FIM World Motocross Championships – Round 4 Brazil! Ken Roczen leads MX 2 championship points, and Clement Desalle leads MX 1 Championship series. In today’s Qualifying Races, Kenny Roczen wins in MX2, David Philippaerts wins in MX1.
Before we get to what happened today, and the photos below, some interesting news. The news out of Brazil, where they love and are very passionate about their motor sports, is that the MX GP tomorrow is ‘sold out’. We’ve never heard of that happening before at a motocross race, so, chances are there will be tens of thousands of spectators for the 2011 Motocross Grand Prix of Brazil! (And you can watch the race here on Supercross.com – http://www.supercross.com/mx-gp-vod)
We have the text here courtesy of Youthstream, and photos courtesy of Fernando and Ricardo Bianco.
The Honda Grand Prix of Brazil started today in Indaiatuba with the Qualifying races of MX1 and MX2. Monster Energy Yamaha’s David Philippaerts won his first Lovemytime Pole Position Award in MX1, while Ken Roczen obtained his fourth one in MX2.
Philippaerts, by winning his first MX1 qualifying race of the season, will be the first one to choose the starting grid position tomorrow. Second was Steven Frossard and third Antonio Cairoli. Clement Desalle crashed several times and finished 12th.
In the MX2, Ken Roczen dominated once again from beginning to end and obtained his fourth Lovemytime pole position award. His team-mate Jeffrey Herlings finished second, and third was Gautier Paulin. Tommy Searle was disqualified for accepting outside assistance.
MX1 – Monster Energy Yamaha’s David Philippaerts had an excellent start and managed to pass his team-mate Steven Frossard on lap five. Philippaerts also won the qualifying race in Campo Grande last year and he admitted he feels really comfortable at the track.
Second was his team-mate Steven Frossard, who after taking the holeshot could not keep the lead, but stayed in second the rest of the race. The Frenchman was focused on his riding and he is determined to go for the overall win tomorrow and improve his fourth position in the championship point standings.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Antonio Cairoli crashed on the opening lap and had to push up from eighth position. The Italian was a bit disappointed for the mistake he made, but he is confident for tomorrow, as he had good speed and feels very well physically.
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Xavier Boog started from the third position, but Italian Cairoli overtook him with just two laps to go. However, Boog is very confident for tomorrow’s races.
Steve Ramon from Rockstar Energy World MX1 completed the top five after starting from an initial eleventh position. Ramon still has some pain in his neck after a crash in Glen Helen, but he’s expected to compete at near 100% for the GP.
Current leader of the MX1 class Clement Desalle started at the front in the qualifying race, but crashed several times and could only finish 12th.
Max Nagl did not feel very comfortable in the Brazilian track and could only finish ninth in the pre-qualifying practice and eleventh in the qualifying race.
Evgeny Bobryshev, third overall in Glen Helen, managed to ride third in third at the beginning of the race, but he made many mistakes and he finished 17th.
Carlos Campano was fourth in the opening lap and rode at the front until he crashed and dropped several positions. Campano finished 15th, followed by home rider Antonio Jorge Balbi.
MX1 Qualifying Race
- David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha)
- Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha)
- Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM)
- Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki)
- Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki)
- Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda)
- Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha)
- Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki)
- Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki)
- Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda)
MX2 – Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Ken Roczen dominated the entire MX2 qualifying race, finishing almost 19 seconds ahead of teammate Jeffrey Herlings. Ken is leading the point standings as well, has two out of three GP wins this season, and is on a roll this season so far.
Jeffrey Herlings had a good start, but Tommy Searle had better speed, making the pass. Herlings was riding right after Searle, when the Brit made a mistake and Herlings took over second position until the checkered flag.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier Paulin did one of his best races of the season, finishing third. Tomorrow he will have the chance to choose a good gate for the start and he might be able to obtain his first podium of the season.
Zach Osborne from Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha started eighth, but he managed to overtake some riders and finish fourth. After the bittersweet weekend in Glen Helen, a podium would be a great boost for the American rider to regain some confidence.
Completing the top five was Arnaud Tonus. The Swiss rider missed the podium last year in Brazil, so this fifth position in the qualifying race might help him to be on the rostrum this weekend in Indaiatuba.
Tommy Searle was defending his second position from the likes of Herlings, when he made a mistake and crashed. While trying to start the bike, Searle received outside assistance and was disqualified from the race. The British rider will be the last one to choose the gate for tomorrow’s races, so he might have some problems to ride among the leaders of the race.
The best Brazilian rider at the MX2 qualifying race was Jean Ramos with a 12th final position.
MX2 Qualifying Race
- Ken Roczen (GER, KTM)
- Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM)
- Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha)
- Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha)
- Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha)
- Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki)
- Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha)
- Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha)
- Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM)
- Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM)
So, it should be quite a battle tomorrow in Brazil for the Grand Prix. You can watch in online …
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