WMXNetherlandsApril 25, 2010
2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 03 Valkenswaard – Netherlands

Leok races to a fourth overall finish at Dutch GP

LS Motors Honda’s Tanel Leok was a forceful presence at a hot and crowded Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of Netherlands and the third round of fifteen in the 2010 FIM Motocross World Championship. The rapid Estonian took his CRF450R to fifth and third place finishes in the two motos contested at the bumpy Dutch sand track end the day fourth overall, his best result since joining the Belgian team last winter.

Tanel Leok Tanel Leok

Tanel Leok

Tanel Leok

Leok was the top Honda performer at a physical and demanding meeting for both rider and machine as the sand became a tough opponent in the two 35 minute and 2 lap motos. The Grand Prix was a satisfactory work-out for CRF technology with all five MX1 representatives scoring top ten finishes in the final classification.

The former Dutch and Italian champion pushed hard from a mediocre start to take part in a multi-rider scrap for the final step of the podium in the first moto. His launch was better in the second race and he actually rose as high as second before suffering a mid-race lull that dropped him again into the throes of a podium battle. He regained some momentum towards the end of the outing and pushed hard to pass David Philippaerts on the final lap.

In seventh spot overall, with personal best finishes in each race, was CAS Honda’s Evgeny Bobryshev. The Russian MX1 rookie provided a surprising sight by pushing up to second place in the first half of Moto1 but could not stretch his pace the entire distance, finishing ninth. A more practical approach in Moto2 paid dividends for the powerful youngster and he burst into the top five with fifth spot.

Eighth place overall was Martin Honda’s Jimmy Albertson reward for an eventful but largely positive first sand track Grand Prix experience. The American was eighth on both occasions and was unlucky not to have been able to capitalise on a brilliant start in Moto2 when a scare after catching his ankle caused him to lose ground. Defying discomfort he rallied and worked his way back into the top ten on the works motorcycle.

Leok’s team-mate Davide Guarneri who showed a lively turn of speed in the sand, finished ninth but was again undone by his physical condition in the second race; his scorecard of seventh and 11th reflecting the Italian Champion’s struggle. Tenth place was filled by CAS Honda’s Gareth Swanepoel who had the misfortune to start from 23rd in the gate after a miserable Qualification Heat on Saturday. The South African negotiated the first moto to 12th without any goggles and then made a decent start to take 10th on a rougher track for a decent salvation exercise.

The MX2 Grand Prix was won by local hope and teenager Jeffrey Herlings, ahead of new series leader Ken Roczen, with Steven Frossard third. Martin Honda’s Alessandro Battig was lacking mileage in the sand after needing time to recover from tonsillitis but managed to complete both motos on the CRF250R for 28th.

In the MX1 World Championship standings Leok is eighth with 66 points and 28 away from the top five. Guarneri, Albertson, Bobryshev and Swanepoel inhabit 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th, and are separated by just 5 points.

Rounds four and five will take place on consecutive weekends with the Grand Prix of Portugal on May 9th followed by the meeting at Bellpuig in Catalunya.

Evgeny Bobryshev Davide Guarneri

Evgeny Bobryshev

Davide Guarneri

Honda rider quotes:
Tanel Leok, LS Motors Honda:
“I’m fairly happy; it was a pretty good GP. My start was not so good in the first moto because I hit neutral changing gears and was quite far behind. I worked really hard to get near the front and used a lot of energy but the riding and speed was good. The second moto start was better and the first laps were great. I was second and then third and struggled a bit with my rhythm and lost the lap-times. I wasn’t breathing so well and tensed up. After a few laps I got going again and pushed to get Philippaerts right up until the flag.”

Evgeny Bobryshev, CAS Honda:
“I am quite happy. The second race was much better because in the first moto I was pushing too hard. I made it to second place but on one lap when I passed the clock by the finish line and it read ’15 minutes’ I thought ‘no way...!’. I had to slow down and lost positions to ninth. I took it easy in the second race and built up my speed and found some good lines that were not too bumpy. On the last lap I used all the energy I had left in my body to go for that position. I twisted the throttle as much as it would go and passed De Dycker three corners before the finish. I am very happy about today.”

Jimmy Albertson, Martin Honda:
“The first moto started pretty good. I burnt through the pack and went from like eighth to fourth but I was going like a maniac and was going to wear myself out fast. I got a bit tired in the middle of the moto but then started to find my rhythm and started working through the pack and some of the positions I had lost. I went over the finish line side-by-side with Bobryshev and got eighth; a top ten finish in my first sand GP and I felt that was a good start for me. The second moto was awesome. I got a fourth place-start, went for second and then came up with Philippaerts. I knew I could have got him but it would have meant touching him and we both could have gone down so I cut it sharp and dug my foot into the ground. For a second I thought ‘I’ve just broken my ankle’. I could not feel it at first but in the next corner it started to throb and I was going backwards. I decided just to ignore it and put my head down and ride. I managed to finish 8th again which was good and I got the ankle checked immediately afterwards and nothing serious has happened. Overall it was a good weekend and I’m glad we have next week off to heal-up.”

Davide Guarneri, LS Motors Honda:
“My speed is good, close to the front guys, but I am missing stamina. I trained hard this winter with Marnicq Bervoets but maybe it was not enough or too much because at the moment I have a problem and the second motos are very tough; I am losing a lot of positions. I hope we can improve during the season.”

Gareth Swanepoel, CAS Honda:
“It went really good today. Unfortunately I had a problem with my goggles in the first race and had to ditch them on the first lap; to ride for forty minutes without any goggles was tough! I still managed to come back to 12th so I was pretty happy with that. In the second race I had a good start and tried to go with the guys but had a bit of arm-pump and missed that little bit of extra speed. I lost the tow but still arrived to 10th and was pleased with that because I had a horrible day yesterday.”

Alessandro Battig, Martin Honda:
“Overall I am pleased to have finished both races here. It was another learning experience. I could have done with more preparation in the sand but after being sick at Mantova I did not have time to ride much.”

Roger Harvey, Off-road Manager, Honda Motor Europe:
“It was a great showing from Tanel Leok today and we could also see the capabilities of Evgeny Bobryshev. I am pleased with Jimmy Albertson because he did not give up despite thinking that he had hurt his ankle and that is the kind of commitment we want from our riders. I still think we have to see Jimmy’s true potential but he is getting better and faster. We had five Hondas in top ten in tough conditions and that shows the high level of the CRF450R; we knew we would start slowly and build things up this season and we’re happy to see progress.”

2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 03 Netherlands

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / KTM
2 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
3 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
4 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
5 Leok, Tanel / EST / Honda
6 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Yamaha
7 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Honda
8 Albertson, Jimmy / USA / Honda
9 Bobryshev, Evgeny / RUS / Honda
10 de Reuver, Marc / NED / Suzuki
11 Boog, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
12 Swanepoel, Gareth / RSA / Honda
13 Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha
14 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
15 Söderström, Tom / SWE / Yamaha
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / KTM
2 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
3 Leok, Tanel / EST / Honda
4 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
5 Bobryshev, Evgeny / RUS / Honda
6 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
7 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Yamaha
8 Albertson, Jimmy / USA / Honda
9 Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Aprilia
10 Swanepoel, Gareth / RSA / Honda
11 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Honda
12 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
13 Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki
14 Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha
15 Boog, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
Tanel Leok

Tanel Leok
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Herlings, Jeffrey / NED / KTM
2 Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki
3 Simpson, Shaun / GBR / KTM
4 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki
5 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Suzuki
6 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
7 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
8 Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM
9 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
10 Osborne, Zach / USA / Yamaha
11 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / Kawasaki
12 Larrieu, Loic / FRA / Yamaha
13 Verbruggen, Dennis / BEL / KTM
14 Larsen, Nikolaj / DEN / Honda
15 Smitka, Petr / CZE / KTM
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Herlings, Jeffrey / NED / KTM
2 Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki
3 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki
4 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / Kawasaki
5 Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM
6 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
7 Simpson, Shaun / GBR / KTM
8 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
9 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Suzuki
10 Nicholls, Jake / GBR / KTM
11 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
12 Verbruggen, Dennis / BEL / KTM
13 Osborne, Zach / USA / Yamaha
14 Lupino, Alessandro / ITA / Yamaha
15 Karro, Matiss / LAT / Suzuki

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