Marvin Musquin Takes MX2 Title in Benelux GP (Lierop) - Dirt Rider Magazine

Marvin Musquin finished second overall in the Benelux Grand Prix but was crowned the 2010 FIM MX2 World Champion already after the first heat thanks partly to Roczen's misfortune, pulling out of the opening moto. The Grand Prix victory went on hands of his compatriot Gautier Paulin. In MX1 Antonio Cairoli struggled a little bit on the Dutch track but managed to clinch the overall victory and continues breaking records in the History of the sport.Antonio Cairoli had to work really hard to be at the top of the podium as things were not easy for the Italian in any of both races. Second overall was his team-mate Max Nagl and completing the rostrum was Belgian Steve Ramon. Rui Gonçalves finished fourth with a seventh and a second place in today's heats and fifth was Italian David Philippaerts.In MX2 Gautier Paulin obtained his so expected Grand Prix victory in an almost perfect weekend. Marvin Musquin became the 2010 FIM MX2 World Champion after race one as his archrival Ken Roczen could not finish the race due to a mechanical problem in his Suzuki machine. Third overall was Belgian Joel Roelants followed by Shaun Simpson and Harri Kullas respectively.Mats Nilsson experienced an excellent weekend in Lierop winning both heats and being also proclaimed the 2010 FIM Veterans World Cup winner. Second overall was Klaas Hofstede and third was Hans Berendsen.MX1 CLASS

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1's Cairoli added one more GP victory in his records and he is now just two victories away from Motocross legend Eric Geboers. The Italian did not have a good start in the first race in Lierop and had to start from the 27th position after crashing with his compatriot Philippaerts. Cairoli bumped into Philippaerts, who had previously crashed in front of Cairoli, and had to give all his best to finish second after his team-mate Nagl. Cairoli admitted that it was not an easy recovery and he actually crashed again while trying to pass the whole bunch of MX1 riders. In the second heat the Italian took the holeshot from the outside and got the lead until the chequered flag finishing almost 30 seconds before his team-mate Gonçalves.Other Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 rider Nagl was up on the second step of the podium after winning the first heat and getting a fourth place in the second one. The German dominated the first moto from beginning to end, marking his comeback to victory after Bellpuig. Though he could not repeat his performance in the second race and could be just fourth. Nagl expressed his satisfaction to be back on the podium and to be just ten points behind third in the Championship Philippaerts.Third overall was Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1's Ramon, who admitted how much he struggled to be back again riding with the leading riders. The Belgian is still recovering from a leg injury and has still some difficulties to find his speed and keep the rhythm until the end of the 35 minutes and two laps. Ramon kept his fifth position in the Championship and he is now 15 points away from Nagl.Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1's Gonçalves obtained a well deserved fourth position after being seventh and second in today's races. The Portuguese was second overall last year in the MX2 class and he actually showed how much he likes this track starring in a superb second heat. Gonçalves improved one position in the points standings and is now eleventh, 23 points away from Guarneri.Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross' Philippaerts completed the top five after a double fifth position in the races. The Italian crashed several times in the races and was not really satisfied with his results. Philippaerts is still third in the Championship, but will have to do a good performance at his home GP in Fermo if he wants to keep such position.Tanel Leok finished sixth overall after a solid fourth position in the first heat and just a seventh place in the second one. Following the Estonian in the overall classification was home rider De Reuver, who rode in the third position during the first eight laps of the opening moto but could not keep the rhythm of his rivals.Italian Guarneri was satisfied with his eighth overall position as he knows that he always struggles in the sand. Desalle experienced a really tough weekend, after breaking two teeth in yesterday's qualifying race and damaging badly his lower lip. The Belgian crashed again in today's heats as well but he achieved an overall ninth position despite fighting the pain in his neck and lip.Completing the top ten was Coppins in what it might have been the penultimate GP of his racing career.

De Dycker ended a disappointing 12th after pulling out of the second moto while Kawasaki Racing had again another hard weekend with Barragan, Pourcel and Boog all missing the top ten.The American Jimmy Albertson was able to have his first attempt at the sand of Lierop but sadly it did not last the full distance of the opening race as the Martin Honda's rider caught his knee and was forced out of the moto and the GP.Antonio Cairoli: "For sure I enjoyed racing here in the sand at Lierop. I have lots of good memories of here. This is where I won the championship last year and now I win the GP. I won the title in Brazil but I didn't get to celebrate with friends and family so there are many here now and tonight we will have a big part. For sure I also want to win in next weekend In Italy. It's the last race of the season and there will be a lot of Italian fans there."Max Nagl: "I am happy to be second on the podium and I had very good starts this weekend. The first race was not easy but I was able to control it and managed to win and make up some points on Philippaerts. I made a couple of small mistakes in the second turn in race two and some riders went past me but I managed to finish overall fourth and Philippaerts was behind so I got some more points. Now I will go to Italy and try hard to finish in third place in the championship. It won't be easy because the Italian riders are always very fast at home but I will do my best."Steve Ramon: "It was a hard weekend with a really tough track. The first moto was a struggle because I did not feel comfortable on the bike but I had a better rhythm in the second race until I crashed in the waves section around the back which interrupted things! I had to restart the bike and find my way back into the moto. Anyway, I am happy to be back on the podium because the last couple of weeks have been tricky with my leg."Jimmy Albertson: "I came into this meeting with a fever and wasn't feeling great. I hadn't been able to prepare fully so I knew I had a hard job ahead of me. I tweaked my knee in the first moto and something did not feel right. I hate pulling in but there was no way I could make it to the flag so my priority was to get the leg checked out and make sure there was nothing wrong."MX1 Race 1: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 40:54.768; ; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:02.648; 3. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:04.809; 4. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +0:18.279; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:19.155; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:55.986; 7. Rui Gonçalves (POR, KTM), +1:02.442; 8. Marc de Reuver (NED, Suzuki), +1:07.547; 9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +1:24.861; 10. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +1:28.067;MX1 Race 2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41:44.947; ; 2. Rui Gonçalves (POR, KTM), +0:29.502; 3. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:39.816; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:47.706; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:59.719; 6. Marc de Reuver (NED, Suzuki), +1:12.696; 7. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +1:22.883; 8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +1:38.141; 9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +2:09.180; 10. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Aprilia), +2:42.235;MX1 Championship: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 625 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 494 p.; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 473 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 463 p.; 5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 448 p.; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 346 p.; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 324 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 299 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 270 p.; 10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 267 p.;

MX2 CLASS

Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross' Paulin obtained his maiden Grand Prix victory of the season on the demanding track of Lierop. The French won the first heat and starred in an incredible fight with his compatriot Musquin, where he could only finish third. For the French the season started four GP's after the rest of his rivals as he was recovering from an injury and he was waiting for his overall victory since his first appearance in the series in Bellpuig. Paulin is looking forward to Fermo in order to prove everybody that his GP victory this weekend did not happen by chance.Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2's Musquin could only be second overall this weekend but he was extremely happy after becoming the new 2010 FIM MX2 World Champion at the end of heat one already. The 20 year old French rider added his second consecutive MX2 World Title in his records before taking part to the 2010 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations. Musquin admitted that he struggled a lot this weekend in Lierop, but he was really satisfied with his second overall position and of course with his new MX2 World Title.Third overall was Nestaan JM Racing KTM' Roelants who expressed his disappointment for not being higher up in the podium. It was the third podium for the Belgian this season and he is now willing to race in Fermo next weekend and try to obtain his maiden GP victory. Roelants was one of the most consistent MX2 riders of the weekend finishing second and fourth in the races and he is now sixth in the Championship just two points behind Osborne.Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2's Simpson was fourth overall thanks to his solid first race, where he finished fourth after a really good start, and his seventh position in the second moto. The Brit is still seventh in the Championship but he has many chances of entering the top three in the last GP of the season in Fermo.Yamaha Gariboldi Monster Energy's Kullas completed the top five with a seventh and fifth position in the races. The Finnish starred in an incredible start in the second heat, where he was riding second in the opening lap, but he felt the pressure of eventual GP winner Paulin, Roelants and Roczen who could already pass him by the end of the first lap. Kullas is currently tenth in the points standings.Sixth overall was Tonus, who did an excellent first race finishing sixth and being eighth in the second one. His team-mate Roczen could only be seventh this weekend due to a DNF in race one after his Suzuki's chain broke when he was leading the heat with superb authority. It seems like Suzuki's misfortune after Brazil was not over, as Roczen handed the Title to Musquin in the same way Desalle did to Cairoli in Campo Grande. Roczen, instead, showed his incredible potential on his Suzuki machine striking the victory in the second race.Osborne was eighth overall in Lierop after being eleventh in the first heat and obtaining a decent sixth position in the second one. The American will have to do a good performance in Fermo if he wants to keep his fifth position in the Championship as Roelants is just two points behind him.Teillet did not a really consistent GP but he managed to finish ninth overall after being twelfth and ninth in the races. Nicholls completed the top ten.Frossard had a dnf in race two and dropped down to 13th while Kawasaki CLS team mate Van Horebeek struggled with illness and was an eventual 17th.Yamaha's Zach Osborne is nearing fourth place in the MX2-GP championship standings and was better in the second moto where he flowed easier with the track and captured sixth position. Earlier in the day he managed eleventh and was eighth overall; the third Yamaha in the top ten of the Grand Prix.Gautier Paulin: "My goal, as always, was to win and I had spent a lot of time on sand tracks this year - I think around three months in Belgium - and the work paid off. I am really happy to have won this race, especially being in the sand and me being a Frenchman from the south! I came close to Ken in the first moto but then he had the problem. I would have preferred to have had the fight with him but this is part of the sport. My start was not so good in the second race and I was third for a long time until I was able to reach Marvin on the last lap. We had a nice battle and I really wish I could have overtaken him at the line! Last year it was difficult for me in the sand, I think I barely scored and then had a DNF, and now I have a win so that's fantastic."Marvin Musquin: "Two titles in two years, that's really great for me, also for KTM and Red Bull. It was a great season and I rode well all year, although this wasn't so easy in the last GPs. The bike has been fantastic and now I go to Italy for the final round and of course I also want to win there," the new MX2 world champion said.Zach Osborne: "The first race was not brilliant but at least I got some points. In the second race I put in a solid charge and I think that was the benefit of the recent fitness work I have been doing and the effort to get back on form after the recent concussion. I'm pretty happy with the second race and have good momentum going into Fermo. I think I can be up there going for the podium again next week. Like a lot of people I have never been to Fermo ( Italy) but I seem to pick up new tracks pretty fast, we'll see. I really want to get that fourth place in the championship."MX2 Race 1: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 39:38.851; ; 2. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:16.380; 3. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:47.631; 4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:04.997; 5. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:11.754; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +1:22.380; 7. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:23.686; 8. Nick Triest (BEL, KTM), +2:20.793; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 10. Matiss Karro (LAT, Suzuki), -1 lap(s);MX2 Race 2: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 40:17.580; ; 2. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:12.174; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:12.729; 4. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:48.507; 5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:57.745; 6. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +2:11.606; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +2:29.973; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 9. Valentin Teillet (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s);MX2 Championship: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 613 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 524 p.; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 446 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 391 p.; 5. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 368 p.; 6. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 366 p.; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 361 p.; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 356 p.; 9. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 345 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 310 p.;