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WMXBelgiumAugust 5, 2007
2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 12
Grand Prix of Belgium – NAMUR

Bill again records career best at Namur


After the cold and rain of the Czech Republic last week the FIM Motocross World Championship returned to find sunshine and high temperatures at a 31,000 packed Namur circuit for the Grand Prix of Belgium and the twelfth round of fifteen in the 2007 campaign. For the second time this season Sebastien Pourcel won the MX1 class with David Philippaerts and Tanel Leok filling the overall podium respectively while Davide Guarneri was another debut winner in the MX2 category. Honda were admirably represented by Martin Honda's Julien Bill who took the CRF450F to third position in the second moto for his best ever MX1 race finish. CAS Honda's Ken De Dycker just missed the overall podium at his home event and classified fourth.



Ken De Dycker


Julian Bill


Namur celebrated its 60th anniversary as a Belgian home of motocross and formed part of the first ever world championship back in 1957 that was contested on 500cc machinery. The twists and turns of the long loop through the park in the middle of the town in southern Belgium were as treacherous and technical as ever. The narrow and bumpy track that stretches over 2400m in length was walled by trees with roots and dark shade. Overtaking possibilities were at a minimum meaning the motos were effectively decided on the first lap.

Former MX3 GP winner Bill suffered with a mediocre start that left the Swiss mid-pack and struggling to make positions in race one. He crossed the line in tenth and was more determined for the second moto in which he never dropped out of the top three and held second spot for five laps. He overall ranking was seventh but the 24 year old has posted positive results of late with a fifth place last week in the Czech Republic.

Ken de Dycker pushed through from a top five start in the first moto to grab the lead from Pourcel in the last third of the distance. The tall Belgian satisfied his many fans with his aggressive and attacking style but was powerless when Pourcel retaliated and then escaped to take the chequered flag. He rode home to second place but his aspirations of winning the Grand Prix were hit by a bad start and first corner rush in Moto2. The 23 year old was stuck in a crowd and could only make his way through to eighth which cost him a top three slot and piece of silverware.

Team-mate Mike Brown made his customary presence felt at the front of the pack in the early stages but could not get an effective rhythm going in the first moto to sustain the pace of the leaders and dropped back to eighth. The second race was slightly better for the veteran American in his first ever visit to the daunting Citadelle and he was seventh for a final ranking of eighth behind Bill.

NGS Honda's Pierre Renet grabbed his second top ten result inside a week with tenth position and was the fourth Honda on the leader-board with finishes of ninth and eleventh.

De Dycker is sixth in the world championship and twenty-three points away from Strijbos in fifth, Mike Brown is ninth and Bill is fifteenth having only contested six Grand Prix with the Italian crew.

Davide Guarneri won the MX2 category for the first time with Rui Goncalves and Tommy Searle completing the podium.

Martin Honda rider Pascal Leuret's season is over after his hard crash at Loket last week. The Frenchman dislocated and broke his right wrist and faces a two month recovery period. The CRF250F rider is still fifth in the world championship but will certainly lose positions; he is unlikely drop out of the top ten however.

Gautier Paulin represented the team well in yet another positive guest outing for the French teenager. The European championship star was holding a surprising third position in the first moto until a broken chain halted his progress. He was then twelfth in the next race for nine more world championship points.

SRS Honda's Matti Seistola secured his best ever qualification position with second position to Cairoli in the first MX2 heat on Saturday. It was a sign of the Fin's decent speed and rhythm around the Namur bumps and he duly obliged to set his highest world championship result with sixth overall and fifth and sixth positions in the two motos.

Antonio Cairoli missed the podium for the first time this season after catching green fencing in his rear wheel and having to come back into the pits from last in Moto1. He was second in Moto2 to Pourcel (the world champion had crashed out of the first race) but holds a 124 point advantage with just 150 left.

Three Grand Prix in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Netherlands will finish off the 2007 world championship. The events will occur back-to-back starting from August 19th at the new Moneyglass Demense circuit near Belfast.



Mike Brown


Gautier Paulin


Julien Bill, Martin Honda:
"I am so happy to have made this third place, especially in the second moto when the track is normally rougher and harder physically. I had a good rhythm all the way through and came back on Leok a little bit towards the end but couldn't get second. I had a bad start in the first moto after I touched the bike of the guy next to me coming out of the gate and it was so hard to pass. The bike was perfect for me today though and every race I am getting better and better. I want to thank the team and my mechanics for giving me a chance when I was having a tough time at the beginning of the season."

Ken de Dycker, CAS Honda:
"The first moto was OK and I had a pretty good start and I came from fourth to pass Pourcel. I made a little gap but I assume he had some time to get his speed back. I could do not better than second but that was alright going into the second moto. I got the start wrong and was close to hitting Mackenzie's wheel. I nearly crashed but quickly started to make some positions. Things were going OK for a while but then I got some arm-pump and blisters and it was difficult to ride especially with the light differences and the shade."

Mike Brown, CAS Honda:
"This is my first time at Namur and it was an experience! Again the second moto was slightly better for me. I got the starts but tightened up in the first moto and the track was pretty rough. Things went OK in the next race after I had some time to get my lines sorted out. I'm just hoping for a strong end to the season now."

Gautier Paulin, Martin Honda:
"Again this has been a fantastic weekend for me. The team just expect me to qualify but I feel that the top ten is possible in the motos and I try hard for the best results I can get. I noticed a difference for this GP as I used Pascal's bike and the Honda worked and handled perfectly. It was a real shame not to get a top three result. I wasn't sure if I could have made that pace for the whole race but I did not feel that I was over-doing it. The track was difficult but was also quite good fun. I have never ridden anything like it, so it was a challenge."

Matti Seistola, SRS Honda:
"This is the best GP result for me ever. Last week in Loket I was also sixth in the moto but overall, with 31 points, this is the best so far. I am really happy and in the coming races I want to get more top five results and maybe look towards the podium."

2007 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 12
Grand Prix of Belgium – NAMUR


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
2 de Dycker, Ken (Honda)
3 Mackenzie, Billy (Kawasaki)
4 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
5 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
6 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
7 Philippaerts, David (KTM)
8 Brown, Mike (Honda)
9 Renet, Pierre A. (Honda)
10 Bill, Julien (Honda)
11 Noble, James (Honda)
12 van Daele, Marvin (Honda)
13 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
14 Chiodi, Alessio (Aprilia)
15 Freibergs, Lauris (Yamaha)



Ken DeDycker
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Philippaerts, David (KTM)
2 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
3 Bill, Julien (Honda)
4 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
5 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
6 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
7 Brown, Mike (Honda)
8 de Dycker, Ken (Honda)
9 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
10 van Daele, Marvin (Honda)
11 Renet, Pierre A. (Honda)
12 Nemeth, Kornel (Suzuki)
13 Freibergs, Lauris (Yamaha)
14 Priem, Manuel (TM)
15 Chiodi, Alessio (Aprilia)
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
2 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
3 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
4 Guarneri, Davide (Yamaha)
5 Gundersen, Kenneth (Yamaha)
6 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
7 Boog, Xavier (Yamaha)
8 van Horebeek, Jeremy (KTM)
9 Monni, Manuel (Yamaha)
10 Bonini, Matteo (Yamaha)
11 Aubin, Nicolas (Yamaha)
12 Roelants, Joel (KTM)
13 Tarroux, Jeremy (KTM)
14 Hamblin, Sean (Suzuki)
15 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Pourcel, Christophe (Kawasaki)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
3 Guarneri, Davide (Yamaha)
4 van Horebeek, Jeremy (KTM)
5 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
6 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
7 Boog, Xavier (Yamaha)
8 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
9 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
10 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
11 Bonini, Matteo (Yamaha)
12 Paulin, Gautier (Honda)
13 Monni, Manuel (Yamaha)
14 Tarroux, Jeremy (KTM)
15 Church, Tom (Kawasaki)
 


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