American racer Thomas Covington didn’t have the greatest of starts to his MXGP career, first 32-32 in the opening round at Matterley Basin in England and then failing to start the Saturday and Sunday races in Valkenswaard after finishing last in both timed practice sessions.

The former GP winner and Team USA rider though has enough talent to make his mark in the MXGP class and just needed some extra time to prepare for the season, having missed important testing prior to Matterley Basin and Valkenswaard.

With time to prepare on the bike, and enjoying his new home in England, with his beautiful wife Amy Louise, the former factory Husqvarna rider knows that starting up with confidence and a good set-up will be critical for results in the tough MXGP class.

“It’s been good, it was nice to have a little break and regroup and make a plan for the rest of the season. It was tough for me (the first two rounds). A lot of changes for me in general and it is going to take some time to get the bugs all worked out and get settled. We live in England now and I am just getting the chance to settle into the new place there and we weren’t able to travel anyway. It would have been nice to see the family in America), but I have enjoyed my time in England. I was off the bike for two months really and everything was shut down. We did a lot of cycling back home and playing my guitar a little bit and spending time with family in England.”

As for his struggles with bike set-up and his poor showing in England and Holland, Covington feels the bike is a lot different and will help him show some of his true potential in Latvia.

“The bike is a bit different from Valkenswaard. You know, I feel like I didn’t get enough time testing before the season and now this is giving me the time to get the bike sorted out. For sure, the situation I was in, I wasn’t able to come to Europe until late and I was riding a standard bike most of the off-season and I just didn’t have enough time to get it dialed in, but I and the team have been working on it and hopefully, we have it in the right direction.”

Covington will race the Dutch International next weekend and also plans to try and race the opening MX National at Hawkstone Park on August 1 and 2.

“Arnhem is great, I rode here a lot when I was in Europe before and I really like the track. I heard some rumors about a GP being here and I hope that goes through. I will race the International at Arnhem and hopefully the first round of the MX Nationals at Hawkstone Park.”

A great guy and a rider with a handful of GP wins to his name I am sure the American can come through those tough experiences of the first two rounds in 2020 and show some top ten results as he continues his second European motocross challenge, this time on the 450.

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Thomas Covington GP – Results

MXGP Results

2020      MXGP   Great Britain

Round 1              YAM      33rd      0pts

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MX2 Results

2018      MX2      Italy

Round 20            HUS       3rd        34pts

14 / 20

2018      MX2      The Netherlands

Round 19            HUS       2nd       40pts

20 / 20

2018      MX2      Turkey

Round 18            HUS       1st         45pts

25 / 20

2018      MX2      Bulgaria

Round 17            HUS       7th        28pts

18 / 10

2018      MX2      Switzerland

Round 16            HUS       4th        35pts

20 / 15

2018      MX2      Belgium

Round 15            HUS       2nd       42pts

22 / 20

2018      MX2      Czech Republic

Round 14            HUS       3rd        44pts

22 / 22

2018      MX2      Asia (Indonesia)

Round 13            HUS       5th        34pts

14 / 20

2018      MX2      Indonesia

Round 12            HUS       2nd       43pts

25 / 18

2018      MX2      Lombardia (I)

Round 11            HUS       2nd       43pts

25 / 18

2018      MX2      France

Round 10            HUS       2nd       45pts

25 / 20

2018      MX2      Great Britain

Round 9              HUS       5th        32pts

20 / 12

2018      MX2      Germany

Round 8              HUS       16th      12pts

8 / 4

2018      MX2      Latvia

Round 7              HUS       12th      20pts

20 / 0

2018      MX2      Russia

Round 6              HUS       16th      11pts

4 / 7

2018      MX2      Portugal

Round 5              HUS       33rd      0pts

0 / 0

2018      MX2      Trentino

Round 4              HUS       2nd       41pts

16 / 25

2018      MX2      La Comunitat Valenciana

Round 3              HUS       19th      6pts

4 / 2

2018      MX2      Europe

Round 2              HUS       5th        30pts

14 / 16

2018      MX2      Patagonia Argentina

Round 1              HUS       15th      14pts

11 / 3

YEAR     CLASS    EVENT  BIKE      POS       PTS

2017      MX2      Pays de Montbéliard

Round 20            HUS       1st         47pts

25 / 22

2017      MX2      The Netherlands

Round 19            HUS       7th        28pts

20 / 8

2017      MX2      USA

Round 18            HUS       3rd        40pts

22 / 18

2017      MX2      Sweden

Round 17            HUS       5th        30pts

5 / 25

2017      MX2      Switzerland

Round 16            HUS       4th        36pts

14 / 22

2017      MX2      Belgium

Round 15            HUS       14th      12pts

12 / 0

2017      MX2      Czech Republic

Round 14            HUS       3rd        36pts

25 / 11

2017      MX2      Portugal

Round 12            HUS       3rd        40pts

20 / 20

2017      MX2      Lombardia (I)

Round 11            HUS       3rd        38pts

18 / 20

2017      MX2      Russia

Round 10            HUS       14th      17pts

12 / 5

2017      MX2      France

Round 9              HUS       8th        24pts

10 / 14

2017      MX2      Germany

Round 8              HUS       4th        32pts

7 / 25

2017      MX2      Latvia

Round 7              HUS       11th      19pts

15 / 4

2017      MX2      Europe

Round 6              HUS       10th      20pts

20 / 0

2017      MX2      Trentino

Round 5              HUS       5th        30pts

10 / 20

2017      MX2      Leon

Round 4              HUS       1st         43pts

18 / 25

2017      MX2      Patagonia Argentina

Round 3              HUS       14th      14pts

13 / 1

2017      MX2      Indonesia

Round 2              HUS       13th      13pts

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2017      MX2      Qatar

Round 1              HUS       16th      13pts

13 / 0

YEAR     CLASS    EVENT  BIKE      POS       PTS

2016      MX2      USA

Round 19            HUS       8th        25pts

18 / 7

2016      MX2      Americas

Round 18            HUS       4th        36pts

18 / 18

2016      MX2      The Netherlands

Round 17            HUS       6th        30pts

25 / 5

2016      MX2      Switzerland

Round 16            HUS       7th        24pts

13 / 11

2016      MX2      Belgium

Round 15            HUS       17th      13pts

4 / 9

2016      MX2      Czech Republic

Round 14            HUS       8th        24pts

6 / 18

2016      MX2      Lombardia (I)

Round 13            HUS       4th        34pts

18 / 16

2016      MX2      Great Britain

Round 12            HUS       10th      19pts

15 / 4

2016      MX2      France

Round 11            HUS       16th      11pts

11 / 0

2016      MX2      Leon

Round 6              HUS       13th      16pts

9 / 7

2016      MX2      Patagonia Argentina

Round 5              HUS       8th        22pts

11 / 11

2016      MX2      Europe

Round 4              HUS       38th      0pts

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2016      MX2      Thailand

Round 2              HUS       13th      16pts

16 / 0

2016      MX2      Qatar

Round 1              HUS       11th      16pts

10 / 6

YEAR     CLASS    EVENT  BIKE      POS       PTS

2015      MX2      USA

Round 18            KAW      13th      13pts

9 / 4

2015      MX2      Leon

Round 17            KAW      1st         43pts

18 / 25

2015      MX2      The Netherlands

Round 16            KAW      9th        25pts

15 / 10

2015      MX2      Lombardia (I)

Round 15            KAW      13th      15pts

0 / 15

2015      MX2      Belgium

Round 14            KAW      12th      13pts

2 / 11

2015      MX2      Czech Republic

Round 13            KAW      21st       4pts

0 / 4

2015      MX2      Latvia

Round 12            KAW      10th      19pts

7 / 12

2015      MX2      Sweden

Round 11            KAW      16th      12pts

8 / 4

2015      MX2      Germany

Round 10            KAW      27th      0pts

0 / 0

2015      MX2      Italy

Round 9              KAW      24th      0pts

0 / 0

2015      MX2      Great Britain

Round 7              KAW      9th        25pts

14 / 11

2015      MX2      Spain

Round 6              KAW      15th      14pts

7 / 7

2015      MX2      Europe

Round 5              KAW      13th      16pts

7 / 9

2015      MX2      Trentino

Round 4              KAW      19th      5pts

0 / 5

2015      MX2      Patagonia Argentina

Round 3              KAW      4th        28pts

14 / 14

2015      MX2      Thailand

Round 2              KAW      4th        32pts

16 / 16

2015      MX2      Qatar

Round 1              KAW      10th      21pts

10 / 11

YEAR     CLASS    EVENT  BIKE      POS       PTS

2014      MX2      Leon

Round 18            KAW      14th      15pts

6 / 9

2014      MX2      State of Goias

Round 17            KAW      13th      13pts

6 / 7

2014      MX2      Belgium

Round 15            KAW      17th      8pts

5 / 3

2014      MX2      Czech Republic

Round 14            KAW      29th      0pts

0 / 0

2014      MX2      Finland

Round 13            KAW      25th      0pts

0 / 0

2014      MX2      Sweden

Round 12            KAW      23rd      2pts

1 / 1

2014      MX2      Italy

Round 10            KAW      31st       0pts

0 / 0

2014      MX2      France

Round 9              KAW      11th      19pts

9 / 10

2014      MX2      Great Britain

Round 8              KAW      14th      14pts

4 / 10

2014      MX2      Spain

Round 7              KAW      21st       6pts

0 / 6

2014      MX2      The Netherlands

Round 6              KAW      18th      10pts

0 / 10

2014      MX2      Bulgaria

Round 5              KAW      16th      12pts

5 / 7

2014      MX2      Trentino

Round 4              KAW      22nd     2pts

0 / 2

2014      MX2      Brazil

Round 3              KAW      21st       4pts

4 / 0

2014      MX2      Thailand

Round 2              KAW      11th      13pts

5 / 8

2014      MX2      Qatar

Round 1              KAW      11th      20pts

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