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.