Lommel, Belgium hosted the 15th round of the 2018 world motocross championship with the deep sand combined with the high temperatures providing a real challenge for all the competitors. However despite these conditions, the Honda riders in MXGP, MX2 and EMX250 classes acquitted themselves really well and now head to Switzerland with renewed confidence as the season enters its final quarter.

Mathys Boisrame kept his lead of the EMX250 championship despite a difficult weekend in the deep sand. The Assomotor rider showed good speed throughout the weekend, qualifying in third place in his group and leading a good portion of the first race before the track took its revenge. Eventually the young French rider was able to salvage six-eight results which means he still holds onto the red plate with just three rounds of the EMX250 series remaining. Freek van der Vlist returned to action after his injury at the MXGP of Germany and put in his best results of the season, something that will hopefully continue as the season heads to the Frauenfeld track in Switzerland.

Mathys Boisrame

Mathys Boisrame 172

I am a little disappointed with the weekend because I know I had the speed to get better results. I was riding really well in the first moto, leading the race on my CRF250R and I felt comfortable but it was a difficult track and I wasn’t able to keep that up. It was similar in the second race where I had the speed but an early mistake cost me. I am happy to get all the way back up to eighth place, especially as it meant that I was able to keep hold of the red plate. There are now three rounds left and I am extremely determined to stay at the top of this extremely competitive EMX250 championship.

Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

Lommel is an extreme sand race and that is a stand out test compared to the majority of the other rounds. Deep sand racing is not a background that Mathys holds - this round would be the ultimate test for him - so it’s positive that Mathys is going into the final 3 rounds of the series still holding the championship lead. Mathys was riding really well, especially in the first moto when he was leading the field, but like so many others, suffered small crashes due to the ever changing nature of the Lommel sand. Freek van der Vlist returned after his injury layoff and put in his best results of the season as looks to finish the year on a high. Alberto Forato also showed good speed over the weekend, especially in qualifying when he placed just behind Mathys, for fourth place.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Belgium

Lommel, Belgium

EMX250 2018, Round 8

Sunny / 23
Sunday 5 Aug 2018, 10:25 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 23°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Mel Pocock 119 GBR 25 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna 30:11.454
2 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 22 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha +2.395
3 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA 20 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +4.791
4 Sander Agard-Michelsen 29 NOR 18 Privateer Yamaha +5.536
5 Karel Kutsar 132 EST 16 Privateer KTM +28.381
6 Martin Barr 50 GBR 15 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +40.022
7 Ken Bengtson 80 SWE 14 Privateer Husqvarna +43.532
8 Mathys Boisrame 172 FRA 13 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +51.366
9 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 12 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +52.877
10 Freek van der Vlist 88 NDL 11 Privateer Honda +1:03.756
11 Tom Vialle 128 FRA 10 Privateer KTM +1:05.064
12 Caleb Grothues 41 AUS 9 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:05.364
13 Jeremy Sydow 104 GER 8 Privateer KTM +1:06.375
14 Glen Meier 472 DEN 7 KTM Kosak Racing KTM +1:10.262
15 Cyril Genot 105 BEL 6 Privateer KTM +1:10.332
16 James Dunn 2 GBR 5 GL12 Racing KTM +1:11.412
17 Alexander Brown 441 GBR 4 Privateer KTM +1:13.143
18 Bastian Boegh Damm 403 DEN 3 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:26.353
19 Brian Strubhart Moreau 225 FRA 2 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:30.432
20 Viking Lindstrom 354 SWE 1 Privateer Husqvarna +1:31.063
Sunny / 28
Saturday 4 Aug 2018, 17:22 UTC
  • Track Condition: Deep Sand
  • Air Temp: 28°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA 25 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha 30:07.878
2 Kevin Horgmo 24 NOR 22 Creymert Racing KTM +3.220
3 Mel Pocock 119 GBR 20 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +13.232
4 Jett Lawrence 49 AUS 18 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +15.701
5 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 16 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha +31.341
6 Mathys Boisrame 172 FRA 15 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +34.386
7 Ken Bengtson 80 SWE 14 Privateer Husqvarna +35.901
8 Brian Strubhart Moreau 225 FRA 13 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +37.492
9 Jeremy Sydow 104 GER 12 Privateer KTM +38.935
10 Miro Sihvonen 47 FIN 11 Privateer KTM +40.002
11 Freek van der Vlist 88 NDL 10 Privateer Honda +42.406
12 Martin Barr 50 GBR 9 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna +49.839
13 Cyril Genot 105 BEL 8 Privateer KTM +1:01.756
14 Karel Kutsar 132 EST 7 Privateer KTM +1:03.098
15 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 6 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +1:10.193
16 Giuseppe Tropepe 223 ITA 5 Privateer Yamaha +1:12.343
17 Michael Sandner 766 AUT 4 Privateer KTM +1:13.036
18 Todd Kellett 98 GBR 3 Privateer Husqvarna +1:28.136
19 Dylan Walsh 53 GBR 2 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:29.837
20 Caleb Grothues 41 AUS 1 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:30.717
Rider Standings
Sunday, 5 Aug 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Mathys BOISRAME 172 FRA 256 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
2 Mel POCOCK 119 GBR 254 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna
3 Martin BARR 50 GBR 220 REVO Husqvarna UK Husqvarna
4 Roan VAN DE MOOSDIJK 39 NDL 193 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha
5 Steven CLARKE 511 GBR 183 Carglass Honda Racing Honda
6 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 182 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
7 Brian STRUBHART MOREAU 225 FRA 173 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
8 Maxime RENAUX 959 FRA 148 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
9 Tom VIALLE 128 FRA 146 Privateer KTM
10 Mikkel HAARUP 11 DEN 142 Privateer Husqvarna
11 Kevin HORGMO 24 NOR 134 Creymert Racing KTM
12 Pierre GOUPILLON 720 FRA 132 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
13 Karel KUTSAR 132 EST 100 Privateer KTM
14 Karlis SABULIS 16 LAT 99 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha
15 Jett LAWRENCE 49 AUS 95 Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki
16 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 94 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
17 Giuseppe TROPEPE 223 ITA 90 Privateer Yamaha
18 James DUNN 2 GBR 85 GL12 Racing KTM
19 Josh SPINKS 180 GBR 79 Privateer KTM
20 Gianluca FACCHETTI 22 ITA 65 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM
21 Michael SANDNER 766 AUT 61 Privateer KTM
22 Jeremy SYDOW 104 GER 61 Privateer KTM
23 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 50 Astes4-Tesar Yamaha Yamaha
24 Caleb GROTHUES 41 AUS 44 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
25 Isak GIFTING 517 SWE 43 Privateer KTM
26 Freek VAN DER VLIST 88 NDL 39 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 Bastian BOEGH DAMM 403 DEN 20 Gebben V Venrooy Kawasaki Kawasaki
33 Valentin TEILLET 737 FRA 18 Privateer KTM
34 Sander AGARD-MICHELSEN 29 NOR 18 Privateer Yamaha
35 Dan HOUZET 18 FRA 17 Privateer KTM
36 Michael KRATZER 8 AUT 17 STC Racing Kawasaki
37 Lewis TOMBS 66 GBR 14 Privateer Honda
38 Anthony BOURDON 945 FRA 12 Privateer Husqvarna
39 Miro SIHVONEN 47 FIN 11 Privateer KTM
40 Simeo UBACH 124 SPA 11 Privateer KTM
41 Yuri QUARTI 37 ITA 9 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM
42 Filippo ZONTA 200 ITA 8 Martin Racing Junior Team Honda
43 Liam KNIGHT 134 GBR 7 Privateer KTM
44 Marcel CONIJN 32 NDL 7 Privateer Kawasaki
45 Erik WILLEMS 989 BEL 6 Privateer Husqvarna
46 Natanael BRES 43 FRA 6 LRT KTM KTM
47 Adrien MALAVAL 51 FRA 5 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
48 Paolo LUGANA 350 ITA 4 Ceres 71 Yamaha
49 Alexander BROWN 441 GBR 4 Privateer KTM
50 Mattia GUADAGNINI 107 ITA 4 Privateer Husqvarna
51 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 3 Wildcard rider KTM
52 Davide CISLAGHI 3 ITA 2 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM
53 Viking LINDSTROM 354 SWE 1 Privateer Husqvarna
54 Brad TODD 714 GBR 1 Privateer Yamaha
55 Dovydas KARKA 15 LTU 1 Privateer KTM
56 Scotty VERHAEGHE 100 FRA 1 Privateer KTM