The amazing mountainous area of Trentino, provided a great backdrop for some great racing as Michele Cervellin and Tim Gajser gave the Italian and Slovenians fans something to cheer about in the MX2 and MXGP classes.

For Cervellin, it was an excellent return to action after he had missed the previous two MXGP’s with a knee injury. The Martin Racing rider got out to a great start in the first moto and held his own as battled to a sixth place finish. He wasn’t quite able to match it in moto two as he ended up 11th, but a seventh overall is extremely positive for a comeback ride.

In MX2, Calvin Vlaanderen also suffered a crash in the first turn which forced the HRC rider to retire from that moto. However with renewed energy, the South African came out for moto two and scored a fifth place, his best result of the season so far.

After a hard-fought 13th in race one, Bas Vaessen was riding inside the top 10 when he was landed on by another rider, six laps from the end. Thankfully, despite the nature of the incident, Vaessen was able to pick himself up and ride back to the pits before withdrawing from the race completely. Initial reports suggest that he is badly beaten up but relatively okay given the seriousness of the accident.

Team mate Hunter Lawrence also had a disappointing weekend, as the MX2 title contender was forced to pull-out from proceedings after Saturday’s qualification race. The Australian rider had crashed in timed practice and while initial scans didn’t show too much damage, it was only after he had to stop riding in the qualifier with too much pain, that the new scans then showed that he had broken his middle metacarpal in his right hand. Obviously that means he’ll be missing Portugal but he is hopeful of a return for the Russian MXGP on May 1st.

With it being an off-weekend for the EMX250 class, the Assomotor team decided to bounce Mathys Boisrame up into the MX2 division for this round and the young French rider acquitted himself well, getting a 14th in the second race. He will be back to the EMX250 class next weekend in Portugal though, but with some nice confidence after a positive experience here in Italy.

Both Vamo Racing riders Marshal Weltin and Micha-Boy de Waal also had a tough weekend on this tight and technical Trentino track, as they finished just outside the top 20 in their motos. They did fight right up until the chequered flag, showing good fitness and will hope that Portugal shows them better fortune in a week’s time.

Agueda is the host track for the MXGP of Portugal, with the loamy circuit likely to make for some more great action as the MXGP and MX2 classes are joined by the EMX250 championship once again.

Michele Cervellin

Michele Cervellin 747

It was nice to be back riding, especially at a home GP. I missed two races, Valkenswaard and Red Sand but I really wanted to be fit enough for this race. Now we start the season again, it’s still a lot of rounds left so I want to continue this form. In the first moto I got a good start and finished sixth which I was very happy with. Unfortunately, I made a mistake off the start in race two and I could only finish 11th but it was still good to come back and score these points.

Team Martin Racing Honda
Calvin Vlaanderen

Calvin Vlaanderen 10

I was second at the end of warm up and felt really good on the bike as well as comfortable with the track. I had a not-so-bad start to race one and I was around tenth place entering turn one, but then another rider crashed into me and hurt my shoulder quite badly. We did all we could to take part in the second moto and I wasn’t sure I was going to ride, but I did and I actually had a good start, too. When you race at the front you don’t really think about the pain – at least for a while – but after the first ten minutes it made its presence felt and I had no strength in my shoulder any more. So with all of that I’m really happy with fifth place in the second moto and hopefully we can build on this result.

Team HRC – MX2
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

The biggest welcome back to the Honda racing family to Michele Cervellin who had missed the previous two rounds with a knee injury. He rewarded us greatly with a fantastic sixth place in the first MX2 moto, before going onto get seventh overall. We are happy to see Miky back and it was the perfect place to re-join the series for him.
Calvin Vlaanderen was really unfortunate to have a crash in the first turn in the qualification race and a crash in the first turn in the first MX2 race. Then in the second race, he showed that with a good start, he can run top five, so that was a positive from the weekend, even if the overall results don’t show it.
There was however a big disappointment with the metacarpal injury to Hunter Lawrence. We hope he can return as fast as possible and maintain his level of performance from before the crash, when he does return, which will hopefully be in Russia.
Bas Vaessen was unlucky to suffer a crash because of another rider in the second race when he was sitting in 10th position. That was really disappointing for him. However it was good to see him holding his own in that position and it backed up his 10th overall in Red Sand at the last round, so hopefully he doesn’t have too much pain and can feature again in the top 10.
It was also great to see EMX250 rider Mathys Boisrame compete in MX2 and score 14th place in the second race, a very good demonstration of his ability in a difficult class.
There has been some frustration this weekend with some first corner crashes for many of our riders but we look forward to having another chance next week in Portugal to demonstrate the full potential of all our riders.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Trentino

Pietramurata, Italy

MX2 2018, Round 4

Sunny / 20
Sunday 8 Apr 2018, 15:03 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 20°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Thomas Covington 64 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 35:29.253
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +2.170
3 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 20 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +24.692
4 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 18 Hitachi KTM UK KTM +30.510
5 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 16 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +32.592
6 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL 15 LRT KTM KTM +37.204
7 Ben Watson 919 GBR 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +38.459
8 Jed Beaton 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +41.585
9 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT 12 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +57.055
10 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 11 STC Racing Husqvarna +57.795
11 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 10 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +1:00.317
12 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA 9 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:02.561
13 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 8 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:04.381
14 Mathys Boisrame 872 FRA 7 Honda Racing Corporation Honda +1:14.319
15 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 6 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:14.578
16 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:27.514
17 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 4 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:29.682
18 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:30.148
19 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 2 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:35.534
20 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:39.967
21 David Herbreteau 338 FRA 0 Wildcard rider Kawasaki +1:46.651
22 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA 0 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1 Lap
23 Marshal Weltin 56 USA 0 Vamo Racing Team Honda +1 Lap
24 Nicola Bertuzzi 26 ITA 0 KTM Silver Action KTM +1 Lap
25 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA 0 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
26 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 0 Honda Racing Corporation Yamaha +1 Lap
27 Zachary Pichon 101 FRA 0 KTM Rocket Junior’s KTM +1 Lap
28 Micha-Boy De Waal 95 NDL 0 Vamo Racing Team Honda +1 Lap
29 Jorge Zaragoza 199 SPA 0 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha +1 Lap
30 Tom Koch 226 GER 0 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
31 Jimmy Clochet 520 FRA 0 Wildcard rider KTM +1 Lap
32 Enzo Toriani 783 FRA 0 E2T Racing Team Husqvarna +1 Lap
33 Joakin Furbetta 275 ITA 0 Honda Racing Corporation KTM +1 Lap
34 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 0 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +6 Laps
35 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 0 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +6 Laps
36 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 0 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +13 Laps
37 Ruben Fernandez 70 SPA 0 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +18 Laps
Sunny / 20
Sunday 8 Apr 2018, 12:02 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 20°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 35:49.470
2 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 22 STC Racing Husqvarna +7.613
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +10.550
4 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +11.771
5 Thomas Covington 64 USA 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.890
6 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 15 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +18.733
7 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +30.941
8 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL 13 LRT KTM KTM +38.538
9 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +39.870
10 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 11 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +43.836
11 Ben Watson 919 GBR 10 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +45.363
12 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 9 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:04.613
13 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 8 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:09.160
14 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA 7 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:14.895
15 Jed Beaton 14 AUS 6 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:18.225
16 Zachary Pichon 101 FRA 5 KTM Rocket Junior’s KTM +1:21.420
17 Nicola Bertuzzi 26 ITA 4 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:22.762
18 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 3 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:23.498
19 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 2 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:24.403
20 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 1 Hitachi KTM UK KTM +1:26.877
21 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA 0 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:31.247
22 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA 0 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:33.574
23 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA 0 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:34.602
24 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 0 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:38.429
25 Jorge Zaragoza 199 SPA 0 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha +1:39.426
26 Ruben Fernandez 70 SPA 0 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:44.525
27 Tom Koch 226 GER 0 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1:46.555
28 Marshal Weltin 56 USA 0 Vamo Racing Team Honda +1:46.883
29 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA 0 Honda Racing Corporation Yamaha +1:53.465
30 Jimmy Clochet 520 FRA 0 Wildcard rider KTM +1 Lap
31 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 0 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1 Lap
32 Enzo Toriani 783 FRA 0 E2T Racing Team Husqvarna +1 Laps
33 Joakin Furbetta 275 ITA 0 Honda Racing Corporation KTM +5 Laps
34 David Herbreteau 338 FRA 0 Wildcard rider Kawasaki +6 Laps
35 Micha-Boy De Waal 95 NDL 0 Vamo Racing Team Honda +8 Laps
36 Mathys Boisrame 872 FRA 0 Honda Racing Corporation Honda +9 Laps
37 Alexis Verhaeghe 110 FRA 0 Team VHR KTM +14 Laps
38 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 0 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +19 Laps
Sunny / 18
Saturday 7 Apr 2018, 15:46 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 18°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:28.222
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +5.820
3 Thomas Covington 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +7.221
4 Ben Watson 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +9.035
5 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR Hitachi KTM UK KTM +16.820
6 Henry Jacobi 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +26.632
7 Adam Sterry 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +30.250
8 Ruben Fernandez 70 SPA F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +39.670
9 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +41.294
10 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +45.213
11 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +48.837
12 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +53.732
13 Jago Geerts 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +55.786
14 Jed Beaton 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +57.074
15 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +58.827
16 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:02.682
17 David Herbreteau 338 FRA Wildcard rider Kawasaki +1:08.751
18 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:09.516
19 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Team HRC – MX2 Honda +1:10.315
20 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:10.948
21 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:14.574
22 Joakin Furbetta 275 ITA Honda Racing Corporation KTM +1:15.571
23 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:17.329
24 Nicholas Lapucci 211 ITA Honda Racing Corporation Yamaha +1:29.493
25 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:31.716
26 Mathys Boisrame 872 FRA Honda Racing Corporation Honda +1:33.607
27 Jorge Zaragoza 199 SPA Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha +1:35.014
28 Jimmy Clochet 520 FRA Wildcard rider KTM +1:36.322
29 Zachary Pichon 101 FRA KTM Rocket Junior’s KTM +1:37.398
30 Nicola Bertuzzi 26 ITA KTM Silver Action KTM +1:37.822
31 Tom Koch 226 GER KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM +1:41.045
32 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +1:42.633
33 Micha-Boy De Waal 95 NDL Vamo Racing Team Honda +2:09.587
34 Alexis Verhaeghe 110 FRA Team VHR KTM +1 Lap
35 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
36 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +6 Laps
37 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +8 Laps
38 Marshal Weltin 56 USA Vamo Racing Team Honda +9 Laps
Rider Standings
Sunday, 8 Apr 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Pauls JONASS 1 LAT 180 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 152 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 145 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
4 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 105 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
5 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 100 Hitachi KTM UK KTM
6 Hunter LAWRENCE 96 AUS 99 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
7 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 91 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
8 Jed BEATON 14 AUS 91 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
9 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 86 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
10 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 79 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
11 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 75 LRT KTM KTM
12 Jago GEERTS 193 BEL 72 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
13 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 71 STC Racing Husqvarna
14 Darian SANAYEI 57 USA 68 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
15 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 55 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
16 Iker LARRANAGA OLANO 66 SPA 51 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
17 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 43 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
18 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 41 TM Racing Factory Team TM
19 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 38 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda
20 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 22 KTM Silver Action KTM
21 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 21 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
22 Ruben FERNANDEZ 70 SPA 21 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Brent VAN DONINCK 172 BEL 18 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
24 Maxime RENAUX 959 FRA 12 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
25 Jorge ZARAGOZA 199 SPA 8 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha
26 Mathys BOISRAME 872 FRA 7 Honda Racing Corporation Honda
27 Zachary PICHON 101 FRA 5 KTM Rocket Junior’s KTM
28 Nicola BERTUZZI 26 ITA 4 KTM Silver Action KTM
29 Marshal WELTIN 56 USA 3 Vamo Racing Team Honda
30 Simone FURLOTTI 95 ITA 3 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
31 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
32 Sander AGARD-MICHELSEN 129 NOR 1 Wildcard rider Yamaha