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Images from UCI Downhill World Cup Lenzerheide

Weekend Recap: September 4 - 5

Sep 072021



On Saturday, a new Motocross 450 Class champion was crowned, Monster Energy’s Dylan Ferrandis. The penultimate round of the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series made its return to the sport’s epicenter of Southern California for a second visit to Fox Raceway for the Maxxis Fox Raceway II National. Thousands of diehard race fans braved near triple-digit temperatures as they witnessed Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis finish second on the day to clinch the 450 Class title in his first season of premier class competition. He became the 26th different 450 Class titleholder in 50 seasons and is also the first Frenchman in 30 years to win motocross’ most prestigious championship. Furthermore, the day’s most intense weather conditions didn’t deter Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac from using a dominant ride in the second moto to earn back-to-back 450 Class wins and the overall victory on the day. And last but certainly not least from Pala, the 250 Class also competed at Fox Raceway on Saturday, Justin Cooper of the Monster Energy/Star/Yamaha Racing racing to a third-place overall finish. With only two motos left to be run in the 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Cooper sits a mere 23 points out of the lead, the New Yorker now looking to next Saturday’s Hangtown National as a chance to come up victorious.



Sunday saw the Heineken Dutch Grand Prix at the storied Circuit Zandvoort in Zandvoort, Netherlands. Reigning F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and his teammate Valtteri Bottas finishing second and third in their Mercedes AMG F1 W12 E Performance Silver Arrows. The Formula 1 World Championship will now move on to the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza in Italy next weekend where Lewis Hamilton sits a mere three points out of the F1 championship lead.




The Motul FIM World Superbike Championship promoted the Motul French Round at the 2.741-mile, 17-turn Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France over the weekend with Jonathan Rea and his Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK placing second on Saturday’s opening race. Rea would return on Sunday morning to win the Tissot Superpole race. In the third and final race from France, Rea powered to a runner-up finish while Monster Energy rider Scott Redding of Racing Ducati placed third. The fight for the 2021 WSBK World Championship will now move on to the Hyundai N Catalunya Round on September 18-19 where Rea sits only seven points out of the championship lead.




Sunday afternoon the Bitci MXGP of Turkey ran at the Afyon Motor Sports Center in Afyonkarahisar, Turkey and it was Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team leader Romain Febvre placing a fighting fourth overall on the day.  The French rider is now a firm third in the MXGP World Championship standings. In MX2 classification racing from Turkey, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team rider Maxime Renaux placed an excellent runner-up on the day. The Frenchman now holding a commanding lead in the World Championship. Third in the MX2 title chase is Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MX2 Team rider Jago Geerts of Belgium. The MXGP World Championship series will now turn around and race another Grand Prix in Turkey this approaching week



The 2021 AMSOIL Championship Off-Road Championship hosted the 52nd annual edition of the World Championship Off-Road Races at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway over the weekend, where off-road legend Johnny Greaves absolutely dominated Saturday’s Pro 4 race in his Monster Energy Toyota. While Johnny was making that happen, his son CJ Greaves deftly maneuvered his Monster Energy Toyota to the Crandon finish line. In doing so, CJ clinched the 2021 AMSOIL Championship Off-Road Championship Pro title. A fantastic season for team Greaves and Monster Energy.


Back-to-back victories for the Flying Frenchman! Monster Energy’s Loris Vergier took first place in the Elite Men’s division Downhill Race at the Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Lenzerheide, Switzerland, this weekend. Fresh off winning the Maribor World Cup event in August, the 25-year-old from Cagnes-sur-Mer, France, clinched the victory in the tight race on his last run with a 2:46.921 finish time. Also claiming a top spot in Lenzerheide this weekend, 20-year-old Monster Energy rider Thibaut Dapréla from France finished in third place less than half a second behind his teammate with a 2:47.291 total time. The French-dominated podium was rounded out by Monster Energy rider, 25-year-old Amaury Pierron from Brioud, France, in fourth place. In the Elite Women division, 31-year-old Monster Energy team rider Camille Balanche from La Chaux-de-Fond, Switzerland, finished in fifth place with a 3:19.222 total time.