The good weather of this 2018 world championship season continued at the impressive Afyon circuit in Turkey where Tim Gajser put his Honda CRF450RW up on the podium for the second round in succession while Hunter Lawrence was extremely unlucky to miss out on what would have been his third MX2 podium in a row as the Australian finished fourth overall, tied on points with the third place rider.

It was bitter disappointment for Team Honda 114 Motorsports Hunter Lawrence who just missed out on a fully deserved podium spot. With four laps to go, Lawrence was sitting second overall, but a change of the lead and all of a sudden and he was relegated to fourth place, level on points but losing out on the second moto tie-breaker. This was a real shame as the Honda CRF250R rider had finished second in the moto one, pressuring for the lead for most of the second half of the race. Despite an average start in race two, he made his way into fifth midway through the moto and had the podium spot secured if the positions remained the same in front of him. This wasn’t the case though and he’ll now head to Assen in a couple of weeks’ time looking for a bit of redemption.

Fellow Honda 114 Motorsports rider Bas Vaessen is also looking forward to Assen, for what will be a home GP for the Dutch youngster and he’ll head there with some good confidence after scoring points in four successive races for the first time this season. After his 9-12 results in Bulgaria last weekend, Vaessen went 12-9 here at Afyon for 11th overall and rode well throughout the weekend.

After three MXGPs in three weekends, all the riders will get a welcome weekend off before heading to Assen for a sand-race inside the prestigious TT road racing facility. Joining them will also be the EMX250 class, including the newly crowned champion Mathys Boisrame who will be sporting the gold plate after his success in Bulgaria last weekend.

Hunter Lawrence

Hunter Lawrence 96

The first moto was really positive, I was second and I felt my riding was good. I did have to push pretty hard though to keep up with Thomas Covington and I think that hindered my riding in the second race. I got an average start in that race which didn’t help and I wasn’t able to move forward as quickly as I wanted to but I felt pretty fatigued. It turned into a bit of a survival mode and although I came close to the podium again, I was quite feeling as good as the two previous rounds. Now I’ll recover and get in some sand training before the next round in Assen.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Bas Vaessen

Bas Vaessen 98

I had a pretty decent weekend overall. On Saturday I had one of the best starts I’ve ever pulled, and while I wasn’t able to capitalise on it as much as I would have liked, it was still a good feeling to be riding up front. I also had a good start in the first moto today, but once again I felt like I wasn’t aggressive enough and let some places slip. I was determined to rectify this in race two and while I did come close to crashing, I was much more pleased with my result and my riding as a whole. I had good laptimes and I was able to follow closely the group in front and I look forward to going to Assen for the sand and for all the Dutch fans.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Europe Off-Road Manager

With the new venue here in Turkey it was an honour to show our racing teams and Honda performance to the public and fans who witnessed world championship motocross on their home soil for the first time.
In MX2 we welcomed the return of Calvin Vlaanderen after his first moto injury from last weekend’s round in Bulgaria. It was also excellent to see Hunter Lawrence push for the win in race one here, taking a close second at the flag. He followed this with a fifth in race two and put himself and his CRF250R joint tied on points for third overall but lost out on the podium due to the scoring system favouring the better result in the second race. Vlaanderen and Vaessen also tied on their points haul finishing up 10th and 11th overall.

Honda Motor Europe
GP of Turkey

Afyon, Turkey

MX2 2018, Round 18

Sunny / 31
Sunday 2 Sep 2018, 13:15 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:43.374
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3.148
3 Thomas Covington 64 USA 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +6.927
4 Ben Watson 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +8.533
5 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS 16 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +21.677
6 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 15 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +28.718
7 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +34.789
8 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 13 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +37.153
9 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 12 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +47.812
10 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +56.440
11 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 10 STC Racing Husqvarna +58.842
12 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA 9 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:21.081
13 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 8 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:32.689
14 Jan Pancar 253 SLO 7 Wildcard rider Yamaha +1:39.431
15 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 6 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:48.096
16 Micha-Boy De Waal 95 NDL 5 Vamo Racing Team Honda +1 Lap
17 Oriol Casas Cervera 312 SPA 4 Vamo Racing Team Honda +2 Laps
18 Mustafa Cetin 59 TUR 3 Wildcard rider Yamaha +4 Laps
19 Yasin Karaboce 301 TUR 2 Wildcard rider Husqvarna +4 Laps
20 Furkan Valimaki 271 TUR 1 Wildcard rider KTM +4 Laps
Sunny / 32
Sunday 2 Sep 2018, 10:55 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard
  • Air Temp: 32°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Thomas Covington 64 USA 25 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna 35:10.583
2 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS 22 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +2.864
3 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 20 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +9.798
4 Ben Watson 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +12.576
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 16 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +20.431
6 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT 15 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +30.968
7 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN 14 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +37.418
8 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 13 STC Racing Husqvarna +51.496
9 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 12 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +52.593
10 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +53.798
11 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA 10 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +57.317
12 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 9 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +58.533
13 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 8 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +1:07.177
14 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 7 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +1:17.366
15 Gustavo Pessoa 891 BRA 6 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +1:31.557
16 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK 5 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:44.008
17 Jan Pancar 253 SLO 4 Wildcard rider Yamaha +1:46.514
18 Oriol Casas Cervera 312 SPA 3 Vamo Racing Team Honda +1 Lap
19 Mustafa Cetin 59 TUR 2 Wildcard rider Yamaha +4 Laps
20 Yasin Karaboce 301 TUR 1 Wildcard rider Husqvarna +4 Laps
Sunny / 31
Saturday 1 Sep 2018, 12:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 31°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25:15.214
2 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +8.135
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +11.205
4 Thomas Covington 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +26.619
5 Henry Jacobi 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +30.883
6 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Team HRC – MX2 Honda +31.231
7 Ben Watson 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +33.131
8 Anthony Rodriguez 127 VEN Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +48.874
9 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +51.017
10 Maxime Renaux 959 FRA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +51.750
11 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna +56.692
12 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +58.202
13 Simone Furlotti 95 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:15.244
14 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:19.618
15 Jan Pancar 253 SLO Wildcard rider Yamaha +1:20.656
16 Richard Sikyna 102 SLK JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM +1:21.533
17 Oriol Casas Cervera 312 SPA Vamo Racing Team Honda +1:58.052
18 Mustafa Cetin 59 TUR Wildcard rider Yamaha +2 Laps
19 Gustavo Pessoa 891 BRA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +3 Laps
20 Furkan Valimaki 271 TUR Wildcard rider KTM +3 Laps
Rider Standings
Sunday, 2 Sep 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 773 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Pauls JONASS 1 LAT 749 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
3 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 593 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
4 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 551 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
5 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 525 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
6 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 483 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
7 Jago GEERTS 193 BEL 346 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
8 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 337 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
9 Hunter LAWRENCE 96 AUS 305 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
10 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 301 STC Racing Husqvarna
11 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 218 LRT KTM KTM
12 Jed BEATON 14 AUS 216 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
13 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 200 Hitachi KTM UK KTM
14 Brent VAN DONINCK 172 BEL 194 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
15 Anthony RODRIGUEZ 127 VEN 189 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
16 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 189 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
17 Iker LARRANAGA OLANO 66 SPA 185 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
18 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 169 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
19 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 152 TM Racing Factory Team TM
20 Simone FURLOTTI 95 ITA 131 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
21 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 127 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
22 Marshal WELTIN 56 USA 107 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
23 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 97 KTM Silver Action KTM
24 Ruben FERNANDEZ 70 SPA 77 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
25 Darian SANAYEI 57 USA 68 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
26 Micha-Boy DE WAAL 95 NDL 67 Vamo Racing Team Honda
27 Richard SIKYNA 102 SLK 53 JD 191 KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Hardi ROOSIORG 75 EST 48 Sahkar KTM Racing KTM
29 Tom KOCH 226 GER 45 KTM Sarholz Racing Team KTM
30 Maxime RENAUX 959 FRA 44 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
31 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 40 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
32 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 34 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
33 Muhammad DELVINTOR ALFARIZI 325 IDN 28 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
34 Zachary PICHON 101 FRA 25 KTM Rocket Junior’s KTM
35 Gustavo PESSOA 891 BRA 24 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
36 Diva Ismayana TJAHJADI 206 IDN 24 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
37 David HERBRETEAU 338 FRA 22 Team VHR KTM
38 Hilman MAKSUM 204 IDN 20 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
39 Mathys BOISRAME 172 FRA 19 Team Honda RedMoto Assomotor Honda
40 Anton GOLE 297 SWE 19 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
41 Michael SANDNER 766 AUT 15 Wildcard rider KTM
42 Jy ROBERTS 114 AUS 15 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
43 Roland EDELBACHER 109 AUT 14 Wildcard rider KTM
44 Oriol CASAS CERVERA 312 SPA 14 Vamo Racing Team Honda
45 Jan PANCAR 253 SLO 11 Wildcard rider Yamaha
46 Josh GILBERT 326 GBR 11 Wildcard rider Honda
47 Jorge ZARAGOZA 199 SPA 8 Team Ausio Yamaha Yamalube Maxxis Yamaha
48 Yosua PATTIPI 281 IDN 8 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
49 Adrien MALAVAL 52 FRA 6 Team VHR KTM
50 Dylan WALSH 53 GBR 6 Team DIGA-Procross Husqvarna
51 Nicola BERTUZZI 26 ITA 6 KTM Silver Action KTM
52 Mustafa CETIN 59 TUR 5 Wildcard rider Yamaha
53 Enzo TORIANI 783 FRA 3 E2T Racing Team Husqvarna
54 Anthony BOURDON 945 FRA 3 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
55 Martin KRC 377 CZE 3 STC Racing Husqvarna
56 Alex DIMITROV 136 BUL 3 iFly JK Racing Yamaha
57 Yasin KARABOCE 301 TUR 3 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
58 Andrea ZANOTTI 931 RSM 2 Wildcard rider Husqvarna
59 Sander AGARD-MICHELSEN 129 NOR 1 Wildcard rider Yamaha
60 Kim SAVASTE 485 FIN 1 Wildcard rider Kawasaki
61 Edoardo BERSANELLI 267 ITA 1 Wildcard rider Yamaha
62 Natanael BRES 43 FRA 1 LRT KTM KTM
63 Furkan VALIMAKI 271 TUR 1 Wildcard rider KTM