WMXCzech RepublicAugust 8, 2010
2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 12 LOKET – Czech Republic

Second podium of the season for mighty Leok

A damp Grand Prix of Czech Republic saw Antonio Cairoli win the twelfth round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship while Honda’s highest-placed representative on the CRF450R was LS Motors Honda’s Tanel Leok who defied tricky and technical conditions to capture third overall in the premier MX1 class. The Estonian was a force through the bumpy Czech ruts at Loket and defeated Cairoli in a straight-duel for the chequered flag in the first moto. It was the third race win for Honda in 2010.

Tanel Leok Evgeny Bobryshev

Tanel Leok

Evgeny Bobryshev

The fast and slick circuit in the western region of the country had been hit by heavy rainfall leading up to the event but enjoyed sunshine on race day. The end result of the metrological change meant a softer and bumpier course than the hard-pack normally found on the steep hill-side. In this setting 21,000 spectators crowded the banks and two CRF450Rs would break into the final top ten.

Catalan Grand Prix winner Leok, who qualified in second position through a Timed Practice period after the Heat races were cancelled due to the adverse weather effects on the track, battered the fallen gate in the first moto and immediately slid into second position. Once the 25 year old and Cairoli started to hit backmarkers late in the 35 minute and 2 lap distance Leok attacked and then defended the lead from Cairoli’s response on the last two circulations. In the second moto a stone worked its way into the rear brake system of number ‘40’ on the first lap and he had to stop and kick it loose meaning relegation to mid-pack from another top five berth. Leok charged back to fifth to earn his second spray of champagne this season.

In seventh overall was a brave Evgeny Bobryshev. The Russian rode to ninth and seventh on his CAS Honda despite discomfort from a sore lower back sustained last week in Lommel. The rookie held third place for virtually all of the second moto until he irritated the injury and was powerless to prevent closing riders from overtaking. Team-mate Gareth Swanepoel was seventeenth and should have been higher but twelfth position in the first moto was cancelled-out by a DNF due to a mechanical problem while holding sixth in the second sprint.

Martin Honda’s Jimmy Albertson was able to score points for the first time since the Grand Prix of Latvia in June after recovering sufficiently from his chest injury sustained in practice for the Limburg round of the series last weekend. The American was eighteenth and took encouragement from a result of thirteenth in the second race. Team-mate Yu Hirata made his second and last appearance for the Italian factory squad and was able to travel back to his native Japan after collecting thirtieth.

LS Motors Honda’s Davide Guarneri did not complete Moto1 or start Moto2 after a crash early in the day led to a painful and twisted back. The MX2 class saw Alessandro Battig handle his CRF250R to thirtieth as the Italian teenager still tries to negotiate a comeback from a knee injury.

In the world championship standings of a season winding to a close, Tanel Leok remains the top CRF450R runner in MX1 with 290 points and seventh position. He needs 19 more than Ken De Dycker to move upwards. Bobryshev is ninth and 6 behind Xavier Boog and 20 in arrears of Leok. Guarneri is tenth, Swanepoel thirteenth and Albertson seventeenth.

Round thirteen, the Grand Prix of Brazil, at the new Campo Grande circuit will take place in two weeks time.

Gareth Swanepoel Jimmy Albertson

Gareth Swanepoel

Jimmy Albertson

Tanel Leok, LS Motors Honda:
“This is a good result for me. Tony had some trouble with a lapped rider and I could use this to my advantage. The last two laps were really difficult and I made some mistakes also, but could hold on. Just before the table-top near the bottom of the hill in the second moto a stone wedged in the rear-brake and made it stick-on. I had to stop and kick the stone out and lost many positions from another great start. I’ve had some bad luck this year but also some good moments.”

Evgeny Bobryshev, CAS Honda:
“The first race was very hard for me and I was misjudging corners and having some arm-pump. I was not able to ride during the week because of my sore back from Lommel; I was on pain-killers and lying in a bed. So I felt it today, and took time to get on the pace. The second race was better until the halfway stage when I jarred the back and then could not run at the same speed. I had to take it easy in some places and was really fighting the pain.”

Gareth Swanepoel, CAS Honda:
“In the first race I got quite a good start but I was a bit tentative in the first two laps and lost a lot of positions but then I managed to come through to a good, strong twelfth. In the second moto I started even better. For twenty minutes I was in the top five until Nagl passed me and then with four minutes to go the bike stopped; it’s unfortunate.”

Jimmy Albertson, Martin Honda:
“It feels like it has been a long weekend but it was good to come out here and race. I had a twenty-fourth in the first moto and a thirteenth in the second. I improved and made some points and I know it sounds pretty terrible – and it is not where I want to be – but I have to go out there and do the best that I can right now and thirteenth was the best I could manage today. Hopefully once Brazil goes by I will be a little healthier and stronger and can do better.”

Yu Hirata, Martin Honda:
“Another tough day for me! I enjoyed very much being out in the MX1 motos and I want to thank the team and Honda Motor Europe for giving me this opportunity.”

Davide Guarneri, LS Motors Honda:
“Yesterday I was feeling good in the mud and set the ninth best time after finding a clear lap. I was twelfth in the first moto and I thought the top ten would not be possible when I had a silly crash out of a corner and twisted my back. It was very painful and it was hard to move. The doctor does not think it is anything serious but I will have a check this week. It is a shame because normally I like this track.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Motor Europe Off-Road Manager:
“A classy ride from Tanel in the first moto, and also the second despite a bit of bad luck, and he managed something that not many have done this season by beating Tony Cairoli to the flag in a straight fight. It was great to see and Tanel really ate-up a track that changed a lot and wasn’t easy. Misfortune for Davide and Gareth but Jimmy Albertson put some points on the board and Bobby also did a fine job in difficult circumstances. We would like to thank Hirata-san for coming over and running the Martin Honda for us. We hope he can use the experience he gained back home in Japan and the national series.”

2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 12 Czech Republic

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Leok, Tanel / EST / Honda
2 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / KTM
3 Desalle, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
4 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
5 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
6 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
7 Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki
8 Aubin, Nicolas / FRA / Kawasaki
9 Bobryshev, Evgeny / RUS / Honda
10 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
11 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Yamaha
12 Swanepoel, Gareth / RSA / Honda
13 Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Aprilia
14 Barragan, Jonathan / ESP / Kawasaki
15 Soubeyras, Cedric / FRA / KTM
Tanel Leok

Tanel Leok
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / KTM
2 Desalle, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
3 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
4 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
5 Leok, Tanel / EST / Honda
6 Strijbos, Kevin / BEL / Suzuki
7 Bobryshev, Evgeny / RUS / Honda
8 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
9 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
10 Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Aprilia
11 Church, Tom / GBR / CCM
12 Bill, Julien / SUI / KTM
13 Albertson, Jimmy / USA / Honda
14 Walkner, Matthias / AUT / KTM
15 Bonini, Matteo / ITA / Yamaha
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki
2 Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM
3 Herlings, Jeffrey / NED / KTM
4 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / Kawasaki
5 Simpson, Shaun / GBR / KTM
6 Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
7 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
8 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Suzuki
9 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
10 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
11 Osborne, Zach / USA / Yamaha
12 Karro, Matiss / LAT / Suzuki
13 Michek, Martin / CZE / TM
14 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki
15 Verbruggen, Dennis / BEL / KTM
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM
2 Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki
3 Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
4 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki
5 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / Kawasaki
6 Simpson, Shaun / GBR / KTM
7 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Suzuki
8 Osborne, Zach / USA / Yamaha
9 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
10 Teillet, Valentin / FRA / KTM
11 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
12 Lupino, Alessandro / ITA / Yamaha
13 Michek, Martin / CZE / TM
14 Verbruggen, Dennis / BEL / KTM
15 Karro, Matiss / LAT / Suzuki

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