New year, new team

So… 2016 was a really tough year. I opened the season strongly and felt I was in good shape things where looking good until unfortunately i damaged my back in a hefty accident at the Swedish championships in Tomelilla that left me unable to walk away from.

It was a huge blow for me and a huge challenge mentally, i was fairly dejected to say the least.  A comeback was the last thing on my mind and this was totally new for me.   It was a really strange feeling that I never felt before.  Normally im straight back to my feet and ready to go but this time i decided to take a “break” from everything.

Within two months, I met my team Castrol Suzuki at a trade show in Cologne, and told them how I felt we agreed to end our contract at the end of 2016.I would also like to thank them for all the support during the year, I know it was a tough one.

Things were looking pretty bad until In early November, I was approached by Jan Heusschen who runs a KTM shop in Holland, just 35 minutes away from where I live. He wondered what I had planned for 2017.  We decided that I would try one of his bikes and see what I thought.  Immediately when I sat on the bike, it felt like i was home!  I Have never really got the feeling on any other bike than the KTM.   

All of a sudden my hunger was back again and it felt so good to be back on an ‘orange bike’ again.

We decided to do a collaboration in 2017, where I will focus on the Dutch / Belgian Championships and then make appearances in the World Championships.

So now im more than stoked to announce that in 2017 you will see me on a KTM for JHMX service.



MXGP Lommel

Såg verkligen framemot helgens tävling i Lommel. Det är bara en halvtimme från Soerendonk där jag bor för tillfället. Det blir nästan lite “hemmatävling” men samridigt så bor 9/10 VM-förare här, så någon fördel av att bo nära har man egentligen inte.

Mina föräldrar kom ner på fredagen och på eftermiddagen åkte vi ut på banan. De hade byggt om några hopp (till det sämre tyckte jag). Förstår inte varför man bygger stopphopp på en banan som blir så uppkörd och där hastigheten automatiskt sänks under helgen… Men men, nog om det.

Lördagen gick bra, jag hade åttonde tid på tidskvalet och var elva i kvalheatet. Jag försökte spara på krafterna så gott det gick inför söndagens finaler. Förra året körde jag all-in på lördagen och det fick jag betala för på söndagen. Så i år försökte jag spara lite mer på krafterna och komma lite fräschare till söndagens finaler.

Söndagen började bra med en tredje tid på träningen. Banan var redan nu riktigt uppkörd!

Första heatet gjorde jag en bra start och var med täten från början. De tre första var lite snabbare än oss övriga och fick en lucka nästan direkt. Därefter var det tight. Efter 15-20min fick jag in ett riktigt bra flyt och körde upp mig till sjua. Strijbos kom jagandes bakifrån och när han körde om mig tappade jag även Waters. Gjorde sen ett misstag i ett “hål” som de byggt och blev omkörd av Krestinov strax innan mål. Hade Watson precis bakom mig men lyckades ta mig i mål som tia.

Efter heatet var jag tvungen att göra bränsletest och fick stanna kvar efter målet ganska länge. Var riktigt varmt och jag försökte få i mig så mycket vätska som möjligt.

Allt kändes bra inför andra heatet tills jag skulle gå till starten. Blev riktigt illamående och behövde kräkas. Försökte köra fingrarna i halsen så att det skulle komma upp innan jag skulle köra men fick inte upp något. Redan på mastervarvet kände jag hur illa det var och visste att det skulle bli ett långt heat. Kände mig riktigt dålig hela heatet, och det var definitivt ett av de längsta heaten i min karriär.
Efter heatet kräktes jag flera gånger och allt som jag åt eller drack bara kom upp igen.

Sist jag blev såhär dålig var i Uddevalla förra året och jag har egentligen inget bra svar på varför. Riktigt tråkigt att det blev såhär, då detta var ett race som jag verkligen såg framemot. Känns som att jag gjort många besvikna, men framförallt mig själv. Allt har känts så bra  på träning och kände mig riktigt stark när jag tränade i veckan innan Lommel.

Nu är blev det tyvärr såhär, bara blicka framåt mot kommande tävlingar!

Vill ge ett stort tack till alla som hjälper och stöttar mig.

Filip Bengtsson



MXGP Round 6 Talavera de la Reina, Spain – 24MX Honda Racing Press Release

The hard pack undulating Talavera de la Reina circuit, hosting round six of the FIM MXGP World Championship challenged riders with elevetated temperatures and treacherous terrain. Christophe Chalier showed good form on Saturday but ultimately left the Spanish track disappointed with a 13th place overall finish. Team mate Bengtsson struggled with his fitness and failed to score points.

Christophe Charlier, a former European championship winner in Talavera de la Reina, immediately felt comfortable on the classic Spanish circuit. A good start to his time practice session saw him in 7th place. Only near the end the 24MX Honda rider lost ground and finished the session in 13th place. Unfortunately his chances of a good gate pick for Sunday were offset by two crashes -among them quite a big one- in the qualifying race. In his very first visit to the track Sweden’s Filip Bengtsson used Saturday to get his motorcycle dialled in. While good progress was made early in the day, he went backwards during the qualifying race with a setup choice for his suspension that proved to be less effective than hoped.

However a great start in today’s first moto offered ‘Fillibang’ a good opportunity. Powering his 24MX Honda CRF450R to sixth, he even moved into 5th before gradually falling behind. Bengtsson was in 14th when het got hit by a big stone on his nose and pulled out of the race. Charlier had a bad start, still he managed to make good headway on the leaderboard. Unusually for him, the fast Frenchman was not able to continue his push beyond 15th place. With both David Philippaerts and Dean Ferris within striking distance a frustrated ‘CC23’ crossed the finish line a meagre two seconds behind 13th placed Philippaerts.

The second moto brought a very similar scenario for Charlier. He found himself just inside the top-20 after the opening lap. A consistent pace allowed him to move into 14th halfway through the race. While Christophe circulated right behind Rui GonÁalves, he couldn’t muster the energy and speed needed to make a pass. Bengtsson’s faith was very similar to that of the first sprint as well. He ran as high as 15th before slipping back and in the end coming home in 22nd. While further analysis and consultation with his physician is required, it was suggested that Filip could have been affected by the severe concussion he suffered in Valkenswaard two weeks ago.

Christophe Charlier: Thirteenth is not what I came here for! Especially not after the good feeling I had on the bike on Saturday. In the previous GPs I struggled to put together a fast lap in time practice and we certainly improved in that respect. My second crash on Saturday -when I couldn’t avoid Yamamoto and GonÁalves hit me from the back- left me battered and bruised. Worse yet was my lack of energy and gusto on race day. I just couldn’t attack like I wanted to. Looking back I realize that I have put in too much bike time in the last two weeks. We will take lessons from the experience and re-group for Matterly Basin.”

Filip Bengtsson: It was hard to put a finger to what was wrong really. The feeling on the bike this weekend was not so bad. I felt I had the speed to fight for a place around 15th position. Unfortunately I was just not fit enough to get any significant result and last the distance. I’m so gutted by those awful finishes I had, and I feel sorry for the team but just didn’t have any more to give. It definitely was hot, but that can’t be any excuse. So maybe this is related to the after effects of my tumble in Valkenswaard in the second moto. I will check with the doctor to get this sorted out.

MXGP moto 1: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 35:12.010; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:04.430; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.570; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:31.852; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:34.525; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:49.887; 7. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:54.543; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:58.608; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:00.581; 10. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:04.644; 11. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +1:06.374; 12. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:06.942; 13. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:19.536; 14. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:20.726; 15. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Honda), +1:21.590; 16. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +1:23.052; 17. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:36.218; 18. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:39.581; 19. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:41.937; 20. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:43.375; 21. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), +1:44.747; 22. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 23. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 24. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 25. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, Honda), -9 lap(s);

MXGP moto 2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:46.317; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.304; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:13.313; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:19.515; 5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:21.618; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:24.478; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:45.093; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:55.322; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:59.077; 10. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:04.925; 11. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +1:09.518; 12. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), +1:10.844; 13. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:12.061; 14. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), +1:16.409; 15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:19.620; 16. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:23.333; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:41.903; 18. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s); 19. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 20. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 21. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 22. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), -1 lap(s); 23. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 24. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), -10 lap(s); 25. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), -13 lap(s)

GP of Talavera de la Reina Classification:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 45 p.; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 38 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 33 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 30 p.; 7. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 27 p.; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 23 p.; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 20 p.; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 17 p.; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 16 p.; 12. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 15 p.; 13. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HON), 13 p.; 14. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 12 p.; 15. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 12 p.; 16. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 12 p.; 17. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 10 p.; 18. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 9 p.; 19. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 8 p.; 20. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 8 p.; 21. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 6 p.; 22. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 2 p.; 23. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 1 p.; 24. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, HON), 0 p.; 25. Klemen Gercar (SLO, HUS), 0

World Championship classification after 6 rounds:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 259 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 247 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 229 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 208 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 196 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 171 p.; 7. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 124 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 114 p.; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 104 p.; 10. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 95 p.; 11. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 94 p.; 12. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 84 p.; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 78 p.; 14. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 76 p.; 15. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 75 p.; 16. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 70 p.; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 57 p.; 18. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 54 p.; 19. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 50 p.; 20. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 49 p.; 21. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HON), 43 p.; 22. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 34 p.; 23. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 33 p.; 24. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 30 p.; 25. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, HON), 27 p.; 26. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS), 12 p.; 27. Tanel Leok (EST, KAW), 9 p.; 28. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 7 p.; 29. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 6 p.; 30. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW), 5 p.; 31. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, YAM), 4 p.; 32. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 4 p.; 33. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), 2 p.; 34. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), 2 p.

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MXGP Europe – Cruel faith for 24MX Honda duo! – 24MX Honda Racing Press Release

Race report MXGP Round 5 – Valkenswaard, Holland

Monday, April 27, 2015 The Valkenswaard Eurocircuit was the packed and buzzing location for round five of the MXGP World Championship. Both 24MX Honda Racing riders showed good speed but with respective 15th and 21st overall finishes Filip Bengtsson, nor Christophe Charlier were rewarded according to their efforts.

The daunting ruts and many bumps  of Valkenswaard provided MXGP riders with their first sand test of the season. Swedish sand ace Bengtsson shone already on Saturday thanks to a fine sixth in time practice, and a 10th place in the qualifying race. Team mate Charlier ended the first day in 17th but the Corsican had made good progress with the set-up of the bike.

Fillibang recorded an impressive 3rd time during warm up. Boosted by his good feeling with the track the 23-year old from St. Olof got off to a blinding start in the first moto. Fifth after the first corner Bengtson pursued Gautier Paulin for third in the opening lap but unfortunately lost the front. Filip dropped back to 17th and consequently steered his Dunlop-mounted CRF450R back to the front. While he quickly caught up to both Glenn Coldenhoff and Ken De Dycker, Bengtsson ran out of time to come home ninth. Pretty impressive stuff nevertheless! Charlier conserved his energy well. After a decent start he climbed up to 8th. Damaging his motorcycle in a spill prevented ‘CC23’ to reap the rewards of his work.

Bengtsson pushed hard from the start in the second moto. When chasing Cairoli in the hunt for 8th place Fillibang was surprised by a highsider. The determined Swede bounced back from 15th quickly however he was the victim of a nasty collision with Jeffrey Dewulf who hit neutral in the air which left Bengtsson nowhere to go. Suffering dizziness and a painful throat Filip went to the local hospital and stayed in observation for the night. Charlier suffered another crashes himself when he was in 11th at the early stages of the race. The multiple Italian champion steadily kept going. From way down the order in 29th he fought hard to claim a well-earned 18thplace.

Filip Bengtsson: “When you end the weekend in hospital it’s never awesome! I feel gutted because the first moto went really well. It was tough to come back through the pack but my speed was good and the bike worked great. In the second moto I was sort of caught off guard when I got thrown of after losing the rear. I quickly regained my rhythm but when Dewulf crashed in front of me that was it, there was no way I could’ve avoided him. Already with the first crash I hit my head quite hard and the second get-off didn’t improve the situation! I’m pretty disappointed with the final result of course, although it’s good to know I have the pace.”

Christophe Charlier: “It was a tough weekend for me. The track was really difficult because of the many ruts and the soft spots. It was so easy to make mistakes or avoid others when it went wrong! One hand it was pretty frustrating not to be able to finish the job, on the other hand it was comforting that we made good headway throughout the weekend. I really struggled to come to grip with the track on Saturday morning and when I left the feeling with the track was quite good. In both motos I had the speed and rhythm to make the top 10 on a sandy track, that’s the positive that I take away from this weekend.”

MXGP moto 1:  1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), 34:52.131; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:17.744; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:35.535; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.515; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:41.742; 6. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:56.455; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:00.201; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:04.855; 9. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), +1:08.710;10. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +1:12.812; 11. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:16.994; 12. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +1:35.888; 13. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:38.958; 14. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:39.348; 15. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:52.183; 16. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s); 17. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 18. Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 19. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 20. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 21. Martin Barr (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 22. Nick Triest (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s); 23. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 24. Rick Satink (NED, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 25. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), -6 lap(s); 26. Mike Vanderstraeten (BEL, Husqvarna), -6 lap(s); 27. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), -8 lap(s); 28. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), -13 lap(s); 29. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), -14 lap(s); 30. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -14 lap(s); 31. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -14 lap(s)

MXGP moto  2:
 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), 34:24.814; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:04.761; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:10.118; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:11.589; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:12.309; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:28.128; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:39.579; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:41.763; 9. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:43.720; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:44.567; 11. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +0:45.657; 12. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:11.324; 13. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:14.037; 14. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:14.747; 15. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:38.453; 16. Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki), +1:53.193; 17. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:54.693; 18. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), -1 lap(s); 19. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 20. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 21. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 22. Mike Vanderstraeten (BEL, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 23. Rick Satink (NED, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 24. Martin Barr (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 25. Nick Triest (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s); 26. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -2 lap(s); 27. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), -11 lap(s); 28. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, Yamaha), -11 lap(s); 29. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -12 lap(s);

GP of Valkenswaard Classification: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 50 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 44 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 38 p.; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 38 p.; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 28 p.; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 27 p.; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 25 p.; 10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 19 p.; 11. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 14 p.; 12. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 14 p.; 13. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 14 p.; 14. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 14 p.; 15. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), 12 p.; 16. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 10 p.; 17. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 9 p.; 18. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 9 p.; 19. Tanel Leok (EST, KAW), 8 p.; 20. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 6 p.; 21. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), 3 p.; 22. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 2 p.; 23. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), 2 p.; 24. Mike Vanderstraeten (BEL, HUS), 0 p.; 25. Rick Satink (NED, HUS), 0 p.; 26. Martin Barr (GBR, KTM), 0 p.; 27. Nick Triest (BEL, KTM), 0 p.; 28. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 0 p.; 29. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, YAM), 0 p.; 30. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 0 p.; 31. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 0 p.;

World Championship classification after 5 rounds:
 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 214 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 209 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 184 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 178 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 156 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 138 p.; 7. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 124 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 98 p.; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 92 p.; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 86 p.; 11. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 78 p.; 12. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 75 p.; 13. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 70 p.; 14. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 68 p.; 15. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 68 p.; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 55 p.; 17. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 42 p.; 18. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 42 p.; 19. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 39 p.; 20. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 38 p.; 21. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), 30 p.; 22. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), 27 p.; 23. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 24 p.; 24. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 14 p.; 25. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 13 p.; 26. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS), 12 p.; 27. Tanel Leok (EST, KAW), 9 p.; 28. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 7 p.; 29. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW), 5 p.; 30. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 5 p.; 31. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, YAM), 4 p.; 32. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), 2 p.; 33. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), 2 p.; 34. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 2 p.

 

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MXGP Trentino – 24MX Honda Racing Pressrelease

Expect the unexpected

Race report MXGP Round 4 – Trentino, Arco di Trento

Whether it was the epic setting of the majestic mountains in scenic Trentino or the heroic start of race day with wingsuit skydivers jumping from the sky accompanied by Italian opera, drama was in the air at Arco di Trento. 24MX Honda’s Christope Charlier showed good speed but his potential was marred on Sunday by too many incidents. In spite of relatively little experience on slick hard-pack terrain Filip Bengtsson put in two solid rides to claim 10 well-deserved championship points.
A late reaction at the gate and a crashed threesome in front of him wrecked Charlier’s chances in the first moto. However Christophe but his head down and steered his CRF450R from dead last to 16th. Team mate Bengtsson had an ok start. After struggling in the qualification race the fast Swede looked much more comfortable and circulated in 16th for most of the race. Only in the final stages Filip salvaged that position to a charging Charlier.

Starting well in the second moto, in 8th spot was a good sign for Bengtsson. The 24MX Honda Racing rider lost a couple of positions early, yet found a steady rhythm and stayed consistent to finish 15th behind home rider Alessandro Lupino. From a mid-pack position early on “CC23” gradually improved to catch up to 12th after 17 minutes of racing. When setting up an attack on Tommy Searle the Frenchman made a mistake and went down. Unable to continue Christophe pulled out of the race.

Filip Bengtsson: “Saturday was difficult. The hard pack soil with the small stones on top make it tricky here. I was struggling a bit with confidence and the bike setup. We hung in there and managed to turn things around for Sunday. In both motos I felt a lot better so with my background and a lot less experience than most guys at this level on tracks like these my speed was decent. I want to continue to improve on hard pack throughout the season.  Special thanks to the team for their work this weekend, our suspension technician Moose from Kayaba and my riding coach Tonny Govers who helped me well preparing for this first European race.”

Christophe Charlier: “We had some positive points this weekend because the feeling on the bike was good. Still I’m disappointed with myself and the final results. In the first moto I had to come back from way behind, I could make good progress until I started to struggle with arm pump. In the end I finished 16th. My start was not good in the second race but recovered well and I was fighting for 11th place when I touched Searle. I lost a lot of places, and couldn’t continue because I hurt my foot. It’s frustrating because even 7th was in reach.”

MXGP moto 1:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34:01.846; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:00.900; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:01.597; 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:04.118; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:11.219; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:16.093; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:27.399; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:43.842; 9. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:46.520; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:47.263; 11. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:50.355; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:03.121; 13. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:03.387; 14. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +1:07.715; 15. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:08.505; 16. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Honda), +1:14.383; 17. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda), +1:25.070; 18. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:29.690; 19. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Yamaha), +1:46.717; 20. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), +1:48.244; 21. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 22. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 23. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s); 24. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 25. Davis Ivanovs (LAT, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 26. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 27. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 28. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 29. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 30. Samuel Zeni (ITA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 31. Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki), -7 lap(s); 32. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), -10 lap(s); 33. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), -11 lap(s)

MXGP moto  2:
 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 34:09.426; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:09.091; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:09.612; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:25.068; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:26.912; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:28.030; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:50.778; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:53.748; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:57.020; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:57.366; 11. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:13.857; 12. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), +1:17.949; 13. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +1:27.080; 14. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +1:28.970; 15. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda), +1:31.141; 16. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:36.856; 17. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:41.029; 18. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:41.400; 19. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Yamaha), +1:47.625; 20. Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki), +1:48.856; 21. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:49.217; 22. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s); 23. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 24. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 25. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 26. Davis Ivanovs (LAT, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 27. Samuel Zeni (ITA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 28. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 29. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), -4 lap(s); 30. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), -10 lap(s); 31. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda), -10 lap(s); 32. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Husqvarna), -14 lap(s); 33. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), -15 lap(s)

GP of Trentino Classification: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 47 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 38 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 34 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 32 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 28 p.; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 26 p.; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 22 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 21 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 20 p.; 11. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 18 p.; 12. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 16 p.; 13. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 15 p.; 14. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 15 p.; 15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 14 p.; 16. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 10 p.; 17. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX HONDA), 10 p.; 18. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 7 p.; 19. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 7 p.; 20. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW), 5 p.; 21. hristophe Charlier (FRA, Honda) 5 p, 22. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, YAM), 4 p.; 23. Tanel Leok (EST, KAW), 1 p.; 24. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 0 p.; 25. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 0 p.; 26. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 0 p.; 27. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), 0 p.; 28. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 0 p.; 29. Davis Ivanovs (LAT, KAW), 0 p.; 30. Samuel Zeni (ITA, KAW), 0 p.; 31. Pier Filippo Bertuzzo (ITA, YAM), 0 p.; 32. Klemen Gercar (SLO, HUS), 0 p.; 33. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 0

World Championship classification after 4 rounds:
 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 171 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 170 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 170 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 129 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 128 p.; 6. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 124 p.; 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 100 p.; 8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 78 p.; 9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 75 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 70 p.; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 67 p.; 12. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 61 p.; 13. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 59 p.; 14. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 55 p.; 15. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 53 p.; 16. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 40 p.; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 32 p.; 18. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 29 p.; 19. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 28 p.; 20. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX HONDA), 27 p.; 21. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 24 p.; 22. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 20 p.; 23. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX HONDA), 15 p.; 24. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS), 12 p.; 25. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 7 p.; 26. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 7 p.; 27. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW), 5 p.; 28. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 5 p.; 29. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, YAM), 4 p.; 30. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), 2 p.; 31. Tanel Leok (EST, KAW), 1 p.;

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MXGP Argentina – 24MX Honda Racing Pressrelease

Race report MXGP Round 3 – Argentina

Sunday, March 29, 2015 — After a foot injury in the qualifying race of the MXGP of Qatar Christophe Charlier struggled in the previous two GP’s. The fast Frenchman bounced back at the GP of Argentina in Villa la Angostura. Charlier rode to a strong 7th in the opening moto and finished 16th in the second race to claim 12th overall, equal on points with De Dycker. Filip Bengtsson raced to 17th in moto one, but was forced to retire in the second sprint.

A fine loamy top layer gave the track a misleading sandy look, because the unpredictable hard base underneath made it challenging to find traction. During Sunday’s warmup session it seemed both Charlier and Bengtsson had found quite effective setup packages.

In spite of a mediocre start Christophe Charlier recovered well. From the second half of the field the former European MX2 champ went on to 10th at the end of the first lap. The consistent 24MX Honda rider crossed the line in 7th just a second behind Gautier Paulin. While Bengtsson had quite a good start he lost precious ground early on. For most of the race ‘Fillibang’ circulated in 16th place only to succumb to former MX2 world champ Tyla Rattray in the final stage of the race.

 

The second moto was a mixed affair for both riders. Charlier didn’t have a great jump out of the gate, nevertheless he fought back quickly in the next corners. He was already up in sixth in the first lap when he made an error. Once he got going he remounted to 13th but ‘CC23’ had to settle for 16th. In the confusion of the opening lap Filip Bengtsson collided with Frossard and spun off. At the bottom of one of the hills he went down and damaged his radiator. Filip gritted his teeth and soldiered on unfortunately he could not continue and had to come in.

 

Christophe Charlier: “It was quite a special track, unlike any other really! Overall I’m quite satisfied. I enjoyed riding and my seventh place felt good after the troubles I had in Qatar and Thailand. In the second moto I was lying sixth when I crashed and burned my hand at the exhaust. I got up again and finished 16th. It hurt but luckily the injury itself is okay. My speed gives me motivation for the rest of the season, so I go home with a smile. I’d never been to Argentina, but Patagonia was a really cool experience and both the organization and the fans were awesome here!”

Filip Bengtsson: “I’m a bit disappointed with my weekend. I would have loved that the soil was as soft as it looked! Unfortunately it had lots of strange bumps and hard, slick spots that could take you out just like that. That made it tricky to find the right settings as well. My start in the first moto was okay but I lost too many positions in the first laps. The second moto was almost over before I begun. I was around 14th place when I crashed still I felt that the rougher track might have suited me more. After three GP’s I’m nowhere near where I want to be but on the other hand it’s good now to go home and get ready for the European races.”

 

MXGP moto 1:
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 34:34.509; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:10.650; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:11.673; 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:20.097; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:35.002; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:42.023; 7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda), +0:43.303; 8. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:47.287; 9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:51.740; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:53.389; 11. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:57.392; 12. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:00.316; 13. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:01.595; 14. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:04.669; 15. Nathan Watson (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:05.660; 16. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:26.607; 17. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda), +1:28.597; 18. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:29.719; 19. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:50.656; 20. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:57.047; 22. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 23. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 24. Joaquin Poli (ARG, KTM), -1 lap(s); 25. Demian Villar (ARG, Honda), -1 lap(s); 26. Nicolas Ricardo Carranza (ARG, Honda), -2 lap(s); 27. Franco Calveras (ARG, Honda), -2 lap(s); 28. Ezequiel Fanello (ARG, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 29. Jeremias Fernandez (ARG, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 30. Joaquin Fernandez (ARG, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 31. Oscar Riesle (CHL, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 32. Eric Riesle (CHL, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 33. Gaston Barreyra (ARG, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 34. Braian Selles (ARG, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 35. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -3 lap(s); 36. Flavio Nicolas Sastre (ARG, Suzuki), -7 lap(s); 37. Marco Schmit (ARG, Yamaha), -8 lap(s); 38. Marcos Guiral (ARG, Honda), -11 lap(s);

 

MXGP moto 2:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 35:07.730; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:02.273; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:03.673; 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:04.856; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:08.700; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:10.013; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:32.106; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:39.482; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +0:41.387; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:42.020; 11. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:57.635; 12. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:59.931; 13. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:00.409; 14. Nathan Watson (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:05.838; 15. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:10.899; 16. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda), +1:11.967; 17. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:12.910; 18. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:13.256; 19. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:16.325; 20. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:49.751; 21. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 22. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 23. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 24. Marco Schmit (ARG, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 25. Ezequiel Fanello (ARG, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 26. Joaquin Poli (ARG, KTM), -1 lap(s); 27. Demian Villar (ARG, Honda), -2 lap(s); 28. Nicolas Ricardo Carranza (ARG, Honda), -2 lap(s); 29. Joaquin Fernandez (ARG, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 30. Jeremias Fernandez (ARG, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 31. Franco Calveras (ARG, Honda), -2 lap(s); 32. Oscar Riesle (CHL, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 33. Braian Selles (ARG, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 34. Eric Riesle (CHL, Kawasaki), -3 lap(s); 35. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda), -9 lap(s); 36. Flavio Nicolas Sastre (ARG, Suzuki), -15 lap(s); 37. Gaston Barreyra (ARG, Kawasaki), -18 lap(s)

 

GP of Argentina Classification
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 45 p, 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 45 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM) 44p, 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 36 points; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 29 p, 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM) 28; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 28 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 27 p, 9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 22 p.; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 20 p, 11. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 20 p.; 9. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 26 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 20 p.;. 12. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 19 p, 13. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda) 19p, 14. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM) 16 p, 15. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS) 12 p, 16. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 9 p.; 17. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM) 7p, 18.Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW) 5 p, 19. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 4 p.;. 20. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 4 p, 21. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX HONDA), 3 p

World Championship classification after 3 rounds:
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 133 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 123 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 123 p.; 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 106 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 96 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 95 p.; 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 72 p.; 8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS) 62 p, 9. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM) 60 p, 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 55 p.; 11. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM) 48 p, 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 47 p.; 12..; 13. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 47 p, 14. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 40 p.; 15. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 38 p.; 16. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 32 p.; 17. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 29 p.; 18. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 27 p.; 19. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX HONDA), 22 p.; 20. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 21 p.; 21. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 14 p.; 22. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS) 12 p, 23. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 7 p.; 24. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 5 p.; 25. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 5 p.; 26. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX HONDA), 5 p. 27. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), 2 p.;

 

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Bengtsson storms to strong second at ONK Gemert – 24MX Pressrelease

Race report ONK Round 1 – Gemert

Monday, March 16, 2015 — In today’s opening round of the Dutch Open Championship in Gemert Filip Bengtsson (24MX Honda Racing) rode to an impressive second place. Bengtsson climbed on the podium after 4th and 2nd moto finishes. Belgium’s Jeremy Van Horebeek won the overall, home rider Ceriel Klein Kromhof was third.

In today’s opening round of the Dutch Open Championship in Gemert Filip Bengtsson (24MX Honda Racing) rode to an impressive second place. Bengtsson climbed on the podium after 4th and 2nd moto finishes. Belgium’s Jeremy Van Horebeek won the overall, home rider Ceriel Klein Kromhof was third.

After third place in qualifying the Honda CRF450R mounted Bengtsson grabbed the holeshot in the first moto. Filip was swept wide and lost two places after the first corner but reacted forcefully and grabbed the lead quickly. Unfortunately the 24MX Honda rider went over the bars in the animated first lap on the cold and windy Wolfsbosch track. Slightly bruised and with a bent handlebar Bengtsson remounted from dead last. The triple Swedish champion delivered a fantastic performance to cut through the field to finish fourth, just one second behind Ceriel Klein Kromhof.

A less favourable start slowed down the progress of the talented Shot Racegear athlete in the second moto. From 8th in the first lap Bengtsson relentlessly pushed forward to pass Dewulf, Klein Kromhof and Ferris. He made up ground on leader van Horebeek and was clearly the fastest man on track halfway through the race. With lots of traffic from lapped riders it was difficult to close down the 6-second gap but his second place bumped Bengtsson ip to the second sport of the podium.

 

Filip Bengtsson: “I felt really good here, already in the morning although the track was a bit strange in some places. It was quite slippery at times. In the first moto I had quite a big get-off and bent my handlebars. Luckily I could continue and when I came back from last place my speed was really good! I saw CKK (Ceriel Klein Kromhoff) in front of me on the last lap and I pushed hard to close down the gap, I managed to get on his rear wheel but ran out of time. For the first time this season I just wished the moto was two laps longer!
My start in the second moto was just average and I lost quite a lot of time behind Dean Ferris who was riding well. I was behind Van Horebeek and started to catch up but I lost some time in traffic and Jeremy was just a bit stronger today. Overall I’m pleased with how my day went. The first two MXGP race have been tough so it was important to get a good feeling. It was also why we came to Gemert. The bike works well and I’m looking forward to the MXGP of Patagonia.”

 

MX1 Moto1: 1. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL-Yamaha); 2. Jeffrey de Wulf (BEL-Yamaha); 3. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED-KTM); 4. Filip Bengtsson (SWE-24MX Honda), 5. William Saris (NED-Kawasaki), 6. Mike Van Der Straeten (BEL-Husqvarna), 7. Mike Gijsbertsen (NED-Kawasaki); 8. Micha-Boy De Waal (NED-Husqvarna), 9. Marvin Van Daele (BEL-KTM), 10. Rick Satink (NED-Husqvarna); 11. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN-Husqvarna),12. Yentel Martens (BEL-Husqvarna), 13. Rasmus Sjoberg (SWE-Honda), 14. Ryan Houghton (GBR-Yamaha); 15. Jonathan Bengtsson (SWE-KTM), 16. Kristof Salaets (BEL-Kawasaki), 17. Mike Van Den Bogaert (NED-Kawasaki), 18. Davey Janssen (NED-Husqvarna); 19. Tom Johnsson (SWE-KTM), 20. Gert-Jan Assink (NED-KTM)

 

MX1 Moto2: 1. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL-Yamaha); 2. Filip Bengtsson (SWE-24MX Honda), 3. Dean Ferris (AUS-Husqvarna), 4. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED-KTM); 5. Rick Satink (NED-Husqvarna), 6. Jeffrey de Wulf (BEL-Yamaha); 7. Yentel Martens (BEL-Husqvarna), 8. Mike Gijsbertsen (NED-Kawasaki); 9. William Saris (NED-Kawasaki), 10. Ryan Houghton (GBR-Yamaha); 11. Kristof Salaets (BEL-Kawasaki), 12. Marvin Van Daele (BEL-KTM), 13. Santtu Tiainen (FIN-Husqvarna), 14. Rasmus Sjoberg (SWE-Honda), 15. Andy Truyts (BEL-KTM), 16. Davey Janssen (NED-Husqvarna); 17. Jonathan Bengtsson (SWE-KTM), 18. Tom Johnsson (SWE-KTM), 19. Gert-Jan Assink (NED-KTM), 20. Mike Van Den Bogaert (NED-Kawasaki)

 

MX1 overall, ONK standings after 1 round: 1. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL-Yamaha) 50 pts; 2. Filip Bengtsson (SWE-24MX Honda) 40; 3. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED-KTM); 4. Jeffrey de Wulf (BEL-Yamaha); 5. William Saris (NED-Kawasaki), 6. Rick Satink (NED-Husqvarna) 27, 7. Mike Gijsbertsen (NED-Kawasaki); 8.Yentel Martens (BEL-Husqvarna) 23; 9. Marvin Van Daele (BEL-KTM) 21; 10. Dean Ferris (AUS-Husqvarna) 20; 11. Ryan Houghton (GBR-Yamaha) 18; 12. Mike Van Der Straeten (BEL-Husqvarna) 16; 13. Kristof Salaets (BEL-Kawasaki ) 15; 14. Rasmus Sjoberg (SWE-Honda) 15; 16. Jonathan Bengtsson (SWE-KTM) 10; 17. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN-Husqvarna) 10; 18. Santtu Tiainen (FIN-Husqvarna) 9; 19. Davey Janssen (NED-Husqvarna); 20. Andy Truyts (BEL-KTM) 7

 

 

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Tales from the raw and the cooked – Thailand – 24MX Pressrelease

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Race report MXGP Round 2 – Thailand

Sunday, March 8, 2015 — The FIM MXGP World Championship throws all imaginable challenges at its participants. In spite of the warm –no pun intended- welcome and hospitality of the Thai, the second round of the series was definitely no friendly walk in the park. Brutally hot and humid weather proved to be a key factor in Nakhonchaisri all weekend long. 24MX Honda Racing’s Filip Bengtsson struggled with exhaustion due to the heat but persevered to take one point in the second moto.

Team mate Christophe Charlier got a raw deal facing a track that was jumpy and unforgiving, thus increasing the risks to aggravate damage to his already injured heel. Christophe pulled out of the event on Saturday after finding himself in unbearable pain.

Both the tropical conditions and hard pack SX-style track didn’t favour Bengtsson either. Far from the far outside right “Fillibang” launched his powerful CRF450R to an impressive start in the first moto. Bengtsson was among the front runners at the end of the straight but was pushed to the outside on the first sharp righthander, exiting the corner around tenth place. The multiple Swedish champ tried to stand his ground but gradually dropped back and retired from heat exhaustion with nine laps to go.

While race direction had decided to shorten the second race with five minutes because of the heat, the struggle was just as intense! Filip got off to a decent start but couldn’t translate his solid lap times into a consistent race pace. Circulating as high as 16th for almost five laps Bengtsson felt the heat claiming its toll and dropped back to 20th place.

Note: On Saturday Filip Bengtsson made an appearance on the MXGP Studio Show with Paul Malin and Adam Wheeler. You can find the clip below, the segment with Bengtsson starts at 13:28.

 

Filip Bengtsson: “Without a doubt, this was the hardest race of my life! Like many other riders I found it difficult to cope with the heat and the track was quite tricky as well. In the first moto it seemed just for a second I was going for the holeshot! Unfortunately Cairoli cut just in front of me and I got run wide. My plan was to go with the faster guys at the start of the moto and pull a gap… but it didn’t really work out. After half of the race I had emptied myself. I needed to pull off because I got dizzy so I came in to get some water in my face. Once more I tried to go out but it just didn’t work. The second moto was pretty similar. Initially my pace was okay, I ran 16th looking to make a pass on Frossard. I got frustrated that I couldn’t find a way through and lost contact with that group. Once I was in ‘no man’s land’ I lost my rhythm. With five laps to go I was done again and got picked up by the group behind me. It was super tough but I’m happy I went out for the second race and at least got one point.”

Christophe Charlier: “On Saturday I tried to ride through the pain in my heel but it was excruciating. There was no way I could ride near my normal level and the risk of making the injury worse was pretty high. This weekend the track was super technical and it was easy to make mistakes. It was a tough decision not to start however I did what I needed to do. Especially with so many people who came out to support us it was a bummer not to be able to ride. Still I wanted to thank my team, all the fans from Corsica who visited the race, our Thai supporters, the big boss from KYT Helmet, the people from Forma boots who came over for the occasion and everyone from Honda Thailand who was there. We will do everything that’s necessary to heal properly now and I will come back stronger.”

MXGP moto 1:
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), 34:09.149; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:10.536; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.931; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:28.213; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:34.893; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.874; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:49.471; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:08.958; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:20.819; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:40.905; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:47.533; 12. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 13. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s); 14. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), -1 lap(s); 16. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 17. Paul Coates (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 18. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 19. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), -1 lap(s); 20. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 21. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -2 lap(s); 22. Chaiyan Romphan (THA, Yamaha), -3 lap(s); 23. Daiki Kamakura (JPN, Yamaha), -3 lap(s); 24. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), -7 lap(s); 25. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), -10 lap(s); 26. Nathan Watson (GBR, Husqvarna), -10 lap(s); 27. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda), -10 lap(s); 28. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), -12 lap(s); 29. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), -18 lap(s)

MXGP moto 2:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 29:10.216; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:09.756; 3. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:22.788; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:51.327; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:59.278; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +1:03.006; 7. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:05.485; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:16.036; 9. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:18.208; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:19.321; 11. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +1:22.915; 12. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:28.771; 13. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:44.164; 14. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 15. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 16. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), -1 lap(s); 17. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 18. Paul Coates (GBR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 19. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 20. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda), -1 lap(s); 21. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), -1 lap(s); 22. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 23. Chaiyan Romphan (THA, Yamaha), -3 lap(s); 24. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), -5 lap(s); 25. Daiki Kamakura (JPN, Yamaha), -9 lap(s); 26. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -10 lap(s); 27. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), -16 lap(s)

GP of Thailand Classification
1. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 45 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 44 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 38 p.; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 31 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 29 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 28 p.; 8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 26 p.; 9. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 26 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 20 p.; 11. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 20 p.; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 17 p.; 13. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 13 p.; 14. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 13 p.; 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 11 p.; 16. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 11 p.; 17. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 8 p.; 18. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 7 p.; 19. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 6 p.; 20. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 5 p.; 21. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), 2 p.; 22. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX HONDA), 1 p.; 23. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 0 p.; 24. Chaiyan Romphan (THA, YAM), 0 p.; 25. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 0 p.; 26. Daiki Kamakura (JPN, YAM), 0 p.; 27. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 0 p.; 28. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS), 0 p.; 29. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 0 p.

World Championship classification after 2 rounds:
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 88 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 79 p.; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 78 p.; 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 70 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 67 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 67 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 55 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 45 p.; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 40 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 38 p.; 11. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 35 p.; 12. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 32 p.; 13. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 31 p.; 14. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 28 p.; 15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 27 p.; 16. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 25 p.; 17. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 17 p.; 18. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 16 p.; 19. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 14 p.; 20. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 8 p.; 21. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 7 p.; 22. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 5 p.; 23. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 5 p.; 24. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX HONDA), 3 p.; 25. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), 2 p.; 26. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX HONDA), 2 p.

 

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Rocky start for 24MX Honda Racing – Qatar – 24MX Pressrelease

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Race report MXGP Round 1 – Qatar

Monday, March 2, 2015 — MXGP rookie Christophe Charlier salvaged three points after a difficult, injury-marred weekend in Losail, Qatar. Team mate Filip Bengtsson was also unlucky at the season opener. The multiple Swedish champion suffered severe stomach problems but nevertheless he managed to score his maiden point in the 2015 season.

 

Charlier showed good potential in the early sessions on a track where he rode to a third place moto two years ago. In Friday’s qualifying race Christophe tried to avoid another rider early on and was forced to put his right foot on the floor. The impact caused an immediate shock and huge hemorrhage in his heel. The former European MX2 champ was in so much pain he pulled out of the race. Bengtsson rallied to a decent 19th place in qualifying.

A good initial jump from the gate in both motos underlined the potential of the 24MX Honda CRF450R, but Charlier was forced to ride with a pain-killing injection and had to settle for 20th in the first sprint. Feeling slightly better in the second moto the Frenchman posted some impressive lap times but his charge forward was limited due to the broken brake line of his rear brake.

Bengtsson rode in a points-scoring point position for most of the first race eventually to come home 22nd. In spite of horrible abdominal cramps ‘Fillibang’ showed tenacity in the second moto and crossed the finish line in 20th position.

 

Christophe Charlier: “It wasn’t a great GP. During the qualifying race I hurt my heel and I was in quite a lot of pain. I turned out to be one of the weekends where you just have to grind it out to score points! The first moto was super difficult, I had a bad start and suffered a lot from my foot injury. I had a bad start again in the second moto, to make things worse I had a problem with the rear brake and rode without one for the complete moto. The good thing we can take from today was my feeling on the bike and my speed at the end of the second moto.Now I have one week to recover to show what I can do in Thailand.”

Filip Bengtsson: “The first GP of the season is always tough. Especially this one! I had never ridden here before. So between the soil, the layout and riding at night Losail makes a very unique track on the calendar. On Friday I struggled a little bit with the setup of the suspension but we made good improvements. Before the races today I had a food poisoning which made me feel bad and left me without energy. That was a big shame because I had a solid start just outside the top ten in the second race. I know I could’ve done more, however the upside is that I got the first MXGP point in the bag. From here on it can only get better.”

 

MXGP Moto 1
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 34:52.985; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:01.221; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:18.550; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:24.809; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:34.810; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:42.395; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:47.295; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:56.052; 9. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:59.609; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:03.179; 11. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:07.347; 12. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +1:09.114; 13. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +1:10.638; 14. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:11.962; 15. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:12.855; 16. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +1:37.678; 17. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:40.068; 18. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:47.302; 19. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:53.060; 20. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda), +1:56.702; 21. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 22. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda), -1 lap(s); 23. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 24. Jake James Shipton (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 25. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 26. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 27. Jake Preston (GBR, KTM), -5 lap(s); 28. Paul Coates (GBR, Yamaha), -14 lap(s); 29. Nathan Watson (GBR, Husqvarna), -18 lap(s);

MXGP Moto 2
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 35:00.295; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:06.023; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:08.752; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:12.787; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:17.740; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:24.676; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:36.357; 8. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:40.816; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:03.294; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:07.182; 11. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:11.081; 12. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +1:18.154; 13. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:19.054; 14. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:24.312; 15. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:31.028; 16. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:38.714; 17. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +2:09.010; 18. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 19. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda), -1 lap(s); 20. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda), -1 lap(s); 21. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 22. Jake James Shipton (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 23. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 24. Paul Coates (GBR, Yamaha), -7 lap(s); 25. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), -11 lap(s); 26. Jake Preston (GBR, KTM), -11 lap(s); 27. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), -15 lap(s); 28. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), -16 lap(s)

GP of Qatar Classification and provisional World standings after one round
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 50 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 44 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 38 p.; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.; 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 32 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 25 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 25 p.; 9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 24 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 21 p.; 11. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 17 p.; 12. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 17 p.; 13. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 14 p.; 14. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 14 p.; 15. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 11 p.; 16. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 10 p.; 17. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 9 p.; 18. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 8 p.; 19. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 5 p.; 20. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 4 p.; 21. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 3 p.; 22. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX HONDA), 3 p.; 23. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX HONDA), 1 p.; 24. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 0 p.; 25. Jake James Shipton (GBR, KTM), 0 p.; 26. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 0 p.; 27. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 0 p.; 28. Jake Preston (GBR, KTM), 0 p.; 29. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS), 0 p

 

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