Massive German GP crowd see action-packed season send-off
By Youthstream | 23 Sep 2012
TEUTSCHENTHAL (Germany), 23 September 2012 – The last MXGP of the year was celebrated today in Teutschenthal and it could not have a better ending with up to 40000 spectators witnessing how Antonio Cairoli and Tommy Searle won the German Grand Prix, and how their home rider Ken Roczen finished on the second step of the podium in the MX1 class.
The last round of the FIM MX3 World Championship also took place today in Teutschenthal, where Matthias Walker obtained the Title after finishing second overall. It was Filip Neugebauer who won the German round and Martin Michek completed the MX3 podium and finished second in the Championship. Günter Schmidinger was fourth today, but he was very happy at the end of the day because he managed to obtain the third position in the MX3 point standings.
Chiara Fontanesi did not take part in the last round of the FIM WMX World Championship because she was still recovering from a crash she suffered in a race in Italy, but she was present on the podium to receive the gold medal. Livia Lancelot was the one who won the German race, ahead of Larissa Papenmeier and Meghan Rutledge. Natalie Kane finished fourth in the German round, but she was on the podium to receive the silver medal, and Britt Van Der Wekken achieved the third final place in the WMX point standings.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli achieved his seventh overall victory in a row, his eleventh in the season and his 58th in his career. The Italian was really happy for having been able to win the last MXGP of the season by winning the two heats with superb authority. Cairoli admitted that in the beginning of the first heat he had some pain on the right little finger he injured yesterday and he had to adapt his riding position, but once he got used to it, he managed to overtake Roczen and then Nagl. In the second heat Cairoli was the first one to reach the first corner and he succeeded in leading the heat until the chequered flag.
His teammate Ken Roczen was able to finish second overall on his debut in the MX1 class after finishing third and second in today’s races. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider had a really good start in the first heat and he even managed to overtake Cairoli, but he then stalled the bike and lost two positions. Later in the race, a stone hit his goggles and he had a lot of dirt coming into his eye, but he managed to finish third. The second heat went much better and he was able to ride consistently in the second position and he assured the second overall place of the German round.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle was very happy with his performance today after finishing second and fourth in the races and being on the third step of the podium at the end of the day. The Belgian rider is not 100% recovered from his hand injury, but step by step he is getting his speed back and he is now looking forward to do well next weekend in Lommel at the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations and help Team Belgium to be on the podium.
Home rider Max Nagl was a little disappointed today, as he would have loved to finish on the podium in front of his home crowd. The Red Bull KTM Factory rider managed to take the holeshot in the first race and he led almost all the first half of the heat, but his teammate Cairoli was coming faster from behind and Nagl dropped down to second. In the following lap, Nagl made a mistake and crashed, which made him go down to the seventh place behind Bobryshev. The German could not recuperate any position, so the third place in the second heat only helped him to finish fourth overall of the German MXGP.
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin had a good start in the first heat and he managed to overtake De Dycker by the middle of the race and he finished fourth. In the second moto his start was not that good, but he managed to pass Bobryshev and he then found the good lines to keep the Russian behind during the whole heat and finished fifth in the race and fifth of the Grand Prix, tight in 34 points with Nagl. The French rider explained that he is very satisfied with his third position in the MX1 championship even if his goal at the beginning of the season was to fight for the Title. Paulin is now focused to do well at the MXoN and get ready for the 2013 season.
Evgeny Bobryshev damaged his right thumb ligament yesterday, but he decided to take part in the races today, and in fact he rode both motos with a great rhythm. In the first one he did not have a good start, but he managed to finish sixth, whereas in the second one he rode consistently in the sixth place, which gave him the sixth overall position in the GP.
Ken De Dycker had been struggling with a cold before coming to Germany and he was still felling a bit sick during the whole weekend. The Belgian did his best and he finished seventh overall thanks to his fifth and tenth result. Xavier Boog was eighth, and Christophe Pourcel and Sebastien Pourcel completed the top ten.
MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40:20.857; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:04.984; 3. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:23.134; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.686; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:33.895; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:35.278; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:36.056; 8. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:53.085; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:53.887; 10. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:57.687;
MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40:24.135; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:04.862; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:07.977; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:10.607; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:25.935; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:30.107; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:46.263; 8. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:50.282; 9. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:09.831; 10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:10.953;
MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 42 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 34 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 30 p.; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 27 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 9. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 p.; 10. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 24 p.;
MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 692 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 594 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 536 p.; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 521 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 505 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 405 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 398 p.; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 381 p.; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 325 p.; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 315 p.;
MX1 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 742 points; 2. Kawasaki, 649 p.; 3. Suzuki, 617 p.; 4. Honda, 471 p.; 5. Yamaha, 439 p.; 6. TM, 58 p.;
Complete results available at www.motocrossmx1.com/reslists.aspx
Photos of the whole Grand Prix available at here
Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Tommy Searle finished the season with an overall win after winning both motos in Teutschenthal. The British rider succeeded in finishing first in the moto, but he admitted that he had riding very tight and he was about to crash in several occasions. In the second moto everything went much better, he started at the front and dominated the heat until the chequered flag. The German Grand Prix has been the last race of Searle on the 250cc before he takes the bigger bike to take part in the MXoN and focuses on the upcoming season in the MX1 class.
Second overall was Monster Energy Yamaha’s Zach Osborne, who did an excellent first moto finishing second, but he had to make an impressive recovery in the second race to finish on the podium after he started down in the seventeenth position. The American was determined to do well at his last MXGP before he goes back to the USA, so that extra motivation helped him to find the perfect lines to move up until the fourth place.
His teammate Arnaud Tonus had a very difficult qualifying race yesterday, but today he was visibly moved when he crossed the finish line of the second race and he realized that he had finished third overall of the Grand Prix. The Monster Energy Yamaha rider had a very bad start in the first moto, but he managed to move from his initial nineteenth position up to the sixth final place. In the second race his start was much better and he was able to finish third, which helped him obtain his first podium of the year.
Nestaan JM Racing KTM’s Jake Nicholls was very close today to obtain his maiden podium of the season, but he finally finished fourth just one point behind Tonus. In the first race Nicholls started sixth, but he moved up to fifth when Herlings’ bike stopped, and by the end of the heat the British rider was able to overtake Teillet. In the second heat Nicholls took the holeshot, but he could not keep the rhythm and he had to settle down with the fourth place.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jordi Tixier had a great opportunity to finish on the podium today, especially because he did a superb first race finishing third ahead of Nicholls and Teillet. However, a bad start and a crash in the second race made him lose all the chances to obtain his second podium of the season, as he could only finish eighth, which gave him the final fifth position of the Grand Prix.
Valentin Teillet was back riding with the front riders this weekend and he managed to finish sixth overall thanks to his 5-6 result. His compatriot Romain Febvre had also a good weekend, especially in the first heat where he finished seventh. In the second race he ended tenth, but he was able to finish seventh overall of the Grand Prix.
Jeffrey Herlings did not start really well in the first heat, and when he was recovering some positions his KTM stopped and he had to pull out from the race. In the second one the 2012 FIM MX2 World Champion did an excellent start, but he admitted that Searle was much faster and he decided to ride safe in the second place, which gave him the overall eighth position.
Glenn Coldenhoff finished ninth and Alexander Tonkov completed the top ten, while his teammate Max Anstie was only able to finish seventeenth.
MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 41:00.578; 2. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:03.344; 3. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:20.997; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:25.850; 5. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:30.966; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:34.382; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:35.401; 8. Julien Lieber (BEL, Suzuki), +0:36.349; 9. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +0:45.887; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +0:57.672;
MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 39:26.109; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:03.491; 3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:25.175; 4. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:32.372; 5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:37.332; 6. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:44.191; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:49.395; 8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:56.916; 9. Elliott Banks-Browne (GBR, KTM), +0:58.846; 10. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), +0:59.409;
MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 50 points; 2. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 40 p.; 3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 35 p.; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 33 p.; 6. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Kawasaki), 31 p.; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, KTM), 25 p.; 8. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 10. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), 22 p.;
MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 694 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 651 p.; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 559 p.; 4. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 443 p.; 5. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 434 p.; 6. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 367 p.; 7. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 333 p.; 8. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 291 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 273 p.; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 272 p.;
MX2 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 757 points; 2. Kawasaki, 721 p.; 3. Yamaha, 489 p.; 4. Honda, 382 p.; 5. Suzuki, 309 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 271 p.; 7. TM, 29 p.;
Complete results available at www.motocrossmx1.com/reslists.aspx
Photos of the whole Grand Prix available at here
MXGP OF GERMANY – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1635
Type of ground: hard pack
Temperature: 22° C
Weather conditions: sunny
Crowd attendance: 40000
The Grand Prix has been broadcasted LIVE on MX-LIFE.TV and by clicking here you will obtain the full schedule and coverage of the Grand Prix of Germany.
The 2012 FIM Motocross World Championship season has concluded successfully this weekend in Teutschenthal with super racing, but next weekend the Belgian track of Lommel will host the best Motocross event of the year, the 66th edition of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.
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Photo: A massive German crowd witnessed the last MXGP of the 2012 season
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