Herlings and Desalle win in Portugal
News Sunday 10th June 2012 By Geoff Meyer
The opening moto of the day was the MX2 moto one and with a lot of water Covering the circuit after constant rain overnight it was Herlings who led into the first corner, then came Van Horebeek, Tixier and Searle, and then came Coldenhoff and Nicholls.
With the circuit being very muddy it was tough times for the riders who followed behind, Coldenhoff was Searle and then came Nicholls, Teillet, Febvre, Ferrandis, Roelants, Tonus, Butron and Pocock. Van Horebeek continued to follow Herlings and not giving up the chase on his team-mate. Searle got Coldenhoff back, moving into fourth place, but the KTM riders are long gone.
A couple of good battles as Teillet passes Nicholls for sixth place and Searle passes Tixier for third place. Searle again clocking the quickest times of the race, just as he did in France last week. Teillet passes Coldenhoff for fifth place as Anstie and Pocock hold down 12th and 13th positions.
Nicholls and Roelants also get into a nice little fight for 7th position. British riders on the charge as Nicholls passes Coldenhoff and Anstie moves into ninth place. Pocock however dropped back to 14th place as his team-mate Tonus was in eighth place. Herlings lead is 11 seconds after eight laps and Searle starts to reel in Van Horebeek with just six seconds between those two.
Searle had all sorts of problems as Tixier passes, but Searle gets him straight back, although is now 28 seconds behind the leader Herlings and 12 seconds behind Van Horebeek.
MX1 moto one and it's Pourcel who leads from Desalle, Cairoli, Paulin, Barragan and Seb Pourcel. Pourcel who showed what a great rider he is in the mud in Brazil looks strong early, but Desalle is not letting him go. In fact Desalle put a pass on Pourcel and took the lead after 10 minutes.
Paulin was putting pressure on Cairoli for third place, and De Dycker passed Guarneri for seventh place after a slow start. Just as it looked like Cairoli was making ground on Pourcel and Desalle he made a mistake and was passed by Paulin and Barragan. De Dycker was up to sixth place in another great ride on the 2013 KTM 450cc machine.
Cairoli is all over Barragan and looking for a way past the Spaniard. Karro is doing well in 10th place, ahead of Bobryshev. Pourcel starts working hard and is now closer to Desalle for the moto win, while Paulin is a lonely third place some 11 seconds back.
Cairoli eventually got past Barragan and De Dycker was now putting pressure on his former LS Honda team-mate. Cairoli is now fire now as he catches and passes Paulin for third place, he is now 15 seconds behind Desalle and 13 seconds behind second placed Pourcel.
Bobryshevs season took a turn for the worst as he DNFed the race and De Dycker started chasing Paulin for fourth place. Cairoli is now 12 seconds behind Desalle and eight behind Pourcel and here comes another charge from the Italian legend.
Desalle got the win from Pourcel, Cairoli, Paulin, De Dycker, Barragan, Boog, Pourcel, Karro, Guarneri.
A big crash in the first corner of the second MX2 moto, but the battle up front was Herlings and Searle. Herlings was quick to grab the lead as he led Searle, Ferrandis, Van Horebeek, Anstie, Pocock, and Nicholls.
Anstie moved into third place and you have love the British riders holding down second, third, sixth and seventh. Jake Nicholls riding well as he passes Van Horebeek, and Searle having trouble with lapped riders loses time on Herlings.
Herlings then had problems as he tried to pass Mel Pocock (Searle’s training partner) and Herlings had a problem as Searle went past for the moto win. Herlings still got the GP win, but was not happy when interviewed after the race, setting out a challenge to Pocock.
The final moto of the day and Christophe Pourcel takes the lead from Paulin, Cairoli, Seb Pourcel, Boog, Goncalves, Simpson, Desalle. Close action as Cairoli is pushing Paulin, but right on the Italians back wheel is Seb Pourcel. Three Frenchmen in the top four.
Desalle is on fire and passes Cairoli and Paulin and is right on the back wheel of Pourcel. Paulin though came back and passed Desalle, but Desalle came back and hit Paulin as the two collided in a corner.
As this was happening Pourcel was getting away from the others. Cairoli like he always does sat back and watched from a safe distance in fourth place. Desalle finally take the lead over Pourcel and looks a good bet to win the GP with his open-ing moto win.
Cairoli is now closing on the top three guys as all four are within a few bike lengths of each other. Paulin then takes Pourcel who seemed to let him through and now Cairoli look at passing Pourcel. Cairoli then also passes Pourcel who goes from first to fourth in a lap. Desalle has a very small lead over Paulin and Cairoli as the top three go for the moto win.
Paulin took the lead with a nice line up the inside of Desalle as all three riders have a shot at the moto win and the GP overall. Cairoli made a beautiful pass on Desalle, pushing the Belgian wide and moving into second place.
The last two laps were some of the best this year as Cairoli and Paulin passed and repassed eachother, Paulin eventually getting the moto win and Desalle in third place the GP win. Cairoli didn’t miss out as he hold the red plate.
Good to win, but I am not satisfied, I made too many mistakes, too many in the second moto. I finished third, but it was difficult. I made a mistake and had to take care. I won the GP, but I had to be careful. Next weekend is my home Grand Prix and I hope the track will be good and we can have some good weather and a good crowd.
It was good fun, he (Cairoli) started fourth and I was third and I had some good lines, the practice I felt not so good and the track I was making mistakes. We changed some things and I had a good start and that second race. It was close with Tony, really close and a lot of fun to race like that.
This track gets a lot of bumps and the timing was similar, but I liked it and it was close rac-ing. The first race I made a mistake and crashed and dropped back to third place. The last lap in that second moto I was too kind, when I passed him I should have blocked him, but he passed me on the outside and I let him by, I don’t want to crash I want as many points as possible. It means more to me to finish than crash. It’s not nice to lose a GP like this, but I look forward to going to Belgium and trying to win the GP there.
I increase my championship by two points, but it could have been more, what Pocock did it was a game he played, I let Tommy go and Pocock was standing on the brake and holding me up. I am sorry I said those bad things when the race finished, but I was on fire, it won't happen again. I wish everyone would move on, no problem with Tonus he moved over, but hands off to Tommy he won and I won the overall. I want to go 1-1 in Belgium. I’ve seen the track and its hard pack, so I want to go there and win.
The first race was bad for me, but I made up for it and I got the race win. We dropped every-one in that second moto, but then Jeffrey got caught behind a lapper, but I was thinking of passing him anyway in those last two laps.
Van Horebeek comments
I feel terrible, the second moto I had a good start, but I twisted my ankle and I can't believe it, last week I felt good, but now pain again. I was riding slowly and I am happy to be on the podium again. I need to get my ankle checked out.