News 6 Sep 2010

World MX: Musquin clinches MX2 title, Cairoli wins Lierop

Frenchman Marvin Musquin finished second overall in the Benelux Grand Prix but was crowned the 2010 FIM MX2 Motocross World Champion after the first heat at Lierop in the Netherlands on Sunday.

In MX2 Gautier Paulin obtained his so expected grand prix victory in an almost perfect weekend, however it was Musquin became the 2010 FIM MX2 World Champion after race one as his archrival Ken Roczen could not finish the race due to a mechanical problem in his Suzuki machine.

Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross’ Paulin obtained his maiden Grand Prix victory of the season on the demanding track of Lierop. The Frenchman won the first heat and starred in an incredible fight with his compatriot Musquin, where he could only finish third.

For the French the season started four GP’s after the rest of his rivals as he was recovering from an injury and he was waiting for his overall victory since his first appearance in the series in Bellpuig. Paulin is looking forward to Fermo in order to prove everybody that his GP victory this weekend did not happen by chance.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Musquin could only be second overall this weekend but he was extremely happy after becoming the new 2010 FIM MX2 World Champion at the end of heat one already.

The 20-year-old French rider added his second consecutive MX2 world title in his records before taking part to the 2010 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations. Musquin admitted that he struggled a lot this weekend in Lierop, but he was really satisfied with his second overall position and of course with his new MX2 world title.

Third overall was Nestaan JM Racing KTM’ Joel Roelants who expressed his disappointment for not being higher up in the podium. It was the third podium for the Belgian this season and he is now willing to race in Fermo next weekend and try to obtain his maiden GP victory.

Roelants was one of the most consistent MX2 riders of the weekend finishing second and fourth in the races and he is now sixth in the championship just two points behind Zach Osborne.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Shaun Simpson was fourth overall thanks to his solid first race, where he finished fourth after a really good start, and his seventh position in the second moto. The Brit is still seventh in the championship but he has many chances of entering the top three in the last GP of the season in Fermo.

Yamaha Gariboldi Monster Energy’s Harri Kullas completed the top five with a seventh and fifth position in the races. The Finnish starred in an incredible start in the second heat, where he was riding second in the opening lap, but he felt the pressure of eventual GP winner Paulin, Roelants and Roczen who could already pass him by the end of the first lap.

Sixth overall was Arnuad Tonus, who did an excellent first race finishing sixth and being eighth in the second one. His teammate Roczen could only be seventh this weekend due to a DNF in race one after his Suzuki’s chain broke when he was leading the heat with superb authority.

It seems like Suzuki’s misfortune after Brazil was not over, as Roczen handed the title to Musquin in the same way Clement Desalle did to Antonio Cairoli in Campo Grande. Roczen, instead, showed his incredible potential on his Suzuki machine striking the victory in the second race.

Osborne was eighth overall in Lierop after being eleventh in the first heat and obtaining a decent sixth position in the second one. The American will have to do a good performance in Fermo if he wants to keep his fifth position in the championship as Roelants is just two points behind him.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Antonio Cairoli added one more GP victory in his records and he is now just two victories away from motocross legend Eric Geboers.

The Italian did not have a good start in the first race in Lierop and had to start from the 27th position after crashing with his compatriot David Philippaerts.

Cairoli bumped into Philippaerts, who had previously crashed in front of Cairoli, and had to give all his best to finish second after his teammate Max Nagl. Cairoli admitted that it was not an easy recovery and he actually crashed again while trying to pass the whole bunch of MX1 riders.

In the second heat the Italian took the holeshot from the outside and got the lead until the chequered flag finishing almost 30 seconds before his teammate Rui Gonçalves.

Other Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 rider Nagl was up on the second step of the podium after winning the first heat and getting a fourth place in the second one. The German dominated the first moto from beginning to end, marking his comeback to victory after Bellpuig.

Though he could not repeat his performance in the second race and could be just fourth. Nagl expressed his satisfaction to be back on the podium and to be just ten points behind third in the championship Philippaerts.

Third overall was Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1’s Steve Ramon, who admitted how much he struggled to be back again riding with the leading riders. The Belgian is still recovering from a leg injury and has still some difficulties to find his speed and keep the rhythm until the end of the 35 minutes and two laps. Ramon kept his fifth position in the championship and he is now 15 points away from Nagl.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Gonçalves obtained a well deserved fourth position after being seventh and second in today’s races. The Portuguese rider was second overall last year in the MX2 class and he actually showed how much he likes this track starring in a superb second heat.

Gonçalves improved one position in the points standings and is now eleventh, 23 points away from Davide Guarneri.

Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross’ Philippaerts completed the top five after a double fifth position in the races. The Italian crashed several times in the races and was not really satisfied with his results. Philippaerts is still third in the championship, but will have to do a good performance at his home GP in Fermo if he wants to keep such position.

Tanel Leok finished sixth overall after a solid fourth position in the first heat and just a seventh place in the second one. Following the Estonian in the overall classification was home rider Marc De Reuver, who rode in the third position during the first eight laps of the opening moto but could not keep the rhythm of his rivals.

Italian Guarneri was satisfied with his eighth overall position as he knows that he always struggles in the sand.

Clement Desalle experienced a really tough weekend, after breaking two teeth in yesterday’s qualifying race and damaging badly his lower lip. The Belgian crashed again in today’s heats as well but he achieved an overall ninth position despite fighting the pain in his neck and lip.

Completing the top ten was Kiwi Josh Coppins in what it might have been the penultimate GP of his racing career.

De Dycker ended a disappointing 12th after pulling out of the second moto while Kawasaki Racing had again another hard weekend with Jonathan Barragan, Sebastien Pourcel and Xavier Boog all missing the top 10.

Australian Dean Ferris made his return to the GP scene after his debut at Teutschenthal and took an eventual 35th position.

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