WMXU.S.A.May 30, 2010
2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 06 GLEN HELEN – U.S.A.

Townley back with a bang at USGP

Honda celebrated their second checkered flag in successive events as Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oils Honda’s Ben Townley won the second race at a sun-drenched Glen Helen for the Grand Prix of USA and the sixth round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship. Antonio Cairoli claimed overall victory from Mike Alessi and Clement Desalle and Townley classified eighth in the final ranking due to some bad luck in the first moto that forced his retirement.

Ben Townley Ben Townley

Ben Townley

Ben Townley

16,000 spectators travelled to San Bernardino at Glen Helen to see the first Grand Prix event at the venue since 1992 and the first American round of the FIM series this century. Sunshine and temperatures in the low thirties graced the whole weekend and strong winds on Saturday were replaced by occasional gusts on Sunday. The track itself was much longer and faster compared to normal GP layouts and became progressively rougher.

Wild-card entrant and aspiring AMA title campaigner Townley was a proactive force at his first GP event since 2005. The former MX2 World Champion (2004) was part of the battle for the lead in the first race until a collision with Alessi caused damage to his exhaust and front fork and after two more slips he could not continue. The New Zealander escaped from the pack in the second affair for a comprehensive win on the CRF450R; his first world championship triumph since the GP of England in 2005.

LS Motors Honda’s Davide Guarneri was seventh overall with finishes of eighth and seventh. The Italian made a mediocre start in the first moto but circulated just adrift of the battle for third spot in the second race until fatigue caused him to drop two places. Team-mate Tanel Leok – victor of the Catalan GP two weeks ago – did not complete either moto. The Estonian twisted his knee in Moto1 and pulled into the paddock and then suffered a technical problem in the second race.

CAS Honda were unlucky as Evgeny Bobryshev and Gareth Swanepoel both had crashes. The Russian managed twelfth in the first moto, two positions ahead of his team-mate, but both would pull out of Moto2. Bobryshev had two heavy falls, knocking his head on one occasion and also hurting his thumb and neck. Swanepoel caught his right foot in a rut and badly twisted the joint.

Martin Honda’s Jimmy Albertson was ruled out of the Grand Prix after a Saturday spill during the Qualification Heat left the American battered and bruised. Thankfully no damage had been done to the dislocated left shoulder he suffered two weeks ago but the 21 year old hurt his back and needed a visit to the hospital. It remains to be seen if he will be able to fly to Europe early this week and will undergo further medical examinations on Monday.

Marvin Musquin won the MX2 class from Zach Osborne and Steven Frossard.

Leok, Bobryshev and Guarneri are eighth, ninth and tenth in the world championship respectively.

Round seven will take place at St Jean D’Angely for the Grand Prix of France, next weekend on June 6th.

Davide Guarneri Evgeny Bobryshev

Davide Guarneri

Evgeny Bobryshev

Ben Townley, Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oils Honda:
“It was awesome and a great feeling to win. It doesn’t matter what race it was but to beat the best people in the world – whether in America or Europe – is the goal I was aiming for. I am not anywhere near how could I can be and when that point arrives then it will be pretty cool. I felt like I had some of the old magic back a little bit after the qualification race yesterday and it came together today. Following Mike and Tony was not hard for me, so speed-wise I don’t have a problem.”

Tanel Leok, LS Motors Honda:
“A hard Grand Prix and disappointing after winning in Spain. In the first moto I twisted my knee and I had a lot of pain. I tried to ride for a little bit but I soon had to stop. We put some ice on the leg between the motos and I wanted to attempt the second race. It was not going too badly but then we had a mechanical problem that finished the day.”

Evgeny Bobryshev, CAS Honda:
“Wow, this was a tough GP. I crashed too many times and after going down twice in the second moto I had pain in my neck and also my hand. It was hard to come here and learn the place and I just want to concentrate on getting fit and being ready for France now.”

Jimmy Albertson, Martin Honda:
“I had a bad crash on the first big downhill and I felt lucky to be walking away. I was hurt in Spain and have been doing all possible to be here so that setback was pretty big. It is a real shame not to be racing here but I have to do what I can now to get healthy and get back into the world championship.”

Davide Guarneri, LS Motors Honda:
“It was a pretty good GP. I have had some problems in the past with the really hot weather but today was not bad, I lost two positions on the last lap because I was completely finished. In the second moto I was keeping pace with Alessi and Cairoli; I did not start that strongly but was building my speed. I rode better in the first moto and had more energy but my start was terrible and I was outside the top twenty!”

Gareth Swanepoel, CAS Honda:
“There were a few deep ruts out there and I just caught my foot in one after making a small mistake. At the time I could not put any weight on my foot and had to stop. I went to see the medical team and they said it was OK so I should hopefully just need a couple of days rest. The first moto was OK; I did not get the best of starts but once I got my rhythm I worked my way up and thirteenth was alright, nothing special, I was hoping for more from the second race.”

Roger Harvey, Off-road Manager, Honda Motor Europe:
“On one hand it was great to see Ben Townley running at the speed we know he is capable of and it shows the good work the guys are doing in the US to have him competitive in the AMA one weekend and then winning here and beating the best the next. We cannot walk away too happy from Glen Helen as there were simply too many injuries and we again had poor luck. Everyone will be heading back to France now and we have a busy few weeks ahead.”

2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 06 U.S.A.

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / KTM
2 Alessi, Mike / KTM
3 Nagl, Maximilian / KTM
4 de Dycker, Ken / Yamaha
5 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
6 Boog, Xavier / Kawasaki
7 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
8 Guarneri, Davide / Honda
9 Langston, Grant / Yamaha
10 Chisolm, Kyle / Yamaha
11 Philippaerts, David / Yamaha
12 Bobryshev, Evgeny / Honda
13 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
14 Swanepoel, Gareth / Honda
15 Aubin, Nicolas / Kawasaki
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Townley, Ben / Honda
2 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
3 Cairoli, Antonio / KTM
4 Alessi, Mike / KTM
5 Boog, Xavier / Kawasaki
6 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
7 Guarneri, Davide / Honda
8 Boissiere, Anthony / TM
9 Coppins, Joshua / Aprilia
10 de Dycker, Ken / Yamaha
11 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
12 Chisolm, Kyle / Yamaha
13 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
14 Aubin, Nicolas / Kawasaki
15 Walkner, Matthias / KTM
Ben Townley

Ben Townley
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Musquin, Marvin / KTM
2 Frossard, Steven / Kawasaki
3 Roczen, Ken / Suzuki
4 Osborne, Zach / Yamaha
5 van Horebeek, Jeremy / Kawasaki
6 Baker, Travis / Yamaha
7 Tonus, Arnaud / Suzuki
8 Herlings, Jeffrey / KTM
9 Simpson, Shaun / KTM
10 Nicholls, Jake / KTM
11 Paulin, Gautier / Yamaha
12 Teillet, Valentin / KTM
13 Roelants, Joel / KTM
14 Verbruggen, Dennis / KTM
15 Karro, Matiss / Suzuki
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Musquin, Marvin / KTM
2 Osborne, Zach / Yamaha
3 Simpson, Shaun / KTM
4 Frossard, Steven / Kawasaki
5 Roczen, Ken / Suzuki
6 Verbruggen, Dennis / KTM
7 Nicholls, Jake / KTM
8 van Horebeek, Jeremy / Kawasaki
9 Paulin, Gautier / Yamaha
10 Kullas, Harri / Yamaha
11 Tonus, Arnaud / Suzuki
12 Karro, Matiss / Suzuki
13 Roelants, Joel / KTM
14 Friese, Vince / Yamaha
15 Lupino, Alessandro / Yamaha

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