There may have not been a National over the weekend, but the ninth round of the FIM World Grand Prix was in full swing. Here’s what happened from the GP of Teutschenthal.
Words and video by Moto Mpora:
Teutschenthal hosted one of the best Grand Prix of the season with 40000 spectators and incredible racing in both MX1 and MX2 classes. Evgeny Bobryshev dominated both races and obtained his maiden GP victory, while Ken Roczen finished on the top of the podium after a dramatic second race.
Antonio Cairoli could not beat Bobryshev and finished on the second step of the podium, while Clement Desalle succeeded in finishing third overall even suffering from several injuries.
Gautier Paulin dominated the second race and was on the second step of the podium and Tommy Searle had to settle down with an overall third position. Jeffrey Herlings finished fourth.
In the UEM EMX125 series, Simone Zecchina kept the red plate on his Suzuki machine, as he won the second race, ahead of Samuele Bernardini and Tim Gajser.
Honda World Motocross' Bobryshev made history this weekend in Teutschenthal obtaining his maiden GP win and handing Russia another GP victory after more than thirty years from Vladimir Kavinov win in the GP of Russia. Bobryshev imposed an incredible rhythm in the first race and crossed the finish line four seconds ahead of Cairoli, but in the last laps of the second heat Bobryshev struggled a little bit to keep Cairoli's pressure. Finally, the Russian succeeded in being on the top of the podium with a 1-1 result.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1's Cairoli made several mistakes in both heats and had to settle down with a final second position. In the first race he crashed when he was riding second and in the second heat he made a mistake in the opening lap when he was leading the race. Cairoli tried to pass Bobryshev in the last corner at the last lap, but it was too risky and the Italian preferred to keep the second position.
The third overall position was for Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1's Desalle, who managed to be on the podium
even being injured on his two shoulders, his knee and his left hand finger. The Belgian made a big effort to finish fifth in the first race and he gave it all in the second heat to finish third.
Honda World Motocross' Gonçalves finished in a solid seventh position in race one and he did an impressive second race and he crossed the finish line fourth. The Portuguese is still seventh in the MX1 Championship, but he is just one point behind Philippaerts.
Home rider Nagl started at the front in both heats but he could not keep his pursuers' rhythm and finished fourth and seventh respectively. In the first race Nagl rode third and second most of the time, but in the last three laps he lost two positions and had to settled down with the fourth place. The German is fifth in the championship, 12 points behind Bobryshev.
De Dycker could not repeat his last year's victory in Teutschenthal and obtained a final sixth position. However, the Belgian has improved notoriously his results in the last GP and although he is still eleventh in the Championship, he is just three points behind Barragán, who is eighth in the point standings. The Spaniard succeeded in finishing seventh in Teutschenthal thanks to his 8-6 result.
Frossard finished third in the first race, but he anticipated too early the gate in the second heat and started from the last position. His teammate Philippaerts was affected by Frossard's mistake and he also had to push from the last position of the pack. Philippaerts was able to finish eighth and obtained an overall ninth position, but Frossard was just 15th in the second race, as he made a mistake when he was moving up some positions. Frossard obtained a final eighth position ahead of Philippaerts, and Steven Ramon completed the top ten.
Chirstophe Pourcel got a DNF in both heats and he could not achieve his goal for the weekend. In the first heat he had to pull out because he went out without the chest protections and in the second one he had some problems with the settings of his Kawasaki machine.
MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 39:44.894; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:04.021; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:05.673; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:06.777; 5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:22.381; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), +0:25.319; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:40.536; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:48.745; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:51.773; 10. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:54.969;
MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 39:48.006; ; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:03.710; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:21.504; 4. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:27.394; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), +0:32.547; 6. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:36.851; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:38.614; 8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:41.565; 9. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +1:08.997; 10. Marc de Reuver (NED, Yamaha), +1:19.049;
MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 50 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 36 p.; 4. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 32 p.; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 32 p.; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), 31 p.; 7. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 28 p.; 8. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 26 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 25 p.; 10. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 23 p.;
MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 366 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 348 p.; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 326 p.; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 294 p.; 5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 282 p.; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 250 p.; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 249 p.; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 204 p.; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 203 p.; 10. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 203 p.;
MX1 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 391 points; 2. Yamaha, 371 p.; 3. Suzuki, 356 p.; 4. Honda, 315 p.; 5. Kawasaki, 256 p.; 6. TM, 146 p.; 7. Aprilia, 9 p.;
Home rider and local idol Roczen dominated the first race, but he made a mistake in the opening lap of race two and had to push really hard to cross the finish line in the third position. Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2's Roczen was delighted to see all his German fans cheering for him and he was very satisfied as he could hand the overall victory to all of them.
Monster Energy Yamaha's Paulin did an incredible start in the second race and managed to keep the lead until the chequered flag. Gautier, who is nine points behind Searle in the point standings, could not take the overall win, as he could only be fourth in the first heat.
Third overall was CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit's Searle, who missed the overall win for just three points. The British rider was very satisfied with his riding this weekend and he is looking forward to the upcoming GP to improve his third position in the Championship.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2's Herlings missed the podium for two points. The Dutch was second in the first race, but he made a mistake during the second race and crossed the finish line fourth. Herlings is now 19 points behind his teammate Roczen.
Completing the top five was Bike-it Cosworth Yamaha's Tonus with a 6-5 result. The Swiss rider made two very good starts and rode with the top riders during the first laps of both heats, but he could not keep their rhythm and missed a very good opportunity to be on the podium this weekend.
His teammate Osborne obtained a solid sixth position this weekend even suffering from the Epstein Barr Virus, which make the American feel tired every time. Jake Nicholls had two consistent races this weekend and he finished seventh overall, ahead of Teillet and Butrón. Finish rider Kullas completed the top ten with a 13-11 result.
MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 39:30.327; ; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:11.095; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:37.788; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:42.372; 5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:44.026; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:46.285; 7. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), +0:46.870; 8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:00.055; 9. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:20.513; 10. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), +1:24.360;
MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 39:55.909; ; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:03.228; 3. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:15.049; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:19.232; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:28.423; 6. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:31.649; 7. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), +0:55.312; 8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:58.734; 9. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), +1:06.627; 10. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:08.155;
MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 45 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 43 p.; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 42 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 31 p.; 6. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 31 p.; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 26 p.; 8. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), 25 p.; 9. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), 22 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 18 p.;
MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 396 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 377 p.; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 328 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 319 p.; 5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 265 p.; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 256 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 215 p.; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 197 p.; 9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), 192 p.; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 170 p.;
MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 439 points; 2. Kawasaki, 368 p.; 3. Yamaha, 355 p.; 4. Husqvarna, 106 p.; 5. Honda, 79 p.; 6. Suzuki, 72 p.; 7. TM, 1 p.;
After yesterday's first race where Zecchina was second and Bernardini first, Zecchina knew that if he lost the second race today, he would also lose the red plate. The Italian did an incredible race today and he dominated it from beginning to end and obtained his second overall win of the season. Bernardini made a mistake at the beginning of the race, but he managed to cross the finish line second and be on the second step of the podium. Belgian Gajser had a very consistent weekend and finished third overall, ahead of Moroni and Plessers.
GP OF GERMANY – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1635m
Type of ground: hard pack
Temperature: 32° C
Weather conditions: sunny
Crowd attendance: 40000
The FIM Motocross World Championship moves east and next weekend Latvia will host the tenth Grand Prix of the season. In Kegums it will also take place the third round of the Veterans World Cup and the fourth round of the UEM
As most of you may have found out by now, Christophe Pourcel is now racing for the CLS Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team back in Europe after a short stint with MotoConcepts Yamaha in the States. In his first race back at the GP of Teutschenthal, Pourcel marked at DNF in both motos.
Words and photo by Moto Mpora:
If you watched the GP today from Germany you would have noticed Christophe Pourcel pull out of moto one. Looking at the TV pictures and listening to the commentary from Paul Malin the reason could have easily been a bike problem. That was not quite the case as news came through the pits that the reason he pulled out was he'd forgotten to put his chest protector on – interesting to say the least as in moto two he did the same but up until this point we have no reason why he did so in the second race.
This reminds me of story from years back, I was sat outside a chip shop with friends and the local C90 rider pulled up and went into buy some chips. He took his helmet off and put to the side as he went crazy with the salt 'n' vinegar…next thing you know he's walked out got on his bike and rode off minus his helmet, ten minutes later he's back casually walked back into the chippy grabbed his helmet and off he went – for some reason when the Pourcel reason came back to us this afternoon it brought back memories of this, amazing.
Earlier in the day Pourcel was back to his old tricks and winning no friends in the GP paddock.
He refused to go to a specially-organised TV interview, saying he had to sleep as the organisers had made him turn up very early to sign on.
He also announced he's keen at just seeing the GP season out here so he can get back to Supercross in America as soon as possible.
If Pourcel is looking at keeping the fans in Europe on his side his actions this weekend will go along way in alienating a lot of people without a doubt.Today is the day. That’s right, the search for the next TWMX model search is only hours away. If you haven’t looked through the pictures of our potential TWMX models, take a look for yourself.
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