Steve Ramon has claimed his 7th Belgian Motocross Title, his 5th in the open class, ending a superb season of racing. As well as wrapping up the title in style, Ramon had more to be excited about this weekend, as he signed for the 2011 season with the Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 Team. 2011 will mark the 6th season for Ramon on board the Factory RM-Z450WS machine.
The ‘Bomb’ came into this final round with a 31 point advantage and feeling strong he wanted to wrap it up with a victory in the first moto, and that is exactly what he did.
As the gate dropped for race one Ramon launched his number 11 machine out the gates and set off around the opening lap out front, whilst team mate Desalle followed closely. On lap two Desalle slipped past Ramon as he took the lead, leaving Ramon battling it out with DeDycker, who also managed to slip past, relegating Ramon to 3rd. The three Belgians battled it out lap after lap as they lead the international field of riders. On lap eleven DeDycker and Ramon both worked their way back past Desalle, as Ramon was now really hounding DeDycker for the lead. With three laps remaining Ramon made his move past DeDycker and into the lead, powering his Suzuki to victory, and claiming his 7th Belgian title.
Moto two would see another exciting battle between Desalle, Ramon, DeDycker and Guarneri, as the lead changed hands on three occasions. In the end it was Guarneri that took the chequered flag, followed by DeDycker and Ramon, who had entertained the crowd with some awesome racing, putting end to a great season for the National Championship.
“It’s been a perfect week,” said Ramon. “I had a 31-point lead coming into the race and that was because of some decent results earlier in the season. I think this was one of my best Championships as the racing was good and against some good opposition. I really enjoyed myself and although the track was a little tricky today, with many ruts and slippery parts, I did what was needed to make sure of the title.
“I am really happy to stay another year and it was an easy decision because I work well with the team, the bike is very good; and we all get along. I think we have had some good seasons together and I’m pleased we will have another one,” Ramon added, regarding his new contract and who – aside from his neck fracture in 2009 – has yet to drop out of the top five in a World Championship finish for the Belgian crew since he joined in 2006.
“We wanted some stability for next year and keeping Steve as a second rider was a show of loyalty from us and in the end was a straightforward decision,” commented Team Principal Sylvain Geboers.
“If he makes a season without any significant injury then he is still a title contender and he works well with Clement and the team – and this is important. I’m very pleased with the two riders we will have for 2011 and we will now work to continue the good organisation that surrounds them.”
- RAMON Steve 266
- LEOK Tanel 226
- GUARNERI Davide 225
- STRIJBOS Kevin 160
- POURCEL SÃ©bastien 143
- DE DYCKER Ken 139
- DE REUVER Marc 115
- VAN HOREBEEK Jeremy 102
- ROELANTS Joel 93
- VAN DAELE Marvin 81