WMXFranceJune 6, 2010
2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 07 St Jean d'Angely – France

Guarneri best Honda performer on rough French terrain

The Grand Prix of France at St Jean D’Angely was watched by a mammoth 30,000 crowd who braved morning thunder storms and hot afternoon sun to see David Philippaerts win the seventh round of fifteen in the 2010 FIM Motocross World Championship while LS Motors Honda’s Davide Guarneri was the best CRF450R rider with sixth position overall.

Davide Guarneri Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

Stuffy and humid conditions on Saturday at St Jean, near La Rochelle on the west coast, gave way to stormy showers Sunday morning that created an extremely rough and deeply rutted course. After a muddy and slippery first MX1 moto of 35 minutes and 2 laps the sun arrived and started to dry the track making the lines and chiselled terrain technical and challenging.

Behind Philippaerts and the other podium sitters, Tony Cairoli and Clement Desalle, Italian Guarneri posted his best overall result of the season (and of his MX1 career and with Honda) with sixth place. The number ‘39’ CRF450R was circulating near the front of the pack in both races, at times together with team-mate Tanel Leok, and crossed the finish line with fifth and eighth respectively for his overall ranking.

Catalan GP winner Leok entered the event feeling the initial effects of Tonsillitis and was not at 100%. Despite two reasonably good starts the determined Estonian rode at his own pace in Moto1 to take the chequered flag in sixth place and followed that with ninth second time out to claim eighth overall.

Gareth Swanepoel was the third Honda rider in the top ten. The South African had twisted his right ankle in the USA but rode courageously and even aced a start in the first moto to appear in the top three around the opening corners. ‘Swannie’ persevered racing to 11th and 13th respectively in the two motos to take an overall 10th place at the end of the day. CAS Honda team-mate Evgeny Bobryshev could not find his rhythm over the bumps in the first sprint – taking 13th – but was more effective in the second affair, pushing for a top ten classification until a broken cable brought his race to a stop.

Martin Honda’s Jimmy Albertson remained in the USA after the Grand Prix in Glen Helen, California, last weekend for blood tests on his back injury. The 21 year old now has a week to further recover before considering a return for the German round at Teutschenthal on June 20th. Team-mate in the MX2 class Alessandro Battig did not register any points.

In the MX1 World Championship standings Leok is eighth and still ahead of Guarneri and Bobryshev in ninth and 10th respectively. Swanepoel is 15th.

The eighth round of the 2010 series – that will tip the campaign into its second half – will take place in two weeks time at the fast and natural layout of Teutschenthal for the Grand Prix of Germany.

Tanel Leok Gareth Swanepoel

Tanel Leok

Gareth Swanepoel

Davide Guarneri, LS Motors Honda:
“My speed was not great but the points and results were OK. The ruts were really long and hard today and not like in sand where they move. I was not riding that well and had a few moments of bad luck when as soon as I made a mistake someone passed me! To finish sixth in the GP is good for me and when you see you are up there with the leaders then you want more of the same. I am a bit pissed off because I lost a few positions through choosing a bad line and I hope I can do better next time.”

Tanel Leok, LS Motors Honda:
“I have been a bit sick this week and have been taking medicine for tonsillitis since Thursday. It was not the best preparation for this GP and I am disappointed because I really like the track. My start was good in the first heat but I lost my goggles on the third lap after a stone hit the roll-off and that made things much harder. In the second race I was up there again but I was getting tired and had to do the best I could.”

Evgeny Bobryshev, CAS Honda:
“The track was slippy in the first moto with a lot of ruts. I was struggling a bit and was stiff on the bike. I finished 13th and there is not much I can say because I was really slow! The second race was drier and much better. I was quicker and I had a bad moment because I crashed and lost four positions but then I was able to regain those four places with some really good lines until we had a problem with the bike. I stopped on one corner and I was there for about three laps kicking to restart. Neil came over and saw that a rock had hit one of the cables and it had separated; so there was not much we could do.”

Gareth Swanepoel, CAS Honda:
“I had been working hard on my starts in the week and it paid off in the first moto. I was passed by a couple of guys going up the hill but settled into eighth place. After about twenty minutes I got really tired but managed to find a second wind. In the second race the start wasn’t the best and I took too long to get going again and made a mistake stuck behind Soubeyras. I think I came back to 13th. So, overall not such a good day but pretty consistent for these kinds of conditions. I twisted my leg quite badly last week and it was still bothering me a little bit so I will see the doctor tomorrow.”

Roger Harvey, Off-road Manager, Honda Motor Europe:
“Not a bad weekend for us and to watch both LS Honda riders up near the front across a difficult track was great to see. Davide struggled a little bit but not as much as Tanel who was ‘under the weather’. Swannie was bothered by his leg but it was encouraging that his work on the starts paid off with a good launch in the first moto. Boby had some bad luck but never gave up in typical style. We hope Jimmy Albertson will be back with us in Germany and overall, for this Grand Prix, we were pleased that three of our four CRF 450Rs on the track finished inside the final top ten.”
2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 07 France

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / KTM
2 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
3 Philippaerts, David / Yamaha
4 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
5 Guarneri, Davide / Honda
6 Leok, Tanel / Honda
7 Boissiere, Anthony / TM
8 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
9 de Dycker, Ken / Yamaha
10 Aubin, Nicolas / Kawasaki
11 Swanepoel, Gareth / Honda
12 Coppins, Joshua / Aprilia
13 Bobryshev, Evgeny / Honda
14 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
15 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Philippaerts, David / Yamaha
2 Desalle, Clement / Suzuki
3 Cairoli, Antonio / KTM
4 Boissiere, Anthony / TM
5 Ramon, Steve / Suzuki
6 de Dycker, Ken / Yamaha
7 Boog, Xavier / Kawasaki
8 Guarneri, Davide / Honda
9 Leok, Tanel / Honda
10 Pourcel, Sebastien / Kawasaki
11 Strijbos, Kevin / Suzuki
12 Goncalves, Rui / KTM
13 Swanepoel, Gareth / Honda
14 Coppins, Joshua / Aprilia
15 Aubin, Nicolas / Kawasaki
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Musquin, Marvin / KTM
2 Herlings, Jeffrey / KTM
3 Osborne, Zach / Yamaha
4 Frossard, Steven / Kawasaki
5 Roelants, Joel / KTM
6 Charlier, Christophe / Yamaha
7 Vongsana, Khounsith / KTM
8 Tonus, Arnaud / Suzuki
9 van Horebeek, Jeremy / Kawasaki
10 Verbruggen, Dennis / KTM
11 Kullas, Harri / Yamaha
12 Simpson, Shaun / KTM
13 Lupino, Alessandro / Yamaha
14 Paulin, Gautier / Yamaha
15 Nicholls, Jake / KTM
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Musquin, Marvin / KTM
2 Simpson, Shaun / KTM
3 Roelants, Joel / KTM
4 Paulin, Gautier / Yamaha
5 Tonus, Arnaud / Suzuki
6 Verbruggen, Dennis / KTM
7 Roczen, Ken / Suzuki
8 Kullas, Harri / Yamaha
9 Osborne, Zach / Yamaha
10 Lupino, Alessandro / Yamaha
11 Charlier, Christophe / Yamaha
12 Herlings, Jeffrey / KTM
13 Nicholls, Jake / KTM
14 Frossard, Steven / Kawasaki
15 Teillet, Valentin / KTM

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