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WMXJune 22, 2003
World Motocross Championship, Round 6,
Venue - Karntenring Circuit, Klagenfurt, Austria

Crockard Returns To Take Podium Position

CAS Honda's Gordon Crockard returned to action after a three-week layoff through injury and stepped immediately onto the podium taking third position at the Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday, round six of the World Motocross Championship. The 25-year-old Irishman riding a Honda CR450F four stroke machine battled through the dust to pull back from an average start and finish behind Belgium Stefan Everts (Yamaha), who recorded his 59th Grand Prix victory, and Motocross Grand Prix Mickael Pichon (Suzuki), the Championship leader coming a very close second as the battle for the lead went down to the finish line.

Crockard, who broke his shoulder early in the season and then a knuckle just before the Italian GP three weeks ago, is still lying in ninth position overall in the championship, just four points behind teammate Yoshitaka Atsuta. The former Japanese Champion recorded his best result of the season taking sixth position. Dane Brian Jorgensen was lying in third position for nearly half the race distance of 19 laps, but could not hold off the charging Ulsterman as Crockard took a big leap on a step up to get his CAS Honda in front at the next right hand turn. Jorgensen finished in fourth place and retains his fourth position in the championship.

Winner Stefan Everts competed in both the 125cc class and the MXGP class again, winning both races and cutting Pichon's lead to only eight points. Once again the might of the four stroke proved too much for the Frenchman's two stroke Suzuki. Pichon was the early race leader, Everts passed him on lap five, and then Pichon came back several times before the pair made contact in a very fast left hand turn leading into the rhythm section. Pichon fell and Everts was away. Still Pichon fought back and the pair almost crossed the line together, with a recorded gap of 0.350 seconds separating them.

World Motocross Championship, Round 6,
Venue - Karntenring Circuit, Klagenfurt, Austria

1 Stefan Everts (Yamaha)
2 Mickael Pichon (Suzuki)
3 Gordon Crockard (Honda)
4 Brian Jorgensen (Honda)
5 Joel Smets (KTM)
6 Yoshitaka Atsuta (Honda)
1 Stefan Everts (Yamaha)
2 Steve Ramon (KTM)
3 Andrea Bartolini (Yamaha)
4 Marc de Reuver (KTM)
5 Erik Eggens (KTM)
6 Mickael Maschio (Kawasaki)

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