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20.07.2008 Grand Prix of Republic of South Africa in Nelspruit (RSA) - Qualifying

Ramon, Searle and Cairoli on the top spots at Nelspruit

Day one got underway at the Alkmaar Raceway in Nelspruit, the host of the eagerly awaited Leatt Brace Grand Prix of South Africa. Defending MX1 Champion Steve Ramon stormed to pole in the MX1 class, leading KTM fellow riders Max Nagl and Jonathan Barragan. In the MX2 class Tommy Searle and Antonio Cairoli took the qualifying heats while home rider and series leader Tyla Rattray took a hard fought second in heat one after a crash.


Teka Suzuki WMX1’ Steve Ramon took his second consecutive pole after the latest one from Uddevalla, where he was actually the quickest for the first time in 2008. The Belgian is ready to battle it out tomorrow and hopes to close the 12 point gap from series leader David Philippaerts. The Yamaha Monster Motocross rider was ninth quickest today while former KTM Factory’s team mate Max Nagl took a solid second after topping the time sheets throughout the qualifying. After winning the Swedish GP, AXO KTM Silver Action’s Jonathan Barragan took third in the qualifying practice with GPKR’s Sebastien Pourcel –the current leader of the Lovemytime standings with four poles- storming to fourth courtesy of a brilliant twelfth and final lap. Ken de Dycker and Joshua Coppins rounded off the top six.
Steve Ramon / Photo by: Suzuki Racing
Steve Ramon / Photo by: Suzuki Racing

MX1 - Time Practice Classification:

  1. Ramon, Steve (BEL, Suzuki), 1:57.112
  2. Nagl, Maximilian (GER, KTM), 1:57.348
  3. Barragan, Jonathan (ESP, KTM), 1:57.948
  4. Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA, Kawasaki), 1:58.429
  5. de Dycker, Ken (BEL, Suzuki), 1:58.560
  6. Coppins, Joshua (NZL, Yamaha), 1:58.594
  7. Leok, Tanel (EST, Kawasaki), 1:58.615
  8. Priem, Manuel (BEL, Kawasaki), 1:58.881
  9. Philippaerts, David (ITA, Yamaha), 1:59.796
  10. Mackenzie, Billy (GBR, Honda), 1:59.873
  11. Desalle, Clement (BEL, Suzuki), 1:59.882
  12. Boniface, Steve (FRA, Honda), 2:00.376
  13. Bill, Julien (SUI, Honda), 2:00.760
  14. Noble, James (GBR, KTM), 2:00.823
  15. Church, Tom (GBR, Kawasaki), 2:01.899
  16. Schiffer, Marcus (GER, KTM), 2:02.318
  17. Nemeth, Kornel (HUN, KTM), 2:02.462
  18. Campano, Carlos (ESP, Yamaha), 2:02.992
  19. de Bruin, Johannes (RSA, Yamaha), 2:08.048
  20. van der Westhuizen, Richard (RSA, Suzuki), 2:09.140
  21. Geldenhuys, Jaryd (RSA, Honda), 2:12.872
  22. Bergstrom, Roger (RSA, Yamaha), 2:13.050
  23. Bowen, Kyle (RSA, KTM), 2:13.643
  24. Wheeler, Brandon (RSA, Suzuki), 2:16.710
  25. Raynard, Anthony (RSA, Yamaha), 2:17.489
  26. Thorne, Warren (ZIM, Yamaha), 2:19.987
  27. du Plessis, Marnus (RSA, KTM), 2:23.081
  28. Hanekom, Gerhard (RSA, Suzuki), 2:24.182
  29. Porter, Tom (GBR, Yamaha), 2:24.420
  30. Gous, Tommy (NAM, Yamaha), 2:24.807


The MX2 class will have poleman Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tommy Searle and Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Tony Cairoli start next to each other at the Leatt Brace Grand Prix of South Africa as they won the first and second qualifying heat respectively.
Both rode two strong heats, with the defending Champion eventually taking his eighth consecutive Lovemytime Award.
Tyla Rattray was a hard fought second in heat one after a crash while Steven Frossard was second in heat two. Stephen Sword came back to racing today after he injured his shoulder in France and took a stunning third in heat one, with Shaun Simpson completing the top three of heat two.


Searle took the lead early in heat one to keep it until the chequered flag. After the start Rattray was rounding off the top five; he worked his way up to third then he crashed to restart again from fifth. The determined South African brought the bike home in second after a final move on Sword, who had been runner up to Searle until lap eight. Yamaha team mates Nicolas Aubin and Davide Guarneri rounded off the top five.

MX2 - Qualifying Race 1 Classification:

  1. Searle, Tommy (GBR, KTM)
  2. Rattray, Tyla (RSA, KTM)
  3. Sword, Stephen (GBR, Kawasaki)
  4. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA, Yamaha)
  5. Guarneri, Davide (ITA, Yamaha)
  6. Boissiere, Anthony (FRA, KTM)
  7. Boog, Xavier (FRA, Suzuki)
  8. van Horebeek, Jeremy (BEL, KTM)
  9. Roelants, Joel (BEL, KTM)
  10. Nicholls, Jake (GBR, Suzuki)
  11. Banks-Browne, Elliot (GBR, Suzuki)
  12. Emslie, Leeroy (RSA, Honda)


After he let early leader Frossard stay upfront for the first five laps, Cairoli took control of heat two at lap six and eventually won from the Frenchman. Simpson worked his way up inside the top five and climbed to a positive third from Musquin and Goncalves. Monni and Tarroux rounded off the top seven ahead of an unfit Leuret, who still suffers pain to his right shoulder and arm.

MX2 - Qualifying Race 2 Classification:

  1. Cairoli, Antonio (ITA, Yamaha)
  2. Frossard, Steven (FRA, Kawasaki)
  3. Simpson, Shaun (GBR, KTM)
  4. Musquin, Marvin (FRA, Honda)
  5. Goncalves, Rui (POR, KTM)
  6. Monni, Manuel (ITA, Yamaha)
  7. Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA, KTM)
  8. Leuret, Pascal (FRA, Suzuki)
  9. Philippaerts, Deny (ITA, Yamaha)
  10. Avis, Wyatt (RSA, Honda)
  11. Kok, Michael (RSA, KTM)
  12. de Jager, Wesley (RSA, Yamaha)

MX2 - Last Chance Qualifying Practice Classification:

  1. Aranda, Gregory (FRA, Kawasaki), 2:01.335
  2. Lupino, Alessandro (ITA, Yamaha), 2:03.007
  3. Branch, Ross (RSA, Kawasaki), 2:07.951
  4. Frerichs, Grant (RSA, Suzuki), 2:08.926
  5. Angilley, Ryan (RSA, KTM), 2:09.808
  6. Picoto, Angelo (RSA, Yamaha), 2:09.951
Source: Press release Youthstream
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