RAMON 6TH ON BRAZILIAN MX1 GATE2011-05-21 16:15
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1's Steve Ramon completed the Qualification Heat at Indaiatuba in sixth position to seal the same slot in the start gate for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday. Team-mate and FIM Motocross World Championship leader Clement Desalle set the quickest time in free practice but several mistakes in the Heat race left the Belgian fighting from the rear of the pack and he crossed the finish line in 12th.
The compact, twisty and jumpy circuit north-west of Sao Paolo was a tricky test for the riders but Desalle and Ramon adapted quickly. Ramon altered his rear suspension to deal with the slippery hard-pack and Desalle, winner only last Sunday, was first and then second in the two practice sessions.
The two Suzuki riders touched at the start of the 20 minute and 2 lap sprint and when Desalle erred and crashed on the first circulation he was lucky not to be hit by Ramon. Number '25' rallied back through the field but another two slips caused setbacks and he did well to end the race in 12th, nursing a sore left leg. Ramon enjoyed several tussles and held off Ken De Dycker on the last lap for his ranking.
More fine weather is predicted for race-day although the early sunset could pose a problem for the MX1 racers as their second moto begins at 16.00.
"Today was good. Straightaway from the beginning of the day my riding was fast. We changed the rear suspension a little bit for the timed practice. Things went well and I had a good spot for the gate but I struggled a little bit at the beginning because Clement made a mistake and I touched his rear wheel. He then crashed on the third corner and I hit his bike. I was a bit lucky but I had to recover from that. It is not an easy track and I didn't take any risks for tomorrow."
"My start wasn't so good and I was close to the top five. Barragan was ahead of me and put his leg out to do the corner and I touched it with my front wheel and crashed. I restarted and came back well but crashed two more times. I made some laps to see where I could come back to and managed 12th, which is not too bad in the situation; tomorrow is another day! I have a bit of pain in my leg but it should be OK. I am close to the top 10 for the gate and that will be OK. I think even without a good start I can push for the win."
MX1 Qualification Heat result: 1. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 25:39.954; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:13.388; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:20.058; 4. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:24.180; 5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:28.134; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), +0:30.058; 7. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha), +0:33.259; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:35.395; 9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:37.246; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:39.234. 12. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1), +0:49.813.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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