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International MX News : MX / SX World Championships
21.07.2008 Grand Prix of Republic of South Africa in Nelspruit (RSA) - Results

Rattray and Searle build on MX2 Championship lead

The Alkmaar Raceway at Nelspruit proved to be a great venue for the popular South African Motocross GP sponsored by Leatt Brace. Under hot weather conditions, Jonathan Barragan took his second consecutive MX1 GP win after battling it out with KTM fellow rider Max Nagl, second overall. Defending Champion Ramon completed the podium right ahead of series leader David Philippaerts.
In the MX2 class Tommy Searle came back to victory from local star Tyla Rattray and Nicolas Aubin. On the other hand reigning Champion Antonio Cairoli injured his left knee and took no points, dropping down to third in the Championship with a 59 point gap from leader Rattray.

MX1

Despite taking two storming starts and leading the first part of each Grand Prix moto, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Max Nagl was second on today’s podium behind AXO KTM Silver Action’s Jonathan Barragan. The latter secured his second consecutive win and third of 2008 by winning the final moto. After winning the opening moto, Teka Suzuki WMX1’s Steve Ramon ended third on the podium just one point ahead of series leader David Philippaerts of Yamaha Monster Motocross. GPKR’s Sebastien Pourcel rounded off the top five from Josh Coppins as both were caught up in a first corner accident during heat one.

MX1 1st Race:

Start MX1 / Photo by: Youthstream
Start MX1 / Photo by: Youthstream
Nagl led the group into turn one and set the pace until lap 17, when Ramon took over the lead to win eventually. Nagl had some troubles in the final laps, dropping down to fourth as both Philippaerts and Barragan moved past him. Philippaerts took second from Barragan, with the Italian ending close to Ramon when the flag was waved. De Dycker rounded off the top five from Tanel Leok and Mackenzie, who made Philippaerts’ life difficult in a tough fight for third. Pourcel and Coppins were eighth and ninth after a first corner crash.

MX1 2nd Race:

Steve Ramon / Photo by: Youthstream
Steve Ramon / Photo by: Youthstream
Nagl took another holeshot and led until ten minutes to go. Barragan made a final move on the German to take the victory and the overall, while Nagl faced Pourcel’s attacks. The latter came so close to Nagl in a corner that he made a mistake to avoid a crash; Pourcel then lost ground and brought the bike home in third. Coppins was a solid fourth ahead of Mackenzie and Philippaerts, who did not find an open door to pass the Brit. De Dycker and Ramon completed the top eight.
Podium MX1 / Photo by: Youthstream
Podium MX1 / Photo by: Youthstream

Event Results Class MX1, Nelspruit:

  1. Barragan, Jonathan (ESP, KTM) 20 - 25 - 45 points
  2. Nagl, Maximilian (GER, KTM) 18 - 22 - 40
  3. Ramon, Steve (BEL, Suzuki) 25 - 13 - 38
  4. Philippaerts, David (ITA, Yamaha) 22 - 15 - 37
  5. Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA, Kawasaki) 13 - 20 - 33
  6. Coppins, Joshua (NZL, Yamaha) 12 - 18 - 30
  7. Mackenzie, Billy (GBR, Honda) 14 - 16 - 30
  8. de Dycker, Ken (BEL, Suzuki) 16 - 14 - 30
  9. Leok, Tanel (EST, Kawasaki) 15 - 10 - 25
  10. Priem, Manuel (BEL, Kawasaki) 11 - 12 - 23
  11. Schiffer, Marcus (GER, KTM) 9 - 9 - 18
  12. Boniface, Steve (FRA, Honda) 8 - 8 - 16
  13. Noble, James (GBR, KTM) 7 - 7 - 14
  14. Desalle, Clement (BEL, Suzuki) 0 - 11 - 11
  15. Church, Tom (GBR, Kawasaki) 5 - 6 - 11
  16. Campano, Carlos (ESP, Yamaha) 6 - 5 - 11
  17. Bill, Julien (SUI, Honda) 10 - 0 - 10
  18. van der Westhuizen, Richard (RSA, Suzuki) 4 - 4 - 8
  19. Wheeler, Brandon (RSA, Suzuki) 2 - 3 - 5
  20. Raynard, Anthony (RSA, Yamaha) 3 - 1 - 4
  21. de Bruin, Johannes (RSA, Yamaha) 0 - 2 - 2
  22. Bowen, Kyle (RSA, KTM) 1 - 0 - 1
  23. Hanekom, Gerhard (RSA, Suzuki) 0 - 0 - 0
  24. Bergstrom, Roger (RSA, Yamaha) 0 - 0 - 0
  25. Porter, Tom (GBR, Yamaha) 0 - 0 - 0
  26. Lionnet, Graham (ZAM, Honda) 0 - 0 - 0
  27. Gous, Tommy (NAM, Yamaha) 0 - 0 - 0
  28. du Plessis, Marnus (RSA, KTM) 0 - 0 - 0
  29. Geldenhuys, Jaryd (RSA, Honda) 0 - 0 - 0
  30. Holliday, Dale (ZAM, Yamaha) 0 - 0 - 0
  31. Nemeth, Kornel (HUN, KTM) 0 - 0 - 0

MX2

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Tommy Searle took his third GP win of 2008 snatching the home success from team mate Tyla Rattray. The two won one moto each, with the South African taking the final moto but missing the overall result due to a first moto crash. Ricci Racing Yamaha’s Nicolas Aubin took his first season podium from French countryman Steven Frossard of CLS. KTM UK’s Shaun Simpson rounded off the top five. Reigning MX2 Champion Antonio Cairoli tangled up with another rider in the first heat, damaging his left knee and dropping out of both motos after a brave try to race.

MX2 1st Race:

Start MX2 / Photo by: Youthstream
Start MX2 / Photo by: Youthstream
Aubin started strong to lead the first half of the heat from a hungry Searle. In the remaining ten laps Searle took the first place and opened up a gap from Aubin, who finished second. Rattray recovered to third after a crash and finished ahead of Simpson and Frossard. Cairoli put together just four laps before retiring.

MX2 2nd Race:

Rattray made up for moto one and took a start to flag win of the final heat in front of Searle. The latter tried to catch Rattray unsuccessfully, ending second from Frossard who secured the top three by moving past Simpson. The Brit ended fourth from Aubin. After a great start, Cairoli tried to race with Rattray but at the end of the third lap he pulled out of the race.
Tyla Rattray / Photo by: Youthstream
Tyla Rattray / Photo by: Youthstream

Event Results Class MX2, Nelspruit:

  1. Searle, Tommy (GBR, KTM) 25 - 22 - 47 points
  2. Rattray, Tyla (RSA, KTM) 20 - 25 - 45
  3. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA, Yamaha) 22 - 16 - 38
  4. Frossard, Steven (FRA, Kawasaki) 16 - 20 - 36
  5. Simpson, Shaun (GBR, KTM) 18 - 18 - 36
  6. Boog, Xavier (FRA, Suzuki) 15 - 14 - 29
  7. van Horebeek, Jeremy (BEL, KTM) 12 - 15 - 27
  8. Musquin, Marvin (FRA, Honda) 14 - 13 - 27
  9. Leuret, Pascal (FRA, Suzuki) 9 - 11 - 20
  10. Sword, Stephen (GBR, Kawasaki) 11 - 8 - 19
  11. Guarneri, Davide (ITA, Yamaha) 13 - 6 - 19
  12. Nicholls, Jake (GBR, Suzuki) 5 - 10 - 15
  13. Monni, Manuel (ITA, Yamaha) 8 - 7 - 15
  14. Goncalves, Rui (POR, KTM) 10 - 4 - 14
  15. Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA, KTM) 4 - 9 - 13
  16. Boissiere, Anthony (FRA, KTM) 0 - 12 - 12
  17. Lupino, Alessandro (ITA, Yamaha) 6 - 5 - 11
  18. Aranda, Gregory (FRA, Kawasaki) 7 - 0 - 7
  19. Kok, Michael (RSA, KTM) 2 - 3 - 5
  20. Philippaerts, Deny (ITA, Yamaha) 3 - 2 - 5
  21. Branch, Ross (RSA, Kawasaki) 0 - 1 - 1
  22. Banks-Browne, Elliot (GBR, Suzuki) 1 - 0 - 1
  23. Picoto, Angelo (RSA, Yamaha) 0 - 0 - 0
  24. Angilley, Ryan (RSA, KTM) 0 - 0 - 0
  25. Frerichs, Grant (RSA, Suzuki) 0 - 0 - 0
  26. Avis, Wyatt (RSA, Honda) 0 - 0 - 0
  27. Roelants, Joel (BEL, KTM) 0 - 0 - 0
  28. de Jager, Wesley (RSA, Yamaha) 0 - 0 - 0
  29. Cairoli, Antonio (ITA, Yamaha) 0 - 0 - 0
  30. Sparg, Merik (RSA, Honda) 0 - 0 - 0
  31. Emslie, Leeroy (RSA, Honda) 0 - 0 - 0

In the World Championship points standings

Ramon took one point off his gap from Philippaerts as the duo are still second and first in the Championship respectively. Barragan moved up to fifth in the Championship with Pourcel dropping to sixth.
Podium MX2 / Photo by: Youthstream
Podium MX2 / Photo by: Youthstream
Rattray is still leading the MX2 Championship with Searle second. Cairoli dropped back to third and he currently has a 59 point gap from the South African. Simpson and Aubin round off the top five.

MX1 World Championship Classification:

  1. Philippaerts, David (ITA), 339 points
  2. Ramon, Steve (BEL), 328
  3. Coppins, Joshua (NZL), 316
  4. de Dycker, Ken (BEL), 296
  5. Barragan, Jonathan (ESP), 284
  6. Pourcel, Sebastien (FRA), 274
  7. Nagl, Maximilian (GER), 253
  8. Mackenzie, Billy (GBR), 235
  9. Leok, Tanel (EST), 234
  10. de Reuver, Marc (NED), 178
  11. Desalle, Clement (BEL), 173
  12. Priem, Manuel (BEL), 160
  13. Bill, Julien (SUI), 141
  14. Nemeth, Kornel (HUN), 115
  15. Brown, Mike (USA), 107
  16. Leok, Aigar (EST), 97
  17. Schiffer, Marcus (GER), 95
  18. Noble, James (GBR), 93
  19. Church, Tom (GBR), 66
  20. Boniface, Steve (FRA), 63

MX2 World Championship Classification:

  1. Rattray, Tyla (RSA), 416 points
  2. Searle, Tommy (GBR), 395
  3. Cairoli, Antonio (ITA), 357
  4. Simpson, Shaun (GBR), 287
  5. Aubin, Nicolas (FRA), 243
  6. Goncalves, Rui (POR), 241
  7. Boog, Xavier (FRA), 211
  8. van Horebeek, Jeremy (BEL), 197
  9. Frossard, Steven (FRA), 196
  10. Monni, Manuel (ITA), 187
  11. Musquin, Marvin (FRA), 173
  12. Sword, Stephen (GBR), 170
  13. Boissiere, Anthony (FRA), 158
  14. Tarroux, Jeremy (FRA), 140
  15. Guarneri, Davide (ITA), 133
  16. Aranda, Gregory (FRA), 101
  17. Roelants, Joel (BEL), 99
  18. Paulin, Gautier (FRA), 95
  19. Nunn, Carl (GBR), 73
  20. Avis, Wyatt (RSA), 56
Source: Press release Youthstream
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