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International MX News : MX / SX World Championships
06.08.2007 Grand Prix of Belgium in Namur (BEL) - Results

Seb Pourcel and Davide Guarneri win 60th Belgian GP

The Citadelle S72 track hosted a sunny and dry 60th edition of the Belgian GP, in front of a crowd of 31000 Motocross fans.
Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) came back to victory after his maiden one at Faenza, as a surprising Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha) topped the MX2 overall for the first time in his GP career, giving Team Ricci their second consecutive win after Nicolas Aubin’s (FRA, Yamaha) success at Loket.
The opening round of the FIM Veterans Motocross World Cup was won by Tony Cooksley (NZL, Yamaha) in the Veteran class and Dave Thorpe (GBR, Honda) in the Senior class.

MX1

Winning the opening moto but riding safe in the final one, GPKR’s Sebastien Pourcel marked his comeback to victory, the second of his MX1 career. David Philippaerts (ITA, KTM) of KTM Red Bull made it to the podium after a difficult first moto, but he won the second one. Kawasaki Racing Europe’s Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki) completed the podium thanks to a solid final heat, while home riders Ken De Dycker (BEL, Honda), Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki) and Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki) completed the top six.

MX1 Race 1

Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki)
 Photo by: Ray Archer / Kawasaki Racing Team / GPKR
Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki)
Photo by: Ray Archer / Kawasaki Racing Team / GPKR
After a great start, David Philippaerts lost the lead and progressively dropped down to an eventual seventh. A determined Sebastien Pourcel moved up to first by passing Mike Brown (USA, Honda), but Ken De Dycker put the heat on the Frenchman and passed. Pourcel controlled the Belgian and finally made his move, securing the victory. De Dycker brought the bike home in second, while the battle for third place was a dogfight. After a disastrous start, a gutsy Kevin Strijbos came back up to third after he had passed Steve Ramon and Philippaerts. Poleman Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Kawasaki) struggled to find his rhythm in the first half of the heat, but eventually chased Strijbos for third and passed with two laps to go. Strijbos did not give up, arriving fourth on Billy’s tail, while Ramon rounded off the top five ahead of Tanel Leok. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM) crashed when he was fourth, and did not finish.

MX1 Race 2

Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki)
 Photo by: Ray Archer / Kawasaki Racing Team
Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki)
Photo by: Ray Archer / Kawasaki Racing Team
David Philippaerts took the holeshot and rode a perfect moto, finishing first at the chequered flag. The Italian’s job was not easy, as a strong Tanel Leok put the heat on him for several laps, but eventually settled down for second. Julien Bill (SUI, Honda) was the first to put Philippaerts under pressure, as he was chasing the Italian from second place. After Leok had passed him, Bill rode to secure the third spot, which was the Swiss’ best career result. Sebastien Pourcel made a mistake, letting Steve Ramon pass and get fourth. Strijbos secured a fifth place finish after a crash, while an exhausted Pourcel rounded off the top six.
MX1 Podium / Photo by: Ray Archer / Kawasaki Racing Team
MX1 Podium / Photo by: Ray Archer / Kawasaki Racing Team

Event Results Class MX1, Namur:

  1. Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA, Kawasaki), 25 - 15 - 40 points
  2. Philippaerts, David (ITA, KTM), 14 - 25 - 39
  3. Leok, Tanel (EST, Kawasaki), 15 - 22 - 37
  4. de Dycker, Ken (BEL, Honda), 22 - 13 - 35
  5. Ramon, Steve (BEL, Suzuki), 16 - 18 - 34
  6. Strijbos, Kevin (BEL, Suzuki), 18 - 16 - 34
  7. Bill, Julien (SUI, Honda), 11 - 20 - 31
  8. Brown, Mike (USA, Honda), 13 - 14 - 27
  9. Mackenzie, Billy (GBR, Kawasaki), 20 - 4 - 24
  10. Renet, Pierre A. (FRA, Honda), 12 - 10 - 22
  11. van Daele, Marvin (BEL, Honda), 9 - 11 - 20
  12. Nemeth, Kornel (HUN, Suzuki), 5 - 9 - 14
  13. Freibergs, Lauris (LAT, Yamaha), 6 - 8 - 14
  14. Chiodi, Alessio (ITA, Aprilia), 7 - 6 - 13
  15. Barragan, Jonathan (ESP, KTM), 0 - 12 - 12
  16. Noble, James (GBR, Honda), 10 - 1 - 11
  17. Priem, Manuel (BEL, TM), 3 - 7 - 10
  18. Desalle, Clement (BEL, Suzuki), 8 - 2 - 10
  19. Melotte, Cedric (BEL, Aprilia), 0 - 5 - 5
  20. Salvini, Alex (ITA, Yamaha), 4 - 0 - 4
  21. Anderson, Bradley (GBR, Yamaha), 0 - 3 - 3
  22. Theybers, Danny (BEL, Suzuki), 2 - 0 - 2
  23. Salaets, Kristof (BEL, Suzuki), 1 - 0 - 1

MX2

Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM) / Photo by: Ray Archer / KTM
Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM) / Photo by: Ray Archer / KTM
An unexpected Davide Guarneri of Ricci Racing won his maiden GP today, giving the team their second consecutive victory after Aubin’s triumph at Loket. A solid Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM) of KTM Red Bull made it to second overall, ahead of KTM fellow rider Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM) of AXO Silver Action Team. Both Goncalves and Searle had a troubled final moto. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM) and Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, KTM) rounded off the top five. Tony Cairoli and Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) finished at the bottom of the top ten, as both were involved in a first corner accident in moto one.

MX2 Race 1

A collective crash at the start involved both Antonio Cairoli and Christophe Pourcel, while Tommy Searle took the lead. After fighting with Rui Goncalves, Searle pulled away with the lead to win in front of the Portuguese. A motivated Jeremy Tarroux (FRA, KTM) tried to follow the leading duo, but was passed by countryman Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda). Paulin was cruising in third when his chain broke and forced him off the race. Marcus Schiffer was handed third place; he tried to attack Goncalves in the final laps, but he eventually settled down for third, while Davide Guarneri and Kenneth Gundersen (NOR, Yamaha) rounded off the top five. Cairoli moved up to an eventual fifteenth, while Pourcel crashed another time and did not finish the race.

MX2 Race 2

Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki)
 Photo by: Ray Archer / Kawasaki Racing Team / GPKR
Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki)
Photo by: Ray Archer / Kawasaki Racing Team / GPKR
The victory of the final heat was decided in a three men fight; Tony Cairoli took the holeshot, but was soon reached by Davide Guarneri and Christophe Pourcel, with the trio riding close for more than half the moto. Pourcel finally made it to the lead, as Guarneri dropped down to third after having lead for one lap. Cairoli was sandwiched between the two, but reached Pourcel’s tail in the final laps. Despite having put loads of pressure on the Frenchman, Cairoli could not pass and finished second behind winner Pourcel. With Guarneri third, Jeremy Van Horebeek and Matti Seistola (FIN, Honda) rounded off the top five. Rui Goncalves finished ninth, feeling pain to his left shoulder after he had been hit by a stone yesterday, whereas Tommy Searle was tenth because of a disastrous start.
Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha) / Photo by: Yamaha Racing[/
Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha) / Photo by: Yamaha Racing[/

Event Results Class MX2, Namur:

  1. Guarneri, Davide (ITA, Yamaha), 18 - 20 - 38 points
  2. Searle, Tommy (GBR, KTM), 25 - 11 - 36
  3. Goncalves, Rui (POR, KTM), 22 - 12 - 34
  4. Schiffer, Marcus (GER, KTM), 20 - 13 - 33
  5. van Horebeek, Jeremy (BEL, KTM), 13 - 18 - 31
  6. Seistola, Matti (FIN, Honda), 15 - 16 - 31
  7. Boog, Xavier (FRA, Yamaha), 14 - 14 - 28
  8. Cairoli, Antonio (ITA, Yamaha), 5 - 22 - 27
  9. Pourcel, Christophe (FRA, Kawasaki), 0 - 25 - 25
  10. Swanepoel, Gareth (RSA, Kawasaki), 6 - 15 - 21
  11. Bonini, Matteo (ITA, Yamaha), 11 - 10 - 21
  12. Monni, Manuel (ITA, Yamaha), 12 - 8 - 20
  13. Gundersen, Kenneth (NOR, Yamaha), 16 - 0 - 16
  14. Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA, KTM), 8 - 7 - 15
  15. Hamblin, Sean (USA, Suzuki), 7 - 5 - 12
  16. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA, Yamaha), 10 - 0 - 10
  17. Paulin, Gautier (FRA, Honda), 0 - 9 - 9
  18. Roelants, Joel (BEL, KTM), 9 - 0 - 9
  19. Church, Tom (GBR, Kawasaki), 0 - 6 - 6
  20. Walkner, Matthias (AUT, KTM), 2 - 4 - 6
  21. Boissiere, Anthony (FRA, Kawasaki), 4 - 2 - 6
  22. Nunn, Carl (GBR, Yamaha), 0 - 3 - 3
  23. Barr, Martin (GBR, Yamaha), 3 - 0 - 3
  24. Dougan, Jason (GBR, Suzuki), 0 - 1 - 1
  25. Rowson, Ray (GBR, Kawasaki), 1 - 0 - 1

In the World Championships Standings

Steve Ramon is still second, 43 points away from a currently injured Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha). Sebastien Pourcel slightly consolidated his third position in the Championship, but David Philippaerts is only 11 points behind. Kevin Strijbos rounds off the top five, while Tanel Leok, seventh, is now only two points behind Ken De Dycker, sixth. Jonathan Barragan has dropped down to eighth.
Tony Cairoli increased his advantage by only two points, being now 124 points in front of runner up Christophe Pourcel, who can hardly close the gap in the final three GP’s. Tommy Searle has moved up to third, ahead of a currently fourth placed Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM), but the latter has finished his season because of Loket’s knee injury. Pascal Leuret (FRA, Honda) is still fifth, but he is out for at least one and a half months with a broken scaphoid from Loket (CZE), and Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki), sixth, has made up 21 points.

Season Standings Class MX1:

  1. Coppins, J. (NZL), 445 points
  2. Ramon, St. (BEL), 402
  3. Pourcel, S. (FRA), 362
  4. Philippaerts, D. (ITA), 351
  5. Strijbos, K. (BEL), 334
  6. de Dycker, K. (BEL), 311
  7. Leok, T. (EST), 309
  8. Barragan, J. (ESP), 304
  9. Brown, M. (USA), 299
  10. Mackenzie, B. (GBR), 271
  11. Noble, J. (GBR), 223
  12. Priem, M. (BEL), 174
  13. Nemeth, K. (HUN), 167
  14. de Reuver, M. (NED), 147
  15. Bill, J. (SUI), 146
  16. van Daele, M. (BEL), 129
  17. Renet, P. (FRA), 113
  18. Nagl, M. (GER), 107
  19. Crockard, G. (IRL), 102
  20. Leok, A. (EST), 92

Season Standings Class MX2:

  1. Cairoli, A. (ITA), 560 points
  2. Pourcel, C. (FRA), 436
  3. Searle, Tommy (GBR), 387
  4. Rattray, Tyla (RSA), 371
  5. Leuret, Pascal (FRA), 320
  6. Swanepoel, G. (RSA), 286
  7. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA), 272
  8. Seistola, M. (FIN), 231
  9. Gundersen, K. (NOR), 213
  10. Schiffer, M. (GER), 204
  11. Guarneri, D. (ITA), 192
  12. Boissiere, A. (FRA), 177
  13. Boog, Xavier (FRA), 163
  14. Goncalves, Rui (POR), 156
  15. Nunn, Carl (GBR), 146
  16. Church, Tom (GBR), 103
  17. van Horebeek, J. (BEL), 101
  18. Bonini, Matteo (ITA), 100
  19. Monni, Manuel (ITA), 93
  20. Tarroux, J. (FRA), 92

FIM Veterans MX World Cup

Clinching victory in the final heat, Dave Thorpe won the opening round of the Cup in the Senior class. Defending Champion Thierry Godfroid (BEL, Kawasaki) rode to a solid second, which placed him third on the podium behind countryman Jan Blancquaert (BEL, Kawasaki). Andres Krestinov (EST, KTM) and Regis Simon (FRA, Honda) rounded off the top five overall.
Tony Cooksley won also the final heat of the Veteran class, and mounted on the first step of the podium. Jan Lemmens (NED, KTM) was a positive surprise in moto two, where he clinched second, but he missed the podium and finished fourth overall. Frenchman Paul Barbara (FRA, Kawasaki) was second on the podium, ahead of Belgian Philippe Dejong (BEL, Honda). Harry Everts (BEL, KTM) completed the top five, and Alain Pichon (FRA, KTM) finished seventh overall.

Event Results Class Senior, Namur:

  1. Thorpe, Dave (GBR, Honda), 22 - 25 - 47 points
  2. Blancquaert, Jan (BEL, Kawasaki), 25 - 20 - 45
  3. Godfroid, Thierry (BEL, Kawasaki), 20 - 22 - 42
  4. Krestinov, Andres (EST, KTM), 15 - 18 - 33
  5. Simon, Regis (FRA, Honda), 16 - 16 - 32
  6. van Dijk, Toine (NED, Suzuki), 18 - 14 - 32
  7. Kahro, Valdur (EST, Honda), 14 - 15 - 29
  8. Leask, Perry (GBR, Husqvarna), 11 - 11 - 22
  9. Mironovs, Janis (LAT, KTM), 9 - 12 - 21
  10. Feldmanis, Maris (LAT, Kawasaki), 7 - 13 - 20
  11. Lepan, Frederic (FRA, Honda), 10 - 10 - 20
  12. Rus, Andrej (SLO, Honda), 13 - 7 - 20
  13. Krajovic, Ervin (CZE, Kawasaki), 12 - 4 - 16
  14. Vall, Agusti (ESP, KTM), 6 - 9 - 15
  15. Teunesen, Joep (NED, Honda), 2 - 8 - 10
  16. Eaves, Alan (GBR, Honda), 3 - 6 - 9
  17. Makarov, Juri (EST, Honda), 4 - 5 - 9
  18. Gajser, Bogomir (SLO, KTM), 8 - 0 - 8
  19. Casas, Leandro (ESP, Kawasaki), 5 - 0 - 5
  20. Den, Geoffrey (RSA, Suzuki), 0 - 3 - 3
  21. Oudshoon, Kees (NED, Honda), 0 - 2 - 2
  22. Magee, Alan (GBR, Honda), 0 - 1 - 1
  23. Rasmussen, Lars Juel (DEN, KTM), 1 - 0 - 1

Event Results Class Veteran, Namur:

  1. Cooksley, Tony (NZL, Yamaha), 25 - 25 - 50 points
  2. Barbara, Paul (FRA, Kawasaki), 22 - 18 - 40
  3. Dejong, Philippe (BEL, Honda), 18 - 20 - 38
  4. Lemmens, Jan (NED, KTM), 14 - 22 - 36
  5. Everts, Harry (BEL, KTM), 20 - 14 - 34
  6. Efimov, Anatoliy (UKR, Yamaha), 13 - 16 - 29
  7. Pichon, Alain (FRA, KTM), 16 - 12 - 28
  8. Pelosi, Fausto (ITA, Yamaha), 11 - 15 - 26
  9. Dorde, Didier (FRA, Honda), 12 - 9 - 21
  10. Koops, Harry (NED, Honda), 7 - 13 - 20
  11. Egger, Christian (FRA, Kawasaki), 9 - 11 - 20
  12. Corbalan, Jose (FRA, KTM), 15 - 5 - 20
  13. Jorgensen Skytte, Peer (DEN, Suzuki), 8 - 10 - 18
  14. Vanijnatten, Gustaff (NED, Yamaha), 10 - 8 - 18
  15. Lightfoot, Peter (GBR, Maico), 5 - 7 - 12
  16. Larsen, Cai (DEN, Yamaha), 6 - 2 - 8
  17. Kavsek, Branco (SLO, KTM), 1 - 6 - 7
  18. Medico, Jean-Pierre (FRA, Yamaha), 4 - 3 - 7
  19. Giske, Konstantin (RUS, Honda), 0 - 4 - 4
  20. Deer, Alan (GBR, Yamaha), 3 - 1 - 4
  21. Stervinou, Daniel (FRA, KTM), 2 - 0 - 2
Source: Youthstream
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