Grand Prix of Latvia – A Look back to 2010
News Wednesday 11th July 2012 By Geoff Meyer
Second overall was Ken Roczen (Teka Suzuki) with 2-3 and third overall Steven Frossard (Pro-Circuit Kawasaki) with 4-2 results. Defending World Champion and red plate owner Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) finished in fourth place overall after crashing in the first corner of the second moto and fighting his way back to seventh place. He had won the opening moto.
In the MX1 it was Teka Suzuki rider Clement Desalle went 1-2 for the GP overall, leading home Antonio Cairoli who went 1-4 and Steve Ramon (Teka Suzuki) who scored 3-3 results. Surprise packet Evgeny Bobryshev of the CAS Honda team deserves mention with his stunning 2-4 results for fourth overall.
Herlings led the MX2 riders into the first corner followed by Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen. Musquin was onto the back wheel of Herlings and the two Red Bull KTM riders blitzed away from the pack as they battled for the top spot.
Further back came Frossard, Kullas, Roelants, Simpson, Tonus, Vongsana and Van Horebeek in 10th place.
Musquin put a nice move on Herlings as the two nearly collided and moved into first place, while Roczen was also involved in the race for the moto win.
Not a lot changed for positional play, however the last couple of laps were really exciting as Roczen started pushing the two KTM riders.
With two laps to go Roczens pit put out the sign “You can go “and it was then that Roczen really started putting together some quick laps. He first passed Herlings and then pulled up to the back wheel of the leader.
Despite giving it everything he had Roczen couldn’t find a way past the crafty Frenchman who went on to win from Roczen, Herlings
The opening MX1 moto and Ramon took the lead from Bobryshev and Cairoli although the CAS Honda rider quickly took the lead and started pulling away. Ramon held second, followed by Philippaerts, Cairoli, Desalle, Boog, Nagl, Guarneri and Boissiere in 10th place.
The Russian charger was riding well in front and another surprise was Jimmy Albertson who held third place and battled with Desalle. On lap two Desalle found a way past the Martin Honda rider, while Philippaerts and Cairoli fought for fifth place.
While Bobryshev held a six second lead over Ramon on lap six Desalle was a further two seconds back, and then came Philippaerts and Cairoli 19 and 20 seconds behind the lead rider.
Desalle passed Ramon and Albertson was finding it tough as the depth in the MX1 class started taking its toll on the America. He slipped back to ninth place as riders like Cairoli, Boog, Nagl, and Guarneri all found their way past him. Behind him came Leok, De Dycker, Goncalves, Boissiere, Coppins and Swanepoel, all former GP winners. Soon after Leok and De Dycker also went past.
Desalle was closing in on Bobryshev as it was just a four second lead now with around four laps to go. With the pressure of leading his first ever Grand Prix race on his shoulders Bobryshev finally felt the power of Desalle with two laps to go when the Belgian moved into the lead.
Desalle eventually won from Bobryshev 12 seconds back, then came Ramon, Cairoli, Philippaerts, Boog, Guarneri, Leok and De Dycker.
Second MX2 moto and a huge shock as Musquin goes down and can’t start his bike. Herlings leads from Frossard and Roczen, with Roelants in fourth, Nicholls in fifth and Paulin sixth.
Frossard passed Herlings on the second lap. Paulin was coming through passing both Nicholls and Roelants and moving into fourth place.
Not along changed up front however Musquin was making a mad charge through the field from last but on lap eight was 13th and reeling in Teillet and Leib.
Herlings and Roczen were again in a fight for the second place and the two teenagers kept leader Frossard in sight.
After 11 laps Musquin moved into 11th position as Simpson dropped off the pace in 12th, while Zach Osborne was making progress charging into seventh place. The top three were separated by just one second.
The front three were putting on a show for the large crowd. Frossard surrender his lead to Herlings and soon after Roczen also went past. The two teenagers were again powering around the beautifully prepared circuit.
The last four laps were amazing as Herlings led Roczen and Frossard and all three had a chance to win the race and the GP. Frossard passed Roczen with two laps to go and started after leader Herlings. Frossard needed to pass Herlings to get a 4-1 result and the GP win, while Herlings needed to win the moto to get a 1-3 for the GP win. On the other hand right behind them Roczen needed to finish second to have a chance of winning the GP.
Herling won from Frossard and Roczen, Musquin was back in seventh place.
The last race of the day was the second MX1 moto and it was Nagl who led from Desalle, Cairoli, Ramon, Boog, Philippaerts, Swanepoel, Albertson and Bobryshev in 10th place.
Cairoli and Desalle both passed Nagl and Cairoli just took off. Wanting to prove who the fastest Motocrosser in the World is the Italian started putting down quicker lap times and made a break from the pack.
Not a lot was happening in this moto, although Cairoli had pulled 18 seconds on Desalle, while Ramon was a further two seconds back and in fourth place was moto one hero Bobryshev.
A big change from the previous MX2 moto this race just unfolded with little action between the riders. Cairoli with an 18 second lead over Desalle, then another four seconds to Ramon and a further eight seconds to Bobryshev.
The final moto positions being Cairoli, Desalle, Ramon, Bobryshev, Boog, Philippaerts, Nagl, Leok, Goncalves, Guarneri, Boissiere, Swanpoel, Strijbos, De Dycker and Walkner in 15th place.
Last year I was close to win, but I got a problem with my clutch in the second moto, so I am happy to win today. I win GP, but I also wanted to win the second moto, but Antonio was too fast and I just concentrated on my lines and not make a mistake. The first moto I enjoyed because I won and I made good battles with the other riders. I didn’t crash this weekend and my shoulder feels good. It wasn’t difficult to pass Bobryshev, I saw that he was getting tired and I concentrated on my lines and I was catching him by two seconds a lap and then just passed him. Thirty five minutes and two laps is long, but it is the same for everyone.
For sure it is nice to be on the podium, but my goals is to win every single moto. The first moto I was sleeping a little, I was faster than him, but I couldn’t pass him. He rode good and I also rode good. The second race I wanted to be more aggressive and I knew I was fast on this track. I just wanted to push from the beginning and that work for me. I always try to win, but today Clement was too fast, expesially in the first heat. The next GP is in Sweden and it’s a nice track there and I hope we have a good race there. Last year the track was better, softer and more lines, today was harder and it didn’t get as rough, but it is still one of my favorite tracks.
You know I am happy to be on the podium, it gives me a good feeling. I haven’t been riding the bike since Portugal, only 10 minutes in Lommel and that is all. My riding was good, first moto a holeshot, but Bobryshev and Desalle were too fast. Second moto I felt better than the first moto, I felt good behind Clement, but I had some pain in my hands and arm and I didn’t want to take any risks. In France a rock also hit my arm, and last weekend I almost couldn’t ride, so difficult to control the throttle. My arm was getting better, so I hope tomorrow and the day after I don’t have too much pain. I look forward to Sweden.
It is an awesome feeling, it’s a little like home with the sand, it’s not deep sand, some places hard. I struggled a little in the first moto and Marvin passed me and I tried to pass back but then Ken got me also. The second moto I saw that Steven was getting tired and I passed him, then in the last lap Steven surprised me as I looked back and saw him centrmeters behind him. Steven surprised me a lot, I know Ken is always fast in the last few laps, but when I looked back and saw Steven I didn’t expect that. The main problem has been not staying on two wheels, but this weekend everything works out great. I was counting points before and I was thinking too much about what went wrong. I took today as training, just slowly get my lap times better. It as great.
I think the track wasn’t as good as last year. It was harder and difficult to ride. The first race I came back on Marvin and happy with second place. The second moto my start wasn’t as good and I was with Jeffrey and we had a good race with the three of us. Some parts on the track I didn’t have good lines and then Steven passed me and I didn’t like that. I believed I could pass Marvin in that first moto, I was next to him. I didn’t look at the pit board, I should have looked because then you know how much time I had.
This weekend I had good starts, but it was so fast in front and I finished fourth. I started second in the second moto and passed Herlings, I felt good on my bike, then I made a mistake and I said to myself in my head these guys are 16 years old I have to beat them. I am happy with this weekend.
In the second moto I crashed on the second corner, there was water there. I was disappointed and angry, but I was tired on the first lap, I said I need to come back. I didn’t want to lose many points, and I came back to seventh and I was happy. The track was really difficult.
Grand Prix of Latvia results
MX2 Moto one: 1.Marvin Musquin (KTM); 2. Ken Roczen (Suz); 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM); 4. Steven Frossard (Kaw); 5. Joel Roelants (KTM); 6. Harri Kullas (Yam); 7. Gautier Paulin (Yam); 8. Shaun Simpson (KTM); 9. Valentin Teillet (KTM); 10. Christophe Charlier (Yam); 11. Khounsith Vongsana (KTM); 12. Arnaud Tonus (Suz); 13. Jake Nicholls (KTM); 14. Matiss Karro (Suz); 15. Nick Triest (KTM)
MX2 Moto two: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM); 2. Steven Frossard (Kaw); 3. Ken Roczen (Suz); 4. Gautier Paulin (Yam); 5. Zach Osborne (Yam); 6. Joel Roelants (KTM); 7. Marvin Musquin (KTM); 8. Arnaud Tonus (Suz); 9. Christophe Charlier (Yam); 10. Jake Nicholls (KTM); 11. Michael Leib (Kaw); 12. Harri Kullas (Yam); 13. Shaun Simpson (KTM); 14. Valentin Teillet (KTM); 15. Matiss Karro (Suz)
MX2 O/A: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (45pts); 2. Ken Roczen (42pts); 3. Steven Frossard (40pts); 4. Marvin Musquin (39pts); 5. Gautier Paulin (32pts); 6. Joel Roelants (31pts); 7. Harri Kullas (24pts); 8. Christophe Charlier (23pts); 9. Arnaud Tonus (22pts); 10. Shaun Simpson (21pts); 11. Jake Nicholls (19pts); 12. Valentin Teillet (19pts); 13. Zach Osborne (16pts); 14. Matiss Karro (13pts); 15. Nick Triest (11pts)
MX2 Championship points: 1. Marvin Musquin 404pts, 2. Ken Roczen 330pts, 3. Steven Frossard 308pts, 4. Jeffrey Herlings 286pts, 5. Zach Osborne 249pts, 6. Shaun Simpson 246pts, 7. Arnaud Tonus 236pts, 8. Joel Roelants 214pts, 9. Jeremy van Horebeek 209pts, 10. Harri Kullas 182pts, 11. Jake Nicholls 177pts, 12. Christophe Charlier 153pts, 13. Gautier Paulin 132pts, 14. Dennis Verbruggen 127pts, 15. Alex Lupino 111pts
MX1 Moto one: 1. Clement Desalle (Suz); 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (Hon); 3. Steve Ramon (Suz); 4. Antonio Cairoli (KTM); 5. David Philippaerts (Yam); 6. Xavier Boog (Kaw); 7. Max Nagl (KTM); 8. Davide Guarneri (Hon); 9. Tanel Leok (Hon); 10. Ken De Dycker (Yam); 11. Rui Goncalves (KTM); 12. Jimmy Albertson (Hon); 13. Anthony Boissiere ™, 14. Josh Coppins (Aprilia); 15. Gareth Swanepoel (Hon)
MX1 O/A: 1. Clement Desalle 47pts, 2. Antonio Cairoli 43pts, 3. Steve Ramon 40pts, 4. Evgeny Bobryshev 40pts, 5. Xavier Boog 31pts, 6. David Philippaerts 31pts, 7. Max Nagl 28pts, 8. Tanel Leok 25pts, 9. Davide Guarneri 24pts, 10. Rui Goncalves 22pts, 11. Anthony Boissiere 18pts, 12. Ken De Dycker 18pts, 13. Gareth Swanepoel 15pts, 14. Kevin Strijbos 13pts, 15. Jimmy Albertson 9pts
MX1 World Championship points: 1. Antonio Cairoli 384pts, 2. Clement Desalle 323pts, 3. David Philippaerts 298pts, 4. Steve Ramon 277pts, 5. Max Nagl 276pts, 6. Ken De Dycker 269pts, 7. Xavier Boog 248pts, 8. Tanel Leok 207pts, 10. Davide Guarneri 189pts, 11. Anthony Boissiere 134pts, 12. Kevin Strijbos 134pts, 13. Gareth Swanepoel 126pts, 14. Josh Coppins 120pts, 15. Rui Goncalves 104pts