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HOWAY THE LAD | 13.08.2017
HOWAY THE LAD

Howay the lad ! Two weeks after Britain secured the youngest two-stroke world title with Eddie Wade, Brad Anderson became the oldest European champion on a smoker with two devastating rides at Frauenfeld. Holding a 21 point advantage over Mike Kras entering the final round, it should have been so easy for Ando, but the 36 year old made life difficult for himself with two wretched gates: "I got closed down at the first turn and there were bikes everywhere." On Saturday he swept from 30th to third and, released from stress when Kras' Toomer ran out of sparks at 15 minutes, charged even further to snatch the moto win from James Dunn, though the GL teamster still took his first weekend overall.

ANDO MOVES IN FOR THE KILL | 05.08.2017
ANDO MOVES IN FOR THE KILL

Brad Anderson moved another step closer to the European 300 title at Lommel today when he ran doen Mike Kras for his fifth victory in seven motos; a repeat tomorrow and the 36 year old can wrap up the series already next Saturday in Frauenfeld. As expected Kras was fast in sand on his GL12 KTM, but the Team Verde vet knew his card was fitness and, even when Kras passed him back for the lead mid-moto, he kept on the pressure and the Dutchman could not respond when Ando turned the screw a second time at 25 minutes. The North-Easterner now leads by 24 points with three motos remaining. Rain affected GP qualification but the skies will be clear tomorrow.

RESPECT | 23.07.2017
RESPECT

A dark shadow was cast over Loket as Moldavian youngster Igor Cuharciuc was killed when he crashed during the first moto of the 85cc European championship finals. The incident happened on the infamous downhill leap where Pauls Jonass crashed last year and Josh Coppins lost the MX1 world title in 2007. Medical staff were immediately at the scene and there was a medical helicopter in attendance, but all attempts to revive the 13 year old, who had travelled with his uncle while his parents stayed home in Moldavia, tragically failed. We express our heartfelt sympathy to Igor's family.


BENNY BOY WAS ON IT IN PORTUGAL | 03.07.2017
BENNY BOY WAS ON IT IN PORTUGAL

Agueda 2017 can be remembered as the day Ben Watson truly arrived in MXGP. Forget the final scoreline, the speed the Maxxis leader showed in Portugal was amazing. A 2017 GP winner and a red plate holder and four factory bikes were amongst his victims as he scorched through to fifth and, now top privateer, even had TKO in 4th in his sights. "I started making mistakes and knew it was time to back off before I crashed," he admitted. "I needed a long time to rebuild my confidence earlier in the year, but I know I have the pace to run with them now. I think it played a role that we had two such hot races in a week and I was able to come again in the last couple of laps." Significantly the only other rider to have faced such a hard ride was Paturel .... and the Frenchman DID crash after getting to fifth.

ALMOST LAPPED THE LOT | 12.06.2017
ALMOST LAPPED THE LOT

Jeremy Seewer was inevitably somewhat disappointed with his first MX2 moto 7th in Russia, but the Swiss ace was imperial in race two as he lapped all bar Brian Bogers ... and he didn't even know he'd won it ! "I didn't see Paturel crash and thought I was second." Three from the end he lapped overall winner Pauls Jonass, leaving only Bogers, two and a half minutes down, on the same lap. The ride brought memories of an equally dominant ride in 1998 by his boss Stefan Everts :D

1-2 FOR BRITAIN IN 1961 | 02.06.2017
1-2 FOR BRITAIN IN 1961

..... and it could have been 1-2-3 if Dave Bickers' Greeves hadn't broken when he was leading the Beezas of Jeff Smith and Arthur Lampkin in the Czech 250 GP at Sarka. Savour classic motocross .... minimal track security, no six foot high fence to keep the hordes back and no banners blocking everyone's view. https://www.facebook.com/archivct24/videos/1561927687153676/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED

RUSKIES OUT OF ERNEE | 25.05.2017
RUSKIES OUT OF ERNEE

There will be no Russians in either MXGP or MX2 at Ernee ! Evgeny Bobryshev was eliminated with a dislocated shoulder on Saturday at Teutschenthal and, after struggling all weekend "racing with one arm" Seva Brylyakov has withdrawn to try to get ready for his home GP on June 10/11. Trapped nerves in the right shoulder meant that the DRT teamster was a shadow of his true self in Germany with little feeling in the fingers of his right hand and treatment by a nerve specialist in Moscow, already planned for next week, have been pulled forward. C U hopefully back on the pace at Orylonok.

THE SOUND OF MUSIC | 15.05.2017
THE SOUND OF MUSIC

Glad tidings of music and joy @ Teutschenthal this weekend as a full field of smokers take to the track for the opening round of EMX300. 48 riders dispute the 40 slots at the gate on Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning with Mike Kras on the GL12 KTM, Brad Anderson and Matt Moffat heading the UK entry, joined by James Dunn, Rob Holyoake, Phil Mercer, John Robson, Will Worden and Aaron Pipon. Top continentals are Yentel Martens on the factory Husky, Jami Numminen for IceOne, Mathias Plessers piloting the official TM, Joel Smets' son Greg, Kenny Van Dueren, Christopher Valente for Marchetti, Valtteri Malin and Frantisek Smola. Ear plugs forbidden this weekend !

MATTIGHOFEN DAY | 06.05.2017
MATTIGHOFEN DAY

First six in MX2 with Thomas Kjer Olsen, Thomas Covington, Pauls Jonass, Jorge Prado, Calvin Vlaanderen and Brian Hsu, 1-2 in MXGP with Jeffrey Herlings and Max Nagl qualification day at Kegums belonged to Mattighofen. Jacky Martens' Husky duo were on rails as they stormed the MX2 leaderboard and The Bullet ran down Nagl on the final lap of MXGP after topping both training sessions. Looking good for tomorrow when the track will be even rougher ! Shaun Simpson 10th and Max Anstie 11th in MXGP.

MEXICAN HOSPITALITY | 01.04.2017
MEXICAN HOSPITALITY

The piazza in front of the Templo Expiatorio del Sagrado Corazon de Jesus was the scene for this year's opening of festivities for the MXGP of Leon. Entertainment from the diverse talents of the instrumental and dance group Las Mariachis plus a selection of local delicacies - food, not the senoritas - culminated in the annual signing session by the riders. Scroll down for more photos.

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