Vital MX GP Bits: 2022 MXGP of Charente Martime

Check out the latest and greatest from on track and around the paddock at the MXGP of Charente Martime, plus some things we missed adding from the MXGPs of Finland and Sweden, in this edition of GP Bits.

Unlike his teammate Kyle de Wolf and some other factory level 250 machines from the Austrian trio, this bike is running the new cylinder head and engine it its entirety.

While the US teams seem to be aiming for more flex in certain parts, the GP side might be going opposite. Instead of a cut out engine mount, the Nestaan group is running what appears to be either a thicker mount or one with more material in the ribs.

Not quite split clamps.

WP suspension on a Kawasaki? Steve Dixon's operation has always been known for doing things a bit differently.

And sadly, it ends with smoke and fireworks from time-to-time.

Full house.

Mitch Evans has really been coming around, just in time to team up with the Lawrences for MXdN. It sounds like it'll be the last race we see Evans aboard the HRC Honda though...with green being in his future.

Fresh Fox kit with the newly crowned champion.

The number one has returned to Tim Gajser.

Little love for the five time champ from Yoshimura.

Renthal joining the celebartion.

Fans in MXGP are something else.

Romain Febvre rocking his home country's colors.

Rick Elzinga went from racing the Fox Raceway National last year, wondering what will happen with his being on the cusp of something great...

Like wrapping up the 2022 EMX250 Championship.

And rocking the #1 plate in moto two.

Tom Vialle brought the points lead down in front of the home crowd. Looks like the MX2 title will come down to the wire.

Ruben Fernandez showing off more new Fox Racing 2023 gear.

Ruben looks to be joining HRC directly next year, replacing Mitch Evans.


Back at the Swedish MXGP, the Husky teams did a fantastic nod to the home brand. Throwing it back to the OEM's roots.

Another look.

The white frame really set it off.

FMF joined the vibe.

The Nestaan crew had gear to match the occasion.

And man, it looked good in action.

Mmmm...carbon tank.

While Ruben has been getting some hand me down help from the HRC squad, his bike is a bit of a mix on components. His forks appear to be production forks with coated tubes.

While his shock is a production body with A-kit adjuster, 18mm shaft and more added.

In the four stroke era, it's very rare that you would ever see an engine apart on a bench at the races.

Lewis is winning.

Celebrations from the prior MXGP when Tim wrapped up his fifth world title.

See ya next week!

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