Pourcel family duo reigns in Faenza
An extremely well organized and crowd packed Monte Coralli circuit
- with 29,000 weekend spectators - hosted its first Motocross Grand Prix today since 1993. It was a great comeback, with four extremely battled moto’s that ended with a Pourcel one-two, Sebastien won the MX1 GP for the first time in his career, as Christophe clinched the overall win in the MX2 class. All riders struggled with a demanding heat, showing their strength and preparation once again.
Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
An unbelievable Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) of GPKR dominated the Italian Grand Prix by clinching two consecutive victories. The Frenchman rode smart and pulled away with the lead after two decent starts, beating Yamaha Motocross’ Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), who finished second on the podium. Mike Brown (USA, Honda) of CAS Honda completed the podium ahead of Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Kawasaki) and poleman Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM).
MX1 Race 1
After taking the holeshot, Mike Brown tried to pull away with the lead but a very smart Sebastien Pourcel was following him from very close, waiting for an open door to pass.
Once he got the chance, Pourcel squeezed himself and his machine to arrive first to the chequered flag, after a bad start Josh Coppins had to recover from the bottom of the top fifteen. The solid Kiwi rode an incredible heat to finish second, less than four seconds behind the winner.
Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda) battled with team mate Brown until he reached the second place, but was finally passed by Coppins and settled for an important third place. Brown brought the bike home in fourth after having lead the early laps, and Jonathan Barragan rounded off the top five.
Cedric Melotte (BEL, Aprilia) of Aprilia Off Road had a storming start to the heat, riding in third place for a couple of laps, but finally retired. He was not 100%, as he has been ill for the last couple of days. He did not take part in moto two.
MX1 Race 2
A super David Philippaerts (ITA, KTM) took a great start and lead the pack into the first turn; Sebastien Pourcel started once again in second place and followed the Italian until he was ready to pass. Once he moved up to first, Pourcel ran away with the lead to secure his first place, Coppins was actually coming up fast after a decent start, but could not close the gap by the time he moved up to second.
Start MX1 Race 2 / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Philippaerts was running after Pourcel when he landed and hurt his already injured shoulder - from a race of last weekend. Coppins moved past him, but the Italian eventually dropped down to fifteenth.
Billy Mackenzie finished third behind Coppins, after having fought with a very motivated Mike Brown. The American brought the bike home with another fourth place, ahead of Jonathan Barragan. De Dycker ended a difficult final moto with a tenth place.
Event Results Class MX1, Faenza:
- Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 - 25 - 50 points
- Coppins, Joshua (NZL, Yamaha), 22 - 22 - 44
- Brown, Mike (USA, Honda), 18 - 18 - 36
- Mackenzie, Billy (GBR, Kawasaki), 12 - 20 - 32
- Barragan, Jonathan (ESP, KTM), 16 - 16 - 32
- de Dycker, Ken (BEL, Honda), 20 - 11 - 31
- Bill, Julien (SUI, Honda), 14 - 15 - 29
- Ramon, Steve (BEL, Suzuki), 13 - 13 - 26
- Leok, Tanel (EST, Kawasaki), 9 - 14 - 23
- Philippaerts, David (ITA, KTM), 15 - 6 - 21
- Noble, James (GBR, Honda), 10 - 10 - 20
- van Daele, Marvin (BEL, Honda), 4 - 12 - 16
- Priem, Manuel (BEL, TM), 8 - 8 - 16
- Strijbos, Kevin (BEL, Suzuki), 11 - 4 - 15
- Salvini, Alex (ITA, Yamaha), 7 - 7 - 14
- Nemeth, Kornel (HUN, Suzuki), 2 - 9 - 11
- Leok, Aigar (EST, Yamaha), 3 - 5 - 8
- Beggi, Cristian (ITA, WRM), 6 - 0 - 6
- Renet, Pierre A. (FRA, Honda), 5 - 0 - 5
- Freibergs, Lauris (LAT, Yamaha), 0 - 3 - 3
- Crockard, Gordon (IRL, Honda), 0 - 2 - 2
- Theybers, Danny (BEL, Suzuki), 0 - 1 - 1
- Chiodi, Alessio (ITA, Aprilia), 1 - 0 - 1
The battle between GPKR’s Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) and Yamaha De Carli’s Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) ended with the Frenchman’s revenge, with Pourcel beating the Italian on home soil. Cairoli scored as many points as Pourcel with a first and a second place, but finished second on the podium ahead of a solid Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM) of KTM Red Bull Racing. The South African sand specialist struggled on the hard pack Italian track, but was ahead of both Pascal Leuret (FRA, Honda) and Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM).
Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
MX2 Race 1
Tony Cairoli started like a freight train, but did not get rid of Christophe Pourcel, the Frenchman moved to the lead right away, and tried to ran away from rival Cairoli. Cairoli did not follow and looked like settling for the runner up spot, but the Championship leader came back up to close a gap of about four seconds. Cairoli made it to first at half race distance, and rode alone to the chequered flag while Pourcel settled down in second place.
Start MX2 Race 1 / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Tyla Rattray was once again consistent and recovered from the bottom of the top ten to the third place, Tyla was put massive pressure by Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), who never lost the contact with the South African. Rattray left no open doors and made no mistakes, giving Aubin no chance to pass and leaving him behind in fourth. Pascal Leuret rounded off the top five ahead of a surprising Marvin Musquin (FRA, Kawasaki), the European Championship contender had a great start and lapped in third for the first seven laps.
MX2 Race 2
For the final heat, Pourcel put himself together and headed the pack into the first turn; on the other hand Cairoli had a difficult start, and was forced to recover positions while his rival pulled away with an impressive pace. Once Cairoli made it to second by passing Rattray, he tried to close the ten second gap from the defending Champion, but the mission was impossible. Cairoli settled down for second behind winner Pourcel, as Rattray soldiered on in third until he reached the chequered flag.
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Pascal Leuret fought for the whole heat to secure his fourth place ahead of Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), the British was on a mission, as he had to make up for the first moto, where he crashed and finished eleventh. Another rider coming from the European Championship, Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), started the final heat really well, he completed three circulations in third place, but finally dropped down to thirteenth. His physical condition was not 100%, as he tangled up with another rider and crashed in the opening moto.
Event Results Class MX2, Faenza:
- Pourcel, Christophe (FRA, Kawasaki), 22 - 25 - 47 points
- Cairoli, Antonio (ITA, Yamaha), 25 - 22 - 47
- Rattray, Tyla (RSA, KTM), 20 - 20 - 40
- Leuret, Pascal (FRA, Honda), 16 - 18 - 34
- Goncalves, Rui (POR, KTM), 14 - 13 - 27
- Searle, Tommy (GBR, KTM), 10 - 16 - 26
- Schiffer, Marcus (GER, KTM), 13 - 11 - 24
- Seistola, Matti (FIN, Honda), 8 - 14 - 22
- Swanepoel, Gareth (RSA, Kawasaki), 11 - 10 - 21
- Boog, Xavier (FRA, Yamaha), 6 - 12 - 18
- Musquin, Marvin (FRA, Kawasaki), 15 - 3 - 18
- Aubin, Nicolas (FRA, Yamaha), 18 - 0 - 18
- Dougan, Jason (GBR, Suzuki), 12 - 4 - 16
- Guarneri, Davide (ITA, Yamaha), 0 - 15 - 15
- Boissiere, Anthony (FRA, Kawasaki), 9 - 6 - 15
- Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA, KTM), 5 - 7 - 12
- Nunn, Carl (GBR, Yamaha), 7 - 5 - 12
- Gundersen, Kenneth (NOR, Yamaha), 0 - 9 - 9
- Paulin, Gautier (FRA, Honda), 0 - 8 - 8
- Sword, Stephen (GBR, Kawasaki), 4 - 0 - 4
- Church, Tom (GBR, Kawasaki), 3 - 0 - 3
- Verbruggen, Dennis (BEL, Yamaha), 0 - 2 - 2
- Campano, Carlos (ESP, Yamaha), 1 - 1 - 2
- Aranda, Gregory (FRA, Kawasaki), 2 - 0 - 2
In the World Championships Standings
Joshua Coppins has now 107 points more than runner up Steve Ramon (BEl, Suzuki), who had a difficult weekend in Italy. Sebastien Pourcel stormed from sixth to third after today’s haul of 50 points, as David Philippaerts dropped down to fourth. Jonathan Barragan rounds off the top five.
There is still the same gap of 102 points between series leader Tony Cairoli and runner up Christophe Pourcel, as both conquered the same amount of points today. Rattray reinforced his third position ahead of Searle and Leuret. Stephen Sword (GBR, Kawasaki ) marked his GP’s comeback by clinching his first four Championship points.
Season Standings Class MX1:
- Coppins, J. (NZL), 445 points
- Ramon, St. (BEL), 338
- Pourcel, S. (FRA), 285
- Philippaerts, D. (ITA), 278
- Barragan, J. (ESP), 272
- de Dycker, K. (BEL), 256
- Brown, M. (USA), 255
- Strijbos, K. (BEL), 250
- Leok, T. (EST), 240
- Mackenzie, B. (GBR), 218
- Noble, J. (GBR), 195
- Priem, M. (BEL), 155
- Nemeth, K. (HUN), 152
- de Reuver, M. (NED), 136
- Nagl, M. (GER), 107
- Crockard, G. (IRL), 102
- van Daele, M. (BEL), 93
- Leok, A. (EST), 84
- Bill, J. (SUI), 83
- Renet, P. (FRA), 65
Season Standings Class MX2:
- Cairoli, A. (ITA), 486 points
- Pourcel, C. (FRA), 384
- Rattray, T. (RSA), 358
- Searle, T. (GBR), 311
- Leuret, P. (FRA), 304
- Swanepoel, G. (RSA), 245
- Aubin, N. (FRA), 215
- Gundersen, K. (NOR), 197
- Seistola, M. (FIN), 182
- Boissiere, A. (FRA), 161
- Schiffer, M. (GER), 152
- Nunn, Carl (GBR), 143
- Guarneri, D. (ITA), 136
- Boog, X. (FRA), 117
- Goncalves, R. (POR), 108
- Church, T. (GBR), 97
- Hamblin, S. (USA), 76
- Dougan, J. (GBR), 74
- van Horebeek, J. (BEL), 70
- Verbruggen, D. (BEL), 69