RACE RECAP
17.4.18
Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series - AX Tour Round 5 & 6

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The closing round of the AX Tour wrapped up in Barrie, ON with an exciting double header event. The winner of the AX Tour championship would become the front runner for the 100k Triple Crown prize money heading into the Motocross season.

Honda Canada/GDR/Fox Racing team was coming into the final round without MX2 rider Dylan Wright who is still rehabbing a shoulder injury suffered at Round 3.  MX1 rider, Colton Facciotti has been in contention for the title all season but would need the race situations to fall in his favour in order to win the championship.

During night one, Facciotti was the top qualifier and then carried the momentum into his heat race taking the win.  Facciotti followed that up with a victory in the Clash for Cash which was crucial for him to collect extra series points.  During the Main, Facciotti crossed the start line first receiving the Royal Distributing holeshot award but only laps latter would go down with another rider who was challenging for the lead.  Facciotti remounted and went on to finish the main in 4th which took away his championship momentum.

During night two, Facciotti qualified in second place followed by a 3rd place finish in the heat race.  Finishing outside of the top 2 in his heat race would eliminate Colton from the night’s Clash for Cash race and would have to watch it from the sidelines.  In the Main Event, Facciotti held the 3rd place for the majority of the race until getting taken out by the eventual race/series winner Cole Thompson who was on the charge to the front.  Facciotti picked himself up to rode it out for a 5th place finish.

With some ups and downs throughout the AX Tour, the Honda Canada/GDR/Fox Racing team was able to secure a respectable 2nd place overall finish in the MX1 class.  Now the team will look ahead to the outdoor season and the MX Tour portion of the Triple Crown series.

 

MX2 Race Results from Barrie, ON:

Round 5:

1st – Jess Pettis

2nd – Marco Cannella

3rd – Shawn Maffenbeier

4th – Ryan Lockhart

5th – Jason Benny

 

Round 6:

1st – Jess Pettis

2nd – Shawn Maffenbeier

3rd – Marco Cannella

4th – Tanner Ward

5th – Jason Benny

 

MX2 Overall Series Points:

1st – Shawn Maffenbeier – 169 pts

2nd – Marco Cannella – 140 pts

3rd – Ryan Lockhart – 133 pts

4th – Tanner Ward – 128 pts

5th – Wyatt Waddell – 104 pts

6th – Jason Benny – 62 pts

7th – Jess Pettis – 60 pts

8th – Dylan Wright – 58 pts

9th – Brad Nauditt – 52 pts

10th – Joey Parks – 41 pts

 

MX1 Race Results from Barrie, ON:

Round 5:

1st – Cole Thompson

2nd – Cade Clason

3rd – Matt Goerke

4th – Colton Facciotti

5th – Kelyan Meston

 

Round 6:

1st – Cole Thompson

2nd – Cade Clason

3rd – Steve Mages

4th – Matt Goerke

5th – Colton Facciotti

 

MX1 Overall Series Points:

1st – Cole Thompson – 177 pts

2nd – Colton Facciotti – 146 pts

3rd – Matt Georke – 140 pts

4th – Tyler Medaglia – 132 pts

5th – Dillan Epstein – 119 pts

6th – Keylan Meston – 96 pts

7th – Davey Fraser – 79 pts

8th – Cade Clason – 79 pts

9th – Steve Mages – 63 pts

10th – Kyle Keast 57 pts

14.4.18
MXGP OF PORTUGAL 2018

The 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship made its way to Portugal this weekend for Round 5 of the series at Crossdromo Internacional de Águeda.

 

Despite heavy rainfall and warnings of inclement weather throughout the weekend, conditions ended up nice and offered a great venue for some exciting racing. After a bit of a tough weekend results wise in Arco, HRC's Tim Gajser looked to get back to his normal stride in Portugal and Gautier Paulin continues to build on solid performances with the IceOne Husky team. On the MX2 side, both Calvin Vlaanderen and Bas Vaessen came into Portugal healthy and looking for strong results. The WMX class returned this weekend as well, and Courtney Duncan had her eyes on the red plate after scoring 2nd at the season opener last week at Arco. Unfortunately Max Anstie & Hunter Lawrence both missed this round as they are still recovering from injury.

 

Gajser was looking quick on Saturday and was 2nd fastest during timed qualifying with a 1:49.964. Paulin almost matched him, closely in 3rd with a 1:49.992. Later in the afternoon, Gajser secured 4th in the Qualifying Race, with Paulin a close 6th. Solid gate picks for the races on Sunday! In MX2, Vlaanderen was 6th and Vaessen 19th. 

 

The "Kiwi Girl" Courtney Duncan started the weekend off on top of the WMX field by 2 seconds in Qualifying Practice. She got off to a great start in Moto #1, grabbing the holeshot and building a nice lead early on. When the checkers flew, she had led every lap and took a commanding victory by over 20 seconds. In Moto #2, Duncan didn't quite get the holeshot, but was 2nd at the end of the first lap. She held 2nd for the first four laps before making the pass for the lead on Larissa Papenmeier. The perfect day was complete as Duncan took the checkered flag and she now holds the Overall points lead! The WMX series will now go on a brief pause and will return to action at Teutschenthal on May 20th. 

 

Tim Gajser got off to a great start in MXGP Moto #1, taking the green flag in 2nd position.Gautier Paulin was a close 4th, and moved into 3rd after the first few laps. Gajser eventually finished up in 3rd, with Paulin just behind in 4th place. On the MX2 side, Bas Vaessen was 10th in Moto #1, with Calvin Vlaanderen back in 18th after suffering a crash in the early laps. 

 

Tim Gajser was solid off the start again in MXGP Moto #2, rounding the first lap in 5th position. Unfortunately Gautier Paulin experienced a mechanical problem with his bike on the opening lap and would not be able to continue. Gajser rode a smart and consistent race to finish up in 5th, going 3-5 for 3rd Overall and his first podium result of the season. Great to see Tim back on the podium and working to overcome a tough preseason injury. 

 

In MX2 Moto #2, HRC's Calvin Vlaanderen turned things around for a solid 6th place finish, but the luck was flipped for Bas Vaessen who finished in 19th. Vlaanderen was 9th Overall with Vaessen 15th. The FIM Motocross World Championship now takes a brief pause before returning to action in Russia on May 1st. 

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14.4.18
MXGP OF RUSSIA 2018

Round 6 of the FIM Motocross World Championship visited Russia earlier this week, with the races being held on a Tuesday around International Workers' Day.

Coming off his first podium of the season in Portugal, HRC's Tim Gajser was looking to keep the momentum rolling. IceOne Husqvarna was back to full strength as Max Anstie returned from injury to join Gautier Paulin who is experiencing another strong campaign in 2018. Calvin Vlaanderen was our only MX2 pilot of the weekend, as the 114 Motorsports outfit sat idle with Hunter Lawrence & Bas Vaessen both injured. Lawrence will look to return at Round 7 in Latvia and Vaessen will be a few weeks longer. Our EMX 250 athletes were also back in action in Orlyonok, with Danish youth sensation Mikkel Haarup under the IceOne umbrella and German Jeremy Sydow on a private KTM effort. 

Tim Gajser got off to a strong start in Timed Practice as he set the fastest time in the session. Gautier Paulin was just a little over a second off in 3rd position, and Max Anstiewas 8th fastest. On the MX2 side, Calvin Vlaanderen was 6th fastest aboard his HRC machine. 

Vlaanderen had his best Qualifying Race performance of the season, earning himself 3rd spot on the grid for the motos. Anstie was 8th in the MXGP Quali Race, with Paulin10th. An early crash for Gajser had him starting in dead last, but the Slovenian was able to climb his way up to 14th at the end. 

 

Jeremy Sydow got off to a great start in EMX 250 Moto #1 as he grabbed the holeshot and led the opening lap. Unfortunately he would run into some bad luck and go down early on. Mikkel Haarup also had a solid start, running in 4th before he crashed as well and finished up 12th. Haarup got a tough start in Moto #2, but clawed his way up to 10th at the end for 11th Overall. 

 

Calvin Vlaanderen was 7th off the start in MX2 Moto #1 and rode a consistent race to finish up in 6th. The South African started off 7th again in Moto #2, but worked his way up to 4th this time. 6-4 Moto scores were good for 6th Overall and he now sits 6th in the Overall Points Standings. 

Gautier Paulin got off to a good start in MXGP Moto #1, taking the green flag in 4th. The consistent Frenchman would finish the race in 4th where he started, and Tim Gajser came from a 7th place start up to 5th. Max Anstie began his return to the races with a tough start back in 20th, but was able to work his way forward to 15th despite fighting off some arm pump. 

MXGP Moto #2 started in a positive way for Gajser as he sat in 3rd on the opening lap. The HRC lead man ended up 4th, going 5-4 for 5th Overall. Gautier Paulin was not so lucky and went down early on, putting him dead last on the opening lap. He put in an impressive charge however, and pushed all the way to 6th place which salvaged 6th Overall with 4-6 Moto scores. Max Anstie struggled with arm pump again in Moto #2 and ended up 16th Overall on the day. 

 

 

MX2 Championship Standings

  1. Pauls Jonass
  2. Jorge Prado
  3. Thomas Kjer Olsen
  4. Ben Watson
  5. Jed Beaton
  6. Calvin Vlaanderen
  7. Vsevolod Brylyakov
  8. Conrad Mewse
  9. Henry Jacobi
  10. Thomas Covington

MXGP Championship Standings

  1. Jeffrey Herlings
  2. Antonio Cairoli
  3. Clement Desalle
  4. Romain Febvre
  5. Gautier Paulin
  6. Glenn Coldenhoff
  7. Jeremy Van Horebeek
  8. Tim Gajser
  9. Jeremy Seewer
  10. Julien Lieber

The circuit rolls on with Round 7 at the Kegums circuit in Latvia on May 13th. 

RACE RECAP
7.4.18
Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series - AX Tour Round 4

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Round 4 of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series arrived in Sarnia, Ontario for the first stop in the East and race fans filled the seats for a sell out event.  Track conditions were tacky and soft which made for very technical ruts for riders to navigate.

Honda Canada/GDR/Fox Racing MX2 rider Dylan Wright was unable to line up for the racing in Sarnia as he was still rehabbing a shoulder injury sustained at Round 3. MX1 rider Colton Facciotti was coming into Round 4 wanting to regain his points lead before going into the final weekend of racing in Barrie.

Only being 1 point out of the series lead, Facciotti looked comfortable on the track all morning and qualified with the second best lap time of the day.  In Heat 1, Facciotti got the holeshot and went on to lead every lap to the checkered flag.  In the Main Event, Facciotti battled in the top 3 positions but near the closing laps of the race, lapped traffic got heavy and Colton would collide with one, going down and moving back to a 6th place position.

 

Round 4 MX1 Race Results:

1st – Cole Thompson

2nd – Matt Goerke

3rd – Tyler Medaglia

4th – Cade Clason

5th – Kyle Keast

6th – Colton Facciotti

 

The AX Tour moves on to its final weekend of racing in Barrie, Ontario for a double header event April 13th and 14th.

 

MX1 Overall Points:

1st – Cole Thompson – 131 pts

2nd – Colton Facciotti – 109 pts

3rd – Tyler Medaglia – 100 pts

4th – Matt Goerke – 97 pts

5th – Dillan Epstein – 82 pts

6th – Davey Fraser – 61 pts

7th – Keylan Meston – 56 pts

8th – Ryan Lockhart – 50 pts

9th – Brock Leitner – 47 pts

10th – Mike Brown – 45 pts

 

MX2 Overall Points:

1st – Shawn Maffenbeir – 120 pts

2nd – Ryan Lockhart – 91 pts

3rd – Marco Cannella – 88 pts

4th – Tanner Ward – 86 pts

5th – Wyatt Waddell – 70 pts

6th – Dylan Wright – 61 pts

7th – Brad Nauditt – 52 pts

8th – Spenser Wilton – 36 pts

9th – Blake Ostachuk – 36 pts

16.3.18
Race Report - AX Tour Round 2/3

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Coming into the second stop of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series in Calgary, Alberta, Honda Canada/GDR/Fox Racing MX1 rider Colton Facciotti held the red plate signifying the series points lead and MX2 team rider Dylan Wright was anxious to make a statement after a disappointing first round.

Both team riders put in strong races during night 1 of the double-header.  Colton Facciotti and Dylan Wright both won their qualifiers and followed it up with an exciting battle over the Clash for Cash.  Facciotti eventually over-took Wright for the win and the extra Triple Crown points.  Facciotti went on to finish 3rd in the MX1 Main Event and Wright went on to finish 2nd in the MX2 Main Event proving that he has contender speed.

Rolling into night 2 of the Double-header, the race adrenaline levels were high and Colton Facciotti looked confident riding into the top MX1 qualifying spot. Dylan Wright was setting fast laps during the MX2 qualifiers, but crashed hard landing on his shoulder and was questionable for the Main Event.  Wright was forced to ride it out on the sidelines to collect any MX2 series points he could. During the MX1 Main Event, Facciotti didn’t back down and raced for the win but could only finish in 2nd place moving him backwards one spot to second overall in the Triple Crown.

The next Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series AX event resumes April 7th in Sarnia, Ontario.

 

MX2 AX Tour Overall Points:

1st – Shawn Maffenbeier – 90

2nd – Ryan Lockhart – 69

3rd – Marco Cannella – 62

4th – Tanner Ward – 60

5th – Dylan Wright - 58

 

MX1 AX Tour Overall Points:

1st – Cole Thompson – 96

2nd – Colton Facciotti – 89

3rd – Tyler Medaglia – 75

4th – Matt Goerke – 68

5th – Dillan Epstein – 63

RACE RECAP
12.3.18
Daytona, FL - Supercross Race Recap

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The 10th round of the 2018 SX series saw the riders tackle the infield of the famed Daytona Motor Speedway. Known as the toughest and longest track of the season, the riders had their work cut out for them.

 

250 –

Daytona marked the 4th round of the east coast 250 series. Coming off of two wins in a row, Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider, Austin Forkner was coming into Daytona just 2 points out of the series lead.

 

Austin started strong, posting the fastest time in both timed qualifying sessions during the day.

 

Heat race 2 saw Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders, Martin Davalos and Austin Forker lined up on the gate.  Both riders were off to good starts and finished the heat in second and third.

 

As the main event started, both riders got good starts coming out of the first turn near the front of the pack. Martin rode a solid race ending the night in 5th. Austin had the speed to stay at the front of the pack finishing 3rd for the night. The strong finish from Austin has him tied for the series points lead as they head to St. Louis next weekend.    

 

450 –

Chad Reed is still searching for the right bike setup and riding into shape after a preseason injury. He was able to qualify directly to the main from the heat race. Chad put in another consistent ride in the main event with a 12th place finish.

 

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23.2.18
AX Tour – Round 1

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Rockstar Energy Triple Crown – AX Tour Round 1

Abbotsford, BC

The highly anticipated start of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series kicked off last weekend in Abottsford, BC.  With $100,000 up for grabs at the end of the Triple Crown Series and the AX portion being the first gate drops of the season, the fans were treated to some exciting bar banging racing!

 

MX2 rider, Dylan Wright qualified in first place but would succumb to the traitorous track conditions during the Main Event and was unable to finish the race.

 

MX1 rider, Colton Facciotti qualified in second place and carried that momentum into the Main Event.  Facciotti received the Royal Distributing Holeshot award and lead every lap on his way to the victory making him the early front runner for the 100k Triple Crown prize money.

 

Round 2/3 of the AX Tour will be a double header event in Calgary Alberta on March 16th & 17th.

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20.2.18
Arlington, TX - Supercross Race Recap

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Arlington, TX - Supercross Race Recap 

 

250 –

 

Dallas was the first round of the much anticipated east coast 250 series.

The day started great with Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Martin Davalos setting the faster qualifying time and Austin Forkner setting the 8th fastest time.

Qualifying set the tone going in the night event with Austin Forkner taking the win in the first heat race and Davalos taking the win in heat 2. Both riders put in dominating performances.

As the main event started, Davalos had a great jump and looked to be in line for the holeshot heading into the first turn. As the riders started to brake for left hander, Martin was hit from behind causing a chaotic first turn crash. Davalos was thrown across the track taking several riders with him along the way. Luckily, he was not seriously hurt and will be ready to race at Tampa.

Austin Forkner was able to miss the first turn carnage and start the main near the front of the pack. A mid race collision with Zack Osbourne put Austin on the ground. Austin remounted and charged through the pack, and eventually finishing 7th.  

 

450 –

 

Unfortunately, the Dallas Supercorss marked the first round that Ken Roczen had to sit out with a hand injury he sustained at the San Diego round last week. Ken had  surgery to repair his hand on Friday. Surgery went well with Ken already starting therapy this week. No timeline on his return just yet.

Dallas also marked Chad Reed’s 227th main event start. A number that tied him for all time SX starts with Mike LaRocco. Chad looks to take the all-time starts lead with his 228th start in Tampa this coming weekend.

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12.2.18
San Diego, CA - Supercross Race Recap

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250 –

Both Fox Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo debuted our military inspired San Diego 180 SE kits for the San Diego race.

Once again, Joey and Adam got off to great starts in the main event. Joey with the holeshot and Adam in third. Adam quickly worked his way past Justin Hill to get into second, with his sights set on Savatgy in the lead. Adam put some great laps together to close in on Joey and make his move for the lead in the right hander, just before the triple.  

Justin Hill was also on the move, passing Joey for seond and setting his sights on Adam in first. The two had a great battle for the lead with Justin eventually taking the win.

Adam finished second with Joey in fourth. Both riders making up points on points leader Aaron Plessinger who finshed 7th.

The west coast guys take a break now as the east coast will kick their season off in Dallas this weekend.

 

450 –

Round 6 of the AMA Supercross series brought the riders to San Diego. Ken Roczen paid homage to the armed forces with a set of custom Camo Preest Flexair Racwear. Ken’s gear may have been the highlight of his night.

As the main event statrted, Ken got tangled with a couple riders going in to the first turn and went down. As he picked himself up and started to work his was through the pack he became engaged in a heated battle with Cooper Webb… Both riders not wiling to give an inch. The final move came with Ken getting more traction than he anticipated, trying to dive under Copper in a left hand turn. His bike rocketed out of his grasp and into Webb. The ensuing crash had Ken’s right arm get caught in the swingarm and rear wheel of Webb’s bike, injuring his hand and bringing his night of racing to an end.

Ken will most likely miss a couple of rounds with a hand injury. We are hoping for a speedy recovery and hope to see Ken back to racing soon.

 

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5.2.18
Oakland, CA - Supercross Race Recap

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250 –

 

Fox had another strong showing from Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy. Joey got out of the gate strong, running second for the majority of the race. The closing laps saw Joey slip back to third as Justin Hill was able to pass for second. Joey fought back to pass Justin and land in 2nd place on the podium for the night, and retain his second position in the point standings.

Adam Cianciarulo had a tough start in the main event, going off the track in the first turn. Adam battled his way through the pack to finish in 7th, leaving Oakland 4th in the championship points standings.

 

450 –

 

In what turned out to be one of the best races to date, Ken Roczen came so close to capturing his first win of the season at Oakland SX.

The track turned out to be the most demanding and technical we have seen this year. Ken got off to a great start, behind his teammate Cole Seely. For a moment, it looked like it was going to be a factory Honda sweep of the top two podium spots. Seely ended up going down in one of the technical rhythm sections with Ken taking over the lead. Ken put in great ride to hold the lead for the majority of the race. As the race came to its closing stages, points leader Jason Anderson was on the move, closing to within striking distance with two laps to go.

What ensued was an epic battle to the finish. Ken and Jason swapped the lead several times in the last two laps, coming down to the last rhythm section where Ken made a small mistake that allowed Jason to pass for the win.

Ken’s great ride moved him up to 2nd in the points standing as the series heads to San Diego.      

 

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RACE RECAP
23.1.18
Anaheim 2 - Supercross Race Recap

Anaheim 2 marked the first round of the Triple Crown format for the 2018 Supercross series. The Triple Crown features a unique 3 main event format that would see good starts being more critical than the traditional single main event SX format. Shorter main events meant less time to come through the pack.

 

250 SX –

The 250 class saw both Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki Fox riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo getting great starts in all 3 main events. Savatgy would go on to win 2 of the 3 mains giving him the overall Triple Crown victory for the night. Joey’s strong performance had him leave Anaheim tied for the Championship points lead.

 

450 SX –

In a night where starts were critical, Ken Roczen struggled to get off the line in the first two main events. A good start and a solid ride in the third main saw Ken finish in 4th place. Ken leaves A2 in 4th place in the overall championship.

 

Still riding himself into race shape after a preseason injury, Chad Reed won the last chance qualifier during the day to get into the night program. Gutty rides in the 3 mains saw Chad come him in 14th overall for the night.  

 

 

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