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WMXBulgariaJune 17, 2007
2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 08
Grand Prix of Bulgaria, Sevlievo

De Dycker sixth for CAS Honda in Bulgarian heat

Josh Coppins has won a steaming Motocross Grand Prix of Bulgaria at Sevlievo for the eighth round in the 2007 MX1 World Championship. Antonio Cairoli took the MX2 class honors for the seventh time this season in front of a 26,000 crowd. Honda's highest placed man on the day was Ken de Dycker with sixth position while Martin Honda's Pascal Leuret just missed the MX2 podium.

Ken DeDycker

Julian Bill

The Sevlievo circuit hosted the Bulgarian round of the GP series for the fourth time since the turn of the century and for the second year in succession. The excellent facility situated some 200km east of the capital Sofia and a short drive out of the town of Sevlievo itself once again housed a very capable race track. The wide fast course was littered with jumps, long uphill straights and downhill drops. The open corners provided more than one line choice but the hard-pack terrain was slippery in the most well worn sections.

After a lacklustre Grand Prix in France Ken de Dycker was looking more like himself. The Belgian battled blisters and leg pain to figure among positions within the mid-top ten. Although he was not able to run with the leaders through the two motos (a poor start in the first race hardly helped) he did set a pace that made sure he was elevated to the next tier. He was eighth and sixth for his final ranking and finished just one point, and one position, ahead of CAS Honda team-mate Mike Brown.

Unusually for Brown he failed to get away in the first five for Moto1. He then had to work in the lower half of the top ten, finally passing De Dycker for seventh in the last two laps. Normal service was resumed by the American and Honda's sole moto winner this season in Moto2 as he lead for the opening two laps before succumbing to a faster pace set by Coppins, Steve Ramon and David Philippaerts. A dice with Sebastien Pourcel was curtailed when the pair touched and Brown crashed. He was able to remount and pass the finish line in eighth place.

Julien Bill, in only his second Grand Prix for the Italian Martin Honda team, lapped with the leaders for the formative stages of the first moto before settling into a steady rhythm that gave him a career-best MX1 race result of sixth. Sadly a broken front brake after a crash in the second race caused a DNF and he could not capitalize on his positive beginning. It was left to another 'Julien', Julien Vanni from HDI Motorsport Honda, to shine with the CRF450R. The Frenchman and former MX3 Grand Prix winner scored his highest ever MX1 set of results with tenth and seventh for eighth overall after a pair of good starts and an effective synergy with the racing surface.

The world championship standings show that Brown is Honda's best placed rider in the MX1 class with seventh position and only fifteen points away from the absent Kevin Strijbos; who was missing due to a knee injury. Coppins leads the competition from Ramon and Philippaerts. De Dycker is also in the top ten with ninth.

In MX2 Antonio Cairoli won both motos for his sixth shut-out of a dominant season. He was followed onto the podium by Tyla Rattray and Tommy Searle respectively.

Martin Honda's Pascal Leuret was a protagonist once more and just one lap away from making the final top three. Rattray's late relegation of the 26 year old to fourth place in Moto2 pushed him down to fourth overall.

The Frenchman was part of a brief but entertaining contest for second position in the opening race. He disputed the standing with Rattray, Searle and Christophe Pourcel behind runaway winner Antonio Cairoli and finally finished fourth. In the second 35 minute and 2 lap affair he led for two laps until Cairoli's authoritative speed ended his brief stint as pace-maker. Pourcel also moved through and he held third for most of the race until Rattray's ever-closing shadow pushed past on the last lap. The dejected CRF250R rider was at a loss to explain his near miss.

Leuret's fourth position means that he holds the same ranking in the Championship - just one point ahead of Searle.

The world championship will reconvene in two weeks time at Uddevalla for the Grand Prix of Sweden with trips to Italy and Czech Republic also taking place in July.

Mike Brown

Pascal Leuret

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda:
"In the first moto I had a bad start and was 15th on the first lap, I came through but towards the end I had to ease off because I was getting tired and sore. In the second heat I was not great out of the gate but got on the inside and came out OK. I was riding well until the final stages again and I was bothered by blisters and pain in my legs from last week. I could not do any practice this week so for me this was a good GP."

Mike Brown, CAS Honda:
"I was second fastest in warm-up and liked the track. My start was OK in the first moto and I came through to seventh but I could not get 'going' in the first twenty minutes. It was like I was standing still. In the last twenty minutes I picked it up and passed a few guys and I felt good at the end of the race. In the second moto I got the holeshot and led for a little while but a few of those guys were just quicker today. Pourcel and I got together at the top of the hill and I went down after the whoops. It took forever to start and the bike and I think I was down in 11th or something like that. On the last lap I passed De Reuver for eighth place. Overall it was a pretty good day. I felt alright and will look to keep on improving."

Julien Bill, Martin Honda:
"I had a really good start in the first moto and then rode well. I wasn't struggling with my arms and the bike was working awesome. So I had a good result and I was really happy. In the second race my start wasn't so good. On the second downhill someone fell in front of me and I tried to go around the side. I hit Rennet and we crashed together pretty hard. I damaged my front brake and tried to restart but the tube was broken and I had to stop. The team is awesome and the bike is perfect. I feel really good here. Now that I know I have the speed for the top ten then why not better?"

Pascal Leuret, Martin Honda:
"I hate the hot weather! It was stupid of me today and I cannot tell you why I am not on the podium. To make the holeshot and finish fourth in the second moto is not a good result. Second position was possible and I am disappointed. If anything this result is OK for the championship and I stay fourth one point ahead of Searle. The podium was so close today but there are positives because this was my first holeshot and I could lead. I have not lost any confidence today but I don't leave this GP with the best sensation."

Julien Vanni, HDI Honda:
"Since I arrived yesterday things went well all weekend. I was fast in both practice sessions and also the Timed Practice. I live in the south of France so the hard and dry tracks like this place are perfect for me. These conditions were great and I had the condition for forty minutes. I had two good starts and found a good rhythm right away; it is not often a GP like this happens. It proves that with the starts and the confidence running in the top ten of the world is possible and I really enjoyed racing with De Reuver, De Dycker and Leok. This result has been a long time coming."

2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 08
Grand Prix of Bulgaria, Sevlievo

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
2 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
3 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
4 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
5 Philippaerts, David (KTM)
6 Bill, Julien (Honda)
7 Brown, Mike (Honda)
8 de Dycker, Ken (Honda)
9 Nemeth, Kornel (Suzuki)
10 Vanni, Julien (Honda)
11 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
12 de Reuver, Marc (Yamaha)
13 Noble, James (Honda)
14 van Daele, Marvin (Honda)
15 Coulon, Cyrille (Honda)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
2 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
3 Philippaerts, David (KTM)
4 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
5 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
6 de Dycker, Ken (Honda)
7 Vanni, Julien (Honda)
8 Brown, Mike (Honda)
9 de Reuver, Marc (Yamaha)
10 Allier, Thomas (Kawasaki)
11 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
12 Nemeth, Kornel (Suzuki)
13 Columb, Scott (Suzuki)
14 Crockard, Gordon (Honda)
15 Noble, James (Honda)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
2 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
3 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
4 Leuret, Pascal (Honda)
5 Guarneri, Davide (Yamaha)
6 Pourcel, Christophe (Kawasaki)
7 Boissiere, Anthony (Kawasaki)
8 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
9 Hamblin, Sean (Suzuki)
10 Aubin, Nicolas (Yamaha)
11 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
12 Nunn, Carl (Yamaha)
13 Tarroux, Jeremy (Yamaha)
14 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
15 Boog, Xavier (Yamaha)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
2 Pourcel, Christophe (Kawasaki)
3 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
4 Leuret, Pascal (Honda)
5 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
6 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
7 Gundersen, Kenneth (Yamaha)
8 Nunn, Carl (Yamaha)
9 Aubin, Nicolas (Yamaha)
10 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
11 Boog, Xavier (Yamaha)
12 Guarneri, Davide (Yamaha)
13 van Horebeek, Jeremy (KTM)
14 Hamblin, Sean (Suzuki)
15 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)

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