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09.02.2009 26. Mantova Starcross in Mantova (ITA) - Results

Kevin Strijbos wins season opener

Mantova’s Starcross traditionally opens the Motocross season being the first International race to take place. In this 2009 edition Martin Honda’s Kevin Strijbos took victory in the MX1 class as Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Shaun Simpson took the MX2 class. For both riders it was the first competitive outing with their new teams.
Strijbos dominates Mantova Starcross / Photo by: Youthstream
Strijbos dominates Mantova Starcross / Photo by: Youthstream
Strijbos was the dominator of the day as he went on to take victory in all races. At his maiden outing on the Martin Honda colors, the first triumph came on the “one vs one” challenge, a classic in Mantova’s program, where the Belgian battled it out with new team mate Marc De Reuver. The three moto’s continued with Strijbos ending on top again as he took solid starts to conquer the lead later on in the races. Among Kevin’s main rivals were Jonathan Barragan, who went close to winning the second heat, and Max Nagl. The KTM Factory duo rounded up the podium while Ken de Dycker and Josh Coppins completed the top five overall.
Bad luck hit local favourites Yamaha Monster Motocross’ David Philippaerts, the 2008 MX1 World Champion, and Yamaha Red Bull De Carli’s Tony Cairoli. Philippaerts suffered a technical problem in heat one and went out of the second heat, though a solid second in the final moto made up for the first two. Several crashes prevented Cairoli from stepping on Mantova’s podium but the Sicilian will keep on working to prepare his first World Championship season in the MX1 class.
In the MX2 class Shaun Simpson ended up being the quickest on the track. Simpson was at his first race with the Red Bull KTM Team after having completed a group training with all the KTM Factory riders at team manager Stefan Everts’ facilities in Benicasim, Spain. Team mate Rui Goncalves and Marcus Schiffer completed the MX2 rostrum.
1st Moto 2nd Moto 3rd Moto
1. Kevin Strijbos
2. Ken De Dycker
3. Maximilian Nagl
4. Jonathan Barragan
5. Joshua Coppins
6. Clement Desalle
7. Steve Ramon
8. Shaun Simpson
9. Tanel Leok
10. Marc De Reuver
11. Manuel Priem
12. Gareth Swanepoel
13. Julien Bill
14. Yohei Kojima
15. Michael Kadlecek
16. Manuel Monni
17. Marcus Schiffer
18. Steven Frossard
19. Alex Salvini
20. Rodrig Thain
21. Rui Goncalves
22. Xavier Boog
23. Alessandro Lupino
24. Lars Oldekamp
25. Loic Rombaut
26. Ken Roczen
27. Petr Smitka
28. Roberto Lombrici
29. Deny Philippaerts
30. Loik Leonce
31. Fabio Maggiore
32. Tanus Borka
33. Davide Turchet
34. Luca Malimpensa
35. Alessandro Pagliacci
36. Ferdinando Benedini
37. Luca Fontanesi
38. Nick Triest
39. Pascal Leuret
40. David Philippaerts
41. Antonio Cairoli
42. Gert Krestinov
43. Martin Michek
44. Martin Gonzales
45. Christian Stevanini
46. Christophe Martin
47. Morris Ghidinelli
48. James Noble
49. Kenny Van Dueren
50. Gregory Aranda
51. Filippo Bertuzzo
52. Gianluca Martini
53. Andrea Cervellin
1. Kevin Strijbos
2. Jonathan Barragan
3. Maximilian Nagl
4. Marc De Reuver
5. Joshua Coppins
6. Steve Ramon
7. Shaun Simpson
8. Rui Goncalves
9. Marcus Schiffer
10. Clement Desalle
11. Xavier Boog
12. Gareth Swanepoel
13. Julien Bill
14. Pascal Leuret
15. Gregory Aranda
16. Ken De Dycker
17. Manuel Priem
18. Tanel Leok
19. Manuel Monni
20. Yohei Kojima
21. Rodrig Thain
22. Petr Smitka
23. Ken Roczen
24. Deny Philippaerts
25. Lars Oldekamp
26. Kenny Van Dueren
27. Martin Michek
28. Gianluca Martini
29. Loic Rombaut
30. Michael Kadlecek
31. Christophe Martin
32. Roberto Lombrici
33. Fabio Maggiore
34. Alessandro Lupino
35. Steven Frossard
36. Tanus Borka
37. Alessandro Pagliacci
38. Andrea Cervellin
39. Luca Malimpensa
40. Davide Turchet
41. Luca Fontanesi
42. Michele Tavelli
43. Martin Gonzales
44. David Philippaerts
45. Nick Triest
46. Antonio Cairoli
47. Alex Salvini
48. Loik Leonce
49. Christian Stevanini
50. Gert Krestinov
51. Ferdinando Benedini
52. Filippo Bertuzzo
53. James Noble
1. Kevin Strijbos
2. David Philippaerts
3. Jonathan Barragan
4. Maximilian Nagl
5. Steve Ramon
6. Ken De Dycker
7. Joshua Coppins
8. Tanel Leok
9. Shaun Simpson
10. Rui Goncalves
11. Julien Bill
12. Gareth Swanepoel
13. Marcus Schiffer
14. Manuel Monni
15. Gregory Aranda
16. Ken Roczen
17. Alessandro Lupino
18. Martin Michek
19. Loic Rombaut
20. Kenny Van Dueren
21. Michael Kadlecek
22. James Noble
23. Christophe Martin
24. Lars Oldekamp
25. Nick Triest
26. Loik Leonce
27. Roberto Lombrici
28. Davide Turchet
29. Filippo Bertuzzo
30. Michele Tavelli
31. Steven Frossard
32. Luca Fontanesi
33. Fabio Maggiore
34. Yohei Kojima
35. Andrea Cervellin
36. Gert Krestinov
37. Martin Gonzales
38. Christian Stevanini
39. Deny Philippaerts
40. Antonio Cairoli
41. Rodrig Thain
42. Tanus Borka
43. Xavier Boog
44. Alex Salvini
45. Gianluca Martini
46. Luca Malimpensa
47. Petr Smitka
48. Manuel Priem
49. Clement Desalle
50. Pascal Leuret
51. Marc De Reuver

Overall MX1 Overall MX2
1. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Honda) 75 points
2. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, KTM) 60
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM) 58
4. Ken De Dycker (BEL, Suzuki) 47
5. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha) 46
6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki) 45
7. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha) 34
8. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki) 34
9. Julien Bill (SUI, Aprilia) 33
10. Marc De Reuver (NED, Honda) 30
1. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM) 75 points
2. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM) 59
3. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM) 58
4. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha) 53
5. Yohei Kojima (JAP, Suzuki) 41
6. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki) 38
7. Lars Oldekamp (GER, KTM) 34
8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki) 34
9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha) 33
10. Loic Rombaut (FRA, Kawasaki) 32
Source: Youthstream
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