Motocross

PR – KTM Motocross 7/5/06

PR – KTM Motocross 7/5/06

De Reuver and Rattray maintain podium presence

Marc de Reuver scored his third podium of the season with runner-up position in the MX2 class today at a warm and sunny Talkessel circuit for the Karcher Grand Prix of Germany.

31,000 spectators travelled to the venue just outside of the small town of Teutschenthal and 15km from the city of Halle to witness the fourth round of fifteen in the FIM World Championships. Good weather throughout the weekend meant that track was dry, bumpy, dusty and typically fast.

De Reuver, competing at the circuit where he won his first and, to-date only, Grand Prix in 2003, was a solid second in both motos behind runaway double victor Christophe Pourcel. De Reuver maintained a consistent and error-free pace at the top of the leaderboard after two strong starts while others around him could not match his steadiness.

World Championship leader and team-mate Tyla Rattray stalled his 250F in the first moto and had a small crash in the second to obtain finishes of 4th and 3rd. The winner of the last three GPs was lucky to earn the lower step of the podium as Alessio Chiodi’s Yamaha expired while the Italian was 3rd with four laps to run.

David Philippaerts crashed out of the top five to 13th in race one but improved later in the afternoon to take 4th behind Rattray. The Italian is struggling to string two decent motos together at the moment and has been unfortunate in recent weeks.

Carl Nunn was 10th overall but was riding with sore ribs after a crash during the third round of the British Championship last week. The new father to baby son Harli will have a blood test next week for possible low Iron levels.

Jonathan Barragan produced one of the best rides of the day when he spent the majority of the second MX1 moto catching Cedric Melotte for third place. The Spaniard, who was 8th on the first circulation, sensationally moved through on the last lap for his second consecutive top three finish. Sadly any chance of another overall podium was wiped out in moto2 when he crashed and broke his goggles, necessitating a visit to the pitlane for another pair and his eventual retirement having been far behind the field.

Sebastien Tortelli will have surgery on Friday to repair a broken ligament in his right knee (not the troublesome left which has sidelined the 28 year old in the past) and is expecting to be away from the sport for at least five months. The latest setback was discovered after he had made decent progress recovering from his dislocated hip.

Rattray leads the MX2 standings by 8 points over Pourcel while De Reuver is a further 6 points behind in 3rd. Barragan is 5th in the MX1 series.

The World Championship will now take a break before crossing the globe to the Far Eastand the Sugo circuit for the Grand Prix of Japan on May 21st.

 

Jonathan Barragan:

“The first race was very good especially because my start was not that great, but the second race was ruined when I had to come in and take some more goggles. I made a few laps without any but in the end had to pull into the pits. My eyes were sore and I had some pain in my arm from the crash but I am taking the positives from the day and that was the result from the first moto.”

Tyla Rattray:

“In the first moto I did not get such a good start but I kept tight in the first corner and came around tenth. I passed a few guys quickly before Guarneri and Philippaerts crashed together. I was into fourth and pushing hard to pass Chicco. I caught up but then stalled the bike and lost time to restart. I had Cairoli behind me at the end and it was a good race between us for fourth. In the second moto I was third and trying to pass Marc. I went into the corner after the table-top and lost the front end. I got back into the race and was closing on Chicco towards the finish; luckily for me his bike broke. I enjoy racing with him because he is a nice guy, and also hard to beat. I took third and the same position overall; it was vital for the Championship.”

Marc de Reuver:

“It is the first time I have finished second this season and they were my best two motos yet. I made some good starts but I got lucky in some places. Guarneri and Philippaerts took each other out and Sebastien Pourcel’s bike broke but I will not complain about some good fortune! It is my best start to the season, three podiums in four races and I am putting together some good results at the moment which is important for the Championship.”

 

MX1 Moto1

1. Stefan EVERTS BEL YAMAHA

2. Kevin STRIJBOS BEL SUZUKI

3. Jonathan BARRAGAN SPA KTM

4. Cedric MELOTTE BEL YAMAHA

5. Ken DE DYCKER BEL HONDA

6. Tanel LEOK EST KAWASAKI

7. Julien BILL SUI YAMAHA

8. Pascal LEURET FRA HONDA

9. Steve RAMON BEL SUZUKI

10. Marvin VAN DAELE BEL HONDA

 

MX1 Moto2

1. EVERTS Stefan BEL YAMAHA

2. LEOK Tanel EST KAWASAKI

3. DE DYCKER Ken BEL HONDA

4. STRIJBOS Kevin BEL SUZUKI

5. RAMON Steve BEL SUZUKI

6. JORGENSEN Brian DEN HONDA

7. LEURET Pascal FRA HONDA

8. BILL Julien SUI YAMAHA

9. GARCIA VICO Javier SPA HONDA

10. PRIEM Manuel BEL YAMAHA

25. BARRAGAN Jonathan SPA KTM

 

MX1 Overall classification

1. EVERTS Stefan BEL YAMAHA 50

2. STRIJBOS Kevin BEL SUZUKI 40

3. LEOK Tanel  EST KAWASAKI37

4. DE DYCKER Ken BEL HONDA 36

5. RAMON Steve BEL SUZUKI 28

6. LEURET Pascal FRA HONDA 27

7. BILL Julien  SUI YAMAHA 27

8. JORGENSEN Brian DEN HONDA 25

9. BARRAGAN Jonathan SPA KTM 20

 

 

MX1 World Championship standings after 4 of 15 rounds

1. EVERTS Stefan BEL 192

2. LEOK Tanel EST 152

3. STRIJBOS Kevin BEL 138

4. DE DYCKER Ken BEL 133

5. BARRAGAN J. SPA 117

6. RAMON Steve BEL 111

7. TORTELLI S. FRA 99

8. LEURET Pascal FRA 93

9. MELOTTE Cedric BEL 84

10. PRIEM Manuel BEL 72

 

MX2 Moto1

1. POURCEL Christophe FRA KAWASAKI

2. DE REUVER Marc NED KTM

3. CHIODI Alessio ITA YAMAHA

4. RATTRAY Tyla RSA KTM

5. CAIROLI Antonio ITA YAMAHA

6. MACKENZIE Billy GBR YAMAHA

7. GUNDERSEN Kenneth NOR YAMAHA

8. LEOK Aigar EST YAMAHA

9. SWANEPOEL Gareth RSA KAWASAKI

10. BOISSIERE Anthony FRA YAMAHA

12. NUNN Carl GBR KTM

13. PHILIPPAERTS David ITA KTM

 

MX2 Moto2

1. POURCEL Christophe FRA KAWASAKI

2. DE REUVER Marc NED KTM

3. RATTRAY Tyla RSA KTM

4. PHILIPPAERTS David ITA KTM

5. MACKENZIE Billy GBR YAMAHA

6. GUARNERI Davide ITA YAMAHA

7. CAIROLI Antonio ITA YAMAHA

8. NAGL Maximilian GER KTM

9. GONCALVES Rui POR KTM

10. SEARLE Tommy GBR KAWASAKI

11. NUNN Carl GBR KTM

 

MX2 Overall classification

1. POURCEL Christophe FRA KAWASAKI50

2. DE REUVER Marc NED KTM 44

3. RATTRAY Tyla RSA KTM 38

4. MACKENZIE Billy GBR YAMAHA 31

5. CAIROLI Antonio ITA YAMAHA 30

6. PHILIPPAERTS David ITA KTM 26

7. SEARLE Tommy GBR KAWASAKI21

8. LEOK Aigar  EST YAMAHA 20

9. CHIODI Alessio ITA YAMAHA 20

10. NUNN Carl  GBR KTM 19

 

MX2 World Championship standings after 4 of 15 rounds

1. RATTRAY Tyla RSA 166

2. POURCEL C. FRA 158

3. DE REUVER Marc NED 152

4. CAIROLI Antonio ITA 119

5. MACKENZIE Billy GBR 105

6. CHIODI Alessio ITA 101

7. PHILIPPAERTS D. ITA 100

8. NUNN Carl GBR 95

9. GUNDERSEN K. NOR 89

10. SEARLE Tommy GBR 78