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2006 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 03
Grand Prix of Portugal – Agueda, Portugal

De Dycker continues improvement with 4th in Portuguese heat

The Grand Prix of Portugal at the Agueda circuit, over 100km south of the city of Porto, was won by Stefan Everts in sunny conditions and in front of 15,500 fans. CAS Honda rider Ken De Dycker was able to post results of third and fifth in the two motos for an overall placing of 4th in the third round of fifteen in the 2006 FIM MX1 World Championship.

Ken DeDycker

James Noble

The Saturday practice program had to be cut due to a sustained bout of unrelenting rainfall on Friday night and both MX1 and MX2 riders lost the first Free Practice sessions in order to preserve the track. Further predictions of rain proved false during Saturday afternoon and the Grand Prix counted on the presence of fierce spring sunshine until the end of the event on Sunday.

The track was initially sodden but dried and became a rough and fast test with precious few places to pass. The steep inclines of the Agueda circuit blended a fast and demanding pace with a technical challenge thanks to the numerous ruts and bumps.

De Dycker, who has finished sixth and fifth at the previous two events in Belgium and Spain, qualified sixth on Saturday and was one of the better performers in the first moto behind a spectacular show enacted by Everts and Tortelli for the lead. De Dycker completed the first lap in his starting position but swiftly gained ground on Steve Ramon in third. The pair tussled briefly before Ramon crashed and the 'number 9' then faced a relatively lonely run to the flag with only a few backmarkers for company. It was the first appearance in the top three for the Belgian.

In the second moto he rode another solitary race to fifth place unable to trouble Tanel Leok and suffering slightly with a tired left arm. The upward trend in the Belgian's results have given the CAS team cause for encouragement after the bitterly disappointing injury to their lead rider Josh Coppins earlier this month.

Martin Honda rider Javier Garcia Vico is on the long road to regaining his Grand Prix speed and was nearer the top ten today with a brace of 11th positions. The Spaniard - and the only Spanish rider to win a Grand Prix, at Moscow in 2002 - was caught fighting among a melee of riders in the second moto but finished ahead of Lauris Freibergs.

His team-mate Brian Jorgensen was eighth at the circuit where he suffered a concussion twelve months ago and could not avoid a crash on the second corner of the second moto after Cedric Melotte dropped his Yamaha right in front of the Dane. He restarted far behind the pack but persisted with the moto and gained a point for his troubles with 20th.

Team Wulfsport Honda's Gordon Crockard was able to bag his first World Championship points after a technical problem prevented him qualifying in Belgium and a freak accident with a rock splitting his lip in Spain had seen him remain absent from the classifications. The Irishman was frustrated with some mediocre starts that effectively stunted his speed but looked more like the rider who finished third in the 2001 250cc World Championship with 12th and 13th positions for 11th overall.

RWJ's James Noble took his best result of the season so far with 8th in the opening sprint but crashed later in the afternoon and finished out of the points.

Two Honda riders are currently within the top ten of the World Championship standings with De Dycker sixth, level on points with Jonathan Barragan.

In MX2 Antoine Meo, Martin Honda, was hoping to forget his falls and lowly results from Spain but an even bigger blow lay in store when the Frenchman suffered a painful knee dislocation during the first race. He will now have further consultation this week before knowing the gravity of the injury and the expected recovery time. SRS representative Patrick Caps gave Honda their highest MX2 finish of the season so far with 4th place in the second moto.

The Grand Prix was won by Tyla Rattray for the third consecutive time this season.

The World Championship will now travel to Germany in two weeks time for the K'Archer Grand Prix of Germany on May 7th where the fourth round of the series will occur and the calendar edges towards completing the first third of its content for 2006.

Garcia Vico

Brian Jorgensen

Ken De Dycker, CAS Honda:
"My start was not so good in the first moto because Leok pushed me wide going up to the second corner. I had some good speed though and every lap I was able to catch somebody. I arrived to fourth behind Ramon and it was four or five laps until I could pass him. I kept up the same pace and the distance on the guy behind me. It was a pretty good race and nice to take my first podium. In the second heat the start was not great either and on the first laps I was making so many mistakes. I caught up to Leok and tried to match his pace but in the end I could not hold onto the bars anymore. So I rode safe and made sure of fifth."

Brian Jorgensen, Martin Honda:
"I did not get a good jump in the first moto and was around 20th on the first lap. I rode really badly for the first ten minutes and really could not get a rhythm. I was putting too much pressure on myself to go quickly because I knew it was going to be a hard race. I relaxed and finally made some good lap-times to catch up to 14th; it was a lot of fun to be over-taking and racing the people. My condition was good and even if I was not super-fast I felt strong all the way. I felt that with a good start I could easily run in the top ten and that is perhaps my level at the moment. For the second moto I had a good jump from the gate but Melotte crashed right in front of me on the second turn and at the front end of the pack there is no time or space to move. I was almost a quarter of a lap down. I could see nobody but made some consistent laps and in the end all that work resulted in one point for 20th."

Javier Garcia Vico, Martin Honda:
"We are still improving and need to be because we started the season far behind the others in terms of preparation. I am pleased that we finished nearer the top ten in both motos and we are slowly getting there. The track was pretty rough but it wasn't that difficult."

James Noble, RWJ Honda:
"The first moto was pretty good. I got a decent gate but was struggling a little bit with my speed; I was not able to run with the top seven. I was reasonably happy with eighth. In the second race I slipped off in the whoops and came back from outside the top twenty to fourteenth but then lost the front end on the take off to a jump and that was it."

Patrick Caps, SRS Honda:
"I was finally able to take a good start in the second moto. I was riding well and had some good lines. I was very happy to take fourth and to be again in the top five. I want to work on my starts and then I feel that the results will come good."

Gordon Crockard, Wulfsport Honda:
"I didn't get the starts today and basically ate dirt all afternoon. I was frustrated because I was faster than a lot of people but just lost a lot of time trying to overtake. It was a hard set of races and for some reason I felt so hot; it was hard to breathe. It wasn't an especially bad Grand Prix and it is somewhere to start. We just have to get ready for Germany now."

Roger Harvey, Honda Europe Off-road co-ordinator:
"It was a great result for De Dycker today. Leuret suffered a bit with his physical condition in the heat and on this track. The Martin boys struggled again but Vico was better this week and his improvement is encouraging. Meo has unfortunately dislocated his knee by the sound of it but hopefully it won't be too bad so that we will still have a decent presence in the MX2 class at Teutschenthal."

2006 FIM Motocross World Championship Round 03
Grand Prix of Portugal – Agueda, Portugal

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / BEL / Yamaha
2 Tortelli, Sébastien / FRA / KTM
3 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Honda
4 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
5 Barragan, Jonathan / SPA / KTM
6 Leok, Tanel / EST / Kawasaki
7 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
8 Noble, James / GBR / Honda
9 Melotte, Cedric / BEL / Yamaha
10 Sword, Stephen / GBR / Kawasaki
11 Garcia Vico, Francisco / SPA / Honda
12 Crockard, Gordon / IRL / Honda
13 Priem, Manuel / BEL / Yamaha
14 Jorgensen, Brian / DEN / Honda

Ken DeDycker
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / BEL / Yamaha
2 Barragan, Jonathan / SPA / KTM
3 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
4 Leok, Tanel / EST / Kawasaki
5 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Honda
6 Priem, Manuel / BEL / Yamaha
7 Bill, Julien / SUI / Yamaha
8 Leuret, Pascal / FRA / Honda
9 Avis, Wyatt / RSA / KTM
10 Pyrhonen, Antti / FIN / TM
11 Garcia Vico, Francisco / SP / Honda
12 Freibergs, Lauris / LAT / Suzuki
13 Crockard, Gordon / IRL / Honda
14 Theybers, Danny / BEL / Suzuki
15 Salvini, Alex / ITA / Suzuki
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha
2 Pourcel, Christophe / FRA / Kawasaki
3 Rattray, Tyla / RSA / KTM
4 de Reuver, Marc / NED / KTM
5 Nunn, Carl / GBR / KTM
6 Philippaerts, David / ITA / KTM
7 Mackenzie, Billy / GBR / Yamaha
8 Chiodi, Alessio / ITA / Yamaha
9 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
10 Searle, Tommy / GBR / Kawasaki
11 Swanepoel, Garreth / RSA / Kawasaki
12 Gundersen, Kenneth / NOR / Yamaha
13 Seistola, Matti / FIN / Honda
14 Boissiere, Anthony / FRA / Yamaha
15 Renet, Pierre A / FRA / Honda
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Rattray, Tyla / RSA / KTM
2 Pourcel, Christophe / FRA / Kawasaki
3 Chiodi, Alessio / ITA / Yamaha
4 Caps, Patrick / BEL / Honda
5 de Reuver, Marc / NED / KTM
6 Mackenzie, Billy / GBR / Yamaha
7 Searle, Tommy / GBR / Kawasaki
8 Nunn, Carl / GBR / KTM
9 Swanepoel, Garreth / RSA / Kawasaki
10 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / Yamaha
11 Seguy, Luigi / FRA / Yamaha
12 Boissiere, Anthony / FRA / Yamaha
13 Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki
14 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
15 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Yamaha

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