Little recap of all the riders who won a FOX Holeshot Award, riding with our HSL holeshot link system !
MXGP of Qatar, Losail: Max Nalg / Dylan Ferrandis
MXGP of Thailand, Nakhonchaisri: Tyla Rattray
MXGP of Patagonia Argentina, Neuquen: Shaun Simpson
MXGP of Trentino, Pietramurata: Max Nagl / Jordi Tixier
MXGP of Europe, Valkenswaard: Max Nagl / Romain Fevre
MXGP of Spain, Talavera de la Reina: Max Nagl / Dylan Ferrandis
MXGP of Great Britain, Matterley Basin: Shaun Simpson
MXGP of France, Villars sous Ecot: Max Nagl
MXGP of Italy, Maggiora: Max Nagl
MXGP of Sweden, Uddevalla: Romain Fevre
MXGP of Czech Republic, Loket: Evgeny Bobryshev
MXGP of Belgium, Lommel: Romain Fevre
MXGP of Lombardia, Mantova: Jeremy Van Horebeek
MXGP of the Netherlands, Assen: Max Nagl
MXGP of Mexico, Leon: Max Nagl / Thomas Covington
We are happy to see that 2 HSL rider took the victory in the MXGP of Argentina ! Congrats to Max Nagl and Dylan Ferrandis !
Ryan Villopoto clinched victory for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team in stifling heat at the Nakhonchaisri raceway, which hosted the Thai round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship.
The ten times US champion showed an immediate liking for the man-made track 35 miles west of the Thai capital Bangkok as he won the qualification race by an amazing 33 seconds as the hard work of midweek suspension testing in Europe paid dividends. With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees Fahrenheit RV2 was content to control the first GP moto by a smaller margin on race day, but was never seriously challenged after sweeping past teammate Tyla Rattray for the lead before turn three. After being forced off the track through the early turns of race two Ryan needed three laps to advance to third place, at which stage the leader already held a five second advantage. The leading trio matched each other's pace for several laps before the Kawasaki leader, secure in the knowledge that his placing would give him the overall success on the day, took no risks to secure the honour. He has also moved up the championship table to fourth, just 18 points shy of the series pacesetter.
Ryan Villopoto: "We only had two days to test when we went back to Europe but we made good progress with the bike. We made some big suspension changes and then some fine tuning here. I think the track here is not only new for all of us, it is also little more jumpy than the usual GP track and suited me. For sure there will be weeks when a suits me best, and other weeks when the track suits the European guys. I didn't ride this sort of heat for one and a half years, and it even started snowing when we were training in Belgium on Tuesday, so it was a shock change for all of us. I guess I have some things to learn too. I also backed off my pace in the qualifier but I think the other guys did so even more to save energy in the heat. There's a strategy to GP racing but I'm gradually getting used to it. I got pushed around a little in the first few turns of race two but when I got to third I just tried to be smart and at this of the season a safe third is better than risking a crash. It's cool to come here to Thailand and see things which you would normally only see in the movies, it's a bizarre experience."