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05.04.2009 Grand Prix of Bulgaria in Sevlievo (BUL) - Qualifying

Exciting qualifying heats give pole’s to De Dycker and Musquin

Again two exciting qualifying moto’s decided the start gate positions for tomorrow’s Grand Prix with Ken de Dycker taking the MX1 pole and Marvin Musquin the MX2. De Dycker had to battle it out with team mate Ramon and Desalle before wrapping up the qualifying heat win as Musquin dominated the MX2 heat after a stunning pre-qualifying.
Sevlievo / Photo by: Youthstream
Sevlievo / Photo by: Youthstream


KTM Silver Action’s Barragan took a storming start and led the pack into the first corner followed by a hungry Desalle of LS Motors Honda. The Spaniard tried to pull away but crashed and handed the lead to Desalle. Towards the end of the heat the Teka Suzuki WMX1 duo Ramon-De Dycker came close to the Belgian. Ramon was the first to move past but an attempt to fight back saw Desalle run wide in a corner and lose more positions. De Dycker found himself in second and attacked Ramon to take the eventual win from his team mate. Barragan, who also exploited Desalle’s mistake, ended in third while Desalle was an eventual fourth.
Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki) / Photo by: Youthstream
Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki) / Photo by: Youthstream
Max Nagl rounded off the top five ahead of Josh Coppins, who crashed throughout the heat. Cairoli took a hard fought seventh by passing last year’s Sevlievo GP winner Philippaerts at the very last lap. Championship leader Tanel Leok ended in ninth ahead of Strijbos, who put in some strong laps in the early stages. Last year’s poleman Sebastien Pourcel struggled again with his left shoulder and ended in 17th place.

MX1 Qualifying Race (Top 20):

  1. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), 24:15.227; ;
  2. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:01.888;
  3. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM), +0:03.382;
  4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), +0:05.460;
  5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:06.267;
  6. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:08.830;
  7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), +0:10.484;
  8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:12.273;
  9. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), +0:13.081;
  10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Honda), +0:14.855;
  11. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Honda), +0:31.709;
  12. Julien Bill (SUI, Aprilia), +0:33.250;
  13. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:34.382;
  14. James Noble (GBR, Suzuki), +0:35.755;
  15. Cedric Melotte (BEL, Honda), +0:36.513;
  16. Manuel Priem (BEL, Aprilia), +0:38.375;
  17. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:42.552;
  18. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:43.809;
  19. David Vuillemin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:48.961;
  20. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), +0:52.175;


NGS’ Marvin Musquin was the dominator of a thrilling MX2 qualifying heat in Sevlievo where the French had shown an impressive speed already in the pre qualifying through an impressive lap time-two seconds faster than second placed Aubin. Once Musquin got rid of early leader Rui Goncalves of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing he pulled away with the lead reaching an advantage of 12 seconds. Eventually he slowed down and secured his maiden qualifying heat win. Third placed Goncalves let CLS’ Steven Frossard by but the Portuguese rode solid and took a much better result than last weekend, when his qualifying was hampered by a crash at the first corner. Frossard put in a strong moto by passing both Goncalves and French countryman Aubin of Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team, who ended in fourth ahead of other French Xavier Boog.
Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda) / Photo by: Youthstream
Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda) / Photo by: Youthstream
Championship leader Gautier Paulin of Bud Racing recovered to sixth after starting from the 16th place. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Simpson crashed at mid race distance and dropped off the top four to finish in eighth. Faenza’s qualifying heat winner Tonus ended 19th after a crash at the first lap as KTM fellow rider Van Horebeek crashed.

MX2 Qualifying Race (Top 20):

  1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, Honda), 24:09.946; ;
  2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:06.431;
  3. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +0:08.132;
  4. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:09.448;
  5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), +0:09.544;
  6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:16.828;
  7. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:20.356;
  8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:24.147;
  9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Yamaha), +0:24.754;
  10. Pascal Leuret (FRA, Honda), +0:27.312;
  11. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM), +0:32.985;
  12. Valentin Teillet (FRA, KTM), +0:36.399;
  13. Yohei Kojima (JPN, Suzuki), +0:41.308;
  14. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:41.525;
  15. Jason Clermont (FRA, Honda), +0:43.946;
  16. Loic Larrieu (FRA, Yamaha), +0:44.520;
  17. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:47.829;
  18. Khounsith Vongsana (FRA, Honda), +0:48.427;
  19. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KTM), +0:49.315;
  20. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), +0:53.588;

Women's MX World Championship

Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM) / Photo by: Youthstream
Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM) / Photo by: Youthstream
The day heated up at the qualifying session where the trio Lancelot, Laier and new entry Gieger ended on top with just 0.160 seconds in between them. Lancelot ended on pole followed by the two rivals.
Seffi Laier of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing took the opening moto of the 2009 season, the second of the Women’s World Championship. Laier battled it out with archrival Livia Lancelot of Kawasaki Racing and with Ashley Fiolek of LS Motors Honda with the latter taking the holeshot and leading during the opening laps. Defending Champion Lancelot then moved past Fiolek and so did Laier three laps later. The German came close to Lancelot and moved past her with four laps to go. Eventually Laier pulled away and made it to the chequered flag with a five second advantage over runner up Lancelot. Fiolek was third. Maria Franke and Elin Mann rounded off the top five as Tarah Gieger, the first woman to have ever ridden a Red Bull Motocross of Nations (Budds Creek 2007), recovered from dead last to 14th after a crash in the opening laps.

Women's - Time Practice Classification (Top 20):

  1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 25:54.291; ;
  2. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:06.916;
  3. Ashley Fiolek (USA, Honda), +0:36.372;
  4. Elin Mann (SWE, KTM), +0:45.998;
  5. Marianne Veenstra (NED, Suzuki), +0:49.710;
  6. Tarah Gieger (USA, Yamaha), +0:56.962;
  7. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +1:05.300;
  8. Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki), +1:18.670;
  9. Nathalie Kane (IRL, Suzuki), +1:51.160;
  10. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +1:53.639;
  11. Nicky van Wordragen (NED, KTM), +1:55.274;
  12. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:56.941;
  13. Elien De Winter (BEL, Honda), +1:58.040;
  14. Brenda Wagemans (BEL, KTM), +2:09.359;
  15. Sara Petterson (SWE, KTM), +2:14.544;
  16. Marielle De Mol (NED, Yamaha), -1 lap(s);
  17. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s);
  18. Marie Romlin (SWE, KTM), -1 lap(s);
  19. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), -1 lap(s);
  20. Sophia Paull (GBR, Honda), -1 lap(s);

Women's - 1st moto (Top 20):

  1. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 25:05.680; ;
  2. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:05.026;
  3. Ashley Fiolek (USA, Honda), +0:18.143;
  4. Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki), +0:49.973;
  5. Elin Mann (SWE, KTM), +0:53.950;
  6. Nathalie Kane (IRL, Suzuki), +0:58.461;
  7. Marianne Veenstra (NED, Suzuki), +1:19.660;
  8. Elien De Winter (BEL, Honda), +1:33.192;
  9. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +1:33.339;
  10. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +1:34.460;
  11. Anne Borchers (GER, Suzuki), +1:40.349;
  12. Marielle De Mol (NED, Yamaha), +1:46.111;
  13. Brenda Wagemans (BEL, KTM), +1:57.721;
  14. Tarah Gieger (USA, Yamaha), +2:13.703;
  15. Sara Petterson (SWE, KTM), -1 lap(s);
  16. Britt van der Wekken (NED, Honda), -1 lap(s);
  17. Sophia Paull (GBR, Honda), -1 lap(s);
  18. Alix Dunlop (GBR, CCM), -1 lap(s);
  19. Francesca Nocera (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s);
  20. Jenny Seidenberg (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s);
Source: Press release Youthstream
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