Philippaerts and Musquin dominate in England - 2009
News Wednesday 08th August 2012 By Geoff Meyer
Both riders had won their qualification races on the Saturday and nothing changed on Sunday. Under beautiful weather conditions and on a circuit that was very similar to the 2008 version the Frenchman and Italian just looked better than anyone else and will both head to Ernee, France next weekend with more of the same in their minds.
Antonio Cairoli did well to finish 8th overall after starting both MX1 races from the outside of the start gate. The Italian still leads the MX1 points with 255pys, while Philippaerts is now second with 221pts. Fortunately for Cairoli both Jonathan Barragan and Ken De Dycker struggled, with De Dycker seventh overall in England and Barragan 10th.
The opening moto of the day wasn't the most exciting race of the season as new Red Bull KTM rider Marvin Musquin lead on the opening lap and pretty much stayed there.
His fellow Frenchie Gautier Paulin held second place early, although a mistake mid-race saw him drop back to third, and handed second place to Steven Frossard. Rui Goncalves started in fifth place and finished in seventh.
The first MX1 moto and Red Bull KTM rider Max Nagl led early from David Philippaerts, Mickael Pichon and Clement Desalle. British hero Brad Anderson held fifth position for some time, before slowing at the frantic pace and finishing top Brit in 12th position.
Antonio Cairoli started well back, and worked his way into 10th place, making sure he retained his big points lead in the series points.
The second MX2 moto and Goncalves took the early lead and led for the first 12 laps. He couldn't hold back Musquin though who took the lead and never looked back, taking the moto win and the overall. Musquin also moved well ahead of Paulin in the points race 234 to 219, while Guarneri and Goncalves have 208 and 202 respectively.
The final moto of the day was the second MX1 race and just like the first three motos this one didn't really give any major surprises, just constant lap times by the riders and a lack of position changes. Nagl again lead early, although this time he didn't make a mistake and led for much longer, winning the moto from GP winner Philippaerts.
I was riding good today and the bike is good and this track I always go fast and I like it very much, I am very happy. The first moto I pushed hard in the last ten minutes but Nagl went good, but he crashed, but he was riding good all day. I knew that Nagl was going fast and for me it was good to stay in the top three, but then he crashed.
I try to win again in Ernee, but every race is different.
I only saw Nagl today (not Cairoli, Barragan or De Dycker), I didn't see the other riders, the circuit was better on Saturday, but it was similar to last year. Today I started first and I am very happy. The team works good and the Yamaha is always good. What Pichon did is hard, it is hard to push for 40 minutes, but he had a good line and style and I think in France and Germany he will be better.
I am really happy with today, I have the podium and it was time for me, I knew I had the speed all year, and with Stefan I worked hard to change my head and hopefully I can step it up and stay on the podium. My confidence is now better. I was really pushing but this track is hard to pass and I made a mistake and crashed. I was really disappointed with the crash today, because I should have won the GP. My plan was to get on the podium.
With the hand injury it wasn't easy in Spain, but this week it was okay. My hand isn't too bad, taping it is very important. My plan was if my hand wasn't better in the coming weeks that I would get a cast, but if I can continue with the training that will be much better. Hopefully I am now where I expect to be.
In the qualification race yesterday I had a crash with Cairoli and I was last then I came to 19th and made another mistake and was 26th or something then I came back to sixth, so that gave me confidence for today.
Sure I am happy to be on the podim, but I would have liked second. I made a mistake in the second heat and it was shit, because I lost contact with David and I could have done better. I was sixth and came back to three and my start was good today. I felt some pain on my hand after my crash, but it is just a small thing.
I didn't feel any pressure that Pichon was also on Honda. For me I have to think about myself. Ernee is a good track, they made some changes, it should be good and I do my best there.
My confidence is good and I feel good on my new bike and I am happy to come here. I like the track and yesterday I was fast and I won the qualification and I was confident for today. I took a good start in the first moto and my second start wasn't so good but I came back to win. This is my second GP win and my first 1-1 result, and I am very happy for that.
I did a good lap during the times practise on Saturday and I took pole and took the first gate and the holeshot and I won, I did a really fast lap at the start of the race yesterday and today again I had a great start and I needed that to win.
In the second moto I took a bad start with Guarneri and I took it easy at the start and I came back good and I waited with Frossard and Goncalves and I stayed focused and after ten minutes
I passed Frossard and Goncalves and I felt good. This is good for my home GP next week to go there with the red place and for the people who follow me.
The new track is Ernee is more like Supercross with a whoop section and I like it, plus big jumps and the corners are the same. The KTM was fast and I felt good on this bike. I want to win and I want to try my best all the time.
Well, it was a difficult weekend and tough. It was hard to pass and I had a good start in the first moto, but I couldn't get Musquin. In the second moto I had a good start and I saw him coming up and there was no way to block him coming to me. I was also very tried. Maybe if I had passing Goncalves earlier I could have opened a gap, but I couldn't pass Goncalves and then Marvin put pressure on me.
I would love to win my home GP, as you can see today three Frenchman on the podium, it will be hard to win my home Grand Prix. I have started to think that I could win and I could win a GP at the start of the season, all I need is to get good starts to win a GP and that will come soon I hope.
For sure it's big points (Musquin scored today) and Marvin was good today. In Spain I had a bad week, but I worked hard and came back and I proved today I was fast, I crashed also today and that didn't help.
When I am riding I don't think about the other riders. I am just thinking about my riding and it isn't my problem what the other riders have or do.
Last year I was young and I did many mistakes, but this year I know what I want and I want to be on the front and do good races. Same as Valkenswaard I was not good in 2008, but there I was good this year.
Grand Prix of Great Britain - Results
MX2 Moto One: 1. Marvin Musquin (KTM); 2. Steven Frossard (Kaw); 3. Gautier Paulin (Kaw); 4. Davide Guarneri (Yam); 5. Manuel Monni (Yam); 6. Anthony Boissiere (KTM); 7. Rui Goncalves (KTM); 8. Jeremy Van HoreBeek (KTM); 9. Ken Roczen (Suz); 10. Xavier Boog (Suz); 11. Nicolas Aubin (Yam); 12. Loic Larrieu (Yam); 13. Stephen Sword (KTM); 14. Joel Roelants (KTM); 15. Jake Nicholls (KTM)
MX2 Moto two: 1. Marvin Musquin (KTM); 2. Rui Goncalves (KTM); 3. Steve Frossard (Kaw); 4. Gautier Paulin (Kaw); 5. Jeremy Van Horebeek (KTM); 6. Stephen Sword (KTM); 7. Xavier Boog (Suz); 8. Ken Roczen (Suz); 9. Manuel Monni (Yam); 10. Davide Guarneri (Yam); 11. Anthony Boissiere (KTM); 12. Arnaud Tonus (KTM); 13. Valentin Teillet (KTM); 14. Dennis Verbruggen (Hon); 15. Khounsith Vongsana (Hon)
MX2 O/A: 1. Musquin 50pts, 2. Frossard 42pts, 3. Paulin 38pts, 4. Goncalves 36pts, 5. Van Horebeek 29pts, 6. Guarneri 29pts, 7. Monni 28pts, 8. Boog 25pts, 9. Roczen 25pts, 10. 25pts
MX2 Championship points: 1. Musquin 234pts, 2. Paulin 219pts, 3. Guarneri 208pts, 4. Goncalves 202pts, 5. Frossard 178pts, 6. Boog 166pts, 7. Aubin 136pts, 8. Van Horebeek 118pts, 9. Monni 115pts, 10. Osborne 100pts
MX1 Moto One: 1. David Philippaerts (Yam); 2. Clement Desalle (Hon); 3. Jonathan Barragan (KTM); 4. Max Nagl (KTM); 5. Josh Coppins (Yam); 6. Ken De Dycker (Suz); 7. Mickael Pichon (Hon); 8. Tanel Leok (Yam); 9. Gregory Aranda (Kaw); 10. Antonio Cairoli (Yam); 11. Gareth Swanepoel (Kaw); 12. Brad Anderson (Hon); 13. Aigar Leok (TM); 14. Carl Nunn (Suz); 15. Jason Dougan (CCM)
MX1 Moto two: Max Nagl (KTM); 2. David Philippaerts (Yam); 3. Clement Desalle (Hon); 4. Josh Coppins (Yam); 5. Billy Mackenzie (Hon); 6. Tanel Leok (Yam); 7. Mickael Pichon (Hon); 8. Antonio Cairoli (Yam); 9. Gregory Aranda (Kaw); 10. Carl Nunn (Suz); 11. Ken De Dycker (Suz); 12. Bradley Anderson (Hon); 13. Carlos Campano (Yam); 14. Filip Neugebaurer (Kaw); 15. Manuel Priem (Aprilia)
MX1 O/A: 1. Philippaerts 47pts, 2. Nagl 43pts, 3. Desalle 42pts, 4. Coppins 34pts, 5. Leok 28pts, 6. Mickael Pichon 28pts, 7. Ken De Dycker 25pts, 8. Antonio Cairoli 24pts, 9. Gregory Aranda 24pts, 10. Jonathan Barragan 20pts.
MX1 Championship points: 1. Antonio Cairoli 255pts, 2. David Philippaerts 221pts, 3. Jonathan Barragan 215pts, 4. Josh Coppins 209pts, 5. Ken De Dycker 208pts, 6. Clement Desalle 204pts, 7. Max Nagl 198pts, 8. Tanel Leok 190pts, 9. Gareth Swanepoel 106pts, 10. David Vuillemin 101