RUNAWAY LEADERS COPPINS AND CAIROLI WIN IN ST. JEANSAINT JEAN D'ANGELY, 10 June 2007- On this seventh Sunday of FIM World Motocross racing the heat increased, making the circuit Du Puy de Poursay a sweltering one. It was a tough day for the World Championship riders and for the 28000 spectators, who forgot about the burning sun by watching four extremely battled moto's.Joshua Coppins came back to victory in the MX1 class, but he was beaten by an impressive Steve Ramon in the final moto, with the Belgian clinching his second MX1 moto victory of the career.In the MX2 class, another Yamaha rider dominated both races. Tony Cairoli made up for an unexpected second place in Japan, and came back to victory on rival Christophe Pourcel's ground.MX1
The MX1 class took no prisoners today, and only the ones who did no mistakes made it to the victory. Both Yamaha Motocross' Josh Coppins and Suzuki's Steve Ramon won a moto, but the overall was topped by Coppins, who came back to victory after two consecutive stops. Ramon finished second, as the podium was completed by KTM Red Bull's David Philippaerts, who is currently the only debutant having been on the podium more than once -three times in total.Kawasaki Racing's boys Billy Mackenzie and Tanel Leok rounded off the top five, making this round a nice goodbye to their team manager Jan de Groot -one minute of silence in Jan's memory preceded the start of the MX2 first moto.MX1 GRAND PRIX RACE 1
With a perfect start, Josh Coppins jumped from seventh on the gate to the lead of the pack, followed by Mike Brown and Billy Mackenzie.Coppins pulled away with the lead and by the time David Philippaerts secured the second place, the Kiwi already had the victory under his belt. The Italian had a decent start, and by the end of lap one he was sixth. He moved up in the standings with consistency, to finally challenge and pass Mac.The Scott dropped down to a final fifth place, after he was passed also by Steve Ramon and Sebastien Pourcel.Ramon kept the crowd focussed on a dogfight for fourth between him and Brown, but he did not make to arrive on Philippaerts' back wheel, settling down for third.Pourcel rounded off the top ten at the end of the opening lap, but rode a solid moto to finish fourth.Tanel Leok did not exploit his pole, and ended with an eighth place because of a bad start.An injured Kevin Strijbos decided to race the opening moto, finishing twenty-first, but he did not take part in the final moto because of too much pain. He is currently doubtful for Bulgaria next week.MX1 GRAND PRIX RACE 2
Billy Mac and Josh Coppins fought for the lead at the first turn, with Mac overtaking the Kiwi. Coppins was passed by Pourcel too, and settled in third place for the first three laps.Ramon had a decent start, and cruised in fourth until he felt ready to attack the top three. Sebastien Pourcel was his first victim, but the Frenchman had been already passed by Coppins, who increased his pace to snatch the lead from Mackenzie.Ramon followed the Kiwi, working his way up to second, and then battling tooth and nail with Coppins. The two came very close in several occasions, but Steve Ramon's trajectories were more successful than Coppins' ones, and the Belgian could overtake Coppins at lap 15.Once Steve started to pull away with the lead, Coppins tried to follow but finally settled for second place, achieving another Grand Prix victory. Tanel Leok was third, making up for another poor start. He and Mackenzie kept David Philippaerts in a Kawasaki sandwich for three laps, then Leok moved past both the Italian and his team mate, making it to third.Mackenzie was safe from Philippaerts, and grasped a fourth place ahead of the rival.Sebastien Pourcel finished ninth, after he tangled up with Ramon and crashed, while fighting for sixth place.