WMXItalySeptember 12, 2010
2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 15 Fermo – Italy

Guarneri best Honda at Fermo - Leok Sixth in 2010 FIM MX1 World Championship

The FIM Motocross World Championship reached a close with the Grand Prix of Italy at the renovated Fermo circuit near the Adriatic coast and as Clement Desalle claimed the fifteenth and final round, LS Motors Honda’s Davide Guarneri again finished as Honda’s best representative at his home event. The Italian took ninth overall as his team-mate Tanel Leok had a difficult time on the dry and fast layout but was able to gather enough points to finish the year with sixth in the championship standings. Three CRF450Rs claimed positions in the final top ten of the premier MX1 class with Leok leading the way from Guarneri in ninth and Evgeny Bobryshev in tenth.

Davide Guarneri Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

Davide Guarneri

The large crowd of 22,500 spectators enjoyed good weather around the Fermo circuit wrapped around one side of a steep hill and with a fast layout littered with jumps. Guarneri, 25, completed his first season as a Honda rider with ninth place at Fermo thanks to eighth and 11th in the two motos. The second race performance was impressive as he recovered from a first corner crash and last position to reach the fringes of the top ten.

Leok struggled to gel with the track and his mediocre starts meant that he was unable to breach the first half of the leader-board in the opening phases of the sprints; a key ingredient for decent results on a track that was not easy for passing.

Martin Honda counted on the efforts of Jimmy Albertson and Dean Ferris. The American was twelfth overall (scores of thirteenth and eleventh) despite not being fully fit. The Australian took two points for nineteenth in the first moto and then suffered a technical problem in the second.

In MX2 Alessandro Battig posted points for nineteenth place on the CRF250R for the third time in 2010.

Honda ended the campaign with one excellent MX1 victory obtained in Spain by Leok and a further podium garnered by the Estonian. Bobryshev forged a breakthrough maiden season with CAS Honda and was on the fringes of the podium in at least three events from the fifteen. The Russian was still unable to compete in the wake of his rib and lung injury sustained three weeks ago in Brazil therefore the British crew were not present in eastern Italy.

The Grand Prix year has finished but the season is not yet quite over as the 64th Motocross of Nations on September 26th in Lakewood, Colorado will see Leok and Bobryshev in action for the last time on their 2010 CRF450Rs. They will be joined by AMA 250 Champion Trey Canard on the CRF250R for Team USA with Honda Red Bull Racing’s Andrew Short also riding for the Americans and Brett Metcalfe (450 runner-up) for Team Australia.

Jimmy Albertson Tanel Leok

Jimmy Albertson

Tanel Leok

Tanel Leok, LS Motors Honda:
“It was difficult for me today. My starts were not that bad but I went too far to the outside and didn’t get the positions I thought I would. In the second race I landed a bit harsh on a jump and wrenched my wrist a little bit. It was tough for a few laps and it was throbbing but I didn’t want to stop and managed to get used to it. I didn’t want to give up and wanted more points. I figured it was good practice to see out a race on a track that I couldn’t really get the hang of and didn’t suit me. To finish sixth this year I think is pretty good. I wanted top five and was a little bit short on that; I had some DNFs I shouldn’t have had and some bad luck but I’ll remember the win in Spain and also the moto win in Loket.”

Davide Guarneri, LS Motors Honda:
“I am really tired now! The first moto went well and I ran near the leading group but I fell at the start of the second and was totally last. I rode back to eleventh and I was happy with that but I couldn’t push the whole distance because after 25 minutes I was finished. I feel it has a pretty good year and I will make some changes for 2011 and we will see.”

Jimmy Albertson, Martin Honda:
“It has been a long year and a tough year. It was not really a roller-coaster season more of a giant dip! I came over and I was hot and kinda fell to the bottom. However I am thankful for the things that have happened because I have learnt so much and become a better person for it. Getting used to living in Europe was tough but now I am over that little hurdle and I can move forward. We had a lot of pre-season expectation and I guess the rest of the year was a letdown for me and the whole team. It was hard doing these last few races because I am not in the physical shape I need to be in but this weekend my head was in the best place it’s been since I have been in Europe. We will see what happens for next year. I would really love to stay with these guys but I know I have not been able to post the results I and they deserve. I think I can be a top contender next year after everything I have learned in 2010. I would definitely like to stay in GPs and I feel like I have done the hard part.”

Dean Ferris, Martin Honda:
“It was the first time I’d ridden hard pack in two months and I was pretty excited when I got here and saw the jumps. I had some bad luck in the qualifying race when I hit a fallen bike and bent my front disc so my gate pick wasn’t the best. I rode consistently in the first moto and came up to nineteenth from last and I was happy with the way I rode; the speed is so different from an Australian championship meeting to world championship! I made a better start by passing a lot of people on the straight for the second race but half way through the moto the bike stopped. It was a little bit of a bummer but I’m not too worried. I have not done what I expected to do in my GPs for the team but either way I’m grateful for the experience and to get on the factory Honda was pretty cool.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Motor Europe Off-road Racing Manager:
“Good news for Tanel in the world championship standings and it ends what has been a pretty decent year for him even if he did not have a smooth ride out there today. We knew in 2009 that this season would not be easy because we were late and set by certain conditions but we took a win and another podium and there were some very good moments in 2010. We are now working hard to get things into place for next year. We have dialogue with several riders and we know that Ken De Dycker is agreed with LS Motors Honda so the future looks pretty bright.”

2010 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 15 Italy

MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
2 Boog, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
3 Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki
4 Desalle, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
5 Barragan, Jonathan / ESP / Kawasaki
6 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
7 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
8 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Honda
9 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
10 Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Aprilia
11 Aranda, Gregory / FRA / Kawasaki
12 de Reuver, Marc / NED / Suzuki
13 Albertson, Jimmy / USA / Honda
14 de Dycker, Ken / BEL / Yamaha
15 Leok, Tanel / EST / Honda
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 Desalle, Clement / BEL / Suzuki
2 Pourcel, Sebastien / FRA / Kawasaki
3 Nagl, Maximilian / GER / KTM
4 Ramon, Steve / BEL / Suzuki
5 Boog, Xavier / FRA / Kawasaki
6 Philippaerts, David / ITA / Yamaha
7 Coppins, Joshua / NZL / Aprilia
8 Goncalves, Rui / POR / KTM
9 Monni, Manuel / ITA / Yamaha
10 Aranda, Gregory / FRA / Kawasaki
11 Guarneri, Davide / ITA / Honda
12 Albertson, Jimmy / USA / Honda
13 Balbi, Antonio / BRA / Kawasaki
14 de Reuver, Marc / NED / Suzuki
15 Bonini, Matteo / ITA / Yamaha
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki
2 Musquin, Marvin / FRA / KTM
3 van Horebeek, Jeremy / BEL / Kawasaki
4 Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
5 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Suzuki
6 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
7 Leib, Michael / USA / Kawasaki
8 Osborne, Zach / USA / Yamaha
9 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
10 Nicholls, Jake / GBR / KTM
11 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki
12 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
13 Lupino, Alessandro / ITA / Yamaha
14 Michek, Martin / CZE / TM
15 Simpson, Shaun / GBR / KTM
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 Roczen, Ken / GER / Suzuki
2 Frossard, Steven / FRA / Kawasaki
3 Paulin, Gautier / FRA / Yamaha
4 Tonus, Arnaud / SUI / Suzuki
5 Osborne, Zach / USA / Yamaha
6 Roelants, Joel / BEL / KTM
7 Leib, Michael / USA / Kawasaki
8 Nicholls, Jake / GBR / KTM
9 Lupino, Alessandro / ITA / Yamaha
10 Charlier, Christophe / FRA / Yamaha
11 Kullas, Harri / FIN / Yamaha
12 Larsen, Nikolaj / DEN / Honda
13 Verbruggen, Dennis / BEL / KTM
14 Michek, Martin / CZE / TM
15 Lieber, Julien / BEL / Suzuki

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