27,000 spectators showed up to watch the Grand Prix of Belgium in Lommel this weekend and they definitely got their money’s worth. Regarded as one of, if the most, treacherous sand tracks in the world, Lommel received a bit of a facelift this year; but it was no less brutal than in season passed. In MX1 action, Jonathan Barragan took his third consecutive GP win while Estonian Gert Krestinov won his very first MX2 GP as he celebrated his 18th birthday.
AXO/KTM/Silver Action’s Jonathan Barragan took his third consecutive win and fourth of his career. The Spaniard went 2-1 on the day, his second moto a hard-fought battle with multiple lead changes. Martin Honda’s Marc de Reuver looked like the favorite to win. He logged the fastest lap times on Saturday and he took the first moto win. The second moto was tougher for the Dutchman; he crashed while leading the rest of the pack. Barragan and Max Nagl of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing got around the Honda rider and Barragan would go on to the victory. Teka Suzuki WMX1’s Ken de Dycker made his way through the group to finish third behind Nagl and would stand on the second podium spot at the end of the day. De Reuver and new series leader Steve Ramon rounded off the top five.
David Philippaerts lost the Championship lead for the first time since he took the red plate in Portugal. As he dropped down to second, Steve Ramon has taken over the overall lead, while Josh Coppins remains third. De Dycker and Barragan round off the top five.
Jonathan Barragan jumped out in front when the gates dropped for the first MX1 moto, and the Spaniard held off the other racers for the first two laps before hometown hero Steve Ramon stole the lead. Ramon held the lead for the next few laps only to have Suzuki teammate Ken de Dycker chase him down. The two traded leads for most of the moto, but Honda’s Marc de Reuver tracked the yellow bikes down ended the moto out in front.
RESULTS (Moto 1)
1. Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda), 41:40.370
2. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), +0:09.075
3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +0:12.520
4. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:13.904
5. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:15.320
Just as the first moto started earlier in the afternoon, Moto 2 saw Jonathan Barragan’s KTM out front again for the first few laps. Barragan, however, gave up the lead to fellow KTM rider Maximilian Nagl. The German, though, lost the lead after two laps to the Dutch upstart Marc de Reuver, and de Reuver did not look back. The Dutchman led the rest of the GP pack for the next 7 laps, before a lapse (pun intended) judgement put de Reuver down into the deep sand. With that, Barragan regained the lead and squeaked out the overall victory.
RESULTS (Moto 2)
1. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 40:19.697
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:02.470
3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +0:31.172
4. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:39.137
5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.906
1. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 47 points;
2. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 40
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 37
4. Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda), 36
5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 34
OVERALL POINTS (Top Ten):
1. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 362 points;
2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 360
3. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 345
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 336
5. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 331
6. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 306
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 290
8. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Honda), 257
9. Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki), 245
10. Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda), 214
The youngster Gert Krestinov of Favor KTM Motorsport took his maiden GP victory after winning the second moto. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Rui Goncalves stood on the second step of the podium for the first time in his career as he finished second to the Estonian. Teammate Tommy Searle was third overall despite three crashes in the final moto and Tyla Rattray, who also crashed in the second moto, was fourth despite winning moto one. Champ KTM teammates Jeremy van Horebeek and Joel Roelants rounded off the top six. Krestinov’s win came on with his 18th birthday. Rattray is still on top of the MX2 Championship with Searle 20 points back. The injured Antonio Cairoli is third.
Unlike the MX1 ongoing lead changes throughout both motos, the MX2 class saw two riders take over and hold the lead in their respective motos until the checkers flew. In the first moto, Portugal’s Rui Goncalves shot out front on his Red Bull-backed KTM first, but his teammate, Tyla Rattray, stole the lead after a couple laps and did not look back. The Russian was on a mission in that first moto and no one was near catching him. Great Britain’s Tommy Searle did his best to reel in his KTM teammate, but Rattray would not be caught.
RESULTS (Moto 1)
1. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM), 41:33.589
2. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +0:21.537
3. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:34.953
4. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:35.986
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:41.914
Unlike in moto one, KTM’s Tyla Rattray and Tommy Searle were nowhere to be found after the gates dropped for the final MX2 moto of the day. Instead it was France’s Nicolas Aubin aboard his Ricci Racing-backed Yamaha who jumped out to the early lead. His time out front did not last, however, as Birthday-boy Gert Krestinov caught the Frenchman on the third lap. Krestinov then proceded to dominate the rest of the moto. The excitement, though, did not end there. Another Dutchman by the name of Erik Eggens snuck his Suzuki past Aubin and it looked as though the Netherlands would have a one-two finish. But, 14 laps in Eggens made a mistake and Aubin was able to regain that second spot.
RESULTS (Moto 2)
1. Gert Krestinov (EST, KTM), 40:41.049
2. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:25.053
3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:26.226
4. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:27.149
5. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:45.602
1. Gert Krestinov (EST, KTM), 38 points
2. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 38
3. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 37
4. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM), 36
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 35
OVERALL POINTS (Top Ten):
1. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM), 452 points
2. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 432
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 357
4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 312
5. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 279
6. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), 274
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 232
8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), 224
9. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 215
10. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha), 203