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WMXGermanyJune 29, 2008
2008 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 08
Grand Prix of Germany – Teutschenthal, Germany

Julien Bill sixth overall at Teutschental

Julien Bill’s streak of good form continued at the eighth round of the FIM MX1 World Motocross Championship at Teutschental in Germany as the Swiss rider steered his Honda Martin CRF450 to sixth place overall with an impressive 5-7 scorecard to finish as Honda’s highest placed rider on the day.

Julian Bill

Julian Bill

The well-prepared Teutschental track offered a very fast, partly tacky, partly hardpack surface with plenty of bumps and ruts to test the MX1 riders. Working against the strong sunshine and a drying wind the organizing club worked extra hard to keep the dust at a minimum. The track’s rough and rutted surface would do CAS Honda’s Billy MacKenzie no good at all as the Scotsman was racing in Germany just two weeks after cracking his left shoulder blade at the French GP.

But in Saturday’s qualifying session it was MacKenzie who was the fastest of the Honda riders despite feeling a huge amount of pain. The Scotsman finished the session in third place after posting a super quick lap in the middle of the session that was just 0.152 seconds slower than Ken De Dycker who ended the timed period in pole position. Julien Bill finished the session in fifth, Marc De Reuver was eighth while stand-in CAS rider Steve Boniface took 13th position.

When the gate dropped for moto one on Sunday it was MacKenzie who headed the pack alongside local hero Max Nagl who took the lead briefly before the Scotsman charged past. Boniface was fourth at the end of lap one with Bill seventh and De Reuver fighting through from 14th. When the motor on Nagl’s KTM let go at the end of lap two, Boniface moved into third where he stayed until he crashed into Sebastien Pourcel’s fallen bike on a badly marshaled blind section of track hurting his foot. Unable to continue Steve was forced to return to the pits along with De Reuver who suffered technical problems.

Mackenzie lost the lead on lap six when he was passed by Josh Coppins and that’s when he started to feel the pain from his shoulder, which slowed his pace and he slipped back to 15th at the finish. Bill meanwhile had moved into fourth where he was running a very strong pace. After battling hard with Ken De Dycker and Tanel Leok for the remainder of the moto Julien eventually finished fifth – his best result of the year so far.

Using the power of the factory CRF450 to perfection MacKenzie jumped out of the start and into the lead of moto two where he stayed for four laps until making a small error and crashing on to his already injured shoulder. Remounting in fourth place the Scotsman toughed it out for the rest of the race but lost several places before the end and finally finished in 10th place for 13th overall on the day.

Bill fought bravely again also and after starting fifth the Swiss rider scrapped it out with series leader Philippaerts and Estonian Aigar Leok to finish seventh at the flag. Julien finished the day level on points with Sebastien Pourcel but lost out on fifth overall due to the better second moto tiebreaker rule. Boniface and De Reuver were both forced to retire once more and scored zero points on the day.

In the championship standings MacKenzie and De Reuver are now ninth and 10th while Bill elevates himself to 14th place with seven rounds remaining.

The next round of the FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship – round nine – will be held at the excellent Uddevalla circuit in Sweden on July 6.

Billy MacKenzie

Billy MacKenzie

Roger Harvey – Honda Off-Road coordinator
“Julien Bill had an excellent day, he had good starts and strong rides in both races. It was good to see him fighting the way he did and it was pleasing to see him do so well today.

“I’ve got to take my hat off to Billy MacKenzie today. He took a lot of pain and you could see that after about 20 minutes it started to bite him real hard. It was great to see him leading today for the first few laps in each race and it proved that he’s still got the speed to win – when he’s back to full fitness.

“Steve Boniface had a good first ride with the CAS team with it being his first time on the bike. He was very unfortunate to come together with Pourcel in the first race and hurt his foot and did a fair bit of damage to the bike. They got it all back together for moto two but unfortunately he crashed and damaged the throttle tube.

“Marc De Reuver unfortunately had an electrical problem and he wasn’t able to finish. In the second race the team prepped his second bike, which he raced on. He didn’t feel comfortable and I understand he pulled out. You’re not going to end up where you want to end up in a world championship if you start doing that.

“I’ve got to mention Marvin Musquin again – what a hero. I think he suffered a bit in race one and he looked like he tired a bit but in race two he did amazing to come in in fifth place. It was an unbelievable ride because he just kept on pushing and pushing. I went to see him after the race to congratulate him and when he took his helmet off it just looked like he’d been for a walk around on a warm day – he was hardly sweating at all. Congratulations to him and the NGS team and also the Martin team who have been helping them with the engines.”

Julien Bill – Martin Honda
“I’m really happy. Today was really hot and it was hard physically to keep the same speed until the end. I had two great starts – the bike is just so fast out of the gate – and I was racing with the best guys today and I was almost running their speed. I had a good overall result and that’s good for the team, the championship and of course my confidence. At every race now I’m getting nearer to the podium but it’s still not happened for me yet. I’m working hard for it though and it can’t be very far away. The CRF450 is working perfectly for me and the team are doing an awesome job too.”

Marc De Reuver – Martin Honda
“I was riding well in the first race and I was ready to attack Philippaerts and Leok then I came over a jump and the bike stopped and that was it. In the second heat I went out on my spare bike, I got an okay start and then two riders collided before turn two and one of them hit me and then I hit somebody else – it was a big crash. My handlebars were bent and my bike had been upside-down for a while so it took some time to start it again. After that I just didn’t have a good feeling with the bike and I didn’t feel confident riding – it’s been a disastrous weekend for me.”

Billy MacKenzie – CAS Honda
“The bike has been working awesome all weekend and the power is just so good and that gave me a lot of confidence on the starts. In race one I got a great start and I was alongside Nagl then I made a good pass on him around the outside. With my shoulder being the way it is I thought being out front is the best place for me because I’d be able to pick my lines well and concentrate on my breathing. Things were going well until about the 20-minute mark and then the freeze spray began to wear off and so my shoulder was more painful and I started to pump up. From there it was just a horrible race for me, I couldn’t turn properly, I couldn’t turn the throttle, I couldn’t pull the clutch, I was in a lot of pain and I had arm pump – I just brought the bike home for 15th place which wasn’t bad considering I couldn’t even ride in the week.

“In the second race I got another awesome start and I made a pass for the lead in the second corner. I was on it and I felt good, the track had just been watered so I was picking my lines and I was riding well, nice and relaxed. I lost my front end in a corner that had been watered and I landed pretty hard on my shoulder. After that my handlebars were covered in mud and I got a little bit tense and I got a little bit of arm pump. I dropped off the pace a bit and finished 10th. Everyone in the team seems quite happy with that considering my injury so it’s not been too bad.”

Steve Boniface – CAS Honda
“The weekend was very bad for me. Yesterday I was riding well but in the timed qualification session the times were very tight and even though I was only one and a half seconds behind the fastest guy I ended up 13th.

“Today I got a good start in the first moto and I was running fourth and then Pourcel crashed in a rut in front of me and the marshal was a little slow in getting the flag out, I didn’t see him and by the time I did I was already wide open and even though I tried my hardest to go around him I hit him pretty hard. I hit my foot on his footpeg or something and I hurt my foot – it was too painful for me to continue that race.

“In the second moto I had a little fall in a corner and I broke the end of the throttle tube. After that the throttle was sticking a little bit and I had another big crash near the mechanic’s area and the bike was all tweaked up after that and that was it. Overall it was a bad weekend for me but I enjoyed riding the CAS Honda – it’s a really good bike.”

2008 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 08 Grand Prix of Germany – Teutschenthal, Germany

MX1 Race 1
1 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
2 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
3 Philippaerts, David (Yamaha)
4 de Dycker, Ken (Suzuki)
5 Bill, Julien (Honda)
6 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
7 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
8 Priem, Manuel (Kawasaki)
9 Leok, Aigar (Yamaha)
10 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
11 Nemeth, Kornel (KTM)
12 Salvini, Alex (Suzuki)
13 Correira, Luis (Yamaha)
14 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
15 Mackenzie, Billy (Honda)
MX1 Race 2
1 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
2 de Dycker, Ken (Suzuki)
3 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
4 Nagl, Maximilian (KTM)
5 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
6 Philippaerts, David (Yamaha)
7 Bill, Julien (Honda)
8 Leok, Aigar (Yamaha)
9 Priem, Manuel (Kawasaki)
10 Mackenzie, Billy (Honda)
11 Campano, Carlos (Yamaha)
12 Salvini, Alex (Suzuki)
13 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
14 Anderson, Bradley (Suzuki)
15 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
MX2 Race 1
1 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
2 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
3 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
4 Frossard, Steven (Kawasaki)
5 Simpson, Shaun (KTM)
6 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
7 van Horebeek, Jeremy (KTM)
8 Monni, Manuel (Yamaha)
9 Avis, Wyatt (Honda)
10 Musquin, Marvin (Honda)
11 Roelants, Joel (KTM)
12 Boog, Xavier (Suzuki)
13 Boissiere, Anthony (KTM)
14 Leuret, Pascal (Suzuki)
15 Tarroux, Jeremy (KTM)
MX2 Race 2
1 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (Yamaha)
3 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
4 Frossard, Steven (Kawasaki)
5 Musquin, Marvin (Honda)
6 Simpson, Shaun (KTM)
7 van Horebeek, Jeremy (KTM)
8 Boog, Xavier (Suzuki)
9 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
10 Monni, Manuel (Yamaha)
11 Roelants, Joel (KTM)
12 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
13 Tarroux, Jeremy (KTM)
14 Nunn, Carl (Suzuki)
15 Bobryshev, Evgeniy (Yamaha)

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