The Italian Grand Prix of Motocross in Fermo. Jeffrey Herlings rules the roost in MX2, with American Michael Leib second overall – his best finish ever in World MX GP. In MX1, Christophe Pourcel is victorious, with World MX Champion Tony Cairoli second, followed by Clement Desalle, and Gautier Paulin. Results and points below

MX1 Results
1. Chris Pourcel KAW 1/2
2. Tony Cairoli KTM 3/1
3. Clement Desalle SUZ 4/3
4. Gautier Paulin KAW 2/6
5. Ken d Dycker KTM
6. E Bobryshev HON
7. K Strijbos KTM
8. D Philippaerts YAM
9. Xavier Boog KAW
10. Tanel Leok SUZ
MX1 Points

Tony Cairoli 133
Gautier Paulin 116
Chris Pourcel 106
Clem Desalle 105
Ken d Dycker 95
Kevin Strijbos 76
Xavier Boog 72
E Bobryshev 69
D Philippaerts 69
Tanel Leok 62
MX2 Results

1. Jeffrey Herlings KTM 1/1
2. Michael Leib HON 3/3
3. J v Horebeek KTM 2/4
4. Jordi Tixier KTM 7/5
5. Jose Butron KTM 9/7
6. Chris Charlier YAM 8/9
7. D Ferrandis KAW
8. Max Anstie HON 11/8
9. Tommy Searle KAW 0/2
10. Al Lupino HUS
MX2 Points

Jeffrey Herlings 144
J v Horebeek 114
Tommy Searle 109
Joel Roelants 85
Max Anstie 80
Jordi Tixier 78
D Ferrandis 73
Jake Nicholls 69
Harri Kullas 65
Michael Leib 61


Story courtesy Youthstream

MX1 – CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel obtained his maiden GP victory of the season and he is now third in the point standings 27 points behind Cairoli. In the first heat, Pourcel and Paulin exchanged the lead in several occasions. Pourcel even stalled the bike in the last lap, but he managed to start the bike again quickly, catch Paulin and cross the finish line in the first position. In the second heat, he succeeded in finishing second even being bleeding from his nose during the last laps after a rock had hit his face.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cairoli was only third in the first heat, but he took the holeshot in the second one and succeeded in keeping the lead until the chequered flag. After not having the best qualifying race yesterday, Cairoli was determined to do well today and hand a victory to his home crowd that had been cheering for him until the end. Cairoli is still leading the MX1 point standings with 17 points advantage over Paulin.

The third step of the podium was for Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Desalle thanks to his 4-3 result. However, the Belgian admitted that he is not fully satisfied with performance today and he needs to keep on working to try to conquer the first step of the podium in the upcoming Grand Prix.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Paulin had an incredible first race and he actually missed the victory because he made a mistake in the last lap and Pourcel overtook him. In the second heat, Paulin crashed in the first corner and had to fight from the back of the pack to end sixth, which made him finish fourth overall.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s De Dycker obtained another solid result in Fermo and completed the top five of the Italian Grand Prix. De Dycker had a bad start in the first heat and started from an initial twelfth position to finish seventh. However, in the second heat the Belgian started third and rode a consistent moto until the end.

Russian Bobryshev is much better from his thumb injury and he succeeded in finishing sixth overall in a track where he does not really feel comfortable. Strijbos, who finished tenth in the first heat after starting from an initial 16th position, was seventh in the second one and obtained a final seventh place.

Philippaerts was ninth and once again he was touched by bad luck; five minutes before the end of the first heat, the Italian made a mistake while he was riding fourth and he went down the floor. He managed to finish ninth but he hit his face heavily and had some vision problems in one of his eyes. In the second moto he finished eighth and obtained an overall eighth position.

MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Herlings won both heats but it was not an easy victory for the Dutch rider. In the first heat, he was able to keep the lead from the beginning to the finish line, but by the end of the heat Herlings started feeling that his bike was having some problems. In the second moto, Herlings and Searle’s wheels touched and the Dutch lost the front break but he managed to go from eleventh to first.

The second overall position was for Monster Energy Yamaha’s Leib on his second appearance in the FIM Motocross World Championship this season. The American did an incredible first race moving from 15th to third and in the second moto he led the race until the last three laps, where he was overtaken by Herlings and Searle. Leib is very grateful towards Monster Energy Yamaha for having given him such opportunity and he admitted that his near future is still uncertain at the moment.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Van Horebeek obtained his first podium finish of the season after being second and fourth in today’s races. In the first heat, the Belgian was riding comfortably in the second position when he suffered a heavy crash, but he managed to recover himself quickly and finished the race second. Van Horebeek admitted that he struggled a lot in the second moto to finish fourth, as he was suffering a heavy headache caused from the crash in the first moto. The Belgian is now second in the point standings.

His teammate Tixier was fifth overall today in Fermo and he has moved up to the sixth position in championship and he is now only two points behind Anstie. Tixier had some difficulties in the first race and he was only able to finish seventh, but in the second one he obtained a solid fifth place.

KTM Diga Racing’s Butrón completed the top five of the Italian Championship thanks to his 9-7 result. The Spanish rider had two really good starts and in the second moto he even led the race during the first meters. Butrón has been riding in the front in Sevlievo and this weekend in Fermo during the first laps, but he is missing a little bit of consistency to fight for the podium finish.

Charlier obtained a solid overall sixth position in his first appearance in the FIM Motocross World Championship after his foot injury and Ferrandis finished seventh overall. The French young rider, who was the runner up of the 2011 UEM EMX2 championship, had a really good start in the first heat and finished fifth, but in the second one he was involved in a crashed at the start and he could only cross the finish line in the 12th position.

Anstie was eighth and Searle and Lupino completed the top ten.

It was a disappointing weekend for Searle, especially after having won the qualifying race yesterday and having so high expectations for this weekend. In the first heat he crashed on the opening lap and his bike was so damaged that he had to pull out and in the second one, Searle’s and Herlings’ bikes touched at the start and he had to fight from almost the last position up to the second final place.

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