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Arnaud Tonus to race 2018 YZ450F

Wilvo Yamaha MXGP are extremely excited to announce that Arnaud Tonus, who currently sits tenth in the FIM Motocross World Championship standings, will be one of the first riders to pilot the all-new 2018 YZ450F in anger.

Wilvo Yamaha Arnoud jul 2017

Loket, the circuit that will play host to the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic this weekend, will be the venue for this iconic moment. The slick, hard-pack soil will mesh perfectly with the refined skillset that Tonus possesses. The 2018 YZ450F features a new engine and frame, so will only aid #4 in his charge towards the podium this weekend.

Louis Vosters (Team Manager): “I am very pleased that Yamaha Motor Europe has given us the confidence to start using the YZ450F 2018 bike at this point in the season. Yamaha put a lot of effort in to have the 2018 bikes already available for us.
They put a lot of energy into it along with several partners like Akrapovic, KYB and GYTR.

“Our crew worked extremely hard to get the bikes ready at GP level for the next races. From the first test, Arnaud Tonus was very positive about how the bike responds and the power of this totally-redesigned engine.
We are very much looking forward to the upcoming weekend in the Czech Republic for the thirteenth MXGP round of the season.”

WILVO YAMaha jul 2017
Date: 31-07-2017

Thomas Covington podium place at Portuguese GP at Agueda

Thomas Covington of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing scored a podium finish at the Portuguese GP at Agueda. The American rider finished third in both heats. Thomas Kjer Olsen was fourth overall and Conrad Mewse was 19th.

Covington Agueda juli 2017
Thomas Covington got one of his usual bullet starts in race one and took the early lead. He held onto first spot for a number of laps. In the latter part of the race Pauls Jonass and Jeremy Seewer passed him so he had to be satisfied with third position.

Another holeshot in race two again gave Covington the early lead. This time Jonass passed him early on, and Seewer also made his way past again. With a pair of thirds, Covington was third overall for the day.

Thomas Kjer Olsen struggled in the beginning of race 1 and dropped back from second to fifth place. After some tough duels, he managed to gain one spot back to finish fourth.

A start just inside the top ten left Olsen with more work in race two. He acquitted himself well and finished fifth for fourth overall.

Conrad Mewse had a reality Grand Prix. He stated the first race in 20th spot, and battled to improve to 17th by race end. A much better start in race two had him in sixth. The relentless piece and a few mistakes conspired against him and he finished 19th.

The GP series has a two week break and after that the series continues at Loket in the Czech Republic.

Date: 04-07-2017

Thomas Covington scores podium position in Grand Prix MX2 in Lombardia

Thomas Covington of the Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Factory Racing team scored a podium finish in sizzling temperatures at the MX2 GP of Lombardia. In the first heat, he had to fight his way forward from a bad start to fourth, and in the second heat, he finished third, after being in the leading group for most of the race. Thomas Kjer Olsen also had two top ten finishes, with tenth and sixth respectively. Conrad Mewse added to his points tally in both heats with 20th and 14th.

Covington GP Lombardia 2017

The track at Ottobiano was completely changed for this event. It offered a sandy underground which got extremely tough and challenging as the weekend wore on. This, coupled to extreme heat, made for a GP that all riders would mark as one of the toughest ever. On Saturday, Covington immediately demonstrated good form by winning the qualifying heat convincingly. Olsen had a good qualifying race and finished third, and Mewse claimed tenth spot, which put the whole team on a good footing.

The riders started race one in temperatures that had already swung way pas the 30 degree mark. Conrad Mewse lead the team's charge, and held an early top five position. He lost his rhythm somewhat, and battled on to finish 14th.Thomas Kjer Olsen also had a top ten start, but dropped back a few spots after a crash. After a few back and forth battles, he finished tenth. Covington had to fight his way forward from a bad start, and was one of the strongest riders on the track. He kept pushing forward, eventually finishing fourth.

Covington made sure to be part of the leading group at the start of race two. For a few laps, he held second position, but had to yield to a strong Jeremy Seewer eventually. His efforts were rewarded with third in the race. Olsen had a worse start than in race one, but soon worked his way into the top ten again. He eventually settled into sixth spot and held it to the end. Conrad again started in the top ten, and went as high as seventh until the heat zapped his energy. He dropped to 20th, still good for a solitary point. Thomas Covington saw his hard work rewarded with a call up to the podium for third overall. Thomas Kjer Olsen was ninth and Conrad Mewse 18th. Olsen is still third in the world standings, with Covington sixth and Mewse 19th.

The GP circus travels to Agueda in Portugal for the next round this coming weekend.
Date: 29-06-2017


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