Recognised as one of the most beautiful villages in France, situated in the south-west region of the country, Lacapelle-Marival hosted Round 12 of the FIM World Motocross Championship this weekend.

Presenting a new set of challenges for the world’s best motocross riders the Circuit Georges Filhol features tight, twisty, rutted and hard-packed terrain; in stark contrast to many circuits on the 2021 MXGP calendar.

Team HRC’s series leader Tim Gajser started race one in ninth place, but a small tip-over on lap three demoted the Slovenia to 10th as he set-about a charge back to sixth by lap 14. Tim struggled to make further progress on the tight French circuit and finished the race in sixth with high-hopes for race two.  

In race two Gajser started better in fifth place. He soon pushed up into fourth position and remained there for the majority of the race, once again finding it hard to push up to the leaders. The four-time World Champion eventually found his way into third place in the latter stages of the race giving him third overall with 35 points. 

In the MX2 class Honda 114 Motorsport’s Ruben Fernandez returned to racing after injuring his shoulder in Sardinia three weeks ago. The Spaniard qualified in 10th position ahead of Honda Racing Assomotor’s Stephen Rubini in 15th.

MX2 race one saw Rubini battle hard in 10th place throughout the moto, slowly regaining form after injury setbacks this year. Also riding the CRF250R, Ruben Fernandez started the race well, entering lap one in eighth place, but an incident on lap two put him out of the race.

Race two saw Fernandez battle hard throughout the moto to eventually come home in 10th place after a crash on lap two, which demoted him to 13th. Local hero Stephen Rubini had a tougher race in his second outing, starting the race in 10th spot, but dropping to 13th at the finish after struggling to find a flow on the challenging and tight circuit.

Saturday’s EMX250 races saw Honda Racing Assomotor’s Emil Weckman improve on last weekend’s 15th overall as he took his CRF250R to 10th overall with an excellent 5th in race one, followed by 11th in race two after making some small mistakes which cost him a better overall finish. 

Tim Gajser

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It was a bit of a frustrating day here despite ending up on the podium.

I knew coming in that starts would be crucial because the track is so tight and narrow in a lot of places and unfortunately I wasn’t able to get out of the gate well enough in either moto.

In the first race I was around 10th place early on and it was just really difficult to make any passes. It was hard to find a good rhythm but eventually I worked my way through to sixth which was all I could manage.

In race two my start was a bit better but I couldn’t latch onto the top two and battle with them so once I got into third I was too far behind to catch them. Still there are a lot races to come and I will now focus on next weekend when we head to Spain.

Team HRC – MXGP
Stephen Rubini

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It was so nice to race in-front of my home fans today. I could hear them cheering me on and waving the French flags. It was crazy.
My day started really well with second in Free Practice, but in Timed Qualifying the riders’ timings we’re all really close, so I couldn’t get a better place than 15th which meant that I didn’t have the best start-gate choice.

My top-ten starts today were good though and in race one I managed to defend my position well. Then in race two I struggled to improve my track speed. I got some arm-pump at one point and found it hard to find my flow on the track and find good lines. I felt a little bit lost, but eventually I found a good pace but it was too late.

I like next weekend’s track in Spain, so I’m looking forward to an even better overall result at the next GP.

Honda Racing Assomotor
Gordon Crockard

Gordon Crockard

Honda Off Road Racing Manager

The MXGP class was difficult today for Honda riders.

The track was very challenging and left a lot of emphasis on good starts and good early laps of the races. Our riders didn’t have the best starts and this resulted in big challenges to improve on their first turn positions.

Henry Jacobi had a double-disaster with his starts and Tim Gajser gave himself a lot for work to do in the races by not getting away with the leaders. Unfortunately, this meant that Tim had to salvage points in both races to try and do the best he could. His efforts were rewarded with a podium result which was good to see.

W now look forward to next weekend to make amends and continue to be positive considering today’s challenges.

In the MX2 class Stephen Rubini was joined with good results by Ruben Fernandez who was returning from a recent shoulder injury.

In race one Ruben had a mechanical problem that denied him and better overall result. In race two he finished in 10th place after a small error cost him a few positions, but I think in general he performed well. It’s his home GP next weekend in Spain where he should feel most comfortable.

Stephen Rubini displayed that he is capable for running inside the top ten, scoring decent results amongst decent riders at his home GP in France.

In the EMX250 class it was a welcome return to form for Emil Weckman with fifth place in Timed Qualifying and also fifth in race one.

In race two he suffered a little bit with fatigue from riding quite tightly but overall today was a good result for Emil and we look to build on his form going into the last four EMX250 races in Italy starting at the end of October.

Honda Motor
MXGP of France

Lacapelle-Marival, France

MXGP 2021, Round 12

Sunny / 17
Sunday 10 Oct 2021, 14:56 UTC
  • Air Temp: 17°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 25 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 34:32.068
2 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 22 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +0:05.305
3 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 20 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:21.165
4 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:28.199
5 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 16 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:29.453
6 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 15 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:30.145
7 Calvin Vlaanderen 10 NDL 14 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +0:50.673
8 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 13 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:55.934
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek 89 BEL 12 SDM Racing Beta +1:14.691
10 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 11 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:21.171
11 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 10 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:26.801
12 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 9 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +1:35.628
13 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 8 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +1:36.365
14 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 7 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +1:37.641
15 Benoit Paturel 16 FRA 6 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:38.656
16 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 5 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:39.256
17 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 4 JWR Honda Racing Honda +1:41.949
18 Henry Jacobi 29 GER 3 JM Honda Racing Honda +1 lap
19 Josh Gilbert 326 GBR 2 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +1 lap
20 Ben Watson 919 GBR 1 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1 lap
Sunny / 16
Sunday 10 Oct 2021, 12:04 UTC
  • Track Condition: Hard Pack
  • Air Temp: 16°C
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Romain Febvre 3 FRA 25 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki 34:21.708
2 Jeffrey Herlings 84 NDL 22 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:00.755
3 Jeremy Seewer 91 SWI 20 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +0:37.609
4 Pauls Jonass 41 LAT 18 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas +0:39.792
5 Antonio Cairoli 222 ITA 16 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +0:41.014
6 Tim Gajser 243 SLO 15 Team HRC – MXGP Honda +0:44.721
7 Arnaud Tonus 4 SWI 14 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha +1:02.787
8 Thomas Kjer Olsen 19 DEN 13 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:08.373
9 Alessandro Lupino 77 ITA 12 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM +1:25.573
10 Alberto Forato 303 ITA 11 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha +1:30.425
11 Arminas Jasikonis 27 LTU 10 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +1:35.661
12 Benoit Paturel 16 FRA 9 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda +1:37.548
13 Glenn Coldenhoff 259 NDL 8 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +1:38.604
14 Vsevolod Brylyakov 18 RUS 7 JWR Honda Racing Honda +1:42.146
15 Brent Van Doninck 32 BEL 6 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha +1:50.817
16 Jorge Prado Garcia 61 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM +-1 lap
17 Josh Gilbert 326 GBR 4 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna +-1 lap
18 Maxime Desprey 21 FRA 3 Team GSM DAFY MICHELIN YAMAHA Yamaha +-1 lap
19 Ben Watson 919 GBR 2 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha +-1 lap
20 Brian Bogers 189 NDL 1 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM +-1 lap
Rider Standings
Sunday, 10 Oct 2021 - Open world standings grid
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Jeffrey HERLINGS 84 NDL 460 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
2 Romain FEBVRE 3 FRA 454 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki
3 Tim GAJSER 243 SLO 450 Team HRC – MXGP Honda
4 Jorge PRADO GARCIA 61 SPA 398 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Antonio CAIROLI 222 ITA 387 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
6 Jeremy SEEWER 91 SWI 343 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
7 Pauls JONASS 41 LAT 321 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
8 Glenn COLDENHOFF 259 NDL 284 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
9 Alessandro LUPINO 77 ITA 215 MRT Racing Team KTM KTM
10 Thomas KJER OLSEN 19 DEN 201 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
11 Ben WATSON 919 GBR 195 Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP Team Yamaha
12 Calvin VLAANDEREN 10 NDL 189 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
13 Brian BOGERS 189 NDL 186 Marchetti Racing Team KTM KTM
14 Jeremy VAN HOREBEEK 89 BEL 145 SDM Racing Beta
15 Henry JACOBI 29 GER 127 JM Honda Racing Honda
16 Brent VAN DONINCK 32 BEL 120 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
17 Alberto FORATO 303 ITA 108 Yamaha SM Action – M.C. Migliori Yamaha
18 Kevin STRIJBOS 22 BEL 98 Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha Racing Yamaha
19 Arnaud TONUS 4 SWI 90 Yamaha Factory Racing Yamaha
20 Arminas JASIKONIS 27 LTU 87 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna
21 Shaun SIMPSON 24 GBR 85 SS24 KTM MXGP KTM
22 Ivo MONTICELLI 128 ITA 54 Standing Construct GasGas Factory Racing Team Gas Gas
23 Alvin OSTLUND 161 SWE 50 JK Racing Yamaha Yamaha
24 Benoit PATUREL 16 FRA 40 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
25 Adam STERRY 811 GBR 39 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
26 Jordi TIXIER 911 FRA 33 Wildcard Rider KTM
27 Lorenzo LOCURCIO 183 VEN 30 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
28 Tom KOCH 226 GER 29 Wildcard Rider KTM
29 Vsevolod BRYLYAKOV 18 RUS 25 JWR Honda Racing Honda
30 Cyril GENOT 105 BEL 15 Wildcard Rider KTM
31 Josh GILBERT 326 GBR 10 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
32 Valentin GUILLOD 92 SWI 8 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
33 Evgeny BOBRYSHEV 777 RUS 6 PAR Homes RFX Husqvarna Husqvarna
34 Lars VAN BERKEL 107 NDL 5 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
35 Nathan WATSON 991 GBR 4 Honda SR Motoblouz Honda
36 Jimmy CLOCHET 520 FRA 4 SDM Racing Beta
37 Maxime DESPREY 21 FRA 3 Team GSM DAFY MICHELIN YAMAHA Yamaha
38 Jose BUTRON 17 SPA 2 JD Gunnex KTM Racing Team KTM
39 Morgan LESIARDO 44 ITA 1 Honda 114 Motorsports Honda
40 Hardi ROOSIORG 75 EST 1 Wildcard Rider KTM
41 Todd KELLETT 998 GBR 1 hostettler Yamaha Racing Yamaha
42 Anton GOLE SWE 1