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WMXU.K.August 28, 2005
2005 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 15
Grand Prix of England – Arreton, Isle of Wight, England

Pichon back on the podium in UK

Mickael Pichon took third position behind KTM’s Ben Townley and Steve Ramon this afternoon at a hot and sunshine-blessed Gore-Basin circuit on the Isle of Wight for the Grand Prix of England, the fifteenth round of seventeen in the 2005 FIM Motocross World Championships.

Joshua Coppins

Joshua Coppins

After three rainy and muddy races, finally some summer weather graced the Grand Prix series and 25,000 spectators travelled over the short strip of water from the English mainland to pack the spectacular and jumpy hill side Gore-Basin layout.

Pichon, who finished second to Josh Coppins at this event twelve months ago, was on the pace during practice and qualification and sealed his eleventh pole position of the season by being the only rider to clock a lap-time in the 2 min 03 s bracket. Coppins, still in contention for the MX1 title, was third quickest.

The first MX1 moto saw Pichon hit second position behind runaway leader Steve Ramon in the formative stages and extend a gap over Josh Coppins. The Kiwi was passed by surging countryman Ben Townley at mid-race distance and the KTM pilot had Pichon in his sights after a mistake by the Frenchman reduced the margin to a few seconds. Townley, experimenting with different lines, pushed the former double World Champion hard to the finish, creating an exhilarating last lap but was denied the second spot by the Honda rider. Coppins, who had suffered with some dirt entering the carburettor of the 450F in the first few laps until the problem cleared and also came under heavy attack from World Championship rival Everts, was fourth.

The second race was an action-packed revolving swirl of positions. Again it became a KTM affair as Townley this time picked-a-path free of the pack and Ramon gave distant chase. Behind the orange duo, Pichon, Everts, Coppins and Jussi Vehvilainen, who again made a very good start as in the first moto before fading due to a slight lack of race fitness, enacted an interesting tussle that saw many changes to the running order as Everts made a mistake that prevented him establishing a solid third, Coppins stalled the bike to lose time and Pichon harried both of his peers. Eventually it was Coppins who proved to be the stronger and pulled Pichon past a slowing Ramon towards the end of the 35 minutes and two lap distance. With Everts unable to join the Honda riders in demoting the moto1 winner Coppins was able to chip away eight points from the World Championship deficit he faces against the Yamaha man and reigning number one. The 28 year old missed the podium by two points to Pichon.

Vehvilainen can be very content with his overall position of seventh and two race finishes of ninth place in his first Grand Prix for over a month after recovering from a neck injury.

RWJ’s James Noble was jostling within the top ten at his home Grand Prix and picked up twelfth and eight places for eighth overall, improving his World Championship position by one spot to ninth!

The MX2 Grand Prix was won by Tyla Rattray in his first Grand Prix for four months after coming back from a knee ligament injury; Christophe Pourcel and Rattray’s KTM team-mate Carl Nunn completed the podium after an exciting set of races.
Martin Honda rider Matteo Bonini scored his best ever moto finish in the first outing with fourth position. The young Italian started well and maintained a strong pace to better his previous 2005 best of seventh at the GP of Spain. The 19 year old tangled with SRS rider Patrick Caps in the second race but was able to take two points for nineteenth despite being last at one stage.

In terms of the World Championship Coppins now stares at a 45 point gap to Stefan Everts with 100 points left to win. Josh has won four motos and two Grand Prix this season. Pichon is fourth and almost 60 points behind Ben Townley. The 29 year old has also won two Grand and six motos.

The penultimate round of the series takes place in just seven days time for the third meeting inside three weeks. Lierop, host of the 2004 Motocross of Nations, will entertain the Grand Prix of the Netherlands before the season reaches a climax a fortnight afterwards at Desertmartin in Northern Ireland.

Mickael Pichon

Mickael Pichon

Josh Coppins, CAS Honda, 4th:
“In the first race we had some problems with dirt in the carburettor from the third lap and it was kind of scary because the engine kept cutting out. I was in third and thought I had a chance of the win but I could not pull it off. My start was better in the second moto but when I passed Stefan and Pichon I stalled the bike and had to push-start it. I had to work all over again to pass them but felt strong at the end. It was awesome to ride at this GP but I always had to make up ground and it would have been nice to have near the front from the start. With two rounds to go it is more or less Stefan’s title. I will do all I can but unless something drastic happens then it is too late.”

Mickael Pichon, Martin Honda, 3rd:
“Today was good for me. In the first moto I took a good start and was able to stay in second even if I made a small crash near the end and Ben came close. I gave everything I had this afternoon and I am happy with this result. I said yesterday that I don’t feel at my best at the moment because I have not been riding that much recently. I was surprised to be able to mix with the guys but it was such a nice track that I was having a lot of fun riding it. In the second moto Stefan made a big mistake four or five laps before the end and I took advantage. Josh was really fast and pushing very hard so he went by me but I got Steve at the end for third.”

Jussi Vehvilainen, CAS Honda, 7th:
“It was a pretty good comeback. My starts were fine but with this being my first GP since July I wasn’t quite fit enough to push hard. The track was great but it is not my favorite and that didn’t help either! Anyway my riding was OK and to get in the top ten was really good after such a long time off.”

James Noble, RWJ Honda, 8th:
“Qualifying yesterday was pretty good and I was seventh fastest. In the first race I had a sprocket that was too low. It was good for the track but not great at the start because it did not grip too much. I had a bad start but a decent first lap and got up to about 13th. In the second race my back brake kept locking up and I ran straight-on at a few corners. I lost some time behind Yoshi Atsuta and probably could have made one or two more positions but I ended up eighth and have that position in the Championship now.”

2005 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 15
Grand Prix of England – Arreton, Isle of Wight, England

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 RAMON Steve (KTM)
2 PICHON Mickael (Honda)
4 COPPINS Joshua (Honda)
5 EVERTS Stefan (Yamaha)
6 JORGENSEN Brian (Yamaha)
7 LEOK Tanel (Kawasaki)
8 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM)
9 VEHVILAINEN Jussi (Honda)
10 STRIJBOS Kevin (Suzuki)
11 PYRHONEN Antti (TM)
12 NOBLE James (Honda)
13 LEURET Pascal (Honda)
14 THEYBERS Danny (Suzuki)
15 de DIJCKER Ken (Honda)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
2 COPPINS Joshua (Honda)
3 PICHON Mickael (Honda)
4 RAMON Steve (KTM)
5 EVERTS Stefan (Yamaha)
6 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM)
7 PRIEM Manuel (Yamaha)
8 NOBLE James (Honda)
9 VEHVILAINEN Jussi (Honda)
10 ATSUTA Yoshitaka (Suzuki)
11 LEURET Pascal (Honda)
12 THEYBERS Danny (Suzuki)
13 PYRHONEN Antti (TM)
14 STRIJBOS Kevin (Suzuki)
15 SEGUY Luigi (Yamaha)

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