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Athena's podium in MX2 class, in MXGP Van Horebeek back to the podium, Cairoli seventh.

Round 3: GP of Patagonia Argentina - Neuquen - 19.03.2017

Jeremy Van Horebeek

 

After the first two races held in Qatar and Indonesia, the Motocross World Championship 2017, he moved to Villa La Angostura, a town situated in the southern part of the Argentine provinces of Neuquen, on the north-western shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi , in the beautiful scenery of Patagonia. On a path well-worked by the organizers and characterized by hard pack soil, the two main categories of the World Championship Motocross competed until the last lap for a glory. In MX2, was a "KTM's affaire" that was staged on the beautiful South American track. Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in the race with the KTM 250 SXF supported by Athena was the author of a great performance with a double victory and recovered widely the not great day had in Indonesia in the previous GP. Behind him, the young Spaniard Jorge Prado (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) who was also in the race with the KTM 250 SXF supported by Athena. The sixteen year old Iberian jump for the second time on the podium after the third place conquered in Assen in the season 2016. Third, to complete a podium "signed" by Athena, the Swiss Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki World MX2 Team) riding the Suzuki RMZ 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system. With the score conquered in Argentina, Seewer has gone ahead in the standings and now leads the championship with 3 points ahead of Jonass. In MXGP, excellent second place for Jeremy Van Horebeek (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team) on board his Yamaha YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system has conquered the podium after the not good performance of the first two races. Only seventh overall Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) aboard his KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena. The Sicilian, having finished third in Saturday's qualifying, controlling his opponents and without discovering the "card" to play, lived a not perfect day. After two not exceptional start, Tony has committed in both moto two small mistakes that forced him to felt down. Although he was back on the bike, the Sicilian champion was forced to difficult recoveries that have been arrested in ninth and fifth position in the two races. After the Argentinian race, Tony took the second position in the championship standings, just ten points behind the leader.

 

Next race: April 2, 2017 / GP Leon -Mexico

Prohibitive conditions for the Second GP of the season. The MXGP living alone Of A heats. In MX2, twists Until the end.

Round 2: GP of Indonesia - Pangkal Pinang - 05.03.2017Jeremy Seewer

The Indonesia's monsoon season has "hit" the Motocross World Championship and predictable rains have wet all without save nothing and no one. The track has proved prohibitive since the first moto of the Saturday morning and in fact, the program has been "cut" by deleting the timed practice and the qualifications of the MX2 and MXGP categories. Only women took to the track in the late afternoon for the first heat. Great misfortune for Kiara Fontanesi (Fonta MX Racing Yamaha) which resulted in the race on his Yamaha YZF 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system and Livia Lancelot (Livia Lancelot Kawasaki Team), who was also in the race with Kawasaki KXF 250, equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system. The two contenders for the title were both forced to retire due of the track conditions. In the MX2 was Jeremy Seewer (Team Suzuki World MX2) riding the Suzuki RMZ 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system to win the GP after two very difficult heats. The fifth place in the day's classification ranked Davy Pootjes (HSF Logistics Motorsports)) which resulted in the race his KTM SX-F 250 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system. The KTM former factory rider took second place in the first heat but was not able to repeat in moto 2 due of a few mistakes too dictated by the extreme conditions of ground become a real trap. Trap that did not spare Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) in the race with the KTM 250 SXF supported by Athena. The winner of last GP had to put back the red plate of championship leader in the hands of opponents after the fourteenth place in race 1 and the DNF in the final moto. In MXGP, however, it remains leader Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) who, on board the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena won the fourth place in the only heat disputed. Excellent performance for Glenn Coldenhoff (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) who was also riding the KTM 450 SXF supported by Athena. The Dutchman led the race for five laps and then give the leadership to an opponent but by controlling the position until the checkered flag. With the result achieved in Indonesia, Coldenhoff back up to sixth place in the overall standings behind by Jeremy Van Horebeek (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team) on board his Yamaha YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 Ages, the acquisition system and data M40 the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA.

 

 

Next race: March 19, 2017 / GP Argentina -Bariloche

Athena signs a new agreement with MXGP

Monaco (Principality of Monaco) - 1st March 2017

Athena has renewed and boosted its collaboration with Youthstream in the role of official partner of the FIM Motocross World Championship and the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations. In 2017, the company from Vicenza will once more be alongside Youthstream with a view to supporting the national and international development of motocross.

Based in Alonte, the Italian group is in constant expansion both at home and abroad, and is the world leader in the design, development and production of ECU (engine control units) with the GET trademark, and in the manufacture of kits containing extra-high-quality mechanical spare parts such as gaskets, cylinders, pistons, connecting rods and chains.

“This year we have renewed and boosted our commitment with Youthstream, because we believe that this partnership is an essential strategic choice”, said Erardo Ratzenbeck, Vice-President of Athena Spa. “Athena is expanding in a number of sectors, but motocross remains one of our priority business areas, a market in which we are seeking to consolidate and strengthen our position”.“

Youthstream is very pleased to announce the renewal of its partnership with Athena. Athena and its associated brands have been next to the FIM MXGP World Championship for many years now, and they have participated in the growing of its popularity by providing fantastic material to most of the teams and riders involved in our different championships,” said David Luongo, Vice-President, Head of Operations of Youthstream Group SAM.As official sponsor, the Athena and GET logos will be visible in a strategic position on the banners at the side of the track during all the races in the FIM Motocross World Championship, and during the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, which will be taking place at Matterley Basin in Winchester, England. The agreement also provides for the Athena logo to be displayed on the official webpage of MXGP (www.mxgp.com) and on the backdrop used when the prizes are awarded.

The partnership officially began with the first MXGP race in Qatar last weekend.

Antonio Cairoli back to victory. For Pauls Jonass first "double" victory and first red plate in the MX2

Round 1: GP of Qatar - Losail - 25.02.2017

Antonio Cairoli (#222 Red Bull KTM Factory Team)

For the fifth consecutive time, after the debut in 2013, The World Motocross started under the lights in Qatar. At the Losail circuit, a few Kilometers from the capital Doha, was an orange's KTM day. In MX2, first victory in a GP with The Maximus the score, by Pauls Jonass (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) riding the KTM 250 SX-F supported by Athena. The Latvian raced a masterful race controlling the opponents and rejecting every attack until the end of the two heats. Behind him, closed the GP Benoit Paturel (Kemea Yamaha Yamalube) on his Yamaha YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system. Benoit has taken full advantage of the new Launch Control LC-GPA system that allowed him to start in the group of the best riders and conquer for two times the second place back to the winner's shoulders. In MXGP, seventy-seventh overall win for Antonio Cairoli (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) that brought to double affirmation and consequently to the leadership his KTM 450 SX-F supported by Athena. The Sicilian was perfect during both races and deserved the success. Excellent performance by Romain Febvre (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team) aboard his Yamaha YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system. The 2015 World Champion was fifth in overall classification. Seventh place instead for Jeremy Van Horebeek (Monster Energy Yamaha Racing Team) he also competing with a Yamaha YZF 450 equipped with the control unit RX1 EVO, the data acquisition system M40 and the innovative Launch Control LC-GPA system

Next race: March 5, 2017 - GP Indonesia -Pangkal Pinang.


Athena presents the new Off-Road connecting rod kits

Athena presents the new off-road Connecting Rod kits

Brand new entry to Athena’s product range. Athena connecting rods are made with similar materials to the OEM component to ensure the same performance. They are excellent quality, light, resistant and able to reduce rotational and alternating stresses. At a really competitive price, Athena Connecting Rod Kits include connecting rod, needle bearing(s) and crankpin. For some applications, the kit may also include small end pin and shims.

Our full range of connecting rod kits is available at the following link: http://www.athenaparts.com/eng/sections/view/11/bielle

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