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WMXGermanyMay 2, 2004
2004 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 5
Grand Prix of Germany – Teutschenthal

Double moto joy for Jorgensen and Honda

Tiscali Honda rider Brian Jorgensen grabbed a sensational debut win this afternoon at the Grand Prix of Germany at Teutschenthal. The 29 year old notched his first career success after collecting the chequered flag in both of the MX1 35 minute and 2 lap motos.

Jorgensen was competing at his first race since surgery on his left wrist several weeks ago and also recovering from a small bout of tendonitis as a consequence of the medical procedure. The Dane was masterful on the greasy German mud and held off challenges from factory Yamaha duo Cedric Melotte and seven times World Champion Stefan Everts in the two races.

21,000 fans braved the markedly different weather conditions as the blue skies and sun from qualifying on Saturday had departed overnight to be replaced by grey, damp and infrequent showers. The dusty Talkessel terrain was now a more slippery but just as fast a prospect for the riders of the MX1 and MX2 categories.

Jorgensen led the MX1 field from first corner until the last. He took the hole shot both times and proceeded to escape from the chasing pack. His perfect 50 point haul was justifiably well-celebrated in the Paolo Martin helmed squad and lifts him up to 8th in the World Championship standings despite missing the race last week in Holland due to the wrist operation.

His team-mate and pole position man from Saturday Mickael Pichon had suffered a sickening crash during the final few moments of timed practice yesterday. The 27 year old was already over a second faster than any other rider but tried for another flying lap only to lose control of his four-stroke changing lines and hitting a bump that sent him straight over the bars. The Frenchman was knocked unconscious and suffered from shock of the impact to his chest and shoulders. After medical checks he was released and despite some pain attempted Sunday morning warm-up. A positive start in the first moto with 4th place soon turned into a top ten finish by the chequered flag and 11 valuable points. The second heat saw the former World Champion produced another gritty performance to earn 9th.

Pichon’s accident was the first of several high-speed crashes throughout the weekend. Andrea Bartolini was taken to hospital after a similar incident and possible chest injury while Billy Mackenzie also left the track in an ambulance.

CAS Honda boys endured an understated weekend. Josh Coppins did well to earn 5th overall but his result was hindered by less than ideal jumps from the gate. The ‘Lizzard’ had plenty of work to do in the first moto after rounding the first turn just inside the top 15 but eventually passed Yamaha’s Marnicq Bervoets for 6th. The New Zealander passed the pits 7th by the end of the first lap of the second moto and worked hard to gain fourth by the chequered flag. His team-mate Yoshitaka Atsuta suffered with the speed of the circuit and was 17th overall with a double 16th position score.

In the MX2 class Kawasaki took their second win of the season courtesy of Stephen Sword’ first overall career success and Britain’s first GP win for two seasons. RWJ Honda’ Jamie Dobb was the highest placed rider on the 250F with results of 7th and 8th meaning he gained 6th by the end of the afternoon.
KTM’s Ben Townley won the opening moto but a crash while leading gave to Sword the incentive to seal the 25 points and his first podium ‘top-step’, one point in front of team-mate Mickael Maschio. RTT Honda’s Carl Nunn could only take 14th in the second moto and suffered a DNF in the opening event.

The next Grand Prix of the 2004 campaign takes place in two weeks time, once again in Holland at the Lichtenvoorde circuit.

Brian Jorgensen
"This is fantastic for me. I prepared hard over the winter to make a push for the World Championship or at least to be one of the top guys. I felt good to be one of the regulars at the front but arriving at the first GP I noticed I was having some trouble with my hand and losing sensation in my lower arm when I was on the bike. The pain was getting worse through Zolder and into Bellpuig. At Portugal I only slept two hours because I was in so much pain. We decided to make the operation then but I had to rest afterwards because I had some tendonitis in the wrist and this meant that it was wiser to miss the GP at Valkenswaard and get ready for the race this weekend where I really like the track. A result in the top five today would have been good but it is an incredible feeling to win the way I did and be on top of the podium. I basically got my head down and did the job. I had some pain towards the end of the second moto but when someone like Stefan is chasing you it gives some extra energy. I really wanted those starts today and we have worked a lot on the bike to get it running exactly how I want it. Overall, this is a dream come true."

Mickael Pichon
"I could not sleep last night and could hardly move because of the pain in my shoulders and neck. I warmed up before the race and felt slightly better but needed to have two injections, one in each shoulder. During the motos I was OK until about 10 minutes into the race and then had no strength in my upper body. With this condition I am happy with 10th and 9th. Now I must see my specialist and rest before Lichtenvoorde but I hope not to have any more injections before the GP."

Josh Coppins
"I had to avoid hitting Kenneth Gundersen so I went high on a berm and lost some positions on the first lap. It was not easy to close down the riders ahead as our times were pretty much the same. I could make the passes once I had caught them. All in all, not a bad day. I’ve still got to work on getting my speed up. The pace is really fast and I know I have to step it up a level. I’ve moved up a position in the championship and I want to keep the momentum going."

Yoshitaka Atsuta
"The GP was not so good. My starts were not great and it was difficult to pass. I pushed hard on this flat track that is very fast but I have to improve my speed and must do better for the British Championships next week."

Carl Nunn
"I’m feeling pretty low at moment and ‘crap’ is probably a word that sums this GP up quite well. The bike stopped in the first moto and we took the new ignition off the engine thinking this might be the problem but we lost some performance in the second race and I was stuck down with the riders who were trying some crazy moves."

Roger Harvey : Honda Europe
"It was an unbelievable day for Brian Jorgensen. It was nice to be winning again and I think Brian himself may have been surprised. It was a miracle that Mickael Pichon rode and his results are a credit to him. Josh did everything right apart from the starts but I was pleased with his application. Dobby did OK and enjoyed better luck this week when some others were not so fortunate."


2004 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 5
Grand Prix of Germany – Teutschenthal


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Jorgensen Brian (Honda)
2 Melotte Cedric (YAMAHA)
3 Everts Stefan (YAMAHA)
4 Ramon Steve (KTM)
5 Smets Joel (SUZUKI)
6 Coppins Joshua (Honda)
7 Bervoets Marnicq (YAMAHA)
8 Gundersen Kenneth (KTM)
9 de Dijcker Ken (Honda)
10 Pichon Mickael (Honda)
11 Leok Tanel (SUZUKI)
12 Garcia Vico Francisco (Aprilia)
13 Theybers Danny (YAMAHA)
14 Seguy Luigi (YAMAHA)
15 Traversini Thomas (Honda)

MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Jorgensen Brian (Honda)
2 Everts Stefan (YAMAHA)
3 Smets Joel (SUZUKI)
4 Coppins Joshua (Honda)
5 Melotte Cedric (YAMAHA)
6 Ramon Steve (KTM)
7 Bervoets Marnicq (YAMAHA)
8 Strijbos Kevin (SUZUKI)
9 Pichon Mickael (Honda)
10 Leok Tanel (SUZUKI)
11 Garcia Vico Francisco (Aprilia)
12 Dugmore Collin (Honda)
13 Theybers Danny (YAMAHA)
14 Seguy Luigi (YAMAHA)
15 Burnham Christian (KTM)
Jorgensen Brian
Jorgensen Brian (Honda)

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