WMXU.K.August 21, 2011
2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 13 Winchester – Great Britain

Anderson Performs at Home Grand Prix


Antonio Cairoli claimed his fifth victory of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship this afternoon at a superb Matterley Basin circuit for the Grand Prix of Great Britain. Additionally PAR Honda’s Brad Anderson celebrated his recent call-up to represent Team GB at the Motocross of Nations by taking fifth position overall on his British Championship winning CRF450R in front of an appreciative 26, 500 attendance. The thirteenth round of fifteen was run under bright, but cloudy skies and across a soft, rutted and flowing course that many riders claimed was the best of the year.

Brad Anderson Brad Anderson


Brad Anderson


Brad Anderson


The injury list increased for the British Grand Prix and sadly two riders missing out on the action were LS Honda’s Ken De Dycker and Honda World Motocross team’s Evgeny Bobryshev. Both suffered recent neck injuries with De Dycker nursing a cracked C6 vertebrae and Bobryshev a fractured C7 after his crash last weekend while contesting the Belgian Championship. The Russian will miss the rest of the season with an expected recovery time of six weeks while De Dycker is also likely to sit out the remaining two rounds. In MX2 Swian Zanoni is still recovering from his broken wrist.

It was Anderson who animated the crowd and produced two gutsy rides to place ninth and seventh to earn the best overall standing. The Briton had to work hard on race-day as the second moto was re-run after fifteen minutes due to a scary collision between Tanel Leok and Billy Mackenzie that left both hospitalised.

Honda World Motocross’ Rui Goncalves was ninth overall. The Portuguese struggled physically on a track that became rougher and more technical as the day went on. He fought hard with Leok and Nagl in a close battle for fourth in the first outing, but was powerless to rise higher than fourteenth in the second moto.

LS Honda’s Shaun Simpson was left cursing his misfortune. The Scot was fourteenth in the final MX1 classification, but his ranking could have been much better. Simpson - in particular - was unlucky with the aborted second race. In the first he was inside the top six when he ran off the track and swallowed some green fencing in his rear wheel. He had a near-crash that led to a heavy impact with the handlebars leading to a position of sixteenth. A fantastic holeshot meant that he spent the entire second moto in second place and looked very comfortable for a top three finish until the red flags emerged. He could not replicate the feat on the restart and then had his speed clipped by a sore neck as a result of the earlier race incident.

Bobryshev is fifth in the MX1 World Championship standings, sixteen points in front of Goncalves. De Dycker is tenth with Simpson fourteenth.

The penultimate round of the series will take place in two weeks time at Gaildorf, Germany for the Grand Prix of Europe.

Rui Goncalves Shaun Simpson


Rui Goncalves


Shaun Simpson


Rui Goncalves (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: 6th/14th Championship position: 6th

“A really hard day and the track was tough to deal with. I don’t know why at the moment, but after ten minutes in the second moto I was finished and was just riding through trying to make the finish. It was so hard and I did what I could to stay on two wheels. I need to recover and work out what happened.”

Brad Anderson (PAR Honda)
Race Result: 9th/7th Championship position: 24th

“It was my starts that let me down today. If I had got away well then I think I would have been in the top five of that last one. I pushed hard to the end and with the results today I am really happy. I aimed for top ten and that what I did. The track wasn’t that gnarly in the beginning, but at the end it was brutal; but that suited me because everyone can go fast on a smooth circuit. I’m really looking forward to the Nations now.”

Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda World Motocross)
Race Result: DNS/DNS Championship position:

“I felt like maybe it was possible to ride, but after making the CTI scan the doctors said it would be too much of a risk, too dangerous, so now I have to wait six weeks and then see what is happening. We will have another medical opinion in a few days. It is a shame because the track look so nice here and for sure this is not that way I wanted to finish what had been a good season.”

Shaun Simpson (LS Honda Racing)
Race Result: 10th/11th Championship position: 14th

“I think that summed up my year a little bit; certainly the start of the second moto…when I finally think I have something to build on then it gets taken away from me. The first moto of the day was tough because I made a bad job of the first corner. I managed to get up to sixth or seventh, but then ran off the track. I got up to eighth or something like that then I hit my head really hard on the handlebars when I took a false neutral on one of the step-downs. I don’t know how I saved it and a few people told me I was so lucky. My neck was really sore, not broken like a few people, but even the weight of the helmet in that last race was killing me. If I get away with the front guys then I can settle down and make the speed. It shows with good starts what I might be able to do. When I am back in the pack I seem to struggle to relax and find the lines. I don’t know what I can do to get where I need to be.”

Roger Harvey, Honda Motor Europe Off-road Racing Manager:
“We are obviously counting the cost of some injuries to the guys, but what a day for Brad and the PAR Honda team. Although Brad does not compete in the World championship he has proved to be the fastest in the UK this year and showed today that he has the drive and the speed to race with the best here at the GPs. Rui had a few problems and it was great to see Shaun in second position until they stopped that second race. We will try to regroup a little bit and finish the season in the best way we can.”


2011 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 13 Great Britain


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MX1 - Race 1 Result
1 POURCEL, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Kawasaki
2 FROSSARD, STEVEN / FRA / Yamaha
3 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
4 LEOK, TANEL / EST / TM
5 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
6 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
7 MACKENZIE, BILLY / GBR / Kawasaki
8 GUARNERI, DAVIDE / ITA / Kawasaki
9 ANDERSON, BRAD / GBR / Honda
10 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
11 BOOG, XAVIER / FRA / Kawasaki
12 ARANDA, GREGORY / FRA / Kawasaki
13 STRIJBOS, KEVIN / BEL / Suzuki
14 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
15 CAMPANO JIMENEZ, CARLOS / ESP / Yamaha
 
MX1 - Race 2 Result
1 CAIROLI, ANTONIO / ITA / KTM
2 FROSSARD, STEVEN / FRA / Yamaha
3 POURCEL, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Kawasaki
4 BARRAGAN, JONATHAN / ESP / Kawasaki
5 NAGL, MAXIMILIAN / GER / KTM
6 CAMPANO JIMENEZ, CARLOS / ESP / Yamaha
7 ANDERSON, BRAD / GBR / Honda
8 STRIJBOS, KEVIN / BEL / Suzuki
9 BOISSIERE, ANTHONY / FRA / Yamaha
10 SIMPSON, SHAUN / GBR / Honda
11 GUARNERI, DAVIDE / ITA / Kawasaki
12 ARANDA, GREGORY / FRA / Kawasaki
13 WALKNER, MATTHIAS / AUT / KTM
14 GONCALVES, RUI / POR / Honda
15 MONNI, MANUEL / ITA / Honda
 
MX2 - Race 1 Result
1 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
2 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
3 ROELANTS, JOEL / BEL / KTM
4 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
5 TEILLET, VALENTIN / FRA / Suzuki
6 VAN HOREBEEK, JEREMY / BEL / KTM
7 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
8 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
9 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
10 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
11 CHARLIER, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Yamaha
12 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
13 KULLAS, HARRI / FIN / Yamaha
14 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
15 BANKS-BROWNE, ELLIOTT / GBR / Honda
 
MX2 - Race 2 Result
1 ROCZEN, KEN / GER / KTM
2 SEARLE, TOMMY / GBR / Kawasaki
3 HERLINGS, JEFFREY / NED / KTM
4 PAULIN, GAUTIER / FRA / Yamaha
5 TONUS, ARNAUD / SUI / Yamaha
6 NICHOLLS, JAKE / GBR / KTM
7 CHARLIER, CHRISTOPHE / FRA / Yamaha
8 ANSTIE, MAX / GBR / Kawasaki
9 TIXIER, JORDI / FRA / KTM
10 KULLAS, HARRI / FIN / Yamaha
11 BUTRON OLIVA, ANTONIO JOSE / ESP / KTM
12 RAUCHENECKER, PASCAL / AUT / KTM
13 AUBIN, NICOLAS / FRA / KTM
14 TRIEST, NICK / BEL / KTM
15 BENGTSSON, FILIP / SWE / KTM
 

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