THOR Race Report: MXGP Round 5, Teutschenthal Germany

In a race to be remembered, THOR riders Josh Coppins and Marc De Reuver saw overall GP victory slip through their fingers at the infamous ‘Talkessel’ circuit in Teutschenthal Germany. Coppins and de Reuver both dominated timed training on Saturday with the New Zealander on pole (his first of the season) closely followed by Dutchman, de Reuver. The Factory Yamaha Rinaldi duo then went on to annihilate the rest of the field in moto 1 for another 1-2 finish.

While leading the second MX1 moto and looking set for double victory, Coppins hooked false neutral in a sand section and went down handing the lead and virtual GP victory to team-mate de Reuver. Six laps later, de Reuver saw his first GP victory hopes disintegrate when he lost his front end after his hand slipped off the bars. Italian David Philippaerts capitalized on this misfortune to win the GP and overall by 1 point over Steve Ramon and Coppins who tied on points.

Antonio Cairoli dominated the MX2 class once again with two easy moto wins in front of Frenchman Christophe Pourcel. THOR’s MX2 protagonist, Gareth Swanepoel had a weekend he would rather want to forget. A broken front wheel in moto 1 and crash in moto 2 saw the South African’s chances of a podium go up in smoke.

The first round of three, in the Women’s World Cup also kicked off in Teutschenthal. THOR’s Larissa Papenmeier qualified fastest in Saturday’s timed training in front of her home crowd. The petit seventeen-year-old German, who weighs no more than 46kg, grabbed the hole-shot and victory in moto 1 after she was locked in an exciting duel with 2006 cup champion, Katherine Prumm. Her second moto result of 4th was enough to secure overall victory and the lead in the Women’s World Cup.

With Japan next on the FIM World championship calendar on the 26-27 May, the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturer’s will be rallying for GP honors in Sugo. Josh Coppins has increased his lead in the MX1 championship to 43 points and will continue to run the red plate in his quest for an MX1 title.

Josh Coppins:
” This track is so fast which makes the racing really close. We got our first pole of the year which I was really pumped with and I was happy with my speed and the way I was riding. I made a mistake in the sand section which was really disappointing. On the bright side I have extended my lead in the championship. It could have been an easy win in the second moto but that’s motocross

Marc De Reuver:
“Even in my junior motocross races did I not give away a race like that! I went into the corner and my right hand slipped off the grip. I don’t know why because I always took the same rut. The bike was still running and I picked it up straightaway. I lost only two places and thought that the moto was still there for me but then Ramon pushed me over the berm and just into the fence and everyone in that group went through. I should have won it easily, with ‘two fingers in my nose’ even. I was riding so smoothly and it was just a stupid thing.

Gareth Swanepoel:
“This has definitely not been my weekend. The first moto was cut short when I hit Jeremy Tarroux and broke the front wheel. My start was pretty good in the second moto but I went down hard on the first lap and was stone last. I made pretty good progress through the pack and finished really strong which I was happy about. I’m looking forward to Japan in two weeks and hope to get back to where I should be.

Larissa Papenmeier:
” I never expected to win the GP and I even didn’t expect to qualify on pole. I have been training hard over the winter and I guess it now shows with this result. I look forward to the next round in Uddevalla, Sweden.

Race Results:


MX2 Race 1

1 Cairoli, Antonio ITA Yamaha

2 Pourcel, Christophe FRA Kawasaki

3 Gundersen, Kenneth NOR Yamaha

4 Rattray, Tyla RSA KTM

5 Guarneri, Davide ITA Yamaha

6 Leuret, Pascal FRA Honda

7 Schiffer, Marcus GER KTM

8 Seistola, Matti FIN Honda

9 Aubin, Nicolas FRA Yamaha

10 Nunn, Carl GBR Yamaha

11 van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL KTM

12 Paulin, Gautier FRA Honda

13 Simpson, Shaun GBR Kawasaki

14 Verbruggen, Dennis BEL Yamaha

15 Searle, Tommy GBR KTM

DNF Swanepoel, Gareth RSA Kawasaki (THOR)

MX Race 2

1 Cairoli, Antonio ITA Yamaha

2 Pourcel, Christophe FRA Kawasaki

3 Rattray, Tyla RSA KTM

4 Leuret, Pascal FRA Honda

5 Guarneri, Davide ITA Yamaha

6 Aubin, Nicolas FRA Yamaha

7 Searle, Tommy GBR KTM

8 Seistola, Matti FIN Honda

9 Avis, Wyatt RSA KTM

10 Nunn, Carl GBR Yamaha

11 Boissiere, Anthony FRA Kawasaki

12 Monni, Manuel ITA Yamaha

13 van Horebeek, Jeremy BEL KTM

14 Gundersen, Kenneth NOR Yamaha

15 Swanepoel, Gareth RSA Kawasaki (THOR)

MX2 World championship standings:

1 Cairoli, A. ITA 247

2 Pourcel, C. FRA 181

3 Rattray, Tyla RSA 180

4 Leuret, Pascal FRA 143

5 Searle, Tommy GBR 137

6 Aubin, Nicolas FRA 121

7 Gundersen, K. NOR 118

8 Swanepoel, G. RSA 113 (THOR)

9 Seistola, M. FIN 104

10 Schiffer, M. GER 86

11 Boissiere, A. FRA 67

12 Frossard, S. FRA 58

13 Monni, Manuel ITA 55

14 Eggens, Erik NED 54

15 Church, Tom GBR 53

MX1 Race 1

1 Coppins, Joshua NZL Yamaha (THOR)

2 de Reuver, Marc NED Yamaha

3 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki

4 de Dycker, Ken BEL Honda

5 Philippaerts, David ITA KTM

6 Strijbos, Kevin BEL Suzuki

7 Crockard, Gordon IRL Honda

8 Noble, James GBR Honda

9 Nagl, Maximilian GER KTM

10 Priem, Manuel BEL TM

11 Anderson, Bradley GBR Yamaha

12 Brown, Mike USA Honda

13 Leok, Tanel EST Kawasaki

14 Barragan, Jonathan ESP KTM

15 Desalle, Clement BEL Suzuki

MX1 Race 2

1 Philippaerts, David ITA KTM

2 Pourcel, Sebastien FRA Kawasaki

3 Ramon, Steve BEL Suzuki

4 Strijbos, Kevin BEL Suzuki

5 Crockard, Gordon IRL Honda

6 Coppins, Joshua NZL Yamaha (THOR)

7 Barragan, Jonathan ESP KTM

8 de Reuver, Marc NED Yamaha

9 Mackenzie, Billy GBR Kawasaki

10 Leok, Aigar EST Yamaha

11 Brown, Mike USA Honda

12 Renet, Pierre A. FRA Honda

13 Allier, Thomas FRA Kawasaki

14 de Dycker, Ken BEL Honda

15 Leok, Tanel EST Kawasaki

MX1 World championship standings:

1 Coppins, J. NZL 234 (THOR)

2 Strijbos, K. BEL 191

3 Ramon, Steve BEL 156

4 de Dycker, Ken BEL 131

5 Pourcel, S. FRA 130

6 Barragan, J. ESP 121

7 Philippaerts, D. ITA 115

8 de Reuver, M. NED 115

9 Leok, Tanel EST 112

10 Noble, James GBR 104

11 Brown, Mike USA 100

12 Priem, Manuel BEL 81

13 Nagl, M. GER 80

14 Mackenzie, B. GBR 73

15 Nemeth, Kornel HUN 66

Women World Cup

1 Papenmeier, Larissa GER Honda (THOR)

2 Prumm, Katherine NZL Kawasaki

3 Lancelot, Livia FRA Kawasaki

4 Franke, Maria GER Kawasaki

5 Veenstra, Marianne NED Honda

6 Adriansson, Sandra SWE Suzuki

7 Romlin, Marie SWE Yamaha

8 De Mol, Marielle NED Yamaha

9 Mann, Elin SWE KTM

10 Sjöberg, Sofia SWE Honda

Race 2

1 Laier, Stephanie GER KTM

2 Franke, Maria GER Kawasaki

3 Lancelot, Livia FRA Kawasaki

4 Papenmeier, Larissa GER Honda (THOR)

5 Prumm, Katherine NZL Kawasaki

6 Mann, Elin SWE KTM

7 De Winter, Elien BEL Honda

8 Veenstra, Marianne NED Honda

9 Adriansson, Sandra SWE Suzuki

10 Seidenberg, Jenny GER KTM

Women Cup standings:

1 Papenmeier, L. GER 43 (THOR)

2 Franke, Maria GER 40

3 Lancelot, L. FRA 40

4 Prumm, K. NZL 38

5 Veenstra, M. NED 29

6 Mann, Elin SWE 27

7 Adriansson, S. SWE 27

8 Laier, S. GER 25

9 Romlin, Marie SWE 24

10 De Mol, M. NED 22

ong>MX1 World championship standings:

1 Coppins, J. NZL 234 (THOR)

2 Strijbos, K. BEL 191

3 Ramon, Steve BEL 156

4 de Dycker, Ken BEL 131

5 Pourcel, S. FRA 130

6 Barragan, J. ESP 121

7 Philippaerts, D. ITA 115

8 de Reuver, M. NED 115

9 Leok, Tanel EST 112

10 Noble, James GBR 104

11 Brown, Mike USA 100

12 Priem, Manuel BEL 81

13 Nagl, M. GER 80

14 Mackenzie, B. GBR 73

15 Nemeth, Kornel HUN 66

Women World Cup

1 Papenmeier, Larissa GER Honda (THOR)

2 Prumm, Katherine NZL Kawasaki

3 Lancelot, Livia FRA Kawasaki

4 Franke, Maria GER Kawasaki

5 Veenstra, Marianne NED Honda

6 Adriansson, Sandra SWE Suzuki

7 Romlin, Marie SWE Yamaha

8 De Mol, Marielle NED Yamaha

9 Mann, Elin SWE KTM

10 Sjöberg, Sofia SWE Honda

Race 2

1 Laier, Stephanie GER KTM

2 Franke, Maria GER Kawasaki

3 Lancelot, Livia FRA Kawasaki

4 Papenmeier, Larissa GER Honda (THOR)

5 Prumm, Katherine NZL Kawasaki

6 Mann, Elin SWE KTM

7 De Winter, Elien BEL Honda

8 Veenstra, Marianne NED Honda

9 Adriansson, Sandra SWE Suzuki

10 Seidenberg, Jenny GER KTM

Women Cup standings:

1 Papenmeier, L. GER 43 (THOR)

2 Franke, Maria GER 40

3 Lancelot, L. FRA 40

4 Prumm, K. NZL 38

5 Veenstra, M. NED 29

6 Mann, Elin SWE 27

7 Adriansson, S. SWE 27

8 Laier, S. GER 25

9 Romlin, Marie SWE 24

10 De Mol, M. NED 22