Desalle and Musquin win on Saturday in France
Press release Saturday 06th June 2009 By Daniele Rizzi
Frossard and Boissiere completed an all French top three in the MX2 qualifying which marked the return of Ernee in the FIM Motocross World Championship calendar.
LS Motors Honda’s Desalle rode a strong heat today and went on to take his maiden qualifying heat win ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory racing’s Nagl.
The German followed Desalle throughout the whole moto but in the final stages he decided to settle for second, letting the gap increase to three and a half seconds while a dogfight went on for the third spot.
CAS Honda’s Mackenzie, who started off in third, fought tooth and nail to keep a strong opposition behind while the duo Desalle-Nagl took off to open up a big gap.
Philippaerts moved past Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross team mate Coppins to take fourth and start putting pressure on Mackenzie.
The reigning Champion eventually moved past to take third with Coppins following in fourth. CLS’ Aranda was the highest placed home rider taking fifth as he passed Mackenzie as well.
The latter was sixth ahead of Cairoli, recovering after a difficult start, and Pichon. After a promising start, Phoenix Tools CCM Racing’s Dougan dropped down to an eventual 11th.
MX1 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), 23:58.496; ; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:03.513; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:21.002; 4. Joshua Coppins (NZL, Yamaha), +0:23.760; 5. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:25.003; 6. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Honda), +0:26.822; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, Yamaha), +0:27.257; 8. Mickael Pichon (FRA, Honda), +0:29.140; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), +0:29.680; 10. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Suzuki), +0:37.214;
Performing really strong in front of a noisy home crowd supporting him, KTM’s Marvin Musquin wrapped up the victory in the qualifying heat as the home hero worked his way up through the pack until he caught the lead at lap four.
On the other hand French countryman Boissiere of KTM HDI MX took a storming start and sat at the lead for the opening laps. Boissiere seemed settled in second but CLS’ Frossard managed to find a way past him and snatch the runner up spot. Boissiere then dropped to third ahead of a fast Roczen.
The Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2 youngster raced a steady moto to clinch a superb qualifying result. Second placed in the Championship Paulin completed the top five ahead of Monni and Boog.
After a good start, other Frenchman Teillet, the 2008 EMX2 European Champ, ended 12th due to a crash. Another crash was the cause of Guarneri’s 13th but the Italian saw his closest World Championship rival Goncalves –fourth in the points standings six points behind Guarneri- crash as well in a battle with Frossard.
The Portuguese was an eventual 22nd.
MX2 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 24:15.364; ; 2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:04.840; 3. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, KTM), +0:08.764; 4. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:17.666; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:28.826; 6. Manuel Monni (ITA, Yamaha), +0:36.302; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Suzuki), +0:39.904; 8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, KTM), +0:41.576; 9. Loic Larrieu (FRA, Yamaha), +0:48.258; 10. Stephen Sword (GBR, KTM), +0:51.156;
The FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship round in France started off today with the first moto victory of home rider and defending Champion Livia Lancelot. Starting from pole, Lancelot led home rivals Papenmeier and Laier.
Moto two, to be televised live, will get underway tomorrow. After wrapping up the pole position, Kawasaki Racing’s Lancelot absolutely dominated this opening moto of the French round, the fourth of seven.
The home rider remained at the lead for each of the 11 laps and even clocked the fastest time on lap seven. Defending Champion Lancelot, who struggled with massive pressure last year at the first series’ appearance in France at St. Jean d’Angely, opened up a gap of almost two and a half seconds from runner up Papenmeier.
The Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2 racer was a steady second and ended ahead of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Laier. The latter worked her way up from fifth to third as she got rid of both Franke and Mann during her recovery, with the two ending at the bottom of the top five.
WMX Qualifying top ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 1:58.247; 2. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:00.312; 3. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:01.755; 4. Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki), +0:03.744; 5. Elin Mann (SWE, KTM), +0:04.470; 6. Nathalie Kane (IRL, Suzuki), +0:06.303; 7. Elien De Winter (BEL, Honda), +0:06.783; 8. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +0:07.434; 9. Marianne Veenstra (NED, Suzuki), +0:08.961; 10. Marielle De Mol (NED, Yamaha), +0:09.158;
WMX Race 1 top ten: 1. Livia Lancelot (FRA, Kawasaki), 24:52.850; ; 2. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Suzuki), +0:02.322; 3. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), +0:03.152; 4. Maria Franke (GER, Kawasaki), +0:56.578; 5. Elin Mann (SWE, KTM), +1:05.576; 6. Nathalie Kane (IRL, Suzuki), +1:08.350; 7. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), +1:24.361; 8. Marianne Veenstra (NED, Suzuki), +1:25.288; 9. Marielle De Mol (NED, Yamaha), +1:44.708; 10. Elien De Winter (BEL, Honda), +1:57.700;
Sunday: WMX Warm Up 8:45-9:05; MX2 Warm Up 9:15-9:35; MX1 Warm Up 9:45-10:05; WMX Race 2 11:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix Race 2 16:03.