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10.05.2008 Grand Prix of Bulgaria in Sevlievo (BUL) - Qualifying

Pourcel storms to pole

The opening day of the Bulgarian Grand Prix got underway today under mixed weather conditions, with light rain falling some times throughout the day. Sebastien Pourcel took a dominant pole position in the MX1 class with Antonio Cairoli and Tyla Rattray winning the qualifying motos on the Gorna Rositza course.


Once again the pole position went to GPKR’s Sebastien Pourcel, who collected his third consecutive Lovemytime Pole Position Award courtesy of a dominant performance. The Frenchman left second placed Max Nagl of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing behind by almost one second, showing a superb speed both in the single lap and in the endurance.
Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) / Photo by: Youthstream
Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki) / Photo by: Youthstream
With Pourcel being all set on winning another Grand Prix after Portugal, AXO KTM Silver Action’s Jonathan Barragan was satisfied with a third fastest time and will try to repeat his last year’s moto win in Sevlievo. Teka Suzuki WMX1’s Steve Ramon took a last minute fourth as he improved his laptime at the very last try, while CAS Honda’s Billy Mackenzie rounded off the top five ahead of Yamaha Monster Motocross’ Joshua Coppins. A superb Clement Desalle ended seventh fastest but the Suzuki Inotec Belgian saw the second spot in the time sheets for a part of the session. Current World Championship leader David Philippaerts was right behind Desalle as the Yamaha Monster Motocross rider struggled to find his own rhythm throughout this first day.

MX1 - Time Practice Classification:

  1. Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA, Kawasaki), 1:46.767
  2. Nagl, Maximilian (GER, KTM), 1:47.612
  3. Barragan, Jonathan (ESP, KTM), 1:47.859
  4. Ramon, Steve (BEL, Suzuki), 1:48.214
  5. Mackenzie, Billy (GBR, Honda), 1:48.243
  6. Coppins, Joshua (NZL, Yamaha), 1:48.263
  7. Desalle, Clement (BEL, Suzuki), 1:48.365
  8. Philippaerts, David (ITA, Yamaha), 1:48.527
  9. Leok, Tanel (EST, Kawasaki), 1:48.711
  10. de Reuver, Marc (NED, Honda), 1:48.928
  11. de Dycker, Ken (BEL, Suzuki), 1:48.968
  12. Bill, Julien (SUI, Honda), 1:48.984
  13. Nemeth, Kornel (HUN, KTM), 1:49.016
  14. Schiffer, Marcus (GER, KTM), 1:49.202
  15. Salvini, Alex (ITA, Suzuki), 1:49.408
  16. Chiodi, Alessio (ITA, TM), 1:49.668
  17. Priem, Manuel (BEL, Kawasaki), 1:49.708
  18. Campano, Carlos (ESP, Yamaha), 1:49.717
  19. Melotte, Cedric (BEL, Aprilia), 1:49.898
  20. Leok, Aigar (EST, Yamaha), 1:49.990
  21. Siegl, Daniel (GER, Suzuki), 1:50.110
  22. Brown, Mike (USA, Honda), 1:50.338
  23. Noble, James (GBR, KTM), 1:50.498
  24. Saylor, Jacob (USA, Kawasaki), 1:50.925
  25. Pyrhonen, Antti (FIN, Suzuki), 1:51.177
  26. Church, Tom (GBR, Kawasaki), 1:51.189
  27. Anderson, Bradley (GBR, Suzuki), 1:51.322
  28. Leonce, Loic (FRA, Yamaha), 1:51.524
  29. Renet, Pierre A. (FRA, Suzuki), 1:51.619
  30. Columb, Scott (NZL, Suzuki), 1:51.789


Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Antonio Cairoli and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tyla Rattray took today’s qualifying heats with two impressive but different performances. While Cairoli battled it tooth and nail with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tommy Searle, who eventually finished second, Rattray rode a solitary heat with Molson Kawasaki’s Stephen Sword cruising in second. 3C Racing’s Manuel Monni finished third in the first qualifying heat with Molson Kawasaki’s Gautier Paulin rounding off the top three in heat two. Davide Guarneri and Carl Nunn qualified through the last chance as the former crashed in his qualifying heat.

MX2 Qualifying Race 1

The first qualifying heat was a dogfight in between Cairoli and Searle, with the British taking the lead in the opening lap and carrying on despite massive pressure from Cairoli. The latter tried his best to move past and even made an unusual mistake on a double jump section to perform a freestyle like superman trick. The Sicilian eventually remained on his bike and restarted chasing Searle to make his move in the final stages. Once Cairoli got the lead he pulled away and left Searle behind in second. Monni took a solid third place ahead of Shaun Simpson and Anthony Boissiere rounding off the top five.

MX2 - Qualifying Race 1 Classification:

  1. Cairoli, Antonio (ITA, Yamaha)
  2. Searle, Tommy (GBR, KTM)
  3. Monni, Manuel (ITA, Yamaha)
  4. Simpson, Shaun (GBR, KTM)
  5. Boissiere, Anthony (FRA, KTM)
  6. Musquin, Marvin (FRA, Honda)
  7. van Horebeek, Jeremy (BEL, KTM)
  8. Aranda, Gregory (FRA, Kawasaki)
  9. Frossard, Steven (FRA, Kawasaki)
  10. Banks-Browne, Elliot (GBR, Suzuki)
  11. Vongsana, Khounsith (FRA, Kawasaki)
  12. Avis, Wyatt (RSA, Honda)
Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM) / Photo by: Youthstream
Tyla Rattray (RSA, KTM) / Photo by: Youthstream

MX2 Qualifying Race 2

Rattray took a superb start and remained at the lead to win his fourth consecutive qualifying heat. Sword cruised in second place following Rattray in the opening laps to end an eventual second with team mate Paulin ending the top three. The latter was chasing Goncalves from fourth and exploited the Portuguese’s mistake at lap seven to move up one position. Goncalves ended fourth ahead of a surprising Xavier Boog. The Frenchman ended the top five right ahead of Aubin and Bonini, who was back to action this weekend for the first time in 2008. Guarneri crashed when he was riding inside the top ten and eventually retired.

MX2 - Qualifying Race 2 Classification:

  1. Rattray, Tyla (RSA, KTM)
  2. Sword, Stephen (GBR, Kawasaki)
  3. Paulin, Gautier (FRA, Kawasaki)
  4. Goncalves, Rui (POR, KTM)
  5. Boog, Xavier (FRA, Suzuki)
  6. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA, Yamaha)
  7. Bonini, Matteo (ITA, Yamaha)
  8. Seistola, Matti (FIN, Honda)
  9. Dougan, Jason (GBR, Suzuki)
  10. Terreblanche, Shannon (RSA, Suzuki)
  11. Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA, KTM)
  12. Eggens, Erik (NED, Suzuki)

MX2 - Last Chance Qualifying Practice Classification:

  1. Guarneri, Davide (ITA, Yamaha), 1:50.470
  2. Bobryshev, Evgeniy (RUS, Yamaha), 1:51.222
  3. Roelants, Joel (BEL, KTM), 1:51.366
  4. Vanni, Julien (FRA, KTM), 1:51.581
  5. Nunn, Carl (GBR, Suzuki), 1:51.674
  6. Lupino, Alessandro (ITA, Yamaha), 1:52.473

FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship

The opening round of the first edition of the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship started today in Sevlievo, Bulgaria, under mixed weather conditions. The fastest rider was Larissa Papenmeier, clocking her first pole of 2008 with a last minute move on Marie Franke, second overall. Livia Lancelot completed the top three ahead of Ashley Fiolek and defending Champion Katherine Prumm.
GPKR’s Livia Lancelot had a storming start to the qualifying session after she dominated the two free practice sessions of the day. Later on, last year’s runner up found some traffic and could not improve much on her times, ending third.
Larissa Papenmeier (left) wins first Circuiti Gioielli Women Pole Position Award
 Photo by: Youthstream
Larissa Papenmeier (left) wins first Circuiti Gioielli Women Pole Position Award
Photo by: Youthstream
On the other hand Kawasaki Elf Pfeil’s Maria Franke moved up to first in the middle of the session, courtesy of a flying lap which let her on pole with a safe cushion from the rest of the field. Once she earned the provisional pole, Franke rode back into the pits to watch countryman Larissa Papenmeier take the eventual pole position. The Suzuki Inotec rider completed her last lap with a high, taking her first pole of 2008 and securing the best gate pick for tomorrow’s race. Papenmeier’s performance reminded of last year’s opening round of the World Cup in Teutschenthal, Germany, when the home rider took pole and won her first and only round.
American Ashley Fiolek set the fourth quickest time after she had previously earned the third place in the time sheets while two time World Cup winner Katherine Prumm rounded off the top five. The Kiwi is riding with an injured right knee (broken ACL) but overcame the pain for a solid qualifying result.

FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship - Time Practice Classification:

  1. Papenmeier, Larissa (GER, Suzuki), 2:01.782
  2. Franke, Maria (GER, Kawasaki), 2:02.376
  3. Lancelot, Livia (FRA, Kawasaki), 2:02.402
  4. Fiolek, Ashley (USA, Honda), 2:02.896
  5. Prumm, Katherine (NZL, Yamaha), 2:03.876
  6. Mann, Elin (SWE, KTM), 2:07.111
  7. Haupt, Alexandra (GER, Kawasaki), 2:08.677
  8. De Winter, Elien (BEL, KTM), 2:08.933
  9. Veenstra, Marianne (NED, Suzuki), 2:09.003
  10. Borchers, Anne (GER, Suzuki), 2:09.869
  11. De Mol, Marielle (NED, Yamaha), 2:10.031
  12. Scott, Nikki (NZL, Kawasaki), 2:10.195
  13. Adriansson, Sandra (SWE, Suzuki), 2:11.685
  14. Seidenberg, Jenny (GER, KTM), 2:12.941
  15. van Wordragen, Nicky (NED, KTM), 2:13.021
  16. Fransoo, Natascha (GER, TM), 2:13.466
  17. Sjöberg, Sofia (SWE, Honda), 2:14.316
  18. Romlin, Marie (SWE, Honda), 2:14.447
  19. Wagemans, Brenda (BEL, KTM), 2:14.874
  20. Irmgartz, Kim (GER, Suzuki), 2:15.079
  21. Paull, Sophia (GBR, Honda), 2:15.889
  22. Partida, Aurelie (FRA, Yamaha), 2:18.907
  23. van der Wekken, Britt (NED, Honda), 2:19.219
  24. Adriaanse-Goetheer, Karin (NED, Yamaha), 2:19.640
  25. Verkade, Shirley (NED, KTM), 2:20.041
  26. Padrini, Stefania (ITA, Kawasaki), 2:20.914
  27. Lewis, Megan (GBR, Yamaha), 2:22.244
  28. Johansson, Sofia (SWE, Suzuki), 2:22.738
  29. Benediktova, Mariya (RUS, Yamaha), 2:24.159
  30. Sbrana, Alessandra (ITA, Yamaha), 2:24.403
Source: Press release Youthstream
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