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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 08: Ernee – France

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June 9, 2013

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The Grand Prix of France was a busy and atmospheric event as a bustling crowd of just under forty thousand packed into Ernee, west of Le Mans, to digest the eighth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship.

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Evgeny Bobryshev
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Evgeny Bobryshev

MX1 honours on the day belonged to reigning champion Antonio Cairoli for the fifth time this season as the Italian defeated local favourite Gautier Paulin and Clement Desalle. Honda’s elite at the highest level of the sport endured varying fortunes but it was Honda World Motocross team’s Evgeny Bobryshev who placed highest in the overall ranking after two motos with tenth position.

The Ernee racing surface itself was hard-pack slippery and not terribly frugal with line options. Ernee was distinctly old-school in this respect and could have used a better degree of preparation to the soil in the build-up to the event. Perhaps more than any other track this season the emphasis on the start was premium.

Max Nagl was a victim of bad luck at the crucial moment. In the opening race of thirty-five minute and two laps duration under cold and cloudy skies the German misjudged the gate-drop and had to hustle back from outside the top ten to find the rear wheel of Tommy Searle as the pair harried their way up to seventh and eighth respectively. It was an entertaining and titanic battle, won by the Briton but Nagl was encouraged by his comeback. A better launch in the second moto was ruined in seconds as the former championship runner-up lost the front end of his CRF450R in the first corner and had to restart far behind the disappearing pack. Nagl again gained good ground but two more mistakes meant he couldn’t reach higher than thirteenth by the time of the chequered flag. His final rank was eleventh for the day.

Evgeny Bobryshev was again in action despite still being in the stages of rehab from his broken right leg. The strong Russian was uncomfortable with putting his foot down in the tight right turns but knew a positive launch from the gate would go some way to assisting with a promising race result. In the first moto this wasn’t to be and nervy riding and a cautious approach did not augment his speed. ‘Bobby’ placed outside the top ten in twelfth but turned a slight negative into a positive in typical fashion for the second race thanks to a determined outlook. There were still errors evident in his performance but some of the old confidence returned and ninth place was an improvement.

Honda Gariboldi’s David Philippaerts classified thirteenth overall in MX1 and sixth position in the first moto equalled his best yet this season on the CRF450R, but he was forced to retire on the first lap of the second outing with a broken radiator. ‘DP’ pulled into the pits having been struck by Tommy Searle in a frantic opening phase of the race. The Italian, who faces a home Grand Prix next weekend (Maggiora is a matter of kilometres from his home north of Milan), is currently tenth in the championship standings. Nagl is seventh and Bobryshev is eleventh despite missing three rounds.

At almost the half way stage the FIM Motocross World Championship heads directly south for the Grand Prix of Italy on June 15th/16th.

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David Philippaerts
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Maximilian Nagl
Max Nagl
Race Result: 8th/13th - Championship position: 7th
“At the moment things are not going in the direction that I want. You can improve the riding all the time and I was really fast today but in the first race I had a terrible gate jump and then in the second I crashed on the first turn. I came through really well in the first moto and I was happy about that; I made the second fastest time as well. We changed a few small things on the bike for the second Heat for the start and they worked because my jump was good and I was near the front but I think somebody touched my front wheel as I lost the bike. I was so disappointed because I knew I would be totally last. Anyway I fought back to tenth but crashed on a jump because a stone became wedged between the handlebar and the grip and stuck the throttle open. I picked up the bike, got rid of the stone and went again. My arms started to get a bit tired and I found myself on the floor again when the bike swapped left-right and put me down. I picked up and just went for the finish. It was not easy to find grip on this track but I liked it.”
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 12th/9th - Championship position: 11th
“The track wasn’t great for passing. It was really tough. You had to wait for a rider to make a mistake. In the first race I didn’t have such a good start and after that I was just battling with the bike and have a lack of confidence at the moment to attack a track like this. I was wooden on the bike! Due to my leg I wasn’t balanced very well and in the right hand corners I have to put a lot of pressure on my left leg. The second race was better and I got ‘into’ it a bit more. Unfortunately I was part of the pile-up at the start but my lines were better and I was smoother. I came back from somewhere very far to take ninth, so that was not so bad. The hardest part for me at the moment is that people are thinking and asking ‘what is wrong with him?’ but they don't know how tough it is. It is a shame but I will keep my head up and race-by-race get near the level I know I can be.”
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 6th/DNF - Championship position: 10th
“A real shame today and the same story; one moto pretty good and the other pretty bad! I was happy with sixth in the first race. I had good speed and could make some nice lap-times, even though I was by myself and it was hard to catch anyone. On the first lap of the second Searle took Paulin wide in a turn and when he came back he smashed into me and damaged the radiator. When I saw the water coming out I knew my race was over and I was pretty angry about it. Not so much you can do. It will be a short week now but Maggiora is very close to my home and I’m very excited about this Grand Prix. I will go there to be as near the front as possible.”

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 08: Ernee – France

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
3 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
4 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
5 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
6 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
7 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
8 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
9 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
10 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
11 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
12 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
13 Simpson, Shaun (TM)
14 Boog, Xavier (KTM)
15 Aranda, Gregory (Kawasaki)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
3 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
4 Paulin, Gautier (Kawasaki)
5 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
6 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
7 Boog, Xavier (KTM)
8 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
9 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
10 Guarneri, Davide (KTM)
11 Aubin, Nicolas (Honda)
12 Goncalves, Rui (KTM)
13 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
14 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
15 Aranda, Gregory (Kawasaki)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
3 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
4 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
5 Butron, Jose (KTM )
6 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
7 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
8 Tonkov, Alexander (Honda)
9 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
10 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
11 Kullas, Harri (Honda)
12 Fors, Kevin (Yamaha)
13 Desprey, Maxime (Yamaha)
14 Heibye, Even (KTM)
15 Rauchenecker, Pascal (KTM)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
3 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
4 Tonkov, Alexander (Honda)
5 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
6 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
7 Lupino, Alessandro (Kawasaki)
8 Butron, Jose (KTM)
9 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
10 Clermont, Jason (Kawasaki)
11 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
12 Desprey, Maxime (Yamaha)
13 Lenoir, Steven (KTM)
14 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
15 Olsen, Stefan Kjer (Honda)

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