The 2013 FIM World Motocross Championships are in Arco Di Trento this weekend for Round 4 of MX GP. Coming into today’s Qualifying Races, Tony Cairoli of Italy, the defending World MX1 Motocross Champion, leads the MX1 series. And Jeffrey Herlings, the defending MX2 World Champion from Holland, leads that series.

But today, in Qualifying, it was Ken de Dycker from Belgium, riding for Red Bull KTM topping the MX1 race, and Jordi Tixier from France, also Red Bull KTM mounted, topping the MX2 Qualifying race. Cairoli finished fourth in the MX1 race, and Herlings finished fourth in the MX2 race. The Grand Prix is tomorrow.

More notes below …

Clement Desalle

MX2 Qualifying Results:

  1. Jordi Tixier – KTM
  2. Glenn Coldenhoff – KTM
  3. Dean Ferris – YAM
  4. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM
  5. Christophe Charlier -YAM
  6. Mel Pocock – YAM
  7. Tim Gajser – KTM
  8. Max Desprey – YAM
  9. Al Lupino – KAW
  10. Jose Butron – KTM
  11. Jeremy Seewer – SUZ
  12. Max Anstie – SUZ
  13. James Decotis – KAW
  14. Jake Nicholls – KTM
  15. Pascal Rauchenecker – KTM

MX1 Qualifying Results:

  1. Ken de Dycker – KTM
  2. Clement Desalle – SUZ
  3. Gautier Paulin – KAW
  4. Tony Cairoli – KTM
  5. Tommy Searle – KAW
  6. Max Nagl – HON
  7. Xavier Boog – KTM
  8. Kevin Strijbos – SUZ
  9. Tanel Leok – HON
  10. David Philippaerts – HON
  11. Davide Guarneri – KTM
  12. Shaun Simpson – TM
  13. Matiss Karro – KTM
  14. Rui Goncalves – KTM
  15. A. Justs – HON

MX2 Championship points (after 3 rounds):

  1. Jeffrey Herlings – 150
  2. Jordi Tixier – 101
  3. Romain Febvre – 98
  4. Glenn Coldenhoff – 97
  5. Jose Butron – 74
  6. Max Anstie – 72
  7. Chris Charlier – 71
  8. Dean Ferris – 69
  9. Jake Nicholls – 64
  10. Julien Lieber – 62
  11. Mel Pocock – 58
  12. Al Lupino – 57
  13. Petar Petrov – 49
  14. Al Tonkov – 34
  15. P. Rauchenecker – 34

MX1 Championship points (after 3 rounds):

  1. Tony Cairoli – 142
  2. Clement Desalle – 116
  3. Ken De Dycker – 115
  4. Gautier Paulin – 108
  5. Kevin Strijbos – 89
  6. Evgeny Bobryshev – 87
  7. Tommy Searle – 87
  8. Rui Goncalves – 73
  9. Tanel Leok – 61
  10. Joel Roelants – 58
  11. Xavier Boog – 56
  12. David Philippaerts – 49
  13. Steven Frossard – 47
  14. Max Nagl – 45
  15. Davide Guarneri – 41

Notes: Arco Di Trento is a beautiful venue in the north of Italy. The race track is called “Ciclamino”.

American James Decotis has joined the CLS Pro Circuit Kawasaki team. He finished 13th in the MX2 race – his first taste of MX GP.

From Honda World MX: A disappointing outcome for Honda World Motocross, and Russian racer Evgeny “Bobby” Bobryshev:

The Honda World Motocross team is disappointed to announce that Evgeny Bobryshev will not race in Arco Di Trento this weekend for round four of the MX1 World Championship, as further tests following a small crash in training this week have revealed a fracture to his right fibula.

Bobryshev, who was feeling positive following his first podium finish in over year at Valkenswaard last time out, has had a good few days testing on the harder ground in preparation for this weekend. Unfortunately for the Honda pilot, in his final preparations Bobryshev had a small crash on an out-lap in Faenza on Wednesday, which twisted his ankle and left him incredibly sore.

Initial tests showed nothing but a badly sprained ankle, which would heal enough to race this weekend, although with medical attention from the team’s physio and the doctors at Padova University, further X-rays have shown a small fracture to the bottom of the right fibula. Bobryshev will certainly be unable to race this weekend, as the feeling with his ankle has deteriorated while the swelling has increased, and there is some doubt as to whether he will be healed in time for Sevlievo, Bulgaria next week.

As expected Bobryshev is incredibly disappointed that a small crash will have such a dramatic effect on his championship possibilities, but the 25-year-old Russian racer will certainly be doing everything possible with regular treatment from the team’s physio Giuseppe Chiodi to recover as quickly as possible.

Evgeny says “What can I say? I am devastated not only for the team, the sponsors but also myself. Everyone puts so much work in and I know I have put a lot of effort in too, so to have to miss races from such a small crash is a really bitter pill to swallow. Basically we did some riding in Belgium after Valkenswaard and then on the harder ground here in Italy, and everything has been great. I’ve been fast and everything with the bike has been good, so I was feeling really positive for the weekend. On the first laps around Faenza I caught my foot in a rut and twisted it, which made me have a small crash. It was so small the boys didn’t even come over to see if I was okay. I rode back and later I felt a little uncomfortable, so we went to get it checked out. I was pleased to hear it was only a sprain, and there was no doubt really that I would ride at the weekend, but over the last two nights I’ve been in a lot of pain and I had to go to get a more detailed look at the sore area. The doctors found the small fracture; it really isn’t very big at all, and it’s a clean, straight, fracture but it will take around three weeks to heal properly. I can only say sorry to everyone, as I am so disappointed not to be able to race this weekend.”

Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager “Obviously we as a team feel incredibly disappointed, but we have to remember that this is motocross, and these things do happen. Unfortunately it has such a dramatic effect on what we are trying to achieve. What is really difficult for us to accept is an injury that will prevent Bobby from racing that was incurred with such a small crash, when he can bounce back from much bigger, spectacular crashes with no injury at all. We have exhausted every option here to make him more comfortable, but the pain was still increasing, which made sense when the fracture was found. Bobby must take the time out to heal without risking further damage, and with him being unable to kick off the bike, it wouldn’t be sensible to allow him to try and race this weekend. Now he will have more treatment and hope to be back for Bulgaria, although it’s difficult to say at this stage whether it’s possible.”

From Monster Energy Yamaha, number 183, Steven Frossard, from France, had a minor surgery after Round 3 in Holland over Easter weekend. He says “The operation went well and it wasn’t long before I started to feel good with my foot. I was hopeful of going to Italy and was keen to try the bike with the special modification I have in my boot. From the time around the track I knew I would be able to ride at the weekend. I cannot say what my goal will be but I want to get my season moving in the right direction.”

Max Nagl of Honda World MX

More news from Monster Energy Yamaha: The intense pace and demands of the Italian soil was too much for Frossard’s recently operated left foot. The pin in the metatarsal was causing unexpected nerve pain to the former Italian Champion’s extremity and medication could not get him sufficiently comfortable. Frossard attempted several laps in practice but realized he needs some more recovery time after surgery last week to get into race trim. He expects to be back in the paddock for the Grand Prix of Portugal in three weeks. Roelants suffered a crash during qualifying that left the former GP winner feeling dazed and nursing a sore shoulder, which rules him out for the race tomorrow.

Beautiful Arco Di Trento

Photos courtesy Youthstream, World Honda MX, and Suzuki

Here is the race report from today, courtesy Youthstream: The beautiful track of Arco di Trento hosted today the MX1 and MX2 qualifying races, as well as the first race of the EMX125 European Championship. Ken De Dycker and Jordi Tixier won the qualifying races and Pauls Jonass won the first heat of the first round of the EMX125 European Championship.

MX1 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s KTM Ken De Dycker did an incredible qualifying race, starting in eighth position and finishing the heat with almost three seconds difference over second place Clement Desalle. The Belgian felt really good on the Italian track and he is expecting a good start tomorrow in order to try to be on the podium or even win the MXGP of Trentino.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Clement Desalle was fourth after the first corner but in the opening lap he managed to overtake Rui Gonçalves and then Xavier Boog. While Desalle was riding second he was surprised by De Dycker, who moved from third to first, so the Suzuki rider dropped down to third again. However, after a couple of laps Desalle made the pass on Tommy Searle and the Belgian rode second until the chequered flag.

The third place was Kawasaki Racing’s Gautier Paulin who had previously obtained the best lap time during the pre-qualifying practice. The French rider felt really good today, but he missed a good start in the qualifying race and he was around 11th position after the first corner. However, Gautier managed to get a good rhythm to cross the finish line third right in front of Antonio Cairoli.

Home rider Antonio Cairoli was tenth in the pre-qualifying practice but he was confident for the race today. However, he also had a bad start and he had to give his best to finish fourth. By the end of the race the Italian was really close to Gautier, but a stone hit on his goggles and the Italian decided to ride safe, finish the race and focus on tomorrow’s races.

CLS MX1 Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit’s Searle had a really good start and he rode second during the first two laps, but as soon as he found the opportunity he overtook Xavier Boog, who had taken the holeshot, and rode first during three laps. The British rider was then surprised by a fast Ken De Dycker, who was coming from behind and Searle dropped down to second. The CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit rider could not keep the second position for a long time as Desalle, Paulin and later on Cairoli were coming really fast from behind. In the end Searle finished fifth.

Arco di Trento also saw a very strong Max Nagl who had a really good jump off the gate and was fifth at the first corner, but he struggled to find his rhythm and lost some positions already in the first lap. The German rider started feeling better on his Honda machine and he succeeded in crossing the finish line sixth ahead of Xavier Boog and Kevin Strijbos. Tanel Leok was ninth and David Philippaerts rounded up the top ten followed by his compatriot Davide Guarneri.

Shaun Simpson, who obtained the best third result at the pre-qualifying race, crashed on the first lap and he could only finish twelfth. Jeremy Van Horebeek also crashed in the first lap and he damaged the handlebar of his Kawasaki. The Belgian rider entered the pitlane to have his bike fixed, but he had some pain on his ribs and he had to pull out from the race.

Steven Frossard and Evgeny Bobryshev did not take part in the qualifying heats, as they are both still struggling with their injuries. Joel Roelants crashed during the practice session and he could not take part in the qualifying race either as injured his shoulder.

MX2 – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier admitted that he did not have a good start but he said to himself that he had to find the way to move up and reach the lead, and in fact, this is what he did. The French rider found the perfect lines to move from fourth to second and when there were only two laps to go Tixier managed to overtake Glenn Coldenhoff and won the race.

Standing Construct KTM’s Coldenhoff took the holeshot of the MX2 Qualifying race and he managed to lead the heat comfortably until Tixier came really fast from behind and the Dutch rider could not keep the first position and crossed the finish line second. Coldenhoff felt really well today on the track and he is very optimistic for tomorrow’s races.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Dean Ferris decided not to take part in the main races of the MXGP of the Netherlands to try to be fully recovered from the injuries he suffered some weeks before. The Australian rider had some time off the bike and this morning he already had really good feelings on his Yamaha and he finished third in the pre-qualifying practice. In the qualifying race Ferris rode a consistent first half of the heat in second, but when Tixier overtook him he was not able to pass him back.

In the first corner after the start there was a big crash where Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings got involved, as well as Jake Nicholls. Fortunately, both riders did not get injured and while Herlings finished fourth the British rider crossed the finish line fourteenth.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier was very satisfied with his performance today as he managed to ride among the top five riders of the MX2 class. Charlier rode fifth most of the race and by the end of the heat he made the pass on Pocock and he moved up to fourth. However, Herlings was coming really fast from behind and the French rider was overtaken by the Dutchman when there were only two laps to go.

Mel Pocock had one of his best performances of the season today since he entered the FIM MX2 World Championship. The British rider started third and he managed to ride in fourth most of the heat. In the end he could not keep the rhythm and he crossed the finish line sixth. Tim Gajser, who is riding as a wildcard at the MXGP of Trentino, had also a really good day and he finished seventh in the MX2 qualifying race.

Maxime Desprey was eighth and Alessandro Lupino and Joe Butron completed the top ten. American Jimmy Decotis admitted that he is really enjoying his experience in the FIM Motocross World Championship after he finished thirteenth in the qualifying race.

Ken de Dycker!


Jordi Tixier





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