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18.05.2008 Grand Prix of Italy in Mantova (ITA) - Qualifying

De Reuver takes first pole of 2008

The opening day of the Lovemytime Grand Prix of Italy was a wet one, with tomorrow also expected to be wet. Though the rain could not prevent Marc de Reuver from taking his first pole of 2008, while home rider Tony Cairoli and Tommy Searle won the hard fought qualifying heats of this fifth GP.


Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski
Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski
Martin Honda’s Marc de Reuver put in another astonishing performance after his fifth overall in Bulgaria; the Dutchman took his first pole of the season, marking also the first pole position for Honda since the manufacturer came back to MXGP’s with a factory involvement. Yamaha Monster Motocross’ David Philippaerts took a superb second after heading the time sheets for part of the section; the MX1 series leader was right ahead of runner up Steve Ramon of Teka Suzuki WMX1, who was just 50 thousandths of a second away from the Italian. At the end of the day Philippaerts also announced a new sponsorship deal with the GP’s title sponsor Lovemytime. A solid Clement Desalle of Suzuki Inotec was fourth ahead of Kawasaki Racing’s Tanel Leok and Ken de Dycker. The latter jumped up to sixth with a few minutes to go, placing himself ahead of the winner of the latest three Lovemytime Pole Position Awards Sebastien Pourcel. Bike problems made it a difficult opening day for Joshua Coppins, who ended sixteenth fastest.

MX1 - Time Practice Classification:

  1. de Reuver, Marc (NED, Honda), 1:54.015
  2. Philippaerts, David (ITA, Yamaha), 1:54.617
  3. Ramon, Steve (BEL, Suzuki), 1:55.269
  4. Desalle, Clement (BEL, Suzuki), 1:56.503
  5. Leok, Tanel (EST, Kawasaki), 1:56.592
  6. de Dycker, Ken (BEL, Suzuki), 1:56.828
  7. Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA, Kawasaki), 1:56.979
  8. Nemeth, Kornel (HUN, KTM), 1:57.186
  9. Nagl, Maximilian (GER, KTM), 1:57.223
  10. Barragan, Jonathan (ESP, KTM), 1:57.302
  11. Priem, Manuel (BEL, Kawasaki), 1:57.521
  12. Schiffer, Marcus (GER, KTM), 1:57.565
  13. Noble, James (GBR, KTM), 1:57.793
  14. Mackenzie, Billy (GBR, Honda), 1:57.836
  15. Bill, Julien (SUI, Honda), 1:57.862
  16. Coppins, Joshua (NZL, Yamaha), 1:57.963
  17. Leok, Aigar (EST, Yamaha), 1:58.511
  18. Leonce, Loic (FRA, Yamaha), 1:59.835
  19. Brown, Mike (USA, Honda), 1:59.958
  20. Anderson, Bradley (GBR, Suzuki), 2:00.159
  21. Renet, Pierre A. (FRA, Suzuki), 2:00.543
  22. Church, Tom (GBR, Kawasaki), 2:00.580
  23. Campano, Carlos (ESP, Yamaha), 2:00.759
  24. Pyrhonen, Antti (FIN, Suzuki), 2:00.802
  25. Melotte, Cedric (BEL, Aprilia), 2:00.995
  26. Columb, Scott (NZL, Suzuki), 2:01.205
  27. Chiodi, Alessio (ITA, TM), 2:01.462
  28. Rouis, Alexandre (FRA, Kawasaki), 2:01.863
  29. Freibergs, Lauris (LAT, Yamaha), 2:02.739
  30. Saylor, Jacob (USA, Kawasaki), 2:04.640


Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Tony Cairoli and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tommy Searle were the protagonists of this opening day as they both won their Lovemytime Qualifying Award today at Mantova. A superb Stephen Sword of Molson Kawasaki took a solid second from Cairoli, with Suzuki Inotec’s Xavier Boog ending the top three. In moto two Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tyla Rattray ended second to Searle but left KTM UK’s Shaun Simpson behind, with the result reminding of the recent Bulgarian GP podium. Home rider and Spanish GP winner Davide Guarneri crashed in heat one and damaged the ligaments of his right knee. He will not ride on Sunday.

MX2 Qualifying Race 1

Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski
Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski
Cairoli took the lead at the third lap after a solid Sword tried to ran away from the rest of the field; eventually Cairoli was the one to make it, leaving the British behind with a gap of more than eight seconds. Boog worked his way up throughout the heat, ending third from countrymen Aubin and Frossard. Celebrating his 23rd birthday today, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Rui Goncalves had an awful celebration as he crashed at lap one and had to work his way up from last to eighth.

MX2 - Qualifying Race 1 Classification:

  1. Cairoli, Antonio (ITA, Yamaha)
  2. Sword, Stephen (GBR, Kawasaki)
  3. Boog, Xavier (FRA, Suzuki)
  4. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA, Yamaha)
  5. Frossard, Steven (FRA, Kawasaki)
  6. Verbruggen, Dennis (BEL, Yamaha)
  7. van Horebeek, Jeremy (BEL, KTM)
  8. Goncalves, Rui (POR, KTM)
  9. Philippaerts, Deny (ITA, Yamaha)
  10. Bonini, Matteo (ITA, Yamaha)
  11. Dougan, Jason (GBR, Suzuki)
  12. Banks-Browne, Elliot (GBR, Suzuki)

MX2 Qualifying Race 2

Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski
Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski
Taking an early lead, Searle was successful to keep it throughout the entire moto despite team mate Rattray tried to close in several times to keep up a possible qualifying heat wins record of five out of five. Though the South African ended second ahead of Simpson, who cruised in third for all the 11 laps. Riding ill, home rider Monni grasped a well deserved fourth place with Eggens rounding off the top five.

MX2 - Qualifying Race 2 Classification:

  1. Searle, Tommy (GBR, KTM)
  2. Rattray, Tyla (RSA, KTM)
  3. Simpson, Shaun (GBR, KTM)
  4. Monni, Manuel (ITA, Yamaha)
  5. Eggens, Erik (NED, Suzuki)
  6. Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA, KTM)
  7. Musquin, Marvin (FRA, Honda)
  8. Nunn, Carl (GBR, Suzuki)
  9. Seistola, Matti (FIN, Honda)
  10. Krestinov, Gert (EST, KTM)
  11. Nijegard, Remi (NOR, Honda)
  12. Vongsana, Khounsith (FRA, Kawasaki)

MX2 - Last Chance Qualifying Practice Classification:

  1. Paulin, Gautier (FRA, Kawasaki), 2:03.564
  2. Boissiere, Anthony (FRA, KTM), 2:03.955
  3. Aranda, Gregory (FRA, Kawasaki), 2:04.217
  4. Tyletski, Evgeni (BLR, Suzuki), 2:05.591
  5. Lupino, Alessandro (ITA, Yamaha), 2:05.737
  6. Pellegrini, Angelo (ITA, Honda), 2:05.750

FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship

Livia Lancelot took her first win there and marked her first outing in Mantova with today’s pole; Maria Franke and two time World Cup Winner Katherine Prumm rounded off the top three. GPKR’s Livia Lancelot is experiencing an incredible start to the 2008 season as she confirmed her status of title favourite by clocking today’s pole. The French rider was three seconds faster than closest rival Maria Franke, of Kawasaki Elf Pfeil. The latter still has victory in her sights while Yamaha Van Beers Racing’s Katherine Prumm was a surprise by entering today’s top three.
Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski
Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki) / Photo by: Jörg Domanowski
After she broke her right ACL the Wednesday before Bulgaria, Prumm was almost scratched off the list of the Title contenders; though the hard working Kiwi was a brave fourth in Sevlievo and ended third fastest in Mantova, with the race going to be a harsh battle in between the three. Also Honda mounted Ashley Fiolek can enter the fight for the win, with the American finishing a positive fourth today ahead of injured Larissa Papenmeier.
Making her comeback to racing with an injured right shoulder, 2005 World Cup Winner Steffi Laier was sixth fastest.

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

  1. Lancelot, Livia (FRA, Kawasaki), 2:19.570
  2. Franke, Maria (GER, Kawasaki), 2:22.588
  3. Prumm, Katherine (NZL, Yamaha), 2:23.955
  4. Fiolek, Ashley (USA, Honda), 2:24.121
  5. Papenmeier, Larissa (GER, Suzuki), 2:24.224
  6. Laier, Stephanie (GER, KTM), 2:24.675
  7. De Winter, Elien (BEL, KTM), 2:26.031
  8. Veenstra, Marianne (NED, Suzuki), 2:29.743
  9. Sjöberg, Sofia (SWE, Honda), 2:30.396
  10. De Mol, Marielle (NED, Yamaha), 2:30.879
  11. van Wordragen, Nicky (NED, KTM), 2:30.978
  12. Seidenberg, Jenny (GER, KTM), 2:31.508
  13. Mann, Elin (SWE, KTM), 2:32.768
  14. Adriansson, Sandra (SWE, Suzuki), 2:33.268
  15. van der Wekken, Britt (NED, Honda), 2:34.443
  16. Haupt, Alexandra (GER, Kawasaki), 2:34.481
  17. Wagemans, Brenda (BEL, KTM), 2:35.364
  18. Verkade, Shirley (NED, KTM), 2:35.487
  19. Borchers, Anne (GER, Suzuki), 2:35.676
  20. Irmgartz, Kim (GER, Suzuki), 2:37.239
  21. Adriaanse-Goetheer, Karin (NED, Yamaha), 2:39.794
  22. Fransoo, Natascha (GER, TM), 2:40.342
  23. Scott, Nikki (NZL, Kawasaki), 2:40.634
  24. Santaga, Silvia (ITA, Honda), 2:42.091
  25. Nielsen, June-Skytte (DEN, Suzuki), 2:43.763
  26. Benediktova, Mariya (RUS, Yamaha), 2:43.986
  27. Johansson, Sofia (SWE, Suzuki), 2:44.485
  28. Decarli, Gloria (ITA, Honda), 2:44.623
  29. Pedersen, Mie (DEN, Suzuki), 2:46.407
  30. Paull, Sophia (GBR, Honda), 2:46.926
Source: Press release Youthstream
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