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WMX Italy July 15, 2007
2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 10
Citta di Faenza

Brown captures second podium of the season for CAS Honda

The Grand Prix Citta di Faenza at the hard and fast Monte Coralli circuit, the tenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, was won by Sebastien Pourcel while his brother Christophe claimed the top step of the MX2 rostrum in a landmark occasion for the sport and the French family. Honda's best performer under sweltering temperatures was CAS Honda's Mike Brown who with two fourth positions in the two motos sealed third place overall in the premier MX1 category.

Ken De Dycker

Mike Brown

The 29,000 spectators (weekend figure) present climbed the slopes around the tightly packed venue close to Imola and a short distance west of Rimini. The track itself had undergone a number of alterations in preparation for the first visit of the world championship this century. The shortened course provided a relatively simple and fast layout for the Grand Prix riders with little difference in speed between the fastest group. The hard-pack dirt meant a relatively smooth racing surface and watering to contain the dust added a degree of slipperiness.

Temperatures hit the high 30s in the afternoon as Pourcel ran away from the field in both races to confirm his first career MX1 victory. Josh Coppins was second overall but Brown in third was the first of three CRF450Rs in the top ten as Ken de Dycker took sixth place and Martin Honda's Julien Bill toasted his best ever GP finish with seventh. Brown's achievement was also the second meeting in succession that a Honda rider has been present on the podium.

CAS Honda's De Dycker, winner of the last Grand Prix in Sweden, moved past holeshotter and early leader Brown in the first third of the 35 minute and 2 lap distance. Sebastien Pourcel had already escaped but the Italian crowd were treated to the sight of two CAS Honda's circulating in tandem for most of the sprint. The union was only broken when Coppins rallied late into the race and overtook both the American and Belgian for second place. Bill was also among the leaders and reached as high as fifth at mid-distance before finishing seventh.

While Brown again shone at the start of Moto2 De Dycker was shackled by a poor getaway and some pain to his left thumb after a rock hit his hand during the race. Brown never dipped out of the top six for the 40 minutes and challenged Billy Mackenzie hard for third place inside the last few laps. His ranking of fourth was still good enough for his second trophy of the year after finishing on the podium in Japan. De Dycker lost a close battle with Tanel Leok and rolled across the finish in tenth. Bill was again proactive and involved in the race-long battle for the top five that was the action highlight of the weekend.

In the MX2 category Christophe Pourcel and series leader Antonio Cairoli tied on points after both alternated results of first and second positions in each moto. Pourcel gained the Grand Prix spoils thanks to his clear-cut second race success. It was the second win of the season for the defending World Champion even if he does face a mammoth gap to Cairoli in the standings. Tyla Rattray was third for the fourth time in 2007.

Martin Honda's Pascal Leuret took another fourth overall with fifth and fourth places. The Frenchman was just out of contention for the top three but again showed good speed on the CR250F. The 27 year old tussled with Nicolas Aubin and Tyla Rattray in the opening few laps of Moto1 after he had forged through from a mediocre start. The Frenchman passed impressive countryman Marvin Musquin for fifth spot but lost the rear wheels of Aubin and Rattray and finished a lonely second half of the race in the same position. In Moto2 he gated better but facd at a hefty margin to Rattray after five minutes. He rode efficiently to confirm another fourth plac overall finish.

Gautier Paulin was relishing another wild-card appearance for the Martin Honda team - his third in 2007 - and the teenager was battling for the top ten in the first moto until he fell. He was hit by Davide Guarneri and could not finish the race. In the second outing he had a great start but felt some pain in his upper body as a consequence of his earlier prang and took thirteenth. SRS Matti Seistola was eighth overall and had a good result of seventh (equalling his best of the season) in the second moto.

After ten of fifteen rounds in the world championship De Dycker is sixth in the standings and one point ahead of Brown in seventh. Leuret is fifth in MX2 but only seven points away from Tommy Searle in fourth while Seistola is ninth.

The Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket will take place in a fortnight's time on July 29th and starts a frantic run of five events in the next seven weeks.

Julian Bill

Pascal Leuret

Mike Brown, CAS Honda:
"I'm quite good on the hard-pack and I grew up riding in these kinds of temperatures so the track was OK for me this weekend. I rode the hardest I could. I always want to win but there seems to always be someone out there a little faster! It was a quick track today but good for the racing and the spectators. I just want to keep riding like I am. I am getting older and it's harder to beat these young guys!"

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda:
"The first moto was really good and I was happy to finish third because when it is hot like this it is very hard for me. In the second moto I had a bad start and it was very hard to pass. Stones were flying up everywhere and were really hard! That race was not so good but I kept riding and tried to push to the end, maybe a bit too much."

Julien Bill, Martin Honda:
"For me today is awesome, this is my best GP result and I feel great. I kept my speed right until the end and felt confident. I had good lap-times on Saturday and was fastest in the second practice so I knew I had the pace and importantly the bike to make a good start. I rode my own race and could stay with the top guys. Physically I am very strong and the team is so professional. The bike is perfect. I believe I have made a forward step now and I am very happy. I cannot wait for the next GP."

Pascal Leuret, Martin Honda:

"In the first race I had a bad start and was around seventh or eighth. I pushed hard to come back and reached fifth, by the middle of the race I saw that it was not possible to pass Aubin and Rattray so I rode easy and saved some energy. In the second moto I started better but my line out of the gate ran through some deep mud so I wasn't as high as I thought I would be around the first curve. I rode hard again and Gautier kindly moved over so I could follow the leaders. I had two bad laps then for some reason although I was able to find my rhythm again and passed Guarneri. I set my best lap late on and took fourth."

Gautier Paulin, Martin Honda:
"The start in the first moto was OK, not brilliant, I was riding well though and enjoying it, Towards the end though things became pretty tough. I had some contact with Church and crashed and then Guarneri hit me and wrecked the bike, so that was the race over. In the second heat I had a brilliant start and was in third but I had some pain in my shoulder from earlier and it was not easy to make the same pace. I finished thirteenth and I am not happy with the result because I know I am faster than this and can finish better."

2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 10
Citta di Faenza

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
2 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
3 de Dycker, Ken (Honda)
4 Brown, Mike (Honda)
5 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
6 Philippaerts, David (KTM)
7 Bill, Julien (Honda)
8 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
9 Mackenzie, Billy (Kawasaki)
10 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
11 Noble, James (Honda)
12 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
13 Priem, Manuel (TM)
14 Salvini, Alex (Yamaha)
15 Beggi, Cristian (WRM)

Ken DeDycker
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
2 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
3 Mackenzie, Billy (Kawasaki)
4 Brown, Mike (Honda)
5 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
6 Bill, Julien (Honda)
7 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
8 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
9 van Daele, Marvin (Honda)
10 de Dycker, Ken (Honda)
11 Noble, James (Honda)
12 Nemeth, Kornel (Suzuki)
13 Priem, Manuel (TM)
14 Salvini, Alex (Yamaha)
15 Philippaerts, David (KTM)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
2 Pourcel, Christophe (Kawasaki)
3 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
4 Aubin, Nicolas (Yamaha)
5 Leuret, Pascal (Honda)
6 Musquin, Marvin (Kawasaki)
7 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
8 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
9 Dougan, Jason (Suzuki)
10 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
11 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
12 Boissiere, Anthony (Kawasaki)
13 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
14 Nunn, Carl (Yamaha)
15 Boog, Xavier (Yamaha)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Pourcel, Christophe (Kawasaki)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
3 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
4 Leuret, Pascal (Honda)
5 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
6 Guarneri, Davide (Yamaha)
7 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
8 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
9 Boog, Xavier (Yamaha)
10 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
11 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
12 Gundersen, Kenneth (Yamaha)
13 Paulin, Gautier (Honda)
14 Tarroux, Jeremy (KTM)
15 Boissiere, Anthony (Kawasaki)

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