Injury For Kay De Wolf During Final EMX250 Round At Lommel

Kay de Wolf of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing was not able to line up for the final round of the EMX250 European Championship series at Lommel in Belgium. De Wolf had a crash after colliding with another rider during qualifying, and was unable to continue due to injury.

After his strong showing on Saturday, De Wolf was fully motivated to round out his European Championship career on a high note. He was in the middle of a quick qualifying lap when he collided with another rider after a jump. He was first examined at the on-track medical unit, and then transported to hospital, where a broken nose and concussion were diagnosed.

De Wolf was not able to defent his third place in the championship standings, and unfortunately was demoted to fourth in the final standings. He will take some enforced rest, and then prepare himself fully for the 2021 season.

Final EMX250 Championship Standings:
1 Thibault Benistant 423 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 377 Pnt
3 Hakon Fredriksen 293 Pnt
4 Kay de Wolf 272 Pnt
5 Jorgen Matthias Talviku 269 Pnt

Fotocredits – Bavo

Thomas Kjer Olsen fifth in Grand Prix MX2 of Flanders

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer Olsen has placed fifth overall in the MX2 class at round 13 of the 2020 FIM Motocross World Championship. Racing at Lommel, the MXGP of Flanders, the Dane scored a fifth-place finish in the opening moto before claiming a strong fourth in race two. Kjer Olsen’s MX2 teammate Jed Beaton put together two consistent results, claiming seventh in both races for seventh overall.

Thomas Kjer Olsen arrived in Lommel in confident form following four consecutive MX2 overall podium finishes in recent GPs. No stranger to the infamously deep sand of the Belgian circuit, TKO battled with the track in the opening moto as he fought to find a comfortable rhythm. Despite this, he held a strong fourth position for much of the race before being passed with three laps to go and finished in fifth place.

Race two was much more enjoyable for Kjer Olsen. Running third until the halfway stage of the moto, he dropped just one position and slipped back to fourth. Quickly regrouping, he latched on to the rider ahead of him and rode well on the ever-changing track surface to finish fourth. TKO placed fifth overall and is optimistic of better results at the next two Grands Prix set to take place at Lommel.

Jed Beaton enjoyed his racing at the MXGP of Flanders. Not making the best of starts in race one, the Australian placed just inside the top 10 and maintained his position during the early stages of the moto. Finding his flow 20 minutes into the race, he pushed hard and advanced forwards to finish seventh.

A calculated ride in the second moto saw Beaton again claim a seventh-place finish. Well aware of how brutal the track was, and with two more rounds of the MX2 World Championship set to take place at Lommel in the coming days, he avoided unnecessary risks and claimed seventh overall on the day.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing return to FIM Motocross World Championship competition on October 21, for the second of three visits to take place at the Lommel circuit.

Thomas Kjer Olsen: “The track was so rough today. I practice here a lot but it’s nothing like it is for a GP. It’s the same for everyone and I actually think it made for better racing as you had to be precise and really think about your lines. I leave here with a good feeling for the next two rounds and I’m positive for better results. For sure the track will be difficult and super-rough, but I feel good and race two was good, I was able to play on the bike with the bumps and had fun out there.”

Jed Beaton: “Not the greatest day but we’re here for two more rounds so it’s a solid start to the week. My starts weren’t great in both races, which didn’t help but we’ll be better on Wednesday. It took me a while to get going in race one, by around 20 minutes into the race I found my flow and felt really good, but it was too late to move forwards. Race two I felt good from the start and rode a smart race. I know what to expect for the next two, so we’ll be ready for them and I look forward to Wednesday.”

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Lommel:
1 Tom Vialle 44 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 43 Pnt
3 Ben Watson 41 Pnt
4 Maxime Renaux 35 Pnt
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 34 Pnt
7 Jed Beaton 28 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 569 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 516 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 407 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 407 Pnt
5 Thomas Kjer Olsen 381 Pnt

Photocredits: Bavo

Kay De Wolf Narrowly Misses EMX250 Podium At Lommel

Kay de Wolf of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing narrowly missed the overall podium during the penultimate round of the EMX250 motocross European championships at Lommel. De Wolf recovered from a crash in race one to finish fifth, and in the second race he overcame initial stiffness to finish third, after having worked his way up to second at one stage.

The track at Lommel had been slightly changed from that which the riders are familiar with, and this suited Kay. This was also reflected in his qualifying time, with the pole position standing next to his name.

Kay launched well in the first race, but a crash in the opening lap left him with a lot of work to do. He fought for all his worth, and managed to work his way up to fifth on this very rough track. Another good start in race two looped promising, but Kay had some trouble finding his rhythm initially. He dropped a few spots, but relaunched his challenge, and started moving forward again. He went as high as second, but a small crash cost him a spot, and he crossed the line in third position.

“I crashed in both races, unfortunately,” Kay commented. “In the first race it was difficult to move forward, but I still managed to finish fifth. In the second race, it really started to flow after a few laps, and I went up to second. Alas, another crash cost me a spot and I did not have enough time to fight for the pass again. This cost me an overall podium spot, but I would say I’ve learned a lot from the day, and we will try again on Tuesday.”

Kay was fourth overall for the day, and maintains his third spot in the championship standings. The final round of the series will take place at the same track on Tuesday.

Overall EMX250 Lommel:
1 Thibault Benistant 50 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 44 Pnt
3 Hakon Fredriksen 38 Pnt
4 Kay de Wolf 36 Pnt
5 Jorgen Matthias Talviku 34 Pnt

EMX250 Championship Standings:
1 Thibault Benistant 376 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 352 Pnt
3 Kay de Wolf 272 Pnt
4 Hakon Fredriksen 253 Pnt
5 Jorgen Matthias Talviku 235 Pnt

EMX250 Podium for Kay De Wolf In Spain

Kay de Wolf of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing scored a podium finish during the EMX250 motocross European Championship round at Arroyomolino in Spain. De Wolf rode strongly, and with second – and fifth in the heats respectively, he secured the overall podium with third for the day. This is De Wolf’s second overall podium finish in the series this season.

The newly-built track at Arroyomolino offered many technical challenges with big jumps. Kay started his day on a positive note by securing the third gate during qualifying. A good start in the opening race launched him away with the leaders. He quickly moved into second position, and managed to hold onto the spot until the fall of the flag.

Another good start in the second race vaulted Kay into third position. This time he had the attentions of a group of fast riders, and he quickly lost third position. He held his own in fourth for a long while until Thibault Benistant passed him near the very end, dropping him to fifth.

De Wolf was third overall for the day. This has cemented his third position in the championship standings further and he is 21 points ahead of the fourth placed rider. The series continues next weekend at Lommel in Belgium.

Overall EMX250 Spain:
1 Mattia Guadagnini 50 Pnt
2 Thibault Benistant 40 Pnt
3 Kay de Wolf 38 Pnt
4 Lorenzo Lucorcio 37 Pnt
5 Gianluca Facchetti 36 Pnt

EMX250 Championship Standings:
1 Thibault Benistant 326 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 308 Pnt
3 Kay de Wolf 236 Pnt
4 Hakon Fredriksen 215 Pnt
5 Tim Edberg 201 Pnt

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING SIGN KAY DE WOLF AND MAXIME GRAU

RISING EMX250 STAR AND YOUNG FRENCH TALENT SET FOR RESPECTIVE MOVES INTO MX2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND EMX250 SERIES

Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce the signings of Kay de Wolf and Maxime Grau for the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Continuing with the Nestaan MX run Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team following two positive years together, de Wolf will make the transition from the EMX250 class up into the ultra-competitive MX2 World Championship while Grau will line up for his first season of EMX250 competition. Both talented youngsters will race on FC 250 machinery.

In what will be his third year of racing with Husqvarna Motorcycles, Kay de Wolf will make the sizeable step up to the MX2 class for 2021. Racing to a strong sixth overall in the 2019 EMX125 series on a TC 125, the 16-year-old progressed to the EMX250 class for 2020 where he currently holds third position in the championship standings. Claiming second overall at the latest round of the series, the Dutch racer underlined his talents as he progresses through the classes.


Maxime Grau

Stepping in to fill the seat vacated by de Wolf, Maxime Grau joins the Nestaan MX run Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 team for 2021 in what will be his debut season of EMX250 competition. Set to compete aboard FC 250 machinery, the 14-year-old French rider aims to establish himself as a top-10 contender as the season progresses. Currently second in the Championnats De France Junior series, Grau will receive the required equipment and support needed to compete at the sharp end of the EMX250 championship in 2021.

Armed with the proven FC 250 for the next two years, both Kay and Maxime will soon embark on winter testing in preparation for 2021 and the exciting new challenges that lie ahead.

Kay De Wolf: “It’s amazing. I’ve had a great two years with the team already and signing for two more, and moving into the MX2 class with them, is a great feeling. I’ve been with them for EMX125 and at the moment EMX250, so staying with the same team as I move up to MX2 means I can fully focus on my racing. It’s just unbelievable and a dream come true for me. Knowing that the team believes in me gives me confidence and I hope to repay them with great results over the next two seasons.”

Maxime Grau: “I am delighted about this new chapter in my young career. I now have a clear plan for the years to come with Husqvarna Motorcycles. This is definitely the best opportunity to make the next step up in the professional motocross world. I will work hard, and I am extremely motivated to achieve great performances. I would like to thank all the people who have made this project possible, particularly TECH32 for their unconditional support during the past years. I can’t wait to move to Belgium and start working with Rasmus and the whole team. I will give my best and we will see what the future holds.”

Rasmus Jorgensen – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing MX2 Team Manager: “We’re super-excited with our new signings, Kay and Maxime. With Kay it’s more of an extension as he’s been with us for two seasons already. We have a huge belief in him, so we have signed him for two more years and look forward to continuing to work together as he moves up into MX2. Obviously, he is really young, he’ll only be 16 next season. Year one in MX2 will be a learning year without any huge expectations. We just want to see him have a strong year, improve and for him to experience what it takes to be up front in the MX2 class for the following season. For now, with Kay, we focus on the EMX250 series, but we are already looking forward to 2021. Maxime Grau is a young and talented rider that we welcome to the team. It will be his first-year racing on a 4-stroke, so again, it will be a learning year for him. He is only 14 years old, but we believe in him and know that he will be competitive next year as he develops as a rider. As a team we look ahead to a solid winter of training and look forward to a great 2021 season.”

Kay De Wolf Makes The Best Of A Difficult EMX250 Round At Mantova

Kay de Wolf of Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarana Racing had a troubled outing during the EMX250 round at Mantova. De Wolf was quick, but crashes and mediocre starts kept him to 16th and 9th in the races respectively.

Heavy rain and stormy weather turned the track into a muddy bog in the morning. The sun made an appearance, drying the track, but a lot of deep ruts were the result. Kay found a good rhythm and clinched pole position for the races.

Kay could not convert his favourable gate pick into a good start in race one. He had to work his way forward from the rear ranks, but two crashes did a lot to hamper his progress. He was stuck in 19th place for a while, but a final spurt yielded him three more spots and he finished 16th. He was not satisfied with this and determined to do better.

A better start in race two yielded prospect, but another crash in lap one dropped him to 25th. He had lots of work to do, and made the best of cutting through the field. He kept up the pace and managed to get to ninth by the time the flag fell.

Team manager Rasmus Jorgensen commented: “It was a difficult day for Kay, and he also had some bad luck that involved other riders. He also made too many mistakes himself and had some unnecessary crashes. He is still third in the championship standings, and we are hoping for a better outing in Spain next weekend.”

With 16th and 9th in the races, Kay was 11th overall, enough to keep him in third spot on the championship ladder. The series continues next weekend in Madrid, Spain.

Overall EMX250 Mantova:
1 Mattia Guadagnini 50 Pnt
2 Jorgen Matthias Talviku 36 Pnt
3 Hakon Fredriksen 36 Pnt
4 Thibault Benistant 35 Pnt
5 Marcel Conijn 33 Pnt
11 Kay de Wolf 17 Pnt

EMX250 Championship Standings:
1 Thibault Benistant 286 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 258 Pnt
3 Kay de Wolf 198 Pnt
4 Hakon Fredriksen 188 Pnt
5 Jorgen Matthias Talviku 180 Pnt

Kay De Wolf Contains The Damage At Mantova

Kay de Wolf of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing managed to contain the damage during a troubled outing at the EMX250 round at Mantova. On a birthday that could have gone better, De Wolf crashed in both races but kept fighting to finish ninth and tenth respectively.

The track was somewhat modified from the layout on Saturday. The freshly-turned 16 year old Kay was in his stride and posted the third fastest qualifying time.

Kay got caught up in a melee during the first lap and had to come back from the rear ranks. He fought hard to finish ninth.
The early part of the second race went much better and Kay quickly found himself in eighth spot. A crash undid most of his hard work. He regrouped and fought his way back up to tenth again.

Kay was ninth overall for the day, and is third in the championship standings. The series continues at the same track on Saturday.

Overall EMX250 Mantova:
1 Mattia Guadagnini 50 Pnt
2 Hakon Fredriksen 42 Pnt
3 Lorenzo Locurcio 36 Pnt
4 Thibault Benistant 36 Pnt
5 Jorgen Matthias Talviku 32 Pnt
9 Kay de Wolf 23 Pnt

EMX250 Championship Standings:
1 Thibault Benistant 251 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 208 Pnt
3 Kay de Wolf 181 Pnt
4 Hakon Fredriksen 152 Pnt
5 Tim Edberg 152 Pnt

Second Place For Kay De Wolf At EMX250 In Mantova

Kay de Wolf of Rockstar Husqvarna Factory Racing scored a second place finish during the sixth round of the EMX250 series in Mantova, Italy. This result came in the second heat. De Wolf had great speed on display in the first race, but was forced to fight his way to 12th after a crash.

The rider from Eersel found his feet quickly on the track, qualifying second, ensuring himself of a good start gate. His first start was not optimal, though, dropping him to a mid-pack position. He immediately set about working his way forward. He crashed at half distance, losing a lot of ground. After regathering himself, he fought his way forward again, finishing 12th.

A start far more to his liking got De Wolf into fourth place early in race two. He soon gained a spot, and in the second half of the race set poised to move into second. He did so with a bold maneuver, and held second spot till the flag fell.

Kay was fifth overall for the day, and is in joint second in the championship standings. He will look to secure that position during the next round of the series at the same track on Tuesday.

Overall EMX250 Championship Mantova:
1 Thibault Benistant 41 Pnt
2 Hakon Fredriksen 38 Pnt
3 Tim Edberg 35 Pnt
4 Gianluca Facchetti 34 Pnt
5 Kay de Wolf 31 Pnt

EMX250 Championship Standings:
1 Thibault Benistant 215 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 158 Pnt
3 Kay de Wolf 158 Pnt
4 Isak Gifting 128 Pnt
5 Tim Edberg 126 Pnt

Jed Beaton Claims First Season Podium In Faenza

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing ended the Italian GP triple header in strong fashion. With a fourth and a third in the heats respectively, Jed Beaton claimed his first podium finish of the season. Thomas Kjer Olsen finished just behind him with third and sixth in the heats.

This weekend marked the last of three races to be concluded at Faenza. Both Jed and Thomas were ultra motivated to finish off the triple header with a flourish. Jed started off well by posting the second fastest qualifying time, just missing pole position. Thomas secured the ninth gate for himself.

Thomas had a good start in race one, and quickly worked himself into the top three. He put pressure on the two leaders initially, but lost a bit of ground later on. Towards the end of the race, he managed to build up the pressure again, but eventually was kept to third. Jed Beaton joined this fight for second position in the closing stages of the race, and eventually finished fourth.

Beaton had a good start in the second race, holding third position. He had a good rhythm in hand, which enabled him to advance to second. He lost a spot late in the race, but his third was good for third overall, and he opted not to take any further risks. By crossing the line in third, he secured his first GP podium finish for the season. Thomas battled initially, but regrouped, and advanced from seventh to sixth. He was harassing the fifth-placed rider when the flag fell, and his efforts yielded him fourth overall for the day.

Team manager Rasmus Jorgensen was understandably happy with the result. “We ended the triple header with a podium finish for Jed and fourth for Thomas. This was a successful conclusion to a busy week. Jed has been knocking on the door all year long and he truly deserves this podium spot. We are already looking forward to the next triple header at Mantova.”

Jed is currently fourth in the world standings, just 12 points adrift of third. Thomas has climbed to seventh in the world standings, three points behind sixth.

The world championship series continues at Mantova with another triple header starting in two weeks’ time.

Overall Grand Prix MX2 Faenza:
1 Tom Vialle 47 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 47 Pnt
3 Jed Beaton 38 Pnt
4 Thomas Kjer Olsen 35 Pnt
5 Roan van de Moosdijk 33 Pnt

World Championship Standings MX2:
1 Tom Vialle 354 Pnt
2 Jago Geerts 333 Pnt
3 Maxime Renaux 259 Pnt
4 Jed Beaton 247 Pnt
5 Roan van de Moosdijk 210 Pnt
7 Thomas Kjer Olsen 188 Pnt

Kay De Wolf Narrowly Misses Overall Victory At EMX250 in Latvia

Kay de Wolf of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing narrowly missed the overall victory for the EMX250 round at Kegums in Latvia today. De Wolf was initially credited with the win, but the third-placed rider had incurred a time penalty, which meant that the new points calculation dropped him to second. 

The track at Kegums was substantially modified from how it was for the previous two rounds over the last week,  Kay was motivated to show his best for the race,  and underlined this with the second  time during qualifying.  He grabbed a decent start in the opening moto, managed to pass the few riders ahead of him, and pushed to the lead.  In the final stages, though, championship leader Thibault Benistant passed him. Kay put up a spirited fight, but had to be content with second.  

De Wolf was again in top form during the second race. He worked his way to second, and by riding consistently, held it till the fall of the flag.  This was normally enough to assure him of the overall victory, but the third-placed rider got a time penalty, which advanced Benistant one position, which was enough to deprive De Wolf of his premier EMX250 victory. 

Rasmus Jorgensen (teammanager Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing): ‘’Amazing day for our 15 year old junior. Two times 2nd for “first” overall until the 3rd placed rider was given a five place penalty for not passing sound control after the race. This was a win for us anyway.’’

Kay has risen to fourth in the championship standings, a solitary point behind third. The next round of the series will be held at Mantova, Italy, on 3 October.

Overall EMX250 Latvia:
1 Thibault Benistant 45 Pnt
2 Kay de Wolf 44 Pnt
3 Mattia Guadagnini 43 Pnt
4 Meico Vettik 34 Pnt
5 Tim Edberg 30 Pnt

Championship Standings EMX250:
1 Thibault Benistant 174 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 136 Pnt
3 Isak Gifting 128 Pnt
4 Kay de Wolf 127 Pnt
5 Tim Edberg 91 Pnt