David Philippaerts Back On Top Of MX1 Series With Impressive Win In Czech Republic - Dirt Rider Magazine

It is finally time to take a well deserved two week break after a hard fought Czech Grand Prix. With only three rounds remaining, David Philippaerts took back the MX1 point lead by winning this 12th Grand Prix ahead of Sebastien Pourcel and Jonathan Barragan, who both crashed in the heats. Max Nagl and Steve Ramon rounded out the top five.In MX2 Tommy Searle and Tyla Rattray ended first and second overall and took the same amount of points to leave the Championship standings with no changes-Rattray leads Searle. Anthony Boissiere took an unexpected podium as Nicolas Aubin and Stephen Sword rounded out the top five.MX1 CLASS
Monster Yamaha Rinaldis' David Philippaerts had a great day in the Czech Republic as he took the GP victory and point lead back from Teka Suzuki WMX1's Steve Ramon. Despite crashing in the opening heat, the Italian recovered and took second; he wrapped up the overall by winning the final heat. GPKR's Sebastien Pourcel was second at his first podium appearance since France as AXO KTM Silver Action's Jonathan Barragan rounded out the podium after winning the last three GP's.First moto winner Max Nagl of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing was fourth with Ramon fifth.
Gregory Aranda put together a strong ride in his first MX1 GP by finishing 12th overall.
Honda Cas rider Billy Mackenzie crashed in heat one while running second. He was taken to the nearest hospital. The x-rays found no fractures.MX1 Moto 1
Nagl started strong but he lost a few positions when he had to pass through a first lap tangle; the German rode back to Barragan's tail as the Spaniard moved up to first by exploiting a mistake of previous leader Pourcel.Nagl eventually moved to first with three minutes to go and secured the win from Barragan. Philippaerts took an unexpected third after he recovered from a first lap crash while Ramon and Pourcel rounded off the top five. Factory Kawasaki Tanel Leok was sixth ahead of Coppins who rode the whole moto with no goggles -a stone broke them on lap one.MX1 Moto 2
The second moto was a different story for David Philippaerts, who rode a flawless heat to take victory and the Grand Prix.Barragan was second when he crashed at lap two; he rode strong to recover from the bottom of the top ten to an eventual fifth. De Dycker was third as he, Steve Ramon, Priem and Tanel Leok entertained the crowd with a good battle inside the top ten. Ramon followed his teammate in fourth as the duo gained one position when Coppins crashed (at the bottom of the track) from third.
The Kiwi finished tenth as Suzuki rider Clement Desalle was eighth after riding in second during the opening laps.David Philippaerts:
"This is a great win for me and it has come at a good time. I pushed really hard in that first moto after a stupid crash and passed many riders. I found some good lines and just went for it. The track was very difficult but the team had worked hard in the last week to give me a bike that was perfect and I felt really happy being able to push. My goal was to at least catch Ramon but I found I could keep going and the top three was possible. In the second moto I took one or two risks but then was able to make good lap-times when I was in the lead and had a great race. For me Loket is a very real and natural motocross track and has similarities to some places in Italy. We have three races left now and I will try hard each time to get the best position I can. We will then see if the championship is ours or not!Sebastien Pourcel:
"In the first race I was leading but I made a mistake, then I was nervous and got pumped up arms. I had a good jump of the gate in the second race but lost some positions in the first few corners. Then I made a strong come back in the first half of the race but when I was closing the gap with Philippaerts I crashed. I didn't lose my second place but it was not possible anymore to put pressure on him, so I simply secured my position."Next week I will race the final round of the French Elite Championship and then we'll prepare with the team and some Japanese engineers for the last few GPs."Jonathan Barragan:
"I am happy to be the podium again, I picked up some more points and the good result, which follows on from my three consecutive MX1 wins. The track here had many ripples and turns and it was not so easy to lay down good laps. I was second in the first race but Nagl was very strong. Then I had a crash in the second and finished fifth. From now on I want to be on the podium as often as I can and we will see what happens in the championship when we get to the last race in Italy."MOTO 1
1. Maximilian Nagl, KTM
2. Jonathan Barragan, KTM
3. David Philippaerts, Yamaha
4. Steve Ramon, Suzuki
5. Sebastien Pourcel, Kawasaki
6. Tanel Leok, Kawasaki
7. Joshua Coppins, Yamaha
8. Ken De Dycker, Suzuki
9. Clement Desalle, SuzukiMOTO 2
1. David Philippaerts, Yamaha
2. Sebastien Pourcel, Kawasaki
3. Ken De Dycker, Suzuki, BEL
4. Steve Ramon, Suzuki, BEL
5. Jonathan Barragan, KTM
6. Tanel Leok, Kawasaki
7. Manuel Priem, Kawasaki
8. Clement Desalle, Suzuki
9. Maximilian Nagl, KTM

1. David Philippaerts, Yamaha, ITA, 405
2. Steve Ramon, Suzuki, BEL, 398
3. Joshua Coppins, Yamaha, NZL, 370
4. Ken De Dycker, Suzuki, BEL, 369
5. Jonathan Barragan, KTM, ESP, 369
6. Sebastien Pourcel, Kawasaki, FRA, 344
7. Maximilian Nagl, KTM, GER, 327
8. Tanel Leok, Kawasaki, EST, 275
9. Billy MacKenzie, Honda, GBR, 257MX2 CLASS
Tommy Searle of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing brought home a hard fought GP victory from team mate and Championship leader Tyla Rattray, who took his first ever podium in Loket.The two teammate won one moto each with Searle taking the overall by winning the final moto at the end of a dogfight with Rattray.KTM HDI MX Team's Anthony Boissiere was an unexpected third overall courtesy of a strong final moto which he ended in third. Last year's winner Nicolas Aubin of Ricci Racing Yamaha rode ill today but was fourth as Molson Kawasaki's Stephen Sword rounded off the top five.MX2 Moto 1
KTM Silver Action, Jeremy Tarroux got a great start but could not hold the charge of Searle, who moved up to first and ran away with the lead.As the Frenchman dropped down to an eventual ninth Rattray stormed to Searle's tail. The Brit crashed and handed the win to Rattray, who won with a 4.5 second advantage over Searle.Aubin took third courtesy of a pass on Sword, who finished fourth. Boissiere cruised in a distant fifth and kept the position until the checkered flag.MX2 Moto 2
The final heat was all about the dogfight in between Searle and Rattray; the former took the lead from the start and won the heat despite the many attacks from Rattray. The two even swapped places a few times with Searle never giving up. As the duo lost a bit of time in the fight Boissiere could keep contact with them as he finished an eventual third from Frossard and Sword. The latter took his revenge from Aubin in heat one as he moved past the Frenchman with two laps to go.** Tommy Searle:** "I had a good speed the whole weekend, I made some mistakes yesterday and I put a bit of pressure on myself so the win today was my reward. To be first and second was good and we had lots of fun. I am looking forward to the next race in Ireland and although there will be some pressure because it's like a home GP for me, I'll also have the support of a lot of fans,"Tyla Rattray: "Considering my past results here, this weekend was a success for me ,I got past Tommy in the first heat when he made a mistake and we had a good fight in and lots of fun in the second. From now on I will try to lift my game and do my best in the remaining races. I have been fighting for the title for the past three seasons, so I don't feel any particular pressure."MOTO 1
1. Tyla Rattray, KTM
2. Tommy Searle
3. Nicolas Aubin, Yamaha
4. Stephen Sword, Kawasaki
5. Anthony Boissiere, KTM
6. Steven Frossard, Kawasaki
7. Joel Roelants, KTM, BEL
8. Rui Goncalves, KTM
9. Jeremy Tarroux, KTMMOTO 2
1. Tommy Searle, KTM
2. Tyla Rattray, KTM
3. Anthony Boissiere
4. Steven Frossard, Kawasaki
5. Stephen Sword, Kawasaki
6. Nicolas Aubin, Yamaha
7. Davide Guarneri, Yamaha
8. Manuel Monni, Yamaha
1. Tyla Rattray, KTM, RSA, 499
2. Tommy Searle, KTM, GBR, 479
3. Antonio Cairoli, Yamaha, ITA, 357
4. Shaun Simpson, KTM, GBR, 312
5. Nicolas Aubin, Yamaha, FRA, 309
6. Rui Goncalves, KTM, POR, 303
7. Steven Frossard, Kawasaki, FRA, 248
8. Xavier Boog, Suzuki, FRA, 245
David Philippaerts is back on top of the MX1 Championship with Ramon following at a nine point distance. Coppins is third with Barragan moving up to fourth just one point adrift. Ken De Dycker rounds off the top five ahead of Sebastien Pourcel. Tyla Rattray is still leading the MX2 Championship from Searle, following from a 20 point distance. Both Antonio Cairoli and Shaun Simpson sat out of this GP but they remained third and fourth as Nicolas Aubin moved up to fifth.