Revealed: Spanish MXGP

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MONACO (Principality of Monaco) 23 January 2020 – Youthstream is very pleased to announce the brand-new venue of intu Xanadú in Arroyomolinos (Comunidad de Madrid) will host the MXGP of Spain on the 18/19 April 2020!

After a one-year break from the MXGP calendar, the Spanish Grand Prix is back and confirmed as part of the FIM Motocross World Championship for the next three years. In 2020, the MXGP of Spain will head to the hard pack track at intu Xanadú, located just 22km from the centre of Madrid.

This will be the first time that the MXGP will land in Madrid and that has been made possible thanks to the support offered by the Community of Madrid, the Vice Ministry of Sports, the Royal Spanish Motorcycle Federation and the Madrid Motorcycle Federation.

The last time that the FIM Motocross World Championship visited Spain was in 2018, held at the popular training facility for many of the MXGP riders, RedSand where the GP was dominated by Antonio Cairoli in MXGP and the local hero, Jorge Prado, in MX2.

The 2020 Spanish Grand Prix will offer the opportunity for the local fans to celebrate their MX2 World Champion for the very first time as MXGP rookie as it will host the fifth round of the series.

By the time of the Spanish MXGP, Prado is expected to arrive in Madrid fully recovered and highly motivated with the support of his home fans. “In my calendar it is already marked as one of the most important dates of the year,” said the young Spaniard.

Alongside the MX2 and MXGP classes, the EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing and the WMX riders will also be joining the premier categories for the occasion, as fans will be treated to an action-packed weekend.

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Stolen: Hutten Metaal

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Bad news emerged from Europe today. The Hutten Metaal Yamaha outfit had six of their bikes stolen from their workshop in The Netherlands, a crushing blow for any organisation. The workshop is located in Beerzerveld. Details are not overly clear at the moment but it seems as though the team are offering a reward if someone manages to return the six bikes. If you have any information at all that would be useful to the team, contact MX Vice on social media and we will hand you the relevant contact details.

Hutten Metaal are now Yamaha’s official EMX250 team this year and will enter the series with Raivo Dankers, Thibault Benistant and Gianluca Facchetti.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

The Latest: Jorge Prado

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Jorge Prado has been rather quiet since Christmas, as he continues to recover from the femur injury that he sustained in late December. How are things double for the double MX2 world champion? Red Bull KTM shared the following update from Prado, which is nothing but positive.

“⁣It’s only been four weeks, so it is still very early, but I can now bicycle, and get in the gym to work on strength in my upper body. I cannot run yet. People are really impressed with the progress I am making. It was a pretty serious injury and a complicated operation, but the surgery could not have gone any better.”

The 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship will begin in forty-four days, so Prado will obviously not make it onto the start line there. It seems likely that he will return at some point in May.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer

Wildcard News: MXGP of Britain

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There were so many positive points to discuss when Youthstream released an entry list for the Grand Prix of Great Britain, the opening round of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, late last week. There will be full gates in both MXGP and MX2 as well as some very interesting wildcards. Seeing Tommy Searle in a Grand Prix again is a huge plus for all involved, huh?

Jake Millward will join him as a wildcard in MXGP, but could there be even more British riders on the starting line? Those with a keen eye noticed that Jorge Prado was still entered – despite the fact that a femur injury will definitely rule him out – so that will open up at least one spot. It now seems as though that is something that Jake Nicholls is interested in, based on the following extract from social media.

“Looking forward to [the] February 9 @Hawkstone_International_MX. I’m also hoping/trying to get in for the @BritMXGrandPrix to have some fun in the mud.”

This would actually be an interesting development, as Jake Nicholls has not appeared in the Grand Prix series since stepping back in 2017. It is unlikely that the entry list for the Grand Prix of Great Britain will receive an official update until the week before the event.

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2-Stroke: Jeremy Seewer

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The beginning of a new week tends to suck more often than not. This little social-media clip should brighten your day though, so enjoy! Jeremy Seewer hops on a YZ125 and rips around the historic Grand Prix track of Bellpuig. That’s definitely not a bad combination, huh? Seewer is known for having one of the best styles in the FIM Motocross World Championship, just to make it even better. Bellpuig still looks like it’s in pretty good shape too.

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Some motivation for Monday. That 125!😍 – 📽 @mikey1neale @yamaharacingcomofficial

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Pre-Entry Lists: MXGP of Britain

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The start of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship at the Grand Prix of Great Britain is just forty-nine days away now! Time flies, huh? In preparation for the opening round, Youthstream just released entry lists for the MXGP and MX2 classes. These include new rider numbers and exciting wildcards, plus they confirm that there will be full gates! What more could a fan want heading into the first of twenty Grands Prix?

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Romain Febvre

4

Arnaud Tonus

6

Benoit Paturel

7

Tanel Leok

10

Calvin Vlaanderen

15

Jake Millward

17

Jose Butron

21

Gautier Paulin

22

Kevin Strijbos

24

Shaun Simpson

25

Clement Desalle

27

Arminas Jasikonis

29

Henry Jacobi

33

Julien Lieber

41

Pauls Jonass

43

Mitch Evans

61

Jorge Prado

64

Thomas Covington

66

Iker Larranaga

77

Alessandro Lupino

84

Jeffrey Herlings

89

Jeremy Van Horebeek

91

Jeremy Seewer

92

Valentin Guillod

93

Jonathan Bengtsson

100

Tommy Searle

128

Ivo Monticelli

152

Petar Petrov

189

Brian Bogers

222

Antonio Cairoli

226

Tom Koch

243

Tim Gajser

259

Glenn Coldenhoff

297

Anton Gole

321

Samuele Bernardini

555

Artem Guryev

747

Michele Cervellin

777

Evgeny Bobryshev

811

Adam Sterry

911

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11

Mikkel Haarup

12

Mitchell Harrison

14

Jed Beaton

16

Tom Grimshaw

19

Thomas Kjer Olsen

20

Wilson Todd

28

Tom Vialle

39

Roan Van De Moosdijk

44

Morgan Lesiardo

47

Bailey Malkiewicz

70

Ruben Fernandez

75

Hardi Roosiorg

83

Nathan Renkens

98

Bas Vaessen

101

Mattia Guadagnini

102

Richard Sikyna

104

Jeremy Sydow

105

Cyril Genot

109

Roland Edelbacher

118

Stephen Rubini

142

Jere Haavisto

161

Alvin Ostlund

172

Mathys Boisrame

193

Jago Geerts

199

Nathan Crawford

200

Filippo Zonta

211

Nicholas Lapucci

240

Kevin Horgmo

253

Jan Pancar

275

Joakin Furbetta

303

Alberto Forato

313

Petr Polak

326

Josh Gilbert

426

Conrad Mewse

516

Simon Laengenfelder

575

Taylor Hammal

711

Rene Hofer

783

Enzo Toriani

919

Ben Watson

959

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First Look: Rockstar Husqvarna MX2

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With under 50 days until the gate drops on the 2020 MXGP campaign, it is around this time we start to see the new bikes that the championship contenders will be riding.  First up is the official imagery of the 2020 MX2 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team who have a new look with a switch to Fox Racing and Bell helmets this year.  Check out these images of Thomas Kjer Olsen, Jed Beaton and Kay de Wolf through the lens of Bavo Swijgers.

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Social Spot: Sneak Peek II

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Before social media, fans had to wait until the pre-season internationals to see the Grand Prix riders in their new colours. Those days are long gone now though. A handful of riders have already shared images of how they will look when the next term of the FIM Motocross World Championship fires into life, for instance, and those posts are below. There are some major changes and then some smaller ones as well!

Thomas Covington

Thomas Covington is now back in Europe and attempting to prepare for his premier-class debut in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. This is the first shot of his complete set-up for that campaign, and there are a few points of note. Moose have moved over to the Gebben squad after losing the Kemea duo in MX2 (more below) and it seems as though Covington has a personal helmet deal with Monster Energy. It was initially thought that deal would spread to the entire team, but clearly not.

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Evgeny Bobryshev

Evgeny Bobryshev has been missing in action for so long now that it almost seems odd to picture him back behind the starting line in MXGP. Bobryshev has only just recovered from those injuries that effectively made him miss the whole of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship. This will mark the first time that Bobryshev has raced Austrian machinery at a professional level – the same goes for using FLY Racing gear and Bell helmets.

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Ben Watson

Ben Watson won’t use Moose kit or Airoh helmets in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship, as Troy Lee Designs have signed on to support the Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 outfit. It’ll be interesting to see TLD enter the European scene at such a high level, as they have only really dabbled with smaller teams like Hitachi KTM fuelled by Milwaukee and Bud Racing Kawasaki in the past. Speaking of Hitachi KTM, those riders will be in Seven gear next year.

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Antonio Cairoli

Gear companies are actually at the centre of silly season in the Grand Prix paddock. Not only are there the moves mentioned above but Thor have also taken over from Answer as a sponsor of Claudio De Carli’s portion of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing outfit. This is actually a pretty big move – they took their support from Monster Energy KRT and therefore both Romain Febvre and Clement Desalle will use Alpinestars gear in the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship.

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Romain Febvre

It is rare for a Grand Prix rider to change their number. Seeing as there is no real system in place like there is an America, a rider can pick a number as a rookie and then stick with it for the duration of their career. Romain Febvre had done that with #461 but will make a change ahead of the new season, as he has moved to the number three. The Eli Tomac jokes have been rolling around and will only intensify once most realise he will also use Alpinestars gear about his KRT steed.

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Video: MXGP of Finland

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There will be a handful of new stops on the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship schedule, like the Grand Prix of Finland. A lot of the time no one knows what to expect from an all-new race and the Finnish stop – set to be held at the KymiRing on August 23 – is no different. MXGP just shared a video that gives some insight into the environment that will host the Grand Prix though! It is fair to say that this is considerably different to the last venue that held the Finnish Grand Prix (Hyvinkaa in 2014), right?

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The Latest: GasGas Bike

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The Motocross of Nations was more than three months ago now, yet there is still a fair amount of buzz surrounding Glenn Coldenhoff. The fact that he has switched to GasGas ahead of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship has only added to that. There have been some questions though, like why is he currently testing on a KTM instead of his new red bike?

After speaking to the team manager at Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing, Tim Mathys, it has become apparent that work is currently being done in Austria and the team now expect to take delivery of GasGas machinery at the end of January. In the meantime they will continue to test aboard the KTM 450 SX-F. This obviously confirms that the bike will effectively be a KTM, which is no surprise at all.

Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing will race with Coldenhoff and Ivo Monticelli in 2020. The team will debut at the Hawkstone International on February 09, so not too long after they take delivery of their all-new steeds. One would presume that the Diga Procross GasGas Factory Juniors – the MX2 team for the Austrian manufacturer – will run on a similar schedule.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Ray Archer