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International MX News : MX / SX World Championships
03.09.2007 Grand Prix of Netherlands in Lierop (NED) - Results

Steve Ramon and Suzuki wrap up MX1 riders and manufacturers titles

The end of the 2007 season was marked by an incredible Grand Prix of the Netherlands on the sandy course at Lierop, the De Herselse Bossen, under cloudy weather conditions and with a crowd of 36,000 spectators.
Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki) sealed the MX1 Title and made it to third on the podium, while team mate Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki) won the Grand Prix, securing also the manufacturers’ Title for Suzuki. With Josh Coppins’ (NZL, Yamaha) absence, Yamaha’s second place in the manufacturers’ standings was defended by a strong Marc De Reuver (NED, Yamaha), second overall.
MX2 World Champion Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) put together two strong moto’s to clinch the final Grand Prix’s victory. This was the Italian’s maiden success at Lierop. Katherine Prumm (NZL, Kawasaki) showed to be the fastest in the sand by winning this final round of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Cup. The Kiwi clinched also the Cup victory, moving in front of Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki).

MX1

Belgian Kevin Strijbos of Suzuki conquered the Grand Prix at Lierop, while team mate and countryman Steve Ramon won the Title – the second after the 2003 crown in the 125cc class - at the end of the first moto already. Ramon was also third on the podium, right behind a surprising Marc De Reuver, who made up for this disappointing season by winning the final heat with gallantry. Ken De Dycker (BEL, Honda) of CAS Honda and Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Kawasaki) of Kawasaki Racing rounded off the top five.
Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com

MX1 Race 1

Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM) lead the pack into turn one, but Kevin Strijbos, Ken De Dycker and Steve Ramon all passed the German in the first half of the heat. Strijbos pulled away with the lead to win with a comfortable advantage of more than eleven seconds. Ken De Dycker, who was cruising in second place, had to face the attacks of a very gutsy Ramon, who moved up to an eventual second place ahead of Marc De Reuver. The home rider, who disappointed his fans last year at Lierop by scoring no points, rode a solid first heat recovering from seventh to third, and eventually passing De Dycker. The latter finished fourth ahead of Billy Mackenzie, while early leader Nagl ended seventh.

MX1 Race 2

After another holeshot by Nagl, Ramon and Strijbos passed him and battled it out for the lead during the first part of the final moto. Ramon, who had the title under his belt after moto one, did not look like giving up until his condition – he rode with both wrists injured - forced him to settle into third. Marc De Reuver was the challenger that Strijbos had to face in the second half of the heat, but the fit Dutchman proved to be more dangerous than Ramon. De Reuver attacked until the very last lap, when he was over two seconds behind Strijbos, but he rode on incredible lines to pass the Suzuki rival on the wave section. De Reuver won his maiden MX1 heat, ahead of Strijbos, while De Dycker and Mackenzie rounded off the top five.
Marc De Reuver (NED, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Marc De Reuver (NED, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM) did not ride the final heat, as he crashed in the first one, and went to the hospital for a check up.

Event Results Class MX1, Lierop:

  1. Strijbos, Kevin (BEL, Suzuki), 25 - 22 - 47 POINTS
  2. de Reuver, Marc (NED, Yamaha), 20 - 25 - 45
  3. Ramon, Steve (BEL, Suzuki), 22 - 20 - 42
  4. de Dycker, Ken (BEL, Honda), 18 - 18 - 36
  5. Mackenzie, Billy (GBR, Kawasaki), 16 - 16 - 32
  6. Priem, Manuel (BEL, TM), 15 - 15 - 30
  7. Nagl, Maximilian (GER, KTM), 14 - 12 - 26
  8. van Daele, Marvin (BEL, Honda), 10 - 13 - 23
  9. Leok, Aigar (EST, Yamaha), 9 - 10 - 19
  10. Noble, James (GBR, Honda), 11 - 8 - 19
  11. Brown, Mike (USA, Honda), 6 - 11 - 17
  12. Leok, Tanel (EST, Kawasaki), 0 - 14 - 14
  13. Freibergs, Lauris (LAT, Yamaha), 8 - 6 - 14
  14. Philippaerts, David (ITA, KTM), 13 - 0 - 13
  15. Melotte, Cedric (BEL, Aprilia), 3 - 9 - 12
  16. Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA, Kawasaki), 12 - 0 - 12
  17. Theybers, Danny (BEL, Suzuki), 5 - 4 - 9
  18. Nemeth, Kornel (HUN, Suzuki), 0 - 7 - 7
  19. Renet, Pierre A. (FRA, Honda), 7 - 0 - 7
  20. Salvini, Alex (ITA, Yamaha), 0 - 5 - 5
  21. Jones, Mark (GBR, Kawasaki), 2 - 3 - 5
  22. Desalle, Clement (BEL, Suzuki), 4 - 0 - 4
  23. Schröter, Dennis (GER, Suzuki), 0 - 2 - 2
  24. Chiodi, Alessio (ITA, Aprilia), 1 - 1 - 2

MX2

Yamaha De Carli’s Antonio Cairoli continued his winning streak by conquering also the sand of Lierop; this was the first success on the De Herselse Bossen for the 2007 MX2 World Champion. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki) of Molson Kawasaki was snatched the overall by Cairoli, but finished second on the podium and secured the fifth place in the Championship. KTM Red Bull’s Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM) was third overall at his fifth consecutive podium appearance, while Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM) and Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha) rounded off the top five. Home rider Erik Eggens (NED, Suzuki) was second in the final heat, but ninth overall because of a broken sparkplug in moto one.

MX2 Race 1

Antonio Cairoli, who did a bad start, was the star of this opening heat as he recovered from the bottom of the top ten to a final first, ahead of Gareth Swanepoel, who was dreaming of his maiden victory before the Italian caught him right in the final lap. Cairoli almost crashed to pass Swanie, but once he was at the lead, he opened up a gap of almost five seconds in one single lap.
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
Kenneth Gundersen (NOR, Yamaha) could lead for six laps, before dropping down to third and crashing; the Norwegian could get back onto the bike very quick, giving Tommy Searle no chance to pass him. Searle brought the bike home with a solid fourth ahead of Matti Seistola (FIN, Honda).

MX2 Race 2

After a super start, Rui Goncalves was comfortable at the lead, but Cairoli, who looked like the only man who could avoid the Portuguese’s escape, reached his tail at half race distance. Once Goncalves was in his sights, Cairoli showed no mercy and moved up to first, steering his YZ250F to the second win of the day.
Goncalves dropped down to a final third, after sand master Erik Eggens passed him with six laps to go. The Dutchman recovered from a bad start by using all his skills, and so did other sand specialist Swanepoel, who ended fourth overall. Swanepoel won a final battle with Frenchman Nicolas Aubin, to secure both the fourth place finish and the fifth position in the Championship. Aubin fought tooth and nail, but suddenly dropped the pace at the end of the penultimate lap; he was thinking it was the end of the moto, but that misunderstanding cost him vital time.

Event Results Class MX2, Lierop:

  1. Cairoli, Antonio (ITA, Yamaha), 25 - 25 - 50 points
  2. Swanepoel, Gareth (RSA, Kawasaki), 22 - 18 - 40
  3. Searle, Tommy (GBR, KTM), 18 - 14 - 32
  4. Goncalves, Rui (POR, KTM), 9 - 20 - 29
  5. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA, Yamaha), 13 - 16 - 29
  6. Boog, Xavier (FRA, Yamaha), 14 - 15 - 29
  7. Schiffer, Marcus (GER, KTM), 15 - 10 - 25
  8. van Horebeek, Jeremy (BEL, KTM), 11 - 13 - 24
  9. Eggens, Erik (NED, Suzuki), 0 - 22 - 22
  10. Gundersen, Kenneth (NOR, Yamaha), 20 - 0 - 20
  11. van Vijfeijken, Rob (NED, KTM), 10 - 8 - 18
  12. Nunn, Carl (GBR, Yamaha), 6 - 11 - 17
  13. Seistola, Matti (FIN, Honda), 16 - 0 - 16
  14. Boissiere, Anthony (FRA, Kawasaki), 3 - 12 - 15
  15. Church, Tom (GBR, Kawasaki), 5 - 7 - 12
  16. Avis, Wyatt (RSA, KTM), 12 - 0 - 12
  17. Monni, Manuel (ITA, Yamaha), 4 - 6 - 10
  18. Bonini, Matteo (ITA, Yamaha), 0 - 9 - 9
  19. Guarneri, Davide (ITA, Yamaha), 8 - 0 - 8
  20. Hamblin, Sean (USA, Suzuki), 7 - 0 - 7
  21. Krestinov, Gert (EST, KTM), 0 - 5 - 5
  22. Simpson, Shaun (GBR, Kawasaki), 1 - 4 - 5
  23. van der Ven, Rinus (NED, KTM), 2 - 3 - 5
  24. Kras, Mike (NED, Suzuki), 0 - 2 - 2
  25. Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA, KTM), 0 - 1 - 1

In the World Championships Standings

Steve Ramon grasped the Title, while Kevin Strijbos moved up to the runner up spot. Absent Joshua Coppins dropped down to third ahead of Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), while David Philippaerts (ITA, KTM) was snatched the fifth place by Ken De Dycker, and closed his maiden MX1 season in sixth place.
MX1 champion Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
MX1 champion Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski / realmx.com
In the MX2 class, the Title was clinched by Antonio Cairoli at Moneyglass, while Tommy Searle locked the second position at Donington. Injured and absent Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) and Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM) held the third and the fourth place respectively, while Gareth Swanepoel moved up to an eventual fifth ahead of Nicolas Aubin.

Season Standings Class MX1:

  1. Ramon, St. (BEL), 508 points
  2. Strijbos, K. (BEL), 475
  3. Coppins, J. (NZL), 452
  4. Pourcel, S. (FRA), 439
  5. de Dycker, K. (BEL), 421
  6. Philippaerts, D. (ITA), 419
  7. Brown, M. (USA), 361
  8. Leok, T. (EST), 355
  9. Mackenzie, B. (GBR), 351
  10. Barragan, J. (ESP), 347
  11. Noble, J. (GBR), 270
  12. Nemeth, K. (HUN), 215
  13. Priem, M. (BEL), 204
  14. de Reuver, M. (NED), 201
  15. Bill, J. (SUI), 199
  16. van Daele, M. (BEL), 187
  17. Renet, P. (FRA), 157
  18. Nagl, M. (GER), 133
  19. Leok, A. (EST), 119
  20. Desalle, C. (BEL), 112

Season Standings Class MX2:

  1. Cairoli, A. (ITA), 660 points
  2. Searle, T. (GBR), 510
  3. Pourcel, C. (FRA), 436
  4. Rattray, T. (RSA), 371
  5. Swanepoel, G. (RSA), 364
  6. Aubin, N. (FRA), 358
  7. Leuret, P. (FRA), 320
  8. Seistola, M. (FIN), 276
  9. Schiffer, M. (GER), 260
  10. Gundersen, K. (NOR), 244
  11. Goncalves, R. (POR), 243
  12. Guarneri, D. (ITA), 226
  13. Boog, X. (FRA), 219
  14. Nunn, C. (GBR), 198
  15. Boissiere, A. (FRA), 192
  16. van Horebeek, J. (BEL), 167
  17. Tarroux, J. (FRA), 160
  18. Bonini, M. (ITA), 157
  19. Monni, M. (ITA), 144
  20. Church, T. (GBR), 140

Women’s Motocross World Cup

Katherine Prumm of Molson Kawasaki won her second World Cup in a row, completing successfully her defence of the number one. Prumm dominated this first sandy round of the series, by winning both heats after having clocked yesterday’s pole. While Prumm made up for New Zealander countryman Joshua Coppins’ bad luck, GPKR’s Livia Lancelot suffered from the same fate, as she twisted her knee and damaged one ligament during the first heat. Lancelot ended the Cup in second place, with as many points as her number plate -114- while Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki) of Kawasaki Elf Team Pfeil rounded off the top three.
Lancelot finished out of the podium of this third and final round, where Natalie Kane (IRL, Yamaha) and Maria Franke were respectively second and third after two consistent heats.

Event Results Class Women’s Motocross World Cup, Lierop:

  1. Prumm, Katherine (NZL, Kawasaki), 25 - 25 - 50 points
  2. Kane, Natalie (IRL, Yamaha), 22 - 22 - 44
  3. Franke, Maria (GER, Kawasaki), 16 - 20 - 36
  4. Veenstra, Marianne (NED, Honda), 20 - 16 - 36
  5. Romlin, Marie (SWE, Yamaha), 18 - 15 - 33
  6. Lancelot, Livia (FRA, Kawasaki), 12 - 18 - 30
  7. Papenmeier, Larissa (GER, Honda), 15 - 12 - 27
  8. van Wordragen, Nicky (NED, KTM), 11 - 14 - 25
  9. Adriansson, Sandra (SWE, Suzuki), 13 - 11 - 24
  10. De Mol, Marielle (NED, Yamaha), 14 - 10 - 24
  11. Wagemans, Brenda (BEL, KTM), 10 - 13 - 23
  12. Seidenberg, Jenny (GER, KTM), 7 - 9 - 16
  13. Sjöberg, Sofia (SWE, Honda), 9 - 7 - 16
  14. Adriaanse-Goetheer, Karin (NED, Yamaha), 6 - 8 - 14
  15. De Winter, Elien (BEL, Honda), 8 - 5 - 13
  16. Bartova, Jana (CZE, KTM), 4 - 6 - 10
  17. Fransoo, Natascha (GER, TM), 5 - 4 - 9
  18. Johansson, Sofia (SWE, Honda), 3 - 3 - 6
  19. Pol, Mirjam (NED, Honda), 2 - 1 - 3
  20. Simenstad, Mari (NOR, Yamaha), 0 - 2 - 2
  21. van der Wekken, Britt (NED, Suzuki), 1 - 0 - 1

Season Standings Women’s Motocross World Cup:

  1. Prumm, K. (NZL), 133 points
  2. Lancelot, L. (FRA), 114
  3. Franke, M. (GER), 114
  4. Papenmeier, L. (GER), 104
  5. Romlin, M. (SWE), 86
  6. Adriansson, S. (SWE), 80
  7. Veenstra, M. (NED), 78
  8. De Mol, M. (NED), 69
  9. Kane, N. (IRL), 59
  10. Seidenberg, J. (GER), 55
  11. Sjöberg, S. (SWE), 51
  12. Laier, S. (GER), 50
  13. De Winter, E. (BEL), 50
  14. van Wordragen, N. (NED), 43
  15. Wagemans, B. (BEL), 39
  16. Mann, E. (SWE), 27
  17. Indermaur, M. (SUI), 27
  18. Dufrene, B. (FRA), 22
  19. Jönsson, J. (SWE), 17
  20. Karlsson, E. (SWE), 16
Source: Youthstream
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