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WMXPortugalApril 22, 2007
2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 03
Grand Prix of Portugal – Agueda, Portugal

Leuret makes MX2 podium landmark

Pascal Leuret gave the CRF250R its first silverware, as well as celebrating his maiden MX2 podium appearance, by taking third position overall at a hot and sunny Agueda circuit scene of the Grand Prix of Portugal; the third round of fifteen in the 2007 FIM Motocross World Championship.

Pascal Leuret

James Noble

The Frenchman, who left the NGS crew last week, posted results of 7th and 3rd and even led the second moto to earn his debut walk on the rostrum. After several years contesting the MX1 category 26 year old Leuret earned his spurs in the frantic pace of the MX2 class that on this occasion was won for the third event in a row by Antonio Cairoli with Briton's Tommy Searle taking second place.

The undulating circuit, distinctive for its red soil, absorbed the water well from passing thunderstorms on Friday and pleasant conditions graced Saturday's practice and qualification. The layout was not particularly difficult in technical terms but offered a decent and physically demanding racing course for participants of the MX1 and MX2 classes.

Sunshine coated the venue on a hot day of racing. Kevin Strijbos claimed his second career success ahead of Josh Coppins as the duo owned an MX1 moto each, taking second position in the other; the Belgian toasted victory courtesy of his superior speed in Moto2.

Honda's best performer was Mike Brown with 6th overall. The American scored 9th and 7th position finishes and again looked sprightly off the start line, even briefly leading the first race until the effects of arm-pump caused him to slip back. The veteran is adapting himself to GP pace and also the intricacies of the CRF450R and getting stronger every round.

Team-mate Ken de Dycker had a subdued day that was not helped by a first lap crash in the second moto. The Belgian's best result was 7th in the first race but in truth he did not seem completely comfortable on the quick Portuguese layout. He could take comfort in the fact that the team's tweaks to the suspension set-up meant that he was able to circulate at a higher speed for longer without suffering arm trouble. He was 12th in Moto2 for ninth in the classification.

Multitek's James Noble was close to a memorable day. The Briton started the first moto within the top six before dropping back into the lower reaches of the top ten to catch his rhythm. The 26 year old then continued a decent spread of lap-times right up until the flag to capture 5th position and equal his best ever race finish (taken at Namur and Teutschenthal 2005). Sadly his hopes of a first podium were dashed after a collision with Thomas Allier in race two and he also stalled his machine to end the day with 16th earning himself 10th overall.

Martin Honda's Antoine Meo is still struggling with an injury to his left knee. The luckless Frenchman needed to have almost one litre of fluid drained from the joint in the days before travelling to Portugal. Meo attempted both motos but his participation was cut short in the first outing when he was hit by De Dycker and had to retire with a broken throttle. The second saw him claim 17th spot and he now lies 21st in the standings.

The MX1 standings show that De Dycker holds fifth and Brown is also in the top ten with 9th place.

Martin Honda's Ryan Mills qualified for his first ever MX2 World Championship event but finished outside of the points in both motos after mis-timing a jump caused the American to finish the day with raw, bloody hands.

Matti Seistola was tenth overall for SRS Racing. In the MX2 standings Cairoli has a mammoth 44 point lead over Christophe Pourcel who crashed out in Moto2. Leuret holds fourth, which is another career best.

The fourth round of the 2007 series will take place in two weeks time, the first weekend of May, at the Mantova circuit for the Grand Prix of Italy.

Mike Brown

Ken DeDycker

Pascal Leuret:
"I am happy, this is my first ever podium and it is good for me but a little strange because I am on my own. I worked hard this week to sort out the bike and also take care of my physical condition. This is the best I could have hoped for. I stopped with the team because of many problems. I know what I want. The 450 is a good stock machine but the 250 needs some more special parts. I was already fifth in the Championship after the first two GPs but I knew I could make better results; the bike was good but not perfect. I wanted another solution and when you are not happy you need to change. Maybe it is not so professional but I have one goal and went my way."

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda:
"The first moto was OK. I was in the middle of the pack and looking to come through but Ramon crashed in front of me and I rode into him. I got going again but after three or four laps I hit Meo and we both crashed. My speed was good after that, I am happy because I did not have pain in my arms anymore and the bike was working better in terms of the handling and the suspension now. I had a pretty good start in the second moto but I could not avoid riding into Josh and the bike stopped. I started again and things were OK for the rest of the race but it was not easy to pass because the track was rough and quite dangerous in places."

Mike Brown, CAS Honda:
"It is getting better. I need to work on my sprints because I am getting the starts and I just need to get those quicker laps made at the beginning. Overall the weekend was better than we have had so far. I got good starts in both motos but in the second I was not going to try and over-ride myself and get arm-pump. I wanted to settle in and go with the other guys."

Antoine Meo, Martin Honda:
"In the first moto I had a really bad start but came back to 15th then De Dycker really hit me hard and sent me flying. He broke the throttle and also the brake. In the second moto I got another bad start but rode OK to come back to 10th. I wanted to push too much and had some pain with my knee and 17th was the best I could do. My speed was OK today but I will have to drain the knee again now and try to get back into a good condition in time for Italy."

Ryan Mills, Martin Honda:
"I got a good start in my first moto, around 12th, but because I haven't been riding much I got really big blisters coming into the race and the skin started ripping off in that moto. I kept going as fast as I could. In the second moto I got half way through before I over-jumped one of the jumps and lost grip on the bars, taking more chunks out of my hand. I was 22nd and thought it would be better for me to heal up and come back strong for Mantova."

James Noble, Multitek Honda:
"The first moto was good. I got a pretty decent start and was around 6th or 7th but slipped off on the step-up. I was down in 9th but got back to 7th and got lucky when two riders crashed in front of me, but I was happy with 5th. In the second moto I had a really good jump out of the gate. Strijbos and Josh were going at it but I managed to move around them. I was hovering around 4th or 5th but then the lad on the Kawasaki took me on the inside and forced me off the track. I came right back on and passed him going up the step-off. He was railing the berm and came across me and hit me mid-air. I crashed pretty hard and bruised the left side of my body. I got the bike started but stalled it three laps later. After that, and being in 23rd position, I went as hard as I could. Obviously I am a bit disappointed but I showed that I can run with them. Things are coming together for me but I just have to get those two moto results now."

2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 03
Grand Prix of Portugal – Agueda

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Coppins, Joshua / Yamaha
2 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
3 Philippaerts, David / KTM
4 Leok, Tanel / Kawasaki
5 Noble, James / Honda
6 Priem, Manuel / TM
7 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
8 Nemeth, Kornel / Suzuki
9 Brown, Mike / Honda
10 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
11 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
12 van Daele, Marvin / Honda
13 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
14 de Reuver, Marc / Yamaha
15 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
2 Coppins, Joshua / Yamaha
3 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
4 Priem, Manuel / TM
5 Philippaerts, David / KTM
6 Allier, Thomas / Kawasaki
7 Brown, Mike / Honda
8 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
9 Mackenzie, Billy / Kawasaki
10 Nemeth, Kornel / Suzuki
11 van Daele, Marvin / Honda
12 de Dycker, Ken / Honda
13 Leok, Aigar / Yamaha
14 Barragan, Jonathan / KTM
15 Renet, Pierre A. / Honda
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
2 Pourcel, Christophe / Kawasaki
3 Searle, Tommy / KTM
4 Swanepoel, Gareth / Kawasaki
5 Rattray, Tyla / KTM
6 Bonini, Matteo / Yamaha
7 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
8 Boissiere, Anthony / Kawasaki
9 Seistola, Matti / Honda
10 Monni, Manuel / Yamaha
11 Frossard, Steven / Kawasaki
12 Gundersen, Kenneth / Yamaha
13 Nunn, Carl / Yamaha
14 Boog, Xavier / Yamaha
15 Church, Tom / Kawasaki
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / Yamaha
2 Aubin, Nicolas / Yamaha
3 Leuret, Pascal / Honda
4 Boissiere, Anthony / Kawasaki
5 Gundersen, Kenneth / Yamaha
6 Searle, Tommy / KTM
7 Simpson, Shaun / Kawasaki
8 Swanepoel, Gareth / Kawasaki
9 Frossard, Steven / Kawasaki
10 Bonini, Matteo / Yamaha
11 Seistola, Matti / Honda
12 Boog, Xavier / Yamaha
13 Church, Tom / Kawasaki
14 Nunn, Carl / Yamaha
15 Avis, Wyatt / KTM

Pascal Leuret

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