MXoN Qualifying

With thousands of people lining the outer rim of the Autodromo di Franciacorta track, 36 countries lined up at gates for qualifying this afternoon. With the hometown fans as their support, the Italian squad definitely had the advantage. It also helped they have a healthy Antonio Cairoli and David Philippaerts. On the other side of the spectrum, the young U.S. squad (other than veteran Ivan Tedesco), lined up with the typical pressure the U.S. seems to hold at all Motocross of Nations on recent history. With a 31st gate pick, the U.S. had their work cut out for them from the get-go. It would take excellent starts from all three riders to be contenders against the strong Italian, French, Australian, and Belgian teams. The format goes a bit like this: all three classes race one 20-minute-plus-two-laps qualifier and then the team takes the top two finishes. In the US’ case, they went 5-8-5, so they dropped the 8 for a 5-5 finish. Before the motos, gates are picked at random out of a spinning cage full of balls… yes, just like Powerball in the 80s. Team USA lucked out with a 31st gate pick where all three racers would have to start throughout the day–not a great way to kick things off.
When all was said and done, the local Italian boys took the top qualifying spot (1-1) followed by France (1-2) and Belgium (2-3). Great Britain (2-4) and Australia (3-4) also snuck into the top five, leaving the U.S. to work with a sixth-place qualifying spot. Here’s how it went down:

Open ClassMX1
As the gate dropped for the first time at the 2009 Motocross of Nations, Great Britain’s Billy MacKenzie inched out the holeshot with Australia’s Chad Reed, Belgium’s Clement DeSalle, and hometown hero Antonio Cairoli close behind. Reed immediately went to work clawing at MacKenzie’s rear tire, while DeSalle paced Reed. Before Reed could put the move on MacKenzie, however, DeSalle made his own way around Reed. Meanwhile, USA’s Ryan Dungey was mired way back in the pack after getting a bad start out of the 31st gate. Nearly 14th, Dungey had his work cut out for him after the first lap. With Dungey nowhere in sight, Cairoli started to move in on DeSalle. The crowd roared as Cairoli zipped by the Belgian. From there the Italian Stallion was in striking distance of the Brit, Billy MacKenzie. Before long, the crowd ignited once again as Cairoli took over the lead from MacKenzie. With the wind out of his sails, MacKenzie began to fade, leaving the door open for DeSalle and Reed to take over second and third; MacKenzie would eventually end up 13th. Dungey, on the other hand, went to opposite direction as the Brit. Nearly every lap, Dungey made up a position. When the checkers flew, Dungey made his way all the way back to fifth. Not bad for his first few laps outside of America. The longtime GP veteran, Josh Coppins, also put in an impressive performance running up front all moto and scoring a top-five finish of his own.

MX1 Start
Chad Reed
Clement Desalle
Chad Reed
Steven Frossard
Chad Reed
Ryan Dungey
Billy Mackenzie
Antonio Cairoli
Ryan Dungey
Antonio Cairoli
Josh Coppins
Antonio Cairoli
Antonio Cairoli
Clement Desalle
Chad Reed
Ryan Dungey
Antonio Cairoli
Clement Desalle
Ryan Dungey
Ryan Dungey
Chad Reed

RESULTS (Top 20)

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA)
2. Clement DeSalle (BEL)
3. Chad Reed (AUS)
4. Josh Coppins (NZL)
5. Ryan Dungey (USA)
6. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA)
7. Steve Frossard (FRA)
8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP)
9. Julien Bill (SUI)
10. Evgeny Bobrysehev (RUS)
11. Aigar Leok (EST)
12. Antti Pyrhonen (FIN)
13. Billy MacKenzie (GBR)
14. Luis Correia (POR)
15. Andreas Hultman (SWE)
16. Nicolai Hansen (DEN)
17. Martin Kohut (SVK)
18. Mike Kras (NED)
19. Ivo Steinbergs (LAT)
20. Gordon Crockcard (IRL)

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MX2

The crowd had been ignited by Cairoli’s win in the MX1 qualifier, so the energy was high when the gates slammed down for the following MX2 qualifying moto. France’s Marvin Musquin, fresh off of his MX2 World Championship, snatched up the holeshot aboard his KTM with Belgium’s Joel Roelants and Portugal’s Rui Goncalves, also aboard KTMs. Musquin, though, wasted no time packing his bags and checking out. Within a matter of a few laps, the Frenchman was in a different timezone from the rest of the pack. Back in MX2 reality, Tommy Searle assumed the lead of the chase group while fellow Outdoor Nationals competitor Brett Metcalfe fended off the advances of USA’s Jake Weimer. Weimer, in the same fashion as Dungey in the MX1 moto, battled back from an unsavory start to find himself inside the top five. As the laps clicked down, Metcalfe surrendered his fourth-place spot to Weimer; but only for a blink of an eye. After the two-lap board came out, Weimer put his Pro Ciruit KX250F down and lost 4 spots. He would have to settle for 8th.

Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin
Tommy Searle
Jake Weimer
Marvin Musquin
Marvin Musquin
Brett Metcalfe
Marvin Musquin
Brett Metcalfe
Jake Weimer
Marvin Musquin
Jake Weimer
Tommy Searle
Brett Metcalfe
Jake Weimer
Rui Goncalves
Tommy Searle
Jake Weimer
Brett Metcalfe

RESULTS (Top 20)

1. Marvin Musquin (FRA)
2. Tommy Searle (GBR)
3. Joel Roelants (BEL)
4. Brett Metcalfe (AUS)
5. Tyla Rattray (RSA)
6. Rui Goncalves (POR)
7. Jeff Herlings (NED)
8. Jake Weimer (USA)
9. Ken Roczen (GER)
10. Davide Guarneri (ITA)
11. Dean Wilson (CAN)
12. Matiss Karro (LAT)
13. Martin Barr (IRL)
14. Nikolaj Larsen (DEN)
15. Ben Evans (PUR)
16. Eero Remes (FIN)
17. Filip Thuresson SWE)
18. Petr Smitka (CZE)
19. Klemen Gercar (SLO)
20. Michael Phillips (NZL)

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OPEN Class

With an 5th and and 8th to work with, Ivan Tedesco staged his bike in that damned 31st gate spot even more pressure than before. He was going to have to get a decent start to salvage a top-qualifying spot for Team USA. When the gates did drop, it was Italy’s David Philippaerts who blasted out front first, France’s Gautier Paulin close behind. Belgium’s Steve Ramon wasn’t far off of Paulin’s wheel as they clicked off the first lap. Britain’s Shaun Simpson also found himself inside the top five as they floated into the second lap. And Tedesco? Well, he actually did manage to get a decent start out of that 30-something gate. When the pack hopped over the first tabletop, Tedesco sailed over it in third, but he couldn’t hold it for long. Simpson and and Ramon found their way around him before they had finished the initial lap. Hot Sauce, though, did maintain his fifth-place spot for the duration of the moto, and cemented Team USA inside the top ten for the day.

MX3 Start
Davide Philippaerts
Gautier Paulin
Davide Philippaerts
Ivan Tedesco
Michael Byrne
Steve Ramon
Ivan Tedesco
Davide Philippaerts
Shawn Simpson
Ivan Tedesco
Davide Philippaerts
Steve Ramon
Ivan Tedesco
Tanel Leok
Antonio Balbi
Ivan Tedesco

RESULTS (Top 20)
1. David Philippaerts (ITA)
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA)
3. Steve Ramon (BEL)
4. Shaun Simpson (GBR)
5. Ivan Tedesco (USA)
6. Tanel Leok (EST)
7. Michael Byrne (AUS)
8. Carlos Campano (ESP)
9. Antonio Balbi (BRA)
10. Max Nagl (GER)
11. Scott Columb (NZL)
12. Neville Bradshaw (RSA)
13. Harri Kullas (FIN)
14. Tom Soderstrom (SWE)
15. Gregory Wicht (SUI)
16. Hugo Basaula (POR)
17. Lauris Freibergs (LAT)
18. Michael Staufer (AUT)
19. Graeme Irwin (IRL)
20. Mitchell Cooke (CAN)

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