WMXBrazilAugust 22, 2010
2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 13 Campo Grande – Brazil

Guarneri takes Motors Honda to sixth in Brazilian heat

A sunny, hot and vibrant Honda-backed Grand Prix of Brazil saw Tony Cairoli take honors in the premier MX1 class, winning the 2010 FIM Motocross World Championship to-boot, while the first CRF450R in the final classification at Campo Grande was LS Motors Honda’s Davide Guarneri with sixth place overall.

Davide Guarneri Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

The new circuit in western Brazil and close to the border with Paraguay involved a tight and jump-laden layout of crimson dirt and slippery hard-pack sections. Guarneri was the best Honda performer in sweaty and dusty conditions and the Italian placed his red machine in the top three during the first half of the opening 35 minutes and 2 lap sprint. He went on to seal fifth (equalling his best result of 2010) and then succumbed to the bumpy track and temperatures at the climax of the second race to obtain eighth.

Two places further back, in eighth, was team-mate Tanel Leok. The Estonian was quick in fits-and-spurts as the Catalan Grand Prix winner fought against the debilitating effects of a throat infection. Eighth and tenth in the two races limited the damage for the determined rider who heads Honda’s collective in the MX1 standings.

Martin Honda’s Jimmy Albertson was the third CRF450R racer in the top ten with tenth position. The American showed diligence to fight back to tenth in the first moto after becoming involved in a first corner tumble that collected or held-up at least five others. He rode to ninth in the second outing and posted his second highest points accumulation of a tough debut campaign in the MX1 category.

Sadly CAS Honda’s Evgeny Bobryshev was unable to take part in the race after crash-landing awkwardly on a misplaced hay-bale from a table-top jump and cracking several ribs. The extent of the Russian’s injuries is not yet known but it seems he will be unable to travel back to Europe immediately and therefore his chances of confirming the 2010 Maxxis British Championship appear to be jeopardised with the penultimate round occurring next weekend. Team-mate Gareth Swanepoel was not sent to Campo Grande by the team.

From the well-supported group of Equipe Honda Brasil riders Joao Paulino stood out with twelfth place overall in MX1. Swian Zanoni took the CRF250R to fifteenth in the MX2 contest.

Tanel Leok has moved up to sixth in the MX1 standings and is the first of three CRF450Rs in the top ten. He is five points in front of Ken De Dycker. Bobryshev defends ninth from Guarneri in tenth.

The wavy sand of Lierop will entertain the Grand Prix of Benelux in two weeks for the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, leaving the Grand Prix of Italy at Fermo to close the season one week later.

Tanel Leok Jimmy Albertson

Tanel Leok

Jimmy Albertson

Tanel Leok, LS Motors Honda:
“On Thursday I was sick and I had a sore throat. I took some medication but I did not have the energy today. It was not a good GP for me but at least I took some points, which is OK. The track was difficult but I did not have the power to attack it. My luck continues to bounce up and down this season!”

Davide Guarneri, LS Motors Honda:
“I am happy with being first Honda but again I have the feeling that I am faster than my results tell me! The first moto was good because I held third for eleven laps but Cairoli and Desalle were just too fast. My rhythm was also high in the second race but towards the end I felt the heat hit me during one lap and had to back off until the finish. I hope to improve my physical condition for next season because I know the speed is there.”

Jimmy Albertson, Martin Honda:
“I had a crash in the first turn with Boog and it took me a long time to re-start the bike. Once I was going again I rode really well and almost got into eighth place on the last lap. I used a lot of energy to come back to that position and I felt it in the second moto. I started out in about seventh, went back to eleventh and then had a few charges against Leok and Coppins. I was getting tired and trying to maintain a good rhythm. Overall it was good. The track was very cool even if they did have a problem with over-watering.”

Roger Harvey, Off-road Racing Manager, Honda Motor Europe:
“A good solid day for Davide who hurt his back in Czech Republic but has been able to get on the pace again. Tanel was struck by more bad luck and was never at the speed we normally see from him while Evgeny was desperately unlucky to hit that hay-bale and we can only hope he won’t take long to recover. It was another impressive event supported by Honda Brazil and although it is a long way to come for the guys the reaction of the public to the racing and the overall atmosphere always marks Brazil as a pleasant addition to the GP calendar.”

2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 13 Brazil

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
2 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / KTM
3 Desalle, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
4 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
5 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Honda
6 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
7 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
8 Leok, Tanel / EST / Honda
9 Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Aprilia
10 Albertson, Jimmy / USA / Honda
11 Balbi, Antonio / BRA / Kawasaki
12 Castro, Roberto / CRC / Kawasaki
13 Paulino, Joao / BRA / Honda
14 Zenni, Rafael / BRA / Honda
15 Lima, Marcello / BRA / Kawasaki
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Cairoli, Antonio / ITA / KTM
2 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
3 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
4 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
5 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
6 Boog, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
7 Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Aprilia
8 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Honda
9 Albertson, Jimmy / USA / Honda
10 Leok, Tanel / EST / Honda
11 Balbi, Antonio / BRA / Kawasaki
12 Paulino, Joao / BRA / Honda
13 Felipe, Jose Gerardo / ARG / Kawasaki
14 Garcia, Wellington / BRA / Honda
15 Zenni, Rafael / BRA / Honda
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki
2 Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM
3 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Suzuki
4 Osborne, Zach / USA / Yamaha
5 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
6 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / Kawasaki
7 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
8 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
9 Leib, Michael / USA / Kawasaki
10 Lupino, Alessandro / ITA / Yamaha
11 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki
12 Chatfield, Adam / GBR / Kawasaki
13 Castro, Cristopher / BRA / Yamaha
14 Vilardi, Thales / BRA / KTM
15 Lima, Eduardo / BRA / Kawasaki
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki
2 Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM
3 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / Kawasaki
4 Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
5 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki
6 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Suzuki
7 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
8 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
9 Osborne, Zach / USA / Yamaha
10 Lupino, Alessandro / ITA / Yamaha
11 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
12 Chatfield, Adam / GBR / Kawasaki
13 Zanoni, Swian / BRA / Honda
14 Castro, Cristopher / BRA / Yamaha
15 Martin, Humberto / VEN / Kawasaki

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