World MX 1 and MX 2 updates from Italy and Holland

Published March 4th, 2012

First, courtesy of Yamaha Racing

Monster Energy Yamaha continue Italian Motocross Championship sweep

Steven Frossard and Christophe Charlier controlled the MX1 and MX2 classes at Arco di Trento on their factory YZ450FM and YZ250FM machinery today for the second round of four in the 2012 Italian Championship, ‘Internazionali D’Italia’. For Frossard, the 2011 FIM MX1-GP World Championship runner-up, his achievement represented a second victory in succession and the second occasion in which he was able to boast the scalp of MX1-GP champion Antonio Cairoli.

A brief light shower coated the circuit north of Lake Garda (hosting the national series for more than twenty years) and caused the stony terrain to become a little greasy but the conditions presented little struggle to Frossard – the reigning Italian Champion – who claimed both moto chequered flags ahead of team-mate David Philippaerts who was second overall for an excellent day of work for the Monster Energy Yamaha squad. Cairoli was third.

“I’m happy with my riding and results and it was another good day in the Italian Championship for me and the team,” Frossard said. “We did not need to work on the bike that much and I felt better than I did last week even though I had a slight headache. We’ll do our annual photoshoot this week now and then start to think about Castiglione Del Lago. At the moment the pre-season is going to plan.”

Charlier owned the MX2 division after beating Alessandro Lupino on his fuel-injected YZ250FM and then taking fifth position in the second moto (the Elite outing a mix of MX1 450s and MX2 250s) run in front of a decent 8000 attendance. It was an impressive first outing in the series for the former European Champion who had recovered from illness during the week.

Round three will take place next weekend at the former Grand Prix venue of Castiglione Del Lago west of Florence with the final meeting set to occur on March 25th at Gazzane di Preseglie.


And next, courtesy of KTM

TONY CAIROLI WARMS UP WITH TRACK TIME AT THE ITALIAN MX CHAMPIONSHIPS

Red Bull KTM’s World Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli was in good form in Round Two of the Italian National MX championship on Sunday in Pietramurata to finish overall third in the MX1 and also in the Elite class.

Riding in front of a large and very enthusiastic crowd, Tony had an eventful first moto where he grabbed the holeshot but then went into a slide and had a small crash. He struggled with a jammed brake lever for some rounds and then just when he got control of this problem, a stone got stuck between the brake disk. “I wasn’t sure what had happened and it was making a strange noise so I didn’t dare to go at full speed,” he said. He also took the holeshot in second race of the day but went a little wide in the first corner and ran off the track. “I was in about sixth place when I got back and managed to win back three places to finish in third, he said, adding that the track was quite easy but fun. With less than two seconds between the top four riders in both races it was also an exciting day out for the fans.

Riders had dry weather for the first race but light rain fell during the second making the surface slippery. “There was a great crowd and a great atmosphere and that’s always a good motivation to do well,” Tony said. As he continues his preparation for the opening of the GP season, he will now race in third round of the Italian Championships next weekend in Castiglione Del Lago.

Results MX1

1, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha

2, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha

3, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM

4, Davide Guarneri, Italy, KTM

5, Anthony Boissiere, France, TM

Results Elite Class

1, Steven Frossard, France, Yamaha

2, David Philippaerts, Italy, Yamaha

3, Tony Cairoli, Italy, KTM

4, Davide Guarneri, Italy, KTM

5, C. Charlier, France, Yamaha


HERLINGS IN TOP FORM AT OPENING ROUND OF DUTCH MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Red Bull KTM MX2 factory rider Jeffrey Herlings threw down the challenge at the opening round of the Dutch Championships in *** on Sunday with a resounding victory in both MX2 motos to thrill his home fans.

Factory teammate Jeremy van Horebeek was second in both races but Jordi Tixier, the newest recruit to the factory lineup did not race as he is still covering from flu.

Jeffrey said he was very satisfied after two wins that put him 51 and 40 seconds ahead of his nearest rival and indicated that he is in dominating form ahead of the start of the MX2 World Championship, which opens in Valkenswaard, NL on his favorite sandy surface on April 9. “It was an easy ride for me today and the track was very well prepared. I was happy with my riding and the bike even though in the second moto it started to rain and towards the end I had some trouble with my goggles,” he said. All three of the KTM factory riders plan to ride in Round Two of the championship in next weekend in Halle.

Results first moto MX2:

1, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM

2, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM

3, Joel Roelants, Belgium, Kawasaki

4, Glenn Coldenhoff, Netherlands, KTM

Results second moto MX2

1, Jeffrey Herlings, Netherlands, KTM

2, Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM

3, Joel Roelants, Belgium, Kawasaki

4, Glenn Coldenhoff, Netherlands, KTM


The World Motocross Championship Series starts Easter weekend, with the Grand Prix of Holland.

  1. The 2012 FIM World MX schedule is here
  2. Results to the 2012 FIM World MX GPs will be here
  3. You can watch the World Championships live and VOD here

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S. Frossard


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