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International MX News : MX / SX World Championships
12.05.2007 Grand Prix of Germany in Teutschenthal (GER) - Qualifying

Joshua Coppins, Antonio Cairoli and Larissa Papenmeier on top of the blocks

It was a wet qualifying day for the FIM Motocross World Championships, that is in Teutschenthal for the fifth round of the series, and for the opening round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Cup.
Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha) made it to clock his first pole of 2007, after a long absence – his last pole was in Desertmartin 2006. Yamaha fellow rider Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) was the other pole-man of the day, as the MX2 qualification was changed to a 30 minute session, because of yesterday’s bad weather. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Honda) was the fastest female racer of the day, and topped another hard fought qualifying session. A very long Saturday ended with a press conference by KTM, with the factory announcing a new three year deal with Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM).

MX1

Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Kawasaki Europe’s Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki) and Suzuki’s Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki) fought hard for pole in the opening minutes of the session, while other Suzuki factory rider Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki) was getting to grips with the wet Talkessel. Then he put in a storming lap, that remained unbeaten until three minutes to go.
While the Belgian was enjoying the eventual pole, Yamaha Motocross’ Joshua Coppins rounded off the top 20, but finally snatched the top spot with a flying lap of 2:04.974. His team mate Marc De Reuver (NED, Yamaha) was the closest to Coppins today, as he missed the pole by just four thousandths of a second.
CAS Honda’s Ken De Dycker (BEL, Honda) rode another strong qualifying session, to clock the third fastest laptime ahead of countryman Kevin Strijbos. Frenchman Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) of GPKR team rounded off the top five, after he came back up from 19th with just a couple of minutes left.
Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
KTM Sarholz’s Max Nagl was impressive in this opening day of his home event. He rode to a ninth fastest laptime even with a broken collarbone, as early leaders Steve Ramon and Tanel Leok ended respectively in sixth and seventh.

Qualifying Class MX1:

  1. Coppins, Joshua (NZL, Yamaha)
  2. de Reuver, Marc (NED, Yamaha)
  3. de Dycker, Ken (BEL, Honda)
  4. Strijbos, Kevin (BEL, Suzuki)
  5. Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA, Kawasaki)
  6. Ramon, Steve (BEL, Suzuki)
  7. Leok, Tanel (EST, Kawasaki)
  8. Barragan, Jonathan (ESP, KTM)
  9. Nagl, Maximilian (GER, KTM)
  10. Philippaerts, David (ITA, KTM)
  11. Priem, Manuel (BEL, TM)
  12. Anderson, Bradley (GBR, Yamaha)
  13. Brown, Mike (USA, Honda)
  14. Renet, Pierre A. (FRA, Honda)
  15. Noble, James (GBR, Honda)
  16. Mackenzie, Billy (GBR, Kawasaki)
  17. Bill, Julien (SUI, Kawasaki)
  18. Leok, Aigar (EST, Yamaha)
  19. Vanni, Julien (FRA, Honda)
  20. Desalle, Clement (BEL, Suzuki)
  21. Salvini, Alex (ITA, Yamaha)
  22. Columb, Scott (NZL, Suzuki)
  23. Crockard, Gordon (IRL, Honda)
  24. Nemeth, Kornel (HUN, Suzuki)
  25. Pyrhonen, Antti (FIN, Kawasaki)
  26. Coulon, Cyrille (FRA, Honda)
  27. Allier, Thomas (FRA, Kawasaki)
  28. van Daele, Marvin (BEL, Honda)
  29. Beggi, Cristian (ITA, WRM)
  30. Freibergs, Lauris (LAT, Yamaha)

MX2

GPKR’s Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) was back where he won his maiden GP last year, and begun the qualifying session by clocking a flying lap. Pascal Leuret (FRA, Honda) was celebrating his debut with Team Martin Honda with the second spot on the time sheets, followed by Ricci Racing’s representatives Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha) and Kenneth Gundersen (NOR, Yamaha).
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha)  / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Yamaha De Carli’s Antonio Cairoli was right out of the top five, but came back up with six minutes to go, and clocked the pole position. With a 2:05.457 laptime, Cairoli secured the best spot on tomorrow’s start gate, but defending Champion Christophe Pourcel came very close to the Italian, and was only 69 thousandths of a second behind.
KTM Red Bull’s Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM) saved his fastest lap for the end of the session, when he used his secret weapon to jump from 12th fastest to 4th fastest. In the dieing seconds of the sessions, both the two fastest riders were out chasing a new pole, but the suspense finished at the chequered flag, as no one made to improve their time.
On the other hand, Pascal Leuret held the third spot, even if Rattray tried to move in front of him several times. The South African finished fourth fastest, ahead of Nicolas Aubin, who completed the top five. After a two podium row, KTM Red Bull’s Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM) will chase the third one by starting from seventh on the grid, behind Kenneth Gundersen.
Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
German Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM) of KTM Sarholz made it to the top ten, after a spectacular crash in the free practice session.

Qualifying Class MX2:

  1. Cairoli, Antonio (ITA, Yamaha)
  2. Pourcel, Christophe (FRA, Kawasaki)
  3. Leuret, Pascal (FRA, Honda)
  4. Rattray, Tyla (RSA, KTM)
  5. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA, Yamaha)
  6. Gundersen, Kenneth (NOR, Yamaha)
  7. Searle, Tommy (GBR, KTM)
  8. Guarneri, Davide (ITA, Yamaha)
  9. Verbruggen, Dennis (BEL, Yamaha)
  10. Schiffer, Marcus (GER, KTM)
  11. Monni, Manuel (ITA, Yamaha)
  12. Seistola, Matti (FIN, Honda)
  13. Richier, Florent (FRA, Kawasaki)
  14. Goncalves, Rui (POR, KTM)
  15. Swanepoel, Gareth (RSA, Kawasaki)
  16. Nunn, Carl (GBR, Yamaha)
  17. van Horebeek, Jeremy (BEL, KTM)
  18. Bonini, Matteo (ITA, Yamaha)
  19. Boissiere, Anthony (FRA, Kawasaki)
  20. Frossard, Steven (FRA, Kawasaki)
  21. Aranda, Gregory (FRA, Kawasaki)
  22. Simpson, Shaun (GBR, Kawasaki)
  23. Paulin, Gautier (FRA, Honda)
  24. Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA, Yamaha)
  25. Boog, Xavier (FRA, Yamaha)
  26. Avis, Wyatt (RSA, KTM)
  27. Church, Tom (GBR, Kawasaki)
  28. Dougan, Jason (GBR, Suzuki)
  29. Dierckx, Dennis (BEL, Honda)
  30. Hamblin, Sean (USA, Suzuki)

Womens MX World Cup

Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Honda) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Honda) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
German Larissa Papenmeier got ready to win the opening round of the Women’s World Cup by topping today’s qualifying session. The wet weather was a bit of a worry for many female Motocrossers, but Molson Kawasaki’s Katherine Prumm (NZL, Kawasaki) may have some surprises for tomorrow’s race. The Kiwi defending Champion was second fastest today, but tomorrow is the day that matters, and also KTM Germany’s Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM) knows. The 2005 World Cup winner clocked the third fastest laptime, ahead of countryman Maria Frank (GER, Kawasaki) of Kawasaki Elf Team Pfeil. Kawasaki fellow rider Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki) of GPKR completed the top five, ahead of Swedish Elin Man (SWE, KTM) of Catapult KTM.
Jessica Ratheiser (NAM, KTM) / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Jessica Ratheiser (NAM, KTM) / Photo by: Jens Pohl

Qualifying Womens MX World Cup:

  1. Papenmeier, Larissa (GER, Honda)
  2. Prumm, Katherine (NZL, Kawasaki)
  3. Laier, Stephanie (GER, KTM)
  4. Franke, Maria (GER, Kawasaki)
  5. Lancelot, Livia (FRA, Kawasaki)
  6. Mann, Elin (SWE, KTM)
  7. De Winter, Elien (BEL, Honda)
  8. Romlin, Marie (SWE, Yamaha)
  9. Veenstra, Marianne (NED, Honda)
  10. Sjöberg, Sofia (SWE, Honda)
  11. Lemp, Birgit (GER, KTM)
  12. De Mol, Marielle (NED, Yamaha)
  13. Adriansson, Sandra (SWE, Suzuki)
  14. Seidenberg, Jenny (GER, KTM)
  15. Karlsson, Emelie (SWE, Honda)
  16. Germond, Virginie (SUI, Kawasaki)
  17. Wordragen, Nicky (NED, KTM)
  18. Simenstad, Mari (NOR, Yamaha)
  19. Dufrene, Blandine (FRA, Honda)
  20. Indermaur, Michelle (SUI, Yamaha)
  21. van de Wekken, Britt (NED, Suzuki)
  22. Paull, Sophia (GBR, Yamaha)
  23. Decarli, Gloria (ITA, Honda)
  24. Wagemans, Brenda (BEL, KTM)
  25. Irmgartz, Kim (GER, Suzuki)
  26. Baar, Daniela (AUT, Kawasaki)
  27. Padrini, Stefania (ITA, Kawasaki)
  28. Sueur, Angelique (FRA, Honda)
  29. Hilkjaer, Mie (DEN, KTM)
  30. Rye-Holemboe, Katrine (NOR, KTM)
  31. Petersen, Mie (DEN, unknown)
  32. Petersen, Trine (DEN, Yamaha)
  33. Ratheiser, Jessica (NAM, KTM)
  34. Piladze, Inga (LAT, Kawasaki)
  35. Parkin, Victoria (GBR, Suzuki)
  36. Wills, Naomie (BEL, KTM)
  37. Bartova, Jana (CZE, KTM)

KTM and Maximilian Nagl together for the next three years

At his fourth year in the FIM Motocross World Championship, German Maximilian Nagl saw one of his dreams come true, when KTM’s Off Road Racing Activities Director Pit Beirer announced a three year deal between the Austrian factory and the 19 year old.
Maximilian Nagl, Pit Beirer and Norbert Zaha / Photo by: Jens Pohl
Maximilian Nagl, Pit Beirer and Norbert Zaha / Photo by: Jens Pohl
"It is very nice for us to welcome a German speaking rider," Beirer said. "Max is one of the upcoming talents in Motocross, and he will receive all our support. Three years is a long way ahead, and I am sure we will have very good results together. I have to thank KTM Germany’s General Manager Norbert Zaha for this, as he was the one who discovered Nagl."
Source: Youthstream
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