A hard fought Catalan Grand Prix was won by Tanel Leok in the MX1 class and by Marvin Musquin in the MX2 class, with both charging really hard to top two very close podiums. Leok made his comeback to victory after his win of Faenza in 2009 as Musquin continued his winning streak.
David Philippaerts missed out on the overall win by just one point to take second while heat one winner Max Nagl dropped to third after two crashes hampered his second heat.
Also Joel Roelants took a bittersweet second place in the MX2 class by just one point while Shaun Simpson was third overall. Both took their first podium of 2010.
Jordi Tixier dominated again the EMX 125cc class winning both heats in Bellpuig. The French topped the podium from Yohan Lafont and Pascal Rauchenecker.
Marking his comeback to victory under the Catalan sun, Estonian Leok of LS Motors Honda conquered the top of the podium only at the end of an eventful second moto which he won. A disappointing seventh place in Moto 1 was followed by victory in the final moto where a hard charging Leok was helped by early leader Nagl’s crashes.
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 rider stormed to victory in Moto 1, leading from the start to the flag, but the second moto changed Nagl’s prevision of an overall win as he crashed twice. Eventually he was a disappointing ninth in the heat and third overall, remaining second in the Championship.
Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross’ Philippaerts stood on the podium in between the two as he took second overall. The Italian was second and fifth in the heats, still struggling with a hand injury he picked up in Portugal last weekend.
Red plate holder Cairoli took fourth and missed the podium for the first time this year. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
Yamaha’s David Philippaerts took second overall despite a hand injury which he incurred in Portugal during the last round.
MX1 Italian made a mistake and crashed in heat one, dropping from second to sixth. Cairoli eventually made up in heat two by taking third.
Desalle of Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 took fifth overall while Boissiere dropped to ninth overall after he was a good fourth in Moto 1 – the French was involved in a tangle at the start of Moto 2.
Poleman Strijbos was tenth while both Pourcel and Laninovich crashed and did not take part in Moto 2
2010 FIM Motocross Bellpuig MX1 Overall Top Ten:
1. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 39
2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 38
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 37
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 35
6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 31
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 30
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 27
9. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 25
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 23
Taking his fourth GP win of 2010, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Musquin consolidated his position of Championship leader. The French also exploited runner up Roczen and third placed in the Championship Herlings’ misfortune as both did not manage to complete the final moto.
Musquin was involved in a tangle in Moto 1 and took only a seventh-place but the second heat established the Frenchman’s revenge as he dominated form the start to the flag.
Marvin Musquin continued his winning streak by dominating in his second heat – his fourth GP win of the 2010 season.
Winner of heat one Roczen was chasing Musquin down in heat two but a technical problem stopped his race, which meant the German dropped down to tenth overall and lost precious points to Musquin in the Championship standings. Other riders having a tough second moto were Herlings, who crashed and pulled out, Frossard and Paulin, both going down at the start of the heat.
Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Roelants was a positive second overall. The Belgian marked his comeback to the podium in style as he missed out on his maiden GP win by just one point. Roelants was fifth in Moto 1 but took second in Moto 2 after he passed an incredible Lupino – third in heat two.
Simpson of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 also came back to the podium by taking third overall. The Scottish’s hand injury is constantly improving and despite a crash in the second moto he could recover to fourth. Courtesy of today’s result, Simpson stormed to fifth in the Championship.
Frossard and Paulin completed the top five overall with the latter making his comeback to racing after an off season leg injury.
Despite scoring no points in heat two, Roczen and Herlings remain second and third in the Championship while this weekend’s poleman Frossard is still fourth.
Marvin Musquin was able to defeat Ken Roczen when a technical problem caused him to drop back to 10th, giving Musquin the win.
After yesterday’s third in qualifying, Osborne crashed in Moto 1 and had a mechanical failure in heat two.
2010 FIM Motocross Bellpuig MX2 Overall Top Ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 39
2. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 38
3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 33
4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 32
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 29
6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 28
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 27
8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 26
9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), 25
10. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 25