Grand Prix of Germany - More rider comments
Press release Monday 22th June 2009 By PR
"I don't know what to say; this is amazing for me. After my first two GPs I saw that the podium was possible. I always do my best and I hoped for a podium here, with a bit of luck, but didn't expect the win. Musquin was going fast but I thought I could pass him. Towards the end I knew that second place would give the overall so I rode safe. All the attention has come quickly and it isn't always easy to give people what they want but I try to do what I can!"
"It hard to pass on this track and I waited too long behind Josh at the start of the first moto. Only on the last lap could I catch Max and there was not enough time to set him up to overtake properly. When I was second in the next moto I looked for two laps for the right line to pass and then rode my race. I could hear the crowd and it was pretty good for me because I could not see the pit-board so I was listening to them to know if Max was coming close! We are now in the second half of the championship and I am having fun again. I made some more points today."
Ken De Dycker
"I am really happy to be back on the podium. The first moto was disappointing as I didn't have a good start and couldn't pass anybody. The lens came out of my goggles and it was really hard from the first moments. The second moto went really well and with the good start things were much easier. The track was rough today and it was better for me. Physically I am feeling OK. We changed the sprocket after the first moto and that made quite a difference because the power was almost too strong in the first. I gave myself a bit of a kick in the ass after the first moto and I wanted that good start. Once I was in the top three I got relaxed and into a rhythm and could push harder."
"Today I went out and I really wanted to win the first moto, especially as Toni (Cairoli) had beaten me in the final lap of the qualifying.But winning that race cost me a lot of energy and I was a bit tired in the second race. Today I managed to reach my goal of being on the podium in my home GP and I picked up some good championship points. Now I am only four points behind David Philippaerts in second place. This weekend was really positive for MX in Germany because Steffi (Laier of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team), Ken Roczen (winner of the MX2 GP) and I were all on the podium. We also learned that the MX of Nations will be in Teuschenthal in 2013 and this is also very good for our sport. Today was great for me to have so much support from the crowd. They were amazing and it is very important when you are racing your home GP to get that support."
I managed to take the holeshot in the first race but I was not riding that well and I made some mistakes. I crashed and it was quite hard to make up ground again because somehow I lost my rhythm. Then Rui (factory team-mate Goncalves) got the holeshot in the second race. He was fast but I managed to get past him and I led the race for a while until Ken Roczen overtook me. I went on and managed to fight for the win in the second moto but it was not easy for me like it was in France. I got some good points and I am happy for Roczin that he won his home GP. I know how that is, he is very young and he deserved to win."
“I had a good opening race; after a decent start I came immediately to second position behind Musquin and followed him until he crashed. I was watching his lines and was waiting for the last ten minutes to attack him, but he fell and then I just had to control the gap over the rest. I knew that I could win my first GP here but unfortunately I had a bad jump from the gate. I came back to fourth but crashed and lost two places, and then crashed again. Fifth and second overall is not too bad, but I was expecting a win… The next rounds will take place on sandy tracks, I’m working hard alongside Thierry Godfroid and I can say that I am starting to enjoy riding in the sand.”
"It was a difficult day, a difficult weekend in fact. We could not get the bike set-up just as I wanted it and that meant a fight out there. We tried a few different changes but without much luck. My starts weren't good but I could still pass many riders and to take fourth overall was good for me. The track was fast and bumpy and that made it quite dangerous; it was easy to crash."
"I'm pumped. That's the first time in a while I could do two strong motos. Both of my starts were good and the only thing that I'm a little disappointed about was a bit of a lack of speed in the opening stages. Overall, though this was much better. The result of the second moto wasn't as good as the first but the riding was encouraging; I was more like my old self." Tanel Leok "Today was so-so and could be better. The important thing is that my starts were good. The first race was better but I struggled a bit in the second to get going. Maybe I should have chosen a different rear tyre but my riding was not going as well and it was disappointing."
“In both races my starts weren’t as good as my rivals in the championship, that’s a pity as this weekend I was sure I was able to beat them. We worked on the bike after France and we improved the suspension as well as the engine, we reach made another step and I’m sure that it will help us for the second part of the series. I crashed twice during the first heat and that cost me the fourth place, I finished only one thousand of a second behind Guarneri! I made another mistake early in the second moto, but I pushed to secure third place and I’m happy as I rode more aggressively on the bike. Physically I was fine and I proved it by making my best lap-times in the last circulations, now I need to continue working on my starts.”
“In qualifying I made a couple of mistakes, and I wasn’t riding so great, which I was surprised about because I was really enjoying the track. Today I got the best start I’ve had so far, but I still need to get used to the first few laps at this level, as I’m losing out on places and I didn’t really go along with everyone around me. I tightened up a little in the middle of the race but managed to finish 19th and in the points. In race two, although I didn’t crash, I got caught up in a pile-up at the start and was quite a long way down the order. I then felt there was a bit of a problem, and I wasn’t sure what was wrong, but only a few laps later the chain snapped and ended our race early. The next few races are going to be tough as I’ve never been to the tracks before, but I just hope we can have a good weekend, score in both races and finish where I know we can finish.”
“We had a tough start to the year with injuries and going into Portugal things were starting to go right, so I was really looking forward to getting my season back on track. Unfortunately I had a small slip off in pre-qualifying, landed awkwardly and bust my thumb up quite bad. At the time we didn’t know the extent of the injury, but I had a scan and it confirmed that I’d torn off the collateral ligament. In motocross riding with injuries is one of the things that come as part and parcel of the job, so I thought I’d be able to continue with the hope that the situation would improve and the surgery would be able to wait until later in the year. Each weekend I was having pain-relief injections to try and help, but this didn’t always work so well, especially at the more demanding tracks, and we certainly haven’t been achieving the results that we are more than capable of. CAS Honda, Honda and myself had decided that if my results didn’t improve or the pain in my hand didn’t get any better by this race, then we would need to evaluate the situation, as riding like this is no good for me or the team. It’s been hard to ride and stay motivated with so much pain, as we haven’t really had the chance to race fully fit at all this year, and I definitely am not here to finish in the positions we’ve been gaining. It’s now come to the point now where I can’t ride safely and I was struggling to hang onto the bike today, so the decision has been made that I will now fly back to the UK to have surgery on the thumb, which will probably take place in the next few days. I’m not sure when I will be able to race again, but our aim would be to come back for the last few events of the year in full fitness to gain some good results.”
“It’s so frustrating, you think that you found the solution when you beat Billy Mackenzie and Brad Andersson during the British championship, as these riders are strong on their home soil. Here it was tough at the beginning; I didn’t felt so good on Saturday and crashed during the qualifying race so I had a bad start gate for today. In the first race I was unlucky as Aigar Leok brake-checked me and I crashed, it was not so fair and then I came back to fifteenth. In the second race I was stuck in a crash at the start and came back to fourteenth but with one lap to go I had a very big crash in the section close to the pit-lane. I was unlucky to crash but lucky to be unhurt, and now I’m waiting for the sand tracks to come around. I think that sand is my strongest point; the track in Latvia seems to be similar to Hawkstone Park so I expect some good results there.”
“The practice sessions were not too bad as I was in the top twelve, but I felt some pressure for the qualifying race and I scored a sixteenth position. In the first race I was twelfth for a while but lost some places; in fact since my eye injury in France I haven’t been able to train, so I was satisfied with fourteenth. I tried to ride in the second heat but I knew before the start that it would be difficult as I had stomach sickness between the races; I just did one lap and came straight in to the toilet. It was my second race with the factory bike, and I’ve to work on my starts as I always do wheelies with so much power. It’s a great opportunity to ride for a team such as KRT, the bike is amazing; the engine as well as suspension and you have a great technical staff. I will do several other GPs, except Sweden as I have to ride a German race for team Pfeil Kawasaki.”
“On Saturday I’d some trouble to get used to the track, today was better but once more I need better starts to score better results. I was in the top twelve for the first one, and had a great battle with Mickael Pichon who increased his rhythm when I joined him; we had some great racing together! The next start wasn’t as good, and I was stuck in the third corner with this pile-up; I came back to fourteenth, to collect tenth position of the Grand Prix and in the standings.”
“Before I came here I knew that it would be difficult, as I twisted my ankle two weeks ago and couldn’t train normally, just one riding session this week. In qualifying it was pretty OK, with good lap-times and an eighth position in the race. I had a small crash in the first moto today but I scored a top ten result, then in the second race I crashed three times and damaged again my ankle in the last one. I had a new engine this weekend and I took three good starts, that’s a positive point as racing is much easier when you can start in the top five. I will stay quiet this week, and will try to ride next week in Latvia.”
“I’m satisfied with my first moto. I finished fifteenth and had a good rhythm during the race. My second start was better than the first one, but Van Horebeek took my front wheel in the first corner and I crashed. Then I collided with Lupino when I was coming back up the standings, but finally I was able to score two points with nineteenth place. The track was pretty difficult with hard sections and sandy sections but I’m happy to score points for the sixth consecutive race.”
”This has been really a tough weekend! In spite of the modifications to the Talkessel it’s still challenging to overtake. My start in the first heat was pretty bad, but I climbed up from 12th to sixth. Half race dtistance I ran into some trouble with my goggles. For some silly reason the film got stuck so that affected my vision badly. Philippaerts passed me, but I was able to get in front Tanel Leok on the last lap. The second race was very similar to the first, where I didn’t have the best of starts but I could come back anyway. I was on Philippaerts rear wheel by the end of the moto, but Coppins repassed me right before the finish. It was unfortunate, but also a bit typical for this GP...”
"It was a strange day. I made two bad starts. In the first moto I was fast and came back to fourth but Boog was too far away to get third place. In the second moto I was outside the top ten at the start but pushed hard in the first to laps to reach eighth before I had a crash and was back down to 14th. Once I passed one or two more people there was a huge gap to the next rider. At the moment I cannot get past having one good and then one average moto; once I can get this to change then we will be on the podium."
"I did not ride badly on the bike and I tried not to make any mistakes. I had two good starts but was pushed a little to the inside and could not make the top three. We had worked on the carburetion of the bike and it was fast this weekend; it seemed to work better for the start. Overall the result is not good but I feel that these two steady races are a move in the right direction."