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Placing third and fourth respectively in the 2017 FIM MX2 World Championship both Kjer-Olsen and Covington enjoyed impressive season aboard their FC 250 machinery. With the start of the eagerly-awaited 2018 MX2 World Championship drawing even closer, the Danish and American duo are set to lead Husqvarna Motorcycles’ charge in what is expected to be a long and demanding season.
The 19-round 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship kicks off with the MXGP of Patagonia in Nequen, Argentina on March 3/4, 2018.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing extend MX2 agreement with JM Racing
Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce that the Jacky Martens run JM Racing team will continue as Husqvarna Motorcycles’ official MX2 representatives in the FIM Motocross World Championship following the agreement of a new two-year deal, which will run to the end of the 2019 season.
Enjoying a stellar season in the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Ra...cing MX2 team saw their riders claim six individual moto wins while securing GP victories in Mexico, Latvia and France. At the end of a long and challenging 19-round-long series team riders Thomas Kjer-Olsen and Thomas Covington finished third and fourth respectively in the 2017 MX2 World Championship.
Remaining aboard the team’s ultra-competitive FC 250 machine for the coming season, both Kjer-Olsen and Covington have their eyes set on battling for the MX2 World Championship title in 2018. Set to kick off on March 4 in Argentina, the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship will include 19 rounds and will end with the GP of Imola in Italy on September 30, 2018.
Diego Clement – Head of Motorsport at Husqvarna Motorcycles: “Husqvarna Motorcycles are thrilled to continue their working relationship with Jacky and his crew. Under Jacky’s guidance, the results achieved by the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders have been hugely positive this season in the MX2 World Championship and we’re looking forward to more of the same in the years ahead. The way the team operates gives us nothing but confidence for the coming seasons, assuring that Husqvarna will be professionally represented and with the best chance of success in the MX2 series.”
Jacky Martens – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team manager: “It’s a great honour for us to be the official Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team, with this new agreement further extending our great working relationship with Husqvarna Motorcycles. This season has been filled with many highlights, with our riders producing many winning results and showing their fighting spirit until the end of a long and demanding championship. With Kjer-Olsen wrapping up the season third in the MX2 World Championship standings and Covington following in fourth, we can’t wait to see our two riders battling for more winning results next season. With these two riders in our team we firmly believe we will be strong contenders for the MX2 title in 2018.”
Knee Injury For Thomas Covington
American rider Thomas Covington participated in the Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in England with a severe knee injury. This was discovered today during a check up at dr. Toon Claes.
During the qualifying heat, Covington injured his knee, but he soldiered on, not wishing to let his team down. The muddy conditions made it difficult for him, and bad starts and some crashes kept him down to 22nd and 17th in the heats respectively. Covi...ngton's contribution was vital for the USA, though , who finished ninth overall.
Thomas kept experiencing discomfort from the knee and decided to visit Dr Toon Claes, famous for being the go-to man for motocross injuries. It was discovered that he had torn hi ACL and all the ligaments in his left knee. Covington will be operated on tomorrow, and faces a protracted recovery period.
Covington and Olsen giving everything for their country in MX des Nations
Thomas Covington and Thomas Kjer Olsen were representing their country in the 71st edition of the MX des Nations in Matterley Basin, Great Britain. With thousands of fans from all-around the world filling the hillsides around the Matterley Basin track, the 2017 Motocross of Nations lived up to all expectations as the most prestigious event in the annual motocross calendar.
Switching to the FC 450 machi...ne Thomas Covington kicked off his weekend at Matterley Basin with a seventh-place result in the Open qualifying race. Suffering mediocre starts in both final motos, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider claimed 22-17 results in the two final motos. Covington together with teammates Zach Osborne and Cole Seeley brought Team USA home in 10th position in the Nation’s final standings.
Collecting two top 10 moto results in the British mud, Thomas-Kjer Olsen assisted Team Denmark secure 11th position in the Nation’s final standings. Claiming ninth in the opening MXGP&MX2 combined moto, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team rookie wrapped up the weekend with 10th in the second MX2&Open race.
Thomas Covington – Team USA [Open]: “I was looking forward to representing Team USA for the first time in my career. My speed was good on the 450 machine but things didn’t work out for me in any of the final motos. I got a bad start in my first moto and then went down three times during the race. My bars and levers were bent so I just did my best to finish the race. Then in the second moto I wasn’t able to get a good start again. I tried to come back as closer as possible to the top but had to settle for 17th at the line.”
Thomas Kjer-Olsen – Team Denmark [MX2]: “It was a challenging weekend here in England. The track was technical and the rain made it muddy for the final motos on Sunday. I didn’t get the best of starts but put in some good lap times and made a few good passes during both motos. My goal was to be top 10 in both motos and I managed to finish ninth and 10th. I’m pretty happy with my riding as well, as it’s been a bit better than it was during the last few GPs. Overall, it’s been a positive weekend for me and I’m already looking forward to the coming season.”
Final Nations Classification MX des Nations:
1 Team France 20 pnt
2 Team Holland 31 pnt
3 Team Great Britain 32 pnt
9 Team USA 85 pnt
11 Team Denmark 98 pnt
Five minutes with Thomas-Kjer Olsen
To say that Thomas-Kjer Olsen had a good GP rookie season is quite the understatement. The 2016 EMX250 champion rode his Husqvarna to third overall in the MX2 World Championship, won his first Grand Prix and the Dutch Masters of Motocross MX2 title. We caught up with the 20-year old Dane right before his last challenge of the season, the MX of Nations in England.
Hi Thomas, what you have you been up to since the last GP in France?...
Thomas Covington wins Grand Prix MX2 in France
Successfully battling through the extremely muddy conditions at the Villars-sous-Écot circuit, Thomas Covington has rounded out the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship by claiming the overall MX2 class victory at the final round of the series in France. Gaining valuable points the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Riders has climbed to fourth in the final MX2 World Championship standings.
Covington entered the final in ...France determined to continue his strong run of form. Securing a sixth-place result during the MX2 qualifying race, the American proved more than ready to face the incredibly demanding track conditions during the two final motos on Sunday.
Starting the opening moto in second, Thomas used his speed in the French mud to take the lead before the end of the opening lap. Keeping his head down he retained his advantage for the rest of the moto and despite a late mistake the American claimed his fifth victory for the season. Getting the holeshot in moto two, Thomas crossed the line in second to secure the overall class victory.
Securing third in the MX2 World Championship standings during the previous round in The Netherlands, Thomas Kjer-Olsen was looking to end the season with a good overall result in France. Collecting 7-12 results the young Dane wrapped up an impressive rookie MX2 class season with sixth overall at the GP of Pays de Montbeliard.
Struggling to get to grips with the tough track conditions, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Conrad Mewse collected eight points by finishing 18th overall in France.
Overall Grand Prix MX2 France:
1 Thomas Covington 47pnt
2 Hunter Lawrence 43pnt
3 Jed Beaton 38pnt
6 Thomas Kjer Olsen 23pnt
18 Conrad Mewse 9pnt
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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna riders in the top ten in GP MX2 in Assen
Thomas Kjer-Olsen was the highest placed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider claiming fifth overall in the 250cc class at the penultimate round of the world championship MX2 in Assen, the Netherlands. Getting eighth in the opening moto, the FC 250 powered rider put in a solid moto two performance to cross the line third. Collecting 33 points the young Dane has mathematically secured a strong third p...
Thomas Covington finishes on the podium in his home Grand Prix in the USA
Making the most of a tough round 17 of the FIM Motocross World Championship, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Thomas Covington secured third overall in the MX2 class at his home MXGP of USA. Gaining valuable points the American has moved up to fifth in the MX2 World Championship standings with two rounds to go.
Contested under warm temperatures the MXGP of USA proved to be challenging fo...r all competitors. The weekend at the sandy track in Florida started in the best possible way for Covington, with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 class rider getting an impressive win in his qualifying moto.
Starting from pole position the American fired his FC 250 machine to two holeshots in the final MX2 motos. Holding on to the lead for the first five laps in moto one, Thomas finished in the runner-up spot. Racing in second for the majority of moto two, he eventually crossed the line in fourth place.
Enjoying a solid performance in the opening MX2 moto, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer-Olsen claimed a strong fifth-place result. Suffering a crash early in moto two, the young Dane could do no better than 11th. Securing eighth overall, Kjer-Olsen moved up to third in the provisional MX2 World Championship standings.
Thomas Covington: “Overall, I had a great weekend. Getting the win in the qualifying race I then got two holeshots in the final motos and earned one more podium result for the season. My speed was good this weekend and I felt I could have gone even higher in the overall but the heat on Sunday was unbearable. I’ve been living in Europe for a while so I wasn’t used to this heat. In moto one I rode a solid race for second. Then in moto two I was following RJ Hampshire in second and decided to make a move to get closer to him but I felt I was running out of energy. I might not have been able to go for the win but my riding was good and I’m happy I got on the podium at my home GP.”
Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “I felt good all weekend. In moto one I got a decent start and quickly got myself into fifth place. Despite a few mistakes I kept my fifth position until the end and that was good. I started moto two in fourth place but made a small mistake and hit the ground in the opening lap. Trying to get back up to speed after the crash I felt I was running out of energy. I felt that the heat and humidity got the best of me and my lap times could not improve no matter how hard I tried.”
Next weekend the championship continues in Assen, the Netherlands.
Overall Grand Prix MX2 USA:
1 RJ Hampshire 50 Pnt
2 Hunter Lawrence 42 Pnt
3 Thomas Covington 40 Pnt
4 Jeremy Seewer 32 Pnt
5 Mitchell Harrison 30 Pnt
8 Thomas Kjer Olsen 26 Pnt
World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Pauls Jonass 696 Pnt
2 Jeremy Seewer 656 Pnt
3 Thomas Kjer Olsen 523 Pnt
4 Benoit Paturel 504 Pnt
5 Thomas Covington 457 Pnt
Impressive moto win of Thomas Covington in the Grand Prix MX2 in Sweden
Thomas Covington of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing scored a sensational victory in the last MX2 heat of the Swedish Grand Prix. He passed Jeremy Seewer in the dying seconds for a photo finish win. In the first heat, a crash held him back to 15th position. Conrad Mewse also scored the best overall GP finish of his career with fourth, and Thomas Kjer Olsen recovered well in the second heat during ...an up-and-down day.
Up until the second heat, Covington experienced this Grand Prix as one to forget. "It was a difficult GP for me, and the win in the second heat came as a welcome breath of air," he said. "I crashed in the qualifying heat, and had a bad pick of start gate, which is important at this track. In the first heat I kicked off well, but a rider crashed in front of me, and despite giving my all I was barely in the points."
In the second heat, Covington departed with the leading group. With five laps to go, he moved into second position. He closed in on race leader Jeremy Seewer, and on the finish jump, he attacked, claiming the victory by 0.05 seconds. This enabled him to rake a fifth place overall out of the coals.
Thomas Kjer Olsen battled in the first heat on the very technical track. Despite struggling to find his rhythm, he finished ninth. In the second race, it went much better for the likeable Dane. "I started the second race with a whole different mindset," he said. "I came back to fourth from outside the top ten, and this helped me to sixth overall on the day."
Conrad Mewse will look back fondly upon this GP as the best of his career thus far. "I qualified fifth on Saturday, and knew this weekend could have something to it. I stated fifth in the first race, and even went as high as third. I eventually finished fourth, and was naturally delighted with that," he said.
In the second race, Conrad had a lesser start, and had to fight back from outside the top ten. He worked his way forward steadily, and finished 8th, which yielded him fourth overall.
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing have a week free and will then travel to the USA for the next Grand Prix.
Overall Grand Prix MX2 in Sweden:
1 Jeremy Seewer 44 Pnt
2 Jorge Prado 41 Pnt
3 Pauls Jonass 40 Pnt
4 Conrad Mewse 31 Pnt
5 Thomas Covington 30 Pnt
6 Thomas Kjer Olsen 30 Pnt
World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Pauls Jonass 669 Pnt
2 Jeremy Seewer 624 Pnt
3 Benoit Paturel 504 Pnt
4 Thomas Kjer Olsen 497 Pnt
5 Julien Lieber 436 Pnt
6 Thomas Covington 417 Pnt
15 Conrad Mewse 192 Pnt
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