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WMXAugust 31, 2003
Motocross Championship, Round 11,
Venue ø Loketske Serpentiny, Czech Republic

Honda Dominate Top Five in MXGP Class

On the day when Stefan Everts claimed his seventh title by lifting the first ever Motocross GP World Championship, Brian Jorgensen notched his second consecutive podium result for Honda as the manufacturer filled three positions in the top five after the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic at Loket, round eleven of twelve in the 2003 campaign.

Everts guided his Yamaha to an eighth successive MXGP victory and, thanks to a race crash by KTM's Joel Smets that saw the Belgian cross the line down in tenth, cannot be beaten entering the final round of the series in France in two weeks time. Jorgensen on the 450cc Tiscali Honda fought with Everts' teammate Marnciq Bervoets and Andrew McFarlane as the Champion-to-be escaped at the front. The Dane lapped the cold and windy confines of the Czech circuit, filled with 12,500 fans, at an impressive pace but was unable to push Bervoets to the chequered flag in the contest for the runner-up spot.

Josh Coppins, the fastest and highest placed 250cc two-stroke rider, shook off the challenge of CAS teammate Gordon Crockard to finish fourth. Crockard showed no ill-effects from his injured left wrist and despite a slow start was unlucky not to be further up the final ranking than fifth after a 'coming together' with Smets immediately after the KTM man's fall and a last lap error when he stalled his bike. Teammate Yoshitaka Atsuta was almost involved in the first corner crash that forced at least five riders to hit the dirt. The 2001 Japanese Champion was clearly suffering from the left shoulder he damaged while practising earlier this week, and he passed the chequered flag in 13th for eight Championship points.

Jorgensen is now Honda's top rider in the standings, lying in fourth position 17 points ahead of Kenneth Gundersen but unfortunately unable to catch the injured and absent Mickael Pichon in third. Atsuta sits in ninth, ten points behind Bervoets in eighth, while Crockard in 11th must make up a similar points gap with Kevin Strijbos to break into the top ten. Coppins trails his teammate by five points in 12th.

Everts earned his sixth double moto success with another win in the 125cc class, his sixth consecutive winners trophy in the category. He was joined on the podium by Ben Townley and Mickael Maschio in second and third respectively.

Smets was able to forget his MXGP disappointment in the celebrations for his fifth World Championship collected after his tenth win of the year in the 650 series. He defeated KTM teammate Javier Garcia Vico, while Cedric Melotte returned to the podium after an absence of two races with third place and the second top-three finish of the day for Honda.

Motocross Championship, Round 11,
Venue ø Loketske Serpentiny, Czech Republic

1 Stefan Everts (Yamaha)
2 Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha)
3 Brian Jorgensen (Honda)
4 Joshua Coppins (Honda)
5 Gordon Crockard (Honda)
6 Andrew Mcfarlane (Kawasaki)
13 Yoshitaka Atsuta (Honda)
1 Stefan Everts (Yamaha)
2 Ben Townley (KTM)
3 Mickael Maschio (Kawasaki)
4 Andrea Bartolini (Yamaha)
5 Erik Eggens (KTM)
6 Alessio Chiodi (Yamaha)

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