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WMXFlandersApril 2 , 2006
2006 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 01
Grand Prix of Flanders - Zolder, Belgium

De Dycker 6th in CAS Debut As Coppins Suffers Title Heartbreak

Belgian Ken De Dycker completed a solid CAS Honda debut by taking 6th position overall in front of 16,000 (weekend figure) spectators at the Zolder circuit in Belgium, the opening round of the 2006 FIM MX1 World Championships.

Ken De Dycker

James Noble

Constant rainfall in the build-up to the event meant that the fine Belgian terrain, partially laid over a section of the famous asphalt course and former F1 venue, was soft, rough and extremely technical.

Infrequent showers battered the riders of the MX1 and MX2 classes throughout practice and qualification on Saturday where the rutty surface punished the smallest of mistakes. De Dycker was constantly among the fastest riders in the two free practice sessions and eventually sealed 2nd position.

2005 World Championship runner-up Josh Coppins was unable to participate in the Grand Prix after a dislocated shoulder in an incident during the week preceding the event proved too painful during practice.

The New Zealander and CAS Honda rider completed the first free period but the shoulder popped out twice in the following outing. Coppins was forced to leave the circuit to see a specialist and will have surgery on Tuesday. The 29 year old will be out of action for eight weeks, causing him to miss at least three possibly four Grand Prix.

During the first MX1 moto De Dycker rounded the first corner in a decent position and was holding third place until lap seven when a mistake relegated him to ninth. At the front Stefan Everts gave chase to hole-shotter Sebastien Tortelli on the KTM and the pair were rapidly eating into the rest of the field. Such was the speed set by the two former World Champions that they lapped all the other participants up to fifth position where lay De Dycker after recovering from his earlier mishap.

Martin Honda representative Brian Jorgensen had also started in the top ten but the luckless Dane crashed on the double jump next to the viewing gallery and had to be assisted from the track. His team-mate Javier Garcia Vico finished his first Grand Prix moto in over a year with a solid ride to eleventh after hovering around mid-pack for much of the 35 minutes and 2 laps.

Later in the afternoon De Dycker was again searching for third place behind eventual overall winner Everts and then Tortelli but was demoted to seventh by a gaggle of Suzuki’s and Kawasaki’s. Jorgensen had recovered sufficiently from his first heat spill and grabbed thirteenth and eight points. The 31 year old is lacking time on the Honda CR450F after a largely erratic winter period where he has been searching for full fitness. Vico experienced a technical problem on the opening lap that forced his retirement.

Multitek Honda rider Pascal Leuret acquitted himself well in his first ride for the team and was a constant menace inside the top ten and on a difficult surface. The Frenchman was seventh and tenth for ninth overall.

Stefan Everts earned his 88th career victory ahead of Sebastien Tortelli and Tanel Leok, who grabbed his maiden career podium.

In MX2 new Martin Honda signing Antoine Meo was pleased to able to notch tenth position and seventh for eighth place overall. It was the Frenchman’s first outing in the junior class and he managed to beat the highly-rated Sebastien Pourcel in the second sprint.

Round two will take place at the fast Bellpuig circuit in Catalonia on Easter Sunday for the Grand Prix of Spain. A week later the teams and riders will be present at Agueda for the Portuguese GP.

Brian Jorgensen

Antoine Meo

Ken De Dycker:
“The GP was OK. I had a good feeling approaching the race. I started well in the first moto and was beginning to find my lines and get quicker but then I had a crash and it cost me a few laps to get back on the pace. The brake was damaged in the accident and 5th place was not too bad considering that. In the second heat I had a great start and was third again but started to lose sensation in my hands and was a little scared to push, especially after the first race fall.”

Josh Coppins:
“Obviously this is tough for me. If you make a big crash because you have pushed too hard then you can accept that but when you have worked for six months and get to within two days of the first race and have a silly injury like this because you hit a post in practice then it is hard to deal with. I will keep positive and we have Ken in the team who is riding well at the moment so hopefully he can be consistent and bring some good results for everybody.”

Brian Jorgensen:
“It has been a really tough weekend. My lack of time with the bike showed and I was hoping for whatever I could get. I made a small mistake in the first one and I was lucky because I was hit by several riders and it could have been worse than simply having the wind knocked out of me. I bruised my right hand which made it difficult to hang on to the bars the second race. It was not the best weekend but I was not expecting too much. If I can get top 12 or 13 in this kind of condition then it is only looks bright for the future.”

Javier Garcia Vico:
“It was my first race for a long time and the first moto was not bad. My position was OK and the riding was fine but I was lacking some rhythm out there and I guess this might be understandable. In the second race we had a small problem and I had to stop. It was good to be racing again and my condition is now OK. We go to Spain next and it has been a while since I have been able to compete in front of the fans in a GP there so I am looking forward to it.”

Antoine Meo:
“Today was good for me. I set a target with Paolo that I could be in the top ten twice on my debut and it worked out OK with a 10th and a 7th. This was a positive result because it was my first race in MX2 and it was hard to adjust to so many riders being so aggressive! I am so happy with the Honda and I hope we can build on this in the next few GPs.”

Neil Prince, CAS Team Manager:
“The news about Josh is obviously disappointing for the whole team. We will push forward with Ken and now make a plan with Josh and the rest of the guys about when he will be ready to come back so that we are in the position we were in on Wednesday before this happened.”

2006 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 01
Grand Prix of Flanders - Zolder, Belgium

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Tortelli, Sébastien / FRA / KTM
2 Everts, Stefan / BEL / Yamaha
3 Leok, Tanel / EST / Kawasaki
4 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
5 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Honda
6 Barragan, Jonathan / SPA / KTM
7 Leuret, Pascal / FRA / Honda
8 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
9 Melotte, Cedric / BEL / Yamaha
10 Sword, Stephen / GBR / Kawasaki
11 Garcia Vico, Francisco / SPA / Honda
12 Verhoeven, Bas / NED / Kawasaki
13 Pyrhonen, Antti / FIN / TM
14 Avis, Wyatt / RSA / KTM
15 Theybers, Danny / BEL / Suzuki
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / BEL / Yamaha
2 Tortelli, Sébastien / FRA / KTM
3 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
4 Leok, Tanel / EST / Kawasaki
5 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
6 Sword, Stephen / GBR / Kawasaki
7 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Honda
8 Melotte, Cedric / BEL / Yamaha
9 Barragan, Jonathan / SPA / KTM
10 Leuret, Pascal / FRA / Honda
11 Noble, James / GBR / Honda
12 Priem, Manuel / BEL / Yamaha
13 Jorgensen, Brian / DEN / Honda
14 van Daele, Marvin / BEL / Honda
15 Pyrhonen, Antti / FIN / TM
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Philippaerts, David / ITA / KTM
2 Gundersen, Kenneth / NOR / Yamaha
3 Rattray, Tyla / RSA / KTM
4 de Reuver, Marc / NED / KTM
5 Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki
6 Chiodi, Alessio / ITA / Yamaha
7 Pourcel, Christophe / FRA / Kawasaki
8 Nunn, Carl / GBR / KTM
9 Searle, Tommy / GBR / Kawasaki
10 Meo, Antoine / FRA / Honda
11 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Yamaha
12 Caps, Patrick / BEL / Honda
13 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
14 Leok, Aigar / EST / Yamaha
15 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Rattray, Tyla / RSA / KTM
2 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha
3 de Reuver, Marc / NED / KTM
4 Pourcel, Christophe / FRA / Kawasaki
5 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
6 Gundersen, Kenneth / NOR / Yamaha
7 Meo, Antoine / FRA / Honda
8 Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki
9 Mackenzie, Billy / GBR / Yamaha
10 Nunn, Carl / GBR / KTM
11 Searle, Tommy / GBR / Kawasaki
12 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Yamaha
13 Philippaerts, David / ITA / KTM
14 Seguy, Luigi / FRA / Yamaha
15 Leok, Aigar / EST / Yamaha

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