Hunter Lawrence took third place at the opening round of the 2018 Motocross World Championship in Patagonia, Argentina, giving Team Honda 114 Motorsports a podium in their first ever GP. On board the all-new 2018 Honda CRF250R, Lawrence got the holeshot in the first race and despite dropping to second halfway through, it still gave him a good platform for moto two. Unfortunately he didn’t get quite as good start in the second moto and instead the rider had to fight his way into sixth place, giving him the third step on the podium.

Team HRC’s Calvin Vlaanderen was next placed Honda rider, putting in a great ride in the second moto for fifth position. It could have been even better for the South African rider had he not collided with another rider in the first race whilst running eighth.

Bas Vaessen made his return to world championship action with two consistent results just outside the top 10. A collarbone injury had hindered his pre-season training so the young Dutch rider was pleased to get 14th overall on conditions that certainly aren’t his favourite.

Unfortunately Michele Cervellin wasn’t able to build upon an excellent eighth place in the first moto, after coming together with a rider early-on in race two. The Martin Racing rider hurt his knee in the incident and had to pull off the track as the pain was too much. The first race was certainly positive though and he’ll look to continue that sort of form at the next round in Valkenswaard.

Marshal Weltin suffered a damaged exhaust in the second race, which ended the American’s weekend, in what was a tough outing for the Vamo Honda rider.

The next round of the Motocross World Championship will take place at Valkenswaard in a fortnight’s time.

Hunter Lawrence

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I’m pretty happy with the weekend, we have a lot of positives to take out of this weekend. It would have been nice to get the win but it’s not my favourite track so I can’t be too disappointed. I prefer more technical tracks than this one as it was high speed and a bit flat but we know what we need to change and sort out and make sure I’m 100% for the rest of the rounds. It was a good start to the year though; third overall on a bad day isn’t too bad. I’m looking forward to getting back to Europe and having a safe journey home.

Team Honda 114 Motorsports
Calvin Vlaanderen

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Overall we can be happy to go home safe because the track was quite sketchy in some places and I was smart not to make any mistake or anything silly. I’m a bit disappointed with my first race as I made a mistake and that cost me quite a few places and forced me to fight quite hard just to finish 18th. I did not get the best start in race two but I was able to make some passes and I was sixth for a long time, but then I moved up to fifth and almost caught fourth place on the last lap. I’m happy with my riding and my fitness, and I know what I need to work on ahead of Valkenswaard. I would like to thank my team for their amazing job and for giving me such a great bike.

Team HRC – MX2
GP of Patagonia (Argentina)

Neuquen, Argentina

MX2 2018, Round 1

Sunny / 20
Sunday 4 Mar 2018, 19:08 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 72%
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:00.087
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 22 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +5.260
3 Darian Sanayei 57 USA 20 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +10.726
4 Ben Watson 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +13.864
5 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 16 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +13.993
6 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS 15 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +14.909
7 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 14 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +33.086
8 Jed Beaton 14 AUS 13 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +34.461
9 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +40.040
10 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 11 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +41.654
11 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 10 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +42.403
12 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA 9 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +52.294
13 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 8 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +55.826
14 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL 7 LRT KTM KTM +58.704
15 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 6 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:01.066
16 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 5 STC Racing Husqvarna +1:02.444
17 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 4 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:02.648
18 Thomas Covington 64 USA 3 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:15.747
19 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 2 Hitachi KTM UK KTM +1:28.035
20 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:39.955
21 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 0 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1 Lap
22 Javier Vasquez 194 CHI 0 Wildcard rider Honda +1 Lap
23 Gustavo Souza 891 BRA 0 Wildcard rider Honda +1 Lap
24 Pablo Julian Seibel 375 ARG 0 Wildcard rider Honda +1 Lap
25 German Bratschi 122 ARG 0 Wildcard rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
26 Sergio Villaronga 276 CHI 0 Wildcard rider KTM +1 Lap
27 Lautaro Toro 833 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +5 Laps
28 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 0 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +6 Laps
29 Luciano Righi 133 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +10 Laps
30 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 0 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +14 Laps
31 Marshal Weltin 56 USA 0 Vamo Racing Team Honda +18 Laps
Sunny / 20
Sunday 4 Mar 2018, 16:58 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 20°C
  • Humidity: 72%
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:44.373
2 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS 22 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1.993
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 20 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +12.509
4 Ben Watson 919 GBR 18 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +21.540
5 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 16 STC Racing Husqvarna +39.686
6 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR 15 Hitachi KTM UK KTM +40.184
7 Jed Beaton 14 AUS 14 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +41.891
8 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA 13 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +43.238
9 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 12 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +44.951
10 Thomas Covington 64 USA 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +52.725
11 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA 10 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +58.400
12 Jago Geerts 193 BEL 9 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:03.295
13 Adam Sterry 811 GBR 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +1:04.475
14 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL 7 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +1:05.292
15 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA 6 TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:15.700
16 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:18.947
17 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA 4 KTM Silver Action KTM +1:20.445
18 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 3 Team HRC – MX2 Honda +1:21.035
19 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL 2 LRT KTM KTM +1:28.337
20 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1:32.864
21 Marshal Weltin 56 USA 0 Vamo Racing Team Honda +1:35.459
22 Gustavo Souza 891 BRA 0 Wildcard rider Honda +1 Lap
23 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE 0 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1 Lap
24 Sergio Villaronga 276 CHI 0 Wildcard rider KTM +1 Lap
25 Pablo Julian Seibel 375 ARG 0 Wildcard rider Honda +1 Lap
26 Javier Vasquez 194 CHI 0 Wildcard rider Honda +1 Lap
27 German Bratschi 122 ARG 0 Wildcard rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
28 Luciano Righi 133 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +2 Laps
29 Lautaro Toro 833 ARG 0 Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +2 Laps
30 Darian Sanayei 57 USA 0 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +9 Laps
31 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA 0 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +9 Laps
25
Saturday 3 Mar 2018, 20:32 UTC
  • Track Condition: Loam
  • Air Temp: 25°C
  • Humidity: 52%
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pauls Jonass 1 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 24:47.569
2 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +6.321
3 Ben Watson 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +12.151
4 Hunter Lawrence 96 AUS Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +21.926
5 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL Team HRC – MX2 Honda +27.266
6 Darian Sanayei 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +29.347
7 Thomas Covington 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35.985
8 Alvin Ostlund 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +40.054
9 Michele Cervellin 747 ITA Team Martin Racing Honda Honda +43.362
10 Conrad Mewse 426 GBR Hitachi KTM UK KTM +43.727
11 Jed Beaton 14 AUS F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +44.581
12 Davy Pootjes 46 NDL LRT KTM KTM +49.424
13 Jago Geerts 193 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +53.277
14 Bas Vaessen 98 NDL Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +56.370
15 Henry Jacobi 29 GER STC Racing Husqvarna +1:01.357
16 Samuele Bernardini 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:06.801
17 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha +1:08.813
18 Stephen Rubini 118 FRA KTM Silver Action KTM +1:17.725
19 Gustavo Souza 891 BRA Wildcard rider Honda +1:21.085
20 Marshal Weltin 56 USA Vamo Racing Team Honda +1:28.480
21 Iker Larranaga Olano 66 SPA Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +1 Lap
22 Javier Vasquez 194 CHI Wildcard rider Honda +1 Lap
23 Luciano Righi 133 ARG Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
24 Pablo Julian Seibel 375 ARG Wildcard rider Honda +1 Lap
25 Sergio Villaronga 276 CHI Wildcard rider KTM +1 Lap
26 Lautaro Toro 833 ARG Wildcard Rider Kawasaki +1 Lap
27 German Bratschi 122 ARG Wildcard rider Husqvarna +1 Lap
28 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +5 Laps
29 Brent Van Doninck 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +5 Laps
30 Adam Sterry 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +13 Laps
31 Morgan Lesiardo 44 ITA Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +14 Laps
32 Lucas Dunka 934 BRA Wildcard rider Honda +14 Laps
Rider Standings
Sunday, 4 Mar 2018 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Pauls JONASS 1 LAT 50 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 42 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
3 Hunter LAWRENCE 96 AUS 37 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
4 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 36 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
5 Jed BEATON 14 AUS 27 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
6 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 24 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
7 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 21 STC Racing Husqvarna
8 Darian SANAYEI 57 USA 20 Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki
9 Jago GEERTS 193 BEL 20 Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Yamaha
10 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 19 Team HRC – MX2 Honda
11 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 19 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
12 Iker LARRANAGA OLANO 66 SPA 19 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna
13 Conrad MEWSE 426 GBR 17 Hitachi KTM UK KTM
14 Bas VAESSEN 98 NDL 15 Team Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
15 Thomas COVINGTON 64 USA 14 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
16 Michele CERVELLIN 747 ITA 13 Team Martin Racing Honda Honda
17 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 10 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
18 Stephen RUBINI 118 FRA 10 KTM Silver Action KTM
19 Samuele BERNARDINI 321 ITA 10 TM Racing Factory Team TM
20 Davy POOTJES 46 NDL 9 LRT KTM KTM
21 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 8 F&H Racing Team Kawasaki
22 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
23 Brent VAN DONINCK 172 BEL 1 Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna