MotoCross > 2008 Round 14: Benelux > Race Results
WMXNetherlandsSeptember 7, 2008
2008 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 14
Grand Prix of Benelux – Lierop, Benelux

Race Results

Honda's last man standing Marc de Reuver took a stunning overall win at Lierop in the Grand Prix of Benelux - the penultimate round of the FIM MX1 World Motocross Championship - with 1-3 finishes in today's points-paying races on his factory CRF450. CAS Honda's Billy MacKenzie meanwhile was unfortunately sidelined after injuring his ribs in a horrific timed-training accident while Martin Honda's Julien Bill was a non-starter for this GP due to the arm injury he sustained last weekend in Ireland.

Mark DeRuever

Mark DeRuever

The venue for the Benelux GP is considered to be one of the most demanding on the world championship calendar despite the layout of the 1.8km Lierop circuit looking quite simple with few jumps and only 15 turns. However, the sandy surface of the circuit is what makes the track technical as an abundance of bumps, ruts and berms form throughout the race weekend making it a real test of man and machine - especially during Sunday's tortuous 35 minutes plus two lap motos.

The circuit was already super rough for Saturday afternoon's qualifying session which seemed to suit Honda Martin's Dutch sand-master Marc de Reuver as he powered his factory CRF450 around the circuit to a time of 1:57.145 to set the fastest lap of the session - almost one and a half seconds faster than anyone - to ensure his third pole position of the year was taken.

The qualification period was much less kind to CAS Honda's Billy MacKenzie who collided with another and took a heavy fall. Only able to manage one fast lap due to having painful ribs Billy went to hospital for a full check up where it was found that he'd suffered some intercostal (rib muscle) damage. After struggling to ride in Sunday's Warm-Up session, Billy visited the track doctor who made the decision not to let the Scotsman ride meaning only De Reuver would start the races for Honda's factory teams.

Marc started fifth in moto one and sat back as the leading four set an unrealistically fast pace around the whooped out circuit. After biding his time for the first 15 minutes Marc increased his pace and easily passed Max Nagl and David Philippaerts before stalking Ken de Dycker for a while. On lap 11 Marc made a move for the lead then immediately broke De Dycker with some lightening fast laps to take the win by eight seconds.

De Reuver got off the line much better in moto two as he powered his factory bike from the start gate to take second place in the early running. After allowing Barragan to pass, De Reuver settled into a safe third until the Spaniard took a trip over the handlebars right in front of the Martin Honda rider and collected Marc in the crash. After picking up and then restarting his bike Marc was in ninth place but by making four incredibly fast laps in succession (Marc's fastest laps were a full four seconds faster than anything anyone else posted during the second race) De Reuver was able to take the lead.

However the Dutchman would only hold first place for one lap as he spun out before the pit lane on lap seven of 16. After picking up the Honda for the second time that race Marc was left feeling physically drained so he concentrated on ensuring the overall win was his rather than make any risky moves. Safely sitting in third place until the finish ensured the Martin Honda rider took his second overall victory of the season and re-entered the top 10 of the championship standings.

MacKenzie's non-start didn't affect his ranking in the championship although it did allow De Reuver to closer considerably and the pair now sit in ninth and 10th with just one round remaining. Julien Bill slipped back to 14th in the standings but will hopefully improve it again at Faenza in Italy next weekend in his favourite hardpack conditions.

American teenager Ashley Fiolek travelled across the Atlantic to compete in the final round of the Women's Motocross World Championship. After initially struggling to find a good rhythm during Saturday's qualification session Ashley stayed positive and motivated and came out considerably improved on race day. Ashley's eventual finishes of 4-3 ensured she finished third overall on the day and cemented her sixth place ranking in the championship despite missing one round due to a date clash with the American championship which she won.

The final round of the FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship - round 15 -will be held next weekend in Faenza, Italy.

Ashley Fiolek

Billy MacKenzie

Roger Harvey - Honda Off-Road coordinator
"Billy MacKenzie was very unfortunate with what happened to him. Somebody got it wrong in front of him and rode across the front of Billy on a jump and unfortunately Billy hit him and they both went down hard. He damaged the bike quite badly but more importantly he also damaged his ribs. All credit to him he went out on his spare bike even though he was in a lot of pain and put in a lap that was fast enough to qualify him for the GP. Then it was straight off to hospital for checks and they were there until late last night. He tried to do a few laps in Warm-Up this morning but as soon as he stopped it was obvious he was in sever pain. The doctor took a look at him and pulled him out of the race making the decision for him. It's a shame for the CAS team because Billy rides sand well and would have done really well here if he'd raced in a fully fit state.

"With Martin Honda obviously Julien Bill was absent as he injured his arm last week. Although he was able to tough it out in the second moto last week the injury to his muscle was actually quite severe and he wasn't able to ride.

"We all know Marc de Reuver is very capable of getting around Lierop and we were all hoping for good results for him. He was fastest in timed training and it was nice to see him gain some credibility by being on pole. He was unbelievable in moto one - I thought he'd let them get a little bit too far away but then he was able to cut back the time and pull through the pack. The way he rides the sand is very special and it's a real pleasure to watch him around a circuit like this.

"In the second race Barragan - who always looks wild - went down right in front of Marc and he couldn't avoid the bike, he hit it and went over the handlebars. He then went after the leaders and incredibly took seven seconds off the leader two laps in a row and came through to take the lead before he spun out in front of the pit box just to make it even harder work for himself. He worked his way back up to third again which is where he finished and that was enough for him to take the overall win. I'm really happy for him and the Martin team and full credit must go to Marc for the way he rode today.

"I'd also like to mention Ashley Fiolek who finished third overall today. After recently riding Southwick which is one of the roughest tracks in America she said it's like riding on a golf course compared to what she's ridden here. I think it's been a big eye opener to her and I'd like to say congratulations to her for how she's performed today and also to the LS Honda team who deserve full credit for what they've done for her."

Marc De Reuver - Martin Honda
"Qualifying was good. I put in a fast lap then De Dycker passed me and I felt like I could give a little bit more so I went out again and I did the perfect lap. I knew from how good the time was that it would be good enough for pole and I was right.

"In the first heat I built up my pace through the race like I did in Lommel. I waited for the front guys to tire a little bit because they went wide open in the first few laps. I didn't have such a good rhythm in the beginning but it got better as the race progressed and I was able to work my way through all those guys and win quite easily.

"In the second heat I wanted to get a good start so I didn't get stuck in all the traffic. I actually did get a really good start and I was running second until Barragan passed me quite aggressively. I just let him go because I was confident that I could control the race anyway but then he crashed quite hard in front of me and I ran into him and I crashed also.

"I thought to myself 'this is not possible and I must win' so I did three or four very fast laps and then I rested for a little bit and then I pushed again to take the lead. Then I made a stupid mistake and I slid out right in front of the pit lane. When I got going again I was tired and all I could do was follow home the front guys to finish third. I'm very happy to win here in front of my home crowd - it's been an unbelievable day for me."

Billy MacKenzie - CAS Honda
"Before qualifying I went for a good look around the track with Neil Prince and he showed me some really good lines and I was confident I could do well before the session began. I tried to put a fast lap in at the start of the session when the track was at its smoothest - it was a really good lap and I'd got everything almost perfect. Around three quarters of the way around the lap I caught up to the guy in front of me just before one of the step-ups and I think he must have got cross rutted because he didn't clear the jump and then he came right across the front of me. I was already in the air by then and I was going really fast and there was nothing I could do. I landed on the back of him and we had a big crash.

"As I was crashing I really felt my ribs compress and I was badly winded for quite a while. My bike was a complete mess too so I rode it back to the pits and took my spare bike out to put a lap in before the adrenalin wore off too much and it all got too painful. I did one lap and it was good enough for 20th place but after it I was done in and I couldn't breathe properly.

"I went to hospital and although they told me nothing is broken I've had this sort of injury before and I know that last time it took me two or three weeks to get over it. I could have raced but there was little point because already I'm struggling with my breathing I just couldn't have been as good as I should be so it wasn't worth it. I've got three more races coming up and they're all important to me and the team so I figured it was best to try and rest today so I can be stronger for those."

Ashley Fiolek - LS Motors Honda
"Yesterday practice was not too good because I felt that my bike wasn't set up too well. I didn't have such a good time in qualification but we made some changes and today I just tried to come out and to do my best. I got great starts in both motos and that's very important at any race. I ran second early on and rode hard for the whole moto and came out with fourth which was a big improvement over yesterday. In the second moto I took the holeshot and struggled a little bit in the early laps and lost some ground but then I worked back to third and that was better.

"I'd really like to thank Honda because my motorcycle both here and in America is awesome. Also I can't say enough about the team's who have supported me on both sides of the Atlantic - American Honda and also LS Motors in Belgium - they both do a great job for me. I have the best bike and help from the best teams and that makes my job much easier."

2008 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 14
Grand Prix of Benelux – Lierop, Benelux

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 de Reuver, Marc (Honda)
2 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
3 Philippaerts, David (Yamaha)
4 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
5 Nagl, Maximilian (KTM)
6 Leok, Tanel (Kawasaki)
7 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
8 de Dycker, Ken (Suzuki)
9 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
10 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
11 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
12 Priem, Manuel (Kawasaki)
13 Leok, Aigar (Yamaha)
14 Roos, Patrick (KTM)
15 Columb, Scott (Suzuki)

Mark DeRuever
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 de Dycker, Ken (Suzuki)
2 Nagl, Maximilian (KTM)
3 de Reuver, Marc (Honda)
4 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
5 Philippaerts, David (Yamaha)
6 Coppins, Joshua (Yamaha)
7 Schiffer, Marcus (KTM)
8 Ramon, Steve (Suzuki)
9 Priem, Manuel (Kawasaki)
10 Leok, Aigar (Yamaha)
11 Saris, William (Yamaha)
12 Pourcel, Sebastien (Kawasaki)
13 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
14 Melotte, Cedric (Aprilia)
15 Campano, Carlos (Yamaha)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
2 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
3 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
4 Aubin, Nicolas (Yamaha)
5 Roelants, Joel (KTM)
6 Simpson, Shaun (KTM)
7 Boog, Xavier (Suzuki)
8 van Horebeek, Jeremy (KTM)
9 Karro, Matiss (Honda)
10 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
11 Bobryshev, Evgeniy (Yamaha)
12 Krestinov, Gert (KTM)
13 Monni, Manuel (Yamaha)
14 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
15 Sword, Stephen (Kawasaki)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Rattray, Tyla (KTM)
2 Searle, Tommy (KTM)
3 Aubin, Nicolas (Yamaha)
4 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
5 Krestinov, Gert (KTM)
6 Simpson, Shaun (KTM)
7 Bobryshev, Evgeniy (Yamaha)
8 Karro, Matiss (Honda)
9 Swanepoel, Gareth (Kawasaki)
10 van Horebeek, Jeremy (KTM)
11 Guarneri, Davide (Yamaha)
12 Seistola, Matti (Honda)
13 Sword, Stephen (Kawasaki)
14 van Vijfeijken, Rob (Yamaha)
15 Monni, Manuel (Yamaha)

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