Motocross

Jorge Prado

2018 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion

Born on 5 January 2001 in Lugo, Spain

PRODIGIOUS PRADO MAKES A SPLASH

Jorge Prado García (KTM) followed in the illustrious footsteps of Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings in 2018 as he became an FIM MX2 World Champion at the tender age of seventeen. After a season-long battle with his teammate and defending champion Pauls Jonass (KTM), Prado was actually crowned ahead of the final round at Imola when the Latvian was forced to withdraw from the event in order to undergo surgery on his right knee.

With a healthy advantage over Thomas Kjer Olsen (Husqvarna) in third place, Jonass’ absence meant that Prado was champion before a wheel was turned in Italy but there could be no denying that the youngster from Lugo, Galicia, had earned it. Signing off with a fourth double, the Spaniard finished the season with seventeen individual race wins, twelve overall victories and seventeen podiums. Prado’s total of 873 points from 20 rounds of racing represents an impressive average of 43.6 points per round - out of a maximum 50 - at the end of a season that also wielded ten pole positions and a total of 331 laps spent in the lead.

Prado, who also pursues a successful swimming career and is a Galician regional champion, is the eighth different rider to have earned MX2 success with KTM in fifteen years and he now lies behind only Herlings and Antonio Cairoli in the all-time MX2 winners’ list. Denmark’s Olsen finished third in the championship for the second successive season after claiming sixteen podium finishes, including a single victory in Latvia.

PALMARES

World title – MX2 2018
Junior Motocross 65cc World title - 2011

Bailey Malkiewicz

2018 FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born on 9 October 2001 in Australia

BAILEY BREAKS THROUGH

Bailey Malkiewicz (Yamaha) won the FIM 125cc Junior Motocross World Championship on home soil in Australia after an epic battle with Italy’s Mattia Guadagnini (Husqvarna) over two motos. A superb day of racing in Horsham started with chilly temperatures and overcast skies but the clouds subsided just in time for the start gates to drop and the crowd were treated to some warm winter sun and some red-hot racing.

Guadagnini took the holeshot in the first race and after rounding the first turn in third, Malkiewicz quickly moved up to second and gave chase. On the second lap the Australian drew alongside the Italian as they entered a tight left-hand turn and the pair collided, with Malkiewicz falling from his bike. He quickly remounted and hung on to second place, but couldn’t bridge the gap to the clear race winner.  

The second moto provided another thrilling head-to-head between the pair that thankfully lasted much longer than just two laps, Malkiewicz taking the early lead this time until a mistake on lap five let Guadagnini through. Malkiewicz stayed close and kept the pressure on and on lap 13 of 15 Guadagnini finally cracked, crashing and handing the win and the title to his rival.

Guadagnini remounted to finish third but had to settle for the runner-up spot in the championship, with Petr Polak (KTM) from the Czech Republic completing the podium in third place overall after consistent third and second-place finishes in the two races.

Malkiewicz, already a multiple Australian Junior Champion, is already competing in the senior championships in his home country and is certain to be one to watch on the world stage in the coming years.

PALMARES

1 World title – 2018

Caden Braswell

2018 FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion

Born 15 May 2004 in Shalimar (FL), USA

CADEN KEEPS HIS COOL

Caden Braswell (KTM) is the 2018 FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Champion after two cool rides to third and first at an eventful single-round event at Horsham, Australia.

The fourteen-year-old from Shalimar, Florida, progressed through the ranks since he began racing at the age of six, following in the footsteps of his father, who also raced. Caden went on to the compete in the Mini Os, and then at the famed Loretta Lynn´s – the proving ground for many young American motocross racers – winning an AMA South Carolina State Championship and earning selection for the first Team USA line-up to compete in the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship since 2014.

The annual event is held in a similar format to an MXGP round, with the outcome determined by two races. Braswell grabbed the holeshot in the first race and was in front until he suffered an issue with his knee brace locking up. The American dropped back down the field but managed to fix the issue and charged back up to third, as Belgium’s Liam Everts (KTM) - son and grandson of legendary FIM World Champions Stefan and Harry – took a clear win.

After Everts unfortunately crashed out of the second moto, Braswell took full advantage, recovering from a terrible start that saw him outside the top twenty in the first turn. Again, he showed his talent as he scythed through the field to take the victory at the chequered flag.

Kay de Wolf (KTM) claimed the runner-up spot with a second place and a sixth, whilst Dutch compatriot Kay Karssemakers (KTM) also made the overall podium for the second time in as many years after finishing fourth in both races.

PALMARES

World title – 2018

Marvin Vanluchene & Ben Van den Bogaart

2018 FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champions

Marvin Vanluchene (Driver) born on 26 December 1995 in Tielt, Belgium
Ben Van den Bogaart (Passenger) born on 24 September 1989 in Turnhout, Belgium

MARVELLOUS MARVIN LEADS NEW WAVE

The FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship has a new star and a new World Champion in the shape of 22-year-old Marvin Vanluchene, who claimed the 2018 title alongside experienced passenger Ben van den Bogaart after a season full of drama from the opening round.

Forced to start from the back of the grid at Oss following a qualifying infringement, last year’s World Champion Etienne Bax mounted an incredible fightback only to crash out of second place and suffer a double break to his collarbone that effectively wrecked his title defence. 2017 runner-up Valentin Giraud then saw his passenger Elvijs Mucenieks suffer a broken back during morning warm-up for the third round in Talavera de la Reina, Spain and when Dutch legend and early series leader Daniel Willemsen was also injured in a freak road accident, the way was open for the young guns to capitalise.

Guided by the experienced hand of three-time champion Van den Bogaart, Vanluchene did exactly that, taking his first win in Spain with further victories in the Ukraine, Czech Republic – where he scored the double –,Latvia (Cesis), Estonia and Switzerland. Meanwhile 21-year-old Koen Hermans, who also had a World Champion passenger in the shape of Nicolas Musset, also emerged as a championship contender, pushing for the red plate with wins from the opening round.

Hermans proved to be the strongest threat to Vanluchene but after the pair shared wins in Estonia, the Belgian proved to be the more consistent finisher and despite a double for the Dutchman in Latvia (Stelpe), Vanluchene and Van Den Bogaart were able to wrap up the title in style with a second leg victory at the penultimate round in Switzerland.

PALMARES - VANLUCHENE

Rider’s World Title: 2018

PALMARES - VANLUCHENE

4 Passenger’s World Title: 2013, 2014, 2016, 2018

Jason Anderson

2018 AMA Supercross FIM World Champion

Born on 19 February 1993 in Edgewood, New Mexico, USA

Jason Anderson was crowned the AMA Supercross FIM World Champion after a coming-of-age season that saw the boy turn into a man and justify his ‘El Hombre’ nickname. Struggling for results during his rookie season in 2015, Anderson almost lost his ride but clung on and began to show his true potential in 2016, taking a debut victory at the season opener in Anaheim to finish third overall.

However, after a disappointing 2017 that wielded just five podiums before a final-round victory in Las Vegas, few could have predicted the consistency that he would show in 2018. After taking second place in Anaheim I, Anderson took the win and the points lead at the second round in Houston and never let it go, racking up further victories at Oakland, San Diego and Atlanta as part of a run of thirteen top-four finishes from the next fifteen rounds.

Taking advantage of injuries to his main rivals Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen, Anderson built up a 41-point lead that was dramatically slashed in the penultimate round in Salt Lake City when he crashed and broke his front wheel. However, retaining a 14-point cushion over Musquin going into the decisive final round in Las Vegas, a fifth place finish was enough to make Anderson the 21st winner in AMA Supercross history. Quite a coincidence that he also races the number 21....

PALMARES

World title – 2018

France - FFM

2018 FIM Motocross of Nations

Team Manager: Pascal Finot
Riders: Gautier Paulin, Dylan Ferrandis, Jordi Tixier

SIX STAR FRANCE!

The world’s biggest, oldest and most famous one-day team motorsport race landed on American soil for the first time since 2010 as the 72nd edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations bulged the fences at RedBud and the roars of 81,000 fans bounced off the low grey cloud in Michigan, as Team France hoisted the Chamberlain trophy for the fifth year in a row.

While each fan and nation had their favourites for the win it was one of the most competitive and deeply talented MXoN fields ever. With pride on the line and patriotism in their hearts 30 teams entered the competition but the field was narrowed to 20 for the final day, with 19 qualifiers and the winners of the B-Final, which proved to be the popular, all-star fund-raising Team Puerto Rico line-up of Travis Pastrana, Kevin Windham, and Ryan Sipes.

However, it was the more established nations that showed their quality and experience on race day, with FIM MXoN veteran Gautier Paulin leading Dylan Ferrandis and Jordi Tixier as France claimed overall victory by just two points over the Italian team of Antonio Cairoli, Michele Cervellin, and Alessandro Lupino.

The home crowd were hungry for Team USA success and a first win since 2011 but the trio of Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia and Aaron Plessinger had neither the starts nor the pace to shut down the European threat as the Netherlands - led by the outstanding Jeffrey Herlings and Glenn Coldenhoff along with Calvin Vlaanderen – took the final podium position.

There were other memorable moments including superb performances by Team Great Britain’s Tommy Searle and Ben Watson, Hunter Lawrence’s efforts in dragging Australia into podium contention and the domination of the Dutch as the races were controlled by Herlings and Coldenhoff. However, even that wasn’t enough to prevent France from extending their incredible run of success at the MXoN to five straight seasons.

2017 FIM Motocross of Nations

Team Manager: Pascal Finot
Riders: Gautier Paulin, Romain Febvre, Christophe Charlier

FANTASTIC FOURTH FOR FRANCE

The 2017 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations presented by FIAT Professional took place at one of the best circuits in the world, with the scenic setting of Matterley Basin in the UK welcoming almost forty countries to the 71st edition of this famous team event. The undulating and quick layout close to Winchester had been updated this year with new additions and extended track length, providing a fantastic stage for over 70,000 fans to defy typically wet English weather and watch some gripping racing.

Competing nations came from as far afield as Brazil, Thailand and Iran but once again there would be a familiar name on the trophy as Team France emerged as the fastest MX country for the fourth year in a row. The trio was again led by Gautier Paulin, ably assisted by Romain Febvre and Christophe Charlier, who became just the third athlete in history to pick up gold medals at the ISDE and the MXoN in the same year. Charlier was a late addition to the team though performed his role in the MX2 class admirably, whilst Paulin has now overseen victory for the French in Latvia, France, Italy and the UK. Febvre also reached a hat-trick of achievements at the sport’s flagship annual celebration.

The holders were challenged by the Netherlands and a returning line-up of Glenn Coldenhoff, Brian Bogers, and Jeffrey Herlings, who took the runner-up spot for the second year in a row. To the delight of the raucous home fans, third place went to Team Great Britain, with double race-winner Max Anstie helping ensure a podium appearance for the Union flag for the first time in 20 years.
 

France - FFM

2018 FIM SuperMoto of Nations

Team Manager: Sébastien Bonnal
Riders: Thomas Chareyre, Laurent Fath, Sylvain Bidart

FRANCE, CHALLENGED BUT UNBEATEN!

Team France took gold in the 2018 FIM SuperMoto of Nations for the fifth successive season although this was one of the closest and most entertaining editions of the series yet. Race day started at Circuit de la Ribera in Guadassuar, Spain, in warm and sunny conditions with fans packing out the stands of the fast and spectacular racetrack near Valencia and they weren’t to be disappointed with three dramatic and exciting races.

Team Italy rider Diego Monticelli took the holeshot in the first race but he was passed immediately by French pole setter Laurent Fath in the second corner, with Team Spain’s Joan Llados and Milan Sitniansky of the Czech Republic also riding well. When Fath lost ground after twisting his back wheel on a jump, Monticelli pounced for the lead but Team France’s Thomas Chareyre had also made a great start from fourteenth on the grid and was soon closing the gap, making his move with four laps to go to seal the victory ahead of the Italian and the impressive Czech.

In race two it was the third French rider Sylvain Bidart who took the holeshot in front of Monticelli and Sitniansky, whilst his teammate Fath also had a good start from fourteenth and was out for revenge after his technical problems in race one, rapidly climbing up to fourth position. This time it was Bidart that got unlucky, a puncture in his rear tyre ruling him out of podium contention as Monticelli came through for the win, with Fath securing a crucial second place for the French ahead of Sitniansky.

Solid supporting rides from Erik Provaznik and Petr Vorlicek meant that the Czech team led the way into the final race ahead of Spain, Italy and France, but neither were able to make the podium in a dramatic affair that saw Bidart and Chareyre take first and third place, either side of Elia Sammartin in second, as France claimed the win by a single point.

2017 FIM SuperMoto of Nations

Team Manager: Sébastien Bonnal
Riders: Thomas Chareyre, Laurent Fath, Sylvain Bidart

FRANCE OUT IN FRONT AGAIN

France took their sixth victory from twelve editions of the FIM Supermoto of Nations on home territory when the 2017 edition took place in warm and sunny conditions at the Circuit Carole in Tremblay-en-France in September. With the sun out early, lots of spectators found their way to the racetrack near Paris and the grandstands were packed full of Supermoto fans. Circuit Carole is one of the best venues in Europe and all riders felt at home on the spectacular, fast track giving the crowd some fantastic entertainment over the two days of the event. 

As in the individual series, Supermoto legend Thomas Chareyre (TM) was pushed hard by emerging German rivals Markus Class (Husqvarna) and Marc-Reiner Schmidt (SWM) but the Frenchman was ably assisted by Laurent Fath (Honda) and Sylvain Bidart (Honda), who spread the team success over the three races to ensure overall victory. 

After qualifying wins for Chareyre and Fath, the pair finished first and third respectively in the first race, which was for the nominated group 1 and group 2 riders. Class took second place in that race but in the absence of Chareyre in race 2, which was for group 2 and group 3 riders, he took advantage to steal a much-needed victory for Germany. Crucially, however, with Fath and Bidart alongside him on the podium it was advantage France going into the final race. 

With the group 1 riders back in alongside group 3, Chareyre was unleashed once more and with Bidart riding shotgun the pair stormed to a French one-two that put the seal on their fourth title in a row, whilst third place for Edgardo Borella (SWM) secured third overall for Italy.
 

Etienne Bax & Nicolas Musset

2017 FIM Sidecar Motocross World Champion

Etienne Bax (Driver)
Born on 9 August 1988 in Netherlands

Nicolas Musset (Passenger) 
Born on 9 May 1994 in France

BAX AND MUSSET GRIND IT OUT
 

The 2017 FIM Sidecar Motocross World Championship once again featured a packed calendar of fourteen events across ten European countries, starting with the first of two visits to the Netherlands that bookended the season. Perhaps unsurprisingly it was a Dutchman who coped best with the soft, fine sand of the Oldebroek track, former champion Etienne Bax and his French team-mate Nicolas Musset delighting the home crowd by winning both of the weekend's two races in convincing fashion.
 

Fellow Dutchman and ten-time World Champion Daniel Willemsen, riding with Etienne's younger brother Robbie as passenger, opened his 2017 victory account at round two in the Ukraine, before Frenchman Valentin Giraud, who returned to the series with his Latvian passenger Elvijs Mucenieks after missing last season, staked his title credentials with a double win on home soil at Chaumont in round four.
 

Giraud's challenge faltered over the following rounds with reliability issues and an inconsistent starting technique, allowing Bax and Musset to claim doubles at Iffendic in France and Strassbessenbach in Germany as they extended their series lead. However, Giraud and Mucenieks then capitalised on a drought of seven races without a win for Bax and Musset, winning five of them to haul themselves back into contention with a couple of rounds to go.
 

Bax and Musset bounced back, though, to take another double win at the penultimate round in Rudersburg, Germany, which put them on the brink of a title they were able to wrap up in front of another big home crowd at Markelo.

PALMARES
Etienne Bax (Driver) 2 World titles – 2015, 2017
Nicolas Musset (Passenger) World title – 2017