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Philippaerts takes 4th in Limburg

DP19 in Lommel
DP19 in Lommel
Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team's David Philippaerts put in a noteworthy performance at Lommel in front of almost 24,000 spectators to finish arguably one of the toughest rounds of the FIM MX1-GP World Championship in 4th position overall. The Italian motored to 4th and 6th in the two motos of the Grand Prix of Limburg under bright skies for the eleventh round of fifteen in the 2010 season. After scoring 10th and 9th in the past two years the technically and physically difficult lumps and bumps of the Lommel sand seemed to be an unhappy hunting ground for the Italian but two excellent starts - in which he fully utilised the potency of the 2010 YZ450FM to rally his way around the open first turn into the top three -helped the 25 year old bury his Belgian jinx. DP19 was part of a four rider tussle for 3rd in the first moto and pushed his energy levels fully into reserve to make sure of 4th by the end of the 35 minutes and 2 laps. Another pulsating encounter with Clement Desalle was ended in the second race after the 2008 world champion tipped off his machine briefly while trying to overtake the Belgian. He lost ground but still kept a decent rhythm in testing conditions to classify 6th.
De Dycker at home GP
De Dycker at home GP
Brand-mate and Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team's Ken De Dycker entered his home event with memories of his 2009 success at the same venue but fully aware that his lack of riding time through the summer break as a consequence of his gruesome arm injury in Sweden would be a disadvantage. The German GP winner was not among the leading troupe but did well to finish 7th and 5th for 6th place by the end of the day. In the world championship standings Philippaerts defends 3rd spot by 16 points from Max Nagl and trail Desalle by 41. De Dycker is 6th and needs 42 over Steve Ramon to breach the top five. On the same weekend the tenth round of twelve in the MX3 world championship took place at Schwedt in Germany. Carlos Campano had amassed nine moto wins from eighteen prior to the meeting and headed the series by 15 points on his YZ450F. The Spaniard was victorious again with a 2-1 scorecard and extended his advantage to 20 points over Alex Salvini. The Grand Prix of Czech Republic will take place at the fast and hard-pack Loket circuit next weekend; the site of a David Philippaerts victory in 2008.
David Philippaerts, Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team: "I did not have the best start yesterday in the heat race but the team did some good work and we were much better today. I had a good line around the first corner and tucked in behind Nagl, who always seems to be right at the front. So I was really happy with the performance and the tactic at the start and it made things easier for sure. I was riding well in the first moto and was consistent with the lap-times and this is important at Lommel. I had a crash with Desalle in the second moto, and incidents like this are part of the sport. I liked the track more this year compared to 2009; it is faster and more similar to somewhere like Lierop, which I really enjoy and for my style is better. To finish fourth overall is very good for me here and I am in good shape. We go to Loket now and I like this place. I won in 2008 because I was angry from my result in Lommel the week before and I took a podium result last year in difficult times. We will see what we can do next week. The bike is running well and we will keep on working." Ken De Dycker, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team: "Today went OK and I was not expecting too much. With everything that has gone on in the last weeks and not being able to ride because of my arm I have to be happy with seventh and fifth. I was perhaps a bit too slow in the first moto but I wanted to save something for the second. The second was better and I think with some training this week I will be sharper for Loket. Normally I don't get blisters but my hands are covered in them now so that's just an indication of the bike time I have missed since Sweden."

Crowd: 23,500 Weather: Changeable

Last Years Winner: Maximilian Nagl
2010 GP of Belgium 01/08/2010
Race 1 - 18 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Antonio Cairoli KTM ITA 40'00.981
2 Maximilian Nagl KTM GER 0'12.951
3 Clement Desalle Suzuki BEL 0'24.246
4 David Philippaerts Yamaha ITA 0'34.721
5 Steve Ramon Suzuki BEL 0'41.527
6 Rui Goncalves KTM POR 1'10.355
7 Ken De Dycker Yamaha BEL 1'22.494
8 Gareth Swanepoel Honda RSA 1'24.510
9 Joshua Coppins Aprilia NZL 1'25.710
10 Kevin Strijbos Suzuki BEL 1'39.053
11 Davide Guarneri Honda ITA 1'56.411
12 Evgeny Bobryshev Honda RUS 2'04.620
13 Tanel Leok Honda EST -1Laps
14 Jonathan Barragan Kawasaki ESP -1Laps
15 Manuel Priem Aprilia BEL -1Laps
20 Rob van Vijfeijken Yamaha NED -1Laps
Race 2 - 18 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Antonio Cairoli KTM ITA 39'59.056
2 Tanel Leok Honda EST 0'34.683
3 Maximilian Nagl KTM GER 0'40.531
4 Clement Desalle Suzuki BEL 0'54.689
5 Ken De Dycker Yamaha BEL 1'10.895
6 David Philippaerts Yamaha ITA 1'15.116
7 Rui Goncalves KTM POR 1'18.419
8 Joshua Coppins Aprilia NZL 1'27.807
9 Evgeny Bobryshev Honda RUS 1'30.103
10 Gareth Swanepoel Honda RSA 1'32.359
11 Steve Ramon Suzuki BEL 1'44.043
12 Kevin Strijbos Suzuki BEL 1'56.372
13 Jonathan Barragan Kawasaki ESP 2'14.025
14 Davide Guarneri Honda ITA 2'21.006
15 Yentel Martens KTM BEL 2'28.769
Rider Standings 01/08/2010
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1. Antonio Cairoli KTM ITA 484
2. Clement Desalle Suzuki BEL 405
3. David Philippaerts Yamaha ITA 364
4. Maximilian Nagl KTM GER 348
5. Steve Ramon Suzuki BEL 341
6. Ken De Dycker Yamaha BEL 299
7. Xavier Boog Kawasaki FRA 276
8. Tanel Leok Honda EST 249
9. Evgeny Bobryshev Honda RUS 244
10. Davide Guarneri Honda ITA 213
11. Kevin Strijbos Suzuki BEL 181
12. Gareth Swanepoel Honda RSA 173
13. Joshua Coppins Aprilia NZL 165
14. Rui Goncalves KTM POR 153
15. Anthony Boissière TM FRA 145
21. Manuel Monni Yamaha ITA 46
24. Tom Soderstrom Yamaha SWE 43
28. Kyle Chisholm Yamaha USA 20
31. Matteo Bonini Yamaha ITA 16
33. Alvaro Lozano Yamaha ESP 14
35. Grant Langston Yamaha RSA 12
53. Rob van Vijfeijken Yamaha NED 1
Manufacturer Standings 01/08/2010
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1. KTM 513
2. Suzuki 455
3. Yamaha 418
4. Honda 358
5. Kawasaki 318
6. Aprilia 173
7. TM 145
8. CCM 11
9. Husqvarna 4
RACE REPORT 01/08/2010
Paulin and Kullas impress at Lommel
GP in Lommel
GP in Lommel
Yamaha Monster Energy riders Gautier Paulin and Harri Kullas were the stand-out YZ250F riders through the many waves and ripples of the demanding Lommel circuit for the Grand Prix of Limburg in Belgium. The eleventh round of fifteen in the FIM MX2-GP World Championship was attended by 23,500 spectators who saw Paulin put on a display of improved sand riding to place 5th overall while rookie Kullas equalled a season-best with 6th. Clouds partially obscured sunshine throughout the day at the flat and busy venue that gave the world's best their first deep sand outing of 2010. As expected, Lommel represented a heavy and difficult meeting. Paulin was buried well within the pack around the opening corners of the first moto and this cost him ground to the pace-setting group but the Frenchman quickly found his rhythm to rise to 7th. In the second race he was hotter out of the gate and made better in-roads to his rivals ahead, moving to 4th which he held without hassle until the flag. His ranking of 5th was an improvement of seven positions over the standing he managed twelve months ago at the same circuit (slightly different in terms of layout).
Harri Kullas
Harri Kullas
Kullas was a welcome sight with the leaders around the first section in both races. The Finn, negotiating his maiden GP at Lommel but with many training laps of experience in the Belgian terrain, rode superbly despite rear brake fade in the two motos for two 6th positions. Yamaha Monster Energy Gariboldi team-mate Christophe Charlier crashed with Alessandro Lupino in the first moto and both riders retired. Charlier managed 13th in the second affair. Bike it Cosworth Yamaha's Zach Osborne had a disappointing day to take 12th. The American had sustained a concussion last Sunday in the fifth round of the British Championship and was not fully on-form for the harsh requirements of Lommel. His best result was a 10th in Moto2. Osborne is still Yamaha's highest rider in the standings and holds 6th, needing 8 points to move into the top five. Kullas is 10th and 33 points ahead of Paulin. Charlier holds a respectable 13th despite missing two rounds due to a thumb injury. As with the MX1 class the MX2 field will now travel east and to Loket for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic and round twelve that will precede the trip to Brazil.
Gautier Paulin, Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team: "I am feeling strong but I had one bad start - in that first moto - and one average start where I was in the top ten but not closer enough to the front. These were the main problems today that prevented me getting nearer the leaders. I was not competitive in the sand last year but now I feel that I can race with the sand specialists. The track was rough with many bumps but overall I am quite happy with my riding here after a lot of sand training in Belgium over the last few weeks." Harri Kullas, Yamaha Monster Energy Gariboldi: "I was quite fast all weekend and knew my speed was near the top five. Together with my dad I worked out a good strategy for the starts and it worked really well. I rode with a consistent pace but ten minutes before the end I lost my rear brake so I had to adapt to that and lost the back of Simpson. In the second moto it was a very similar situation and Roelants passed me at the end but the brake fade was another mystery; but still, you have to deal with these things in motocross, it is tough for us and also the bikes out there. I am happy with the result and this was one of the hardest GPs for sure." Zach Osborne, Bike it Cosworth Yamaha: "It was a tough weekend for me. Coming from last weekend and a concussion but still winning a moto I think I deluded myself as to how much that crash in Britain had affected me, so I came here with big expectations and leave highly disappointed. I struggled with the track all weekend. I rolled the dice and went for it in the last race; gambling like that is not a good thing but it worked out for me and I was pleased to get tenth. Damage limitation was pretty good."

Crowd: 23,500 Weather: Changeable

Last Years Winner: Marvin Musquin
2010 GP of Belgium 01/08/2010
Race 1 - 18 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Ken Roczen Suzuki GER 40'03.130
2 Marvin Musquin KTM FRA 0'15.298
3 Jeffrey Herlings KTM NED 0'32.719
4 Joel Roelants KTM BEL 0'37.586
5 Shaun Simpson KTM GBR 0'49.812
6 Harri Kullas Yamaha FIN 1'01.090
7 Gautier Paulin Yamaha FRA 1'16.896
8 Arnaud Tonus Suzuki CHE 1'30.922
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek Kawasaki BEL 1'40.112
10 Steven Frossard Kawasaki FRA 1'54.227
11 Ceriel Klein Kromhof Yamaha NED 2'12.371
12 Matiss Karro Suzuki LVA 2'22.030
13 Dennis Verbruggen KTM BEL -1Laps
14 Nikolai Larsen Honda DNK -1Laps
15 Glenn Coldenhoff Yamaha NED -1Laps
17 Zach Osborne Yamaha USA -1Laps
Race 2 - 18 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Jeffrey Herlings KTM NED 41'49.178
2 Ken Roczen Suzuki GER 0'07.430
3 Marvin Musquin KTM FRA 0'17.879
4 Gautier Paulin Yamaha FRA 0'28.301
5 Joel Roelants KTM BEL 0'37.546
6 Harri Kullas Yamaha FIN 0'44.946
7 Shaun Simpson KTM GBR 1'10.698
8 Steven Frossard Kawasaki FRA 1'24.977
9 Jeremy Van Horebeek Kawasaki BEL 1'37.362
10 Zach Osborne Yamaha USA 1'48.973
11 Arnaud Tonus Suzuki CHE 1'48.973
12 Jake Nicholls KTM GBR 1'03.893
13 Christophe Charlier Yamaha FRA 1'57.890
14 Ceriel Klein Kromhof Yamaha NED 2'21.910
15 Nick Triest KTM BEL -1Laps
17 Glenn Coldenhoff Yamaha NED -1Laps
18 Mel Pocock Yamaha GBR -1Laps
Rider Standings 01/08/2010
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1. Marvin Musquin KTM FRA 480
2. Ken Roczen Suzuki GER 402
3. Steven Frossard Kawasaki FRA 379
4. Jeffrey Herlings KTM NED 371
5. Shaun Simpson KTM GBR 298
6. Zach Osborne Yamaha USA 290
7. Joel Roelants KTM BEL 274
8. Jeremy Van Horebeek Kawasaki BEL 268
9. Arnaud Tonus Suzuki CHE 266
10. Harri Kullas Yamaha FIN 233
11. Gautier Paulin Yamaha FRA 200
12. Jake Nicholls KTM GBR 198
13. Christophe Charlier Yamaha FRA 179
14. Dennis Verbruggen KTM BEL 135
15. Alessandro Lupino Yamaha ITA 129
20. Mel Pocock Yamaha GBR 52
25. Ceriel Klein Kromhof Yamaha NED 26
26. Loic Larrieu Yamaha FRA 25
29. Travis Baker Yamaha USA 15
30. Glenn Coldenhoff Yamaha NED 12
33. Max Anstie Yamaha GBR 9
36. Vince Friese Yamaha USA 8
40. Rudi Moroni Yamaha ITA 5
51. Ed Allingham Yamaha GBR 2
Manufacturer Standings 01/08/2010
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1. KTM 529
2. Suzuki 426
3. Kawasaki 388
4. Yamaha 379
5. Honda 92
6. TM 19

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