Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle’s brutal crash at MXGP of Maggiora last weekend shook him up but clearly didn’t get him down. Lining up today in Teutschenthal, the Belgian used his typical poised and super smooth style to claim his fourth MXGP overall this year with his second and first place finishes. “I am really happy with this result because I didn’t get to ride in the week after I injured my hand in Maggiora after my big crash last weekend. On Wednesday my hand was still big so I couldn’t ride, but I felt good today and I could win, so everything is good.”
After an eight week hiatus due to an unpreventable accident where an amateur crashed in front of him while training, the local legend Team HRC’s Max Nagl defied the odds today claiming second overall at his home Grand Prix. There is not one person who couldn’t help but smile for the humble German when he put in an awe-inspiring performance to claim the first race victory, but unfortunately his chance at the overall came undone after a terrible start in moto two.
Nothing less is expected of ‘Mr. Consistency’ Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek than yet another podium. Third place here in Teutschenthal makes it ten in a row for the Belgian who mentioned in the press conference he had spent the week resting due to sickness.
Meanwhile the other of Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s dynamic duo Kevin Strijbos had more or less and up and down weekend. A tangle in race one saw the Belgian only work his way to seventh after struggling to find his rhythm, but come race two, his mojo was back and so was his flow, allowing him to round out the weekend with a second place finish for fourth overall.
A ‘bad’ weekend for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli as he battled a virus to take a respectable fourth and fifth place finish for fifth overall. The reigning champ still holds onto the red plate, leading the championship by twenty-five points on Clement Desalle.
MXGP Race 1 top ten: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), 35:05.736; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:01.314; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:09.685; 4. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:10.918; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:11.663; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:43.193; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:47.214; 8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:53.044; 9. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:55.988; 10. Milko Potisek (FRA, Yamaha), +1:00.682
MXGP Race 2 top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 35:11.077; 2. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:06.867; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:18.229; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:23.148; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:26.615; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:28.055; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Honda), +0:29.208; 8. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:30.926; 9. Dennis Ullrich (GER, KTM), +0:40.411; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), +0:43.911
MXGP Overall top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 47 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 39 p.; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 38 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 36 p.; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 34 p.; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 31 p.; 7. Tommy Searle (GBR, KAW), 26 p.; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 25 p.; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 20 p.; 10. Milko Potisek (FRA, YAM), 20 p.
MXGP World Championship Classification Top Ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 477 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 452 p.; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 440 p.; 4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 350 p.; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 242 p.; 6. Steven Frossard (FRA, KAW), 237 p.; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, KAW), 205 p.; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HON), 205 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 185 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 184 p.
It doesn’t matter what type of surface the race delivers, there is no stopping Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings. Even a fall in race one, proving ‘The Bullet’ is in fact human, wasn’t enough to slow the nineteen-year-old motocross sensation down. A twenty-one second lead in race one after crashing a few laps in, followed by a whopping forty-one second lead in race two, the Flying Dutchman dominated once again to claim his first ever win here at the German circuit of Teutschenthal.
A stand out performance for the guy named as MX2’s ‘next big thing’, Honda Gariboldi’s Tim Gajser claimed two convincing second place scores which he celebrated with a huge whip over the finish line. At just seventeen years old the humble Slovenian said “I tried to follow Jeffrey but he was too fast, so I was two times second and I am happy because usually I have one bad race and one good race but today I was really good in both races, so I just want to keep going.”
Although Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier didn’t have anything for the top two this weekend, the young Frenchman looked to have upped his intensity nonetheless. Keeping his bike low to the ground while wheeling through the waves, he made a series of impressive passes which took him to third in race two. His third place combined with his fourth place finish in race one was enough for him to stand on the third step of the podium.
Another star on the rise Standing Construct KTM’s Valentin Guillod didn’t get off to the greatest of starts this weekend but the Swiss worked hard and pushed forward to wrap up sixth in race one and rounded out the weekend with an impressive ride for fourth in race two landing him in fourth overall
Meanwhile the kid with the heart of a lion, Wilvo Nestaan Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Romain Febvre fought his way home for a fifth and a sixth in the races to round out the top five in MX2.
Luke Styke carded 13th and 19th place finishes. “After having been off the bike this was a good race. I was feeling good on the track and had no pain anymore. The first race went really good. I had a good start and was able to fight with the riders in front of me for quiet a while. I was happy to finish 13th in my first race coming back. In the second race I had an average start but I felt exhausted throughout. I couldn’t push anymore and finished 19th. I didn’t get a lot time on the bike coming into this race, so I kind of expected this. Overall this gives confidence for the next races so I’m looking forward to Sweden.”
With the sun sneaking through the thick cloud cover that has hovered over the circuit of Teutschenthal this weekend, race two of round five of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship kicked off with the dominating force being none other than the round one winner and early red plate holder Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge.
In race one yesterday German fans were brought to their feet with local lady Anne Borchers taking the holeshot. With the top ten riders in the WMX championship this year riding faster than ever, the German couldn’t maintain that position and eventually dropped back to a respectable seventh.
Meanwhile the wild card rider all the way from Brazil, Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Marianna Balbi took the lead on lap one and took charge of the first few laps. As the race approached midway the red plate holder Fonta MX Yamaha Racing’s Chiara Fontanesi dropped the hammer pushing past the SEL supported rider to take over the lead. With Balbi dropping back to second she was left to deal with a ton of pressure from her temporary Bud Racing Kawasaki teammate Meghan Rutledge who eventually found a way through in the final stages of the race. Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot crashed while battling with Balbi and Rutledge for second but managed to recover for fourth with Team Dragon Moto’s Stephanie Laier rounding out the top five.
With the drop of the gate for race two, Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge was on a clear mission to take back control of the WMX Championship. The Australian wonder took a massive holeshot leading the red plate holder and race one winner Fonta MX Yamaha Racing’s Chiara Fontanesi around turn one. Despite a brief effort to pressure the girl nicknamed “Mad Meg” for the win, the Italian couldn’t match her blistering speed and ended up coming home in second.
Meanwhile another bad start for Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot left her searching for lines to pass as she put in a tremendous effort to inch her way forward. Come mid race, the French super star had caught up to her long time rival Team Dragon Moto’s Stephanie Laier resulting in a ‘battle of the former champions’ duel for third.
With Laier going wide on a muddy section of the track, Lancelot charged in hard on the gas straight through the middle of the slop to take over the position and maintain it all the way to the finish. Laier kept the twenty-five year old honest, but with the waving of the checkered flag, the German lady had to be content with fourth.
Young Dutch lass onboard her YZ125 two-stroke machine rode solid for fifth, while yesterday’s freshest face in the class Marianna Balbi, started strong but appeared to lose her rhythm mid race meaning she would only come home for eighth.
At the end of the weekend, Australia’s hottest export Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Meghan Rutledge took her third WMX overall of the season, while Fonta MX Yamaha Racing’s Chiara Fontanesi did enough for second. Team One One Four’s Livia Lancelot rounded off the podium with Team Dragon Moto’s Stephanie Laier taking fourth and Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Marianna Balbi rounding out the top five.
As for the championship, Fontanesi will hold onto the red plate with a four point advantage over the nineteen-year-old Rutledge, while Lancelot and Laier, thanks to the absence of Hitachi Construction Machinery UK KTM’s Natalie Kane, have moved up to third and fourth respectively.
WMX Championship Standings Top Ten: 1. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, YAM), 210 points; 2. Meghan Kat Rutledge (AUS, KAW), 206 p.; 3. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KAW), 187 p.; 4. Stephanie Laier (GER, SUZ), 176 p.; 5. Natalie Kane (IRL, KTM), 151 p.; 6. Nancy Van De Ven (NED, YAM), 150 p.; 7. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, SUZ), 144 p.; 8. Anne Borchers (GER, SUZ), 120 p.; 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, HUS), 111 p.; 10. Francesca Nocera (ITA, SUZ), 88 p.
For the kids that stood trackside admiring the circuit of Teutschenthal late last year as it hosted what was possibly the greatest Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations to date, this weekend gave them their turn to let it rip around the iconic circuit as they fought to add points to their European Championship EMX125 campaigns.
With this weekend marking round five of the championship, a spanner was thrown in the works with the championship points leader Red Bull KTM Racing’s Davy Pootjes crashing out of race one and dislocating his shoulder. The Dutchman, who had a fifty-seven point lead coming into this weekend, later announced on Twitter that his shoulder had been popped back in and he would try to race today, but after a few laps of warm-up this morning he pulled into the pits due to his shoulder popping out once again. The sixteen year old later told MXGP host Amy Dargan, “I will go and see a specialist tomorrow and come back 100% for the next round in Czech Republic”.
With Pootjes DNF’ing race one, last rounds victor Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Brian Hsu took full advantage, winning the race to take a twenty-five point chunk out of his arch rivals lead. Meanwhile De Carli KTM’s latest Italian prodigy Joakin Furbetta came home in second ahead of KTM Silver Actions Michael Ivanov in third.
The gate drop for race two this morning officially deemed war as the little rippers on their 125cc two-strokes went neck and neck around turn one. De Carli KTM’s Joakin Furbetta narrowly led the way ahead of race one winner Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Brian Hsu and Mafi Yamaha MX Team’s Alvin Ostlund.
With Furbetta throwing scrubs over every hump and jump on the circuit the fans were cheering in admiration. Meanwhile the local hero Hsu was starting to turn up the heat and it wasn’t long before the German made a pass that would stick. Upon taking over the lead, the ‘Brian Hsu Show’ was in full swing as the young local stormed his way to yet another convincing victory for his first perfect score this season.
Meanwhile behind the two front-runners, Hsu and Furbetta, an eternal battle for third was blooming. Diga Racing’s Tomass Sileika had carved his way forward and was all of a sudden hot on the heels of Ostlund. With Sileika showing a wheel at every opportunity, Ostlund knew third place would be no easy feat and after bartering for at least half the race Sileika managed to take the advantage. Refusing to back down, the young Swede Ostlund kept pushing hard chasing the Latvian Sileika all the way to the finish to literally cross the line at the same time.
In the end, it was Hsu who took his home round victory in style ahead of Italian Furbetta. Meanwhile Sileika was the successor in the duel for third, winning by no more than a hair over Ostland. Coming home in fifth Team 200 Energy’s Filippo Zonta charged hard from tenth place for his best result of the season
Mixing the results from both races, Hsu stood top of the box for the second time in succession, ahead of Furbetta who bagged his best result of the season. Sileika rounded off the podium while Ostlund was forced to settle for fourth. HSF Logistics Motorsport Team’s Max Engelen rounded out the top five.
The next round of the European Championships EMX125 will take place in the Czech Republic on the weekend of July 27. Pootjes holds onto the red plate with Hsu trailing by seven.
EMX125 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Brian Hsu (GER, Suzuki), 28:55.880; 2. Joakin Furbetta (ITA, KTM), +0:07.267; 3. Michael Ivanov (BUL, KTM), +0:11.353; 4. David Herbreteau (FRA, Yamaha), +0:18.431; 5. Tomass Sileika (LAT, KTM), +0:19.564; 6. Alvin Ostlund (SWE, Yamaha), +0:20.011; 7. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), +0:28.479; 8. Dušan Drdaj (CZE, Yamaha), +0:39.761; 9. Max Engelen (NED, KTM), +0:45.769; 10. Ivan Petrov (BUL, KTM), +0:50.566.
EMX125 Overall Top Ten: 1. Brian Hsu (GER, SUZ), 50 points; 2. Joakin Furbetta (ITA, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Tomass Sileika (LAT, KTM), 36 p.; 4. Alvin Ostlund (SWE, YAM), 33 p.; 5. Max Engelen (NED, KTM), 26 p.; 6. David Herbreteau (FRA, YAM), 26 p.; 7. Filippo Zonta (ITA, KTM), 25 p.; 8. Dušan Drdaj (CZE, YAM), 25 p.; 9. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 25 p.; 10. Michael Ivanov (BUL, KTM), 25 p.
EMX125 Championship Standings Top Ten: 1. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 185 points; 2. Brian Hsu (GER, SUZ), 178 p.; 3. Alvin Ostlund (SWE, YAM), 158 p.; 4. David Herbreteau (FRA, YAM), 136 p.; 5. Tomass Sileika (LAT, KTM), 131 p.; 6. Joakin Furbetta (ITA, KTM), 129 p.; 7. Michael Ivanov (BUL, KTM), 98 p.; 8. Dan Houzet (FRA, KTM), 90 p.; 9. Filippo Zonta (ITA, KTM), 80 p.; 10. Max Engelen (NED, KTM), 77 p.
Albie Wilkie took the overall win in Teutschenthal and with it the lead of the Honda 150 European Championship after taking the chequered flag in race two on Sunday
Jere Haavisto was forced to settle for fourth overall after crashing from first on lap seven, but the flying Fin must be given credit for his courage having cracked his shoulder blade just three weeks ago.
In near-perfect conditions in East Germany, the Teutschenthal crowd were again treated to close and competitive racing as Europe’s finest young motocross riders did battle.
Wilkie led the field away and although he momentarily lost the lead to Haavisto, the young Brit held his nerve to make it back-to-back Grand Prix wins.
Albin Larsen finished second overall after another strong ride aboard his CRF150R, while Eric Schwella took the final place on the rostrum having chosen to compete in the four-stroke series for the first time this year.
The fight for the Honda 150 European Championship title will resume in the Czech Republic on July 26.
Albie Wilkie #51 – “The race went really well, I got a good start and thought I was going to win but then Jere came and challenged me in the middle of the race. It was tough but I was pleased I kept my cool. I saw Jere fall and it’s never nice seeing things like that but it happens in racing and I hope he’s ok. I’m over the moon to be leading the championship now as well, I’m speechless.”
Davy Dousselaere, Honda Europe Off-Road Manager – “The new riders really impressed me and it’s been another fantastic weekend of close racing throughout the field. It’s great to see top riders from the European 85cc series like Filip Olsson, who got the holeshot, come over to the Honda 150 European Championship because they see how we mix with the professional riders in the same paddock, on the same track and part of the same weekend. I was also pleased that the range of lap times was smaller than ever as the riders continue to improve under the tuition of Gordon Crockard.”
EMX150 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Jere Haavisto (FIN, Honda), 24:58.790; 2. Albie Wilkie (GBR, Honda), +0:00.481; 3. Eric Schwella (GER, Honda), +0:34.125; 4. Filip Olsson (SWE, Honda), +0:34.689; 5. Albin Larsen (SWE, Honda), +0:35.143; 6. Quentin Delbrassinne (BEL, Honda), +1:06.297; 7. Tatu Junnola (FIN, Honda), +1:18.942; 8. Tristan-Alexander Tavares (RSA, Honda), +1:20.942; 9. Max Erlandsson (SWE, Honda), +1:23.061; 10. Brian Van Der Klij (NED, Honda), +1:23.367
EMX150 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Albie Wilkie (GBR, Honda), 25:15.288; 2. Albin Larsen (SWE, Honda), +0:11.962; 3. Eric Schwella (GER, Honda), +0:35.098; 4. Matias Murto (FIN, Honda), +0:41.233; 5. Tatu Junnola (FIN, Honda), +0:50.388; 6. Quentin Delbrassinne (BEL, Honda), +0:57.793; 7. Max Erlandsson (SWE, Honda), +1:03.110; 8. Filip Olsson (SWE, Honda), +1:07.161; 9. Tim Edberg (SWE, Honda), +1:09.044; 10. Brian Van Der Klij (NED, Honda), +1:17.07
EMX150 Overall Top Ten: 1. Albie Wilkie (GBR, HON), 47 points; 2. Eric Schwella (GER, HON), 40 p.; 3. Albin Larsen (SWE, HON), 38 p.; 4. Jere Haavisto (FIN, HON), 34 p.; 5. Filip Olsson (SWE, HON), 31 p.; 6. Tatu Junnola (FIN, HON), 30 p.; 7. Quentin Delbrassinne (BEL, HON), 30 p.; 8. Matias Murto (FIN, HON), 28 p.; 9. Max Erlandsson (SWE, HON), 26 p.; 10. Brian Van Der Klij (NED, HON), 22 p.
EMX150 Championship Standings Top Ten: 1. Albie Wilkie (GBR, HON), 133 points; 2. Jere Haavisto (FIN, HON), 123 p.; 3. Albin Larsen (SWE, HON), 97 p.; 4. Matias Murto (FIN, HON), 89 p.; 5. Tatu Junnola (FIN, HON), 81 p.; 6. Quentin Delbrassinne (BEL, HON), 73 p.; 7. Damian Bergevoet (NED, HON), 72 p.; 8. Brian Van Der Klij (NED, HON), 65 p.; 9. Max Erlandsson (SWE, HON), 56 p.; 10. Rick Elzinga (NED, HON), 47 p.
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