Results MotoCross World Championship, Bellpuig, Spain

2007-04-16 06:10
De Dycker sixth for CAS Honda in Spanish weather reversal

CAS Honda's Ken de Dycker raced to sixth position overall today at a surprisingly sunny and warm Bellpuig venue for the Grand Prix of Spain, the second round of the 2007 MX1 World Championship.

After the near perfect conditions at the series opener in Holland two weeks ago the April rains fell hard over Catalunya as the event opened. Saturday's practice and qualification schedule were scraped after heavy downpours on Friday evening washed out the venue and flooded the track. On Sunday morning the sky was again ominous but
the clouds dispersed and warm spring sunshine rapidly dried the course creating a rough, rutty and predominantly one-line track.

For the second meeting in succession Josh Coppins owned the MX1
class, on this occasion from Kevin Strijbos and Max Nagl; the latter
becoming the first German rider to take a podium since 2002 and the
maiden silverware for his country in the MX1 class.

De Dycker suffered with starts that placed him in the mid top ten on
the first lap of each moto. The Belgian held fourth at one stage in
race one but dropped back to sixth after a spill, he then pushed up
to third in Moto2 but again struggled with arm-pump and his lap-times
dropped away to leave him down in ninth place.

His team-mate Mike Brown led the opening sprint after a lively start
but, like De Dycker, felt the affects of the bumpy mud and was struck
by arm-pump, he completed the 35 minute plus 2 lap race distance back
in twelfth. The American was luckless later in the afternoon after he
ran off the track on the first lap and had to work his way back into
a point-scoring position; he managed 13th by the chequered flag. The
veteran walked away with an overall ranking of 12th..

It was an unfortunate Grand Prix for Martin Honda. Antoine Meo, still
nursing a weakened left knee, pulled out of both races after a crash
in the first moto left the Frenchman with an even more painful joint
that he could barely move after the lunch break. The Italian quads
MX2 representative Ryan Mills was unable to qualify after failing to
register a lap-time quick enough in the wet morning Timed Practice
and was outside of the top thirty cut-off mark.

Multitek Honda's James Noble - after rushing to post twenty-first
position in the morning Timed Practice - was 14th overall and claimed
a best moto finish of tenth. He was running within the first eight in
the second race but a crash approaching the step-ups dropped him to 16th.

Coppins heads the young MX1 points table by nineteen points from
Strijbos who in turn holds a four point advantage over Barragan..

Antonio Cairoli won an excellent MX2 Grand Prix by defeating
Christophe Pourcel on the last lap of the second moto. The Sicilian
leads Tyla Rattray, who was third overall by 15 points in the world
championship standings, Pourcel is a further point behind.

The third round of the 15 round series takes place next weekend,
April 21 - 22 with the Grand Prix of Portugal at the Agueda circuit.

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda: "The first heat was pretty good until I
fell, and then I could not get going again. I still took sixth which
was OK. In the second heat my start was good and I made some
positions but after 15 minutes I could not hold the bike anymore. The
track was difficult but it was the same for everybody; I just
struggled with the pain today."

Mike Brown, CAS Honda: "I got a good start in the first moto but got
arm-pump really bad. I worked my way back but couldn't hold onto the
clutch. All week I practiced hard-pack and ruts but we get here and
there was so much rain and the track was really rough. I got tight in
the first one and then in the next I had a crash when I ran a little
wide and into the fence. I rode my hardest after that, back to 13th.
It was not the best. It was hard to pass out there. It took me two or
three laps just to get around the guys who were slower in front of
me. I think this was one of the ruttiest tracks I have ever ridden."

Antoine Meo, Martin Honda: "It was difficult for me today with the
state of the mud and my weak knee.In the morning I did not really get
a good time and then the track was so rutty when it started to dry.
In the first moto I crashed and caused more damage to my knee. I
tried to continue but it was too painful. I attempted the second moto
and did not start too badly, in twelfth but my knee had swollen and I
could hardly bend it so I could not finish. Now I will try to find a
solution so that I can compete next week nearer to my normal condition."

Ryan Mills, Martin Honda: "It has been a difficult road so far. I am
not making any excuses but I have not had much luck. I got hurt a
while ago, came back and then got hurt again. I had to take another
two weeks off and missed Valkenswaard. It all took its toll. I flew
back only four days before this race and did not get to ride or
train. I feel that it is coming around though. I went out there this
morning and in those muddy conditions anything can happen. I could
not get my head straight. My trainer and I and my mechanic Marcus as
well as Team Manager Paolo, we are all working very hard and things
are going to come around for sure. This is a learning year for me and
I am getting to grips with the tracks, just like it would be for any
Europeans to come to America. I am definitely disappointed about this
weekend but I am looking forward to Portugal."

James Noble, Multitek Honda: "I got a mega start in the first race
and was in seventh but got held up by backmarkers and struggled to
pass them because the track was so 'one-line'. A few people nipped
past me and I ended up tenth which was a little bit disappointing. I
had another good launch in the second moto, especially from my
position in the gate, but slipped off just before the step-ups and
had problems with my arms trying to come back from that."


Results Motocross

MX1 Race 1 (18 laps = 27.828 Km) )
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Yamaha / 39:57.248
2 / Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki / 40:17.131
3 / Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki / 40:18.683
4 / Barragan, Jonathan / ESP / KTM / 40:18.973
5 / Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM / 40:41.518
6 / de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Honda / 40:46.859
7 / Nemeth, Kornel / HUN / Suzuki / 40:47.150
8 / Philippaerts, David / ITA / KTM / 41:04.680
9 / Leok, Tanel / EST / Kawasaki / 41:09.771
10 / Noble, James / GBR / Honda / 41:10.676
11 / Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki / 41:35.474
12 / Brown, Mike / USA / Honda / 41:35.841
13 / Coulon, Cyrille / FRA / Honda / 41:42.120
14 / de Reuver, Marc / NED / Yamaha / 41:55.085
15 / Allier, Thomas / FRA / Kawasaki / 42:00.720


MX1 Race 2 (19 laps = 29.374 Km )
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Yamaha / 40:24.251
2 / Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM / 40:36.736
3 / Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki / 40:39.703
4 / Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki / 40:42.620
5 / Mackenzie, Billy / GBR / Kawasaki / 40:46.408
6 / Barragan, Jonathan / ESP / KTM / 40:54.814
7 / Leok, Tanel / EST / Kawasaki / 41:07.362
8 / Philippaerts, David / ITA / KTM / 41:12.034
9 / de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Honda / 41:16.143
10 / de Reuver, Marc / NED / Yamaha / 41:18.513
11 / Allier, Thomas / FRA / Kawasaki / 41:20.161
12 / Priem, Manuel / BEL / TM / 41:26.395
13 / Brown, Mike / USA / Honda / 41:56.888
14 / Leok, Aigar / EST / Yamaha / 41:59.672
15 / Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki / 42:00.808

Fastest Lap: COPPINS Joshua in 2:04.826 on lap 6

MX1 World Motocross Championship Standings
Pos Rider Total
1 Coppins, J. 97, 2 Strijbos, K. 78, 3 Barragan, J. 74, 4 Nagl, M.
63, 5 Ramon, Steve 63,
6 de Dycker, Ken 61, 7 de Reuver, M. 53, 8 Leok, Tanel EST 43, 9
Noble, James 40,
10 Brown, Mike 36, 11 Pourcel, S 36, 12 Mackenzie, B. GBR 29, 13
Priem, Manuel BEL 28,
14 Nemeth, Kornel HUN 27, 15 Philippaerts, D. ITA 26.



MX2 Race 1 (18 laps = 27.828 Km))
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Pourcel, Christophe / FRA / Kawasaki / 41:28.206
2 / Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha / 41:29.127
3 / Eggens, Erik / NED / Suzuki / 42:22.015
4 / Rattray, Tyla / RSA / KTM / 42:31.945
5 / Leuret, Pascal / FRA / Honda / 42:55.454
6 / Searle, Tommy / GBR / KTM / 43:01.620
7 / Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha / 43:09.096
8 / Schiffer, Marcus / GER / KTM / 43:16.863
9 / van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / KTM / 43:17.231
10 / Seistola, Matti / FIN / Honda / 43:23.278
11 / Church, Tom / GBR / Kawasaki / 43:28.732
12 / Gundersen, Kenneth / NOR / Yamaha / 43:39.148
13 / Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki / 43:42.660
14 / Nunn, Carl / GBR / Yamaha / 43:44.667
15 / Dougan, Jason / GBR / Suzuki / 43:46.024

Fastest Lap: CAIROLI Antonio in 2:13.137 on lap 15


MX2 Race 2 (19 laps = 29.374 Km))
Pos / Rider / Nat. / Bike / Time
1 / Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha / 40:54.529
2 / Pourcel, Christophe / FRA / Kawasaki / 40:55.413
3 / Rattray, Tyla / RSA / KTM / 41:32.255
4 / Searle, Tommy / GBR / KTM / 41:35.842
5 / Aubin, Nicolas / FRA / Yamaha / 41:40.247
6 / Leuret, Pascal / FRA / Honda / 41:48.343
7 / Bonini, Matteo / ITA / Yamaha / 42:07.500
8 / Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha / 42:14.845
9 / Boog, Xavier / FRA / Yamaha / 42:17.209
10 / Seistola, Matti / FIN / Honda / 42:22.640
11 / Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki / 42:27.274
12 / Simpson, Shaun / GBR / Kawasaki / 42:31.176
13 / Schiffer, Marcus / GER / KTM / 42:44.023
14 / Gundersen, Kenneth / NOR / Yamaha / 42:46.873
15 / Church, Tom / GBR / Kawasaki / 42:58.519

Fastest Lap: CAIROLI Antonio in 2:06.141 on lap 18


MX2 World Motocross Championship Standings
Pos Rider Total
1 Cairoli, A. 97, 2 Rattray, Tyla 82, 3 Pourcel, C. 81, 4 Eggens,
Erik 54, 5 Leuret, Pascal 53,
6 Gundersen, K. 50, 7 Schiffer, M. 48, 8 Searle, Tommy 44, 9 Aubin,
Nicolas 44,
10 Swanepoel, G. 41, 11 Seistola, M. 39, 12 Monni, Manuel 34, 13
Boissiere, A. 26,
14 Frossard, S. 25, 15 Boog, Xavier 25.

Source: Honda Pro Image

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