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WMXSpainApril 16, 2006
2006 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 02
Grand Prix of Spain – Bellpuig, Lleida

De Dycker 5th in Sunny Spain

CAS Honda rider Ken De Dycker posted a decent 5th position overall at the Grand Prix of Spain for the second round of the FIM Motocross World Championship despite not being able to ride at full-fitness, very much the theme for many of the Honda GP riders contesting the series.

Ken De Dycker

Brian Jorgensen

The well-prepared Bellpuig circuit in the northern region of Catalunya was hard, rough and fairly dusty as the sun bore down on the 26,200 spectators who travelled to the venue over Easter weekend.

De Dycker is currently carrying the hopes of the CAS Honda team after the injury to Josh Coppins two weeks ago just before the opening GP of the season at Zolder. The Belgian qualified in a decent fifth position during equally sunny conditions on Saturday and was less than a second away from Tanel Leok on pole.

The 21 year old, who is still fighting his way back to peak condition after a problem with his thumb, rode a strong opening race to deprive Suzuki's Steve Ramon of 5th spot on the final lap of 21. During the second moto he split the factory KTM duo of Sebastien Tortelli and Jonathan Barragan in a mid-top ten tussle from which he emerged unscathed with 6th place by the end of the 35 minutes and 2 laps duration. De Dycker is 5th in the World Championship standings and just eight points away from countryman Steve Ramon.

Martin Honda rider Brian Jorgensen was feeling fitter and looked a little more like his old self on the Spanish slopes but two mistakes proved costly in the first moto and he failed to score any points after previously hovering around the top ten. The Dane was a more collected figure in the second race and picked up 10th spot for 16th overall.

His team-mate Javier Garcia Vico was competing at his home Grand Prix and was naturally the focus of attention. The multi-national Spanish Champion was disappointed by lacklustre speed that prevented him from reaching higher than 16th in Moto1 but rallied in front of his fans for an improved 11th with his second bite of the cherry. Vico is still rediscovering his feeling at World Championship level after more than a year away from the competition due to a neck problem.

Stefan Everts claimed victory and was joined in the top three by Tanel Leok and Steve Ramon. Everts, now with 89 career wins, leads the World Championship standings by ten points from Leok.

Team Wulfsport Honda's Gordon Crockard was luckless again with injury as a rock smashed his mouth by entering the small gap between his helmet and his goggles on the opening lap of the first moto. The Irishman was left extremely groggy as the impact spilt both side of his front lip and bent his teeth inwards.

In MX2 Martin Honda rider Antoine Meo grabbed a decent 4th position in the first qualification race on Saturday. Sadly the Frenchman was the victim of crashes in both motos that saw him running at the back of the pack trying to make up positions. He managed 19th in the first heat but had to pull out with a mechanical problem later in the afternoon. He now lies 16th in the World Championship standings and is one point behind Honda's best placed representative Patrick Caps who was 12th overall today. Tyla Rattray won the Grand Prix again from Marc De Reuver and Billy Mackenzie.

World 2005 runner-up and De Dycker's team-mate Josh Coppins successfully underwent surgery this week on his dislocated shoulder and is now in the initial throes of his recovery and rehabilitation programme. The New Zealander still does not have an estimated date for a return to action.

The third round of fifteen in the 2006 campaign will take place in just seven days at Agueda for the third consecutive Grand Prix of Portugal.

Patrick Caps

Gordon Crockard

Ken De Dycker, CAS Honda:
"I am quite happy today because I feel that things are getting better and better. I haven't ridden so much on hard-pack recently so it was a good race considering. I was in a fairly decent position out of the gate in the first heat but I made a few mistakes. I didn't go too crazy in the beginning and fought back using a steady speed. I felt good and passed Ramon right at the end for fifth. I hit the gate with my front wheel in the second moto and the bars went sideways so I was last around the first turn. Again I worked on coming back and being smooth. I am still having a few problems with my hand but I feel my riding getting better."

Brian Jorgensen, Martin Honda:
"I felt comfortable in the first moto and was just outside the top ten at the start. I tried to build-up my rhythm and find my speed because I am still lacking some race fitness. I didn't want to get arm-pump or make any mistakes but I tried to make a new rut on one of the jumps. The bike went sideways and I lost it. It was difficult to get the bike started and get going and then I went down again, this time into the fence. I was one lap behind by the time I was back on the track but followed Tortelli and those guys and set a good pace. In the second moto I focussed on making my own race. The others are fitter than me at the moment. I have to build up my confidence but because of the feeling I have on the bike I am sure that I will be ready to fight soon and that is when I will be happy."

Javier Garcia Vico, Martin Honda:
"The first race wasn't that good and I wasn't happy with sixteenth. I knew I had to do better later in the day and the result was OK. Still, I am not satisfied because I felt quite prepared for this GP earlier this week, especially mentally. Now I have to work hard and get more time on the bike. We have to push harder than ever. I am still nowhere near where I want to be but the team and I are working on it."

Antoine Meo, Martin Honda:
"This was a difficult GP for me. I had a good speed in the first heat but I crashed twice and that meant I had to push hard just to take two points. I went down again in the second heat and lost a lot of time to restart the bike. My rhythm was OK after that but there was a small problem with the carburetion. It is a shame because I felt very fast in qualification yesterday."

Roger Harvey, Honda Europe Motocross Co-ordinator:
"What can we say? It was a very difficult day. I was pleased with De Dycker because he had a small operation during the week on his thumb. The problem at the moment is that most of our riders are carrying some sort of injury; Jorgensen hasn't been able to do much either. No excuses though because our results were not good enough. Ken has been struggling towards the end of the races so I was happy to see that his fastest lap came at the end of the first moto and that shows us a little bit of a different rider compared to what we have seen in the last few years. Jorgensen has not been able to train and now has to work to build himself back up. Gordon Crockard was unbelievably unlucky and will have to see a dental specialist."

2006 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 02
Grand Prix of Spain – Bellpuig, Lleida

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
2 Leok, Tanel / EST / Kawasaki
3 Everts, Stefan / BEL / Yamaha
4 Barragan, Jonathan / SPA / KTM
5 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Honda
6 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
7 Tortelli, Sébastien / FRA / KTM
8 Bill, Julien / SUI / Yamaha
9 Noble, James / GBR / Honda
10 Melotte, Cedric / BEL / Yamaha
11 Leuret, Pascal / FRA / Honda
12 Pyrhonen, Antti / FIN / TM
13 Priem, Manuel / BEL / Yamaha
14 Theybers, Danny / BEL / Suzuki
15 Lindhe, Jonny / SWE / KTM
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / BEL / Yamaha
2 Leok, Tanel / EST / Kawasaki
3 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
4 Melotte, Cedric / BEL / Yamaha
5 Tortelli, Sébastien / FRA / KTM
6 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Honda
7 Barragan, Jonathan / SPA / KTM
8 Priem, Manuel / BEL / Yamaha
9 Leuret, Pascal / FRA / Honda
10 Jorgensen, Brian / DEN / Honda
11 Garcia Vico, Francisco / SPA / Honda
12 Bill, Julien / SUI / Yamaha
13 van Daele, Marvin / BEL / Honda
14 Bobkovs, Aigars / LAT / Honda
15 Theybers, Danny / BEL / Suzuki
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Gundersen, Kenneth / NOR / Yamaha
2 Chiodi, Alessio / ITA / Yamaha
3 de Reuver, Marc / NED / KTM
4 Pourcel, Christophe / FRA / Kawasaki
5 Rattray, Tyla / RSA / KTM
6 Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki
7 Nunn, Carl / GBR / KTM
8 Mackenzie, Billy / GBR / Yamaha
9 Seguy, Luigi / FRA / Yamaha
10 Philippaerts, David / ITA / KTM
11 Searle, Tommy / GBR / Kawasaki
12 Seistola, Matti / FIN / Honda
13 Caps, Patrick / BEL / Honda
14 Schiffer, Marcus / GER / KTM
15 Dougan, Jason / GBR / Honda
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha
2 Rattray, Tyla / RSA / KTM
3 Mackenzie, Billy / GBR / Yamaha
4 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
5 de Reuver, Marc / NED / KTM
6 Philippaerts, David / ITA / KTM
7 Pourcel, Christophe / FRA / Kawasaki
8 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Yamaha
9 Seguy, Luigi / FRA / Yamaha
10 Chiodi, Alessio / ITA / Yamaha
11 Swanepoel, Garreth / RSA / Kawasaki
12 Nunn, Carl / GBR / KTM
13 Caps, Patrick / BEL / Honda
14 Renet, Pierre A. / FRA / Honda
15 ubin, Nicolas / FRA / Kawasaki

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