounted toward the rear of the field. He showed immense heart and fought until the final lap, where he recovered to an inspired 11th-place finish.
        “I got the first one out the way and it’s been a whole year since I’ve raced,”   noted Stewart.   “We ended up 11th after going down on the first lap, got back up and then went down again. But honestly, I’m just glad to be back racing, I rode good in the Main Event, but the results weren’t there. We have something to build off now, the team’s been working really hard and we had a great off-season. The results don’t show that, but I have 16 rounds left to show what we can do. I started like this in 2022 and came back for third in the championship, so tonight was just unfortunate, but these races happen, and now we’ll start stacking up top fives and podiums to get right back up in the mix.”
        Premier class teammate Craig entered this season after a grueling off-season in Florida by recording a time that landed him P14 in qualifying, converting that into a seventh-place finish in the first Heat Race of the night, which would transfer him directly into the Main Event. Unfortunately, it would not go as planned for Craig, who withdrew during the early stages and was credited with 20th position.
        Next Event (Round 2):  January 13, 2024 – Oracle Park in San Francisco, Calif.
        Round 1 Results:  Anaheim
        250SX West – Main Event 1. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 2. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) 3. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki)
        450SX – Main Event 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 2. Jason Anderson (Kawasaki) 3. Chase Sexton (KTM) … 11. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 20. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
        250SX West Rider Point Standings 1. RJ Hampshire  – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing  – 25 points 2. Jordon Smith (Yamaha) – 22 points 3. Levi Kitchen (Kawasaki) – 20 points
        450SX Rider Point Standings 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) – 25 points 2. Jason Anderson (Kawasaki) 22 points 3. Chase Sexton (KTM) 20 points … 11. Malcolm Stewart  – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing  – 11 points 20. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 2 points

        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team targets 2024 SMX World Championship success

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        An expanded five-rider Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team will take centerstage when the 2024 SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) season commences with the AMA Supercross Championship season-opener at Anaheim on Saturday, January 6, led by 450SX duo Malcolm Stewart and Christian Craig, alongside 250SX contenders RJ Hampshire, Guillem Farres and Casey Cochran. The Nathan Ramsey-managed official Husqvarna Motorcycles U.S. team will be equipped with the Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition and the Husqvarna FC 250 Rockstar Edition, forming a strong foundation for all five riders to build upon as the gates drop on what is a highly anticipated new season. In addition to the on-track action, Rockstar Energy Drink has renewed its commitment as title sponsor of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team in a multi-year commitment, which will span the entire 31-race SMX series. The team will contest 17 rounds of AMA Supercross, 11 rounds in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, and a three-round, post-season SMX Finals series. “We’re incredibly excited to extend our partnership with Husqvarna Motorcycles. Over the past 10 years, the relationship with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team has been more than just a sponsorship and we’re looking forward to continuing to grow together , said  Jennifer Kalban , Senior Motorsports Marketing Manager, PepsiCo North America.  “The team is as strong as it’s ever been and the 2024 season should be an exciting one.” Each step of that journey will be documented in Season 3 of the Grit and Grind docuseries, which will continue to be broadcast on the Husqvarna Motorcycles YouTube channel in 2024. A collaboration between Rockstar Energy and Husqvarna Motorcycles, it will once again provide an all-access insight into the season of Stewart, Craig, Hampshire, Farres, and Cochran. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager, Nathan Ramsey, is confident that all five riders will be competitive across next year's SMX series, determined to iron out any kinks that have proven costly in the past and to ensure that all riders can consistently deliver strong results in 2024. "2024 is looking good for us, the guys are having a really good off-season, and we are working hard to be ready for the season,"  explained Ramsey.  "I think that ultimately, we ’ re going to come out swinging and avoid the major ups and downs and ride it out as steady as possible and put our Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team riders up front. We have looked a lot at things that have cost us or possibly pushed us out of championship hopes in the past, and I think we have highlighted a few of those areas and we are all – the team, the crew, the riders, everyone – committed to correcting those areas and hopefully it works and pays off, because if they are corrected, I think we ’ re in the hunt, for sure." Making a welcome return to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will be Stewart, the 31-year-old who was unfortunately sidelined in the early stages of last season and is in line to pick up where he left off almost 12 months ago. The fan favorite finished a career-high third in the 450SX standings in 2022, now excited to get back behind the gates in a bid to rebuild his form in a competitive environment. "The focus for 2024 is honestly just to get back out there and get my feet wet again,"   said Stewart.   "2023 was a pretty short-lived year for me, it was kind of more for me to get back going and to finish what I started last year. I was looking really good, A1 was going very well, we had one little incident and we won a heat race, so we had some big flashes, but it just ended too quickly. This is part of racing and things happen, but I have had a really good recovery so far, and training has been going well this off-season with a good group of guys that I ’ m surrounded with. Everyone has been positive through the whole recovery and I ’ m glad I locked myself in for another two more years! I really want to win next year and I ’ m looking forward to getting back into the bunch with the team for the upcoming season.” Entering his second year with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Craig was also affected by injury in 2023 but was able to return and represent Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations (MXoN) in September. At 32, Craig has the desire to establish himself toward the front of the premier class and has been enjoying the pre-season to date. "I ’ m feeling pretty good entering another year with the team, so I ’ m more comfortable, learning everyone around me, and obviously learning the bike more with more seat time,"  commented Craig.  "I'm coming off a pretty serious injury, so just trying to build back up from that and we ’ re kind of in the middle of boot camp right now. I am excited for the new year, I need to put in some results, so am very focused and driven for this one. This past season was a big learning year for me, so this time I know what to expect with the training program, riding program, and what the team brings – I need to step up and try to be upfront as much as possible." As one of the most experienced riders in the 250 Class, RJ Hampshire has his sights firmly set on achieving title success in the new year. He was runner-up in 250SX West last year and raced to third position in the inaugural 250SMX standings, now motivated to capture a first-career championship with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. "My goal is to definitely try and get a championship,"   Hampshire stated.   "We ’ ve been close the last two years in a row, so I'll just come into the season, take it race-by-race, and build from where were last year. The team has worked really hard to make the bike as good as possible, and there are a lot of improvements already. We were in a good spot last season, so if we can be a bit better this year, I definitely think we can get it done. Supercross was massive for me because I had seven podiums in seven years and then last year I had eight in total, so that was a really big step in my career. The next step is to get the red plate, so that is the goal going into the season. The team has been awesome, there is nowhere else I would rather be, and I just renewed my deal for two more years – it just goes to show how much I believe in this team and how much I believe in myself, because we ’ ve grown a lot together. They believe in me a lot to go out there and perform also, and I definitely think that this year will be another big step in our relationship." For Farres, the chance to join Rockstar Energy Husqvarna sees him preparing for his maiden 250SX campaign, in which the 20-year-old Spanish revelation is looking to develop important Supercross experience during the upcoming season, before turning his attention outdoors.
        "The transition to the Husqvarna FC 250 and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team has been really good,"  Farres said.  "This is my first time ever here in Clermont, Florida, training and first time in California. So far, so good. Everyone has been really welcoming on the team, I ’ ve been having a good time, and I ’ m excited for the 2024 season. It ’ s going to be my rookie season in Supercross, so I am going to focus on staying healthy, being at every round, and improving every day with every lap. I ’ ve never raced in a stadium before, so I ’ m sure it's going to be something new and I ’ m going to be a little nervous, but hopefully it gets better after the first round." Exciting teenage prospect Cochran has graduated to the professional ranks with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna full-time for 2024, the 17-year-old looking to build upon the Supercross Futures AMA National Championship that he won in 2023, while learning his craft as a professional in the sport. "It's my first official pro season, so I'm looking forward to getting out there with the big guys and mixing it up, getting good results,"  Cochran commented.  "Nothing too extravagant so far, but my goal is to get used to the whole program. It ’ s a super-cool opportunity because we have worked our whole lives for this deal, this contract, to be on a factory team, so I am super-excited to be here and have a great team around me and ready to get to work. I have always personally liked Supercross better than outdoors, so I am excited to race indoors. I raced Futures last year and that was a good experience, so the more indoors, the better!"

        Guillem Farres joins Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing for 2024

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing has welcomed Guillem Farres for the 2024 SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) season, joining RJ Hampshire and rookie Casey Cochran within the three-rider 250 Class program. The 20-year-old Spaniard will be onboard the FC 250 leading into next year, committed to the AMA Supercross Championship, in addition to the AMA Pro Motocross Championship and SMX Finals Series.
        Farres first arrived in U.S. competition during the late stages of the 2022 outdoor season, immediately displaying front-running potential with a series of top-10 results. He continued that trend in the opening part of the 2023 series and scored a top-five moto finish at the beginning of Pro Motocross, however, was unfortunately injured in round three and didn’t return to action.
        An opportunity to join Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is an exciting one for Farres, set to make his 250SX debut in 2024, before continuing to build upon his promise in 250MX, while training as part of the Baker’s Factory program in Florida.
        “I am really happy to be joining the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team for this upcoming season,”   Farres said.   “I am also super-excited to start this new chapter of my career after a tough year due to injuries. Now, I am fully healed and ready to get on the new bike. I can’t wait to get started at the Baker’s Factory – it is an honor to be part of such a legendary program with Aldon [Baker] and all the guys.”
        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager, Nathan Ramsey, said that Farres has been on the team’s radar since his first appearance in AMA Pro Motocross and is confident that his capabilities will translate into strong results as experience continues to grow.
        “Guillem caught our eye in 2022 when he came to the US for a couple of races,”   explained Ramsey.   “Then when he started the 2023 MX series, he once again showed signs of great speed and potential. He has a great attitude and work ethic, which I believe will lead to great things in the future. The sky is the limit for Guillem and we are happy to welcome him to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.”

        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing to take Casey Cochran pro in 2024

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        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will take Casey Cochran into the professional ranks full-time in 2024, scheduled to contest the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) onboard the FC 250. Cochran, 17, has enjoyed an outstanding final year in amateur competition, in which he clinched the Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C class title in the 2023 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's, as well as the Supercross Futures AMA National Championship in Salt Lake City and the Moto Combine overall at RedBud.
        The teenage Virginia native gained immense experience in his first pro-level appearances across the final two rounds of this year's AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Budds Creek and the Ironman National, which will also help in setting him up for a full-time transition next year with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.
        "I've really enjoyed this past year working with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing and getting to know everyone, so I’m super-excited to extend what we have going on and progress into the pro ranks with such a good team behind me,"   Cochran commented.   "Couldn’t be more stoked for the future!"
        Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager, Nathan Ramsey, welcomed Cochran to the factory program and is excited to see him progress throughout the 2024 AMA Supercross Championship and Pro Motocross Championship, leading into the SMX Finals series.
        "Casey put together an amazing final year as our elite Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing amateur athlete and he absolutely hit all the marks that we put together for him to earn his first pro contract,"   explained Ramsey.
        "I am both happy and proud to have Casey join our pro team. He's a very hard worker and is full of potential for a great future with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. Now, I am looking forward to spending some time with him during the off-season as he builds into 2024."

        Thrilling performances by Husqvarna Motorcycles duo at first Indian Moto3™ Grand Prix

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        A positive ‘debut’ on Indian asphalt as Ayumu Sasaki races to 3rd place at the first ever MotoGP visit to the Buddh International Circuit. 2023 is the 75th season for MotoGP and despite the age and long history of Grand Prix motorcycle racing there is still time and space for ‘firsts’. The IndianOil Grand Prix of India was not only the thirteenth round of twenty this year and the opening date of seven overseas (non-European) events in the next eight weeks but was the inaugural running of MotoGP by the hosts. The Buddh International Circuit had entertained F1 between 2011 (the year of the facility’s opening) and 2013 but had not staged a world championship Grand Prix since. The weaving layout of 5km and 13 corners represented a technical collection of turns, joined in part by one of the longest straights of the series where MotoGP machinery touched 350kmph speeds. The section also asked a lot of the Moto3 motorcycles (230kmph) as the riders and teams not only had to learn the best lines around ‘BIC’ but also configure their race set-ups to cope with the switch between flow and fully committed braking points. Ayumu Sasaki was both proficient and a little unlucky on Friday and Saturday. The Japanese had a slow speed but fiery crash on Turn 3 but was also consistently hovering around the top of the leader board. He was chasing teammate Collin Veijer in fact as the rookie was the fastest in adaptation to Buddh and steered his FR 250 GP to P1 on Combined Standings. Saturday afternoon was complicated by a heavy but brief rainstorm that meant the Moto3 riders were also the first to explore the limits of the track in the wet. The Q2 session was briefly delayed to allow for the worst of the conditions to pass but Sasaki rode well to capture 3rd and the final slot on the front row as Veijer was close and ranked 9th; for the third row. Moto3 ran through 16 laps at midday on Sunday. Sasaki powered away with leader Jaume Masia but could not hold pace with the Spaniard and was soon counting Kaito Toba for company in 2nd. Veijer was also impressively competitive once more and demonstrated the excellent progress the Dutchman has made in his first Grand Prix campaign. Lap-times were tight and track space also. The trio battled hard until some unexpected contact between the teammates into the penultimate corner left Veijer on the floor and Sasaki surviving to claim 3rd. Collin could not finish the race but Ayumu collected his seventh podium of the year and the first since the Austrian Grand Prix, meaning he is now 3rd and just one point from the lead in the championship. Veijer is 13th. LIQUI Moly IntactGP Husqvarna team are ranked 2nd in the Teams standings and Husqvarna Motorcycles is 3rd in the Constructors table. Sasaki heads to his home Grand Prix with much expectation in front of native fans and followers at the Twin Ring Motegi next weekend. Ayumu Sasaki: “Around the middle of the race I was quite comfortable following the leader but then my front tyre was gone and I was struggling a lot in the braking zones. On the last lap I didn’t want any contact with Collin but I just went a little bit wide and he was trying to turn in from the outside. I guess it was a racing incident. I feel sorry for him but we will take this result today and keep on fighting for the championship.” Collin Veijer: “The conditions were similar to yesterday so I felt good. I struggled a bit at the start of the race because a lot of people were overtaking me on the straight but finally I found the pace. I tried to close the gap to the riders in front of me and could eventually reach Ayumu and that battle for 2nd. The race ended in an unfortunate way but I think we can be happy with how the weekend was up until that point. I’m looking forward to Japan where I will do my best again.”

        RJ Hampshire finishes third overall in 250SMX World Championship

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        It was a pressure-packed final round of the SuperMotocross Playoffs at the historic Los Angeles Coliseum, and thanks to a third-place finish, RJ Hampshire jumped up two spots in the final SMX 250 class standings to take the bronze and lead the way for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. 250   SuperMotocross RJ Hampshire was eighth early in the first moto on his FC250, but quickly went to work and started to pick off riders ahead of him. He moved into third with seven laps to go, into second with five to go, and was challenging for the lead on the last lap…but had to settle for second. In moto two, he was eighth off the gate, and could only work his way to sixth before the finish. His 2-8 score netted him a third overall for the night and for the series overall. His next stop? The Motocross of Nations as the 250 rider for Team USA. “The last round was pretty solid. I felt good all day and had good qualifying (2nd). The first moto start was good, and I gave myself a chance to win it there at the end. I charged hard and felt really good on the bike. In the second moto, I didn't get a great start and was just flat. I couldn't really get going. But I'm stoked to end it on the podium for the race and the SMX Playoff overall,”  said  Hampshire .  “I'm really looking forward to the Motocross of Nations in France in a couple of weeks. I'll go back home, recover a bit, do a couple of days of riding, and head over there and represent the USA. I can't wait.” Jalek Swoll showed what a mix of FC250 power and great start skills can do as he grabbed the holeshot in the first moto. While the championship battles raged around him, he slipped to sixth at the finish. In the second moto, a bit too much aggression with the throttle resulted in a mid-pack start, though he did recover quite a few spots to finish eighth for the moto, and also eighth overall for the season. “Honestly, this being the last round is a bit frustrating because I feel like I'm starting to find the groove and know what I can do. My starts were on point today, reaction-wise, and just getting off the gate with the bike. I ran third for a while in the first moto and finished sixth. In the second one, I felt I rode a lot better, but didn't have the start to match. I just lit the rear tire up a bit on the super-dry stuff and it kind of messed me up. I just got a really bad start and came from the back,”  said  Swoll .  “I have some things to work on for sure, but I'm a lot closer than I've been. I feel good but need a little bit of intensity. But all in all, it was decent. I was in the mix a little bit and left healthy...anytime you leave the track healthy you can put a smile on your face.” Talon Hawkins showed improvement through the three SMX rounds, and an 11-9 score for the day only shows part of the story. He advanced forward four positions in the first moto and ran in the top five for the first few laps of the second moto. He just missed out on a top ten overall, and was 14th overall for the series. “I was stoked to end it on a good note. I got my first top ten out of the three races. I'm looking forward to a little time off and then getting back on the bike,”  said  Hawkins .  “I'm so thankful for the whole Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Team for giving me the shot this year. I turned pro early, but I made the most of it and did the best I could all year long. I've learned a lot this year, and have a lot of good memories. Thank you guys.” SuperMotocross Playoffs: Los Angeles Coliseum 250 SuperMotocross Results 1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 5-2
        2. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 4-4
        3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 2-6

        8. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 6-8
        11. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 11-9 450 SuperMotocross Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
        2. Ken Roczen (Suzuki), 2-2
        3. Cooper Webb (Yamaha), 5-3 250 SuperMotocross Rider Final Point Standings
        1. Haiden Deegan – 157 points
        2. Jo Shimoda – 152 points
        3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 122 points

        10. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 88 points
        14. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 58 points 450 SuperMotocross Rider Final Point Standings
        1. Jett Lawrence – 163 points
        2. Ken Roczen – 146 points
        3. Chase Sexton – 120 points

          RJ Hampshire rebounds for fourth overall at round two of SuperMotocross Playoffs

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          After a rough start to the SuperMotocross playoffs in Charlotte, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team came to Chicagoland with renewed focus and hunger for results. The long, flowing track provided ample opportunity to show the true speed of their FC250s, with high speeds, and nearly two-minute lap times. 250 SuperMotocross RJ Hampshire’s day got off to a great start as he grabbed the top spot in qualifying among the 250 competitors. When the gate dropped for the first 250 moto, he was in the sixth spot as they crossed the stripe. He moved to fourth spot for three laps before settling into fifth for the rest of the moto. He currently sits in fifth overall in the playoff standings, with one round to go. “This was much improved from last weekend. Last weekend was such a struggle I was just looking for any type of positive from this weekend, and I came out and was P1 in practice...I believe that's one of my first poles of the season, and then just two solid motos. I didn't get great starts, but I didn't get terrible starts, so fourth overall on the day.,”  said  Hampshire .  “I'm not stoked on it, but it's a huge improvement so we'll take that into L.A. next weekend where it's a more Supercross track. Hopefully, my back heals from this track today, and then I'll be ready to go next weekend.” Jalek Swoll was eighth out of the gate in moto one, and was ninth for a good portion of the race before moving to seventh at the checkers. In moto two, a poor start had him near the back of the 22-rider field, but he rebounded to 11th before a late-race crash dropped him to 13th at the finish. “Moto one was okay, but I would've liked to get more comfortable earlier on. That was P7. In the second moto, it was not a good start and I wasn't riding too well and had a big crash at the end, so it wasn't the best day but I still feel good and feel like I can run up there. I just need that start,”  said Swoll . “All in all, I'm not broken up, so we'll be good and continue to fight in L.A.” Getting to the end of his rookie season, Talon Hawkins is still learning the ins and outs of the pro scene. But in a new playoff format where even veterans struggle to make the right setup choices, the playoffs have been a challenge. His 15-15 moto scores resulted in a 16th overall. “It was a rough one, but there are positives to take away from it. It's been hard to get the bike set up for these types of races. This is a brand-new thing this year, so I think everyone is struggling with bike setup. I think we're getting there, we just need a few things,”  said  Hawkins .  “I'm looking forward to next weekend, and I want to thank the team for believing in me for these last couple rounds.” Next Event (SuperMotocross Round 3): September 23, 2023 – Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, Calif. SuperMotocross Playoffs: Chicagoland Speedway 250 SuperMotocross Results 1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
          2. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 2-2
          3. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 3-3

          4. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 5-4
          10. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 7-13
          16. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 15-15 450 SuperMotocross Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-2
          2. Ken Roczen (Suzuki), 3-1
          3. Chase Sexton (Honda), 2-3 250 SuperMotocross Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence – 89 points
          2. Jo Shimoda – 86 points
          3. Haiden Deegan – 82 points

          5. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 62 points
          12. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 46 points
          16. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 25 points 450 SuperMotocross Rider Point Standings
          1. Chase Sexton – 90 points
          2. Jett Lawrence – 88 points
          3. Ken Roczen – 80 points

          Jalek Swoll leads the way for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna with 7th-place overall

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          The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team finished up their 2023 Pro Motocross campaign at Ironman Raceway, with Jalek Swoll leading the charge, as RJ Hampshire opted to sit out another round ahead of the upcoming SuperMotocross playoffs. 250 MX After starting inside the top 15 of moto one on his FC250, Jalek Swoll fought his way to an 11th-place finish. Jalek got off to a much better start in moto two, and battled to a fifth-place score, giving him seventh overall for the day, and cementing a ninth-overall tally for the season. He also goes into the SuperMotocross season in the 11th overall spot in the 250 class standings.
          “It could have been a lot better with a start in the first moto, but it was an okay day. I feel like I kind of struggled with the flow of the track all day. It came around a bit in moto two, and I'm happy with it. P5, so not bad. It’s something to end the season on and carry into SMX.,”  said  Swoll .  “I feel like I need to get my starts dialed in and I can't keep messing up the first motos. We'll come out swinging for SMX and try to end the year on a good note.” Talon Hawkins matched his best-ever moto finish in moto one, finishing in tenth. But a crash early in moto two made for a long slog to a 19th-place score. But he did finish in 12th overall for the series in his rookie campaign. “Wow. I definitely like to make it hard on myself in the second moto. But I got a top ten in the first one, and I was riding well all day. I had my best overall qualifying of the year, so that's a positive to take away. I also matched my best moto finish, I just needed to put it together for the second one. Unfortunately, I had a crash on the second lap and pretty much came from dead last up to 19th,”  said  Hawkins . “This is a tough game, but I'm ready to get back on the track in the next couple of weeks for SuperMotocross.” The second Pro Motocross National was a tough one for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team newcomer Casey Cochran, but he’ll use to experience to learn and build toward future events. “It was a rough weekend as far as the racing. I had too many crashes, but we'll bounce back and learn from the situations that we put ourselves in,”  said  Cochran . Next Event (SuperMotocross Round 1): September 9, 2023 – zMax Dragway in Concord, N.C. Round 11 Results: Ironman 250 MX Results 1. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 1-1
          2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 2-3
          3. Tom Vialle (KTM), 3-4

          7. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 11-5
          16. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 10-19
          19. Jorgen Talviku (Husqvarna) , 19-16
          37. Casey Cochran – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing,  28-39
          39. Peyton Jackson (Husqvarna) , 38-34
          450 MX Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
          2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 2-2
          3. Aaron Plessinger (KTM), 5-3

          27. Justin Rodbell (Husqvarna) , 20-28
          29. John Adamson (Husqvarna) , 26-23
          37. Scott Meshey (Husqvarna) , 32-40
          250 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence – 419 points
          2. Justin Cooper – 399 points
          3. Jo Shimoda – 393 points

          8. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 288 points
          9. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 221 points
          12. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 129 points
          29. Jorgen Talviku (Husqvarna) -  26 points
          47. Casey Cochran - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 2 points
          49. Kai Aiello   (Husqvarna) - 2 points
          450 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Jett Lawrence – 550 points
          2. Dylan Ferrandis – 399 points
          3. Aaron Plessinger – 386 points

          29. Anton Gole  - 29 points
          54. Luke Renzland  - 4 points
          55. John Adamson  - 4 points
          59. Tanel Leok - 3 points
          63. Scott Meshey  - 3 points
          64. Justin Rodbell  - 3 points

          Sasaki continues Moto3™ championship charge after 3rd position in Austrian showdown

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          Husqvarna Motorcycles is firmly in play for the 2023 Moto3 world title after Ayumu Sasaki took his FR 250 GP to a sixth podium in a row at a sunny Red Bull Ring. MotoGP™ exchanged the flat, flowing and exposed scope of Silverstone in the UK for the wonderfully scenic mountain wind of the Red Bull Ring for the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich to bring the 2023 Grand Prix campaign to t

          Jalek Swoll scores podium finish in moto one at Budds Creek

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          The Budds Creek round of the Pro Motocross series had some highs and lows in store for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. After a tough crash as Unadilla, RJ Hampshire was forced to miss round ten. But it also provided Casey Cochrane his first opportunity in Pro Motocross, and for Jalek Swoll, he scored his best moto finish of the season. 250 MX
          Jalek Swoll was in seventh and in the midst of a great three-way battle midway through the first 250 moto aboard his FC250, but a rare red flag for a downed rider caused a full restart. When the gate dropped again, Jalek took full advantage of it by grabbing the lead and showing everyone the way for five laps. While two of the championship contenders managed to slip by, he was still left with his best moto score of the season so far, a third-place finish. Jalek also moved back into ninth overall in the season standings. “I'd say this was a positive for me. I got back on the box, but I couldn't secure it for the overall. I had a tough second moto and not the best start. I was buried, but I fought as hard as I could and got to 12th. I felt like I could have been on the box for the overall today,”  said  Swoll .  “We're taking this confidence and the momentum to the last round and getting excited for the playoffs.” For Talon Hawkins, 17-21 moto scores led to a 20th overall for the day on his first-ever crack at Budds Creek. “This was a rough one. It was the first time ever here, and it's a gnarly track. I didn't really gel with it all day. We got better and better, and I put a lot of solid laps together and had the speed, I just dug a hole for myself on the starts and then had too many lulls,”  said Hawkins . “I know what to work on. We'll be back next weekend.”
          Casey Cochrane has had excellent results in the 250SX Futures races throughout 2023 but had some tough going in his first crack at the Pro Motocross series. He shadowed Hawkins in the results with a 19-23 day, and 22nd overall.
          “Budds Creek was all right. It was a learning experience for sure. There are definitely things to go back and work on so that I can come out next weekend and show up where I believe I should be,”  said  Cochrane .  “I ran pretty good in the second moto, but I just hit a wall. That's what we need to work on and we'll be better next weekend.” Next Event (Round 11): August 26, 2023 - Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Ind.
          Round Ten Results: Budds Creek 250 MX Results 1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 2-1
          2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 1-2
          3. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 7-3 … 6. Jalek Swoll - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 3-12 19. Jorgen Talviku (Husqvarna) , 24-17
          20. Talon Hawkins - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 17-21
          22. Casey Cochrane - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 19-23 450 MX Results
          1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
          2. Aaron Plessinger (KTM), 4-3
          3. Jason Anderson (Kawasaki), 2-5

          15. Anton Gole (Husqvarna) , 15-15
          27. Charlie Putnam (Husqvarna) , 29-29
          30. Luke Renzland (Husqvarna) , 23-38
          32. Scott Meshey (Husqvarna) , 33-32 250 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence - 391 points
          2. Justin Cooper - 369 points
          3. Jo Shimoda - 343 points

          6. RJ Hampshire - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing -  288 points
          9. Jalek Swoll - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing  - 195 points
          12. Talon Hawkins - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing  - 116 points
          31. Jorgen Talviku (Husqvarna)  - 19 points
          47. Casey Cochrane - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing  - 2 points
          48. Kai Aiello   (Husqvarna) -  2 points 450 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Jett Lawrence - 500 points
          2. Dylan Ferrandis - 379 points
          3. Aaron Plessinger - 350 points

          27. Anton Gole  - 29 points
          51. Luke Renzland  - 4 points
          52. John Adamson  - 4 points
          56. Tanel Leok  - 3 points
          59. Scott Meshey  - 3 points

          Casey Cochran to make Pro Motocross debut at Budds Creek National

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          Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is pleased to welcome amateur standout Casey Cochran to its 250MX lineup for the final two rounds of the 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Making his debut pro appearance this Saturday at the Budds Creek National, Cochran will race the Ironman MX finale before switching gears back to the SMX World All-Stars (amateur race) at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

          "Casey has had an unbelievable season so far this year,"   commented Nathan Ramsey, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager.   "He has checked all the boxes and I feel like it’s time for him to get his feet wet in the professional ranks – what better way to do it than at a Pro Motocross event."

          The highly-rated 17-year-old is fresh from a title-winning performance in the 2023 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn's earlier this month, where he claimed victory in the Schoolboy 2 (12-17) B/C class and also won the opening 250 B moto equipped with the FC 250.

          "I've had a pretty good year on the 250, so I'm stoked to get the opportunity to line up against the best in the business at the last two rounds of Pro Motocross,"   Cochran said,  who will also contest the final round at Ironman Raceway on August 26.

          Cochran joined Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's amateur program ahead of this season and clinched the Supercross Futures AMA National Championship with a Main Event win at Salt Lake City's final round in May. He also won the Moto Combine overall at RedBud in July and his first step into the professional ranks comes as a welcome opportunity following what has been an outstanding year to-date.

          Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's RJ Hampshire sidelined for Budds Creek

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          Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider RJ Hampshire will sit out this weekend's penultimate round of the 2023 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Budds Creek while he continues to recover from his second moto crash at Unadilla. The 27-year-old went down heavily at the beginning of Moto 2 last Saturday afternoon and was unable to remount and complete the race.
          As a result, the decision has been made for Hampshire to remain on the sidelines for Budds Creek this weekend, with the 10th round of the season scheduled for August 19. A decision will be made next week on whether he will be fit to return for Ironman Raceway's final round of the outdoor season.
          Hampshire currently sits sixth in the 250MX standings onboard his FC 250 Rockstar Edition, only two points outside of the top five, and is also positioned third in the combined SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) 250 Class points.

          Jalek Swoll leads the way at Unadilla for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

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          Unadilla always provides its share of thrills, with big elevation changes and huge jumps, as well as extremely long ruts. Fortunately, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team is always up for a challenge. 250 MX RJ Hampshire made one of the charges through the pack that he’s well-known for on his FC250 in moto one, jumping from 14th at the end of the first lap to sixth at the finish. Unfortunately, a crash by RJ shortly after the start of moto two brought out the red flag, and he was unable to continue. He’ll be evaluated this week regarding participation in upcoming races. Jalek Swoll was the top scorer for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team at Unadilla, with a 6-14 score in the two motos, and a seventh overall for the day. “Starts were okay. Moto one was okay. I came in with a sixth and felt like I had some more in the tank to ride a little better and get a little further up,”  said  Swoll .  “In moto two I came together with another rider. I don't feel like it was my fault and I felt like there was nowhere to go and was stuck in his bike for what felt like forever. From dead last I don't know what I came back to...maybe 12th or 13th. It sucks. It feels like a lot of work is being put in but it doesn't show. It's all good. We'll use the fire and try to come out firing at the next two rounds.” For the third member of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna squad, Talon Hawkins, felt a bit unfulfilled with his 19th overall and a 17-15 day.
          “The final placement may not show it, but I feel like I rode great today and rode a lot better than I have been. I had a mishap in the first moto,”  said  Hawkins .  “I came with a clear head into the second moto and ripped a good start. I was in the top five, but unfortunately, my teammate went down and it got red-flagged. My second start after that was not up to par so I had to play catch-up the whole second race. But I ended with a 17th in the first and a 15th in the second for somehow 19th overall. But it's okay. There's a lot to improve on, but I've been improving every week. I'm ready to get to the Baker's Factory to keep grinding.” Next Event (Round 10): August 19, 2023 – Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Md. Round Nine Results: Unadilla MX 250 MX Results 1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 2-2
          2. Levi Kitchen (Yamaha), 1-4
          3. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 5-1 … 7. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 6-14 13. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 7-38 19. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 17-15
          26. Jorgen Talviku (Husqvarna), 23-21
          34. Cody Williams (Husqvarna), 34-30 450 MX Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
          2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 3-2
          3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 2-3

          22. Anton Gole (Husqvarna), 16-21
          23. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna), 22-18
          25. Luke Renzland (Husqvarna), 21-22
          31. John Adamson (Husqvarna), 27-31
          32. Justin Rodbell (Husqvarna), 31-30
          41. Scott Meshey (Husqvarna), 36-DNS 250 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence – 344 points
          2. Justin Cooper – 322 points
          3. Jo Shimoda – 309 points

          6. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 288 points
          10. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 166 points
          11. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 112 points
          30. Jorgen Talviku -  15 points
          46. Kai Aiello  - 2 points 450 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Jett Lawrence – 450 points
          2. Dylan Ferrandis – 347 points
          3. Aaron Plessinger – 312 points

          35. Anton Gole  - 17 points
          51. Luke Renzland  - 4 points
          52. John Adamson  - 4 points
          56. Tanel Leok - 3 points
          59. Scott Meshey  - 3 points

          RJ Hampshire delivers fourth place overall at Washougal

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          The trio of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team riders lined up to do battle in the beautiful forested hills above the Columbia River for round eight of the Pro Motocross season, with RJ Hampshire leading the way. 250 MX RJ Hampshire got to show off his relentless pursuit skills in both motos at Washougal as he moved forward in each race. In the first moto, he was in eighth place aboard his FC250 after the drop of the gate, and one by one, he picked off the riders in front of him on the way to an eventual fourth-place finish.

          Early in moto two RJ was challenging for the fourth position, but he went down before the whoops and lost several spots. Though he had a huge time deficit to the riders in front of him, he put his head down and charged back to a strong fifth at the finish.

          “In the first moto, I felt I rode well; I just didn't get a great start. In the second moto, I had a better start and was going for a pass, but the line wasn't there and I lost my front end,”  said  Hampshire .  “I got a fourth and that's getting old right now. I'm definitely going to use this break to kind of recover a bit and give it the best we've got here for the last three rounds.” Talon Hawkins has shown improved speed all season on his FC 250 and has spent more frequent time inside the top ten. He finished the day with an 11-14 score, and knows more to be gained. “We've got a lot to work on, but I'm excited I matched my best overall finish with an 11th. It's something to build off of. I got good starts, and there's a lot to take away that's good. But in the second moto, I was smoked. I need more,”  said  Hawkins .  “But we're going to work on that and I'm ready to get back to these next races. I'm ready for this two-week break. I've been building all year, getting better at every race, so let's keep it rolling.” The final member of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, Jalek Swoll, finished in 13th overall with a 10-18 score in his motos. “Today was frustrating. I feel good and feel like I can ride good, but I'm still dealing with whatever happened at Millville and unfortunately, I can't shake it right now,”  said  Swoll .  “I'm looking forward to these two weeks off and getting myself back in fine form. I'll come back with a chip on my shoulder. I feel like I was gaining momentum, but I'll be back and keep chipping away and figure it out.” Next Event (Round 9): August 12, 2023 – Unadilla MX in New Berlin, N.Y. Round Eight Results: Washougal 250 MX Results 1. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 1-1
          2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 3-2
          3. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 2-4 … 4. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 4-5 11. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 11-14 13. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 10-18 450 MX Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
          2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 2-2
          3. Jason Anderson (Kawasaki), 4-4
          … 20. Anton Gole (Husqvarna) , 20-19
          24. Harmish Harwood (Husqvarna) , 24-22
          30. Gared Steinke (Husqvarna) , 37-24
          37. Scott Meshey (Husqvarna) , 36-32
          38. Brandon Ray (Husqvarna) , 39-34 250 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence – 300 points
          2. Haiden Deegan – 297 points
          3. Justin Cooper – 281 points

          4. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 274 points
          10. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 144 points
          12. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 102 points
          29. Jorgen Talviku -  15 points
          43. Kai Aiello  - 2 points 450 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Jett Lawrence – 400 points
          2. Dylan Ferrandis – 305 points
          3. Aaron Plessinger – 280 points

          37. Anton Gole  - 12 points
          47. Luke Renzland  - 4 points
          48. John Adamson  - 3 points
          54. Scott Meshey  - 3 points

          Hampshire just missed scoring a Spring Creek podium

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          This week’s Pro Motocross stop at Spring Creek MX in Millville, Minnesota, is a rider favorite, offering up everything from sand to hardpack, and an excellent challenge for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team trio of RJ Hampshire, Jalek Swoll, and Talon Hawkins. 250 MX
          As usual, it was exciting to spot where RJ Hampshire was as he launches out of the gate, and then watch him go to work slicing through the pack. When he completed the first lap of moto one at Spring Creek, he was in sixth place. By the finish, he’d carved his way to third on his FC250, working past some very tough 250-class competition. In moto two, the story was much the same for RJ, except that he was 12th, and came back to finish in sixth spot despite a crash. He picked up a fourth overall score for the weekend and currently sits in third overall in the 250 title chase. “It was just another grind of a weekend. I feel like my riding has been really good. The first moto was decent, pretty solid. In the second moto, I got hung up on the start. I ended up going down about halfway. I got another fourth overall, but I just need to try and turn it around a bit in these second motos,”  said  Hampshire .  “We have one more race, and then a bit of a break that I'm looking forward to. I'll try to get some points back next weekend, then a break coming up.” For Jalek Swoll, the day at Spring Creek ended with an eighth and a 14th in the two motos, after a bit of a biomechanical issue. That gave him a tenth overall for the day. “Today was a 'whatever' day for me. I felt good on the bike, so that was good. I didn't get the best start in moto one, but my riding was decent. I feel like if I'd had a better start, I would have had a much better day. In moto two I had a weird incident and did something kind of funky to my arm...which gave me a weird feeling. So that was survival,”  said Swoll . “For now, the plan is to get some normalcy back. Kind of figure out what's going on, and what happened, and try to be more under control and ready to go for next time if this happens. All-in-all, I survived the day.” For the third member of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, Talon Hawkins, he spent the first third of the first moto inside the top ten hanging with some of the fastest 250-class competitors before sliding back to 15th. In moto two he finished 12th, good enough for a 13th overall finish.
          “Today was another step in the right direction. It was cool to be coming back here to this race… it's a good track. It's tough, though, very tiring and taxing on the body. I ended up with a 13th overall. I'm happy with my second moto performance. I just need to improve on the first moto,”  said  Hawkins .  “I'm looking forward to getting back to work. We're heading back home to Cali, my hometown, and put some more work in.” Next Event (Round Eight): July 22, 2023 – Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Wash. Round Seven Results: Spring Creek
          250 MX Results 1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 1-2
          2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 4-1 3. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 2-3 … 4. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 3-6 10. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 8-14 13. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 15-12 20. Jorgen Talviku (GASGAS)  18-40 450 MX Results
          1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
          2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 2-2
          3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 5-3
          … 18. Anton Gole (Husqvarna) , 17-17
          22. John Adamson (Husqvarna) , 22-19
          31. Charlie Putnam (Husqvarna) , 31-27
          32. Scott Meshey (Husqvarna) , 21-29
          250 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence – 260 points
          2. Haiden Deegan – 247 points
          3. RJ Hampshire - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 240 points

          10. Jalek Swoll - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 130 points
          13. Talon Hawkins - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 85 points
          29. Jorgen Talviku -  15 points
          43. Kai Aiello  - 2 points 450 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Jett Lawrence – 350 points
          2. Dylan Ferrandis – 269 points
          3. Aaron Plessinger – 246 points

          38. Anton Gole  - 9 point
          44. Luke Renzland  - 4 points
          45. John Adamson  - 3 points
          50. Scott Meshey  - 3 points

          Hampshire headlines for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team in the sand of Southwick

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          Everything about Southwick is tough, with the sand, heat and humidity…and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, who were ready to take on the roughest track on the AMA Pro Motocross series. 250 MX It was Jalek Swoll who led the charge for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team at the start of moto one, as he rounded the first turn in second spot on his FC250. He was closely pursued by RJ Hampshire in seventh, and Talon Hawkins was lurking just outside the top ten in 11th place. As usual, Hampshire was clawing his way forward from his starting position, moving up to third at the finish. In moto two, he once was near the front, working his way from just outside the top five to fourth at the finish, and was closing on the overall winner as they raced to the checkers. His moto scores were good for fourth overall. He maintains his third overall spot in the championship standings, but has moved back to within 15 points of the lead over the last two races. “Overall, it was just a really solid weekend. Nothing special, but I made up a lot of points. I had two decent starts and salvaged what I could. It was 3-4 on the day and I'll just keep plugging away. We're at the halfway mark and I'm still in the championship hunt.,” said Hampshire. “I'll go back, recover, and Millville is another fun one for me. I'm just looking to get these starts figured out to give me a little bit more of a shot at these wins.” After an excellent start in moto one, Jalek Swoll suffered a couple of crashes that dropped him to 11th, but he rebounded on moto two with a seventh-place finish, and a ninth-place overall score. He has also steadily climbed in the 250 championship standings, moving from 21st at Fox Raceway and cracking the top ten at Southwick by moving into ninth overall. “Qualifying was good for me, and it was nice to finally find some speed in practice and carry it into the motos. In the first moto I had a good start and was riding okay but I went down early and that was kind of tough. I had two falls in that one and it put me pretty deep and I only got back to 11th. In moto two I had a good start, in the middle of the top ten, and it was okay...nothing crazy. I started to feel better at the end but just a little too late. I had sixth right in front of me but I ran out of time,” said Swoll. “I'm looking forward to next weekend and build off the momentum that I got today, despite the crashes.” Talon Hawkins cracked the top ten barrier in moto one, and backed it up with a 14th in moto two to score an 11th overall, the best of his pro career. He sit just outside the top ten overall in 11th spot. “We got a top ten, and that's been a goal of mine ever since coming into this. I have a lot to improve and a lot to work on, but it's definitely something good to take away from today. I came into today without the highest level of confidence, but I turned it around and put a smile on my face,” said Hawkins. “I'm glad I was able to almost break the top ten overall...I got 11th, my best finish so far. We're looking to keep on improving every race.” Next Event (Round 7): July 15, 2023 – Spring Creek Motocross in Millville, Minn. Round Six Results: Southwick 250 MX Results 1. Tom Vialle (KTM), 1-3 2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 2-2 3. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki), 6-1 … 4. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 3-4 9. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 11-7 11. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 10-14 14. Jorgen Talviku (Husqvarna), 14-16 34. Travis Mecking (Husqvarna) 31-32   450 MX Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1 2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 2-2 3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 3-3 … 19. Luke Renzland (Husqvarna), 18-20 22. John Adamson (Husqvarna), 19-24 24. Anton Gole (Husqvarna), 20-DNS 36. Scott Meshey (Husqvarna), 37-35   250 MX Rider Point Standings 1. Haiden Deegan - 218 points 2. Hunter Lawrence - 213 points 3. RJ Hampshire - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 203 points … 10. Jalek Swoll - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 110 points 14. Talon Hawkins - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 70 points 30. Jorgen Talviku - 12 points 41. Kai Aiello - 2 points   450 MX Rider Point Standings 1. Jett Lawrence – 300 points 2. Dylan Ferrandis – 233 points 3. Aaron Plessinger – 210 points … 40. Luke Renzland - 4 points 45. Scott Meshey - 3 points 47. John Adamson - 2 points 48. Anton Gole - 1 point

          Hampshire and Swoll bring home top ten results at Thunder Valley

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          The Thunder Valley course always challenges riders on the Pro Motocross series, with the high Colorado elevation and rolling hills of the Eastern Rocky Mountains. Then there are tough ruts, and an uphill start, all of which make a great challenge for the trio of riders competing for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team on their FC250s. 250 MX RJ Hampshire got taken down as the pack got to the top of the start hill in moto one, but per usual, he was quickly back on his bike and charging. Scored as 19th at the end of lap one, he put in a moto-long charge back to the front and finished in the eighth spot. Though he got a somewhat better start in moto two, the story was nearly the same, as he battled all moto long to get back inside the top ten, with an eventual seventh-place finish, and a ninth overall for the day.
          RJ Hampshire:  "It was a really frustrating day. I feel awesome on my bike, I just need to get out of the gate. It's so frustrating having to charge like that and have a couple of crashes and still have a shot there at the end. I'm heading back to Florida, and we'll be able to practice some starts this week. I'll figure some things out and we should be better at High Point." Jalek Swoll’s day featured more time inside the top ten during each moto, but an eventual tenth at the checkers of each race, resulting in a tenth overall.
          Jalek Swoll:  "It was kind of a tough day. I lacked a little bit but we'll have a good week and come back at Mount Morris. I've got a few things to focus on and try and be better with next weekend. I don't feel like speed wise I'm very far off. I've just got to get a little better endurance and a little of that sprint pace in the beginning and we'll be good. Other than results not looking so good I feel like I'm on the right progression."
          Talon Hawkins showed improved speed and consistency in Lakewood, finishing 14th in each moto. That also netted him his best overall finish to date (motocross or Supercross), with a 13th.
          Talon Hawkins:  "Colorado definitely was an insane one and not what I expected. This place is super-deep and has a lot of deep ruts. It was cool to get my feet wet and ride some ruts again. I ended up with my best finish of the year. I'm pretty happy about that. There's a lot of good to take away from it. I just need to be better next week and throughout this season. I ended up with a 14-14 for 13th overall. I'm ready to move on and get a little better every weekend."
          Next Event (Round 4): June 17, 2023 – High Point Raceway in Mount Morris, Penn.
          Round Three Results: Thunder Valley
          250 MX Results 1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda) 2-1
          2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 1-4
          3. Levi Kitchen (Yamaha) 5-2 … 9. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 8-7 10. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 10-10 13. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 14-14   450 MX Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 1-1
          2. Aaron Plessinger (KTM) 4-2
          3. Cooper Webb (KTM) 2-5
          250 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence – 137 points
          2. Justin Cooper – 121 points
          3. Haiden Deegan – 110 points

          5. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 94 points
          13. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 45 points
          16. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 25 points
          450 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Jett Lawrence – 150 points
          2. Dylan Ferrandis – 116 points
          3. Cooper Webb – 112 points

          33. Scott Meshey – 2 points

          RJ Hampshire leads Hangtown charge for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

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          Round two of the Pro Motocross series turned up the heat on the riders as they headed for their annual visit to the rolling foothills of California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada at Hangtown. 250 MX
          RJ Hampshire led the way for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, with his best qualifying effort of the season (2nd), and a pair of fifth-place moto finishes. He made the best of a pair of tough starts, and put together huge charges from near midpack in each moto aboard his FC250 to eventual 5-5 finishes for fifth overall. RJ Hampshire:  “I felt really good on the bike, I just had two terrible starts that kept us off the box. My riding was really good all day, from qualifying through both motos I felt awesome. But you can't do much when you start outside the top 15. It was probably the hardest 5-5 I've ever had in my life. We'll go back home to Florida after this weekend and we'll look forward to getting some better starts in Colorado and being where we should be.” Jalek Swoll continues to build speed and confidence after returning to racing following off-season injuries and carded a ninth and eleventh in his two motos that weren’t really indicative of where he raced most of the day. After finishing ninth in moto one, he ran third for much of the second moto before a pair of costly mistakes dropped him just outside of the top ten. But a top ten overall was his best result of the season and added optimism for the races ahead. Jalek Swoll:  “I'd say it was a step in the right direction. I wish I could have gotten a good start in the first moto and learned more of that pace, but I had a mid-pack start and got ninth. It's something to build off. In the second moto, I felt pretty good in the beginning. I got a really good start and ran third about half the moto. I had a pretty close call where I went off the track and lost a few positions. After that it was survival. But I hung around fifth for a while and had a tip-over and it put me back to tenth and that's where I finished. It sucks to fall and have a little mishap off the track, but it's good to see some light at the end of the tunnel and some progression. All is well and we'll keep the building blocks going.” Talon Hawkins is still learning the ropes of the Pro Motocross series but saved his best result for the tough and hot second moto, where he finished 15th.
          Talon Hawkins:  “It was pretty good. There's definitely a lot to work on. I need to be doing more motos and the cardio needs to be a little better, so I'm ready to get back out to the Baker's Factory this week and work on that. There's a lot to work on, but it was a step in the right direction. I did better than last weekend, and that's all I can ask for is to do better every weekend. I'm looking forward to this next weekend out in Colorado with the high elevation. We'll be ready to go.”
          Next Event (Round 3):  June 10, 2023 – Thunder Valley Motocross in Lakewood, Colo.
          Round X Results: Hangtown
          250 MX Results 1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 3-1
          2. Justin Cooper (Yamaha), 2-2
          3. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 1-4
          … 5. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 5-5 9. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 9-11 18. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 21-15
          29. Kai Aiello (Husqvarna) 31-26
          39. Jaret Finch (Husqvarna)40-34
          40. Brantley Schnell (Husqvarna) 38-37 450 MX Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
          2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 2-3
          3. Cooper Webb (KTM), 4-22
          … 23. Scott Meshey (Husqvarna)  40-19 250 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence – 90 points
          2. Haiden Deegan – 80 points
          3. Justin Cooper – 78 points
          … 5. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing , 67 points
          14. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing,  23 points
          19. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing,  11 points 450 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Jett Lawrence – 100 points
          2. Dylan Ferrandis – 82 points
          3. Cooper Webb – 74 points

          RJ Hampshire takes 250 moto win in Pro Motocross season opener

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          With both 450 riders on the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team still on the mend, it was an all-250cc effort for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team as the series headed to Pala, California, for round one of the AMA Pro Motocross series. Fortunately, it was a three-rider effort, as Jalek Swoll returned to action after sitting out the Supercross season due to injury. 250 MX
          When the gate dropped for the first moto, Jalek Swoll and RJ Hampshire quickly showed off their starting prowess, as well as the power of their Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing TeamFC250s, as they rounded the first turn in the top two spots. After running in second position for the first two laps, Hampshire took over the lead, which he held to the finish for the win.

          Unfortunately, in moto two a pair of crashes early in the race had him at the very tail end of the field. But never being one to give up, RJ charged all the way to 11th, which combined with his win in the first moto win, gave him third overall on the day.

          "For the first round of the outdoors, I was so excited to come here and race,” said  Hampshire . “It started off with a great start in the first moto. I've never felt like that out front where things felt that easy and I didn't really have to get out of my comfort zone. Coming into the second moto I was going to try and do the same thing and it's on me. I botched that start and was still kind of decent, but the second turn was mayhem and I ended up going down. I made up a bunch of passes right away, and then someone else got a little whiskey throttle and I clipped their rear tire going up the steep hill in the back. Then I had my work cut out for me. I was in last by quite a bit. I knew I had to put my head down and I was charging hard. I didn't know if I had a shot at the podium. I had another little crash near the end, but I'm pretty stoked on the whole day. I'm really happy with the bike, where we're at, our mentality. It's going to be a good year and I'm so damn proud of this team.” After his first moto holeshot, Jalek Swoll had a crash that force him out of moto one, but despite he was able to return to score his first points of the season with a 20th-place finish in moto two.
          “This was my first race back in pretty much a year, and it just felt good to get gate drops,” said Swoll . “Watching from the couch was not fun. Just being out here, 100 percent or not was the goal. The starts were pretty good. I was stoked about that and other than the first moto fall I feel today could have been really good. We'll get healed up, come back a little bit stronger, get some good motos under my belt, and start clicking off some goals this year. My confidence is still there. I feel like I can compete at the top level, so we'll take the starts and the little bit of momentum that was caught today to Hangtown.”
          For rookie Talon Hawkins, this was his first crack at a Pro Motocross National, and he finished the day with a 20-17 score, and 19th overall.
          “Round one was pretty good, and there's a lot of good to take from it,” said Hawkins . “I needed a better start in that first moto. I got the better start in the second moto, I just didn't ride the way I know how. We're going to work on that this next week and hopefully make something happen next weekend. I'm excited, and this was a good race for me to build off of as we head into the next rounds.“
          Next Event (Round 2) : June 3, 2023 – Prairie City SVRA in Rancho Cordova, Calif. Round 1 Results: Fox Raceway 250 MX Results 1. Hunter Lawrence (Honda), 3-1
          2. Haiden Deegan (Yamaha), 6-2
          3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 1-11  
          … 20. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 20-17 21. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 40-20   450 MX Results 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda), 1-1
          2. Chase Sexton (Honda), 2-2
          3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 3-3
          … 35. Scott Meshey (Husqvarna) 28-37

          250 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Hunter Lawrence – 45 points
          2. Haiden Deegan – 37 points
          3. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 35 points … 20. Talon Hawkins – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 5 points 21. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 1 point      450 MX Rider Point Standings
          1. Jett Lawrence – 50 points
          2. Chase Sexton – 44 points
          3. Dylan Ferrandis – 40 points

          RJ Hampshire scores Mile High win in Denver Supercross

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          The last time we saw RJ Hampshire in action, he was coated in mud from head to toe after a last-ditch effort to make a final corner pass in New Jersey. Heading into the penultimate round of the 2023 AMA Supercross season in Denver, RJ and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team were looking for the win that had been oh-so-close but had proven elusive thus far. 250 SX
          When the gate dropped for the main event, RJ Hampshire got a great start on his FC250 and was in the top three. He quickly moved into second place and began reeling in the leader. Near the midway point, he made a move for the lead and was there briefly before running out of room on the edge of the track. Once returning to the racing surface he was several seconds behind the lead, but was the fastest rider on the track. His never say die attitude paid off, and with a pair of laps left in the main, he moved back into the lead for good, scoring his first win of the season. “It was an awesome day. I'm super-stoked for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, and to knock one of these wins off before the season is over was huge. We've built a lot of momentum; man; I don't take these for granted. I know how much work goes into this from the team side and myself, this motorcycle, and all our supporters. It's just really nice to give them a win... a little payback for all they do for us,”  said Hampshire . “I wasn't that fast in qualifying and didn't win my heat race. But I just had that feeling today that I would get it done. I had that big mistake about midway through the main event, but I really put a charge on there at the end and at least gave myself an opportunity to have a shot at the win. Sure enough, we pulled it off.” 450 SX It’s been more evident than ever during the last couple of weeks that part of the challenge of the AMA Supercross season is making it to the end unscathed.  The 450 side of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team is working hard to be back on track with their FC 450 Rockstar Editions as soon as possible. Next Event (Round 17):  May 13, 2023 – Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah Round 16 Results: Denver
          250 SX West Results
          1. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
          2. Levi Kitchen (Yamaha)
          3. Jett Lawrence (Honda)   250 SX West Rider Point Standings 1. Jett Lawrence – 197 points
          2. RJ Hampshire – 163 points
          3. Enzo Lopes – 137 points 450 SX Rider Point Standings 1. Chase Sexton – 346 points
          2. Eli Tomac – 339 points
          3. Cooper Webb – 304 points

          11. Christian Craig – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 150 points
          29. RJ Hampshire – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 15 points
          31. Malcolm Stewart – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 15 points

          Third overall for Luciano Benavides at 2023 Sonora Rally

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides has placed third overall at the 2023 Sonora Rally – round three of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship. The result elevates the Argentinian to second in the championship standings, where he trails the leader by just seven points. After a solid but steady start to his 2023 Sonora Rally campaign, Luciano Benavides slowly increased his pace as the race progressed. Two eighth-place results were then followed by a fifth place on day three before the Argentinian delivered his first top-three of the event on Thursday. Going into the final day, Benavides was third overall, holding a narrow 39-second advantage over fourth-placed Toby Price.

          With Price leading out on Friday, Luciano put all his focus on closing down the gap to the Australian ahead and securing a podium result, and that’s exactly what he did. Putting in a super-strong ride on the sandy tracks of the 139-kilometre timed special and without making any mistakes, Benavides secured another top-three stage result to finish the rally in an impressive third place overall.

          Now lying second in the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship standings, Luciano looks ahead to his home race, round four’s Desafio Ruta 40 held in Argentina from August 26.

          2022 Sonora Rally Champion Skyler Howes made an impressive start to his title defence only for it to come to a halt when a crash early on stage two resulted in him suffering shoulder injuries. The American star is still waiting on further tests to understand whether surgery is needed and the possible recovery time.

          Luciano Benavides:   “The last stage has gone really well for me, it was another battle with Toby, right to the end. I knew I would have to push all day, so I gave 100 percent and thankfully it all paid off and I’ve finished on the podium. Toby made a small mistake there at the end, which was tough, but it worked out for me and means I get some really important points for the championship, where I think I’ve moved up to second now. We have a break of a few months before the next round, which will be my home race. The team won’t stop working so hopefully we can improve things even more and carry this momentum into Argentina in August.”

          Norbert Stadlbauer – Rally Team Manager:   “The Sonora Rally has been a tough and challenging addition to the W2RC calendar with some fast stages with lots of tricky terrain. It’s been a mixed event for Husqvarna Factory Racing – on one hand, Skyler crashed out on day two, injuring his shoulder. We wish him well for a fast recovery. On the positive side, Luciano has ridden and amazing race, delivering day after day of strong results to ultimately finish on the podium. He also moves up to second in the championship standings, which is hugely encouraging ahead of his home event in Argentina.”

          2023 Sonora Rally – Stage 5 Provisional Classification

          1. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 1:14:01
          2. Tosha Schareina (Honda) 1:16:42 +2:41
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 1:16:54 +2:53
          4. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 1:17:03 +3:02
          5. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 1:18:07 +4:06
          6. Toby Price (KTM) 1:18:42 +4:41

          2023 Sonora Rally – Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 5]

          1. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 11:01:09
          2. Tosha Schareina (Honda) 11:09:32 +8:23
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 11:18:25 +17:16
          4. Toby Price (KTM) 11:20:52 +19:43
          5. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 11:24:09 +23:00
          6. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 11:28:23 +27:14

          2023 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship Standings [After Round 3]

          1. Toby Price (KTM) 62 points
          2. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 55 pts
          3. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 53 pts
          4. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 43 pts
          5. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 39 pts
          6. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 34 pts

          Top-five result for Luciano Benavides on Sonora Rally day three

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides has placed fifth on stage three of the Sonora Rally – round three of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship. Putting in arguably his strongest performance of the event so far, the FR 450 Rally rider converted his eighth-place start position into a top-five result after a gruelling three and a half hours in the saddle. Totalling 466 kilometres and including the longest special of this year’s event at an exhausting 350 kilometres, stage three of the Sonora Rally marked the halfway point of the Mexican race. Keeping his focus for the entire day, Benavides showed his class by making a solid start before increasing his pace towards the end to close in on the leaders.

          Luciano’s time today was actually the third quickest, but after bonuses were applied to several riders for leading out, the Argentinian dropped to fifth with an eight-minute deficit to the provisional stage winner. The Husqvarna Factory Racing rider now lies in third place overall and with two stages left to contest will be giving his all to defend his podium position.

          Luciano Benavides:   “The longest stage of the rally and it was a real mixture of terrain with dunes, camel grass, and broken pistes. It felt like a true Dakar stage today. I think I did a good job – I was able to catch my brother around kilometre 60 and eventually got past him and out of the dust. Towards the end it got really slippery, and I might have lost a little time, but I was focused on making it to the finish. Third overall now, which is great, so I’ll keep on pushing to the end.”

          2023 Sonora Rally – Stage 3 Provisional Classification

          1. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 3:25:08
          2. Tosha Schareina (Honda) 3:31:46
          3. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:31:48
          4. Toby Price (KTM) 3:32:48
          5. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:33:30 
          6. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 3:34:44

          2023 Sonora Rally – Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 3]

          1. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 7:12:07
          2. Tosha Schareina (Honda) 7:19:06
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 7:27:18
          4. Toby Price (KTM) 7:28:49
          5. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 7:29:24
          6. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 7:29:42

          Third place result for Skyler Howes on ADDC Stage three

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Skyler Howes has put in another strong ride at the 2023 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge to secure his second consecutive third-place finish at the tough FIM World Rally-Raid Championship event. Battling through the rougher, more physically demanding terrain of stage three, Howes completed today’s special just 19 seconds down on the winner. Opening much of the stage, Luciano Benavides did an exceptional job with his navigation to finish in eighth place, less than four minutes down on Howes. It was a tough day in the desert today for all riders, with a 266-kilometre timed special delivering a more motocross-like experience due to the harder-going ground and tracks of the looped stage. Thankfully temperatures were lower due to consistent cloud cover, but with the day marking the second half of the event’s marathon stage, competitors were tested to their limits both mentally and physically.

          Despite the gruelling conditions, Skyler Howes delivered another consistent ride to complete the stage in third. The American, who set off third into the special, held his own while racing up near the front of the pack, and after collecting just over two minutes in bonuses, secured a top-three result for the second stage in a row, narrowly missing out on the stage win by just 19 seconds. The result moves Skyler from eighth to fifth in the provisional overall standings.

          Following on from his day two win, Luciano was first into today’s stage and led out much of the special. After being caught by Jose Ignacio Cornejo at around kilometre eighty, the two rivals raced head-to-head at the lead of the group, fighting to claim the all-important time bonuses for opening the stage. As such, the pace at the front was high, with Benavides ultimately finishing in eighth place and losing under four minutes to the eventual stage winner. The Argentinian currently lies in seventh overall but will enjoy a strong start position for Thursday’s stage four – the penultimate day of the race.

          Skyler Howes:   “That was a really tough stage today, I’m definitely feeling the fatigue to my whole body. It was also overcast with a lot of cloud cover and that makes visibility in the dunes really bad, so it’s difficult to see any dune cuts, or much of anything for that matter. I caught up with the guys in front just before the refuelling, but it was definitely Luciano and Nacho (Cornejo) that took the reins opening the stage and did a really good job keeping the pace high. I’m actually quite happy with the day, but man it was physically demanding for sure. I’m looking forward to getting a bit of rest now ahead of the final two days.”

          Luciano Benavides:   “For me, the weather was a lot better today as it was cloudy, and the temperature was a lot lower. It was a really tough day in the desert, with the stage today being more motocross style with less larger dunes. I opened half of the stage, more or less, with me and Nacho (Cornejo) swapping positions at the front. As the time bonuses are bigger for whoever is leading at each waypoint, we really were racing hard to each of them, which was good for the overall pace. So yeah, it was full gas all day, I think I did a good job opening, and now I have a good start position for tomorrow, so I’ll try and make up some time.”

          2023 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – Stage 3 Provisional Classification

          1. Toby Price (KTM) 3:43:29
          2. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 3:43:45
          3. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:43:48
          4. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 3:44:04
          5. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 3:44:32
          6. Ross Branch (Hero) 3:46:32

          8. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:47:25

          2023 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 3]

          1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 10:55:02
          2. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 10:55:45
          3. Toby Price (KTM) 10:57:58
          4. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 10:58:02
          5. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 11:00:07
          6. Ross Branch (Hero) 11:00:56

          7. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 11:01:22

          Third place on Dakar stage 13 for Luciano Benavides

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides has delivered another stunning performance at the 2023 Dakar Rally, placing third fastest on the 675-kilometre stage 13. Teammate Skyler Howes steered his FR 450 Rally to seventh place and now lies third overall in the provisional overall standings, less than two minutes behind the leader. It was another tough day in the desert for all riders as they completed the 13th stage of this epic 45th running of the Dakar Rally. As the event left the dunes of the Empty Quarter and headed to Al Hofuf, competitors raced 154 kilometres against the clock, which were followed by a long liaison to reach the bivouac.

          Luciano Benavides, pushing hard right from the start of the special, was immediately in contention to take his fourth stage win at this year’s Dakar. Initially fastest across the finish line, a one-minute penalty dropped the number 77 to second, which was then corrected to third place after Luciano’s brother Kevin was rewarded time lost for assisting a fallen rider.

          Although slightly disappointed not to have taken another stage win, Luciano was more than happy with the way he has ridden the featureless Empty Quarter region and is now looking to finish his race on a high with another strong ride on tomorrow’s final stage 14.

          Still well in the hunt for overall victory at this year’s Dakar, Skyler Howes was the sixth rider through the gate this morning and maintained a strong pace to the finish, despite a couple of errors along the way. The American has dropped down to third overall in the provisional overall standings, but he trails the leader by just one minute and 31 seconds and will have one final opportunity to make up time on his rivals on the rally’s 14th stage tomorrow.

          Luciano Benavides:   “The stage was good – around 150 kilometres of dunes. I had a small crash near the beginning, possibly from pushing a little too hard. But after that, I found my rhythm and was able to push again. Midway through the stage I saw Matthias (Walkner) on the ground with the helicopter. Obviously, I hope everything is ok with him and wish him a speedy recovery. After that, I carried on to the finish and think I did a good job. It wasn’t quite enough to win the stage, but I’m happy with how I rode.”

          Skyler Howes:   “Well, I definitely gave my all today – I pushed right from the start as hard as I could. When I saw that Walkner had crashed, it affected my focus a little bit. There were some really big dunes today, I had big jumps off the top of them myself, too. That was a bit of a deciding factor, I really wanted to push and try and get the win, but I want to make sure that I can complete the race as well. I missed one waypoint later on, and that meant circling around to pick it up, so I lost a little bit of time there. I’m still in the fight for the win, and I have to be super happy with how this race as gone up to this point. I can never look back and say I didn’t try my best. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, it’s going to be a short but fast stage with little scope to make up time I think, so the goal is to get my Husqvarna to the finish line in one piece and hopefully in a good position.”

          2023 Dakar Rally – Stage 13 Provisional Classification

          1. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 2:21:47
          2. Michael Docherty (Husqvarna) 2:22:14
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 2:22:44
          4. Adrian Van Beveren (Honda) 2:23:52
          5. Toby Price (KTM) 2:24:15
          6. Romain Dumontier (Husqvarna) 2:24:19

          7. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 2:25:18

          2023 Dakar – Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 13]

          1. Toby Price (KTM) 43:11:51
          2. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 43:12:03
          3. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 43:13:22
          4. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 43:27:42
          5. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 43:27:50
          6. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 43:30:20

          Strong stage 12 for Husqvarna Factory Racing riders at 2023 Dakar Rally

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Skyler Howes and Luciano Benavides have safely completed the two-day marathon stage at the 2023 Dakar Rally. On stage 12 today, Skyler Howes finished as sixth quickest and now lies second in the overall standings – just 28 seconds off the lead after close to 41 hours of racing. Luciano Benavides opened the special today, a result of his stage win on day 11 – the Argentinian placed 12th and lies sixth overall going into the final two days of the race. Despite the pressure of being well in the fight for victory at the 2023 Dakar Rally, Skyler Howes has delivered another cool, calculated ride in Saudi Arabia to complete stage 12 in sixth position and minimise his deficit to the provisional rally leader. His stand-out ride at this year’s event continues as the likeable American now lies in a strong second overall, and with his two closest rivals starting ahead of him on tomorrow’s stage 13, Skyler is perfectly placed to attack.

          Also enjoying his time racing through the dunes of the Empty Quarter, Luciano Benavides did another stellar job opening the special today, following his win on stage 11. Benavides stayed focused throughout the 185 kilometres raced against the clock, to complete the stage as 12th fastest, a mere four minutes and 20 seconds down. An incredible performance by the number 77 who is on-course to equal or better his best ever Dakar result.

          Skyler Howes:   “A good stage for me today. The Empty Quarter really does live up to its name – just an endless sea of dunes. It’s really exciting to go into the last couple of days with the race so close. Both halves of the marathon stage went well – I think I was able to ride both days at a good, consistent pace. I was able to preserve myself and the bike without any issues, which is super important. So now I’m looking ahead at the last two stages of the race. Neither of them are very long, so with things so tight on the leaderboard, I really think this battle is going to run right up to the finish line.”

          Luciano Benavides:   “Yesterday was an amazing stage for me. My third stage win at the Dakar and I really had a lot of fun racing through the desert, jumping off all the dunes. Obviously today I had to open the stage, but I’m really happy as I think I did a good job and didn’t lose much time at all in the overall. The stage was very similar to yesterday, I just had to take extra care not to make any navigation mistakes and I had to focus on reading the terrain well, too. I’ll get a bit of rest now before tomorrow, where I’ve got another strong start position, so another push, and I hope to finish the day in a strong position.”

          2023 Dakar Rally – Stage 12 Provisional Classification

          1. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 1:57:27
          2. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 1:58:16
          3. Toby Price (KTM) 1:59:25
          4. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 1:59:32
          5. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 1:59:49
          6. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 2:00:21

          12. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 2:01:47

          2023 Dakar – Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 12]

          1. Toby Price (KTM) 40:47:36
          2. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 40:48:04
          3. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 40:50:16
          4. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 41:02:30
          5. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 41:03:50
          6. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 41:07:36

          RJ HAMPSHIRE DELIVERS RUNNER-UP FINISH AT ANAHEIM 1 SX

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          Making the trek to Angel Stadium is an annual tradition for the AMA Supercross Championship, but this year added a new layer of intrigue, as it was also the kickoff of the new SuperMotocross era, where the Supercross and Pro Motocross seasons link together for the first time. RJ Hampshire topped the results for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team, where tough track conditions brought on by an unusual string of rainy days in Southern California made it extremely challenging for all the riders. 250SX Part of the mystery of any season-opener is to see how all the riders stack up, and the night started off in the best way possible for RJ Hampshire, with a win in his heat race packed with talented title contenders. When the gate dropped for the 250SX Main Event, Hampshire started off in the fourth position, but methodically moved forward. With less than two minutes left to go, he moved into the second spot and finished slightly over five seconds behind the top spot. "Man, we had an awesome day,"  Hampshire said.  "From start to finish we were solid. I felt like my riding was really good. My starts were decent, and it was a solid start to the season with a P2. We'll take it and lead into Oakland. Hopefully, we can do it again." 450SX Malcolm Stewart experienced a little bit of everything during the 450SX Main Event. Nearing the halfway point, he took advantage of a bobble by last season’s champion and took over the lead for several laps. Later, contact with another rider forced him off the track. In the closing stages of the main, he had a crash that dropped him to the back of the pack. But even with the tough finish, he was left with a positive impression at the start of the season. "The day started out pretty slow. I didn't really ride that well in practice and the track was pretty tough, but I got to a point where I was like, 'You know what? I just need to turn this dayaround,' because I felt like I work too hard to get to this point,"  Stewart said.  "I  got a decent start in the main event, and just did the best I could. I started riding, clicking off laps, making some good passes, and smart choices. I was leading the main for a while, which was amazing. I don't think I've done that in my whole entire career. Just having all that pressure and dealing with it, if anything brings confidence to me because I know where I belong. I'm very proud of myself. Unfortunately, we did have a crash with three laps to go. It was a big crash for sure. I'm glad that I'm healthy and walked away from it, so we live to fight another day and I'm more proud of myself because of how my day was going and me turning it around and going like that, and doing what I'm supposed to do just brings more confidence for me. I'm looking forward to Oakland."
          For the newest member of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team, Christian Craig, it was a tough way to start the season, finishing 13th on the night in the 450 class.
          "A1's done and it was a rough day for me,"  Craig said.  "I started off good in practice and then had a pretty big crash in the whoops and from there on out it was a struggle. I rode tight and not like myself. I’m pretty frustrated with the night, but we're healthy, we're moving on, and only up from here. I've just got to work on starting up front and putting myself in a good position to battle more next week."
          Next Event (Round 2):  1/14/23 – RingCentral Coliseum Round 1 Results: Anaheim, California 250SX West – Main Event 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda)
          2. RJ Hampshire - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
          3. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 450SX – Main Event 1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha)
          2. Cooper Webb (KTM)
          3. Chase Sexton (Honda)
          …  
          13. Christian Craig  - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
          22. Malcolm Stewart  - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 450SX Championship Standings – After Round 1 1. Eli Tomac (Yamaha) 26 pts
          2. Cooper Webb (KTM) 23 pts
          3. Chase Sexton (Honda) 21 pts
          … 
          13.  Christian Craig  - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 10 pts
          22.  Malcolm Stewart  - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, 1 pts 250SX West  Championship Standings – After Round 1 1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 26 pts
          2. RJ Hampshire -  Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing,  23 pts
          3. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 21 pts

          Husqvarna Factory Racing all set for 2023 Dakar Rally

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Skyler Howes and Luciano Benavides are excited to get their 2023 Dakar Rally campaigns underway. Following their stellar 2022 season, both FR 450 Rally riders are motivated and confident ahead of the start of the opening round of the 2023 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship, held in Saudi Arabia. Coming into the 2023 Dakar Rally, Skyler Howes has shown incredible pace over the past 12 months, including a win at the tough Rallye du Maroc – Howes’ first world championship victory. The speed and results are due in part to the hard work put in by the whole team in developing the latest 2023 model FR 450 Rally.

          Feeling fit and better prepared than ever to take on the gruelling 8,500 kilometres of the 2023 Dakar, the American is fully focused on delivering his best ever performance at the iconic event. With 14 full stages to cover and over 4,700 kilometres raced against the clock, Howes feels the long nature of the rally, as well as the increased value placed on accurate navigation, should suit his skills and style.

          Having also enjoyed a stand-out 2022 season in which he claimed podium results in Morocco and Andalucia, Luciano Benavides is on top form and hungry for success at the Dakar. The 2022 event didn’t go as planned for the Argentinian as he suffered from the same first day navigational issue that caught out many of the front runners. However, quickly regrouping and fighting back up the order gave Benavides the confidence he needed to attack the remainder of the season.

          Finding the changes and development made to the FR 450 Rally perfectly suited to his riding style, Luciano feels comfortable to push hard over all varied terrain while also being able to focus on his navigation – something that could prove key over the course the long, upcoming race. With added rule changes that reward riders who open stages coming into effect in 2023, strategy and the ability to read the terrain, and the road book, will be more important than ever.

          The 2023 Dakar Rally starts with a short 11-kilometre prologue on December 31 to decide the start order for stage one. The event then covers 14 full days of racing with riders covering a total distance of 8,549 kilometres, 4,706 of which will be timed special stages raced against the clock. The rally comes to a close on Sunday, January 15 in Dammam.

          Skyler Howes:   “I’m really looking forward to beginning the 2023 Dakar Rally adventure that awaits us. I’m super excited to get started actually, this year I feel a lot more relaxed than at previous Dakars, and that is great for my confidence. Of course, there is still a lot of riding and racing that faces us over the next two weeks or so, and it’s definitely going to be a tough Dakar. But it’s these longer, more challenging events that seem to suit my riding and my mindset. There are going to be a lot of changes this year with new the rules and that means different strategies, but I think it’s good. It’s always tricky when they bring in these rule changes, but we’re all in the same boat here and we’ll have to figure it out as best we can. At the end of the day, all I can do is my best, and that’s what I plan to do – have a cool, fun time racing my Husqvarna through Saudi Arabia.”

          Luciano Benavides:   “We’re almost ready for the start of the race now. I have prepared more than ever for the 2023 race, and I’m in a really good place to give the event my absolute best. It’s going to be a really long race this year – the longest for around eight years – it means it’s going to be a really tough Dakar, especially the second week through the dunes of the Empty Quarter. Mentally and physically I’m feeling good, and my pace has been really competitive over the course of 2022. I truly feel I have a good shot at securing a top result, I just need to remain focused each day and not make any mistakes as I think they will have a huge impact this year.”

          Billy Bolt Dominates SuperEnduro Championship Opener In Poland

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt got his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship title defence off to a perfect start with victory at round one in Poland. In what was his first return to racing following a five-month injury, Bolt won all three Prestige races in Krakow, along with topping the SuperPole hot lap, to make it a clean sweep at the season opener. Dominating the SuperPole hot lap by nearly one and a half seconds, Billy earned himself the first gate pick for the opening Prestige race of the night. Despite it marking his first competitive outing in over five months, the FE 350 mounted rider was quick to show everyone that he’d lost none of his race craft. Taking control of the lead, the Husqvarna rider checked out to secure the first race win of the night in Krakow.

          With the grid order reversed for the second Prestige race, Billy opted for a steady start from row two before carefully cutting his way through the field with rapid precision. Working safe, clean overtakes, he quickly moved to the front of the field. Once past leader Taddy Blazusiak, he upped his pace during the midway point to pull clear of his rivals for an eventual 30-second margin of victory.

          As the gate dropped on the third and final Prestige race in Krakow, Billy set his sights on making it a clean sweep of wins at round one and he didn’t disappoint. Although getting a little boxed in during the first few corners of lap one, the Brit remained calm and composed as he moved up to second. After a couple of laps battling with early leader Jonny Walker, Bolt soon put his Husqvarna out front and wasn’t headed.

          Claiming three wins from three starts at round one in Poland, the defending world champion has bounced back from injury in perfect style to establish himself as the rider to beat in the new SuperEnduro season.

          The FIM SuperEnduro World Championship continues with round two’s GP of Germany on January 7, 2023.

          Billy Bolt:   “I’m so pleased to be back racing, but to make my comeback with a clean sweep of wins and taking SuperPole is the dream start to the championship I had hoped for. It’s felt like a long and tough five months off the bike, but I’m chuffed to be back on the bike and racing hard again. It’s what I love to do. Although tonight went to plan, I feel like I’ve some work to do to get back to my very best. We’ve a couple of weeks until round two in Germany, so I’ll keep working hard to be even stronger there.”

          Results: FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 1

          Prestige Overall
          1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63pts;  2. Jonny Walker (Beta) 51pts; 3. Cody Webb (Sherco) 43pts; 4. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 43pts; 5. Cooper Abbott (Sherco) 31pts…

          Prestige Race 1
          1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:41.953;  2. Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:58.900; 3. Cody Webb (Sherco) 10 laps, 8:14.278…

          Prestige Race 2
          1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:25.807;  2. Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:55.102; 3. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 10 laps, 8:05.578…

          Prestige Race 3
          1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 7:19.638;  2. Jonny Walker (Beta) 10 laps, 7:41.718; 3. Cody Webb (Sherco) 10 laps, 7:49.157…

          Championship Standings (After round 1)
          1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 63pts;  2. Jonny Walker (Beta) 51pts; 3. Cody Webb (Sherco) 43pts; 4. Taddy Blazusiak (GASGAS) 43pts; 5. Cooper Abbott (Sherco) 31pts…

          Husqvarna Factory Racing set for 2023 Dakar Rally

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Skyler Howes and Luciano Benavides are in the final stages of their preparations ahead of January’s Dakar Rally. With both riders enjoying a stand-out 2022 season, the FR 450 Rally mounted teammates will be looking to carry their excellent form into the 14-stage rally, which starts in less than one month’s time. The 2023 event promises to be one of the toughest ever with long, timed specials and several new-for-2023 rule changes that will test the riders, and the team, to the maximum. The 2022 season didn’t start in the best way for either Benavides or Howes, with both riders enduring disappointing Dakars for different reasons. While Luciano spent the rally fighting back from a tough first day where he fell foul of some unpredictable navigation, Skyler crashed out of the event on day five. Both riders returned to action at round two of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship however, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, and claimed top-10 results after putting in strong performances while racing through the UAE desert.

          After a long summer break where the duo raced in several local events as well as spending weeks with the team developing and testing their FR 450 Rally machines, they resumed their world championship campaigns at round three in Morocco. It was during this second half of the season that all the hard work paid off, as Howes went on to claim his first ever world championship victory with a win at the Rallye du Maroc, leading Benavides home for a Husqvarna Factory Racing one-two. Then at the Andalucia Rally in Spain, Luciano secured a second consecutive world championship podium result with an excellent ride to third place.

          More than happy with the feel and performance of their machines, and both in top form physically, both Howes and Benavides now look ahead to the first round of the 2023 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship, namely the Dakar Rally, which starts on December 31st in Saudi Arabia. The 14-stage event promises to throw up several new challenges to all competitors in terms of long timed specials and even more technically demanding navigation. With just weeks to go before the event starts, Husqvarna Factory Racing are definitely up for the challenge.

          Skyler Howes:   “I’m super excited for Dakar 2023. The rule changes we’ll have, the longer format, and the tough navigation they are promising, that all suits me and my style well. It’s going to be tough, that’s for sure, but I’m ready to give it everything I have. It’s all in the past now, but I guess things started out pretty rough for me this season – having to withdraw from the Dakar on stage five was obviously a big blow and it took a long time to recover. I went into Abu Dhabi way less than 100% but was able to finish the event. After that things started to turn around – I took the win at the Silver State 300 and the Vegas to Reno races, which was great. But then the victory at the Rallye du Maroc was on another level. It was my first world championship win, and something I had dreamed about my whole career. Those results, along with all the testing I’ve done with the team and the development to the bike, man I’m going into the 2023 Dakar full of confidence. My own personal training has been going really well, too. We still have another team test to go in December, and then more work in the gym, but I’m really excited for Dakar 2023.”

          Luciano Benavides:   “The 2022 season has been the best year of my career so far. I finished fourth in the world championship and had two consecutive podiums in Morocco and Andalucia. That, as well as a stage win in Abu Dhabi while also opening three stages there has really raised my confidence. My Dakar back in January was good, too. Although the first day was tough, I was able to fight back from that time lost to secure a good finish. In terms of performance, I think I did a really good year and want to take that into the 2023 Dakar. Right now, I’m in the best form I’ve ever been in both mentally and physically. And my feeling on the bike is great, due to all the testing and development the team has done this year. Just a few weeks to go now and we’re in for the big one. I can’t wait to get started.”

          Norbert Stadlbauer – Rally Team Manager:   “The Husqvarna Factory Racing team have gone from strength to strength this season, both in terms of their outright speed in the world championship and in other national events where they have secured wins and podium results. The form that both Luciano and Skyler are in right now comes down to a lot of hard work and dedication, and I truly believe that the team will be right up there at the sharp end of the results when the 2023 Dakar comes to a close.”

          Robert Jonas – Head of Motorsports Offroad:   “We are really pleased with the progress of the Husqvarna Factory Racing team this year. In the latter half of the season, Skyler and Luciano have shown time and time again that they are to be counted with the world’s best. With another year of experience and strong results behind them, I have every faith that the team can look forward to delivering strong results at the upcoming Dakar Rally and throughout the 2023 FIM World Rally-Raid season.”

          Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Introduced Ahead Of 2023 Supermotocross World Championship Season

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          Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is proud to introduce its four-rider SuperMotocross World Championship roster entering the new season, consisting of newly signed Christian Craig and the returning Malcolm Stewart aboard the 2023 Husqvarna FC 450 Rockstar Edition, as well as RJ Hampshire and Jalek Swoll equipped with the Husqvarna FC 250. Officially launched on Tuesday at RD Field, where the team’s practice facility is based in Murrieta, Calif., all four Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team riders are eager for the gates to drop on the 2023 AMA Supercross season in Anaheim on January 7. From there, inclusive of Pro Motocross beginning in May, the newly introduced series will feature 31 events combined.
          As the current 250SX Western Regional Champion, 31-year-old Craig will transition to the 450SX division full-time in the upcoming season with momentum on his side. He has swiftly adapted to the FC 450 Rockstar Edition upon training with Aldon Baker at the Baker’s Factory and carries high hopes into both supercross and motocross.
          Malcolm Stewart, meanwhile, is set to continue his upward trajectory in what will be his second year with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. After finishing a career-high third in the 450SX standings this past season, complete with three podiums to his credit, expectations for the entire SuperMotocross World Championship are high for the 30-year-old rider.
          Christian Craig:  “This is year one on the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team and it's been good so far this pre-season. I moved the whole family to Clermont and started fresh with Aldon. We went straight into bootcamp, and it's been good so far. I’m just learning the bike, learning the program and just trying to build each day and get better. I’m getting more familiar with the bike every day and just keep grinding. Other than that, just doing the laps and getting ready for A1, trying to be as ready as possible.”
          Malcolm Stewart:  “I feel great going into the 2023 season with the team. I had a really good year last year for supercross and I felt like we were just getting the ball rolling. I just feel like, for me, it's all about being consistent, as I've always said. I’ve got better goals for myself and I think I got some personal stuff that I know I needed to do done. Being with the team again for another year on this bike, I feel like it's going to be a really good year, so I'm excited. I got a new teammate, Christian Craig, and I feel like he's going hold me accountable just like everybody else that's out there, so I can't wait to see how we do and I think it's going to be a great year for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.”
          It will be RJ Hampshire and Jalek Swoll who lead the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 250 class program into the SuperMotocross World Championship series, both continuing with the team and with the goal of competing for victory in the new year aboard their 2023 Husqvarna FC 250 race bikes.
          As for RJ Hampshire, this year also marks his fourth with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing and it is shaping up to be his best yet. The 26-year-old finished runner-up in the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship with a breakout Main Event win, followed by finishing fifth in 250MX, where he also managed to stand on top of the podium. Now, he is firmly targeting to contend for championships.
          At 22 years of age, Jalek Swoll enters his fourth term with the team in the professional ranks and is looking to put his experience into practice throughout both indoors and the outdoors. In 2022, he displayed top-five form in supercross and has hopes of building on those results in the 250SX and 250MX series.
          RJ Hampshire:  “We've had a really solid off-season so far since the beginning of December and I feel like we're about ready to go. We made a lot of progress with the bike and my comfort, so looking back on last year, I know we're in a good spot. Getting second in the championship was huge and I definitely feel like we can make a big jump forward. These guys have been working really hard ever since last year and we're in a really good spot, so I’m excited to go racing with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.”
          Jalek Swoll : “I’m really looking forward to this upcoming season with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team. We've gotten a lot more time on the bike and have had some really good days back in Florida training with Aldon and I’m feeling good about this season. I’m eager to get back into racing with the whole team and look forward to the fun of that whole deal. I’m excited for us riders to come out swinging hard and try to re-brand ourselves this year.”
          Nathan Ramsey , Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager:  “I’m very excited about the 2023 season. We’ve got a new addition to the team with Christian Craig, and three hard-working riders returning this year with Malcolm, RJ and Jalek back with us. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing is looking good, and the guys have been putting in a lot of work at the Baker’s Factory during the off-season. We’re excited to have Josh Hansen on-board doing some testing with the bikes. We’re feeling confident coming into the year and looking forward to getting it started.”

          Husqvarna Motorcycles casts away the covers of ambitious 2023 Grand Prix road racing effort

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          In the swift wake of its most successful season as part of the Moto3™ world championship series, Husqvarna Motorcycles has unveiled the colours for 2023 and the scale of the project to enter two Grand Prix categories next year. The LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP team welcomed guests, staff and riders to their base in Memmingen, Germany last week and threw away the covers from the FR 250 GP technology that will contest the Moto3 class (in the hands of racers Ayumu Sasaki and Collin Veijer) and the machinery that will front Husqvarna Motorcycles’ debut in the Moto2™ division (Darryn Binder and Lukas Tulovic on board). The brand has doubled down on their presence in the MotoGP series for 2023, encouraged by the results and progress of the Moto3 wing this year; notably the three wins in the Netherlands, Austria and Malaysia by Sasaki and John McPhee and a total of ten GP podium appearances. The meeting at Sepang, Malaysia, in particular, was a highlight thanks to the 1-2 classification by the Briton and the Japanese. Sasaki showed world championship form in the second half of the 2022 campaign and was one of the star draws during the gathering in Germany. Together with fresh team management the riders presented the new-look race bikes for the first time and the shade of Husqvarna Motorcycles white, blue and yellow that will be seen in winter testing and throughout the 21 dates of the 2023 calendar. Ayumu Sasaki : "2022 has been a lot of ups and downs for me, I had some injuries at the beginning of the year but luckily in the second part of the season, we had some fantastic races: we achieved nine podiums, and two wins and it turned out to be the best season in my career so far. Next year I am aiming to be within the top 3, if possible to fight for the championship, and I will do everything I can to achieve that." Collin Veijer: "I had an incredible season, especially at the start of the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup as I got my first podiums in the first couple of races. In FIM JuniorGP, I sustained an injury in the first race but in the summer break, we trained a lot and tried to fix everything which resulted in two victories in the category and three wins in the Rookies. I am super happy with 2022 and can't wait to start this new adventure. I hope to learn a lot from Ayumu next year but I need to make my own experiences and learn to improve myself from them." Darryn Binder : "It was a great opportunity to go straight to MotoGP in 2022 but I am very happy to be coming to Moto2 for the very first time. It will be another new adventure for me and I am hoping to make the most of it. I am really happy to join this team as there have been talks before and so it's great to finally come together. I am super-excited to get the 2023 season started and I hope that I can put all the experience I've gained in MotoGP this year into Moto2 and make the most of it and hope to secure some good results. When I first tested the Moto2 bike, it felt really good. I felt comfortable really quickly and after three days I already started to build up a good feeling. Step-by-step I understood what the Moto2 bikes needs and it's cool not to worry about too much electronics because you can just go out, ride and work on the setup. focus on your riding and improve with every exit. The testing was really positive which is why I can't wait to get the season started.” Lukas Tulovic : "I love the new colours of the bikes and I am sure we will stand out from the crowd. In the European Championship we were already at world championship level on some tracks and based on the riders who have entered Moto2 in 2022, I think you can also expect us to be in the top third of the pack. Of course we have to make steps and improve over the season but my goal is the top 10."

          Husqvarna Motorcycles caps best Moto3™ Grand Prix season with top five in Valencia

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          Ayumu Sasaki takes his FR 250 GP to 5th at the MotoGP™ finale in Spain to finish 2022 with 4th place in the Moto3 world championship standings. The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana represented the 25th time that MotoGP has descended into the circular ‘speedbowl’ setting of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, a short distance west of the city of Valencia. World championship riders and teams were competing in front of a largely Spanish audience (but a full attendance) for the fourth time this term but Valencia has long been a customary venue to bring the racing season to a close and counted on sunshine and warm temperatures for the twentieth and final fixture of 2022. The Sterilgarda Max Racing Team approached the last GP of their three-year tenure in ‘white and blue’ with Ayumu Sasaki chasing a top three championship ranking and John McPhee motivated for his final outing in the Moto3 division after his thrilling victory two weeks ago in Malaysia. Qualification went smoothly for the crew around the 4km layout with 14 corners and many of those tight and narrow: Sasaki ranked 5th to sit on the second row of the grid while McPhee was only fractions of a second away in 10th for a slot on the fourth line. Moto3 opened the race card at Valencia with 23 laps and the promise of a very close group vying for the right to the final chequered flag of 2022. Sasaki and McPhee slotted into the fourteen-rider third gaggle with hopes of 4th position. The Japanese had to constantly attack and defend but rode decently once more to obtain 5th; behind Dennis Foggia by four tenths of a second to accept a top four championship berth. McPhee had a busy run trying to elbow his way into the top ten and the Scot made it to the line in 11th for five points. In the wake of twenty Grands Prix with the expected highs (victories in the Netherlands, Austria and Malaysia and a total of ten podium appearances) and lows (injuries to both riders) Husqvarna Motorcycles was able to see both of its racers place 4th and 11th in the standings and the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team toast 3rd in the Teams’ contest. After the winter period, that will combine both private and official IRTA tests, Husqvarna Motorcycles will reappear in Moto3 and Moto2™ competition for the season-opening Grand Prix of Portugal in Portimao on March 26th 2023. Ayumu Sasaki : “It was a very good season and I want to thank all my team and the sponsors. It’s been my best championship so far. We went through some difficulties with injuries and we had some bad luck as well but the second part of the season was incredible with nine podiums and two wins. I struggled here but improved all weekend and finished P5. We collected a lot of data and learning this season for next year and I will have the same crew and same people and we will only have one target. We will start in our best way.” John McPhee : “An emotional race for me; my last in Moto3. It was nice to be fast and consistent all weekend. I felt competitive which is the best way to complete my final GP. A big thanks to the team and to everyone that supported me and stuck with me in the hard moments. I pushed 100% as always. I look forward to the next chapter of my career.”   Results – 2022 Moto3 World Championship, Final round   1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 38:10.406, 2. Deniz Öncü (KTM) +0.062, 3. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) +6.557, 5. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +14.574, 11. John McPhee (Husqvarna) +15.533   Final Moto3 world championship standings   1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 319pts, 2. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 257, 3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 246, 4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 238, 11. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 102

          NESTAAN HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING COMPLETE 2023 TEAM BY SIGNING LUCAS COENEN

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          Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing are excited to announce that Lucas Coenen has joined the squad ahead of the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship. Coenen, who hails from Belgium, is set to compete in the MX2 class aboard the proven FC 250. Coenen is one of the brightest talents to emerge from Europe in some time. Racing in the EMX250 class at fifteen years of age, he won seven of the final eight motos and secured second in the final classification. It was an impressive term aboard his FC 250 and such potential will be nurtured under the Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing awning. With Lucas Coenen added to their line-up, Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing will run a rather exciting trio in the 2023 FIM Motocross World Championship. Kay de Wolf and Roan van de Moosdijk will enter the new term, which begins with the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina on March 12, with title aspirations. Lucas Coenen:  "I am really excited to join Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing for the 2023 season! To start my MX2 career with a brand as prestigious as Husqvarna is an honour and I cannot wait to see what I can do on my FC 250." Rasmus Jorgensen (Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager):  "Adding Lucas Coenen to Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing is exciting for all of us; he was so impressive in the EMX250 class earlier this year and already on a Husqvarna. I'm very proud of the Husqvarna brand, and it makes a lot of sense to continue writing this story together! 2023 is shaping up to be a great year for the team. Kay and Roan are extremely motivated to put the unlucky 2022 season behind them and have set their sights on 2023. We are counting down to round one!"

          Luciano Benavides claims podium result at Andalucia Rally

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          Luciano Benavides has finished the 2022 Andalucia Rally in third place overall. A strong ride on the short, final stage of the Spanish event saw the Husqvarna Factory Racing rider secure his second consecutive event podium, claiming fourth overall in the final 2022 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship standings.

          Despite being short at just over 100 kilometres, the timed special on stage four of the Andalucia Rally delivered challenging terrain and navigation to all competitors for their final charge to the finish line. Due to his third-place result from Saturday’s stage three, Luciano Benavides entered the special with two riders ahead of him. With a three-minute deficit to the provisional leader of the rally coming into the final day, Benavides knew it would be tough to make up the time required, but nevertheless gave his all over the opening half of the stage.

          With the times extremely close between the top three, a small mistake by Luciano later in the special cost him several valuable seconds, and with a sizeable advantage to the fourth-placed competitor, Benavides decided to ease his pace slightly over the final kilometres to ensure a safe podium finish. Bringing his FR 450 Rally home just one and a half minutes behind the stage winner, the young Argentinian secured third place in the event, and with it, his second consecutive world championship podium.

          Following a tough start to the season, where he placed 13th at the Dakar Rally, Luciano delivered superb performances over the three subsequent rounds to ensure his top-four result in the championship rankings. A stage win at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was followed by a podium in Morocco and third place in Spain. On top form, Benavides now looks forward to the Dakar Rally next January. Joining his teammate in Saudi Arabia, Skyler Howes will also be aiming to carry the speed that took him to victory at the Rallye du Maroc into the first round of the 2023 season.

          Luciano Benavides:   “I’m happy to complete the last day of the rally – it was another crazy stage of hard navigation and really tough tracks. It was shorter than the previous days, but it was still quite challenging due to the tricky navigation and less visible pistes. There were also many, many rocks and stones, so it was hard to find a good rhythm. I made a little mistake near the end, but I knew if I stayed at a solid pace, my third place would be safe, so I eased off a little in the final kilometres to bring it home safely. To get back-to-back podiums from here and Morocco and to be able to share the podium with my brother feels great, and the result has moved me up to fourth in the world championship, so I’m really pleased with that, too. It’s important to finish the season strong, with good speed and no injuries, so the plan now is to carry this form to Dakar.”

          2022 Andalucia Rally – Stage 4 Provisional Classification

          1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 1:22:53
          2. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 1:23:09
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 1:24:24
          4. Tosha Schareina (KTM) 1:24:36
          5. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 1:24:53
          6. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 1:25:00

          2022 Andalucia Rally – Provisional Overall Classification (after stage 4)

          1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 9:58:48
          2. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 10:02:02 +3:14
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 10:05:25
          4. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 10:11:43
          5. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 10:14:10
          6. Tosha Schareina (KTM) 10:17:22

          Sparking 1-2 as Husqvarna Motorcycles excel at Malaysian Grand Prix

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          Victory for John McPhee and 2nd place for Ayumu Sasaki as MotoGP™ rushes through the stifling humidity of the Sepang International Circuit. The nineteenth and second-to-last Grand Prix of the 2022 MotoGP world championship campaign brought the eastern global stint of the series to an end as Malaysia and the Sepang International Circuit made a popular and overdue return to the schedule. The Moto3 teams and riders had to reacquaint themselves with the oppressive heat of the site close to Kuala Lumpur and the ever-present threat of heavy rain spells. Comprehensive set-up work to deal with the two long straights and diversity of the 15 corners was also in order as the Sepang offered contrasting flow and demands compared to Phillip Island in Australia the previous weekend. The Sterilgarda Max Racing team watched Ayumu Sasaki get down to business as the Japanese again worked with the FR 250 GP to lodge his name and number near the top of the time sheets throughout Free Practice as the Moto3 field avoided the worst of the showery climate on Friday. Sasaki ended-up with 7th place on the start grid after Q2 on Saturday while John McPhee dealt with a few issues to labour to the eighth row. Moto3 was run through 17 gripping laps at midday on Sunday. The onus on slipstreaming and keeping a slot in the leading group through consistency and tyre preservation were vital skills. Sasaki started conservatively, especially considering rain in the morning has left the track damp in places. He soon found another gear to shift from the edge of the top ten into contention for the lead with six laps to go. McPhee was able to regain ground to slot in the second gaggle. The experience Scot then rode hard to break free and join the leaders, staring at a very small gap to 7th position. Riccardo Rossi’s crash then allowed him to merge with the group. The final Moto3 push was chaotic and unpredictable as always but McPhee’s sensational inside line to gain four places with two corners to go was the difference. He held onto P1 despite a last-gasp attack from his teammate into Turn 15 and sealed his fourth career victory and the first in Husqvarna Motorcycles colours by four hundredths of a second. The result marked the third triumph for the team this season. Sasaki’s 2nd place was his ninth podium of 2022. With 227 points Sasaki still has a chance of reaching 2nd place in the world championship standings as the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana will represent the last chance and final sprint of the term in two weeks. The Circuito Ricardo Tormo in Spain will offer a maximum of 25 points and the opportunity for the Japanese to add to his tally. McPhee had risen to 16th prior to the outing in Malaysia and is now 10th. The Husqvarna Motorcycles squad have classified 3rd in the Teams’ contest for 2022. John McPhee : “I’m proud of myself, I dug so deep. It has been such a tough season and weekend here. It was a tough day yesterday but now I’m so happy for the guys who have been supporting me. One last win in Moto3 but we still have another chance in Valencia.” Ayumu Sasaki : “Today I gave everything. I heard that Dietrich [Mateschitz] had passed away and I just wanted to give this race to him. I pushed for all I could and will always give my wings for the championship! At least it was John who beat me today! I know it hasn’t been the easiest season for him. I tried to pass at the end but was a bit too hot into the last corner. I’m happy anyway!”   Results – 2022 Moto3 World Championship, Round 19   1. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 38:04.589, 2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +0.048 , 3. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) +0.146   Moto3 world championship standings   1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 294pts, 2. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 241, 3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 233, 4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 227, 10. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 97

          Luciano Benavides places third on Andalucia Rally stage three

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          Luciano Benavides has put in a solid ride on the long stage three of the Andalucia Rally to place third overall. Despite a crash in the second half of the timed special, the Husqvarna Factory Racing rider was able to complete the day inside the top three, finishing just over three minutes down on the winner.   Luciano Benavides has put in a solid ride on the long stage three of the Andalucia Rally to place third overall. Despite a crash in the second half of the timed special, the Husqvarna Factory Racing rider was able to complete the day inside the top three, finishing just over three minutes down on the winner.

          The longest stage of the event started well for Benavides. After a short delay due to the weather, the FR 450 Rally rider was the third competitor to enter the 284-kilometre timed special and immediately delivered a pace that secured his position inside the top three. Feeling comfortable, despite the unpredictable and slippery tracks that made up the first half of the stage, Luciano reached the refuelling point as third fastest.

          Setting off again and looking to improve his position, a small crash resulted in the young Argentinian losing several minutes to his rivals. Thankfully, despite being in some discomfort, Benavides was able to safely complete the stage in an excellent third place.

          With one day of the event left to contest, Luciano lies third overall, just over five minutes down on the provisional leader. Sunday’s 400-kilometre stage includes a short 100-kilometre timed special, where Benavides will be aiming to give his all in the hope of securing himself a podium finish.

          Luciano Benavides:   “It was a really, really long day again – more than three hours on the bike and tough, slippery tracks where you are sliding around all the time. Navigation was quite easy, but you had to take extra care about all the notes in your road book. It wasn’t so easy to get completely lost, but it was possible to miss a turn or another track, and that could cost you quite a few seconds each time. Honestly, in the first half of the stage I thought I was doing well. Times were tight but I was holding on to about third place, around 30 seconds down. Then, after the refuelling, I had a crash which cost me a few minutes. I was in a little pain but carried on ok. Towards the end, my brother caught me, so it was cool to finish the stage going full gas on the sand with him. I’m happy with my pace on the whole and looking forward to the finish tomorrow.”

          2022 Andalucia Rally – Stage 3 Provisional Classification

          1. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 3:46:32
          2. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 3:48:22
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:49:35
          4. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 3:51:12
          5. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:50:30
          6. Sebastian Buhler (Hero) 3:52:26

          2022 Andalucia Rally – Provisional Overall Classification (after stage 3)

          1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 8:33:55
          2. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 8:36:53
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 8:39:01
          4. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 8:44:50
          5. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 8:45:27
          6. Ross Branch (Hero) 8:50:09

          Third-place finish for Luciano Benavides on Andalucia Rally stage one

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          Luciano Benavides has placed third fastest on the opening stage of the 2022 Andalucia Rally. Excelling over the demanding Spanish tracks and terrain, the Argentinian completed the gruelling 315-kilometre timed special in just short of four hours, three and a half minutes behind the leader. Showing impressive speed over yesterday’s short but fast prologue stage, a small mistake in the closing kilometres cost Benavides several seconds, resulting in the FR 450 Rally rider clocking in sixth fastest. With the prologue deciding the start positions for today’s stage one, Benavides was the seventh rider to enter the timed special, where he immediately set about chasing down his rivals ahead.

          Maintaining a strong pace over the broken tracks and riverbeds seen in the early part of the special, Luciano soon caught a pair of riders ahead of him. Initially finding it difficult to make a safe pass due to the dust, Benavides eventually got ahead and was able to push onwards, towards the refuelling stop.

          As the stage continued, Luciano fought his way past several other riders as he steadily climbed the leaderboard. By the 200-kilometre mark, the 26-year-old was less than two minutes down on the stage leader. Unfortunately, a small mistake in the closing kilometres cost the Husqvarna rider some time, but he was still able to secure a solid third-place result for the day, and now looks forward to a strong start position into Friday’s 568-kilometre stage two.

          Luciano Benavides:   “That was a crazy stage one of the Andalucia Rally. It was really slippery out there today, with many tracks and pistes, so you really had to take notice of your notes and navigation. I caught the two guys ahead of me early on, so that meant riding in their dust for quite a while before I could get past them. I put in a good section up to the refuelling, and then after that I caught another two riders, who I was able to get past quite quickly. Later on, I did make a small mistake where I was unsure about the timings after the neutralisation, and that cost me some time. We ended up riding in a group to the finish, so that was good fun. I’m really happy with my riding today and the way the bike handled this tough terrain. Thanks to my team for their hard work and we’ll go again tomorrow.”

          2022 Andalucia Rally – Stage 1 Provisional Classification

          1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 3:39:25
          2. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 3:42:39
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:42:54
          4. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 3:44:29
          5. Tosha Schareina (KTM) 3:46:30
          6. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 3:46:42

          2022 Andalucia Rally – Provisional Overall Classification (after stage 1)

          1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 4:45:33
          2. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 4:48:07
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 4:49:26
          4. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 4:50:21
          5. Tosha Schareina (KTM) 4:52:46
          6. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 4:53:38

          Husqvarna Motorcycles expands road racing presence with potent Moto3™ and Moto2™ efforts for 2023

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          Husqvarna Motorcycles is set to become a protagonist in yet another sphere of MotoGP™ next year after forging a union with the resourceful and competitive Moto2 team Intact GP to form ‘LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP’. The name of the squad will cover racing wings in both the intermediate category and in Moto3, where Husqvarna Motorcycles has been winning Grands Prix each season since their reintroduction to world championship action in 2020. LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto3 will be managed by overseer of the current GP crew, Peter Öttl, and will retain the services of Ayumu Sasaki, together with the promise of young Dutchman Collin Veijer. Sasaki, 22 years old, has had a stellar 2022 campaign on the FR 250 GP so far, claiming events in the Netherlands and Austria and with an additional six podium finishes. The Japanese is pushing for the top three in the Moto3 championship standings. Veijer, 17, has won three races in the ’22 Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup and is still in contention for the title. The Dutch youngster will be a Grand Prix rookie in 2023. The experience and expertise of Team Manager Jürgen Lingg will be a big asset for Husqvarna Motorcycles’ first thrust into Moto2 and the standardised formula of the final ‘stepping stone’ to the MotoGP class. The new look outfit will be able to count on the pace and character of Darryn Binder as well as Lukas Tulovic. Binder, just 24, has won in Moto3 and is on the verge of completing a decent first term in MotoGP after an unexpected vault between the divisions at the end of 2021. The South African is renowned for his determination and dedication and although he will again be a debutant when it comes to Moto2 he will be able to harness copious lessons from his eight-year career to-date. Tulovic is the newly crowned Moto2 European champion for the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP Junior Team   and has made Moto2 GP appearances, the 22-year-old German has also turned his head to recent MotoE competition and is regarded as ‘one to watch’ by the team. 2023 will mark a milestone for Husqvarna Motorcycles thanks to this wider structure and increased awareness at the peak of motorcycle sport. Peter Öttl, LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto3 Team Manager: “For three seasons we have been able to carry the Husqvarna Motorcycles name highly in Moto3 and it is very satisfying to continue the story together with Jürgen and a bigger programme now in Moto2. Ayumu stays with us and after some excellent results in 2022 we hope we can go for even more in 2023. Collin, on the other hand, is a rider with a lot of potential and we trust that he will carry on learning and building his career. I want to thank Husqvarna Motorcycles for the trust and the confidence. We will work hard to keep the Husqvarna name at the front of Moto3.”   Jürgen Lingg, LIQUI MOLY Husqvarna Intact GP Moto2 Team Manager: "We are very grateful to Husqvarna Motorcycles for the trust they have placed in us. This merger is a new and an exciting step for our team, ushering in a new era. We have a new brand, new riders and a new direction. In 2023 the bikes will change colour and we are all motivated and convinced that this change will take us forward." Jens Hainbach, Head of Sports Management Road Racing:: “Finally we have been able to grow the white and blue from Moto3 to Moto2 and I cannot be happier with our new partners to take Husqvarna Motorcycles into the next era. 2022 has been a breakthrough in Moto3 and it’s fantastic that we will continue on a solid foundation with Peter’s expertise. Jürgen knows Moto2 better than most and, overall, we believe our mix of riders for the brand combine a lot of potential and youth. It’s a strong group package and I want to thank everyone involved for bringing this all together.”

          Mikael Persson ends 2022 as runner-up in Enduro3 World Championship

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          Signing off on a terrific 2022 EnduroGP World Championship campaign, Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Mikael Persson has ended his fight for the Enduro3 World Championship title as runner-up. With the outcome of the championship going down to the wire at the seventh and final round in Germany, Persson arrived in Zschopau eager to claim a debut world crown.

          Although not getting off to the best start on Saturday, the Swede soon settled into his rhythm on his TE 300. Fighting hard, he ended the day as runner-up to rival Brad Freeman. The result meant both riders were level on points at the top of the class, meaning all was to play for on the final day of the championship

          Feeling motivated and knowing that he’d need to deliver he very best, Persson threw all he had at the final day title fight. Putting in arguably one of his best performances of the season at a time when it mattered most, Mikael fought hard for victory. Midway through the day, Persson lay fourth in the overall EnduroGP classification and was charging hard. Frustratingly, he just couldn’t quite bridge the gap to title rival Freeman and despite maintaining the pressure throughout the final lap, the Husqvarna Factory Racing rider ultimately finished the day second.

          The strong result ensured Persson ended the 2022 Enduro3 World Championship as runner-up. In what’s been a stellar year for the quiet Swede, Mikael has claimed two race wins and secured no fewer than 11 podium results aboard his TE 300 in the hotly contested Enduro3 category. Additionally, he also won the Enduro3 class of the FIM International Six Days Enduro in September.

          Mikael Persson:   “Of course it’s frustrating knowing that I wasn’t quite able to win the E3 title, but I gave it absolutely everything I had today. On day one, I started off a bit slower than I hoped I would. Maybe the championship pressure was in the back of my mind. I came strong in the afternoon and ended the day with more confidence. Tied on points for the championship coming into the today meant there was nothing to lose and everything to go for, so I gave it my all. I think I rode my best and I know I gave it my best. Unfortunately, I came up short, which is tough. But to only just lose out against a rider like Brad (Freeman) is something I can be proud of. It’s been a great year. Bringing the title fight right down to the wire shows just how strong we were.”

          Results: Rnd7, GP of Germany

          EnduroGP - Day 1
          1. Josep Garcia (KTM) 1:05:59.24; 2. Brad Freeman (Beta) 1:06:43.15; 3. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 1:06:56.65; 4. Wil Ruprecht (TM Racing) 1:07:14.91; 5. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 1:07:18.40…  8. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 1:09:09.76…

          EnduroGP - Day 2
          1. Josep Garcia (KTM) 1:03:46.07; 2. Brad Freeman (Beta) 1:04:01.88; 3. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 1:04:29.55; 4. Nathan Watson (Honda) 1:04:29.94;  5. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 1:04:41.73…

          Enduro3 - Day 1
          1. Brad Freeman (Beta) 1:06:43.15;  2. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 1:09:09.76;  3. Daniel McCanney (Sherco) 1:09:38.87…

          Enduro3 - Day 2
          1. Brad Freeman (Beta) 1:04:01.88;  2. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 1:04:41.73;  3. Daniel McCanney (Sherco) 1:06:14.92…

          Final Championship Standings EnduroGP
          1. Andrea Verona (GASGAS) 219pts; 2. Josep Garcia (KTM) 195pts; 3. Wil Ruprecht (TM) 180pts; 4. Nathan Watson (Honda) 170pts; 5. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 127pts…  8. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 87pts…

          Enduro3
          1. Brad Freeman (Beta) 229pts;  2. Mikael Persson (Husqvarna) 226pts;  3. Matteo Pavoni (TM) 178pts…

          More Moto3™ spoils for Husqvarna Motorcycles as Sasaki races to 4th in Australia

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          MotoGP™ headed south in the latest swing of the transcontinental stage of the 2022 season and with the quick, sweeping and majestic Phillip Island circuit, close to the city of Melbourne staging the first Australian Grand Prix since 2019. Short, narrow but also technical and spectacular; Phillip Island is an eagerly anticipated oddity on the world championship schedule thanks to the demands of the layout that emphasises corner speed, slipstreaming and very few hard braking points. The Sterilgarda Max Racing team came into the event with Ayumu Sasaki having taken five podium finishes in the last seven events with his FR 250 GP motorcycle. The Grand Prix got underway in positive style as Sasaki topped FP2 and then FP3 by a lengthy three quarters of a second and looked in flying form for qualification. The Japanese continued his lap-record breaking pace (having shattered the eight-year distinction) to seal his second Pole Position of the season. John McPhee was down on the sixth row in 16th. Moto3 was played out across 23-laps on a sunny but breezy Sunday morning. Sasaki was part of a gripping dice with three riders in the lead group. The show saw numerous position changes for the win. The tussle went all the way to the chequered flag with only half a second dividing the quartet at the line and Sasaki was 4th, pipped to yet another trophy by a tenth of a second. McPhee rode to 6th. The experienced Scot was just seven hundredths of a second away from heading the second group and the classification marked the second-best of the season. Two rounds and a maximum of 50 points remain in the 2022 Moto3 contest. Sasaki is still 4th and 16 points from the top three. Sterilgarda Max Racing hold 3rd in the teams championship while McPhee is 16th and can still reach the top ten in the races remaining. The penultimate Grand Prix of the season will be staged by the Sepang International Circuit for the Petronas Grand Prix of Malaysia next weekend. The frequent MotoGP testing venue is a short distance south from Kuala Lumpur and is typically a busy and popular stop on the world championship trail. Ayumu Sasaki : “It was a crazily difficult race! It was a bit damp in the beginning so we kept it steady but then the front guys started to push and I could go as well. It was a good pace and we made a small group. It was an incredible fight and unfortunately I ended up 4th when the podium was so close. It was tricky because the positions changed every lap but I gave my best. I’m satisfied with the weekend; we were strong and fast.” John McPhee : “I think 6th was a positive step in the right direction and I was able to enjoy riding the bike again. It had been a tough weekend and one of the hardest of the year in terms of finding my feeling here. I wasn’t making too much progress until qualification and then had a lot of moments in the race…but I was determined to push until my absolute maximum for a good result here. I gave it everything so I hope we can be in much better shape from FP1 in Malaysia.”   Results – 2022 Moto3 World Championship, Round 18 1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 37:38.762, 2. Deniz Öncü (KTM) +0.345, 3. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) +0.460, 4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +0.560 , 6. John McPhee (Husqvarna) +7.496   Moto3 world championship standings 1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 290pts, 2. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 225, 3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 223, 4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 207, 16. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 72

          Skyler Howes wins the 2022 Rallye du Maroc

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Skyler Howes has stormed to second place on the fifth and final stage of the 2022 Rallye du Maroc to secure his first ever FIM World Rally-Raid Championship win. The American completed five incredible days of rally racing in the Moroccan desert to ultimately finish just over seven minutes ahead of second-placed Luciano Benavides.

          Right from the start of this year’s Rallye du Maroc, both Skyler Howes and Luciano Benavides were able to deliver solid stage results day after day as they fought for the overall honours in Morocco. A one-two finish on day three saw the FR 450 Rally-mounted racers rise to the top of the event standings, and despite losing a little time while opening stage four, the pair reclaimed the top two positions on Thursday’s stage five with an excellent display of speed and navigation over the 290-kilometre timed special.

          As the sixth rider into today’s stage, Skyler knew he would have an excellent opportunity to chase down and catch the riders ahead and in turn make up the valuable minutes he needed to finish on the podium. Remaining focussed, despite the added pressure, Howes delivered an impressive ride on the route back to Agadir, making the absolute minimum of errors to place second on the stage, just six seconds behind the leader. The result was enough to top the final rally timesheets by seven minutes and 13 seconds and secure a memorable overall victory in Morocco.

          Howes’ victory marks the 30-year-old’s first world championship race win, an impressive achievement that comes down to not only the commitment put in by himself and the team over the year developing the FR 450 Rally, but also Skyler’s focus and work ethic. Now, with his confidence high, the likeable American will shift his attention to the Sonora Rally in Mexico later this month.

          Finishing stage five in third, a mere nine seconds behind teammate Howes, Luciano Benavides cemented himself into second place in the overall results. Including Benavides’ impressive stage win on day three, the young Argentinian displayed immense skill and pace over the course of the five-day event to claim a well-deserved podium. Feeling hugely comfortable on his FR 450 Rally following a summer of training and testing with the team, Luciano’s confidence and pace is now at an all-time high. Benavides now looks forward to carrying his momentum through to the final round of the season, and on to the Dakar Rally, beginning late December.

          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides will return to FIM World Rally-Raid Championship action at the final round of the season, the Andalucia Rally in Spain, from October 18-23. Skyler Howes will be absent from Spain while he competes at the Sonora Rally in Mexico.

          Skyler Howes:   “We’re at the finish of the Morocco Rally and I finished first, which is super cool! The final stage was quite technical actually, it wasn’t a walk in the park. The navigation was tricky, and I did a couple of circles out there which slowed me down a little bit. I was still able to finish second on the stage, which was enough to win the overall, and I have to admit it’s the coolest thing of my whole life! Honestly, I’m over the moon. It’s a dream come true to take the win here in Morocco, and the plan is to carry this momentum on to the Dakar Rally.”

          Luciano Benavides:   “We’ve finished stage five, the last day of the rally. I really wanted to go for the stage win today but made a small mistake that ended up costing me some time. Nevertheless, I finished third on the stage, really close to the winner and second overall, which is amazing. I can’t describe this moment – I have worked so hard since last year to be in this position right now, and to have such a good feeling on the bike. It’s not only me, but the whole team have also done an incredible job on the bike and have worked so hard here in Morocco. This result is a big thank you to them. I can’t wait for Andalucia now, the next round, and of course the Dakar in January.”

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Stage 5 Provisional Classification

          1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 1:37:30
          2. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 1:37:36
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 1:37:47
          4. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 1:39:00
          5. Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 1:40:05
          6. Ross Branch (Hero) 1:41:14

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Provisional Overall Classification (after final stage)

          1. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 16:30:29
          2. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 16:37:42
          3. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 16:41:17
          4. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 16:42:36
          5. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 16:45:20
          6. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 16:50:40

          Howes and Benavides successfully complete Rallye du Maroc stage four

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Skyler Howes and Luciano Benavides have safely completed stage four of the Rallye du Maroc in sixth and eighth places respectively. Following his stage win on day three, Benavides did an incredible job of opening the first 300 kilometres of today’s 350-kilometre stage, losing the absolute minimum of time to the chasing pack.

          With the two Husqvarna Factory Racing riders setting off first and second into today’s special – the longest of the event at an exhausting 346 kilometres – the FR 450 Rally riders planned to work together to share the navigation and opening duties from the front.

          Pushing right from the start with the goal of catching his teammate, Skyler Howes was able to stick to a strong pace and was lying fifth on time one-third of the way through the stage. However, with teammate Benavides almost matching him for speed and navigating well over the fast terrain of the special, Howes didn’t catch the Argentinian until after kilometre 300.

          Taking the lead for the final 50 kilometres, Skyler reached the finish line having secured a sixth-place result, eight and a half minutes down on the eventual stage winner. Despite losing time, Howes still lies second in the standings and will enjoy an advantageous start position for Thursday’s final stage of the event.

          Completing the special just under four minutes down on his teammate, Benavides was nevertheless pleased with his performance throughout the gruelling stage. Navigating almost the whole timed special on his own from the front, without making any major errors, demonstrates the quality and form of the young Argentinian. Luciano now lies fourth overall, and will also be aiming to deliver a solid ride on the Rallye du Maroc’s final stage to put himself in contention for an overall podium position.

          Stage five of the Rallye du Maroc, the final day of the event, leads riders north again from Tan-Tan back to Agadir. Totalling 379 kilometres, the stage includes a timed special of 290 kilometres.

          Skyler Howes:   “Today was tough, because when you set out near the front, you’re almost always guaranteed to lose a bit of time. But with Luciano and myself starting first and second, we had this game plan to ride together and share the opening of the stage. The problem was Luciano’s pace from the front was so fast it took me most of the stage to catch up to him. I was able to lead the final 50 kilometres or so and that helped, I think. It’s frustrating to lose the overall lead in the rally, but we have a good starting position for tomorrow, so I’ll give it everything I have and hopefully come out with a good result.”

          Luciano Benavides:   “Today was a really nice day for me in this rally. I didn’t think I would open so much, I think I led for the first 300 kilometres, so I did a pretty good job I’d say. I felt really good and was able to focus on my navigation while keeping up a good speed and I didn’t think about the others behind. The stage was really fast in some sections, but I think those sort of tracks suit me and my style. Also, the navigation was quite tricky, but I was able to get through without making any big mistakes. Overall, the race so far has been really positive for the team, it has shown we have the pace and are well in the fight for the podium. I’ll try my best tomorrow on the final stage and see where we end up.”

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Stage 4 Provisional Classification

          1. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:21:35
          2. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 3:25:51
          3. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 3:27:46
          4. Ross Branch (Hero) 3:29:04
          5. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 3:29:21
          6. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:30:02

          8. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:33:47

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Provisional Overall Classification (after stage 4)

          1. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 14:51:42
          2. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 14:52:53
          3. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 14:58:31
          4. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 14:59:55
          5. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 15:05:06
          6. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 15:07:11

          Husqvarna Factory Racing one-two on day three of the Rallye du Maroc

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides has won stage three of the 2022 Rallye du Maroc – the third round of the FIM World Rally-Raid Championship. Bringing his FR 450 Rally home just 25 seconds ahead of teammate Skyler Howes, Benavides moves up to second in the provisional overall standings, one place behind Howes who maintains his lead at the top.

          Stage three of the Rallye du Maroc was a hugely positive one for the Husqvarna Factory Racing team. Completing the 299-kilometre timed special in just over three hours, Luciano Benavides secured his second career world championship stage victory with an excellent ride through some of the toughest terrain seen at the event so far.

          Taking advantage of his ninth-place start position, Benavides was second on time to the checkpoint at kilometre 30, just one second down on the early leader. Continuing to push, the Argentinian soon moved into the lead, slowly increasing his advantage over teammate Howes to the finish. Moving up to second overall, Luciano will now open Wednesday’s stage four – a difficult challenge, but one the young racer is ready to embrace.

          Almost matching Benavides for pace throughout the stage, Skyler Howes put in an excellent ride from his fourth-place start position to lose the minimum of time, despite catching the leaders and opening several kilometres of the special. The result extended Howes’ lead at the top of the rankings to over three minutes. The American star will now set off behind his teammate tomorrow with the hope of catching him and then working together to ensure another strong result for the team.

          Stage four of the Rallye du Maroc leads riders north again from Laayoune to Tan-Tan. Totalling 665 kilometres, the stage represents the longest of the event and includes a demanding timed special of 346 kilometres.

          Luciano Benavides:   “I’m really happy to take the stage win here in Morocco. It’s great for my confidence and it comes down to all the hard work the whole team put in earlier this year. The day went well for me – I navigated well and was able to keep a good pace. It’s great to finish first and second with my teammate Skyler and we are sitting at the top of the overall, too. We still have two more days left to race, so I’ll stay focused and can hopefully do a good job of opening tomorrow.”

          Skyler Howes:   “Another hard day here in Morocco. Me and Luciano went one-two on the stage, which is super, super cool for us and cool for Husqvarna. It was quite tricky at first because the dunes were so soft and then the back sides of them were broken, which means it’s straight down to the desert floor. Not only is it difficult to navigate and choose a good line, but it’s really easy to get stuck and lose time. Thankfully it looks like everyone had the same issues, so it wasn’t too much of a problem. Later on the route opened up into much faster tracks, but with the wind and weather here, it has made finding the tracks really tough. After catching up to the leading group I just kept my head down to finish the stage safely. Second place on the stage and I’m still leading the rally, so things are good and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Stage 3 Provisional Classification

          1. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:09:42
          2. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:10:07
          3. Ross Branch (Hero) 3:12:20
          4. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 3:12:45
          5. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:13:01
          6. Toby Price (KTM) 3:13:12

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Provisional Overall Classification (after stage 3)

          1. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 11:22:51
          2. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 11:26:08
          3. Toby Price (KTM) 11:27:36
          4. Ross Branch (Hero) 11:29:37
          5. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 11:30:07
          6. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 11:32:40

          Skyler Howes takes provisional lead at Rallye Du Maroc

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          Skyler Howes has placed fourth on today’s second stage of the 2022 Rallye du Maroc. Finishing just over three minutes behind the day’s winner, Howes’ result moves him into the provisional lead of the third round of the 2022 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship. Luciano Benavides also impressed on today’s 435-kilometre stage, completing the timed special in ninth, just over nine minutes down.

          With today’s stage leading riders south from Tan-Tan to Laayoune, organisers delivered a long, 315-kilometre timed special that included some very demanding navigation, as well as the familiar mixture of terrain seen at the Moroccan event.

          Early on in the day, Skyler Howes made the best use of his start position to make up time and catch the riders ahead. With the timed special consisting of a number of varied terrains with very tricky navigation, and with times across the top-10 riders proving to be very close, even just a small mistake could prove costly. Skyler moved into the stage lead on time at around kilometre 87 and maintained that position for much of the day. Falling foul of a particularly difficult to find waypoint, Skyler, and the group he was riding with, ended up losing several minutes to the chasing pack. However, with many riders suffering the same fate, Howes was able to regroup to finish his stage in a strong fourth place.

          With his teammate taking over the rally lead, Luciano Benavides also showed excellent pace on today’s stage. After being caught by Skyler around one third of the way into the special, Benavides was able to match the pace of those around him and indeed opened a good section of the route. Completing the day in ninth place, nine minutes and 13 seconds behind the stage winner, Luciano now lies in third place overall, three minutes and forty-two seconds behind his teammate and provisional rally leader, Howes.

          Tuesday's stage three of the Rallye du Maroc, a looped stage based around the city of Laayoune, totals 322 kilometres with a timed special of 299 kilometres.

          Skyler Howes:   “I’m pleased with how I rode today – the bike is excellent and I’m happy with my navigation the whole way through the stage. The organisers really challenged us all today with some difficult to find waypoints and I think it was a tough day for everyone on the whole. There were some tracks with a waypoint at the end that were especially hard to find. The wind had hidden the tracks so much that it was really tricky to know if you were in the right place. After that we hit the dunes and that was also a real challenge. They were super soft, but there had been some rain too that made them extra difficult to ride. We were in a group of four when we got there and each of us took it in turns to open. With all the challenges, I’m happy to complete the stage with a good result, so now we’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

          Luciano Benavides:   “Day two is in the books. A really good day, but a tough one for sure. I started off second and caught Ross (Branch) after a little while and ended up opening the faster pistes myself. After the refuelling we were in a group of four, including Skyler, and all of us led out a little. At one point one of the waypoints didn’t validate for me, so I had to turn around to get it. I was able to push and catch up with the others soon after in the dunes. Having the chance to open and still make up good time is really important for my confidence, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow now and hopefully I can keep this momentum.”

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Stage 2 Provisional Classification

          1. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 3:18:44
          2. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 3:21:38
          3. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:21:45
          4. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:21:56
          5. Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 3:23:57
          6. Toby Price (KTM) 3:24:49
          ...
          9. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:27:57

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Provisional Overall Classification (after stage 2)

          1. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 8:12:44
          2. Toby Price (KTM) 8:14:24
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 8:16:26
          4. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 8:16:43
          5. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 8:17:06
          6. Ross Branch (Hero) 8:17:17

          Runner-up result for Luciano Benavides on Rallye du Maroc stage one

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          Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides has made an excellent start to his 2022 Rallye du Maroc campaign, posting the second-fastest time on the 557-kilometre first stage. Completing the special just over two minutes behind his teammate, Skyler Howes also impressed across the technically demanding terrain to finish in fourth place.

          Covering ground fast, right from the start line and then to chase down the riders ahead, Benavides was quickest to the first checkpoint at kilometre 40. With times tight among the top five, Luciano dropped down to fourth around the midway point of the special, but was able to maintain his safe, solid pace to the finish where he ultimately placed second.

          Skyler Howes' journey through the stage differed slightly to that of his teammate. The American star set off one place ahead Benavides but slowly built his pace as he progressed through the special. Choosing to focus on his navigation early on paid off for Skyler and with the terrain becoming more predictable in the latter stages of the day, the FR 450 Rally rider was able to push and make up time on those ahead. Securing a strong fourth-place result, just over three minutes down on the eventual stage winner, means that Howes has three riders to chase down on tomorrow’s day two.

          Stage two of the Rallye du Maroc, from Tan-Tan to Laayoune, totals 435 kilometres with a timed special of 315 kilometres.

          Luciano Benavides:   “It was a really good first stage for me. I started off well, focussing on my navigation and the terrain and found I soon started to catch some of the riders in front. It was a really technical stage with many rocks and stone on the pistes, so it was tricky to keep an eye on your road book while having to look ahead and judge the terrain all the time. I think I did a good job and was able to stay consistent for the whole stage. Towards the end we were able to ride across the beach for around 20 kilometres, which was good fun. I’m really happy with my result from today, but tomorrow will be a different challenge starting near the front. I’ll give my best as always.”

          Skyler Howes:   “Stage one went quite well for me. I had a few tracks to follow, which made the job a little easier, but it was still quite tricky, and navigation was definitely key today. The terrain really suited me, so I felt right at home on the bike. I made a couple of smaller mistakes, and then one really big one that ended up costing me a few minutes, so it has been a bit of an up and down day, but I’m here, safe at the finish and ready to go again tomorrow.”

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Stage 1 Provisional Classification

          1. Ross Branch (Hero) 3:44:56
          2. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:46:05
          3. Toby Price (KTM) 3:47:27
          4. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:48:16
          5. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 3:49:29
          6. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:50:33

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Provisional Overall Classification (after stage 1)

          1. Ross Branch (Hero) 4:46:24
          2. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 4:48:29
          3. Toby Price (KTM) 4:49:35
          4. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 4:50:48
          5. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 4:55:05
          6. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 4:55:21

          Satisfying Moto3™ runner-up result In Buriram as MotoGP™ returns to Thailand

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          The third Grand Prix in a row in 2022 and in the middle of a hectic flyaway stint of the current MotoGP calendar pulled the teams and riders to another busy venue that has been devoid of world championship action for the last two years. Husqvarna Motorcycles and the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team landed in Bangkok and then transferred to Buriram – the home of the modern and flowing Chang International Circuit – for the OR Thailand Grand Prix. The paddock was met by high temperatures, humidity and rainy skies and the unstable climate continued into Free Practice on Friday where the Moto3 sessions were the only periods affected by the damp. The wet tarmac was not enough to deter Ayumu Sasaki, who was still riding on a high after a podium finish at his home event in Motegi the previous weekend. The Japanese took his FR 250 GP to the top spot on combined times and was primed for Q2 on Saturday. Ayumu eventually came through qualification – run in overdue dry weather – with 3rd place and a berth on the front row of the grid. John McPhee set the 8th swiftest lap-time to fill a slot on the third row. On Sunday morning the 22-lap race began under a grey ceiling but the Buriram area containing the 4.6km course was mercifully dry. Sasaki was into contention from the beginning and although he had little for the pace of eventual winner Dennis Foggia, he was able to deter Riccardo Rossi and seal 2nd position on the final corner. The result meant a eighth podium of the season for the team and the third in a row after trophies in Spain and Japan. McPhee crashed in the formative stages through the left-handed Turn 5. The Scot remounted but was forced out of the running. Sasaki is still 4th in the world championship standings and is just 15 points from the top three. McPhee is 17th and 14 points away from the top fifteen as the experienced Brit counts the cost of his training injury and the small chunk of the season spent on the sidelines. The team are 3rd from 15 in the teams’ league. MotoGP can finally breathe for a week before another double-header approaches with Grands Prix in Australia (Phillip Island) and Malaysia (Sepang International Circuit) to close activities for October and then bring the series back to Europe. Ayumu Sasaki : “Today I did my best. I felt comfortable in the race but towards the end the tyre dropped and I was losing out to Dennis on the straight. The last few laps were hard but I’m happy to take 2nd place. We’re climbing up the championship which is good and hopefully we can be even a bit better in the last races.” John McPhee : “I felt strong and good on the bike and I could attack pretty well but the crash was my mistake and it’s disappointing to end the race like that. It’s only the second time I’ve crashed this season but I’ll have to take it on the chin and just move onto the next one.”   Results – 2022 Moto3 World Championship, Round 17   1. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 37:52.331, 2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +1.524, 3. Riccardo Rossi (Honda) +2.804, DNF. John McPhee (Husqvarna)   Moto3 world championship standings   1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 265pts, 2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 216, 3. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 209, 4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 194, 17. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 62  

          Luciano Benavides and Skyler Howes make solid start to Rallye du Maroc

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          Returning to FIM World Rally-Raid Championship action after a break of around seven months, Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides and Skyler Howes have made strong starts to their 2022 Rallye du Maroc campaigns, recording top-four times on today’s opening timed prologue.

          Marking round three of the world championship, this year’s Rallye du Maroc is set to challenge riders with five full stages of mixed-terrain racing near the west coast of Morocco. Today’s short prologue results decide the start order for Sunday’s stage one, where riders will leave the host city of Agadir and head south to Tan-Tan.

          With the RallyGP class starting in reverse order to their race numbers, it was Luciano Benavides – bike #77 – that took to the 8.97-kilometre prologue stage first. Making light work of the sandy tracks that made up the special, Benavides was able to maintain a fast but safe pace throughout the stage. Completing the prologue in third, Luciano will benefit from a choice of start positions for Sunday’s stage.

          Also enjoying good speed on the fast, sandy prologue, Skyler Howes placed one position behind his teammate and as fourth-fastest on his FR 450 Rally. Despite a couple of small mistakes while pushing hard on the nine-kilometre timed section, the American star arrived safely at the finish, happy with his riding, and eager to make a strong start to the rally proper, tomorrow on stage one.

          Totalling over 2,200 kilometres, and with over 1,500 kilometres of timed special stages, the 2022 Rallye du Maroc promises to provide a sizeable challenge to all riders on their return to world championship competition.

          With the opening prologue completed, competitors will now face five days of intense rally action as they leave Agadir and head south down the Moroccan coast. Stage four of the event, the longest at 665 kilometres, will see riders leave Laayoune and head back further inland, through the mountains, to the finish at Agadir. Sunday’s stage one from Agadir to Tan-Tan totals 557 kilometres with a timed special of 316 kilometres.

          Luciano Benavides:   “It’s great to be back racing in the world championship. It’s been a busy summer with training, testing and then racing Atacama, but this is where it matters now – Morocco, Andalucia, and then preparing for the Dakar. Today’s prologue was really short at just under nine kilometres and there were a lot of lines in the sand from the previous classes, so I didn’t have to check my road book too much. I’m pleased with third, it means I can choose my start position for tomorrow and hopefully take advantage of that to get a really good start. I’m really happy with my first impressions of the rally – my bike is working well, I feel good, and I can’t wait to get started tomorrow on the ‘real’ race.”

          Skyler Howes:   “The prologue today went well. It was super fun and more like a motocross sand track through the trees than a rally stage. It wasn’t perfect, I made some small bobbles out there and a couple of small mistakes, but other than that I’m happy with how it all went. It feels great to be back racing the world championship again and I’m feeling really fired-up now – I can’t wait for tomorrow to get this show on the road!”

          2022 Rallye du Maroc – Stage 1A provisional Classification

          1. Ross Branch (Hero) 1:01:28
          2. Toby Price (KTM) 1:02:08
          3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 1:02:24
          4. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 1:02:32
          5. Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) 1:02:48
          6. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 1:03:52

          Home Moto3™ Grand Prix podium joy for Sasaki in Japan

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          A first trip to Japan for MotoGP in three years ends with Husqvarna Motorcycles on the rostrum at Motegi in 3rd place. MotoGP travelled swiftly east across the time zones from Spain to Japan for round sixteen of twenty in 2022. For the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team the second consecutive weekend of action took place on a vastly different ‘platform’, with the Mobility Resort Motegi circuit flat, fast and with tough demands on braking and hard acceleration. The team were optimistic of more podium prizes, particularly with Ayumu Sasaki feeling the warmth of home support for the first time since 2019. The 21-year-old had finished runner-up in Aragon last week and carried the hopes and gaze of the Japanese public who braved wet and humid conditions at Motegi on Friday and Saturday. Both Ayumu and teammate John McPhee used their FR 250 GP motorcycles to slot into the top five of the opening (and extended) Free Practice session and were separated from provisional Pole Position by just three tenths of a second. After a wet set of FP periods and the Q2 run on Saturday, the pair gained 4th and 12th on the grid and were set for the 20-lap distance. Sunday dawned warm, sunny and with bright blue skies. Sasaki and McPhee both started inside the top ten and the former was at the front of the pack with Izan Guevara for company from the outset. The battle for the lead was formed by a quartet with Sasaki often setting the pace. By the final stages of the race Ayumu was feeling the effects of rear tyre wear and was not able to threaten Guevara or Dennis Foggia. He became the first Japanese on a home podium for almost fifteen years in 3rd spot. It was Sasaki’s seventh rostrum appearance of the season. McPhee was in the second gaggle and eventually crossed the finish line in 7th for 9 points. After rising to 4th place in the championship table in the wake of the Grand Prix at MotorLand Aragon, Sasaki banked 16 points in Japan and keeps the same slot; 17 points from the top three. McPhee is 17th. Sterilgarda Max Racing Team are 4th in the teams’ contest. MotoGP ploughs ahead with its continent-hopping trajectory. The third Grand Prix in a row will take the championship to the hot climes of Buriram and the Chang International Circuit for the OR Thailand Grand Prix. Ayumu Sasaki : “Yeah, I’m happy to finish on the podium but I expected a bit more, especially as I was leading quite a lot of laps. Near the end I started to feel the rear tyre drop and then it was difficult to fight. Anyway, the podium is good and we have to try and improve for Thailand. I’m happy I could give this third place to all the Japanese fans here.” John McPhee : “Today I was able to fight well in the race; this has been a weak point for me so far this season because I’ve had the speed but not been able to battle. We ticked this box today but I think I was against the three hardest brakers in the category. I did what I could and I’m happy with how I am riding. This was a step in the right direction.”   Results – 2022 Moto3 World Championship, Round 16   1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 39:26.526, 2. Dennis Foggia (Honda) +0.593, 3. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +1.741, 7. John McPhee (Husqvarna) +9.815   Moto3 world championship standings   1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 254pts, 2. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 209, 3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 191. 4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 174, 18. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 62

          Sasaki flies to 2nd Place in pulsating Moto3™ Aragon Grand Prix

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          Husqvarna Motorcycles emerge from the fifteenth MotoGP fixture of the year with a strong podium result at MotorLand. After a busy week in San Marino, 2022 MotoGP moved west across Europe and to the modern and scenic MotorLand Aragon circuit for the penultimate European date on the current calendar. Two weeks earlier than usual – and benefitting from warmer late summer weather – the ‘Gran Premio Animoca Brands de Aragón’ saw Moto3 hustle around the 5.1km layout that involves a wide mix of fast, slow, open, tight and technical corners. Determined to bounce back from his DNF in Italy, Ayumu Sasaki was in a competitive mood from the outset in Spain and narrowly missed out on Pole Position in Q2 on Saturday. John McPhee was also up to speed quickly and qualified in 5th place, in the middle of the second row of the grid with his FR 250 GP machine. Sunday morning was overcast in Aragon and cooler compared to the two previous days but Sasaki was hot to bounce from the lights and into the small lead group of three with Izan Guevara and Daniel Holgado for company. McPhee was part of the second posse and challenging for the top five. Sasaki stalked Guevara as the pair dropped Holgado in the final stages of the chase but the Spaniard remained error-free and the Japanese was not able to strike. The gap was less than a second at the chequered flag and Sasaki laid his hands on a sixth trophy of the season as runner-up. McPhee ran wide at almost mid-race distance into Turn 1 and lost almost ten places but stretched the throttle cable to get back into the thick of the second group. He was able to finish fractions of a second ahead of Xavi Artigas in the charge to the line and salvaged a top ten ranking. Sasaki is eying the top three of the world championship. He continues to hold 4th position but is only 13 points away from Dennis Foggia. McPhee gained 6 points and is 18th in the Riders’ list. Ayumu can now look forward to his first home event in three years. The Motul Grand Prix of Japan will occur at the Mobility Resort Motegi circuit in just seven days time. Ayumu Sasaki : “Today I gave my best. Izan was just a bit faster. I was following him and trying to save tyres but he was quicker in the last three laps. So I stayed calm and took 2nd, which I though was better after a disappoint last race. A good result, I’m happy to be on the podium again and now we go to Japan: I cannot wait for my home Grand Prix.” John McPhee : “I felt really strong but we had a couple of issues. The first three were a bit too strong but I felt I could have been better in the second group. I jumped out of gear and lost positions but recovered. I couldn’t quite be there on the last lap. I had speed and I could overtake so I’ll take the positives from today into Motegi.”   Results – 2022 Moto3 World Championship, Round 15   1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 37:29.944, 2. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) +0.957, 3. Daniel Holgado (KTM) +6.536 , 10. John McPhee (Husqvarna) +17.071   Moto3 world championship standings   1. Izan Guevara (GASGAS) 229pts, 2. Sergio Garcia (GASGAS) 196, 3. Dennis Foggia (Honda) 171. 4. Ayumu Sasaki (Husqvarna) 158, 18. John McPhee (Husqvarna) 53

          Moto3™ Misano Grand Prix points for Husqvarna Motorcycles as McPhee takes 9th

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          The fourteenth appointment for 2022 MotoGP™ rounded the flat curves of the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli and John McPhee rode to the top ten in San Marino. The Italian seaside resort of Misano Adriatico welcome MotoGP for the second date of the 2022 schedule on the mainland and for the 28th Grand Prix at the site. The event, officially titled ‘Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini’, saw fans flock to the flat, fast and familiar Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. Misano holds good memories for the Sterilgarda Max Racing Team. The squad celebrated victory in 2020, which was the first Grand Prix win for Husqvarna Motorcycles in the Moto3 division. The crew were also leading a damp race in 2021. Ayumu Sasaki arrived in San Marino on the wave of decent form thanks to triumphs in two of the previous three meetings. The Japanese, along with teammate John McPhee on the FR 250 GP motorcycles, were consistently around the top positions of the Free Practice sessions and were only unsettled by a light bout of rain on Saturday that created a mixed damp/dry track surface and made Q2 a tricky prospect. McPhee ended up with 8th place and a spot in the centre of the third row of the start grid while Sasaki had to accept the 17th best lap-time. Moto3 opened a dry and sunny Sunday with a 23-lap distance. The lead group was quickly formed by eleven riders but Sasaki’s efforts were clipped almost immediately when he was hit entering Turn 4. The Japanese was thankfully unhurt but he was out of the running. The onus was left on McPhee. The Scot was mired in the thick of the second pack and secured 9th – for the second race in a row - and was just over 11 seconds away from the winner. He was in a melee with seven riders split by just one second at the flag. Sasaki is still closely implicated in the battle for the championship top three. He holds 6th position and is just 31 points from Dennis Foggia. McPhee continues to make progress in the rankings and is 17th. In a fortnight’s time MotoGP will again get fast. The Gran Premio Animoca Brands de Aragón will take the series back to Spain and to the swirling MotorLand Aragon circuit for round fifteen. John McPhee : “A little underwhelmed by the result because it doesn’t represent all the hard work we are doing throughout the weekend. I’m still riding in a little bit of a different way to what I know and how I can ride. I can manage the race and we can be fast and on certain points of the track I am so strong. On other parts the guys can pass me too easily and this is what we need to improve. Anyway, we have very good speed, and I really want to thank all the guys in the team. We will achieve the results we deserve very soon.” Ayumu Sasaki : “Very disappointing today. In Warm-up we were P1 and we had great pace but I was hit on the first lap. That was it. These things can happen in racing. There was nothing I could do. We just have to look ahead and we have six more GPs to go. It’s been up and down this season but we just have to accept today and look for better luck in Aragon.”   Results – 20