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WMXU.K.June 1, 2008
2008 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 06
Grand Prix of Great Britain - Mallory Park

MacKenzie takes sixth overall for CAS Honda at home GP and fifth in the championship points standings

Billy MacKenzie was Honda's strongest performer at the Grand Prix of Great Britain held at Mallory Park as he steered his CAS Honda CRF450 to a sixth place overall with a 10-4 scorecard while Martin Honda's Marc De Reuver battled back from crashes in both motos to finish eighth in a three way tie for the seventh spot.

Billy MacKenzie

Billy MacKenzie

Billy MacKenzie was Honda's strongest performer at the Grand Prix of Great Britain held at Mallory Park as he steered his CAS Honda CRF450 to a sixth place overall with a 10-4 scorecard while Martin Honda's Marc De Reuver battled back from crashes in both motos to finish eighth in a three way tie for the seventh spot.

Conditions on the day were perfect at the Mallory Park circuit which was purpose built from scratch for the sixth round of the World Motocross Championship and had a varied selection of turns, twists and jumps. As well as being extremely technical the circuit really roughed up and really tested the motocross world's elite.

In Saturday's qualifying sessions it was De Reuver and Julien Bill who qualified the best of the Honda riders with Marc setting the second best time and Julien fifth, less than one second behind the pole setter Sebastian Pourcel. Although MacKenzie was back in 13th his time was still only 1.679 seconds from the leader proving just how close the competition is in MX1. Billy's teammate Mike Brown ended the session 17th on his CRF450 easily qualifying for Sunday's points paying races.

Race one saw MacKenzie, Bill and De Reuver all start inside the top five with Brown not far behind. But a second turn pile-up involving De Reuver, Belgian Ken De Dycker and series leader David Philippaerts left the Dutchman with plenty to do as he had to restart at the back of the pack. MacKenzie meanwhile had worked his way into second place behind Jonathan Barragan but Billy's dreams of winning in front of his home crowd evaporated when he crashed on lap three which left Bill as Honda's leading rider in fourth place.

A hard charging De Reuver caught MacKenzie mid-race and the pair pushed forward through the pack to ninth and 10th place finishes. Bill, who was riding well on the technical circuit, hit trouble on lap 13 when a trapped rock underneath the brake pedal stopped his rear brake system from working and he finally finished outside the points in 21st position after pitting to fix the problem. Brown meanwhile slipped back down the standings from 11th to 16th as the chequered flag flew after suffering with a little bit of arm pump.

De Reuver, Bill and MacKenzie got great starts again in moto two with De Reuver leading the race for five laps before making a mistake on an uphill double jump that saw the Dutchman leave the circuit and get tangled in the track side netting fence. Slipping back to 13th place it took Marc the remainder of the 35-minute plus two lap moto to pull back to 11th at the flag.

It was Barragan who made the most of De Reuver's costly error as he inherited the lead but Marc's Martin Honda teammate Bill benefitted also. The Swiss star took over and looked settled in second position until he cross-rutted in a sweeping right hand corner and crashed. Remounting seventh, Julien would lose another place before the finish as a charging De Dycker took advantage of the Martin Honda rider as he got back into his rhythm.

MacKenzie meanwhile was the fastest man on the track as he found some good lines as he battled for third place with MX1 series leader David Philippaerts and Tanel Leok who also found good form on the Mallory Park circuit. Finally finishing fourth and sixth overall, Billy was happy with his home GP especially because he gained a lot of points on the fourth placed rider in the championship - Josh Coppins.

After making changes to suspension settings between races Mike Brown had one of his best rides of the year to finish ninth - one place behind Bill - after running strong throughout the entire moto.

In the championship standings MacKenzie is still the highest Honda rider in fifth, De Reuver is eighth, Brown improves his ranking to 12th and Bill sits in 17th place after six rounds.

The FIM Motocross World Championship will now take a one-week break before continuing with the Grand Prix of France on June 15 at Saint Jean D'Angely

Julian Bill

Mike Brown

Roger Harvey - Honda Off-Road coordinator
"The track today was a great track but very difficult and it was very easy to make mistakes, unfortunately it was Honda riders who were making those mistakes. In race one MacKenzie was running up at the front but he made the smallest mistake, lost the front end and ended up 10th, which was very unfortunate. De Reuver was even more unfortunate because he went into turn two and got taken out by Philippaerts along with Pourcel and De Dycker - it was quite a big crash. He did well to get up and get going because the bike was quite bent up and he ended up ninth, which was a good ride. Mike struggled again and Julien Bill was going well but making mistakes.

In race two De Reuver was off the hook, he was gone and it looked like he was going to win the race but he landed on the green net fencing and got tangled up in it. Someone came along to help him but being aware of the outside assistance rules he had to push the guy away and sort the problem himself. He lost so much time and then had to come back through the pack - it was disappointing for Marc and also for Honda. The upside of that was that it left Julien Bill right up there but he got cross-rutted and got kicked right over the handlebars. He ended up eighth, which was good considering. MacKenzie looked good in moto two - very comfortable on the bike - and was much stronger while Brownie ended up ninth and De Reuver 11th.

In general it was a disappointing day but we have shown that we're capable of winning races with MacKenzie, Bill - on the right circuit - and of course De Reuver who had the speed on a track which really didn't suit him. The bikes are also running well and neither team are having to make many changes to the bikes from week to week - just small suspension clicker and jetting changes."

Billy MacKenzie - CAS Honda
"The weekend has been a bit up and down for me. I got an awesome start in the first race and I was riding easy in second place behind Barragan and instead of riding hard like normal I decided to take it easy and bide my time and see where the race would take me but it felt like I was starting to ride so slowly that I thought forget this- and I decided to go for it and ended up crashing - I just popped my front end over a rut and toppled over. It took me a while to get going and after that I got a bit of arm pump and ended up going down again. I ended up 10th and it was just a horrible race for me.

Before the second race I had a good look at the track and found some good lines. I made the most of what I'd seen and was able to ride hard all race. The bike was working well and I was able to use the good lines to pass people and I was right up with the top guys. The second race definitely brightened my weekend and fourth place was okay, I knew I was riding well, the bike was working perfectly and my fitness was good enough to let me ride hard all race too."

Mike Brown - CAS Honda
'In the first race I didn't get a very good start but I came through the pack well and was up to 10th in no time. I got behind Aigar Leok but I just couldn't find a way around him and then I got arm pump and I just struggled with it for the whole race - it wasn't a good race for me and I ended up 16th at the end.

The second race was good though, I got a decent start and just rode much better. We softened off the suspension between the races and it was a lot better - much easier on the arms. I think the team and I made the mistake of going too stiff with the suspension but softer seems like it might be the way forward. We need to keep on testing with the suspension and get it dialled in. From here I expect to improve by at least a few places in the next few races."

Marc De Reuver - Martin Honda
"got a fantastic start in third place and was on the inside entering the second corner alongside David Philippaerts but we banged going into the corner and I crashed, he crashed on top of me, De Dycker and Pourcel got involved in the crash too. I had to start dead last and I had to come through the pack to ninth, which was quite okay from last position.

In the second heat I took the holeshot and I was riding very well - in fact I thought I would win the race. But I made a mistake and jumped off the track and landed in the green fence and I crashed. It took me a long time to get going and even though I was riding well and came through the pack well the result was not so good in the end - I was 11th.

I've lost one place in the championship and I'm not happy with my day - I know I rode well and the bike is working really well but I'm not happy.

The bike is awesome. I weigh 85 kilos, which is much more than some riders but today I still took one third place start and one holeshot - the motor is very strong. The suspension is also good and it worked very well today even though the track was so rough and difficult."

Julien Bill - Martin Honda
"got a great start in the first moto but I was struggling with lines and I couldn't find a good rhythm. Then I got a rock stuck underneath my rear brake pedal and I had no rear brake and had to do one slow lap before I could pit to get it fixed. I was able to continue but I'd lost so much time the best I could get back to was 21st place, which meant I scored no points.

In the second moto again I got a very good start and I was riding well behind Barragan, I was feeling good, I was using good lines and I was under no pressure from the riders behind but I made a stupid mistake in the sand section and crashed over the handlebars. I got up quickly and restarted the bike but the handlebars were bent and that made it difficult to ride for the rest of the race. I still managed to run a good pace and I finish eighth which is good.

My confidence is increasing all the time and I can see now that I have the speed of the front runners and I want to fight in the top five now every weekend.

The bike is awesome. I'm really happy with the bike and it is perfect for me, it has great suspension and the engine is nice. It's certainly the best bike I've ever ridden and we've had to do very little testing as the package was so good straight away."

2008 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 06 Grand Prix of Great Britain - Mallory Park

MX1 Race 1
1 de Dycker, Ken (Suzuki)
2 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
3 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
4 Nagl, Maximilian (KTM)
5 Philippaerts, David (Yamaha)
6 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
7 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
8 Leok, Aigar (Yamaha)
9 de Reuver, Marc (Honda)
10 Mackenzie, Billy (Honda)
11 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
12 Priem, Manuel (Kawasaki)
13 Noble, James (KTM)
14 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
15 Nemeth, Kornel (KTM)
MX1 Race 2
1 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
2 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
3 Philippaerts, David (Yamaha)
4 Mackenzie, Billy (Honda)
5 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
6 de Dycker, Ken (Suzuki)
7 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
8 Bill, Julien (Honda)
9 Brown, Mike (Honda)
10 Noble, James (KTM)
11 de Reuver, Marc (Honda)
12 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
13 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
14 Priem, Manuel (Kawasaki)
15 Leok, Aigar (Yamaha)
MX2 Race 1
1 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
3 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
4 Simpson, Shaun (KTM)
5 Boissiere, Anthony (KTM)
6 Sword, Stephen (Kawasaki)
7 Monni, Manuel (Yamaha)
8 Bonini, Matteo (Yamaha)
9 Aubin, Nicolas (Yamaha)
10 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
11 Avis, Wyatt (Honda)
12 Aranda, Gregory (Kawasaki)
13 Musquin, Marvin (Honda)
14 Terreblanche, Shannon (Suzuki)
15 Frossard, Steven (Kawasaki)
MX2 Race 2
1 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
2 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
3 Frossard, Steven (Kawasaki)
4 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
5 Sword, Stephen (Kawasaki)
6 Boog, Xavier (Suzuki)
7 Simpson, Shaun (KTM)
8 Tarroux, Jeremy (KTM)
9 Boissiere, Anthony (KTM)
10 Musquin, Marvin (Honda)
11 Roelants, Joel (KTM)
12 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
13 Monni, Manuel (Yamaha)
14 Vanni, Julien (KTM)
15 Nunn, Carl (Suzuki)

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