The Estonian Tanel Leok in the MX1 class the French Marvin Musquin in the MX2 class won the Catalan Grand Prix with both charging really hard to top two very close podiums.
Leok made his comeback to victory after his win of Faenza in 2009 as Musquin continued his winning streak.David Philippaerts missed out on the overall win by just one point to take second while heat one winner Max Nagl dropped to third after two crashes hampered his second heat.Also Joel Roelants took a bittersweet second place in the MX2 class by just one point while Shaun Simpson was third overall. Both took their first podium of 2010.MX1 CLASS
Marking his comeback to victory under the Catalan sun, Tanel Leok of LS Motors Honda conquered the top of the podium only at the end of an eventful second moto which he won. A disappointing seventh place in moto one was followed by victory in the final moto where a hard charging Leok was helped by early leader Nagl’s crashes.The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 rider stormed to victory in moto one, leading from the start to the flag, but the second moto changed Nagl’s prevision of an overall win as he crashed twice. Eventually he was a disappointing ninth in the heat and third overall, remaining second in the Championship.Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross’ Philippaerts stood on the podium in between the two as he took second overall. The Italian was second and fifth in the heats, still struggling with a hand injury he picked up in Portugal last weekend.Defending world champion and championship leader Tony Cairoli took fourth and missed the podium for the first time this year. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 Italian made a mistake and crashed in heat one, dropping from second to sixth. Tonyi eventually made up in heat two by taking third.Clement Desalle of Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 took fifth overall while Anthony Boissiere dropped to ninth overall after he was a good fourth in moto one – the French was involved in a tangle at the start of moto two.Poleman Kevin Strijbos was tenth while both Pourcel and Laninovich crashed and did not take part in moto two.No lucky for Jimmy Albertson the Martin Honda’s rider on Saturday when he was hit by Nagl and then Ramon on the step-ups. The result of the melee was a dislocated left shoulder that needed several attempts to rectify.Tanel Leok: “I’m really happy with the result of today! Again in the first moto my start was not what it should have been, also because I had to avoid this first corner collision. But I knew my speed was good so it was great to bring it together in the second moto. When I was in the lead I was so focused and nervous that I didn’t dare to look at the pitboard… I only knew I had won the GP when Lisa Leyland (the TV presenter) stopped me when I had crossed the finish line!I have worked really hard and so has the team, that is why this victory feels like a great reward for everyone. In the last couple of weeks we did a great job with the bike development and I feel that it is in every way up there with the factory bikes.”David Philippaerts: “I was riding well in the first moto and my times were good but in the middle of the race I landed heavily from a jump and had pain in my back. Every lap of the second moto was difficult and I took it easy so I would not crash. I owe some thanks to my doctor because he treated my hand and also my back. Now we have two weeks free so I can recover. Today was pretty good and I am happy to stay on the bike and reach the podium.”Max Nagl: “I’m really disappointed with the second heat because like last week in Portugal, the first one was so easy for me. But maybe I was a too nervous and I made a mistake on the straight and crashed. Overall I’m happy to be on the podium and to get the points but for sure I’m disappointed with the second heat. I need to work on that and make it better in the future.”Jimmy Albertson: “I can’t believe my luck but at the moment I feel pretty good. As soon as the doctor came he was able to click the shoulder in without a problem and I didn’t have any pain. It feels a bit stiff now but the night was alright and it isn’t really bothering me. It could have been a lot worse. I fly home to the US now and will have my doctor make an MRI as soon as I get back. I don’t know what we can do but I hope this will not be too bad.”MX1 Race 1: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 40:45.406; ; 2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:08.082; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:15.097; 4. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), +0:17.617; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:19.920; 6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.043; 7. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +0:24.025; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:42.355; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:43.148; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:49.322;MX1 Race 2: 1. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 39:32.274; ; 2. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:01.651; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:06.265; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:09.584; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:13.111; 6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:15.946; 7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:19.924; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.609; 9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:24.243; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:44.403;MX1 Championship: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 214 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 198 p.; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 171 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 158 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 145 p.; 6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 144 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 136 p.; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 135 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 106 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 84 p.;
Taking his fourth GP win of 2010, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Marvin Musquin consolidated his position of Championship leader. The French also exploited runner up Ken Roczen and third placed in the Championship Jeffrey Herlings’ misfortune as both did not manage to complete the final moto.Musquin was involved in a tangle in moto one and took only a seventh place but the second heat established the Frenchman’s revenge as he dominated form the start to the flag.Winner of heat one Roczen was chasing Musquin down in heat two but a technical problem stopped his race, which meant the German dropped down to tenth overall and lost precious points to Musquin in the Championship standings. Other riders having a tough second moto were Herlings, who crashed and pulled out, Steven Frossard and GautiePaulin, both going down at the start of the heat.Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Joel Roelants was a positive second overall. The Belgian marked his comeback to the podium in style as he missed out on his maiden GP win by just one point. Roelants was fifth in moto one but took second in moto two after he passed an incredible Alessandro Lupino – third in heat two.Simpson of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 also came back to the podium by taking third overall. The Scottish’s hand injury is constantly improving and despite a crash in the second moto he could recover to fourth. Courtesy of today’s result, Simpson stormed to fifth in the Championship.Frossard and Paulin completed the top five overall with the latter making his comeback to racing after an off season leg injury.Despite scoring no points in heat two, Roczen and Herlings remain second and third in the Championship while this weekend’s poleman Frossard is still fourth.Bike it CosworthYamaha’s Zach Osborne in the first moto slipped out of a top four position and also suffered another tip-off, but thrilled onlookers with a flight back through the field. In Moto2 Zach heading towards a 3rd position finish but a mechanical problem ended his race. Marvin Musquin: “The qualification was difficult with the rain and I didn’t ride so well so I was seventh. But today was another day. I felt better and I made some good lap times in the warm-up. Then I had a bad start in the first moto and I crashed with Osborne. I came back to seventh and then I was behind Shaun (Simpson) and it was difficult to pass. I was very focused on my start for the second moto. I took the holeshot and then it was like it was in Portugal with me in front of Ken (Roczen) – until he had his DNF.The track was really slippery but it got better and better and my win is good for me and good for the championship.”Shaun Simpson: “I didn’t make it so good out of the gates in the first moto. I had too much grip. Then I got behind Gautier. I had some problems with my arms and somehow I didn’t have such a good rhythm. Then I got a good start in the second race. I got behind Marvin and Ken and I felt good. I was riding smooth and relaxed but they had put a lot of water on the track for the second heat. I slipped with the front wheel and went down and dropped back to tenth or twelfth. But I was able to fight back to fourth. I felt strong and powerful and I was pleased with the second heat. But it was a good feeling, there’s nothing better than being on the podium!”Zach Osborne: “‘Gutted’, that is the only word I have to describe the day. In the first race I made two mistakes which effectively cost me the podium at least that is what I thought, if I could have finished third in the second moto when I would have made it! I lost the front end going down the hill and Musquin came down underneath me and I ended up piled on top of him. I could not push the bike off of him because we were in the mud. I lost the front again in the second crash. I know I have the speed and the fitness and the results will come; sometimes things are not in your control.”MX2 Race 1: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 38:57.864; ; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.124; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:34.476; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:49.908; 5. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:51.333; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:53.492; 7. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:53.624; 8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:00.660; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:27.533; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:34.574;MX2 Race 2: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 40:54.002; ; 2. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:18.932; 3. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), +0:23.692; 4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:31.630; 5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:33.720; 6. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +0:35.570; 7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:38.942; 8. Valentin Teillet (FRA, KTM), +0:50.779; 9. Dennis Verbruggen (BEL, KTM), +0:52.780; 10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:55.014;MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 218 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 192 p.; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 184 p.; 4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 165 p.; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 138 p.; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 130 p.; 7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 128 p.; 8. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 123 p.; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 118 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 109 p.;