KULLAS 10TH IN BRAZILIAN MX2 MUD

2012-05-20 19:13
The Grand Prix of Brazil saw Harri Kullas take his Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe RM-Z250 to 10h position across a wet and muddy Beto Carrero circuit.

Heavy rain on Saturday evening and throughout Sunday morning turned the track into a tacky and boggy prospect that immediately became rough and rutty. Poor visibility was just one of the small difficulties for riders unable to make a start in the top five and the weight of soil stuck to the bikes was also a factor. It was demanding as much for the racers as it was for the machinery.

Some 42,000 spectators (weekend figure) travelled to the superb theme park resort and although the races became a lottery, the set-up and lively atmosphere of the grand prix raised the bar for the FIM Motocross World Championship to-date.

Kullas and team mate Petar Petrov both waged their own battles with the terrain in the first moto when the conditions were wetter and less predictable. Petrov had to pit for a change of gloves and goggles and Kullas did his best to find a slot inside the top 10 despite a cautious approach. The Finn finally obtained 10th while the Bulgarian was 14th with an RM-Z250 running extremely hot due to the extreme nature of the track.

The second outing took place under brighter skies and across a ruttier and drier surface. Kullas again maintained a pace that kept him in the top half of the leaderboard - taking ninth - while Petrov was once more 14th after swallowing fencing in his rear wheel. The teenager was also f14th overall.

In the MX2 World Championship table, Kullas holds 10th position and is just nine points behind Dylan Ferrandis in eighth. Petrov has been gaining points steadily and rests 13th.

Grands Prix in France, Portugal and Belgium now follow for Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe with the first outing at St Jean D'Angely - host of the 2011 Motocross of Nations - on June 3rd.

Harri Kullas:

"We had some rain today! There was so much mud on top of yesterday's lines. It was OK at the beginning of the first moto but later I started to ride too carefully and was too slow. I lost positions and finished 10th. I had a little bit of a better start in the second moto and passed a few guys and tried different lines but it was not easy at all and with a few mistakes I lost a lot of time. I was disappointed I couldn't pass Anstie or Lupino because it was all mainly one line. I'm not really happy with the weekend. We just have to look to France now."

Petar Petrov:

"I don't know what to say...the track was so gnarly and difficult. I started the first race with fifth position but then I crashed on the third lap. It was not easy and I had to stop in the Pit Lane for more goggles and gloves. I made it up to 13th but had a few technical problems and took 14th. In the second race I caught the green fence in my rear wheel on the first lap and that meant I had virtually the whole of the moto without a rear brake. It was not the best weekend but I was happy on Saturday with two eighth positions in practice and a seventh place in the Heat race. It is getting better and better for me each Grand Prix and I hope I can continue to improve and take higher results."

MX2 Moto1: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 44:31.410; 2. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.896; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:46.131; 4. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +2:16.278; 5. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), +2:22.232; 6. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +2:29.302; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +2:34.943; 8. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +2:47.345; 9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +2:53.896; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +3:24.769. 14. Petar Petrov (BUL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), -4 lap(s).

MX2 Moto2: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 43:42.838; 2. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +0:11.095; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:36.276; 4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:39.879; 5. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:15.554; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +1:21.010; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +1:23.875; 8. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:28.353; 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +1:39.850; 10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:53.530.14. Petar Petrov (BUL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), -1 lap(s).

MX2 Overall result: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 50 points; 2. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 38 p.; 3. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 35 p.; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 35 p.; 5. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 34 p.; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 32 p.; 7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 29 p.; 8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 23 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 23 p. 14. Petar Petrov (BUL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 14 p.

MX2 World Championship standings (after 5 of 16 rounds): 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 223 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 203 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 189 p.; 4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 152 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 137 p.; 6. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 128 p.; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 120 p.; 8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 107 p.; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 103 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 99 p. 13. Petar Petrov (BUL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 71 p.

Source: Team Suzuki Press Office

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