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WMXFranceJune 10, 2007
2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 07
Grand Prix of France – St Jean d'Angely

Results MotoCross World Championship, St D'Angely, France

A humid and action-packed Grand Prix of France at the St Jean d'Angely circuit was won by Josh Coppins from Steve Ramon and David Philippaerts in front of a 28,000 crowd. CAS Honda's Mike Brown finished eighth overall.



Mike Brown


Mike Brown


The St Jean venue, that had not seen a World Championship event for two years, offered a very fast and hard-pack surface with the shortest lap of the season. The pace was furiously quick and there were precious few ruts or technical sections to test the riders contesting both categories. The emphasis on outright speed meant that Timed Practice on Saturday separated the fastest twenty riders by just two seconds. Starts were crucial for the 35 minutes plus two-laps Grand Prix motos.

Brown made a typically positive getaway in the first race and was holding second position behind Josh Coppins before needing to ease his way into a rhythm. He lapped within the top five but finally slipped back to seventh spot. The American had put himself under pressure to at least repeat his podium from Japan. He was a little less proactive in the second moto – in fact he had a bad start by his lofty standards on the first lap - but rode to the same classification for eighth overall.

Ken de Dycker had a nightmare of first moto and a disappointing GP. The tall Belgian was last coming out of the gate and although he cut through a lot of riders in the opening laps he clashed with Kornel Nemeth and fell to the back of the pack. Finally scoring 17th. The CAS Honda rider had hurt his left leg in practice on Saturday and did not finish the second race through pain and leg cramps.

Former MX3 Grand Prix winner Julien Bill was making his debut in Honda Martin colors and scored twelfth overall after some decent speed in practice and qualification. He was pleased with the result but admitted that he could have performed better in the races. The Swiss was fifteenth and eleventh.

Multitek's James Noble picked up his second dnf of the season after a double spill damaged his machine. He was tenth in Moto1. Martin Honda's Antoine Meo's period of recovery on his left knee is still uncertain. He underwent surgery in France last week but a return to the saddle is still too early to determine.

As the World Championship prepares to enter its second half the standings show that Coppins has a mammoth 90 point advantage over Steve Ramon in the MX1 class. Kevin Strijbos was unable to start the second moto after finishing out of the points and off the pace in race one due to his injured knee. Mike Brown is now Honda's highest placed representative with seventh and is only 15 points from breaking into the top five. Noble has dropped to eleventh.

The MX2 class was won for the sixth time this year by Antonio Cairoli. The Sicilian triumphed ahead of Christophe Pourcel and Tyla Rattray, taking his fifth double moto success of the season. Martin Honda's Pascal Leuret was a decent fourth overall and was strong in both motos to claim finishes of fourth place each time out. He rode particularly well in race two after recovering from a lacklustre start.

The Frenchman retains fourth place in the standings but stares at a large 49 point difference to Rattray and further promotion. Cairoli now holds a 70 point margin over Pourcel.

Round eight of the World Championship will take place next week at the Sevlievo circuit - voted best of 2006 by the FIM - for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria.



Pascal Leuret


Pascal Leuret


Mike Brown, CAS Honda:
"I qualified better this week but did not ride as well as in Japan. I struggled a little bit with arm-pump but not as much as before and felt better with the bike on the track. The team has got the Honda working well and it is just up to me now. I got a good start in the first moto and was second there in the first laps but then got a bit tight. I put a little bit too much pressure on myself this week to go out and win, which was a big mistake. We will regroup for next week. I want to keep on giving 100% and I know that is the key if I want to win again."

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda:
"I crashed on Saturday and the foot peg dug right into my leg muscle. I couldn't really move my leg. I got a bad start in the first heat but came through until I then crashed with Nemeth. When I started going again I had a lot of pain and cramps. My start was better for the second heat although I could not pass other riders as quickly as I wanted. I could not put my foot down so I was getting cramps again; it was not a good weekend."

Julien Bill, Martin Honda:
"On Saturday I had a really good Timed Practice and was sixth; I was happy with that. Today I felt a bit of pressure. I had two good starts but really bad arm-pump in the first race and towards the end of the second I was feeling tired. It is not a bad first GP with the team but I know I can do better."

James Noble, Multitek Honda:
"I wanted to try and go the whole season without any DNFs and that's my second now so I'm a bit disappointed for that. I have never got on with this track in the past and tenth place was OK in the first moto. I was in a similar position in the second race but I bent the radiator when I hit a post going down the hill. I had a look to see if it was leaking but didn't spot a rider who had some trouble in front of me and had stopped. I clipped his back wheel and came off. That damaged the front brake and then radiator again. I was really far back and decided to come in."

Pascal Leuret, Martin Honda:
"I am happy with the result but not 100%. I think if I had made a better start in the second race then it might have been possible to fight with Tyla for third. It was a good weekend anyway because I felt some pressure to do well for the team and the people. I am pleased because I did not make a mistake today."

2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 07
Grand Prix of France – St Jean d'Angely


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 COPPINS Joshua (Yamaha Motocross Team)
2 PHILIPPAERTS David (KTM Red Bull Racing)
3 RAMON Steve (Suzuki WMX GP)
4 POURCEL Sebastien (GPKR Team)
5 MACKENZIE Billy (Kawasaki Racing Team Europe)
6 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM Red Bull Racing)
7 BROWN Mike (CAS Honda)
8 LEOK Tanel (Kawasaki Racing Team Europe)
9 NAGL Maximilian (KTM Sarholz Racing Team)
10 NOBLE James (Multitek Honda)
11 NEMETH Kornel (TEKA Suzuki)
12 PRIEM Manuel (TM Racing Factory Team)
13 CROCKARD Gordon (PAR Honda)
14 LEOK Aigar (Yamaha van Beers Racing)
15 BILL Julien (Honda Martin)
 
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 RAMON Steve (Suzuki WMX GP)
2 COPPINS Joshua (Yamaha Motocross Team)
3 LEOK Tanel (Kawasaki Racing Team Europe)
4 MACKENZIE Billy (Kawasaki Racing Team Europe)
5 PHILIPPAERTS David (KTM Red Bull Racing)
6 BARRAGAN Jonathan (KTM Red Bull Racing)
7 BROWN Mike (CAS Honda)
8 PRIEM Manuel (TM Racing Factory Team)
9 POURCEL Sebastien (GPKR Team)
10 VAN DAELE Marvin (Shineray MX Team China)
11 BILL Julien (Honda Martin)
12 NEMETH Kornel (TEKA Suzuki)
13 RENET Pierre A. (NGS Team)
14 LEOK Aigar (Yamaha van Beers Racing)
15 DESALLE Clement (Inotec-Ortema-Suzuki)
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 CAIROLI Antonio (Yamaha De Carli)
2 POURCEL Christophe (GPKR Team)
3 RATTRAY Tyla (KTM Red Bull Racing)
4 LEURET Pascal (Honda Martin)
5 SEARLE Tommy (KTM Red Bull Racing)
6 AUBIN Nicolas (Ricci Racing)
7 DOUGAN Jason (Fork Rent Suzuki)
8 GUARNERI Davide (Ricci Racing)
9 SWANEPOEL Gareth (Molson Kawasaki)
10 CHURCH Tom (Molson Kawasaki)
11 BONINI Matteo (Yamaha De Carli)
12 GONCALVES Rui (AXO KTM Silver Action)
13 NUNN Carl (Bike it.Yamaha UK Dixon Racing)
14 BOOG Xavier (MX Team PSM)
15 SEISTOLA Matti (SRS Racing)
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 CAIROLI Antonio (Yamaha De Carli)
2 POURCEL Christophe (GPKR Team)
3 RATTRAY Tyla (KTM Red Bull Racing)
4 LEURET Pascal (Honda Martin)
5 AUBIN Nicolas (Ricci Racing)
6 SEARLE Tommy (KTM Red Bull Racing)
7 SWANEPOEL Gareth (Molson Kawasaki)
8 BOISSIERE Anthony (CLS)
9 NUNN Carl (Bike it.Yamaha UK Dixon Racing)
10 CHURCH Tom (Molson Kawasaki)
11 BOOG Xavier (MX Team PSM)
12 GONCALVES Rui (AXO KTM Silver Action)
13 BONINI Matteo (Yamaha De Carli)
14 GUARNERI Davide (Ricci Racing)
15 TARROUX Jeremy (JK Racing)
 


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