Published on 21.8.2012 16:55


“Another disappointment, what happened here is more or less symptomatic for this year’s races,” said Antti Pyrhönen after his races in England.

Antti had been training hard in recent weeks, he was second fastest in practice on the technical circuit, he made an excellent planning for his races at Matterley Basin … but he got no reward other than a painful shoulder and a sore head.

Instead of closing the gap on the 2 guys in front of him, he had to give up his fight for a medal this year as there is only one MX3 race left.

“My races were well planned and I saved enough energy for the second part of each race but I badly hurt my knee in race one and in race two the bike threw me off and I landed hard on my shoulder and head. I had to leave the race, heavily disappointed and feeling bad.”

Team mate Ludde scored his best season’s result with sixth position in the last race of the English MX3 event. “The track was well prepared and there are many lines so it was fun to ride. In the second race I stayed with the top guys and even passed some of them. That was the plan for the year and today it worked out well.”


We left you after the Slovakia MX3 early July, what had the boys been doing since then?

Antti: “I slowed down a bit in my training during two weeks and enjoyed summer. Then it was full gas in preparation for the remaining races. I won the Siilinjärvi Supercross leading start to finish and now we are here in England. I have raced here before, it is a real motocross track and gives us the option to do good results. I will do the first half of the race not full gas to save energy as it is hot and heavy.”

Ludde: ”Since Slovakia I was sick for a while and then we did training and more training. Well I relaxed by watching the Olympics and I took some weekends off. It’s a shame that there were no races in Finland or Sweden or even in Estonia so it became a 5-6 weeks break without an event, but rest is good. Before England we did the Siilinjärvi Supercross where I rode well but the final was not a success as I had a bad start. When I worked myself up to fourth place the fast guys were gone.”

“This track in England is really nice, challenging and technical with many lines. Tricky but very interesting, my target is to do the best race of the year.”

Apart from taking a shot at a better place in the championship Ludde wanted to prove the federation guys that he deserves a place on Team Finland for the Motocross of Nations team race end September. “I would need to ride the 250cc MX2 bike so we need to find one or build one.” 


In both motos the AP24RACING riders were not with the leaders in the start,but they found a good line on the inside of the first corner so they were in good positions with both of them in the top ten.

Antti saw two riders go by while he saved energy trusting his tactics. “For the second half of the race I increased my speed while others got tired so I rapidly closed in on the top 4. I passed Staufer and was on the way to a podium score when I badly twisted my knee again like in Slovakia so I finished fifth.”

Ludde was a bit over-excited at the beginning on one of the big jumps. “Hmm, the guy in front did not jump it completely so I hit him and dropped into the grass. That was a bummer and I lost many points – a good lesson for other tactics in race two.”

The second moto saw our boys again up front, this time both of them saving energy. Antti then started to move up and was chasing Dane Lynggaard for second place.

“I was faster and started looking for other lines where I could make my pass. Four laps from the end and totally unexpected my rear wheel kicked out on a small jump and the bike got sideways and threw me hard on the ground. The pain was too much to continue.” 

Ludde in the meantime was really showing his potential. “Yeah it felt good, I followed again Antti on the inside after the start and was not far behind all the way. Pity I got tired near the end and made a small mistake what cost me one place. But for my position in the championship it had no impact.”

The guys will have a 5 week break until the final MX3, a weekend again combined with the MX1 and MX2 riders.


FIRST MOTO: 1. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 36:23.614; 2. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), +0:09.728; 3. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), +0:21.556; 4. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), +0:36.560; 5. Antti Pyrhönen (FIN, Honda), +0:42.710; 6. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), +0:45.512; 7. Kasper Lynggaard (DEN, Kawasaki), +1:12.793; 8. Jack Brunell (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:20.154; 9. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), +1:25.631; 10. Niko Koskela (FIN, Kawasaki), +1:26.354; 13. Ludde Söderberg, + 2:01.640

SECOND MOTO: 1. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 35:15.437; 2. Kasper Lynggaard (DEN, Kawasaki), +0:17.620; 3. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), +0:22.363; 4. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), +0:30.030; 5. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), +0:42.705; 6. Ludde Söderberg (FIN, Honda), +0:49.090; 7. Niko Koskela (FIN, Kawasaki), +0:53.580; 8. Levy Batista (FRA, KTM), +1:04.491; 9. Lukasz Lonka (POL, Honda), +1:10.405; 10. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), +1:18.857; 20. Antti Pyrhönen, (FIN, Honda), 4 laps behind

POINTS OF THE DAY: 1. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 47 points; 2. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 38 p.; 3. Kasper Lynggaard (DEN, Kawasaki), 36 p.; 4. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), 35 p.; 5. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 34 p.; 6. Niko Koskela (FIN, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 7. Ludde Söderberg (FIN, Honda), 23 p.; 8. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 23 p.; 9. Jack Brunell (GBR, Kawasaki), 23 p.; 10. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 21 p.; 14. Antti Pyrhönen, (FIN, Honda), 14 p.

CHAMPIONSHIP POSITIONS: 1. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 295 points; 2. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Honda), 269 p.; 3. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 266 p.; 4. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 265 p.; 5. Antti Pyrhönen (FIN, Honda), 230 p.; 6. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 194 p.; 7. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), 185 p.; 8. Petr Bartos (CZE, KTM), 158 p.; 9. Lukasz Lonka (POL, Honda), 149 p.; 10. Ludde Söderberg (FIN, Honda), 123 p.
Next MX3 event: Teutschenthal, Germany, September 23rd


Ludde in action

Antti after his crash