MX GP of Belgium! Tony Cairoli leads MX 1 point standings. Jeffrey Herlings MX2. Rain in Belgium makes for an interesting day!
|MX1 Points (after 7 rds)
|Ken d Dycker||211|
|MX2 Points (after 7 rds)
|J v Horebeek||268|
Notes – World Championship Motocross has returned to Belgium! Belgium has the richest tradition in producing Motocross World Champions. Historic names and world MX champions such as Joel Robert, Roger De Coster, Stefan Everts, Joel Smets, Gaston Rahier, Georges Jobe, Andre Malherbe, Harry Everts, Eric Geboers, and Steve Ramon.
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This info from Belgium – courtesy of World Honda Motocross:
After heavy rainfall overnight and throughout today, it was decided by organisers to cancel the qualifying race for round eight of the MX1 World Championship in Bastogne, Belgium. (The riders will line up for tomorrow’s GP based on today’s qualifying times.)
Honda World Motocross riders Evgeny Bobryshev and Rui GonÃ§alves will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix from 12th and 14th positions on the gate after a tough timed qualifying session.
With the deteriorating weather conditions, riders were only able to utilise one shortened opening practice stint, and one timed qualification session to determine their gate position for tomorrow’s race at the Bastogne track, which is a new venue for the Belgium Grand Prix.
Conditions were definitely tough and Bobryshev, who was fourth in the opening practice, crashed hard after a handful of laps in the timed session, as the rear wheel of his bike slid sideways up the take-off of one of the jumps, sending him over the bars, which caught him on his already sore chest. The Russian racer was struggling to breathe normally and unable to put a good lap down; finishing the session in 12th place.
Teammate GonÃƒÂ§alves also found the track tough, as he fell and injured his chest on the right side, which is making it painful for him to breathe. GonÃƒÂ§alves concluded the day with only 14th position aboard his CRF 450R, as he struggled to find a clear lap with no yellow flags. Following the session the Portuguese star was scanned at the clinica where medical staff diagnosed him with a fractured rib and damaged cartiliage in the injured area. The Portuguese star will however still ride tomorrow.
The Honda World Motocross team will remain as positive as possible for tomorrow, with the forecast looking more promising and organisers of the event will be working overnight to improve track conditions.
Evgeny Bobryshev #777: 12th position
“There’s not really much to say to be honest. Free practice went okay, as I was fourth, but the second session was not so good. It’s difficult because you know you have to push to make a lap, but it was very slippery. On one of the take-offs I went to accelerate and the back wheel of the bike went sideways, sending me right over the bars and I hit my chest really hard again. I have some pain with the breathing and I couldn’t make a good lap after that, so it’s really disappointing. I am just going to rest now to see how it improves and hopefully we can forget about today, to start with something new tomorrow.”
Rui GonÃƒÂ§alves #999: 14th position
“It was a tough day with the rainÃ‚Â overnight, and the track conditions weren’t the best. They cancelled the qualifying race and we had less time riding on the track, so it was difficult to put a lap down. In first practice I rode to get to know the track a bit, and in the second one I tried to make a fast lap, but there were a lot of yellow flags, which made it difficult too. Then I made some mistakes and went down, where I hurt my chest, which is quite sore. The clinica diagnosed me with a fractured rib with the cartilage damaged, which is painful when I breathe, but thankfully not while moving around on the bike, so I should be able to race. Tomorrow is another day and I need a good start with a solid race for some results; today has not been easy but we’ll keep our heads up and try our best again in the race.”
Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager
“This was our worst qualifying of this year and it’s certainly not good or what we expect. The track conditions were very special because of the mud and rain, with also a shortened session. Free practice went well, but the second session did not. We are already working on making some changes to improve the set-up of our machine and with Dunlop on the tyre choice, which will play an important role here. Both riders are not at their best with their chest injuries, but we do expect that they can race. We hope tomorrow we can make some good results and the conditions will improve.”
(Image of Rui Goncalves, Sarah Guiterrez)
Top lap times – “Home town” rider Clement Desalle quickest with lap time of 2 minutes 2 seconds. Ken de Dycker second, Tanel Leok third. World MX1 Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli seventh. Gautier Paulin and Christophe Pourcel 11th.
In MX2, the top ten in lap times: Jeremy van Horebeek from Belgium – 2 minutes 4 seonds, D Ferrandis, Jeffrey Herlings, Tommy Searle, Arnaud Tonus, Jordi Tixier, N Larsen, Joel Roelants, and Max Anstie.
Image of MX1 pole position qualifier Clement Desalle courtesy of Suzuki