Thor Race Report

Florian Miot podiums at Matterley Basin!

The first round of the motocross world championship, EMX125 and WMX classes was staged at the impressive Matterley Basin.

In spite of challenging conditions 16-year old Florian Miot put in a strong showing in the EMX125 series. A six and three scorecard gave the talented Frenchman a career second EMX podium. WMX rider TJ O’Hare finished just outside the top-10 to finish 12th in her first GP of the year.

After torrential downpour on Friday and Saturday combined with strong winds the motocross community sighed a sigh of relief on Sunday when the beloved circuit near Winchester was greeted by dry conditions.

Reigning Italian 125 champion Miot immediately underlined his ambitions for the season. Florian rode his KTM 125SX to the fastest time in his qualifying group while topping the combined timesheet as well. A bad start and first lap errors knocked Florian back to P15 in the opening sprint. Climbing back up to 6th allowed him to salvage as many points as he could. The second race was a lot more consistent for Miot. He made a better second start and was third early on when a small mistake lost him contact to the front runners. Eventually ‘FloFlo’ crossed the line third thus securing his second EMX125 rostrum finish after Saint-Jean d’Angely in 2018.

Australia’s TJ O’Hare suffered a complicated first day at Matterley Basin. She never felt at ease and had a hard time coming to grips with a treacherous track where traction was most unpredictable. Sunday saw a reverse of fortunes for the #625 KTM Diga Junior Racing rider. Thanks to the excellent track maintenance work racing conditions were a lot better and O’Hare put in a solid ride to come home 10th.

The first EMX125 round of the season was one to forget quickly for Daniel Volovich. Daniel qualified 17th in his group, enough to line up in both races, but never gelled with the track and failed to score points.  The KTM Diga Junior Racing team heads to Valkenswaard in the Netherlands next weekend where Emil Jönrup and Alessio Sasso will kick of their 2020 EMX250 campaigns.

"I posted the fastest time in qualifying which gave me a good feeling to kick off the weekend. My start in the first moto was off and things got only more complicated when I went down twice in the opening lap! Coming back was hard with the track conditions we had on Saturday. In the second moto I finished third after a slightly better start. Overall I’m really pleased with my podium although I need
to continue working on my fitness. Due to the ruts and slippery patches the track was pretty gnarly but racing this awesome track was an absolute pleasure!"

Florian Miot

"I think I went down five times in the first moto and I had a few off-track excursions! Looking back I think first round nervousness was a factor too. I was too eager to get to the front quickly and a bit too aggressive for the type of conditions we had. I had to regroup on Sunday and that’s what I did with a solid top-10. Overall the second moto was a lot better than the first so I’m really happy with that. Riding was a lot more fun too! Honestly the track was pretty perfect, the soil was tacky and had some nice ruts so we couldn’t have asked for anything more after all the run we had. I’m really looking forward to race Valkenswaard because I always like racing in the sand."

TJ O’Hare

"Qualifying went quite okay but in the motos my riding was not as good as it could be. I really struggled in the races. I went down in each moto and a painful wrist kept me back. I need to learn from this experience and work on improving."

Daniel Volovich

Race results:

EMX125 Race 1:
1. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 33:17.460;
2. Kevin Brumann (SUI, Yamaha), +0:24.122;
3. Rasmus Pedersen (DEN, KTM), +0:34.977;
4. Cato Nickel (GER, KTM), +1:23.920;
5. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +1:36.878;
6. Florian Miot (FRA, KTM), +1:51.322;
7. Haakon Osterhagen (NOR, KTM), +2:04.155;
8. Maxime Grau (FRA, KTM), +2:13.539;
9. Joel Rizzi (GBR, Husqvarna), +2:16.494;
10. Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), +2:19.532;
11. Mairis Pumpurs (LAT, Yamaha), +2:23.563;
12. Saad Soulimani (FRA, Husqvarna), +2:59.181;
13. Scott Smulders (NED, Husqvarna), +3:00.042;
14. Nikita Kucherov (RUS, KTM), +3:04.198;
15. William Voxen Kleemann (DEN, KTM), +3:05.700;
16. Guillem Farres (ESP, GASGAS), +3:17.843;
17. Max Vohland (USA, KTM), +3:19.765;
18. Magnus Smith (DEN, Yamaha), +3:21.399;
19. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), -1 lap(s);
20. Radek Vetrovsky (CZE, KTM), -1 lap(s);.. DNF Daniel Volovich (BLR, KTM), -6 lap(s)

EMX125 Race 2:
1. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 30:50.463;
2. Kevin Brumann (SUI, Yamaha), +0:10.584;
3. Florian Miot (FRA, KTM Diga Junior Racing), +0:20.625;
4. Haakon Osterhagen (NOR, KTM), +0:25.385;
5. Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, KTM), +0:26.749;
6. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), +0:26.994;
7. Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), +0:34.284;
8. Maxime Grau (FRA, KTM), +0:36.125;
9. Andrea Roncoli (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:39.385;
10. Pietro Razzini (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:44.532;
11. Kjell Verbruggen (NED, KTM), +0:51.412;
12. Guillem Farres (ESP, GASGAS), +0:54.695;
13. David Braceras (ESP, GASGAS), +0:57.284;
14. Max Vohland (USA, KTM), +0:59.333;
15. Saad Soulimani (FRA, Husqvarna), +1:07.906;
16. Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, Husqvarna), +1:12.941;
17. Xavier Cazal (FRA, KTM), +1:24.471;
18. Magnus Smith (DEN, Yamaha), +1:25.250;
19. Martin Venhoda (CZE, KTM), +1:39.105;
20. Rasmus Pedersen (DEN, KTM), +1:42.845 DNF. Daniel Volovich (BLR, KTM), -1 lap(s);

Event classification and provisional standings:
1. Liam Everts (BEL, KTM), 50 points;
2. Kevin Brumann (SUI, YAM), 44 p.;
3. Florian Miot (FRA, KTM Diga Junior Racing), 35 p.;
4. Haakon Osterhagen (NOR, KTM), 32 p.;
5. Meico Vettik (EST, KTM), 31 p.;
6. Maxime Grau (FRA, KTM), 26 p.;
7. Eddie Jay Wade (GBR, KTM), 25 p.;
8. Rasmus Pedersen (DEN, KTM), 21 p.;
9. Cato Nickel (GER, KTM), 18 p.;
10. Andrea Bonacorsi (ITA, KTM), 16 p.;
11. Saad Soulimani (FRA, HUS), 15 p.;
12. Guillem Farres (ESP, GAS), 14 p.;
13. Andrea Roncoli (ITA, HUS), 12 p.;
14. Joel Rizzi (GBR, HUS), 12 p.;
15. Pietro Razzini (ITA, HUS), 11 p.;
16. Max Vohland (USA, KTM), 11 p.;
17. Kjell Verbruggen (NED, KTM), 10 p.;
18. Mairis Pumpurs (LAT, YAM), 10 p.;
19. David Braceras (ESP, GAS), 8 p.;
20. Scott Smulders (NED, HUS), 8 p.;
21. Nikita Kucherov (RUS, KTM), 7 p.;
22. Magnus Smith (DEN, YAM), 6 p.;
23. William Voxen Kleemann (DEN, KTM), 6 p.;
24. Camden Mc Lellan (RSA, HUS), 5 p.;
25. Xavier Cazal (FRA, KTM), 4 p.;
26. Martin Venhoda (CZE, KTM), 2 p.;
27. Max Palsson (SWE, KTM), 2 p.;
28. Radek Vetrovsky (CZE, KTM), 1 p.;

WMX Race 1:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 28:54.805;
2. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), +0:11.560;
3. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:17.018;
4. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:31.542;
5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +1:20.495;
6. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +1:56.111;
7. Jordan Jarvis (USA, Kawasaki), +2:24.773;
8. Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), +2:27.798;
9. Line Dam (DEN, Yamaha), +2:30.366;
10. Elisa Galvagno (ITA, Yamaha), +2:44.219;
11. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +2:48.171;
12. Emelie Dahl (SWE, Yamaha), +2:58.509;
13. Mathilde Martinez (FRA, KTM), +3:21.218;
14. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, Suzuki), +3:22.396;
15. Tahlia Jade O'Hare (AUS, KTM Diga Junior Racing), +3:29.728;
16. Jamie Astudillo (USA, KTM), +3:36.766;
17. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +3:40.117;
18. Brenda Wagemans (BEL, Yamaha), +3:42.603;
19. Nieve Holmes (GBR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s);
20. Stephanie Stoutjesdijk (NED, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s)

WMX Race 2:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, Kawasaki), 28:37.429;
2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Yamaha), +0:05.505;
3. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, Yamaha), +0:27.613;
4. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:31.137;
5. Lynn Valk (NED, Yamaha), +0:32.200;
6. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), +0:52.145;
7. Mathilde Martinez (FRA, KTM), +1:36.575;
8. Line Dam (DEN, Yamaha), +1:37.851;
9. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:41.756;
10. Tahlia Jade O'Hare (AUS, KTM Diga Junior Racing), +1:42.740;
11. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), +1:45.651;
12. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), +2:00.982;
13. Jordan Jarvis (USA, Kawasaki), +2:02.771;
14. Emelie Dahl (SWE, Yamaha), +2:19.642;
15. Gabriela Seisdedos (ESP, Kawasaki), +2:44.683;
16. Jamie Astudillo (USA, KTM), +2:47.098;
17. Virginie Germond (SUI, KTM), +3:18.716;
18. Mathilde Denis (FRA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s);
19. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s);
20. Kathryn Booth (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s)

Event classification and provisional standings:
1. Courtney Duncan (NZL, KAW), 50 points;
2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, YAM), 40 p.;
3. Kiara Fontanesi (ITA, KTM), 37 p.;
4. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 36 p.;
5. Lynn Valk (NED, YAM), 36 p.;
6. Line Dam (DEN, YAM), 25 p.;
7. Sara Andersen (DEN, KTM), 25 p.;
8. Mathilde Martinez (FRA, KTM), 22 p.;
9. Jordan Jarvis (USA, KAW), 22 p.;
10. Shana van der Vlist (NED, KTM), 19 p.;
11. Amandine Verstappen (BEL, KAW), 18 p.;
12. Tahlia Jade O'Hare (AUS, KTM Diga Junior Racing), 17 p.;
13. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 16 p.;
14. Emelie Dahl (SWE, YAM), 16 p.;
15. Britt Jans-Beken (NED, KTM), 13 p.;
16. Elisa Galvagno (ITA, YAM), 11 p.;
17. Jamie Astudillo (USA, KTM), 10 p.;
18. Britt Van Der Werff (NED, SUZ), 7 p.;
19. Gabriela Seisdedos (ESP, KAW), 6 p.;
20. Virginie Germond (SUI, KTM), 4 p.;