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WMXBulgariaJune 4, 2006
2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 06
Grand Prix of Bulgaria, Sevlievo

Jorgensen Nets Season-Best with 4th in Bulgaria

The Grand Prix of Bulgaria, the sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, has fallen to Stefan Everts at an overcast and showery Sevlievo circuit. Martin Honda rider Brian Jorgensen was able to convert his pole position from Saturday into fourth place overall and his best result of the year since rejoining the Italian squad during the winter.

Brian Jorgensen

Pascal Leuret

The Sevlievo course mixed long uphill climbs and testing downhill plunges with a dry and dusty terrain that was not slow on speed. The wide layout was fairly decent for overtaking but the high pace meant that the start and first lap was crucial in determining the leading group. Later in the afternoon the dark clouds hanging overhead finally emptied their heavy quota of water and the second motos of each class were very wet and muddy affairs. The slightest mistake was punished on the ensuing slippery surface.

The slippery track surface of Moto2 - the conditions in complete contrast to the opening moto – contributed to Jorgensen unfortunately losing any chance of a podium result. The Dane had claimed his first pole position in eight years and his maiden MX1 pole yesterday and produced two decent starts. He fought with the Suzuki’s of Steve Ramon and Kevin Strijbos in the first race to secure fourth and was holding second behind runaway winner Everts for long periods of Moto2 but was finally caught again by the Suzuki’s as well as the Kawasaki of Tanel Leok to cross the finish line fifth, missing the top three by seven points.

Multitek Honda’s Pascal Leuret had recovered sufficiently from his foot injury, that caused him to miss the previous round in Japan, to obtain a very worthy sixth place overall; like Jorgensen a personal best for the campaign so far and just one of five CRF 450Rs in the final Bulgarian top ten, more than any other manufacturer.

CAS Honda’s Ken de Dycker confessed that the Sevlievo inclines did not represent his favorite track on the calendar and a crash during practice left the 21 year old with a sore shoulder. The Belgian, who grabbed his first career silverware with third position two weeks ago in Japan, again was not ideally placed around the first corner and fought through to seventh and sixth places for seventh overall.

Jorgensen’s team-mate Javier Garcia Vico continues his Grand Prix rehabilitation after more than a year away from the sport due to a neck injury. The Spaniard also gave his highest classification of 2006 to the team with eighth spot overall after 10th and eighth positions respectively in the two motos.

De Dycker is fourth in the Championship standings and 12 points behind Kevin Strijbos. Leuret is seventh while Jorgensen has moved up to tenth.

The MX2 Grand Prix delivered a second career win for Marc de Reuver who finished in front of team-mate David Philippaerts and series leader Christophe Pourcel. The best placed Honda representative was Team Wulfsport’s Martin Kohut who was 18th.

Antoine Meo is expected to be back on the CRF250R Martin Honda either today or tomorrow. The Frenchman will begin training after recovering from a twisted knee sustained at the Grand Prix of Portugal, seven weeks ago and is hopeful of a Grand Prix return next week at Montevarchi.

The seventh round of the World Championship, the Italian Grand Prix will occur in just seven days time.

Ken DeDycker

Garcia Vico

Brian Jorgensen, Martin Honda:
“It was a really good weekend for me. I had my first pole position and two decent races. The first moto was OK. I was a bit too slow in the beginning and then I stalled the bike. I came back to sixth and was making some nice laps at the end which helped me finish fourth. In the rainy second race I had a decent start and Stefan blocked me on the corner to take the lead. I was lying second and I felt pretty good. I was happy with my speed and on some laps I was closing the gap to Stefan and on others he would pull away slightly. After 20 minutes the rain came down so heavily and the conditions were difficult for me. For sure they were the same for everyone but I am a little better in the dry! In the end I was pushing but it wasn’t working out so I came home with some safe points; I don’t have too many at the moment so it was important to score so that I can begin to climb the Championship. I have shown that I have the speed now and we will try in Italy to get on that podium.”

Pascal Leuret, Multitek Honda:
“My starts were not great today but I was happy with how I could come back through the pack. It is a fast track here and it is hard to close the distances between the riders. I was slightly worried about the right corners because of my foot but everything was OK and it feels good to take a result like this.”

Ken De Dycker, CAS Honda:
“I crashed yesterday and my shoulder was stiff and bruised for the races. I don’t like this track that much because it is so fast and hard to pass people. My starts weren’t that bad and I tried to be consistent with my speed during the whole races. I took some good points today considering that this is perhaps my worst track.”

Javier Garcia Vico, Martin Honda:
“I am happy because finally the right results are starting to come and this is giving me confidence. I felt good on the track and in the wet I had to concentrate more instead of just giving the bike gas and hanging on, as it was with the dry conditions. We changed an engine compared to yesterday and I felt an improvement.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Europe Off-road coordinator:
“It wasn’t the best of weekends for us but you have to take the positives out of the meeting, especially with those horrible conditions in the second moto. It would have been good to see Jorgensen on the podium and it was a shame that he slipped back in that second race but at least he is now coming forward with his results and speed. De Dycker struggled this weekend and still has to improve his starts.”

2006 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 06
Grand Prix of Bulgaria, Sevlievo

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
3 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
4 Jorgensen, Brian / Honda
5 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
6 Avis, Wyatt / KTM
7 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
8 Bill, Julien / Yamaha
9 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
10 Garcia Vico, Francisco / SPA
11 Crockard, Gordon / Honda
12 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
13 van Daele, Marvin / Honda
14 Priem, Manuel / Yamaha
15 Federici, Claudio / Kawasaki
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Everts, Stefan / Yamaha
2 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
3 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
4 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
5 Jorgensen, Brian / Honda
6 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
7 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
8 Garcia Vico, Francisco / Honda
9 van Daele, Marvin / Honda
10 Salvini, Alex / Suzuki
11 Federici, Claudio / Kawasaki
12 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
13 Pyrhonen, Antti / TM
14 Avis, Wyatt / KTM
15 Verhoeven, Bas / Kawasaki
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
2 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
3 Philippaerts, David / KTM
4 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
5 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
6 de Reuver, Marc / KTM
7 Aubin, Nicolas / KTM
8 Guarneri, Davide / Yamaha
9 Swanepoel, Garreth / Kawasaki
10 Boissiere, Anthony / Yamaha
11 Nunn, Carl / KTM
12 Monni, Manuel / KTM
13 Seguy, Luigi / Yamaha
14 Leok, Aigar / Yamaha
15 Campano, Carlos / KTM
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 de Reuver, Marc / KTM
2 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
3 Philippaerts, David / KTM
4 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
5 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
6 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
7 Nunn, Carl / KTM
8 Monni, Manuel / KTM
9 Seguy, Luigi / Yamaha
10 Gundersen, Kenneth / Yamaha
11 Mackenzie, Billy / Yamaha
12 Guarneri, Davide / Yamaha
13 Schiffer, Marcus / KTM
14 Kohut, Martin / Honda
15 Simpson, Shaun / Honda

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