2014 FIM MXGP / MX2 World Motocross Championship
A bumper 32,000 crowd attended the Grand Prix of France for the ninth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship with Honda World Motocross’ Evgeny Bobryshev making a progressive step on the works CRF450RW by securing fifth overall. The French fixture tipped the campaign into its second phase and Clement Desalle (Suzuki) celebrated a double moto victory at a sun-kissed St Jean D’Angely today. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) and Antonio Cairoli (KTM) also grabbed podium positions respectively in the premier MXGP class, the fourth time the trio have filled the rostrum this year.
St Jean was hardly removed from the usual fast and hard-pack course routinely enjoyed for the French stop on the calendar and for two Motocross of Nations fixtures since the year 2000. Some small modifications to the layout meant alterations to the trajectory but the same up-and-down hills and off-camber turns were prevalent as well as difficulty with overtaking due to the narrow ‘flow’..
Back on track after his failed visa application disappointment in the UK last week, Bobryshev was determined and on the pace. He had his work cut out in the first sprint of thirty minutes and two laps duration due to a mediocre start as well as a clash on one of the steep downhills with Tommy Searle (Kawasaki) that sent the Brit tumbling to the floor in what was a chaotic scrap for lower top ten slots. ‘Bobby’, finally free of injury aches and pains, was not to be deterred and recorded the first of two fifth positions on the day for the top five overall and arguably his best Grand Prix of the season. The second moto in particular was a strong one and the Russian set the fastest lap of the race at one stage as he tried to close on the escaping quartet at the front.
The thirty-two point haul helped his status in the championship and Evgeny now sits eighth with a view to overhauling Shaun Simpson – fifteen points away - in seventh.
Team-mate Max Nagl has started to ride his CRF450RW again after recovering sufficiently from surgery on a broken right scaphoid. The German is continuing his rehab and training while eying a return to GP racing at his home round at Teutschenthal in three weeks. Nagl is ninth in the MXGP standings despite missing four events.
Gariboldi Honda’s Tim Gajser captured seventh position overall with the factory CRF250RW in the MX2 category one day after signing a new contract with HRC that will keep the seventeen year old on works ‘red’ equipment for the next two years. The Slovenian tasted the French dirt several times through the weekend; one spill was quite heavy in the first moto while he was shadowing the top five. Gajser had to pick up and restart but recovered to eleventh by the flag. He was more effective in the second moto but could not disturb the battle for third position, so classified fifth in the moto for seventh overall in the Grand Prix standing. Gajser is a decent sixth in the series in just his second season at GP level.
The overall MX2 classification was taken by Jeffrey Herlings (KTM), followed by Kawasaki’s Arnaud Tonus. Frenchman Jordi Tixier (KTM) completed the podium places at his home Grand Prix.
After back-to-back meetings in the UK and France the FIM Motocross World Championship now pauses for a week and prior to another double salvo with Grands Prix in Italy (Maggiora) and Germany (Teutschenthal) in the month of June.
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