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2009 FIM Motocross Portugal Photo Gallery
The Grand Prix of Portugal represented the fifth round of fifteen in the MX1-GP World Championship. The warm Agueda circuit hosted Antonio Cairoli's sweep in MX1.
Round 5 of the 2009 FIM Motocross Championship in Agueda, Portugal saw Tony Cairoli came back to victory in MX1 where he dominated both motos and consolidated his Championship lead. Rui Goncalves’ took the home win for Factory KTM in the MX2 class. Check out the full
FIM Motocross Portugal Results
The MX1 start was shy a handful of Honda riders due to injury. Kevin Strijbos had a broken scaphoid, Marc De Reuver sustained a dislocated hip and three broken vertebrae, Cedric Melotte had back problems, Billy Mackenzie had an injured thumb.
Billy Mackenzie (CAS Honda): 'The weekend started off mega. We got the bike working really well and I was happy and confident and we made some decent times in the first session. I went to make a lap in the pre-qualifying and I knew it was a flyer because it was the fastest split and the front end washed out. I must have put my hand out and jammed my thumb.'
David Philippaerts (Yamaha) had led the first third of the opening race until a crash dropped him to 5th place – later went to hospital with a painful left hand and was diagnosed with a broken index finger that will mean he travels to Spain next week far from 100% fit.
David Philippaerts: 'Of course I am worried about my finger. We have the confirmation that it is broken and now we will just have to try and see what we can do next week in Spain. In the incident with Antonio, well, there were two lines and he wanted the first and also the second and came across me. This is part of motocross and not a big problem but it had a big price for me.'
Max Nagl of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team scored a 4-7 result in the two MX1 motos in Agueda Portugal on Sunday to be fifth overall despite a resurgence of his recent hand injury.
This week Max Nagl will stay in Portugal and have a scan on the hand. He will take a break from training and rest up ahead of next weekend's GP in Bellpuig.
Twelfth at the start of Moto1 Gareth Swanepoel regained three positions, but later lost one place to Coppins to finish tenth followed by David Vuillemin who came back from fifteenth. In Race 2 Swanepoel took his best result of the MX1 season in eighth.
KTM factory rider Jonathan Barragan scraped together 24 points despite riding with a painful, heavily strapped shoulder.
De Dycker started from pole position to grab the lead in Race 1, but became a victim of Antonio Cairoli's hard-charge to the top podium.
De Dycker also lead the MX1 pack for well over half the distance of the second race on the Suzuki RM-Z450.
Suzuki rider Ken de Dycker was second in both motos.
Ken de Dycker: 'I am happy with second because the last GP did not go as I hoped it would. This was an improvement even if I was not strong enough to keep the lead from Antonio in both races. To be honest I did not expect him to be so good.'
The Belgian Honda rider Clement Desalle experienced the thrills of leading a GP moto for the first time ever in his career as he held the top spot for two laps in Race 2.
Clement Desalle steered the CRF450R to third place in both MX1 Motos.
Clement Desalle (LS Honda): 'I took my first podium at Faenza but that was in crazy weather conditions so this one feels a bit better. I had to work hard for this but I am very happy with the result. I tried my best and I think for Honda it is good because there has been some bad luck with the other riders. I had a problem with my throttle cable at the start of the second moto but it was nothing major and I could continue.'
The Sicilian Yamaha rider Antonio Cairoli captured two chequered flags to win his fourth Portuguese GP in five years, his first in MX1-GP and with the YZ450F, and extend his immaculate record at Agueda to nine triumphs from ten motos.
Yamaha Red Bull's Tony Cairoli leads the FIM Motocross Championship after sweeping the MX1 weekend in Portugal.
Antonio Cairoli (Yamaha): 'This is a lucky and special track for me because I have won nine of the last ten motos here and this year it was unbelievable. In the second moto I did not expect to be able to catch everyone, especially Ken, like that and win the GP.'
The MX1 overall podium (left to right): Suzuki's Ken de Dycker with two second-place finishes, Yamaha's Antonio Cairoli winning both heats, Honda's Clement Desalle in third twice.
MX2 NGS Honda's Musquin had crashed in the Saturday qualification heat and started from almost the final slot in the gate.
The Frenchman Marvin Musquin enacted an incredible first race to blast through from last position to be among the leaders in the opening laps of MX2.
Goncalves was forced to settle into second in race one when Musquin stormed from the back of the group to an incredible win.
Musquin finished just over two seconds in front of KTM's Rui Goncalves for the Race 1 win. The Frenchman took 6th in Race 2.
Kawasaki's Steven Frossard was the winner of the MX2 qualifying race on Saturday for pole position. The Frenchman collected first GP podium of the season for Team CLS in Agueda, finishing third and second in the motos.
Heat two was Goncalves’ revenge with Rui leaving runner up Frossard seven seconds behind.
The Portuguese rider Rui Goncalves was off to an early start in Race 2 of MX2.
Goncalves dedicated this win to his many supporters attending Agueda.
KTM MX2 Team boss Stefan Everts: 'I want to congratulate Rui because he defended his victory in Valkenswaard so well and it is certainly not easy to win in front of your home crowd where there is always a lot of emotion and pressure. The season is long but I am confident that we will win again with Rui. He's very strong at the moment both mentally and physically'.
Goncalves helped Red Bull KTM Factory Racing take the overall victory at home in Agueda.
Red Bull KTM's Rui Goncalves now goes to the GP of Catalunya next weekend as the winner of the last two MX2 GPs, vaulting into fourth place in the season's standings.
The MX2 overall podium (left to right): Kawasaki's Steven Frossard in second, KTM's Rui Goncalves with the win following his 2-1, and Honda's Marvin Musquin with third overall after his Race 1 win.
Rui Goncalves continues his winning streak in MX2 in front of home crowd.
KTM-supported rider Sarah Whitmore finished ninth overall in the Women's World Chamionship, despite only having heard on Wednesday that she had been given the chance to compete and had flown to Europe on Thursday.
American Sarah Whitmore: 'I had ridden in some national races in France before, but this was my first experience with the world championships, which is very professional here in Europe. The riders are taken more seriously than in the USA. I can't say I am happy with my ride but maybe it was because it was all very rushed to get here. I hope to do better in the Spain races next weekend.'
AMA champion Ashley Fiolek chased reigning number one FIM Women's Motocross champ Livia Lancelot to land second on the podium.
American Ashley Fiolek is now second in the standings with her CRF250R but returns to the US this week to prepare for her national campaign.
The young German KTM rider Steffi Laier looked certain for a second place finish in the first race on Saturday when she tangled with a slow back marker, crashed and was deemed to have received outside help to restart the bike after a protest from another team.
KTM's Steffi Laier charged to the front at the start and was never really challenged to take the victory after the bitter disappointment of a disqualification on Saturday.
Steffi Laier exacted perfect revenge on Sunday by completely dominating the second moto of the second round of the Women's MX World Championship in Agueda, Portugal to win the race more than 14 seconds ahead of arch rival Livia Lancelot.
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