MotoCross > 2009 Round 04: Benelux > Race Results
WMXFlandersApril 26 , 2009
2009 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship Round 04
Grand Prix of Benelux - VALKENSWAARD, Netherlands

Strijbos battles through Dutch sand to take fourth


The Grand Prix of Benelux at the sandy and difficult Eurocircuit in Valkenswaard, a short distance from the city of Eindhoven, saw Jonathan Barragan win the fourth round of fifteen in the FIM MX1 World Championship. For the first time this season a CRF450R was seen setting the pace at the front of the field thanks to CAS Honda’s Billy Mackenzie and Martin Honda’s Marc de Reuver but it would be De Reuver’s Martin Honda teammate Kevin Strijbos who would notch the best overall result with fourth place and his highest finish of the year so far.

Mark DeRuever Kevin Strijbos


Mark DeRuever


Kevin Strijbos


The warm sunny conditions enjoyed by the riders in qualifying on Saturday gave way to dull overcast conditions on Sunday as 20,000 spectators flocked to the first of three MX Grand Prix events that will take place in the region this season. Those in attendance witnessed some of the most exciting races seen to date this season in which any one of seven riders could have taken podium positions. The finales to both MX1 motos produced chaotic and unpredictable sprints.

Mackenzie, fresh from testing after the GP of Turkey two weeks ago and now pleased with the base set-up of his motorcycle, led the first half of the opening race from Marc de Reuver until warfare erupted within the group of five riders chasing the leaders across the rough and rutted sand. The Scotsman –still lacking full fitness - was swamped by his pursuers and De Reuver, who was fronting the pack by this stage, had his own moment of drama when he crashed, remounted and fought back from fifth to second at the flag. Strijbos was adrift of the action and suffering with arm-pump but still took a strong seventh place finish.

Mackenzie was the victim of a first corner fall in Moto2 and a collision with Ken De Dyker later in the outing. His 14th place, together with his eighth in the first moto saw him classified eleventh. De Reuver was holding a steady position with the leaders until a surprising fall left the Dutchman concussed and unable to continue. Strijbos rallied from a first lap incident in which he was put off the track by a rider falling just in front of him blocking his line but he displayed skill and courage that pulled him through to a decent fourth spot by the finish line.

The second CAS Honda representative, Cedric Melotte, making his return to GP racing, scored twelfth place in Moto1 but he had pushed himself too hard and the Belgian did not make it the line for Moto2, the pain in his back unbearable; he will undergo a scan on his injuries this week.

LS Honda’s Clement Desalle was eighth overall with ninth and eighth place respectively.

The MX2 class was won by Rui Goncalves, with Shaun Simpson second and Nicolas Aubin third. LS Honda’s Marvin Musquin claimed seventh overall through the sand and is now second in the world championship standings 15 points adrift of series leader Gautier Paulin.

In the MX1 table Honda’s highest runner is Desalle who is ninth and trails leader Antonio Cairoli by 57 points. Strijbos is tenth, De Reuver thirteenth and Mackenzie fifteenth.

Round five of fifteen will take place next week at Agueda for the Grand Prix of Portugal.

 Billy MacKenzie Marvin Musquin


Billy MacKenzie


Marvin Musquin


Kevin Strijbos, Martin Honda, 4th:
“The first race was really difficult and I had some arm-pump. The first twenty minutes were OK but then I had a pretty big dip and could only pull it together in the last minutes. Nagl crashed on the first lap of the second race and I could not avoid him. I pushed hard to come back to wherever I could and even though I was tired in the final laps I just kept going and made some good positions. Things went quite well but did not really turn out the way I wanted. I am missing race time and I know I will keep progressing.”

Marc de Reuver, Martin Honda, 10th:
“I don’t remember much to be honest. This was a good weekend anyway because I am not so confident at the moment and to be going for the podium was already a big lift. In the first race I was riding smooth and nice and just made one small mistake when the front end slipped out. I saw five riders pass me all going for first position and there was no way I was going to cool off from that! I went full gas and as hard as I could to get up near the front. The double over the back section was pretty dangerous Philippaerts didn’t jump it, Ramon had a big crash and I took second place when I decided to ‘go for it’ there. In the second moto I was hanging around the leaders and waiting to see what would happen when I went for a rut over the crest of the hill. The rest is pretty blank for me. Overall though I am quite happy.”

Billy Mackenzie, CAS Honda, 11th:
“This was an improvement and I feel much happier. We worked on the bike before this race and I realised I was going in the wrong direction with the suspension and I was losing confidence in myself and also the equipment. Anyway, we made some changes that have really turned things around and it felt good to lead a Grand Prix again. Now I just need to get some motos under my belt and we should be back up there.”

Roger Harvey, Off-Road co-ordinator, Honda Motor Europe:
“I think we made some significant steps forward today, especially with Kevin and his push in the second moto. The result for him is not as important as the way in which he rode and the promise he showed. Billy Mackenzie proved in the first moto that he can be up there and doing the business; the hard work he did after Turkey has paid off a little. Marc de Reuver turned things around and was unlucky to have a big step-off. Cedric has unfortunately hurt his back again and as a collective we will make a decision on what to do and when he should ride depending on the results of the scan this week. The bikes are improving and everybody is getting used to working with them; another positive.”

2009 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 04 Benelux


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 CAIROLI, Antonio / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
2 DE REUVER, Marc / Team Martin Honda MX
3 BARRAGAN, Jonathan / KTM Silver Action
4 DE DYCKER, Ken / Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
5 LEOK, Tanel / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
6 HILIPPAERTS, David / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
7 STRIJBOS, Kevin / Team Martin Honda MX
8 MACKENZIE, Billy / CAS Honda
9 DESALLE, Clement / LS Motors Honda
10 COPPINS, Joshua / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
11 NAGL, Maximilian / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
12 MELOTTE, Cedric / CAS Honda
13 RAMON, Steve / Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
14 NOBLE, James / MVR-D Suzuki
15 ANDERSON, Bradley
Mark DeRuever


Mark DeRuever
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 BARRAGAN, Jonathan / KTM Silver Action
2 LEOK, Tanel / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
3 CAIROLI, Antonio / Yamaha Red Bull De Carli Team
4 STRIJBOS, Kevin / Team Martin Honda MX
5 COPPINS, Joshua / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
6 PHILIPPAERTS, David / Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
7 RAMON, Steve / Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
8 DESALLE, Clement / LS Motors Honda
9 DE DYCKER, Ken / Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
10 LEOK, Aigar / TM Racing Factory Team
11 KRESTINOV, Gert / KTM Silver Action
12 SWANEPOEL, Gareth / Kawasaki Racing Team
13 VUILLEMIN, David / Bud Racing
14 MACKENZIE, Billy / CAS Honda
15 VAN VIJFEIJKEN, Rob / Yamaha Van Beers Racing
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 SIMPSON, Shaun / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 GONCALVES, Rui / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3 GUARNERI, Davide / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
4 OSBORNE, Zach / UTAG-Yamaha.com
5 AUBIN, Nicolas / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
6 BOOG, Xavier / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
7 PAULIN, Gautier / Bud Racing
8 MUSQUIN, Marvin / Nouvelle Génération Sport
9 KARRO, Matiss / MVR-D Suzuki
10 TONUS, Arnaud / KTM HDI Mx Team
11 VERBRUGGEN, Dennis / LS Motors Honda
12 MONNI, Manuel / 3C Racing - Yamaha
13 KRAS, Mike
14 BRAKKE, Herjan / Nestaan-Jumbo MX Team
15 LARRIEU, Loic / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 GONCALVES, Rui / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 AUBIN, Nicolas / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
3 SIMPSON, Shaun / Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
4 PAULIN, Gautier / Bud Racing
5 VAN HOREBEEK, Jeremy / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
6 ROELANTS, Joel / KTM Factory Junior Team MX2
7 OSBORNE, Zach / UTAG-Yamaha.com
8 GUARNERI, Davide / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
9 LARRIEU, Loic / Monster Energy Ricci MX Team
10 SCHIFFER, Marcus / KTM Sarholz Racing Team
11 FROSSARD, Steven / CLS
12 MUSQUIN, Marvin / Nouvelle Génération Sport
13 VERBRUGGEN, Dennis / LS Motors Honda
14 MONNI, Manuel / 3C Racing - Yamaha
15 BOOG, Xavier / Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2
 


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