After a hard fought second moto at the MXGP of Bulgaria, Team Assomotor Honda’s Mathys Boisrame took the race victory, the overall and most importantly the title of 2018 EMX250 champion.

Heading into the weekend with a lead of 18 points, Mathys extended that to 40 points after a comfortable second place finish in Saturday evening’s first race. This meant that he had to place 10 points ahead of his closest competitor in order to seal the championship before the final round in Assen. Pulling yet another holeshot on his Honda CRF250R helped him get off to the perfect start and as chaos reigned behind him, Mathys remained calm in the knowledge that he was doing everything he could to get the gold plate a round early.

As the race drew on, pressure mounted as his lead came under threat but Mathys was resilient until the end, holding off the challenge and crossing the line to take his sixth moto win, his fifth overall and his first European 250 championship. It was joyous moment for the young French rider who doesn’t come from a background of success, but who has gelled with the Honda CRF250R extremely well this year and together with a strong Assomotor team behind him and a family supporting throughout this rollercoaster campaign, he has grown into one of Europe’s top talents.

He struggled at the opening round in Spain, scoring just eight points in the two motos, but at the second round in Portugal he catapulted himself back into title contention with a one-one performance. An average display in Russia was then followed by another overall victory in Latvia, and then another one a couple of rounds later at his home GP in France where he first got a hold of the red plate. Unfortunately his results at the deep sand track of Lommel closed the championship points gap down to two, but overall victories at Switzerland and now Bulgaria meant that he got the 50 point differential he needed to win the EMX250 championship a round early, a round in which he can now run a fully deserved gold plate.

This is Honda’s second success in the EMX250 championship after Nick Kouwenberg won the title in 2015 and is further proof of the strength of the all-new 2018 Honda CRF250R. Mathys and Apico Factory Racing’s Steven Clarke have won more overalls than any other brand, pulled numerous holeshots and now also lead the manufacturers championship.

Mathys Boisrame

Mathys Boisrame 172

Words cannot describe how I feel right now. This early title win came by surprise: I knew we had what it takes to win the championship but we expected it to be decided in Assen, not here at Sevlievo. I am over the moon and so is the team, I think they deserve a good part of the credit because they have been super supportive all along. This is a massive achievement for all of us and for the new CRF250R, which proved to be a winning bike at the first try! I would also like to thank Honda and all the sponsors because nothing of this would have been possible without them. The season isn’t over yet: I will do my best to finish it on a high at Assen and then race the MX2 class again in Imola!

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Francesco Manfredi

Francesco Manfredi

Where do I start? I hardly know what to say, it hasn’t sunk in yet and I don’t know when it will happen! We’re so proud of Mathys, he’s our golden boy and today he has done what 24 hours ago we didn’t even know was possible to do here in Bulgaria. He showed an incredible amount of maturity in managing the pressure the way he did today, when he knew he had everything to lose. Now we’re standing on top of the EMX250 podium with the championship title in our hands, and we’re so happy. I want to thank everyone in the team, all the sponsors and Honda, who believed in us and gave us a championship-winning bike.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
GP of Bulgaria

Sevlievo, Bulgaria

EMX250 2018, Round 10

Sunny / 25
Sunday 26 Aug 2018, 09:20 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 25°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Mathys Boisrame 172 FRA 25 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda 29:24.739
2 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 22 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha +2.568
3 Pierre Goupillon 720 FRA 20 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +6.787
4 Tom Vialle 128 FRA 18 Privateer KTM +4.581
5 Steven Clarke 511 GBR 16 Carglass Honda Racing Honda +11.368
6 Mel Pocock 119 GBR 15 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +12.815
7 Matteo Puccinelli 110 ITA 14 Privateer KTM +17.255
8 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 13 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +30.273
9 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 12 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha +32.679
10 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 11 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +34.689
11 Karlis Sabulis 16 LAT 10 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha +36.124
12 Jeremy Sydow 104 GER 9 Privateer KTM +40.009
13 Caleb Grothues 41 AUS 8 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +41.265
14 Jan Pancar 253 SLO 7 Privateer Yamaha +42.187
15 Michael Mantovani 722 ITA 6 Privateer Yamaha +43.044
16 James Dunn 2 GBR 5 GL12 Racing KTM +49.469
17 Gianluca Facchetti 22 ITA 4 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM +50.379
18 Michael Ivanov 971 BUL 3 Privateer KTM +1:13.755
19 Kevin Horgmo 24 NOR 2 Creymert Racing KTM +1:16.508
20 Jakub Teresak 224 CZE 1 Privateer KTM +1:18.897
Sunny / 29
Saturday 25 Aug 2018, 15:43 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 29°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Brian Strubhart Moreau 225 FRA 25 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki 29:38.030
2 Mathys Boisrame 172 FRA 22 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +7.656
3 Tom Vialle 128 FRA 20 Privateer KTM +11.360
4 Gianluca Facchetti 22 ITA 18 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM +15.346
5 Michael Ivanov 971 BUL 16 Privateer KTM +18.481
6 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 15 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha +20.499
7 Pierre Goupillon 720 FRA 14 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +22.241
8 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 13 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha +26.855
9 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 12 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +31.443
10 Matteo Puccinelli 110 ITA 11 Privateer KTM +40.248
11 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 10 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +43.658
12 Karlis Sabulis 16 LAT 9 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha +44.296
13 Steven Clarke 511 GBR 8 Carglass Honda Racing Honda +44.766
14 Martin Barr 50 GBR 7 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +54.688
15 Jeremy Sydow 104 GER 6 Privateer KTM +56.156
16 Caleb Grothues 41 AUS 5 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +59.761
17 Michael Mantovani 722 ITA 4 Privateer Yamaha +1:04.678
18 Kevin Horgmo 24 NOR 3 Creymert Racing KTM +1:17.810
19 Jakub Teresak 224 CZE 2 Privateer KTM +1:28.096
20 Jan Pancar 253 SLO 1 Privateer Yamaha +1:28.360
21 Freek van der Vlist 88 NDL 0 Privateer Honda +1 Lap
Rider Standings
Sunday, 26 Aug 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Mathys BOISRAME 172 FRA 346 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
2 Mel POCOCK 119 GBR 296 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna
3 Roan VAN DE MOOSDIJK 39 NDL 259 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha
4 Martin BARR 50 GBR 253 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna
5 Steven CLARKE 511 GBR 243 Carglass Honda Racing Honda
6 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 239 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
7 Brian STRUBHART MOREAU 225 FRA 234 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
8 Pierre GOUPILLON 720 FRA 197 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
9 Tom VIALLE 128 FRA 191 Privateer KTM
10 Maxime RENAUX 959 FRA 168 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
11 Kevin HORGMO 24 NOR 149 Creymert Racing KTM
12 Mikkel HAARUP 11 DEN 142 Privateer Husqvarna
13 Karlis SABULIS 16 LAT 132 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha
14 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 117 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
15 Jett LAWRENCE 49 AUS 105 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki
16 Josh SPINKS 180 GBR 103 Privateer KTM
17 Karel KUTSAR 132 EST 100 Privateer KTM
18 Gianluca FACCHETTI 22 ITA 95 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM
19 Jeremy SYDOW 104 GER 92 Privateer KTM
20 Giuseppe TROPEPE 223 ITA 91 Privateer Yamaha
21 James DUNN 2 GBR 90 GL12 Racing KTM
22 Michael SANDNER 766 AUT 76 Privateer KTM
23 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 75 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha
24 Caleb GROTHUES 41 AUS 65 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
25 Isak GIFTING 517 SWE 44 Privateer KTM
26 Freek VAN DER VLIST 88 NDL 44 Privateer Honda
27 Cyril GENOT 105 BEL 39 Privateer KTM
28 Tomass SILEIKA 637 LAT 35 Privateer KTM
29 Todd KELLETT 98 GBR 30 Privateer Husqvarna
30 Glen MEIER 472 DEN 29 KTM Kosak Racing KTM
31 Ken BENGTSON 80 SWE 28 Privateer Husqvarna
32 Matteo PUCCINELLI 110 ITA 25 Privateer KTM
33 Filippo ZONTA 200 ITA 20 Martin Racing Junior Team Honda
34 Bastian BOEGH DAMM 403 DEN 20 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
35 Michael IVANOV 971 BUL 19 Privateer KTM
36 Valentin TEILLET 737 FRA 18 Privateer KTM
37 Sander AGARD-MICHELSEN 29 NOR 18 Privateer Yamaha
38 Dan HOUZET 18 FRA 17 Privateer KTM
39 Michael KRATZER 8 AUT 17 STC Racing Kawasaki
40 Dennis ULLRICH 149 GER 16 Privateer KTM
41 Lewis TOMBS 66 GBR 14 Privateer Honda
42 Jan PANCAR 253 SLO 13 Privateer Yamaha
43 Anthony BOURDON 945 FRA 12 Privateer Husqvarna
44 Miro SIHVONEN 47 FIN 11 Privateer KTM
45 Simeo UBACH 124 SPA 11 Privateer KTM
46 Michael MANTOVANI 722 ITA 10 Privateer Yamaha
47 Yuri QUARTI 37 ITA 9 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM
48 Liam KNIGHT 134 GBR 7 Privateer KTM
49 Marcel CONIJN 32 NDL 7 Privateer Kawasaki
50 Luca BRUGGMANN 17 LIE 6 Privateer Yamaha
51 Erik WILLEMS 989 BEL 6 Privateer Husqvarna
52 Natanael BRES 43 FRA 6 LRT KTM KTM
53 Adrien MALAVAL 51 FRA 5 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
54 Paolo LUGANA 350 ITA 4 Ceres 71 Yamaha
55 Mattia GUADAGNINI 107 ITA 4 Privateer Husqvarna
56 Alexander BROWN 441 GBR 4 Privateer KTM
57 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 3 Wildcard rider KTM
58 Jakub TERESAK 224 CZE 3 Privateer KTM
59 Killian AUBERSON 902 SWI 2 Privateer KTM
60 Davide CISLAGHI 3 ITA 2 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM
61 Viking LINDSTROM 354 SWE 1 Privateer Husqvarna
62 Brad TODD 714 GBR 1 Privateer Yamaha
63 Dovydas KARKA 15 LTU 1 Privateer KTM
64 Scotty VERHAEGHE 100 FRA 1 Privateer KTM