TAUPO (NEW ZEALAND), 15 August 2009 – Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha) from France and Tye Simmonds (KTM) from Australia were the fastest riders the first day of the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship in New Zealand.
The town Taupo is the home of New Zealand’s top motocross facility, Digger McEwen Motocross track, which hosts the biggest Junior’s event and also the home of 2004 MX2 World Champion Ben Townley. The Qualifying day in Taupo was cold, it was raining. Already the first day young riders showed us the big competitive spirit and their qualities.
French rider Dylan Ferrandis takes the pole position in the FIM Junior 85 cc class. He was for almost five seconds faster as his rivals. Although riders were trying to ride fast, Ferrandis was much faster than everyone. His final advantage was very big, what put him on the place of the biggest favourite for the Junior World Champion Title 2009. Jay Wilson (KTM) from Australia was second, Lars van Berkel (Honda) from Netherlands was third.
Excellent prepared Digger McEwen track was favourable also for Australian rider Tye Simmonds (KTM), the winner of the FIM Junior 125 cc Qualifying Practice. Riders in this class were closer. Glenn Coldenhoff (Suzuki) from Netherlands was second and American Eli Tomac (Honda) was third. Results were mixed and tomorrow riders will decide to which part of the World the Junior World Champion Title will go.
Qualifying Practice Top Ten: 1. Tye SImmonds, KTM (Australia), 2. Glenn Coldenhoff, Suzuki (Netherlands), 3. Eli Tomac, Honda (USA), 4. Josh Cachia, Yamaha (Australia), 5. GIacomo Del Segato, Honda (Italy), 6. Hamish Dobbyn, Kawasaki (New Zealand), 7. Ross Beaton, Yamaha (Australia), 8. Cameron Dilon, Honda (New Zealand), 9. John Phillips, Kawasaki (New Zealand), 10. Luke Styke, Yamaha (Australia)
85cc Qualifying Practice Top Ten: 1. Dylan Ferrandis, Yamaha (France), 2. Jay Wilson, KTM (Australia), 3. Lars van BErkel, Honda (Netherlands), 4. Dylan Long, KTM (Australia), 5. Luke Clout, Suzuki (Australia), 6. Jeremy Seewer, Suzuki (Switzerland), 7. Micah McGoldrick, KTM (New Zealand), 8. Campbell King, Honda (New Zealand), 9. Hayden Mellross, Honda (Australia), 10. Courtney Duncam, Yamaha (New Zealand)