As defending EMX250 manufacturer and rider champions, Honda made a strong start to their 2019 campaign with Honda Redmoto Assomotor duo Stephen Rubini and Pierre Goupillon finishing second and fourth at the first round of the championship at the MXGP of Great Britain.

With reigning champion Mathys Boisrame stepping up to the MX2 class this year, it was down to the new recruits to step up to the plate and that’s exactly what they did at this excellent Matterley Basin facility. Rubini’s three-five finishes, alongside Goupillon’s five-four results meant that there was always a strong Honda CRF250R presence inside the top five in both motos, and combined with Buildbase Honda Racing’s Josh Gilbert, who went nine-ten at his home GP, it was a good weekend of results for this strong contingent of Honda riders.

Team Honda 114 Motosports’ Chihiro Notsuka also scored decent points in his first EMX250 outing, while teammate Axel Louis only just missed out on qualification as he stepped up into this competitive European class after winning the 85cc French championship.

The series now has one weekend off, before resuming at the beautiful Arco di Trento track in Italy on April 6-7.

GP of Great Britain

Matterley Basin, United Kingdom

EMX250 2019, Round 1

Sunday 24 Mar 2019, 13:05 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 25 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna 32:24.557
2 Kevin Horgmo 24 NOR 22 Creymert Racing KTM +9.886
3 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 20 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +22.042
4 Pierre Goupillon 720 FRA 18 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +23.370
5 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 16 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +26.631
6 Giuseppe Tropepe 223 ITA 15 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha +1:01.793
7 Rene Hofer 711 AUT 14 KTM Junior Racing KTM +1:06.422
8 Michael Ivanov 97 BUL 13 Privateer KTM +1:10.730
9 Jimmy Clochet 520 FRA 12 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +1:13.653
10 Josh Gilbert 3 GBR 11 Buildbase Honda Racing Honda +1:17.062
11 Tim Edberg 26 SWE 10 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:21.644
12 Karlis Sabulis 16 LAT 9 WZ. Racing KTM +1:30.945
13 Raf Meuwissen 81 NDL 8 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:32.184
14 Ruben Fernandez 70 SPA 7 SDM Racing Yamaha +1:32.444
15 Caleb Grothues 60 AUS 6 SDM Racing Yamaha +1:34.481
16 Glen Meier 192 DEN 5 Privateer KTM +1:35.784
17 Chihiro Notsuka 341 JPN 4 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:39.341
18 Yuri Quarti 37 ITA 3 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM +1:41.177
19 Taylor Hammal 575 GBR 2 Privateer Yamaha +1:45.760
20 Lorenzo Ravera 29 ITA 1 Maggiora Park Racing KTM +1:51.894
#26 Tim Edberg and #97 Michael Ivanov penalty of two positions for not respecting waved yellow flag
Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 17:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 25 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna 32:04.381
2 Ruben Fernandez 70 SPA 22 SDM Racing Yamaha +7.871
3 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 20 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +13.441
4 Jimmy Clochet 520 FRA 18 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki +17.624
5 Pierre Goupillon 720 FRA 16 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda +20.202
6 Roan Van De Moosdijk 39 NDL 15 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +24.296
7 Rene Hofer 711 AUT 14 KTM Junior Racing KTM +25.668
8 Karlis Sabulis 16 LAT 13 WZ. Racing KTM +29.951
9 Josh Gilbert 3 GBR 12 Buildbase Honda Racing Honda +31.131
10 Caleb Grothues 60 AUS 11 SDM Racing Yamaha +53.522
11 Glen Meier 192 DEN 10 Privateer KTM +59.193
12 Michael Ivanov 97 BUL 9 Privateer KTM +50.613
13 Raf Meuwissen 81 NDL 8 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna +1:06.234
14 Chihiro Notsuka 341 JPN 7 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:11.274
15 Tim Edberg 26 SWE 6 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:00.429
16 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 5 Steelsdrjack KTM +1:13.303
17 Thibault Benistant 98 FRA 4 Yamaha Europe Yamaha +1:16.256
18 Taylor Hammal 575 GBR 3 Privateer Yamaha +1:24.675
19 Maurice Chanton 14 SWI 2 Privateer KTM +1:33.438
20 Jere Haavisto 142 FIN 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha +1:34.322
Rider Standings
Sunday, 24 Mar 2019 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 50 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna
2 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 36 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
3 Roan VAN DE MOOSDIJK 39 NDL 35 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
4 Pierre GOUPILLON 720 FRA 34 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
5 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 30 BUD Racing Kawasaki Monster Energy Kawasaki
6 Ruben FERNANDEZ 70 SPA 29 SDM Racing Yamaha
7 Rene HOFER 711 AUT 28 KTM Junior Racing KTM
8 Josh GILBERT 3 GBR 23 Buildbase Honda Racing Honda
9 Michael IVANOV 97 BUL 22 Privateer KTM
10 Karlis SABULIS 16 LAT 22 WZ. Racing KTM
11 Kevin HORGMO 24 NOR 22 Creymert Racing KTM
12 Caleb GROTHUES 60 AUS 17 SDM Racing Yamaha
13 Tim EDBERG 26 SWE 16 JWR Yamaha Racing Yamaha
14 Raf MEUWISSEN 81 NDL 16 Team Maddii Racing Husqvarna Husqvarna
15 Glen MEIER 192 DEN 15 Privateer KTM
16 Giuseppe TROPEPE 223 ITA 15 Ghidinelli Racing Team Yamaha
17 Chihiro NOTSUKA 341 JPN 11 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
18 Taylor HAMMAL 575 GBR 5 Privateer Yamaha
19 Nicholas LAPUCCI 211 ITA 5 Steelsdrjack KTM
20 Thibault BENISTANT 98 FRA 4 Yamaha Europe Yamaha
21 Yuri QUARTI 37 ITA 3 Motocross Marketing KTM Silver Action KTM
22 Maurice CHANTON 14 SWI 2 Privateer KTM
23 Lorenzo RAVERA 29 ITA 1 Maggiora Park Racing KTM
24 Jere HAAVISTO 142 FIN 1 iFly JK Racing Yamaha