Grand Prix of Germany - Rider Comments
News Monday 24th September 2012
Tommy Searle: "It was a nice way to end the season. The first race was quite difficult for me as I tightened up after I had taken the lead. Osborne was riding well in second and kept the pressure on, but I was able to keep him off my rear wheel and win. I rode really well in the second moto; the track flowed better and I was more relaxed."
Clement Desalle: "I had some fun today and my riding was better than in the last few GPs. It has been difficult with my hand and my doctor told me it would take six weeks. Overall it has affected my training and it has meant slowly, slowly I've been getting better on the bike. In the first moto but Max and Ken made mistakes and I was able to finish second and in the second I made a mistake myself and Max was able to pass me. It was really difficult to pass on this track but I did my best. Second in the World Championship is not so bad but for sure my team and I want first place like every rider here. It has not been an easy year off the track and there have been some sad moments and that has affected my riding, so to finish second is OK and we'll look for improvement next season."
Tanel Leok: "It wasn't the greatest Grand Prix for me. In the first race I had the speed but I could not make the passes happen. It was difficult out there. In the second race I crashed on the third corner, crashed again and had to take a stone out of the brake, so not good. I scored points in every race this year and that is something positive I will take from this season. It is just a pity about the injury at the beginning. In my head I know some things I could have done better but now it is too late."
Ken De Dycker: "After more than a week of fighting illness I didn’t feel super fit. However both motos went reasonably well. Seventh overall and ten and five in the motos was not exactly great but it was in line with was to be expected under the given circumstances. Overtaking seemed harder than usual here on race day. Also my body still felt pretty beat-up because of the muscle and stomach aches. "
Zach Osborne: This is a good way to send-off and Im really happy. I got a really bad start in the second moto and was working my way through and got up to eighth when I crashed. That put me back to twelfth and I had to start all over again. I knew it was my last GP moto of this stage of my career so I put my heart and soul into it and was able to finish on the podium. At the beginning of the season I was in great shape after the supercross and unfortunately picked up that injury. I feel now that I am coming back to a good level and was able to charge the whole time in both motos. It was a good feeling. I didnt have anything for Arnaud in the second moto. It was great for the team and also Steve [Dixon, Team Manager absent and undergoing a back operation in hospital] for us to finish the year this way.
Arnaud Tonus: It has been a really tough season for me and Ive had a lot of problems physically so to get on the podium at the last race is amazing. Especially after yesterday because I had a terrible quali race and had to work hard to come back through from a bad gate position. I really hope I can push for the championship next year after getting a solid winter of work behind me. Thats twice now Ive taken podium results in the last GPs of the year so the goal will be to reverse that for the start of 2013!
Gautier Paulin: “I’m very happy to bring a medal to the team and to Kawasaki. At the beginning of the season I was hoping for more than bronze; but MX1 is definitely a strong class! I didn’t have so much pressure this weekend, and I rode two good races; the goal here was to keep the third place in the standings and I did it, thanks to the team, which was always behind me throughout the season.”
Shaun Simpson: A tough day. In the end I lost a place in the championship when I could have actually been two better. It was not at all what I planned to come and do and especially after yesterdays performance I was really looking forward to the motos. Starts played a big part today and for whatever reason I didnt make either one count. A crash in the first and then maybe something with my technique or a problem with the gate spring in the second but I nudged it slightly and it held me up. I battled round for the first couple of laps but from then it was a struggle. I didnt have a great feeling the whole moto. I felt like I was pushing hard but the speed wasnt there. It was not a great way to finish the season because Id been building up the last few GPs in a good way.
Josh Coppins: I feel pretty good. I wasnt suffering as much physically and enjoyed it more because of that. I struggled with my starts today and rode pretty decently but I reckon I should have been up a bit higher in the races. Both motos were OK, I just had to come back through and it wasnt easy to pass. If I would have started higher then I would have been finished further up. I reckon the pace from fifth to outside the top ten was pretty similar to be honest. I think I could have done another step up but weve run out of GPs and I hope to do well at the Nations. I dont have any regrets at all about retiring. It is time, and its time to move on.
Julien Lieber: "The first race was really good. I had a bad start but passed Butron and Tonkov to start a big battle with Arnaud Tonus. It was pretty good but I was frustrated that Febvre passed me right at the end; I wasn't happy with that even if the position was my best this year. My start was similar in the second moto and Butron made a block-pass on me in a corner and made me crash. I tried to come back but had another fall. I lost a lot of time and finished outside the points. The last few GPs have been great for me. The bike is unbelievable and the team also and I've made some of my best races yet since I joined this place. I want to give big thanks to them for doing such a good job."
Kevin Strijbos: “It’s not really the result I wanted to finish the season with but I think we have to be happy with sixth position in the championship. This year I have managed to put my name back up there with some podium results and at last some consistency after a few years of injuries. I didn’t really get going with the track today; I just found it really tricky for passing and when I was behind Leok in that first moto I just lost my way and speed a bit. Anyway I want to thank the team, sponsors, KTM and Harry Everts for all they have done for me this season. I am very happy with how we have approached it all and I think we can all look back on the GPs and feel content with what we managed.”
Elliott Banks-Browne: “The weekend was pretty good; I had a decent qualifying heat finishing fifth, and I actually led the race for a lap, but then I went back a bit. The first race today was going so well, I got the holeshot, led again and I was second for most of the race, but then something happened to my bike. We are not sure what was it was and it started to get slower. Osborne came past me and I had to stop because there was smoke everywhere. I was absolutely gutted because I was third and I just had eight minutes left until the chequered flag. I’m sure I would have had a third place. The second race I had bad luck again; I was fourth at the start but something happened to my clutch and for the rest of the race I had no clutch, so I struggled getting into the corners properly. I finished ninth, which is the best result I have taken in a moto but even this weekend I think I could have been on the podium because my speed was really good. Now let’s see what happens next year.”
Evgeny Bobryshev “This morning the thumb was still the same as yesterday, so I just had to see how it was going to be on the bike in warm-up. The painkillers made it a bit better, but I had a really tough time in the race, as I couldn’t grip properly. Every time I was entering the corner and braking, it was difficult because I had no power in my hand. I gritted my teeth and finished sixth. It's really difficult to pass at this track, so it was hard to make progress in either race. In the second heat I had a really bad start, but in the first few corners I saw a little bit of space and went for it. I knew Paulin was pushing me, and he came by, but I could stay with him. I was getting roosted and annoyed because the stones were hurting, so I was in a lot of pain all the race, but anyway we took sixth overall and moved up to ninth in the standings. I am happy we’re at the end of the season but not with the final result. I just want to start a new year after everything this year, with pain since Valkenswaard, missing training, coming back and then some injury again almost on repeat. I am tired with this, so I am really looking forward to getting to grips with my training, spending time with the team and starting again for next year. The last thing we have to do for this season is we to prepare for the Nations at Lommel which should be good. It’s a fun race and I like the sand.”
Xavier Boog: “I had a big crash during the practice session, when I got a stone in the chain just before a jump, and my body was painful today! In the first race I was involved in a collision on the first lap, but I was able to recover to ninth place. My second start was better, and even though I had cramps in my leg I finished seventh, which is a regular number for me as it is the third year in a row that I have taken this position in the championship!”
Christophe Pourcel: “We have not been able to make our usual good starts in the last two GPs and that was a handicap here in Teutschenthal. I only qualified fifteenth as a result and that made it very difficult for the GP motos as this track is not really selective and everyone can go pretty much the same speed. I did my best today but that was not enough to earn another podium after my injury set-back in Great Britain last month. But we proved with several moto and GP wins that the 450 Kawasaki is a great bike, as we raced with nearly a standard KX450F.”
Sébastien Pourcel: “My qualifying race was ruined when a rider stopped in front of me at the second corner; I had to stop too and lost so much time that I finished only sixteenth. Both starts were average, as I did wheelies out of the gate. I was expecting better results than tenth and eighth for this last race of the season.”
Valentin Teillet: “I was sick last week and I was not at my best on Saturday, but today I felt better and the team found good settings for the bike. I got two good starts, and I’m delighted to finish sixth overall in this final GP of the year with a fifth and a sixth place. The season was tough as I was injured for the first few races, but I have come back well and next year we’ll be stronger. I will stay with the Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki team for 2013; we now know each other very well and for sure that will be a benefit.”
Jordan Lacan: “On Tuesday the team informed me that I had an entry for the GP, so we only had a short time to prepare everything. My first start was good and I gave everything for the first fifteen minutes to stay in the top ten but after that it was tough and I finished sixteenth. In the second race I looked for better lines, and also took it easier so I was able to keep the same rhythm for the entire forty minutes. It was nice to have the opportunity to race this final GP, and I want to thanks the team for their support.”
Benoit Paturel: “I got good results in the timed practice, but at the start of the qualifying race I crashed and my foot was caught in the rear wheel of another rider's machine. That meant I was only 32nd on the grid and couldn’t get a decent start. In the first race I came back to eighteenth but then I got arm pump and lost some places again. The second moto was better as I finished fourteenth. The whole weekend was a great experience for me.”
Loic Larrieu: “It was a frustrating weekend for me, particularly after my great GP two weeks ago in Italy. I was seventh in the qualifying race until Butron took me down, then in the first race I had a problem and had to stop. I started the second moto in the top ten, but my bike was damaged in a collision with Coldenhoff and I had to stop.”