Kevin Horgmo climbs to fourth position in the world championship standings MX2

F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s Kevin Horgmo lifted himself to fourth in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship standings after narrowly missing the podium at Ernee in France.
Top-grade preparation by the highly-experienced MC Ernée crew saw the track in superb condition for the first MX2 moto and the F&H KX250 hooked up perfectly out of the start to grab an immediate lead which he held for three-and-a-half laps before the championship leader sneaked under the Norwegian but could not escape. A four-rider lead-train enthralled the massive crowd as Horgmo retained second place for a further three laps until a momentary loss of traction on the trickiest climb of the track saw him pushed back to fourth, a placing he maintained without stress to the chequered flag. He was again prominent through the first turn in race two but a couple of poor line-choices through the next two turns pushed back to eighth. Undeterred by the temporary setback he coolly set to work and was back into the top-five within ten minutes, fourth by half-distance and spent the final quarter pressurising the eventual GP winner for third in moto; a pass would have secured the podium but the Kawasaki came up less than two seconds short for his second fourth-placed moto finish of the day. This secured fourth overall on the day and sees him advance to fourth in the series standings.

Kevin Horgmo: “It was nice to lead again; I was second at the start and could make the pass already at the next turn to lead for three laps, but then I made a couple of mistakes with line-choice and dropped back to fourth. Once I settled again I put in some solid laps and was happy with my speed. I made another good start behind Vialle in the second race but I messed up in the first few turns and dropped back to eighth. I put in some really good laps to come back to fourth; I came close to Vialle and would have been on the podium if I could have passed him. Still, fourth overall was good so I can be satisfied; that was one of my best races this year. The bike was working really well in the tricky conditions; there were a lot of lines out there so it was possible to make a difference if you wanted it enough.“

Jed Beaton made a superb start in the first moto to run a solid sixth for more than half of the race before the effects of his recent injury lay-off forced him to slacken his pace slightly; he continued to race top-ten until a late error dropped the Australian to thirteenth. Eleventh on the opening lap of race two he posted a succession of solid laps to move into the top-ten mid-moto but the deficit of recent bike-time again took its toll in the closing laps and he finished thirteenth once more for the same position overall on the day. He remains seventeenth in the series points standings.

Jed Beaton: “I started off good for twenty-five minutes both motos but the last ten minutes were difficult each time. I missed a couple of GPs with my shoulder and it showed as I’m still lacking race fitness. But it was another step in the right direction; I’m showing at the start of the race what I can do and now I have to build fitness back up to take it to the end of the moto.“

9th Rd MXGP 2022 – Arroyomolinos ESP

Kevin Horgmo strengthens his fifth position in the World Championship MX2

F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s Kevin Horgmo had never previously raced at the Intu Xanadu facility on the outskirts of Madrid but quickly showed his liking for the heavily-rutted track. Already extremely impressive during Qualifying as he earns fourth choice of start-gate the Norwegian muscled his way quickly from a fifth-placed start to move third on the second lap of the first GP moto and made a further dramatic pass one lap later for second. He soon moved clear of all chasers and appeared secure in that position but a momentary loss of concentration on lap eight of eighteen saw him slide out in a turn, the twelve-second delay dropping him momentarily to fifth; he quickly surged back to fourth but was not quite able to regain his top-three ranking at the finish. A GP podium looked possible after another top-six start in race two but a collision on the opening lap left him last and two falls after he was on the verge of breaking back into the top-ten restricted him to thirteenth at the finish. Ninth overall on the day, he has retained his fifth-placed world ranking and has extended his advantage over the chasers.

Kevin Horgmo: “I had a good start in the first race and was riding in second for a long time; it cost me a couple of places when I lost the front end but I was riding well so I was happy was that and felt good going into moto two. I was keen to move quickly from sixth but I collided with another rider near the end of the first lap and had to restart at the back. I crashed twice more; I didn’t have the flow after that and just tried to collect as many points as possible. I’m looking forward to Ernée next weekend. I have good memories as I won the 125 class last time I raced there in 2017. “

Jed Beaton, F&H’s rider in the MXGP class, showed good speed on his return to racing after an injury lay-off but was unfortunate in both moto. The Australian finished fourteenth in the first moto after a first-lap mid-pack collision had caused him to ride through the pack; in race two he held a strong fourteenth position until an incident mid-race cost him three positions.

Kevin Horgmo narrowly misses podium on Sardinia

F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s Kevin Horgmo finished fourth after two strong motos in the Sardinian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the Riola Sardo sand track.

The Norwegian made good use of the third-placed gate-pick he had earnt during Qualifying on Saturday to once more choose the gate adjacent to the official’s box, thus giving himself elbow-room leaving the gate and a stunning line through the sweeping first turn as he narrowly missed the holeshot in each GP moto. He joined the leaders in immediately breaking away from the pack in race one until a small mistake on lap eight saw him slither to ground exiting a turn to temporarily drop from fifth to eighth; the incident clearly didn’t discourage him and he immediately charged again for a significant pass on a major rival in the points race on the penultimate lap to finish fifth. Third leaving the first turn in race two he clipped the trackside bank a few hundred metres later to surrender two places but hit back immediately with an inside pass for fourth before the completion of the opening lap and, settling into a solid rhythm to handle the extreme heat and rugged track, maintained his pace to the close, missing third by just over a second. Fourth overall on the day he has now advanced to fifth in the series standings, just twelve points shy of third.

Kevin Horgmo: “It was a really tough GP with two hard motos on a difficult track in the heat but I made a good start around third in both motos and that was a good base. I had a small tip-over in the first moto to fall back to eighth but I could come back to fifth after some nice battles with Mikkel as we both made some good passes up the leaderboard. The bike was working perfectly from beginning to end both motos and I still felt good at the end of race one so I was confident for race two. I was fourth almost all moto and tried not to make mistakes but I couldn’t quite make the pass on Thibault for third. I would have liked to be on the podium again, and with a little more luck it could have been possible; we will keep working for it at the next race.“

Kevin Horgmo consistent in difficult in Grand Prix of Italy

F&H Kawasaki Racing Team Kevin Horgmo was unable to repeat the excellent start which had taken him to third in Qualifying the previous day and was unfortunate to be caught in the wrong place at the wrong time on the opening lap of race one. The Norwegian was on the edge of the top ten leaving turn one but then came misfortune at the tight turn three when the leader fell, pulling down more riders with him and the Kawasaki rider was left with nowhere to go as the line to which he was committed was blocked. By the end of the lap he had recovered to nineteenth and he maintained progress until he was twelfth after twenty minutes. With four laps to go, within seconds of making a further move into eleventh, he tipped over in a heavily-rutted turn to surrender the position again and eventually came home twelfth. Closed down entering the first turn in race two he was through to twelfth by the end of the first lap, broke into the top-ten after ten minutes and continued to push forward up the leaderboard. An awkward moment when he showed terrific reactions to miss a fallen rider as he closed down the top six cost several seconds but he regrouped strongly to take seventh at the chequered flag to defend sixth in the series points standings.

Kevin Horgmo: “I was stuck in the third corner after a mid-pack start in the first moto when they crashed in front of me and I had nowhere to go. It wasn’t easy to pass and I crashed two times to finish twelfth. The second moto I made a mid-pack start and we were almost riding a train with no-one able to pass. I almost crashed a couple of times but everybody else was on the edge too; a couple of the guys in front of me did crash and I ended up seventh. The starts were so important here. I don’t know why they didn’t work here today but I’m not worried; I had perfect starts in Latvia and I’m confident we can bring the starts back at Riola Sardo next weekend. I have raced the Italian championship there and we were there for pre-season training so I know the track well and it’s a good one for me. “

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Maggiora:
1 Jago Geerts 47 Pnt
2 Tom Vialle 41 Pnt
3 Stephen Rubini 37 Pnt
4 Simon Laengenfelder 35 Put
5 Kay de Wolf 30 Pnt
9 Kevin Horgmo 23 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Jago Geerts 291 Pnt
2 Tom Vialle 285 Pnt
3 Simon Laengenfelder 216 Pnt
4 Kay de Wolf 211 Pnt
5 Mikkel Haarup 211 Pnt
6 Kevin Horgmo 199 Pnt

Kevin Horgmo takes maiden podium in the Grand Prix MX2 in Latvia

F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s Kevin Horgmo clinched a career-first GP podium with second overall in the Latvian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Kegums.

The Norwegian youngster used the excellent gate-pick he had earnt during Qualifying to exit turn one fourth in the first moto and already on the opening lap he had moved into third to put the pressure on the leaders in a three-rider breakaway at the head of the field; on lap six he took over second with a decisive outside pass in a long sweeping turn. The only rider to dip his lap times below 2-10 more than twice during the race the Kawasaki rider maintained the pressure despite the roost off the leader’s rear wheel but he had to back off slightly in the last two laps after his goggles were filled-in with wet sand off backmarkers; nevertheless he finished a highly-impressive second, his maiden top-three GP moto finish. His KX250 getting superb drive out of the gate in race two the twenty-one-year-old took a clear holeshot. Momentarily losing drive in soft sand on the approach to a step-up jump halfway round the lap he surrendered the lead temporarily but was back in front before the completion of the opening lap with a stunning pass and he immediately opened up a good lead, extending it to six seconds at one stage. Entering the final stages he eventually succumbed to pressure from the more-experienced series-leader after leading for eleven of the sixteen laps but was still secure in second until he clipped the tuff-blocs through an artificial chicane; he remounted fourth, still sufficient to retain second overall on the day for the first podium finish of his young GP career. The thirty-eight-point haul has also advanced him to sixth in the series standings.

Kevin Horgmo: “Second overall; the best day of my career so far. I was leading for a while in the second race and felt comfortable but Jago was coming fast so I had to let him pass. I tried to follow and made that silly mistake. I was also leading in Portugal so it wasn’t the first time but when I started to think about the podium perhaps I lost a little focus. The first race was also good; my best moto result so far. I concentrated on staying with Jago and that pace kept everyone else off my rear wheel. I could manage that comfortably but I had a little trouble with dirt on my goggles at the end. It’s all coming together well; I’ve had the speed for a podium for some time and I felt it was my time to put it together. Now I hope I will be there more often. “

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Latvia:
1 Jago Geerts 50 Pnt
2 Kevin Horgmo 40 Pnt
3 Tom Vialle 36 Pnt
4 Kay de Wolf 31 Pnt
5 Thibault Benistant 31 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Jago Geerts 244 Pnt
2 Tom Vialle 244 Pnt
3 Simon Laengenfelder 181 Pnt
4 Kay de Wolf 181 Pnt
5 Mikkel Haarup 181 Pnt
6 Kevin Horgmo 176 Pnt


Jed Beaton of the F&H Kawasaki Racing Team will sit out this weekend’s Latvian round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship to accelerate recovery from a shoulder injury sustained last month.

The Australian damaged his left shoulder in a crash during the second round of the series at Mantova in Italy after a stunning entry to the premier world series with sixth place at the opening round; he has displayed grit and determination despite discomfort and lack of strength in the shoulder through the intervening rounds of the series to maintain a top-twelve world ranking but, with no significant improvement in sight whilst he continues to burden the shoulder, rider and team have taken the mutual decision to sit out this weekend’s GP at Kegums, also further rounds of the series if necessary, to ensure a full recovery before Jed resumes racing in the rightful place close to the head of the pack. A decision on a resumption of a full training programme and a return to racing will be taken in collaboration with the best medical advice.

Nathalie Fase (F&H team manager): “Unfortunately Jed has still too much trouble with his shoulder after the crash in Mantova on the sixth of March. Soon we will receive the results of the hospital check-up from last week and can take it from there. We want to rule out any complications, not take unnecessary risks and wait until everything is clear before Jed starts riding again; the aim is to come back strong as soon as possible. “


Jed Beaton: “It’s frustrating that I’m sitting out this weekend but the team and myself have made the mutual decision to get things checked further and come back when we can achieve the results we are looking for; it’s obviously a tough pill to swallow but I’m looking forward to coming back as strong as at the opening GP when I do return! “