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2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship

Round 13: Lausitzring – Germany

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July 28, 2013

Philippaerts Shines in German GP Scorcher

The Eurospeedway at the Lausitzring usually accommodates the drone of cars and bikes around the asphalt of the motorsport facility built in 2000. On this occasion and for the thirteenth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship the German site southeast of Berlin echoed to the sound of 450 and 250cc four-stroke motocrossers.

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David Philippaerts
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Evgeny Bobryshev

It was Antonio Cairoli who celebrated MX1 victory at the fourth Grand Prix in five weeks and Gariboldi Honda’s David Philippaerts was the top CRF450R runner with a decent sixth position overall for a season-best classification.

With the MotoGP at the Sachsenring (only 100km away) occurring two weeks previously and the 67th Motocross of Nations set to take place at Teutschenthal on September 29th this particular region of Germany has been overloaded with first class motorcycle sport of late. Some severe summer temperatures – over thirty degrees both days – may also have had an impact on the final weekend attendance figure of sixteen thousand.

The freshly constructed motocross layout covered Turn 1 of the tarmac course and offered a fast, bumpy and sandy racing surface, lined with some spectacular jumps. Philippaerts excelled in the tough conditions. The former world champion responded from a bad start that saw him almost outside the top twenty in the first moto of thirty-five minutes and two laps duration. The Italian fought hard to gain positions and diligently progressed up to eighth place. A better launch in the second race and superior fitness compared to some of his rivals led to sixth spot and equalled his highest result achieved on three other occasions this year. DP19 also moved up one rank in the MX1 World Championship standings to tenth.

Philippaerts resisted the challenge from the factory Honda World Motocross duo of Evgeny Bobryshev and Max Nagl who both struggled with their endurance, fitness and stamina. Bobryshev was thirteenth at the end of the day with a scorecard of ninth and fourteenth positions despite some bright starts and early speed. Nagl was competing at his home event (indeed it was branded ‘Circus Maximus’) and has been suffering recently with stomach problems. A poor start and crash in the first moto delivered twelfth position and the German only just reached the chequered flag in the second affair – after briefly pulling into the pits for a dowsing of cold water - for another twelfth and fourteenth overall. Respectively, the pair sit eighth and eleventh in the MX1 points table.

British youngster Mitchell Lewis was the first ever winner of the Honda 150F European Championship; the first of three events which offers the unique opportunity for teenagers to compete on the world stage and at Grand Prix tracks with the versatile and reliable CRF150 learning ‘tool’. Sixteen entrants came to the Lausitzring to participate and inaugurate Honda Motor Europe’s initiative to assist young talent in their efforts to shine in front of the best teams and most influential personnel of the sport.

The Grand Prix of Czech Republic will take place at the traditional circuit of Loket next weekend where a remodelled start straight and other layout changes will provide a revised challenge across the stony hard-pack for the MX1 and MX2 stars.

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Evgeny Bobryshev
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Maximilian Nagl
David Philippaerts:
Race Result: 8th/6th - Championship position: 10th
“A really good day and I think my best of the season. I am very happy because the track was so difficult; many bumps and many crashes with a lot of bike problems also because of the heat. I was more pleased with the first moto because I started back in nineteenth place and worked my way up to eighth. In those conditions it was a good performance. My start was better in the first moto and I passed Roelants on the first lap and then later Bobryshev. Being sixth overall and near the leaders is pretty good on a non-factory bike…we can leave Germany with a smile!”
Evgeny Bobryshev:
Race Result: 9th/14th - Championship position: 11th
“I have problems in the heat and so it just didn’t go to plan today. I had a bad jump in the first race. I got up to fifth, but then I started to overheat, so my lap times dropped off. On the last lap David (Philippaerts) was catching me, I tried to push but my body just felt so empty. I felt like I was going to pass out. I just had to finish. I had a good start in the second race, and the speed was okay as I was with the front group but again at the thirty-minute mark I was completely empty. I entered the pits to have some water put over my body but of course I lost a lot of places for that. I’m disappointed as the speed was there for the top five but I just didn’t cope in the heat and after the race I was struggling to see straight or recover quickly. I know it’s a point I need to improve - and I know everyone is frustrated - but I want to thank my team. We have to keep our heads up and keep moving forwards.”
Max Nagl
Race Result: 12th/12th - Championship position: 8th
“It was a really difficult home GP for me. I expected more - and even with the sickness I had in the last few weeks - I was feeling a lot better coming into the race. I know with the hot weather it was the same for everybody, but it was just so difficult. In the first race I hit Van Horebeek and had a crash after a few laps, and although I made back some positions, the result wasn’t so good. My recovery for race two was actually okay and I made a few good passes. Then I was just getting hotter and hotter, which made me so tired. I knew the second moto would be tough, so I made a plan with my mechanic before the race that I’d come in and be covered with cold water to cool my body down. That’s what we did, and I regained some places within a few laps, including van Horebeek, who was struggling too. If I hadn’t stopped I don’t think I would have finished; I know it’s not a good solution to stop in the race, but it was the best plan we could make to get some points.”

2013 FIM MX1 / MX2 World Motocross Championship
Round 13: Lausitzring – Germany

MX1 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
2 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
3 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
4 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
5 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
6 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
7 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
8 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
9 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
10 Potisek, Milko (Yamaha)
11 Barragan, Jonathan (KTM)
12 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
13 Simpson, Shaun (Yamaha)
14 Leok, Tanel (TM)
15 Brakke, Herjan (Yamaha)
MX1 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Cairoli, Antonio (KTM)
2 Desalle, Clement (Suzuki)
3 de Dycker, Ken (KTM)
4 Searle, Tommy (Kawasaki)
5 Strijbos, Kevin (Suzuki)
6 Philippaerts, David (Honda)
7 Karro, Matiss (KTM)
8 Brakke, Herjan (Yamaha)
9 Roelants, Joel (Yamaha)
10 Simpson, Shaun (Yamaha)
11 Potisek, Milko (Yamaha)
12 Nagl, Maximilian (Honda)
13 van Horebeek, Jeremy (Kawasaki)
14 Bobryshev, Evgeny (Honda)
15 Leok, Tanel (TM)
MX2 - Race 1 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Charlier, Christophe (Yamaha)
3 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
4 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
5 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
6 Butron, Jose (KTM)
7 Ferrandis, Dylan (Kawasaki)
8 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
9 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
10 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)
11 Tonkov, Aleksandr (Honda)
12 Kullas, Harri (KTM)
13 Banks-Browne, Elliott (KTM)
14 Gajser, Tim (KTM)
15 Fors, Kevin (Yamaha)
MX2 - Race 2 Result
Rank Rider (Team)
1 Herlings, Jeffrey (KTM)
2 Tixier, Jordi (KTM)
3 Coldenhoff, Glenn (KTM)
4 Butron, Jose (KTM)
5 Ferris, Dean (Yamaha)
6 Pocock, Mel (Yamaha)
7 Febvre, Romain (KTM)
8 Nicholls, Jake (KTM)
9 Anstie, Max (Suzuki)
10 Gajser, Tim (KTM)
11 Kullas, Harri (KTM)
12 Desprey, Maxime (Yamaha)
13 Banks-Browne, Elliott (KTM)
14 Clermont, Jason (Kawasaki)
15 Petrov, Petar (Yamaha)

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