FIM MOTOCROSS GRAND PRIX OF GREAT BRITAIN – LATEST INFO


KIRKBY MALLORY (GREAT BRITAIN), 30 May 2008 – The sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship is ready to kick off at the Mallory Park race track.

The MX1 riders headed by series leader David Philippaerts of Yamaha Monster Motocross are looking forward to unleash their 450cc machines on the recently built course which is inside the area of the popular road racing facility.

Martin Honda’s Marc de Reuver will be on fire after his maiden MX1 overall win of Mantova, where the Dutchman topped the podium from third placed Philippaerts and GPKR’s Sebastien Pourcel.

The Frenchman never missed the podium since Agueda’s GP, which was held on the sole dry weekend the series has seen so far.

Teka Suzuki WMX1’s Steve Ramon and Ken de Dycker are both riding solid, with the former being runner up to Philippaerts and the latter fourth.

Yamaha Monster Motocross’ Josh Coppins is sandwiched in between the two while he still seeks his first win of 2008 after his sole podium appearance in Agueda; on the other hand Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Max Nagl won his first 2008 moto in Mantova.

As Spaniard Jonathan Barragan is back to the GP action after winning last weekend’s MX3 round in Spain, home riders Billy Mackenzie, Brad Anderson and James Noble look forward to their crowd’s support for the weekend.

Kevin Strijbos of GPKR will sit out of this round as well due to his thumb injury from Spain.

Billy Mackenzie looks for different fortunes in Great Britain

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tyla Rattray leads the MX2 collective into England anseeks his second season’s win to open up a gap from runner up Antonio Cairoli of Yamaha Red Bull De Carli.

The defending MX2 Champion is currently sandwiched between Rattray and team mate Tommy Searle; the highest placed British rider in the MX2 class looks forward to his home event, which is where he collected his first of two Grand Prix wins last year – the event was held at Donington which will host the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations this year on September 28.

With this trio trying to break away and set up a three men title wrestle, Ricci Racing Yamaha’s Nicolas Aubin leads the rest of the field together with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Rui Goncalves, who rounds off the top five.

British countrymen Shaun Simpson and Stephen Sword are sixth and seventh respectively, with the British crowd expecting their home heroes to come back to the podium as both already visited the rostrum in 2008.

Spanish GP winner Davide Guarneri will not ride this weekend as he picked up a right knee injury in Mantova, breaking two ligaments; on the other hand CCM mounted Kristian Whatley, who is the son of former GP winner Jeremy Whatley, will try to qualify and race his first GP this weekend.

Shaun Simpson enters Mallory Park with podium ambitions

The FIM Veterans’ Motocross World Cup is at its second of three rounds and the British crowd looks forward to watching last year’s Cup Winner Dave Thorpe fight back after a difficult start at Bellpuig. Now Toine van Dijk leads the points standings from Scott Eastwood and 2006 Cup winner Thierry Godfroid. Belgian Peter Iven is fourth ahead of other home rider Greg Hanson; the latter won the opening moto at round one, which also marked CCM’s come back in the World series. 2006 Cup winner Marc van den Brink will miss also this round because of an eye injury.

MALLORY PARK CIRCUIT AND KIRKBY MALLORY

The motocross course of Mallory Park is built inside the popular road racing facility but the race track itself is right out of the road course – next to the start straight. The man made circuit has a medium-soft ground with the corners’ soil being enriched with sand. The circuit runs anticlockwise and its spectacular layout has many elevation changes, making it quite technical and demanding. The FIM Motocross World Championship collective at Mallory will benefit of the road racing course facilities, including the paddock in tarmac. As the Motocross World Championship riders will see Mallory for their first time, the races on the road course have hosted several World Championships as John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini.

The paddock at Mallory Park

Kirkby Mallory is a small town located in the rural area of Leicestershire and it is 50 kilometres away from Birmingham. The town is very well known for the road racing course of Mallory Park, hosting many international events such as the FIM Motocross series which open the local area to the rest of the world. The name of the town comes from an eminent family of landowners of the Medieval times, the Malory ( or Mallorre) family.

THE EVENT’S SCHEDULE

Saturday May 31: Veterans Free Practice 1 at 9:00 am; MX2 Free Practice at 10:00 am; MX1 Free Practice 1 at 11:00 am; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice at 12:00 am; Veterans Free Practice 2 at 1:15 pm; MX1 Free Practice 2 at 2:00 pm; MX2 Qualifying Race 1 at 3:00 pm; MX2 Qualifying Race 2 at 3:45 pm; MX1 Time Practice at 4:30 pm; MX2 Last Chance Qualifying Practice at 5:15 pm; Veterans Time Practice at 6:00 pm (local time).

Sunday June 1: Veterans Warm-up at 9:00 am; MX2 Warm-up at 9:30 am; MX1 Warm-up at 10:00 am; World Environmental Day – FIM Celebration at 10:30 am; British Legends Parade at 10:45 am; Veterans Race 1 at 11:10 am; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 at 12:10 am; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 at 1:10 pm; Veterans Race 2 at 2:10 pm; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 at 3:03 pm; MX1 Grand Prix Race 2 at 4:03 pm (local time).

The motocross course of Mallory Park is built inside the popular road racing facility but the race track itself is right out of the road course – next to the start straight. The man made circuit has a medium-soft ground with the corners’ soil being enriched with sand. The circuit runs anticlockwise and its spectacular layout has many elevation changes, making it quite technical and demanding. The FIM Motocross World Championship collective at Mallory will benefit of the road racing course facilities, including the paddock in tarmac. As the Motocross World Championship riders will see Mallory for their first time, the races on the road course have hosted several World Championships as John Surtees, Mike Hailwood and Giacomo Agostini.

The paddock at Mallory Park

Kirkby Mallory is a small town located in the rural area of Leicestershire and it is 50 kilometres away from Birmingham. The town is very well known for the road racing course of Mallory Park, hosting many international events such as the FIM Motocross series which open the local area to the rest of the world. The name of the town comes from an eminent family of landowners of the Medieval times, the Malory ( or Mallorre) family.

THE EVENT’S SCHEDULE

Saturday May 31: Veterans Free Practice 1 at 9:00 am; MX2 Free Practice at 10:00 am; MX1 Free Practice 1 at 11:00 am; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice at 12:00 am; Veterans Free Practice 2 at 1:15 pm; MX1 Free Practice 2 at 2:00 pm; MX2 Qualifying Race 1 at 3:00 pm; MX2 Qualifying Race 2 at 3:45 pm; MX1 Time Practice at 4:30 pm; MX2 Last Chance Qualifying Practice at 5:15 pm; Veterans Time Practice at 6:00 pm (local time).

Sunday June 1: Veterans Warm-up at 9:00 am; MX2 Warm-up at 9:30 am; MX1 Warm-up at 10:00 am; World Environmental Day – FIM Celebration at 10:30 am; British Legends Parade at 10:45 am; Veterans Race 1 at 11:10 am; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 at 12:10 am; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 at 1:10 pm; Veterans Race 2 at 2:10 pm; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 at 3:03 pm; MX1 Grand Prix Race 2 at 4:03 pm (local time).

LINKS

Youthstream http://www.MotocrossMX1.com

FIM http://www.fim.ch/en/default.asp

ACU-Auto-Cycle Union http://www.acu.org.uk

RHL Activities / British MXGP http://www.britishmxgp.com

Mallory Park http://www.mallorypark.co.uk

Leicestershire http://www.goleicestershire.com

Information, photos and results are online at http://www.motocrossMX1.com, the official website of the FIM Motocross World Championships.

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