Morgan Lesiardo wins at home in Italy

Morgan Lesiardo clinched victory for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team in the FIM European EMX250 Championship round at Ottobiano in northern Italy to extend his series points lead.

The Italian teenager was dominant in the Saturday afternoon race to claim victory in stifling heat as temperatures soared above 40 degrees and the intense humidity demanded high levels of fitness. After two weeks of solid testing with the team Morgan took the holeshot and controlled the pace from the front. An incident at the first turn of race two, run in cooler conditions after an early morning thunderstorm had cleared the air, left Morgan outside the top twenty but he showed his maturity to tenaciously fight his way back to second, sufficient to secure the overall victory. He now leads the series by nineteen points after six of nine rounds.

Tristan Charboneau and Marshal Weltin of Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki raced to sixth and thirteenth positions respectively in the unusual sandy conditions on Saturday. Charboneau crashed whilst fourth on Sunday morning while Weltin finished tenth and is now eighth in the series standings.

Morgan Lesiardo: “I have been waiting for this race in Ottobiano. I love this place; it’s only one hour from home so I had many friends and fans who came to cheer me this weekend. I’m really happy to win my first race with the Kawasaki; it’s like a dream to win a race in Italy! I’m also happy for the team; they do a lot of work for me and I want to thank everyone for their support, including Christophe who worked with me the past two weeks in Belgium. For the first race the weather was really hot, like 46° but thankfully the track was not yet too bumpy; it was good to get the holeshot as I could ride my own rhythm all race. Today the track was rougher but the weather was cooler for us; my start was good again but in the first corner other riders pushed me and I nearly crashed and I was around twenty-fifth. I did a couple of fast laps to come back into the top five and at the finish I was second. After this win and the testing we did during the last two weeks in Belgium I feel much more confident, and now the goal is to win some more races and keep the red plate all season.”

Nancy van de Ven Second at WMX GP of France

Nancy van der Ven of the No Fear Energy Yamaha team claimed a podium spot at the third round of the Women’s Motocross World Championship series at Ernee in France. In the first heat, Van de Ven held the lead until the closing stages of the race, but had to surrender it at the end to finish second. In the second race she finished fourth after battling to find her rhythm.

The track at Ernee is a technical challenge with many elevation changes and off-camber corners. The rutty track was particularly challenging, but Nancy rode a composed session to qualify third.

After a good start in the first race, Nancy soon shot into the lead. Courtney Duncan challenged her, and a fierce battle erupted.  The pressure counted on Duncan, who crashed, and Nancy could build up a small lead. A mistake from her allowed Kiara Fontanesi and Livia Lancelot to close the gap. Nancy had to yield the lead and finished second.

Another great start launched Nancy into the lead again in race two. Lancelot and Duncan again started nipping at her heels, with Fontanesi also joining the fray. Nancy lost her rhythm somewhat, and dropped to fourth. Even though she would have preferred higher placing, she did take home a bagful of points, and her efforts for the day were enough for second overall.

“After the disappointment of my disqualification in Indonesia and my crash at Trentino, I am happy to be on the podium,” she said. “I battled with my rhythm in the second race, but it was a good points haul and I look forward to the next race at Loket. I scored my first GP victory there and I love the track. The leading four riders are within 12 points of each other, and anything can still happen in the championship.”

Van der Ven is currently fourth in the championship with a deficit of only 12 points to championship leader Kiara Fontanesi. The next round of the series is on 23 – 24 July at Loket, Czech Republic.

 

Overall Grand Prix of France:

1 Livia Lancelot 47 Pnt

2 Nancy van de Ven 40 Pnt

3 Kiara Fontanesi 38 Pnt

4 Larissa Papenmeijer 36 Pnt

5 Sara Andersen 28 Pnt

 

World Championship standings:

1 Kiara Fontanesi 115 Pnt

2 Livia Lancelot 114 Pnt

3 Courtney Duncan 108 Pnt

4 Nancy van de Ven 103 Pnt

5 Larissa Papenmeijer 99 Pnt

Cianciarulo Wins East/West Shootout in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (May 7, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo earned his second win of the season in dominating fashion during the East/West Shootout at Sam Boyd Stadium, finishing over five seconds ahead of his teammate and newly crowned Western Regional 250SX Champion Justin Hill. Austin Forkner went down in the first turn and was able to come back for 12th, while Joey Savatgy was hit in the second-to-last turn and pushing him back to a 14th-place finish.

Adam Cianciarulo
It had been an up and down season for Cianciarulo, who broke through for his first race-win at the beginning of March. While that win was sweet after years of injury, his victory in Las Vegas was just as sweet after besting the riders from both regions on a difficult track outside the Las Vegas strip. Throughout the race, he was even in contention for the championship, but in the end his win propelled him into second overall in the Eastern Regional 250SX standings.

“This is something I’ve always wanted to do [win the east/west shootout],” said Cianciarulo. “I am going to have to go back and watch the whole race to see all the action that happened behind me but I was in a groove and just tried to keep pace the entire race. It feels amazing to end the season like this.”

Justin Hill
After already taking the championship two weeks ago in Salt Lake City, the race in Las Vegas was more or less a victory lap for Hill. With the temperatures over 90 degrees all day, Hill struggled with minor heat stroke, but was able to pull together for a solid showing once the sun went down. Like Cianciarulo, Hill got out to a great start and was able to maintain his lead-pack pace, ending the season with his eighth consecutive podium finish.

“I am so thankful for everyone that has supported me,” said Hill. “Honestly when I came into the weekend, the championship still hadn’t sunk in. I struggled a little bit with heat stroke today and wasn’t sure if I would be able to race, but came together for the night show and just tried to pace Adam. He rode great and I’m really happy to see him take the win.”

Austin Forkner
Forkner had been very consistent in Las Vegas as an amateur prior to his professional debut in Sam Boyd Stadium. He kept up the fast pace for much of the night, but a first turn crash would force Forkner to start from 20th. Despite the odds stacked against him he still managed to make his way back toward the top-10 in 12th.

“I felt really good tonight and was hoping to get on the podium or even a win,” said Forkner. “It will come, but though I rode well after that hard crash in the first turn. It was definitely tough and really got me excited for the upcoming outdoors season that starts in two weeks.”

Joey Savatgy
As a championship contender, Savatgy put himself in good position on the start, avoiding the pile up in the first turn. He was near the front-runners on the first lap, but had to catch back up again after a bobble following the finish line. He made his way back up to fourth, eventually having some issues that forced him toward the end of the top-10. Savatgy would ultimately be taken out in the final turn and forced back to 14th as he crossed the final finish line of the Monster Energy Supercross season.

“It was a rollercoaster season to say the least,” said Savatgy. “What happened on the last lap I didn’t see coming and should have. I would have probably done the same thing in that situation, but it hurts being on the losing end of a take out.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results (East/West Shootout)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  2. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
  3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  5. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)
  6. Jimmy Decotis (Honda)
  7. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  8. Hayden Mellross (Yamaha)
  9. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha)
  10. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda)

12. Austin Forkner (KawasakI)
14. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)

 

Western Regional 250SX Class Points, After 9 of 9 Rounds

  1. Justin Hill (Kawasaki), 202
  2. Shane McElrath (KTM), 164
  3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha), 163
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna), 145
  5. James Decotis (Honda), 137
  6. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 114
  7. Dan Reardon (Yamaha), 104
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Honda), 90
  9. Cole Martinez (Yamaha), 77
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM), 76

 

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Points, After 9 of 9 Rounds

  1. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 173
  2. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 171
  3. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 166
  4. Jordon Smith (KTM), 161
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 144
  6. Christian Craig (Honda), 97
  7. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 86
  8. Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 84
  9. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha), 82
  10. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki), 77

 

 

Cianciarulo and Savatgy Finish in Top-10 at MetLife Stadium

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (April 30, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo and Joey Savatgy both attained top-10 finishes at the penultimate round of the Eastern Regional 250SX championship, ending the night fourth and eighth, respectively. With only one round remaining, Savatgy is just one point off the leader, while Cianciarulo is fourth and 14 points out.

Adam Cianciarulo
For Cianciarulo, the night started out right as he collected his third heat-race win of the season. He was ready for the gate drop in the main event and grabbed his third holeshot of the season. Cianciarulo was riding well, but forfeited a few spots before the checkered flag where he ended up finishing just off the podium in fourth.

“The day started pretty good and I’m always happy to get a heat race win,” said Cianciarulo. “I really wish I was able to hold on to the lead in the main, but the track was tricky and there were certain sections that if you didn’t get it just right, you lost time. I have one more round to get that second win and we’ll be trying our hardest.”

Joey Savatgy
Savatgy was focused and ready to tackle the tough track in New Jersey. He finished fourth in his heat race and started well in the main event. After settling into third, Savatgy went down, but remounted quickly. He crossed the line in third, but eventually was assessed a penalty and was pushed down to eighth. With his decent sized lead entering the round, he sits only one point out of the lead with the final round taking place next weekend in Las Vegas.

“I don’t give up and after barely losing last year, I won’t go down without a fight,” said Savatgy. “This week, we’ll keep our heads down and work hard to come to Las Vegas at our best.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  3. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  5. Christian Craig (Honda)
  6. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)
  7. Luke Renzland (Suzuki)
  8. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  9. Cameron Mcadoo (Honda)
  10. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)

250SX Class Points, After 8 of 9 Rounds

  1. Jordon Smith (KTM), 160
  2. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 159
  3. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 159
  4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 146
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 126
  6. Christian Craig (Honda), 97
  7. Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 84
  8. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha), 80
  9. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki), 77
  10. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 74

Beursfoon KTM Team: 3 riders on European Championship podium

The Beursfoon KTM team made a clean sweep of podium spots at the second round of the Motocross European Championships on Kolding, Denmark. Ivano van Erp and Kay de Wolf won the 65cc and 85cc classes respectively, and Scott Smulders was second in the 85cc class.

The incessant rainfall leading up to the race forced the organisers to cancel Saturday’s  schedule. A shortened qualifying schedule was arranged for Sunday.

Ivano van Erp posted the pole time in the 65cc class. He was in sublime form and claimed both holeshots on his Hannamax KTM. He brooled no opposition  and won both heats comfortably.

In the 85cc class, Kay and Scott posted the fastest and second fastest times respectively.

In the first heat Scott’s Prox  clutch did its job, and he was third off the line. Kay had a lesser start, holding ninth initially. Scott bided his time and pounced for the lead when the opportunity came. He  fought hard, but finally  claimed second. Kay recovered to fifth, which kept his hopes of a good result alive

Both teammates got away well in race two, being first and second into the first corner. Kay flew into the lead and never relinquished it again. Scott held second for a while but a number of mistakes dropped him to sixth. The joint scores were enouh to reward Kay with the victory and Scott with second spot.

The next round of the European Championship will be held in Finland on 21 May.

Hill Scores Second Place To Keep Double Digit Point’s Lead

SEATTLE (April 9, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill rode a consistent race on a continually changing track inside CenturyLink Field to finish second, allowing him to retain his double digit point’s lead with two rounds remaining. Hill’s teammate Austin Forkner did not race after enduring a hip injury in practice leading up to the event. He’s being evaluated on a week-by-week basis.

Justin Hill 
The day was nearly perfect for Hill who collected the top qualifier and another heat race win on a cold night in Seattle. Hill, who is from Yoncalla, Oregon, looked unfazed by the challenging track and let that confidence shine in the main event.

Because of the conditions the main event was knocked down to 12 minutes and after working his way up into the top five, the main event was red flagged for an injured rider. The racers were forced to complete a full restart, but it benefited Hill who started a bit better and quickly made his way into second by the second lap. He would be challenged for the position, but would ultimately settle into the runner-up spot and ride a smooth race to finish second on the night.

“I just fell into the groove and tried to ride safe because the track was just unreal,” said Hill. “I did what I could do to ride solid and not throw it away. I would love to have won, but didn’t feel like I needed to do anything that would cost me points.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
  2. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
  3. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
  5. Shane McElrath (KTM)
  6. Jimmy Decotis (Honda)
  7. Hayden Melross (Yamaha)
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Honda)
  9. Cole Martinez (Yamaha)
  10. Justin Hoeft (Yamaha)

 

250SX Class Points, After 7 of 9 Rounds

  1. Justin Hill (Kawasaki), 160
  2. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha), 142
  3. Shane McElrath (KTM), 129
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna), 124
  5. James Decotis (Honda), 106
  6. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 90
  7. Dan Reardon (Yamaha), 82
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Honda), 73
  9. Cole Martinez (Yamaha), 64
  10. Jeremy Martin (Honda), 55

Joey Savatgy Retains Points Lead Going Into Break

ST. LOUIS (April 2, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy kept the Eastern Regional 250SX points lead heading into the short break after collecting his fourth-straight runner-up finish at The Dome at America’s Center. His teammate Adam Cianciarulo finished sixth and is 18 points back of his teammate in the standings.

Joey Savatgy
The day as a whole was really encouraging for Savatgy who came into the night event as the top qualifier. He captured another heat race win aboard his Kawasaki KX250F and put himself in good position for the main. During the crucial main event, Savatgy got a great start and charged into the lead not long after the start. He encountered some mistakes, but despite going off the track and getting hit by a lapper he managed to charge at the leader until the end, finishing just 0.6 seconds back of the winner.

“We are leaving here healthy and have the red plate so that is always good,” said Savatgy. “The little mistakes are frustrating but the speed is there. The starts have been there, which is encouraging, so we’ll see what we can do after the break.”

Adam Cianciarulo
Cianciarulo was proving his speed both during the day’s practice and the night show. After collecting third in his heat, he got a nice start in the main event to put him in the top-five. He battled and didn’t give up the entire 15 minutes plus one lap main event to finish sixth on the night.

“I had a pretty good crash in second practice and I feel like it hindered me when we went to the night show,” said Cianciarulo. “I couldn’t get in a grove and the track was challenging so it didn’t turn out how I wanted. We have some time off and we’ll regroup.”

The riders on the East Coast will get a short break before returning to action on April 29 for the penultimate round of the season. Justin Hill and Austin Forkner return to action next weekend in Seattle.

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  2. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  3. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  5. Christian Craig (Honda)
  6. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  7. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha)
  8. Gannon Audette (Kawasaki)
  9. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)
  10. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)

 

250SX Class Points, After 7 of 9 Rounds

  1. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 146
  2. Jordon Smith (KTM), 140
  3. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 134
  4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 128
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 104
  6. Christian Craig (Honda), 81
  7. Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 70
  8. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha), 69
  9. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 66
  10. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki), 62

Joey Savatgy Regains Points Lead in Detroit

DETROIT (March 26, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo were main players in one of the wildest races this season, with Savatgy earning his third-straight runner-up finish while Cianciarulo was third. In addition to grabbing his fourth podium of the season, Savatgy regained the point’s lead and sits nine points ahead of second. Cianciarulo moved to fourth in the standings and is 11 points back of his teammate.

Joey Savatgy
Coming into the evening, Savatgy clocked in the second-fastest lap time in qualifying on the slick and tricky track. He rode through the pack in his heat race to finish second. In the main event, Savatgy got a great start and was in the hunt for the lead, taking over the top spot on Lap 3. He ended up going down but got going again in third, staying with the front pack. Savatgy traded positions with second and third a few times before finishing less than a second behind the winner. Savatgy ended the night claiming the coveted red plate and a nice cushion between him and second place, nine points back.

“The points lead is good, but frustrated for sure because that win was within my grasp,” said Savatgy. “In the main, I put myself in position and had a little gap in the lead and made a mistake. Once I got back into my groove, I caught back up and almost won. So my speed there is encouraging and we’re really happy to leave with the points lead.”

Adam Cianciarulo
Like Savatgy, Cianciarulo was able to charge the track in practice and come away with third in qualifying. He won his second heat race of the season in impressive fashion. The good gate pick helped him shoot out to the main event holeshot, leading the first few laps before briefly going down. He remounted in fourth and started his race back to the front. Even with a time gap, Cianciarulo charged and passed for the podium spot with two laps to go.

“I feel good with the result after not getting much riding in this week with my knee injury last week,” said Cianciarulo. “I put myself in a good position tonight and coming out of here we are optimistic as we closed the points gap. Couldn’t be more excited to have a shot at the championship and it’s looking like this thing will go down to Vegas.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  2. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  3. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  4. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  5. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)
  6. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha)
  7. Christian Craig (Honda)
  8. Gannon Audette (Kawasaki)
  9. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)
  10. Luke Renzland (Yamaha)

 

250SX Class Points, After 6 of 9 Rounds

  1. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki), 124
  2. Jordon Smith (KTM), 115
  3. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna), 114
  4. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki), 113
  5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha), 86
  6. Christian Craig (Honda), 65
  7. Luke Renzland (Yamaha), 61
  8. Alex Martin (KTM), 60
  9. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha), 58
  10. Mitchell Harrison (Yamaha), 52

Cianciarulo Wins First Supercross Since 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (March 12, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo ascended to the top step of the podium almost three years to the date of his last supercross win in 2014, leading wire-to-wire in his hometown race at Daytona International Speedway. After recovering from injuries the past three years, Cianciarulo finally felt vindication taking his fourth career victory. The podium celebration was even sweeter as teammate Joey Savatgy made it a 1-2 Pro Circuit domination with the duo crossing the finish line over 10 seconds ahead of the third place.

Adam Cianciarulo
Leading into the main event, Cianciarulo rode consistently as he qualified third in practice and came out of his heat in fourth. When the gate dropped for the 250SX main event, both Cianciarulo and Savatgy jumped to the front with Cianciarulo taking over the lead just a few corners in. He never looked back, rode hard the entire 15 laps and came away with his fourth career victory.

“Getting hurt a few times in a row can make you have those doubts [if you’ll win again],” said Cianciarulo. “It’s hard to come from the bottom and get back to the top. It’s the accumulation of so many people, so many hours of work that have pushed me to get here. It’s hard to describe but it’s an incredible feeling to be back on the podium.”

Joey Savatgy
Like Cianciarulo, Savatgy had good speed as he came into the main event, qualifying second and coming through the pack in his heat race to finish third. When the riders shot out of the gate, it was Savatgy who grabbed the holeshot and led the field around the first turn. After being overtaken by his teammate, Savatgy stayed right on him, not giving him much breathing room as he tried to get close enough to make a pass. He eventually settled for second but made up valuable points in the championship where he now sits just six points back.

“The last few weekends have been tough and it’s really nice to be back on the podium,” said Savatgy. “We gained some good points in the championship and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. I try each week to get better and I think this was a good weekend for us.”

 

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  2. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  3. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  4. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  5. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  6. Lorenzo Locurcio (Yamaha)
  7. Kyle Cunningham (Suzuki)
  8. Alex Martin (KTM)
  9. Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
  10. Dakota Alix (KTM)

Wilvo Yamaha MXGP dominate in Indonesia

The FIM Motocross World Championship marched into Indonesia for the first time in twenty years this past weekend, as the Pangkal Pinang circuit played host to round two of nineteen. The Wilvo Yamaha MXGP duo were braced to tackle some challenging conditions, thanks to some heavy rain, as the circuit resembled a quagmire on Saturday morning.

That fact was taken into account when the promoters elected to run just a single practice session on the first day of the event. Although conditions were far from pleasant, Shaun Simpson and Arnaud Tonus didn’t hesitate when it came to tackling the circuit and reaped the benefits. Simpson, who was hoping to rebound from a luckless outing in Qatar, recorded a time that was so impressive that it secured him pole position for the following day. Arnaud Tonus was just eight spots further back in ninth.

Thankfully the rain held off overnight, so conditions had drastically improved when the riders took to the starting line at midday on Sunday. A handful of sections threatened to swallow up both man and machine, admittedly, but hopes were high when the gates dropped. Although Simpson got pinched off heading into turn one, he managed to hold a tight line and emerge on the cusp of the top five. The Scotsman then wasted no time at all and searched for a way around those who sat between him and the top spot.

It took just one lap for Simpson to dispose of the rider in fourth place, then he quickly broke into the top three. Just two laps after that he was already making a run at the leader and, despite some stiff competition, he made the move and broke free almost immediately. Thanks to some lap times that were almost three seconds quicker than those who trailed him, Simpson established a lead of seven seconds throughout the moto and claimed the sixth MXGP moto win of his career! The victory was also a first for Wilvo Yamaha MXGP.

Whilst that was going on at the head of the field, Arnaud Tonus struggled to overcome a mediocre start and was then restricted by a mistake on lap two. He immediately attempted to make up the ground that he had lost and, despite two more mistakes, made seven passes through the remaining laps whilst en route to fifteenth in the moto. Tonus was eager to rebound in the second MXGP moto, but did not get that chance. Heavy rainfall meant that conditions deteriorated to a point that forced the race director to cancel the final race.

That decision left Shaun Simpson and the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP team with the overall victory! In just their second Grand Prix together, the pair garnered maximum points and jumped to eighth in the series standings. Arnaud Tonus sits fourteenth in the championship heading into the third round of the series, which is set to take place in Argentina in two weeks.

Shaun Simpson: “It is one of those things where you have to go out there, race what is there and go with the decisions that have been made. In the first moto I just really gelled with the track, had some really nice lines going and felt comfortable on the bike. After I passed [Tim] Gajser for fourth, I just felt like I was going to win that race. I knew it was going to be that easy and it was! Once I got into the lead for the second time I managed to make it stick. It was a nice moto; I really enjoyed it.”

Arnaud Tonus: “It was a rough moto for me. I had a pretty good start and then a big crash in the second lap. I came back a few positions and crashed two times, but I kept going and finished fifteenth. I will keep grinding. Those kinds of races are a part of the job, so I need to learn from it and come back stronger in Argentina.”