News 30 Mar 2009

MX GRAND PRIX ROUND ONE WON

Youthstream press release:

The opening Grand Prix of the World Motocross Championship was a wet one at Faenza. Tanel Leok (MX1) and Gautier Paulin (MX2) won the event as the overall classification was based on the first moto results only – the second moto’s were cancelled. Peter Iven took a clean sweep in the Veterans’ class winning both heats.

After a fantastic Saturday with the MX1 and MX2 qualifying races and the Veterans’ World Cup race one –two time World Champion Puzar made his comeback to racing- entertaining the crowd, torrential rain on Saturday night and on Sunday caused several issues.

The Motoclub Faenza, DBO, FIM, FMI and Youthstream worked hard night and day to solve these issues and increase the drainage of the track.

The work carried out by the many professionals and volunteers made the first heats possible (MX1 and MX2 Race 1, Veterans Race 2), afterwards several other attempts to maintain the racing conditions were done.

Eventually the Event Management took the unanimous decision to cancel the second races of the MX1 and MX2 classes to preserve the riders’ safety.

MX1

Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Tanel Leok rode to a surprising victory at his first Grand Prix onboard a Yamaha after four years with Kawasaki. Leok, who took his maiden win last year in Ireland, now leads the MX1 Championship.

Teka Suzuki WMX1’s Ramon took a strong start and led the opening laps ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Nagl. De Reuver then took the lead but both Ramon and the Martin Honda rider had to visit the pits due to the tough racing conditions and lost vital time.

Leok found himself at the lead and brought the bike home in first ahead of other Teka Suzuki WMX1 rider De Dycker. The latter secured the runner up spot by moving past LS Motors Honda’s Desalle as the Belgian eventually took third on his maiden podium.

TM Factory’s Aigar Leok was fourth ahead of Cairoli. The Yamaha Red Bull De Carli star was riding in third when he went off the track due to a mistake.

Reigning MX1 World Champion David Philippaerts struggled with the race conditions and finished ninth. Sebastien Pourcel crashed at the start and finished in 24th.

MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 41:16.698; ; 2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +1:04.480; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), +1:17.405; 4. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), +2:08.093; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 6. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), -2 lap(s); 8. Tom Church (GBR, CCM), -2 lap(s); 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), -3 lap(s); 10. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), -3 lap(s);

MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Tanel Leok (EST, KTM), 25 points; 2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 22 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 20 p.; 4. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), 18 p.; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 16 p.; 6. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 15 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 14 p.; 8. Tom Church (GBR, CCM), 13 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 12 p.; 10. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 11 p.;

MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), 25 points; 2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 22 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 20 p.; 4. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), 18 p.; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 16 p.; 6. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 15 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 14 p.; 8. Tom Church (GBR, CCM), 13 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 12 p.; 10. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 11 p.;

MX2

The MX2 class saw young Frenchman Gautier Paulin take his maiden victory after a strong race which made up for an unlucky qualifying on Saturday. Paulin completed an unexpected move on previous leader Jeremy Van Horebeek of KTM Factory Junior MX2 and passed him with just two laps to go. Van Horebeek tried to fight back but settled for second.

The podium was completed by Marvin Musquin of Team NGS as all three riders of Faenza’s MX2 podium were at their maiden rostrum finish. Musquin worked his way through the field after a stop in the pit lane to change his gloves.

Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team’s Davide Guarneri rode to fourth, with the weather conditions reminding of the last year’s GP win at wet Bellpuig.

Roelants and Lupino rounded off the top five. Early leader Tarroux lost vital time when he got blocked in an uphill and ended 18th.

MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 42:22.467; ; 2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:38.206; 3. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), +1:41.397; 4. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 5. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s); 6. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 7. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 8. Marco Maddii (ITA, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 9. Valentin Teillet (FRA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), -3 lap(s);

MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 points; 2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 22 p.; 3. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), 20 p.; 4. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), 18 p.; 5. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 16 p.; 6. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), 15 p.; 7. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), 14 p.; 8. Marco Maddii (ITA, Suzuki), 13 p.; 9. Valentin Teillet (FRA, KTM), 12 p.; 10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 11 p.;

MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 points; 2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 22 p.; 3. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), 20 p.; 4. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), 18 p.; 5. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 16 p.; 6. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), 15 p.; 7. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), 14 p.; 8. Marco Maddii (ITA, Suzuki), 13 p.; 9. Valentin Teillet (FRA, KTM), 12 p.; 10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 11 p.;

VETERANS

Round one of the Veterans’ World Cup ended today with the second heat-the first one was held yesterday and saw Iven take victory ahead of Puzar.

Last year’s World Cup Winner Iven went on to take another win today as he exploited a mistake of early leader Nilsson. Jan Blancquaert and Christophe Lhertiteau also exploited Nilsson’s mistake moving up to second and third respectively as Nilsson ended in fourth. Puzar struggled and finished 11th.

Iven took the overall victory and the World Cup lead, Nilsson was second overall as Blancquaert completed the podium.

Despite not ending on the podium, Puzar still received a special Trophy in the memory of Mr. Gigi Lama, one of the founders of the Faenza Motoclub and of the Monte Coralli race track.

VETERANS Race 1 top ten: 1. Peter Iven (BEL, Honda), 15:15.260; ; 2. Alessandro Puzar (ITA, Honda), +0:14.249; 3. Mats Nilsson (SWE, Yamaha), +0:20.669; 4. Denis Clochet (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.529; 5. Terry House (GBR, Suzuki), +0:27.599; 6. Christophe Lhertiteau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:28.860; 7. Jan Blancquaert (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.606; 8. Darryl King (NZL, Yamaha), +0:30.265; 9. Thierry Fors (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:33.157; 10. Erwin Hendrickx (NED, Honda), -1 lap(s);

VETERANS Race 2 top ten: 1. Peter Iven (BEL, Honda), 29:36.989; ; 2. Jan Blancquaert (BEL, Suzuki), +0:27.682; 3. Christophe Lhertiteau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:42.687; 4. Mats Nilsson (SWE, Yamaha), +2:41.206; 5. Bogomir Gajser (SLO, Suzuki), -2 lap(s); 6. Terry House (GBR, Suzuki), -3 lap(s); 7. Juri Makarov (EST, Honda), -3 lap(s); 8. Darryl King (NZL, Yamaha), -4 lap(s); 9. Erwin Hendrickx (NED, Honda), -4 lap(s); 10. Pascal Bal (BEL, KTM), -5 lap(s);

VETERANS Overall top ten: 1. Peter Iven (BEL, Honda), 50 points; 2. Mats Nilsson (SWE, Yamaha), 38 p.; 3. Jan Blancquaert (BEL, Suzuki), 36 p.; 4. Christophe Lhertiteau (FRA, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 5. Alessandro Puzar (ITA, Honda), 32 p.; 6. Terry House (GBR, Suzuki), 31 p.; 7. Darryl King (NZL, Yamaha), 26 p.; 8. Erwin Hendrickx (NED, Honda), 23 p.; 9. Bogomir Gajser (SLO, Suzuki), 21 p.; 10. Pascal Bal (BEL, KTM), 21 p.;

VETERANS Championship top ten: 1. Peter Iven (BEL, Honda), 50 points; 2. Mats Nilsson (SWE, Yamaha), 38 p.; 3. Jan Blancquaert (BEL, Suzuki), 36 p.; 4. Christophe Lhertiteau (FRA, Kawasaki), 35 p.; 5. Alessandro Puzar (ITA, Honda), 32 p.; 6. Terry House (GBR, Suzuki), 31 p.; 7. Darryl King (NZL, Yamaha), 26 p.; 8. Erwin Hendrickx (NED, Honda), 23 p.; 9. Bogomir Gajser (SLO, Suzuki), 21 p.; 10. Pascal Bal (BEL, KTM), 21 p.;

THE GP OF ITALY – QUICK FACTS

Circuit length: 1600 mt

Temperature: 16° C

Weather conditions: torrential rain

Crowd attendance: 12000

As the whole FIM Motocross World Championship, this Grand Prix and the Women’s World Championship Race 2 will be broadcast live and delayed. Click here to see schedule and coverage online.

NEXT GP

The next round of the World MX1/MX2 Championship is to happen next weekend in Sevlievo, Bulgaria, where also the WMX series will start. Round two of the Veterans’ World Cup will be in Valkenswaard, Benelux, on April 26.

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