2011 FIM MX-GP World Championship Bulgaria At Sevlievo
The Grand Prix of Bulgaria at Sevlievo witnessed an amazing start
to the FIM Motocross World Championship for Rockstar Energy Suzuki
World MX1 as Clement Desalle celebrated his fourth career victory
on the factory RM-Z450 - and grabbed the lead in the 2011
The Belgian finished 2nd and 1st in two windy and chilly motos at the open and fast circuit; winning the second race after a tense and entertaining tussle with Steven Frossard.
Desalle picked up the red plate as World Championship leader after two progressively-steady rides at the front of the field. He pulled through from third spot in the opening chase of 35 minutes and 2 laps - run across a hard-pack terrain in which lap-times were very tight - to leader Frossard, without getting close enough to attack.
His runner-up finish - in spite of a last lap off-track excursion - set-up a good stage for the second moto, that began exquisitely with the holeshot and then several juicy-laps of action with Frossard.
Desalle swiftly despatched the closing Jonathan Barragan and when Frossard made a mistake and slipped off, the 21 year old had the advantage and defended it to the flag. It was the second success in-a-row for the works team after Desalle also triumphed at the final grand prix of 2010 in Italy.
Team-mate Steve Ramon entered the weekend feeling the after-effects of Flu and was unable to gel with the track, both on Saturday and Sunday. The former World Champion suffered with arm-pump in the first moto and took 10th and collected 12th in the second for 12th overall.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 now has two weeks until round two and the Grand Prix of the Netherlands at the Valkenswaard circuit near Eindhoven.
"I am very happy and it is very cool to win, but this is the first grand prix and the season is very long. I made a mistake at the end of the first race because I changed my line, thinking towards the second moto. The take-off was different and I landed completely off the track. I don't think I could have done another lap because the back brake was already gone. Steven rode very well and very fast all day and it was good to take the win."
"I had the same problem today as Saturday; especially in the first moto with the arm-pump. It was not possible to push and the track was not easy. I've been sick since Wednesday and I could feel in my muscles that I was not fully-fit. We struggled a little with the set-up so overall I did the best that I could. I guess I was not the only one with problems because Cairoli passed me and he wasn't lapping much faster. It was a bad day but also some damage limitation. Onto the next one!"
Fantastic Runner-up Performance by Frossard in Bulgaria
The first round of fifteen in the 2011 FIM MX1-GP World Championship was a memorable one for Monster Energy Yamaha's Steve Frossard as the factory team rookie tied on points for victory at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria, won a moto and left the cold and windy Sevlievo circuit with the runner-up position overall.
The Frenchman aced the qualification heat on Saturday to take pole position and signal his intent across the flat hard-pack. The 23 year old handled his YZ450F with deft skill; the kind of form that recently helped him claim the MX1 Italian title. A superb start on Sunday watched by the officially-provided spectator figure of 35,000 allowed Frossard to flick and sprint away from the pack and win the first moto of the year and his first in the class and with Yamaha.
The second race saw a similar level of speed and performance although he faced a tricky challenge from Clement Desalle that produced some close and exciting racing. Frossard was able to prevail and had a four second lead entering the closing stages of the contest when he lost traction exiting a corner and the back end of the bike spun out. Quickly remounting he jostled for the lead again with Desalle and also Jonathan Barragan. A small moment of mis-timing on the final lap prevented a last-gasp attack and Frossard had to accept second and the same ranking on the podium due to the second race classification.
While Frossard was marking the pace at the front David Philippaerts was forging a similar effort through the pack after two restrictive starts. The Italian pushed through to fourth place in Moto1 after a thorough charge. A better launch in Moto2 was ruined on the apex of the first corner when the former world champion lost balance. From the very rear of the field DP19 valiantly chased back to 14th for 10th overall.
Anthony Boissiere was another rider making his bow for Yamaha in MX1 and picked up a decent share of points for 15th and 13th and 13th at the end of the day.
With 2nd, 10th and 13th the MX1-GP collective of the Monster Energy Yamaha team are off and running. Round two will take place in two weeks on Easter Monday at Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands.
I feel really good on the bike and the 450 suits me better. In the first moto I made a really good start and it was easy for me to take a lead of a few seconds. In the second it was completely different because the start was not great. I passed Clement and was ahead by four seconds but made a mistake. My physical condition was really good and that helped me to come back to second and look for the win. I was pushing really hard because I wanted to win the GP and then made another error that cost me half a second. In my head I knew I was capable of this speed because we worked really hard over the winter with Yamaha.
The first moto was good but I crashed at the start of the second and made a mistake when the rear stepped out. I restarted last and pushed as hard as I could but my times were not as good as the first moto. Overall I think I was good enough for a top four finish today, which would have been OK because the track was very hard. I like this place but there were other riders who were quicker today. Im looking forward to Valkenswaard now and we must improve the starts.
I crashed on the first lap of the first moto and it was difficult to come back because the track was fast and I couldnt make much difference no matter how hard I pushed. 15th was not a good result in the first race but my riding was OK. The second race was better but I felt a bit tired towards the end. I look at the results and they are not great but I have scored points and will try for more now.
Positive Outing for Paulin in Bulgaria
Monster Energy Yamaha's Gautier Paulin finished 4th at a blustery Sevlievo for the first Grand Prix of fifteen in the FIM MX2-GP World Championship on Sunday. The Frenchman who missed this event through injury in 2010 showed impressive speed and handling of the factory YZ250FM to 3rd and 7th positions under bright but cloudy skies and through a cold wind.
The gusts dried the hard-pack track thoroughly during Saturday practice and qualification and even created difficult dusty conditions. A coating of rain during the night and watering helped roughen the surface but also made it greasy.
Paulin was slightly undone by two average starts in the motos. His flight from a place in the lower half of the top ten on the first lap to pressurise and overtake Jeffrey Herlings for third by the end of Moto1 was entertaining to chart and his increased speed and overtaking prowess was commendable around a layout that was not forgiving to passing opportunism. The 21 year olds second start was worse around mid-pack and he spent many laps regaining ground to enter the top ten.
In fifth position in the final ranking was Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamahas Zach Osborne. The American suffered a little with nerves in the first race and finished seventh but was more comfortable on his YZ250F later in the day and circulated on the fringes of the leading trio, capturing fourth by the flag. New team-mate Arnaud Tonus had a spectacular opening race to pass the chequered flag in fourth but suffered a little with fatigue in the second and sealed eighth for seventh overall.
Monster Energy Yamaha riders Christophe Charlier and Harri Kullas had varying experiences in Bulgaria. Charlier was eleventh overall, one place in front of Kullas, but was competing with a bone broken in his right hand and had to cope with pain and swelling. Kullas had a crash in the second race and felt dizzy. His tenth place from Moto1 was his highest finish of the day.
Round two will take place in two weeks on Easter Monday at Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands.
Monster Energy Yamaha, 4th
The first race was quite good but the track was so hard and it was watered so I struggled with it. I normally like Bulgaria but today it was something different. I had bad starts and it was hard to pass. It was like being at Loket where catching the guy in front is difficult. This is the first GP and everyone wants a good result, so I am not too disappointed with fourth because the championship is just beginning. I am so happy with the performance of the bike and the suspension was also very good; I feel happy going out in every session on this bike. For sure we will continue to work because you can never have perfection but the team are trying so hard and we are pushing together. I still need to find a bit more speed but physically I feel good. Two motos today was no problem at all and my lap-times were right there.
Monster Energy Yamaha, 11th
It was a hard GP for me because I broke my hand two weeks ago and I cannot ride like I want. We tried our best today and I pushed where I could but the racing conditions were hard and overtaking people was difficult. I hadnt ridden since the accident with my hand so that was also against me. After some treatment now I hope I can see an improvement for Valkenswaard.
Monster Energy Yamaha, 12
I lost too many positions on the first lap of the moto and that was not so good. I had a good battle after that until I had difficulty passing the backmarkers and finished tenth, which I was not so pleased with. I need to be stronger at the beginning. I ruined the start in the second Heat and came back to thirteenth before I couldnt avoid touching a rider who had crashed in front of me. I went down also and hit my head. I was a bit dizzy and had trouble concentrating after that. I tried to finish the race as fast as I could. Im not really happy and want to do a lot better.
Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha, 5th
It was a pretty decent start to the season, a productive weekend and I am quite close to where I need to be. I was a bit nervous and tightened up in the first race and had to ride through it but in the second race I could show a bit more of my speed and got a fourth place. I was a bit bummed out with the result because I felt like I should have been on the podium today. This was the best finish Ive had here in three years and Ive made improvements. I need to work on my first laps but I have something to build on from here.
Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha, 7th
I had a great first moto from a bad start and pushed really hard to come back. I was consistent with my lap-times and made a great race to fourth. I think I pushed too hard physically because after fifteen minutes in the next one I had to slow down and ride a smart moto; that was difficult. I need to improve my starts to be further up from the beginning and find the rhythm I want. The bike and the team are really good, I couldnt be happier from that side.
1. Steven Frossard 38:47.398
2. Clement Desalle +0:08.044
3. Maximilian Nagl +0:19.535
4. David Philippaerts +0:23.876
5. Davide Guarneri +0:42.423
6. Jonathan Barragan +0:44.452
7. Antonio Cairoli +0:48.293
8. Rui Goncalves +0:49.798
9. Kevin Strijbos +0:55.906
10. Steve Ramon +1:04.730
1. Clement Desalle 39:21.139
2. Steven Frossard +0:01.222
3. Jonathan Barragan +0:13.352
4. Evgeny Bobryshev +0:19.955
5. Rui Goncalves +0:22.354
6. Maximilian Nagl +0:23.603
7. Kevin Strijbos +0:26.653
8. Xavier Boog +0:30.906
9. Tanel Leok +0:33.340
10. Antonio Cairoli +0:33.861
12. Steve Ramon +0:43.285
1. Ken Roczen 39'24.881
2. Tommy Searle 0'14.667
3. Gautier Paulin 0'19.972
4. Arnaud Tonus 0'21.255
5. Jeffrey Herlings 0'25.587
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek 0'39.301
7. Zach Osborne 1'01.188
8. Max Anstie 1'07.192
9. Nicolas Aubin 1'12.012
10. Harri Kullas 1'13.374
11. Joel Roelants 1'28.312
12. Matiss Karro 1'29.727
13. Jordi Tixier 1'35.788
14. Christophe Charlier 1'37.451
15. Glenn Coldenhoff 1'44.971
18. Petar Petrov -1Laps
1. Ken Roczen 39'35.555
2. Tommy Searle 0'21.468
3. Jeffrey Herlings 0'30.621
4. Zach Osborne 0'35.375
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek 0'38.982
6. Max Anstie 0'43.344
7. Gautier Paulin 0'55.018
8. Arnaud Tonus 0'58.330
9. Nicolas Aubin 0'59.768
10. Christophe Charlier 1'41.625
11. Alessandro Lupino 1'42.152
12. Joel Roelants 1'42.996
13. Glenn Coldenhoff 1'51.888
14. Harri Kullas -1Laps
15. Matiss Karro -1Laps
MX1 Overall Rider Standings:
1. Clement Desalle 47
2. Steven Frossard 47
3. Jonathan Barragan 35
4. Maximilian Nagl 35
5. Rui Goncalves 29
6. Evgeny Bobryshev 27
7. Kevin Strijbos 26
8. Davide Guarneri 26
9. Antonio Cairoli 25
10. David Philippaerts 25
12. Steve Ramon 20
MX2 Overall Rider Standings:
1. Ken Roczen 50
2. Tommy Searle 44
3. Jeffrey Herlings 36
4. Gautier Paulin 34
5. Zach Osborne 32
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek 31
7. Arnaud Tonus 31
8. Max Anstie 28
9. Nicolas Aubin 24
10. Joel Roelants 19
11. Harri Kullas 18
12. Christophe Charlier 18
13. Matiss Karro 15
14. Glenn Coldenhoff 14
15. Alessandro Lupino 11
16. Jordi Tixier 11
20. Petar Petrov 3