FIM Motocross Benelux Results

April 27, 2009
Courtesy of Youthstream

The chase for the MX1 and MX2 World titles becomes more and more interesting with the fourth meeting in Benelux establishing new GP winners in the likes of Jonathan Barragan (MX1) and Rui Goncalves (MX2).  Though Championship leaders Cairoli (MX1) and Paulin (MX2) are still on top of the respective categories.


Barragan during Moto 2 of MX1.
KTM factory rider Jonathan Barragan of Team Silver Action rounded up a near perfect weekend for the Austrian manufacturer at the Benelux GP on Sunday.

The Benelux Grand Prix ended with Barragan and Cairoli level in points but the eventual winner was the KTM Silver Action Spaniard sealing the overall success through the second heat win. Barragan, who is now second in the Championship, recovered from last to third in an impressive heat one.

The opening moto was the one where Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Cairoli gave his best as the current MX1 Championship leader made it to the chequered flag in first despite a damaged front wheel-the damage was caused in a first corner tangle with Ramon. In the final heat the two time MX2 World Champion struggled at the start but took third behind team mate Tanel Leok.

The latter was back on the podium after his first appearance in Faenza. The Estonian made a few mistakes in heat one where he settled for fifth but he took revenge in heat two finishing a solid second.

Kevin Strijbos during Race 2 of MX2.
Kevin Strijbos: “Nagl crashed on the first lap of the second race and I could not avoid him. I pushed hard to come back to wherever I could and even though I was tired in the final laps I just kept going and made some good positions.”

Martin Honda MX’s Strijbos took another fourth overall ahead of current MX1 World Champion Philippaerts who struggled on the sandy course.

De Reuver took a great second in heat one which he was leading-he eventually lost the top spot because of a crash. Another crash saw the Dutchman dnf in the final moto.

Honda fellow rider Mackenzie was spotted on the lead for nine laps for the first time this season though his overall result was eleventh.

Yesterday’s pole sitter Nagl struggled to finish 14th.

MX1 Race 1 top ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 39:47.158

Cairoli during the Sunday MX1 moto.
Antonio Cairoli: “My second start was really bad and I had some contact with other guys in the first corner. I was riding well after that and passed a lot of people but I had some trouble overtaking Desalle for a few laps.”

2. Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda), +0:04.286
3. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), +0:07.183
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +0:08.550
5. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), +0:09.808
6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:09.939
7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Honda), +0:17.209
8. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Honda), +0:23.940
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), +0:39.108
10. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:50.965;

MX1 Race 2 top ten:
1. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 40:18.300
2. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), +0:06.449
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), +0:21.339
4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Honda), +0:27.157
5. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:37.250
6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:43.042

Sundays MX1 podium.
The MX1 podium (from left to to right): Antonio Cairoli – 2nd, Jonathan Barragan – 1st, Tanel Leok – 3rd.

7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:46.374
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), +1:18.127
9. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +1:31.576
10. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), +1:34.994

MX1 Overall top ten:
1. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 45 points
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 45 p.
3. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), 38 p.
4. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Honda), 32 p.
5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 30 p.
6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 30 p.
7. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 27 p.
8. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 25 p.
9. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 22 p.
10. Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda), 22 p. 

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MX1 Championship top ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), 143 points
2. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), 128 p.
3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 124 p.
4. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 118 p.
5. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), 112 p.
6. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), 111 p.
7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 100 p.
8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 87 p.
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 86 p.
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Honda), 82 p.

MX1 Manufacturers:
1. Yamaha, 166 points
2. Suzuki, 135 p.
3. KTM, 134 p.
4. Honda, 118 p.
5. Kawasaki, 60 p.
6. TM, 48 p.
7. Aprilia, 35 p.
8. CCM, 21 p.
9. Husqvarna, 0 p.;


Goncalves - Race 2 of MX2 in Benelux
Rui Goncalves: “I made some mistakes in the middle of race one, but I finished second and that gave me confidence for the second moto. I managed to win the second race by a good margin and you can’t ask better than that.”

Red Bull KTM factory Racing’s Goncalves took his maiden Grand Prix win today at the Eurocircuit as team mate Simpson was second on the podium. The factory KTM duo dominated both motos with heat one going to Simpson and heat two to Goncalves. The Scottish, who hurt his shoulder in the week of the Turkish GP, felt the lack of bike time in heat two finishing in third as Goncalves pulled away with the lead.

All three men on today’s podium entered the top three overall for the first time this season with Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross’ Aubin completing the rostrum. The Frenchman, who started from pole, crashed in heat one, finishing fifth, but fought for the win in heat two before settling for second.

Aubin’s team mate Guarneri was a positive fourth overall, a much better result compared to last year’s eleventh, while Championship leader Paulin was fifth overall ahead of Osborne and Musquin. 

Simpson being interviewed - Race 2 MX2
The Scottish rider Shaun Simpson took second overall behind his KTM Red Bull teammate Goncalves.

Despite two great starts home rider Klein Kromhof dropped down to 28th overall.

MX2 Race 1 top ten:
1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 39:30.097
2. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:19.692
3. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), +0:36.610
4. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:40.292
5. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:43.298
6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), +0:45.718
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:48.671
8. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), +0:53.618
9. Matiss Karro (LAT, Suzuki), +0:54.654
10. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KTM), +0:54.854

The MX2 podium following Race 2 in Benelux.
Nicolas Aubin, 3rd overall: “In the second one I tried to catch Rui but everyone knows he is fast in the sand. My priority today was not to take big risks but to get some points and I am happy I did that. It is nice to get a podium on my birthday, but I would have preferred a win!”

MX2 Race 2 top ten:
1. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 40:09.337
2. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:19.978
3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:24.363
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:32.063
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:34.490
6. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:38.323
7. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:55.543
8. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), +0:58.023
9. Loic Larrieu (FRA, Yamaha), +0:58.428
10. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM), +1:02.131

MX2 Overall top ten:
1. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 47 points
2. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 45 p.
3. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), 38 p.
4. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), 33 p.
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 32 p.
6. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 32 p.
7. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), 22 p.
8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), 21 p.
9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 19 p.
10. Loic Larrieu (FRA, Yamaha), 18 p.

Paulin - Race 2 of MX2
Gautier Paulin, Championship leader: “I think that I was pretty lucky today, as I had a very big crash during the first race! I had a fall earlier when I landed on a soft part of the track but I just lost five seconds and again found my rhythm behind Guarneri when I struggled with different ruts before a jump; the bike landed in the barriers and I broke the front brake, lost the front plate and damaged the throttle cable.”

MX2 Championship top ten:
1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 140 points
2. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), 125 p.
3. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), 111 p.
4. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 100 p.
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 97 p.
6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), 94 p.
7. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), 85 p.
8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), 78 p.
9. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 63 p.
10. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM), 55 p.

MX2 Manufacturers:
1. Kawasaki, 149 points
2. Yamaha, 141 p.
3. KTM, 133 p.
4. Honda, 131 p.
5. Suzuki, 98 p.
6. TM, 0 p.

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