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Success and setback for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing at Valkenswaard 

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing has succes and difficulties in the sixth game for the World Championship MX2 at Valkenswaard.

Thomas Kjer Olsen knew after a crash in the first manche to archieve a strong fourth position in the ranking of the day. Thomas Covington drove a hell of a first round in which he finished third but his podium aspirations went up in smoke because of a fall in the second round and he had to leave the match early. Conrad Mewse had a bad start in the first manche and finished twentieth place. In the second round he raced in the top five when he slipped and eventually finished outside the points.

Thomas Kjer Olsen showed in both runs that he has the speed to fight in the top three but he eventually had to settle for a fourth place in the ranking of the day. In the first round he slipped when he was in sixth place and was far beaten back after that. Frantically he began to catch up and managed to fight hard with fast lap times still all the way back to a ninth place. After a reasonable start in the second manche Olsen managed after several impressive overtaking manoeuvres to finish fourth and after six games he now occupies the fourth place in the standings.

For Thomas Covington the highlight of the day was coming in third in the first round. In the second round he had a bad fall and he was forced to leave the game. Although he did not score in the second round, he still closed the day in the top ten and now stands at a seventh place in the World Championship.

A bad start in the first manche and a fall in the second round was a pity for Conrad Mewse who was on his way up after the previous Grand Prix in Italy. Mewse finished 20th and a twenty-second place and had to settle for a twenty-fifth place in the overall ranking of the day.

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Date: 25-04-2017
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Wilvo Yamaha MXGP overcome poor luck

Just one week on from a podium finish at the hard-pack venue of Pietramurata, the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP squad jumped into the sandy terrain of Valkenswaard for round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The race has been kind to both riders in the past, so hopes were high entering the event that is close to home for the team

Arnaud Tonus got off to a superb start in practice on Saturday, as he logged the fastest time in the pre-qualifying session. That left him on pole position in the qualifying race that took place later that day. ‘4’ put that gate pick to good use in the heat, as he rounded turn one inside of the top five, but a crash on lap one left him in a precarious position. Although he faced a substantial deficit, he was not to be deterred and charged forward to sixteenth at the chequered flag. Shaun Simpson was a little further up the order; he advanced from eleventh on lap one to seventh at the chequered flag.

The first of two MXGP motos took place in warmer conditions, much to the delight of the many fans in attendance. Mediocre starts hindered the Wilvo Yamaha MXGP duo, but Arnaud Tonus was dealt the worst hand. A crash at the start of lap two forced him to restart in dead last and, for the second time in two days, he had to push through the field to salvage a respectable result. The Swiss pilot was eventually classified in fourteenth.        

Wilvo arnaud tonusShaun Simpson was in a poor position also, but had less work to do. The Scotsman rounded the first lap in twentieth and then moved all the way up to twelfth in the thirty-minute moto, despite a small crash. The finish set him up well to achieve a strong overall result. Simpson actually ran lap times that were competitive with those in the top eight, despite the fact that he was pushing forward from the back, as did Tonus.

The start of the second MXGP moto was much more positive, as both riders escaped the first couple of laps unscathed and on the cusp of the top ten. Arnaud Tonus moved forward immediately to take ninth, which was where he finished, and twelfth overall on the day. Shaun Simpson lost some ground after stalling his machine on lap three, but clawed his way up to thirteenth at the finish. Simpson was fourteenth overall on the day.

Arnaud Tonus now sits ninth in the series standings, just two positions ahead of Shaun Simpson. The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place at the sandy circuit of Kegums in two weeks.


Date: 25-04-2017

Arnaud Tonus and Shaun Simpson, of Wilvo Yamaha MXGP, descended on the scenic venue of Pietramurata this past weekend, as the Italian circuit played host to the fifth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Tonus, a race winner in his homeland seven days prior, arrived at the hillside with some momentum in his corner.

The Swiss pilot put that to good use in the two practice sessions on Saturday morning, as he recorded lap times that put him inside of the top three each time. That, unfortunately, did not quite translate to a great start in the qualifying heat, as he rounded lap one on the cusp of the top fifteen and with a considerable amount of work to do.

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Recording lap times that were competitive with the leaders, Tonus carved through the field with some elegant riding and secured the ninth pick of the gate for the following day. Shaun Simpson, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. Although he started outside of the top ten, he made some quick moves to advance to ninth almost immediately. ‘24’ was competitive in that position until a small crash curtailed his efforts and left him in eighteenth at the chequered flag.

A brilliant start in the first MXGP moto left Arnaud Tonus inside of the top three at the end of lap one and right with a pair of former champions. Tonus shadowed his competitors in a calculated manner through the first half of the race, then pounced on the rider in the runner-up position on lap twelve of nineteen. Tonus then started to erase the deficit between himself and the race leader, but ran out of time. Just two seconds separated him from the eventual winner at the end of the thirty-minute moto!

Tonus was restricted by a mediocre start in the second outing, but again showed good pace whilst edging closer to the top five. After spending a majority of the encounter in sixth, he eventually crossed the line in seventh and secured third overall on the weekend. The thirty-six points that he achieved also saw him jump to eighth in the series standings.

Date: 21-04-2017


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