The crowded track of Matterley Basin hosted the 13th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, where Antonio Cairoli and Ken Roczen handed two more victories to KTM.The second race of MX1 was red flagged, as there was a heavy crash between Billy Mackenzie and Tanel Leok. Both riders were fighting for the sixth position, when Leok landed on Mackenzie’s back wheel. In order to assist the riders in the best possible way, the race direction decided to stop the moto and all the MX1 riders lined up again 30 minutes after the races was stopped. Fortunately, both riders are not seriously injured, Leok has some pain on his back and Mackenzie in his neck and he was still dazed and a bit confused after some hours of the accident.MX1 CLASS
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s obtained his fifth GP victory of the season at a track he defined as one of the best ones of the season. In the first race he had a good start but he made a mistake and had to push again from the 12th position to finally end third. In the second heat he got the holeshot and dominated it from beginning to end. The Italian is now 82 points ahead of Frossard, so his fifth World Title is closer than ever.CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Pourcel did an incredible first race, riding second most of it and overtaking Frossard by the end of the heat. In the second one, Pourcel started really well but he was too short on a jump and he had a crash, which made him pull out from the race. However, as that race was red flagged, he was able to start again and he crossed the finish line third, which let him be on the second step of the podium.Monster Energy Yamaha’s Frossard won the Lovemytime holeshot award, as he took the holeshot in the first race. The runner up of the series was leading the heat when he braked too much and stalled the bike at a corner and then his compatriot Pourcel overtook him. Frossard obtained two double second places, but he had to settle down with the third step of the podium just one point behind Cairoli and Pourcel.Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Nagl has improved one position in the championship and he is now fourth thanks to his fourth overall place. The German did not have great starts, but he did two incredible recoveries and he managed to finish fifth in both heats.Completing the top five was PAR Honda’s Anderson, who was the best British rider in the MX1 class. Anderson, who has been picked up to represent Great Britain at the Monster Energy FIM MXoN, finished ninth and seventh in today’s races.Barragán got involved in a tangle at the start of the first race and had to start pushing really hard from the 17th position, and when the Spaniard had recovered some places, he crashed again and crossed the finish line 14th. In the second race Barragan had and incredible start and he succeeded in keeping his initial fourth position, which gave him the final sixth overall place.Boissiere struggled in both races and had to battle a lot in order to finish seventh overall ahead of Guarneri, who did not have great starts but managed to finish eighth and eleventh. Gonçalves could not be back on the podium this weekend and had had to settle down with a final ninth position. The Portuguese finished sixth in the first race, and although he started fourth in the second one, he crossed the finish line 14th.Campano, on his first ride on the Monster Energy Yamaha, obtained a solid tenth position. The Spanish rider crashed at the start of the first race and had to fight from the dead last position to finish 15th. In the second heat Campano was riding third when the race was cancelled and in the re-rack he obtained a sixth position, the best one of this season.
Home rider Simpson was 14th overall after obtaining a 16-10 result. The Scot was a bit disappointed with his result, mainly because he was riding second when the second race was cancelled.Tony Cairoli: “This was a good weekend for me and I managed to win the GP. It was quite a different track because it is wide and there were a lot of lines. Everyone likes it here and so do I. It’s one of my favourites this season so far. I am just happy to win this GP. Now we only need a few more points to take the title in Gaildorf so I am very happy things are going so well for us.”Christophe Pourcel: “Since Loket we never stop working with the team; not so much on the bike as I was already happy with the settings, but I rode a lot of motos in practice to prepare the last three GPs. The track was much better than Loket, it was similar to the US for the first moto, but it was different in the second one as there were not so many lines. In the first race I had a nice battle with Frossard; I was trying to make a pass in several places but it wasn’t easy but in the end Steven made a mistake and it was great to win that race ! I didn’t want to take too many risks on the first lap of the second race and I was following Simpson but I made a stupid mistake on a table top and came up too short. I crashed and the bike was damaged, so I decided to stop and I was angry with myself for my mistake. I was on the way back to my car ready to leave the track when the team called me to come for another start; it was all a bit of a rush but we made it. I crashed a few times this weekend, but it was fun to race with Cairoli and Frossard, we had a really good speed and both were clean when we made the passes.”Steven Frossard: “Yesterday I had a great race with Christophe and it was a lot of fun to ride like this. This is the best track this year. In the first moto I made the holeshot and had a little problem with my arm and I also broke the radiator shroud when I hit a post. It affected my riding a little bit. I led for thirty minutes but made a mistake in one of the corners and then pushed really hard to try and win the moto. I made a great start in the second moto and went to the front but after fifteen minutes we had to stop. We went again and I was third but I think I pushed a bit too much and felt tired. Cairoli was fast and I couldn’t catch him. In the beginning I was trying to think GP by GP but now my goal is to finish second. It is a bit difficult because everyone says I will finish there, so I want to keep focussed. I am happy with the way the championship is going but at the start of the year I was close to Antonio and Desalle but lost points through some mistakes. I am learning and will improve on this for next year.”MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 40:35.710; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:02.198; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:09.492; 4. Tanel Leok (EST, TM), +0:11.368; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:28.223; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:45.513; 7. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:48.209; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:50.811; 9. Brad Anderson (GBR, Honda), +0:53.186; 10. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha), +0:56.013;MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41:03.052; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:10.675; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:27.600; 4. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:35.024; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:39.874; 6. Carlos Campano Jimenez (ESP, Yamaha), +0:42.526; 7. Brad Anderson (GBR, Honda), +0:45.116; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:53.694; 9. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha), +1:10.209; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Honda), +1:21.384;MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 points; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 45 p.; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 44 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 32 p.; 5. Brad Anderson (GBR, Honda), 26 p.; 6. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 7. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha), 23 p.; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Kawasaki), 23 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 22 p.; 10. Carlos Campano Jimenez (ESP, Yamaha), 21 p.;MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 554 points; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 472 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 461 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 410 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 387 p.; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 371 p.; 7. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 308 p.; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 279 p.; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 272 p.; 10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), 268 p.;
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Roczen obtained his eighth GP victory of the season and he opened the gap with runner up Herlings up to 43 points. The German admitted that he had a lot of fun at the track this weekend and that he is now looking forward to racing at home in two weeks time and try to obtain his maiden MX2 Title in front of his crowd.The second position was for home rider Searle, who could not fulfil his goal of winning the GP, but he was very satisfied with his performance this weekend and with this second overall position. The CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider had a difficult first race, but he managed to move from an initial 11th position up to the second place. Searle admitted that hearing his crowed cheering for him during the heat helped him to made the moves and in the second race he succeeded in having a good start and crossing the finish line second.Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier was back on the podium this weekend, but he was not 100% satisfied with his riding. In the first heat he had a good start but he made a mistake and several riders overtook him. However, Gautier crossed the finish line fourth. In the second race, the French was riding 15th during the opening lap, but he got a really good rhythm and managed to finish fourth and be on the third step of the podium.Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Herlings missed the podium for just two points and finished fourth overall after being seventh and third at the races. Herlings was not confident with himself during the first heat and crossed the finish line seventh, but after talking to his team manager Stefan Everts, Herlings got an excellent start at the second race and rode second until the last lap, when he made a mistake and finished third.Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha’s Tonus, who was third yesterday in the qualifying race, managed to finish fifth overall, but he had to fight really hard to end in such position. Tonus got an initial 14th place in the first race and when he was moving up some places, he made a mistake and went down the ground. The Swiss ended ninth, but the fifth position in the second heat made him finish fifth.Home rider Nicholls rode among the top ten positions during both races and thanks to his 8-6 result he finished sixth ahead of Charlier, who was 11th in the first race, but he managed to finish seventh in the second one, even riding with some plastic stuck on his rear wheel during some laps.Anstie had to start from the very end of the gate as he got a DNF at yesterday’s qualifying race, but he was able to finish tenth and eighth and he obtained a final eighth position.Tixier succeeded in finishing ninth, ahead of his teammate Roelants, who was third in the first race, but a mechanical problem during the second heat made him pull out while he was riding fourth.Teillet obtained a fifth position in the first race but he got a DNF in the second one due to a problem with his bike when he was riding fourth.Van Horebeek took part in the first moto and ended sixth, but his shoulder was hurting too much again and he decided not to enter the second heat.Ken Roczen: “In the first race I checked out the lines a bit to see what would be the perfect position for me and I made up some good points on Jeffrey. Then I got the holeshot again in the second race, even though it was hard because the track had started to get rough. But I was able to do it pretty good to finish first again. Now I have a solid gap in the championship standings and it was another great weekend for me.”Tommy Searle: “I would have liked to win my home GP but in the first race I had to come from a long way back, from twelfth I think, and I used a lot of energy to come back to second. I was still fifth after fifteen minutes, but I didn’t want to finish in that position and I found a better rhythm to make those passes but it was a tough race. My goal was to win the second race for the overall, and I got a good start in third but these guys were fast and I had used so much energy in the first race that I couldn’t close the gap on Roczen. The track was really nice, especially in the first moto; it was a lot bumpier for the second race but it was still one of the best of the year. In the first race when I made passes I could hear the fans; particularly in one section every time I went there the fans were cheering me and that was a really good feeling.”Gautier Paulin: “ I’m pretty happy but I’m disappointed with my start in the second moto. It was a really nice track and good for racing. I made too many mistakes in the first moto and had to concentrate to find the good rhythm. I got it very wrong in the second heat and used a lot of energy to pass people. 4-4 is not the best results but I am back on the podium and will aim for better in the next Grand Prix.”MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 40:40.977; ; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:10.203; 3. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:12.899; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:29.008; 5. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), +0:42.680; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:53.352; 7. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:58.725; 8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:00.280; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +1:12.440; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:13.827;MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 41:04.388; ; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:13.758; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:17.975; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:42.166; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:53.031; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:55.494; 7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:11.914; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:29.359; 9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +1:42.096; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:47.766;MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 50 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 44 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 36 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 28 p.; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 28 p.; 7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 24 p.; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 24 p.; 9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 21 p.; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 20 p.;MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 590 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 547 p.; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 479 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 425 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 353 p.; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 342 p.; 7. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 295 p.; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 287 p.; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), 242 p.; 10. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 226 p.;