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WMXApril 13, 2003
World Motocross Championship, Round 2, Holland

Crockard Crashes Out

Eurocircuit in Valkenswaard, Holland was the venue of the second round of the Motocross World Championship on Sunday.

After a disappointing fourth place in the season opener in Spain, CAS Honda RacingÕs Gordon Crockard got off to a terrible start this time around. The Irishman got caught up in terrible congestion on the first corner of Lap 1, crashing after hitting another rider and injuring his arm and shoulder. He was rushed to hospital where further tests were being carried out to clarify initial suggestions of a dislocated shoulder.

The battle for the lead was being fought between the Round 1 winner Mickael Pichon (Suzuki) and Stefan Everts (Yamaha), but a collision between the two damaged EvertsÕ front wheel. Everts was forced to make a pit stop to replace the wheel, and when he rejoined he was about a lap behind Pichon.

As a result, Pichon took first place, with Joel Smets (KTM) in second. The highest placed Honda rider was Brian Jorgensen of Tiscali Honda in fifth position.

Former all-Japan champion Yoshitaka Atsuta, riding a Honda 4-stroke 450cc machine, suffered severe bruising to his shoulder after a crash during practice on Saturday. He still took part in SundayÕs race, and despite the pain managed to finish in 14th place.

World Motocross Championship, Round 2, Holland

1 Mickael Pichon (Suzuki)
2 Joel Smets (KTM)
3 Kenneth Gundersen (Kawasaki)
4 Kevin Strijbos (Suzuki)
5 Brian Jorgensen (Honda)
6 Claudio Federici (Yamaha)
14 Yoshitaka Atsuta (CAS Honda Racing)
DNF Gordon Crockard (CAS Honda Racing)
1 Steve Ramon (KTM)
2 Erik Eggens (KTM)
3 Marc de Reuver (KTM)
4 Ben Townley (KTM)
5 Alessio Chiodi (Yamaha)
6 Andrea Bartolini (Yamaha)

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