In the MX1 class, Mickael Pichon of the Martin/Honda/Telefonica team won the fifth round of the FIM MX World Championships: the Grand Prix of Europe. The Frenchman dominated with 1-1 results. Mickael holeshot both Motos and lead from the first corner to the checkered flag. Good starts were the key to his success, in fact, the muddy track offered a single dry racing line and if a rider start badly, it was all but impossible to recover. Andrew McFarlane took the MX2 victory with a 1-3 on the day.MX1 Class:
With his results Mickael Pichon has proved the World Championship title is still up for grabs, making 18 points on his direct antagonist, Stefan Everts, in only one GP.Pichon:" I have been waiting for this victory. I trained really hard over the winter and, like all of us, I want to win the championship. The first few races weren't so good even if I was consistent. The starts were important and I got it right both times. This is the best I have felt since the beginning of the year. Everts closed some time on me in the second moto but I could cut through the backmarkers quickly and controlled the race."In second place was Team CAS/Honda rider Josh Coppins who finished the GP with consistent 4-4 results. He also had a good ride and provided one of the highlights of the race by battling with fellow countryman and good friend Ben Townley. Coppins was more pro-active in the second moto, and survived a brief skirmish with Joel Smets on the first lap to take his second fourth place of the day.An elated Josh Coppins said: "It's a good result, especially because it was a tough weekend. I didn't ride so well in the first moto but the second was much better. I was struggling on the turns in the first race and my mechanic suggested some changes which worked later on. I was watching the MX2 races and I saw some people passing on a certain line, I had been way too soft in the first race and needed to be more aggressive in the afternoon so I pushed on this line and came together with Joel Smets."It was not a good day for current championship leader Stefan Everts. In Moto1 he started poorly and crashed in the third corner. He took some time to re-start his factory Yamaha YZ450FM and started last: Stefan came back to eleventh but lost fifteen points to is rival for the title: Pichon. In the Moto2 the Rinaldi/Yamaha/L&M; rider then finished second, and for the first time this year he missing the final podium.An angry Everts said: "This is a disappointing day for me. In the first race I went down in the third corner and couldn't restart. I was going for a tear-off and the bike just slid out. I was so far behind everybody and the track was so tough for passing. I finally finished eleventh and that was the best I could do. In the second moto I made a good start from the gate but then I couldn't get the bike into gear and I blew my holeshot there. I was very aggressive on the first lap and tried to get past Pichon and we bumped. That was my mistake and my fault. I put the bike into neutral as a result of the collision and that cost me four places. I had a big points lead and while I was not expecting to make ground over Pichon at every GP I am angry that I lost so many in one go."