Barragan Wins at Bellpuig

BELLPUIG (SPAIN), 17 May 2009 – Courtesy of a thrilling victory Jonathan Barragan became the first ever Spaniard to win a Motocross GP at home in Spain since 1962, the year of the first ever Spanish GP.

A final lap dogfight in the second MX2 heat handed the first ever overall win to a surprised Jeremy van Horebeek. The MX1 podium was completed by Philippaerts and Cairoli while an all KTM MX2 podium saw Goncalves second and Boissiere third.

Cairoli keeps leading the MX1 standings ahead of Barragan while Musquin became the new MX2 red plate holder ahead of round seven to be held at Mallory Park, Great Britain, in two weeks.

MX1

Despite not being 100% fit due to a recent left shoulder injury KTM Silver Action’s Barragan made it a great day for his home fans by winning his second season’s GP at home in Spain. Since the first ever Motocross GP held in Spain took place in 1962  at Rota-Malaga, no Spanish riders had won an overall on home soil as Barragan wrote his name on the history books today.

Winning heat one with a dominant performance, Barragan was on route for another start to flag victory in the second heat. Though a crash in the opening laps saw the Madrid born rider recover to an eventual fourth and wrap up the overall.

Despite a broken left index from Agueda a gutsy Philippaerts showed an incredible willpower by taking his best season’s overall finish courtesy of a second place. The reigning Champion has now entered the top five in the standings as he fought tooth and nail to get third both in heat one and two.

Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Cairoli rounded off the podium and limited the damages to his series lead after what was a difficult opening moto. Chasing Barragan for victory, Cairoli bumped into second placed Mackenzie as both went down. Once Cairoli was back in the race he managed to recover to fifth but another crash while he tried to move past Coppins saw the Italian drop down the field again. He ended in eighth place which he made up for by winning the final heat after closing an almost ten second gap from previous leader Nagl in just four laps – though the German gave Cairoli a hand by crashing in the final stages of the moto.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Nagl was fourth overall ahead of LS Motors Honda’s Desalle who completed the top five. Despite two good starts Mackenzie, who led nine laps in moto two, took eighth overall.

De Dycker was hampered by a couple of crashes in heat one –he dnf’d eventually- as he took sixth in heat two despite a sore wrist.

MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 40:38.899; ; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), +0:10.982; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:11.453; 4. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:16.273; 5. David Vuillemin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:17.446; 6. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:18.617; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:19.177; 8. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), +0:51.165; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), +0:54.074; 10. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), +1:05.652;

MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 39:22.225; ; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:01.314; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:13.691; 4. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), +0:18.063; 5. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Honda), +0:20.186; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +0:23.058; 7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), +0:23.655; 8. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:23.983; 9. David Vuillemin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:33.488; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:39.470;

MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 43 points; 2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 40 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 38 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 36 p.; 5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 36 p.; 6. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 31 p.; 7. David Vuillemin (FRA, Kawasaki), 28 p.; 8. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Honda), 26 p.; 9. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), 20 p.;

MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 231 points; 2. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 195 p.; 3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 183 p.; 4. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 175 p.; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 174 p.; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), 162 p.; 7. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 162 p.; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 155 p.; 9. David Vuillemin (FRA, Kawasaki), 101 p.; 10. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 100 p.;

MX1 Manufacturers: 1. Yamaha, 261 points; 2. KTM, 213 p.; 3. Suzuki, 197 p.; 4. Honda, 196 p.; 5. Kawasaki, 115 p.; 6. TM, 85 p.; 7. Aprilia, 69 p.; 8. CCM, 38 p.; 9. Husqvarna, 0 p.;

Complete results available at www.motocrossmx1.com/reslists.aspx

MX2

One single point marked the maiden MX2 Grand Prix success of Belgian Jeremy van Horebeek who found himself on top of today’s podium after a dramatic final lap of heat two. Taking second in moto one behind eventual winner Goncalves, the Belgian of the KTM Factory Junior MX2 team moved past Aubin at the final lap of moto two and took third as the manoeuvre added two more points and the overall win to his account.

On the other hand Red Bull KTM Factory racing’s Goncalves, who was on his way to win the third consecutive GP on the day of his 24th birthday, dropped to second overall. Good consolation for the Portuguese was that he could score 22 points more than new Championship leader Marvin Musquin and reduce his gap from the top of the standings.

Making up for an injury plagued beginning of the 2009, KTM HDI MX’s Anthony Boissiere mounted on his first season’s podium and even won his third career GP heat by dominating the second half of heat two.

Boissiere, who only raced Faenza and Bellpuig due to his injuries, had a hard time to keep young gun Roczen behind in second at heat two. As Boissiere got more and more tired, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2’s Roczen came closer and closer to take his best career result of second in a GP heat at only his second career GP – he debuted last weekend in Agueda 11 days after his 15th birthday. Roczen was an eventual fourth overall missing out on his maiden podium by just two points.

His team mate Boog was fifth overall despite a great first heat result of third.

Taking eleventh overall Musquin snatched the red plate from French countryman Paulin who had a terrible start to the final moto when he crashed at turn one and his bike got stuck under Pocock’s Yamaha.

MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 39:21.424; ; 2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:01.818; 3. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), +0:05.871; 4. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), +0:06.426; 5. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:07.891; 6. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:07.954; 7. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, KTM), +0:24.346; 8. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha), +0:29.578; 9. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM), +0:33.182; 10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KTM), +0:34.051;

MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, KTM), 39:35.739; ; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:02.240; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:05.212; 4. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:06.794; 5. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:09.792; 6. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:10.777; 7. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), +0:19.102; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), +0:20.462; 9. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), +0:29.925; 10. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM), +0:36.699;

MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 42 points; 2. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 41 p.; 3. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, KTM), 39 p.; 4. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 37 p.; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), 33 p.; 6. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), 32 p.; 7. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 31 p.; 8. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), 28 p.; 9. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM), 23 p.; 10. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha), 20 p.;

MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), 184 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 181 p.; 3. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), 179 p.; 4. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 166 p.; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), 141 p.; 6. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 136 p.; 7. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), 126 p.; 8. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 100 p.; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 97 p.; 10. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 89 p.;

MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 230 points; 2. Kawasaki, 222 p.; 3. Yamaha, 213 p.; 4. Honda, 192 p.; 5. Suzuki, 170 p.; 6. TM, 9 p.;

Complete results available at www.motocrossmx1.com/reslists.aspx

THE GP OF CATALUNYA-QUICK FACTS

Circuit length: 1571 mt

Type of ground: hard pack

Temperature: 28° C

Weather conditions: sunny

Crowd attendance during weekend: 20000

As the whole FIM Motocross World Championship, this Grand Prix and the FIM Women’s World Championship Race 2 will be broadcast live and delayed. Click here to see schedule and coverage online.

NEXT GP

Round seven of 15 will take the FIM Motocross World Championship to Mallory Park, Great Britain, on the May 31 weekend together with round three of the FIM Veterans’ World Cup. The second round of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship will be held together with the Motocross GP – on the Friday and Saturday only.

The FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship will be back at Ernee, France, on June 7.

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