2010 FIM World Motocross – Round 6 – USA
The Motocross World Championships return to USA – Glen Helen Raceway. World Champion Tony Cairoli won the MX 1 GP, extending championship points lead. Marvin Musquin – MX2 World Champion, won both motos, extending his series points lead as well
||Antonio Cairoli 1/3
||Mike Alessi 2/4
||Clement Desalle 5/2
||Ken de Dycker
|MX1 Point standings
|Ken de Dycker||174|
|1.||Marvin Musquin 1/1
||Zach Osborne 4/2
||Steven Frossard 2/4
||J v Horebeek
|MX2 Point standings
|J v Horebeek||157|
Glen Helen Raceway
Weather definitely played a factor today for the first US MX Grand Prix since 1999. It was extremely hot! Regardless, the top racers in both MX1 and MX2 classes won today, and extended their series points lead as well – current World Champions Antonio Cairoli in MX1, and Marvin Musquin in MX2.
MX1 – No one in the world is on Tony Cairoli’s level right now. The reigning MX1 World Champion won the first moto, racing almost the last 20 minutes without a shifter – his bike stuck in third gear. In the second moto, he came from behind to finish in third position, which was won by Ben Townley.
The first MX1 race was the most exciting race of the day – World Motocross Champion Antonio Cairoli from Italy won a great battle with Mike Alessi, who ultimately would finish second in the moto and second overall on the day. Tony was leading much of the race, but slowed briefly, and Mike Alessi went into the lead momentarily. Tony was motioning to his pit area when he came by that something was wrong with the bike – and if you look at one of the photos of Tony below – you’ll see his shifter came off! He still passed Mike Alessi back, rode the final laps of the race entirely in third gear – and won! Belgium’s Clement Desalle finished third overall. Results below.
MX2 – Marvin Musquin, the defending World MX 2 Champ from France, raced to the victory in the 250cc class, sweeping both motos. No one was close. Second overall was American Zach Osborne with finishes of 4/2. And third overall was Steven Frossard racing a Kawasaki – he had finishes of 2/4.
Notes: This GP was probably a seminal moment in motocross history. The promoter of the race & Glen Helen track owner Dr. Bud Feldkamp praised Youthstream, the company that organizes the World Motocross Championships. In turn, Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream, praised Dr. Feldkamp and his entire staff of their preparation to organize a Grand Prix race in the USA in a short 60 day time period.
In addition to Glen Helen hosting Grand Prix events for a number of years in the future, they will host the prestigious Motocross of Nations in just a few years. Mr. Luongo commented like it’s likely next year’s World Motocross Championship will start in Australia in May, and return for multiple events in the USA in September.
Next weekend’s MX Grand Prix race will be in France.
Click on thumbnails to view the larger images, which include: Marvin Musquin number 1 on the KTM airborne, shot of pack over jump after first corner, 148 is Max Anstie, Ken Roczen is 94, Jeffrey Herlings is 111, the MX2 podium with Marvin Musquin, Zach Osborne, and Steven Frossard, Max Nagl is number 2, Tony Cairoli is number 222, 800 is Mike Alessi, Grant Langston raced with number 88, Ben Townley airborne on one of huge Glen Helen jumps, Tony Cairoli on top step of podium at USGP with Mike Alessi and Clement Desalle, Cairoli sharing a little champagne with Mike Alessi, Tony Cairoli winning the first MX1 moto on Sunday with no shifter, Marvin Musquin looks back as he takes the win in the first race on Sunday, photo of Alessi briefly leading Tony Cairoli in first MX1 race Sunday, Cairoli leading Alessi on the final laps of the first moto on Sunday, 89 is Jeremy van Horebeek, next shot is Ken Roczen airborne on his number 94 Suzuki, another shot of Max Anstie 148, Mike Alessi 800 practicing starts, 1 is Marvin Musquin airborne, then Marvin grabbing the holeshot in Saturday MX2 Qualifying race, next shot is Zach Osborne airborne, David Philippaerts is number 19, next shot is 222 World MX 1 Champion Tony Cairoli, and then Xavier Boog 121 on the Factory Kawasaki, face shot of Ken Roczen, Ken de Dycker’s #9 Yamaha, #25 Clement Desalle airborne, Marvin Musquin at speed, 148 is Max Anstie, start of MX1 race with Max Nagl in point position, Antonio Cairoli airborne, 101 is Ben Townley, who dominated the second moto, who looked good, that next shot is actually Mike Alessi jumping one handed on the last lap of his qualifying race on Saturday – look closely, number 2 is Max Nagl, number 800 is Mike Alessi.
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