-- FIM MX1/MX2/MX3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 16, AUG 25, MATTERLEY BASIN,
-- Cairoli and Tixier dominate the qualifying races in Matterley Basin
The beautiful track of Matterley Basin saw Antonio Cairoli and Jordi Tixier dominate the qualifying races with great authority, whereas Jeremy Van Horebeek and Clement Desalle were second and third in MX1 and Jake Nicholls and José Butrón in MX2. The British track also hosted the first races of the EMX 65cc and 85cc European series, the final heats of the FIM MX3 and WMX World Championships and the second race of the FIM Veterans World Cup.
Raivo Dankers and Conrad Mewse won the 65cc and 85cc races respectively, and Natalie Kane won the second WMX heat from the likes of Megan Rutledge and Chiara Fontanesi, and the Irish rider obtained the first round victory in the FIM WMX World Championship. In MX3 the red plate holder Klemen Gercar was again on the top of the podium, Martin Michek was second and the wildcard rider Shane Carless finished third after winning the second race.
Mats Nilsson won the second Veterans race and became the 2013 FIM Veterans World Cup winner, Christoph Lackner received the silver medal and Miska Aaltonen the bronze metal.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli enjoyed a lot racing today the British track of Matterley Basin and he admitted that it is one of his favourites in the calendar. The Italian managed to take the holeshot of the qualifying race and he controlled the heat until the chequered flag. Cairoli is now looking forward to winning both heats tomorrow and obtain the FIM MX1 World Championship Title.
The second position was for Jeremy Van Horebeek who did a very consistent race since the very beginning and he crossed the finish line second. The Kawasaki Racing Team rider had a very good start in third and after one lap he overtook Sebastien Pourcel and he moved up to second. The Belgian rider will race tomorrow to have two consistent motos and obtain his maiden podium in MX1.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle was fifth after the start but he managed to move up in third after a couple of laps. The Belgian rider proved to have a good speed but he decided to ride safe today and give it all in tomorrow’s races. His teammate Kevin Strijbos did not have a good start but his rhythm was very consistent during the whole race and he cross the finish line in the fourth position.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken De Dycker is still struggling with his injured ankle but he obtained a strong fifth result in the qualifying race. The Belgian rider started down in the ninth position but even if he struggled in the landings of the jumps he recuperated some positions and he ended fifth.
Sebastien Pourcel had an excellent start in second, but he was not able to keep the rhythm at the front and he finished sixth, ahead of Gautier Paulin who crashed a couple of times during the qualifying heat. David Philippaerts had also a good start in fifth but a mistake made him drop several positions and he had to settle down with the eighth place. Nicolas Aubin ended ninth and Shaun Simpson completed the top ten.
Evgeny Bobryshev was the fastest in the pre-qualifying session, but he was forced to retire from the qualifying race because he collided with Sebastién Pourcel in the first corner and his front brake was damaged.
Home rider Tommy Searle had a difficult qualifying race and he was only able to finish thirteenth. The British rider admitted that he crashed several times, but he also mentioned that he is confident for tomorrow because the gate pick is not so important to get a good start in Matterley.
MX1 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 25:17.340; 2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:03.818; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:07.902; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:12.175; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:27.942; 6. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, KTM), +0:29.503; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:37.504; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), +0:42.146; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Honda), +0:46.246; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:48.651;
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier was very satisfied today with his riding and he has proved that he is ready to race for what it would be his first Grand Prix victory. The French rider was the fastest in the pre-qualifying session and after starting second in the qualifying heat, he quickly moved up to the lead and he crossed the finish line eleven seconds ahead of Jake Nicholls.
Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls had an excellent performance in front of his home crowd. The British rider was fourth after the start but he took advantage of Dean Ferris and Jose Butrón’s mistakes to overtake them and move up to the second place. Nicholls managed to stay focused during the whole qualifying race and he kept the second position until the end.
KTM Silver Action’s José Butrón took the holeshot and led the first lap, but he could not stop Tixier to overtake him. The Spanish rider had a really good rhythm in second, but he made a mistake and he lost one position. Butrón managed to recover himself quickly and he kept the third position until the chequered flag.
Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Romain Febvre did not have a good start and he had to work all the way up to the fourth place from his initial eighth place. The French rider hopes to have a better start tomorrow in order to fight for a podium finish.
British rider Max Anstie was down in the fourteenth position after the first corner, but his lap times were really good and he managed to move up to the fifth place, ahead of Gleen Coldenhoff and Jason Clermont.
Den Ferris had a really good start in fourth and after overtaking his teammate Mel Pocock he gave chase to Butrón who was riding second. However, Ferris crashed in the landing of a big jump and he dropped down to the sixth place. The Australian rider tried to recuperate his rhythm, but he finished eighth in front of Alessandro Lupino and Arnaud Tonus.
Christophe Charlier, who started sixth, tried to overtake Pocock in the beginning of the race, but he collided with him and he crashed with Ferrandis who was coming from behind. In the end Frrandis was eleventh, Pocock was twelfth and Charlier fifteenth.
MX2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 25:38.864; 2. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:11.212; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:21.605; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:23.788; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), +0:24.852; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:27.183; 7. Jason Clermont (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:31.360; 8. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), +0:33.610; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:34.924; 10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Kawasaki), +0:39.057;
-- Kudos to Kane on her First World Championship Victory
The British Grand Prix is as close to home as it gets for Irish wonder lady Natalie Kane and for her it was a perfect day, as she took the holeshot and dominated WMX Race two from start to finish to take home her first race win and overall victory this year. Taking home second overall was race one winner Monster Energy Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi ahead of Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge in third.
HM Plant KTM UK’s Natalie Kane was untouchable today as she took her second holeshot this weekend and went on to lead the race completely unchallenged. Kane, considered a “British” rider was super excited to win her first ever world championship overall stating “this is the best day of my entire career”.
Second place went to Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge who spent the majority of the race being interrogated by the current WMX World Champion Chiara Fontanesi. Although at one stage Fontanesi had moved into second, it would seem the Monster Energy Yamaha rider Fontanesi faced a problem with two laps to go which saw her visibly slow down and crawl home for third.
Taking home fourth was Rabbit Racing Kawasaki’s Stephanie Laier. Laier got off to a great start but just over half a lap in, she was tangled with another rider which dropped her outside the top ten. The German ex world champion then put in a remarkable ride, battling through the field to pass Dutch Nancy Van De Ven for fourth with four laps to go.
Meanwhile sixteen year old Dutch girl Nancy Van De Ven was an eye opener, riding her Yamaha YZ125 two stroke machine home to an outstanding fifth place finish.
WMX race two top 10: 1. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 26:32.206; 2. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:08.030; 3. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:24.260; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), +1:05.228; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, KTM), +1:16.564; 6. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:26.447; 7. Gabriela Seisdedos (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:42.523; 8. Joanna Miller (POL, KTM), +1:50.671; 9. Sara Petterson (SWE, KTM), +1:52.928; 10. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), +1:54.002;
WMX Championship: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 195 points; 2. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 164 p.; 3. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, Kawasaki), 160 p.; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, Kawasaki), 152 p.; 5. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, KTM), 112 p.; 6. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), 100 p.; 7. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), 93 p.; 8. Justine Charroux (FRA, Yamaha), 83 p.; 9. Francesca Nocera (ITA, Suzuki), 81 p.; 10. Gabriela Seisdedos (ESP, Kawasaki), 69 p.
-- Gercar Glorious in Great Britain
With a bit of added trickiness due to the overnight rain and cool temperatures today in Matterley Basin, round seven of the FIM Motocross MX3 World Championship unfurled. Taking his third overall victory of the season was UFO Racing Team’s Klemen Gercar who extends his points lead over his closest rival and second place receiver Martin Michek. Rounding out the top three in style after dominating race two was British star Oakleaf Kawasaki’s Shane Carless.
Known for his fantastic starts, Orion-RS Petrol Teams Frantisek Smola blasted out of the gate to take race one’s holeshot ahead of the defending MX3 world champion Matthias Walkner and KTM GST Berlin Racing’s Christian Brockel. Right from the get-go Walkner and Brockel were on a mission to get to the lead, pushing the Smola wide on a corner to take over the first and second positions very early in the race. Meanwhile UFO Racing Team’s Klemen Gercar was hammering down after an average start left him outside the top five. It wasn’t long before the Slovenian had snuck his way around the fourth of Adam Chatfield and third of Frantisek Smola to take over third position.
As the race approached the half way mark the red plate holder Klemen Gercar had made a move on the second place of Christian Brockel and was making a charge for the lead. After four laps of riding in the roost of Matthias Walkner, Gercar launched off a downhill jump to pass Walkner up the inside on the following corner.
While Gercar was out front looking visibly comfortable being the only guy in the field to clear the massive uphill triple lap after lap, Walkner found himself under attack from his biggest championship threat Martin Michek. Michek and Walkner rode wheel to wheel for the last leg of the race, but in the end it was Walkner who held on for second forcing Michek to settle for third.
Meanwhile Great Britain’s Adam Chatfield put in a stellar ride on his MX3 debut to take home fourth ahead of KTM GST Berlin Racing’s Christian Brockel in fifth.
Race two saw Francy Racing Team’s Petr Irt take the holeshot and lead the first lap, unfortunately for Irt while mixing it up with the MX3 toppers he lost the front end through a sweeping turn resulting in him hitting the deck hard enough to break his handle bars and put him out of the race. Taking over the lead was race one winner UFO Racing Team’s Klemen Gercar who was again looking reasonably comfortable on a chopped up Matterley Basin circuit. Chasing the red plate of Gercar was British Shane Carless and Czech Martin Michek.
Coming into the second half of the race the crowd was beginning to roar as their British Oakleaf Kawasaki rider Shane Carless begun pressuring the current MX3 point’s leader Gercar for the lead. A few laps later Carless impressively jumped over Gercar to take over the first place. While Carless proceeded to check out, Gercar was facing another challenger in the form of Martin Michek.
Michek and Gercar tossed back in forth the second place a few times before Michek sealed the deal and rode to a comfortable second place finish. Gercar kept a calm head to finish third in race two and take the round of Great Britain overall.
Taking home fourth was the wild card British rider Adam Chatfield with UFO Racing Team’s Petr Michalec rounding out the top five.
-- FIM MX1/MX2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 15, SUNDAY AUGUST 18, BASTOGNE, BELGUIM
-- Desalle delights home crowd as Ferris makes career milestone
The main races of the Belgian Grand Prix took place today in Bastogne and the 19000 people that crowed the Wallonie track could see their local hero Clement Desalle on the top of the podium, while Antonio Cairoli and Evgeny Bobryshev completed the top three. In MX2 Dean Ferris broke KTM’s winning hegemony by placing his Yamaha on the first step of the rostrum and Jordi Tixier and Glenn Coldenhoff were second and third respectively.
Jeffrey Herlings followed the doctor’s advice and yesterday evening went straight back home where tomorrow will have some further exams on his left shoulder. The Dutch rider still felt a lot of pain today, so he fears he will need to stay away from his KTM longer than expected.
Pauls Jonass won the sixth round of the EMX125 European Championship, while Brian Hsu obtained his maiden podium of the season in second and Nicolas Dercourt ended third. In the Honda EMX150 European Championship Filippo Grigoletto won the final race and took the red plate of the series, while Enzo Toriani and Mitchell Lewis completed the top three.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle achieved his main goal and won the Belgian Grand Prix in his front home crowd, something that he had never done before. In the first race he rode second behind Antonio Cairoli since the very beginning and when he tried to change the lines to catch him in the last lap, he made a mistake and he crashed. Fortunately for the Belgian, he could recover himself quickly and he crossed the finish line second. In the final race he reached the first corner behind Cairoli but Desalle managed to overtake him in the second turn and dominated the heat until the chequered flag.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli could not win his title in Bastogne, but he finished tight in forty-seven points with Desalle. The Italian obtained the Get Athena holeshot award in the first race and he led until the end, but in the second one he could not catch Desalle and he had to settle down with the second position. At the moment Cairoli leads the championship with 90 points advantage over Desalle and there are a maximum of 100 points left to win, so it is very likely that the Italian will be crowned 2013 FIM MX1 World Champion already after the first heat of the British Grand Prix next weekend.
Honda World Motocross’ Evgeny Bobryshev was back on the third step of the podium after finishing fourth and third in today’s races. The Russian explained that he is back on his full training program and they have also changed some settings of the suspensions of his bike, so he is now feeling much better and he believes he can also be racing for the top three positions in the races to come. Today Bobryshev only missed to have good starts, as he started around the sixth position in both heats. However, he managed to find the good rhythm and the good lines to move up some places in the beginning of the race. The Russian made a mistake in the first race when he was riding fourth, but he succeeded to recuperate such position by the end of the race.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Kevin Strijbos was a bit disappointed with his fourth overall positions because he felt he could have finished on the podium today. In the first race the Belgian had a really good start in third, but he admitted that he had no feeling with the track, he struggled a lot to find the good lines and he lacked the confidence in himself to keep his initial position. Strijbos made several mistakes which made him finish seventh. In the second race he also had a good start, but he went too wide in the first corner and dropped down several positions, but this time the Belgian was able to push hard and he was even able to overtake Jeremy Van Horebeek to finish fourth in the race and fourth overall in the Grand Prix.
The fifth overall position was for another Belgian rider; Jeremy Van Horebeek crossed the finish line fifth in both heats and he ended tight in thirty-two points with Strijbos. In the first race the Kawasaki Racing Team rider started around the twelfth place, but he was able to make an incredible recovery and he actually battled with Strijbos and Bobryshev during a long time for the fourth position. In the second race his start was much better, but he was only able to finish fifth again.
It was not a good weekend for Ken De Dycker, who was only able to finish sixth overall. In the first race the Belgian did not have a good start, but he succeeded to recuperate several positions very quickly, and after the first lap he was already sixth. De Dycker managed to move up to fifth after a couple of laps, but he then had a problem with his KTM and dropped down two positions. By the end of the race Strijbos was making quite a lot of mistakes in front of him and De Dycker passed him and crossed the finish line sixth. In the second race things were not much better for the Belgian and he ended eighth, which gave him the sixth overall position in the Grand Prix.
Tommy Searle had no good starts either and ended seventh overall after obtaining a 9-6 result. Shaun Simpson was eighth, and David Philippaerts, who managed to ride second during the first half of the secondrace, was ninth after crossing the finish line twelfth and seventh. Joel Roelants completed the top ten of his home Grand Prix.
Gautier Paulin rode a really strong first moto and he finished third, but he decided to retire from the second race while he was riding ninth. The French rider almost crashed with Simpson and he preferred not to take any risks, as he is coming from a heavy concussion on his head.
Sebastién Pourcel struggled a lot today in the Belgian track and he was only able to finish seventeenth overall.
MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:13.105; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:03.060; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:28.705; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:31.436; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:32.371; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:39.778; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.286; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:40.852; 9. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:48.607; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, TM), +0:58.034.
MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 39:22.241; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.296; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:24.930; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:27.905; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:28.518; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:29.982; 7. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), +0:47.488; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:20.260; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, Yamaha), +1:22.047; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:24.412;
MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 47 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 47 p.; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 38 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 32 p.; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 32 p.; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 28 p.; 7. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 27 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 24 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), 23 p.; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, Yamaha), 22 p.;
MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 690 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 600 p.; 3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 542 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 485 p.; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 469 p.; 6. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 431 p.; 7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 383 p.; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 314 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 276 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Honda), 268 p.
MX1 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 705 points; 2. Suzuki, 628 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 583 p.; 4. Honda, 466 p.; 5. Yamaha, 296 p.; 6. TM, 218 p.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Dean Ferris had a perfect weekend in Bastogne; yesterday he dominated the qualifying race and today he won the two races to obtain his first ever MX2 overall victory of his career. The Australian rider was able to have two good starts, and whereas in the first heat it took him a while to overtake his teammate Maxime Desprey who was leading the race, in the second one Ferris managed to make a quick move on Glenn Coldenhoff and he crossed the finish line first. The Australian was very happy with his overall victory, but he was also happy to have put his Yamaha on the top of the podium for the first time this season.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier had a very difficult weekend but he was happy for having been able to finish second overall. In both races a stone hit his goggles, and whereas in the first one he could keep them on until the end of the race, in the second one he had to take them off after the first five minutes. In the first race Tixier started third, but he lost one position with his compatriot Christophe Charlier because a lot of dirt was going into his goggles, but once he could see better, Tixier passed him back and finished second. The Red Bull KTM Factory rider was very confident to face the second heat, but having to race without goggles made him finish fifth.
Standing Construct KTM’s Glenn Coldenhoff had a bittersweet weekend because after a very tough first moto, the Dutch rider was able to obtain a strong second position in the final race. Coldenhoff admitted that he was not able to find the good lines and the good rhythm to ride with the front group and he could not stop the other riders to pass him and he finished eighth. However, in the second race he took the holeshot and he rode second behind Ferris during the whole heat. It is the second podium for Coldenhoff this season, so he is now looking forward to finishing among the top three in the last two Grand Prix.
There were many people in the paddock who were betting for José Butrón to be fighting for the overall victory today, but in the end the Spanish rider was only able to finish fourth overall. The KTM Silver Action rider did not have a good start in the first race and he was only able to finish seventh, but in the second one he obtained a consistent third position. Butrón finished in front of Christophe Charlier, so he keeps on holding the third position of the championship with only two more Grand Prix to go.
Wilvo Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Romain Febvre made a good performance this weekend and he obtained the overall fifth position. In the first race the young French rider started out of the top ten, but he was able to find the good rhythm to move up to the fifth place. In the second race he started fourth, and although Christophe Charlier overtook him in the beginning of the race, he was able to recuperate such position because his compatriot crash.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier was quite disappointed with his result today because he was also one of the clear favourites to fight for the first step of the podium. In the first race the French rider started fourth and he starred in a tough battle with Tixier and they exchanged the third position several times. In the end Charlier crossed the finish line third behind Tixier because Maxime Desprey moved from first to fourth. In the second race Charlier crashed when he was riding fourth behind Butrón and from then onwards he struggled to recuperate the rhythm and he ended seventh, which gave him the sixth overall place in the Grand Prix.
Maxime Desprey made the best performance of the season this weekend by finishing seventh overall. In the first race he obtained the Get Athena Holeshot Award and he was able to lead more than half of the race. However, the French rider got tired and he ended fourth. In the second heat, he could not start in the front and he struggled during the whole moto and finished eleventh.
Jake Nicholls was eighth overall, and Jason Clermont and Max Anstie completed the top ten. Young riders Jeremy Seewer and Tim Gajser ended eleventh and twelfth respectively.
MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 39:49.925; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:02.250; 3. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:08.949; 4. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Yamaha), +0:12.991; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:17.462; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), +0:22.893; 7. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:23.854; 8. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:25.969; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), +0:34.420; 10. Jason Clermont (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:38.677.
MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 40:04.608; 2. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:01.752; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:15.570; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:17.751; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:18.773; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:19.838; 7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.959; 8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.072; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:33.329; 10. Aleksandr Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +0:39.377.
MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 50 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 38 p.; 3. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 35 p.; 4. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 34 p.; 6. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 34 p.; 7. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Yamaha), 28 p.; 8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Jason Clermont (FRA, Kawasaki), 20 p.; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 20 p.
MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 692 points; 2. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 553 p.; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 470 p.; 4. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 439 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 412 p.; 6. Dean Ferris (AUS, Yamaha), 409 p.; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 370 p.; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Kawasaki), 306 p.; 9. Max Anstie (GBR, Suzuki), 302 p.; 10. Petar Petrov (BUL, Yamaha), 267 p.
MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 741 points; 2. Yamaha, 556 p.; 3. Kawasaki, 425 p.; 4. Suzuki, 326 p.; 5. Honda, 316 p.; 6. TM, 62 p.; 7. Husqvarna, 1 p.
MXGP BELGIUM – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1550m
Type of ground: intermediate ground
Temperature: 24° C
Weather conditions: changeable; sunny but with some showers during all day
Crowd attendance: 19000
The FIM Motocross World Championship its getting to its end and the upcoming week will be a special one because it will be celebrated the MXGP Festival in Matterley Basin, UK. During the 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th August up to eleven classes will race the unique British track of Matterley Basin and the MX1 and MX2 riders will take part in the sixteenth Grand Prix, the penultimate of the season.
-- Yamaha Report
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Dean Ferris will remember the 2013 Grand Prix of Belgium for a long time. The 23 year old Australian not only celebrated his first FIM Motocross World Championship victory but dominated the weekend on his YZ250F with Pole Position and wins in both MX2 motos. 19,000 spectators entered a temperate and cloudy Bastogne for the fifteenth round of seventeen in the current campaign. It was the site for the seventh podium result for YZ250F technology this year and Yamaha’s first triumph in 2013.
The tree-lined Sans Souci layout presented a quick and rutty course with the fine soil producing a slick and ‘attackable’ surface. Occasional showers partially helped soften the terrain, contain the dust and alternate areas of grip. Ferris collected his second Pole Position of the season with a good start and duel with world champion Jeffrey Herlings on Saturday. When the Dutchman crashed and subsequently ruled himself out of the meeting with a dislocated shoulder Ferris eased to the top spot and first pick in the gate.
The first Grand Prix moto saw all four Monster Energy Yamahas circulating in the top five as Maxime Desprey aced the holeshot and led the first three-quarters of the distance. The French rookie was unable to keep Ferris at bay until the chequered flag however and dropped back to (still) a career-best fourth place. Christophe Charlier was a solid third for three YZ250F in the first four slots. Misfortune for European Champion Mel Pocock who crashed out of the leading sect and had to retire with a damaged machine. The Brit then also had to stop in the second affair after becoming involved in a first turn pile-up.
With Ferris already toasting a first ’25 points’ the Aussie confidently strode away in the second race after dealing with the early attentions of Glen Coldenhoff. In a faultless and controlled run ‘111’ made sure of his achievement in some style. Charlier did not have the edge of speed that he displayed earlier in the day and a fall ruined his momentum. He crossed the line in seventh place – for sixth overall – and just in front of Desprey – seventh overall for a very strong weekend - to stay in touch for the battle for third place in the MX2 Championship.
Bastogne was home to the sixth round of eight in the European EMX125 series and Nicolas Dercourt shone on the YZ125 with third place and a cool podium finish one week after a similar result in the FIM Junior World Championship. The French teenager is now second in the series standings.
The MX2 class title might have already been won but the final podium positions are still up for grabs and Charlier current stands 4th on 439 points and 31 from Jose Butron with 100 left to win. Ferris is 6th and only 3 away from Coldenhoff in 5th. Mel Pocock holds 13th while Desprey retains 16th.
The FIM Motocross World Championship will speed into its final phases in the coming three weeks with Grands Prix in Great Britain and Holland bringing the calendar to a close before the 67th Motocross of Nations (with Christophe Charlier and Dean Ferris both set to represent their countries) taking place at Teutschenthal in Germany on September 29th.
Dean Ferris - “It was a perfect weekend really and it was key to get two good starts here which is what I did. The first moto was tough and it took me a long time to get around my team-mate. My goggles were finished and as soon as I passed him I threw them off and that was a relief for me. I clocked out some good lap-times and controlled the race. In the second moto I immediately passed Coldenhoff and we jostled for the lead a little bit until I could drop the hammer and make a gap of around seven seconds. I managed that the whole way and nothing crazy happened and I didn’t make any mistakes. The track seemed to suit me both days. When Jeffrey [Herlings, world champion] went home last night I think all of the guys in MX2 thought they would give it a really good go today and I’m proud that I took both motos. I’ve won a GP now so the ‘monkey is off the back’ and I think the Matterley Basin track up next will be good for me. I haven’t raced there but was a spectator in 2011 and there are plenty of ruts and hopefully I can carry this form into next weekend. It is special that we broke the KTM streak in the class and gave Yamaha our first win of the season, so I’m also proud of that. I am one of four Australians to be on a GP podium and also to win and to be in the record books with Reed, McFarlane and Leisk is pretty special. At the beginning of the year I had a goal of winning a grand prix. I knew I’d be super-stoked if it happened and I’m pumped that I actually got one.”
Christophe Charlier - “In the first race I had a good start and worked towards a solid third. I had to fight to fourth in the second moto but then had a crash. I found it difficult to pass the other riders and keep my rhythm. I lost what points I gained in the first moto but racing can go like this. I am now focussed on what I have to do next week in England. Everything is still possible in this championship.”
Maxime Desprey - “This was my best Grand Prix yet. In the first race I took the holeshot and I was first for around twenty-five minutes; it was pretty crazy! I tried not to make any mistakes but near the end it was a bit more difficult with a lot of pressure from the guys behind. Anyway I finished fourth and that’s my best result. In the second race my start wasn’t so bad and I was behind Tixier for a long time. I tried to pass him but started to get a bit tired by the end. The whole weekend was a good learning experience and I’m happy.”
19,000 spectators packed the Grand Prix of Belgium and the fifteenth fixture of the FIM Motocross World Championship as Monster Energy Yamaha’s Joel Roelants rode to tenth position overall on his works YZ450FM. The Ardennes location was typically scenic and rural but the soft dirt of the layout provided a bumpy and slick track that was complicated further by infrequent spells of light rain.
Roelants home Grand Prix did not begin in the best way with a tumble in Saturday’s qualification heat forcing a retirement and a lowly pick in the gate for the motos on Sunday. From this adversity the Belgian responded in determined and aggressive style. ‘34’ pushed to the fringes of the top ten in the first race of 35 minutes and 2 laps duration and a battle with Tanel Leok eventually ended with eleventh place. In the second outing Roelants set a better speed in the latter half of the moto. His fitness and condition showed as he gained two positions in the closing stages and was less than two seconds from relegating Ken De Dycker to ninth spot. With 11-9 Joel grabbed the last overall slot near the top zone of the leaderboard and is twelfth in the world championship standings.
Milko Potisek, in his third and most likely final appearance on the YZ450FM as a substitute for Steven Frossard, was thirteenth in the final MX1 listing and was happier with his second moto result of eleventh, that was two places higher than his efforts in the first sprint.
JK Racing’s Shaun Simpson was the best YZ450F pilot on the day with a strong performance and classification of eighth for the Belgian GP. Monster Energy Yamaha will now look to the final two meetings of the year and Grands Prix at Matterley Basin (Great Britain – also the second ever MXGP Festival with eleven categories competing on the same weekend) and Lierop (the Netherlands).
Joel Roelants - “In the first Heat I took a pretty good start but had to come right from the outside. I was around seventeenth and passed some guys on the first lap to reach the top ten. I spent the whole race fighting with Leok and he had some better lines and I was struggling slightly. I was too slow at the start of the second Heat and towards the end it went better this time and I could pass Simpson and Potisek and was really close to De Dycker. The second moto was OK. The track was really good today with some nice jumps and corners. It was pretty stony but overall pretty good.”
Milko Potisek - “It was a good weekend and I’m happy with the second moto. My goal was to finish in the top nine and I didn’t manage that, so a little disappointed even if my riding was good and I have to be satisfied. This was my last race with Monster Energy Yamaha and the Rinaldi guys so I’m a bit sad about this but I want to say a big thanks for giving me the chance to ride these three Grands Prix.”
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