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2008 FIM World Motocross – Round 2 – Spain

Published April 20th, 2008

Circuit de Motocros de Catalunya – Bellpuig, Spain

The Spanish Grand Prix can be summed up in one word – rain. It rained all day.

The track itself is a bit reminiscent of the legendary Carlsbad Raceway: it’s clay-based, and when it’s dry, it can be rock-hard and like riding on cement. When it’s wet – the clay is very slick and treacherous. With the amount of rain coming down all day, the final moto of the afternoon (the second moto of MX1) was cancelled because the track had become too dangerous, and sections of the track (like some steep uphills) were impossible to climb.

In the first MX2 moto, it was KTM’s #4 Tyla Rattray running away with the win. After a few corners, riders were unrecognizable – they all looked the same – completely covered in brown mud.

In the first (and only) MX1 moto, the winner was World Champion Steve Ramon. Again, after the first few corners, all the riders were unrecognizable.

One thing very noticeable in the first motos of each class – even with the rain and the mud, the top riders were still going about the same speed (fast) and doing all the big jumps and doubles. The second moto, with the rain still coming down hard, the track really started to deteriorate, and, as mentioned before, the final MX1 race was cancelled because conditions were so dangerous.

The Spanish fans clapped, whistled, and cheered for each and every rider – even those way back in the pack, appreciative of each giving 100%, and especially in the very trying conditions.

In the second MX2 moto, it was Davide Guarneri winning, and, capturing the overall as well. Davide was riding with an injured shoulder, and took two pain injections (one Saturday, one on Sunday) to race.

MX1 Results
1. Steve Ramon SUZ
2. D. Philippaerts YAM
3. Ken de Dycker SUZ
4. Josh Coppins YAM
5. Tanel Leok KAW
6. Kevin Strijbos KAW
7. Tom Church KAW
8. Billy Mackenzie HON
9. C. Desalle SUZ
10. L. Freibergs YAM
11. Alex Salvini SUZ
12. K Nemeth KTM
13. Alessio Chiodi TM
14. James Noble KTM
15. Manuel Priem KAW
MX1 Point Standings
Ken de Dycker 70
Steve Ramon 63
David Philippaerts 55
Josh Coppins 47
Billy Mackenzie 46
Max Nagl 40
Kevin Strijbos 36
Manuel Priem 35
K Nemeth 33
Tanel Leok 26
Clement Desalle 22
Jon Barragan 20
Tom Church 20
Aigar Leok 20
Lauris Freibergs 16
MX2 Results
1. Davide Guarneri YAM
2. Manuel Monni YAM
3. Stephen Sword KAW
4. Tony Cairoli YAM
5. T. Rattray KTM
6. Tommy Searle KTM
7. Joel Roelants KTM
8. Gautier Paulin KAW
9. Nicolas Aubin YAM
10. E. Bobryshev YAM
11. Xavier Boog SUZ
12. Shaun Simpson KTM
13. Rui Goncalves KTM
14. Marvin Musquin HON
15. Jeremy Tarroux KTM
MX2 Point Standings
Tyla Rattray 79
Tony Cairoli 76
Davide Guarneri 61
Tommy Searle 60
Rui Goncalves 51
Manuel Monni 48
Shaun Simpson 47
Nicolas Aubin 47
Stephen Sword 46
Xavier Boog 45
Joel Roelants 43
Erik Eggens 38
J Van Horebeek 35
Gautier Paulin 26
Jeremy Tarroux 26

It rained in Spain

Most of the photos you see are from Saturday’s practice sessions, when the track was dry. Notice the two photos, and the two videos from Sunday that demonstrate how wet the track was.

MX 1 Video Highlights

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MX2 Video highlights

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Courtesy Youthstream


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