2010 FIM World Motocross – Round 15 – Italy
Finale of the World Motocross Championships for 2010, in Fermo, Italy. Wonderful old school MX circuit, beautiful venue. Ken Roczen dominates in MX2 with a double moto sweep … Clement Desalle wins in MX1 for Suzuki sweep
|MX1 Grand Prix Results
||Clem. Desalle 4/1
||Steve Ramon 1/4
||Seb Pourcel 3/2
||Xavier Boog 2/5
||Max Nagl 6/3
||D Philippaerts 7/6
||M d Reuver
|MX1 Point Standings
|Ken de Dycker||331|
|MX2 Grand Prix Results|
|1.||Ken Roczen 1/1
||Gautier Paulin 4/3
||Arnaud Tonus 5/4
||S Frossard 11/2
||Joel Roelants 6/6
||Zach Osborne 8/5
||M Musquin 2/dnf||KTM|
||J v Horebeek 3/dnf
|MX2 Points Standings
|J v Horebeek||365
A beautiful setting and a real, old school MX track greet riders and fans at the Italian MX GP this weekend. The setting – just a few kilometers off the Adriatic coast, lush meadows and hillsides, vineyards, and a track that is truly something out of the past with it’s long, steep climbs and off camber sections.
In MX2, it was all Suzuki’s Ken Roczen, as he completely dominated both motos. In the first moto, MX2 World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin was the early leader, but Ken passed Marvin early. Marvin would finish second in this heat.
In the second moto, Marvin again was the early leader, and he held off Ken a bit longer … but Ken would pass and go on to victory today. Marvin eventually pulled off in the second moto – a possible sore shoulder as well.
Second overall on the day goes to Gautier Paulin, on the Monster Energy Yamaha. Gautier is a former BMX Champion, who is ‘someone to watch’ in the future as he gets more experience in supercross and motocross racing.
American Zach Osborne rose to fourth place in the final point standings. Well done.
But the day belonged to Ken Roczen. He dominated in MX2. He and Marvin Musquin have put on ‘shows’ at almost every GP this season. Those two are head and shoulders above everyone else.
Here’s what Ken had to say, courtesy of Suzuki:
“This is what I wanted. I took two race wins and I was really going for it. I felt better today than I did yesterday and rode really well. I had a good fight with Marvin until he crashed in the second moto. Marvin has been a great opponent but lately I have come closer and showed that I can be good too. I had two fast starts and that really helped. I planned to make the break early and it worked to perfection even if I did have to wait a little bit in the first one because the track had been watered and was quite slick. We have had a season with some ups and downs but I am really happy to have finished my first full year in this strong way.”
And in the big bike class, MX 1 – let’s start with World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli – he pulled off halfway thru the first race – it was reported that he hurt his foot and went to the hospital. But he did come back to the track, his ankle is sore, and he watched the second moto, limping just a bit.He is now.
The first moto victory went to Steve Ramon. And it was a good race, with early leader Clement Desalle, and Kawasaki riders Sebastien Pourcel (Christophe’s brother) and Xavier Boog.
The second moto saw Desalle lead early and often – he would go on to the moto victory and the overall. Steve Ramon finished fourth in this moto, tying Clement on points (43 each) but Clement gets the overall victory due to the better second moto performance. Steve Ramon gets second overall, and Sebastien Pourcel third, in his best ride of the season.
And Clement raced to the win with a bruised back. Here is his quote from Suzuki after winning today.
“It is incredible for me to win here because I could not do anything during the week and was having a really tough time. Anyway I took second in the World Championship and we managed something special here today. I really want to thank my family, my girlfriend and the team for all their help this week. I knew after the first practice that I was in for a hard weekend and I was just focused on keeping that second place. I would actually like to win when I do not have an injury! The bruising actually improved in a few days during the week so I hope it will be much better very soon.”
Suzuki sweeps all three classes today (Roczen in MX2, Desalle in MX1, and Larissa Papenmeier in Women’s), but KTM sweeps all three FIM World Motocross titles – Musquin in MX2, Cairoli in MX1, and Laier in Women’s.
Here is video of Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin in the MX2 Qualifying Race
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Here is part of the track. This photo does not do it justice – the hills are very long, and very steep!
The town that overlooks the race track
Red Bull presented Motocross World Champions Tony Cairoli (MX1) and Marvin Musquin (MX2) special awards in recognition of their 2010 MX World Championships
Marvin Musquin gets ready to plunge down one of the steep Fermo hills
David Philippaerts won Saturday’s MX1 Qualifying Race
Ken Roczen won the MX 2 Qualifying race on Saturday. And dominated the MX 2 Grand Prix on Sunday!
Gautier Paulin checkin’ out the competition
Sebastien Pourcel, number 90 on Kawasaki
Steve Ramon one hands it over a downhill jump (he’s tearing away a ‘tear off’ on his goggles)
MX1 Grand Prix winner – Clement Desalle from Belgium
Ken Roczen on his way to victory in moto 1 of the MX2 class