MX1: Second podium for Christophe Pourcel!

Monday, 12 September 2011 14:24

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Christophe Pourcel claimed in Fermo (Italy) his second MX1 GP podium since his come back in Europe, and proved with a third heat win that he’s always one of the fastest rider of this class.

Christophe Pourcel was again in electrifying form for this final round of the World Championship as he took a moto victory for the third consecutive GP after England and Germany. With heavy track watering necessary to combat the boiling sun the team had made suspension changes to Pourcel's bike on Sunday morning, but the track did not develop as they had expected and the sensitive Frenchman did not feel able to push to his limits. Although as high as fifth at one stage, he eventually crossed the line eighth and the team sought a new solution for race two which proved to be absolutely right. Pourcel shot quickly into the lead and, although he surrendered first place briefly midway through the moto, he soon regained the lead and raced away for a clearcut victory to secure second on the day.

Christophe Pourcel: “On Saturday during the qualification race I had a pretty good start, but then I went a little bit wide in a corner after the downhill; my back wheel went outside the bump and the bike slid out. I crashed and, although I recovered to eleventh, I was afraid that might not be so good for the races. However my Kawasaki still got me to the first turn with the leaders in both motos. Usually I can find the good lines right away but in the first race I couldn’t find any ! We made a lot of changes on the bike this morning and I didn’t feel comfortable so the only thing I could do was to finish the race and do my job. We changed the suspensions settings for the second moto; we put the same as for Gaildorf last week and the bike was so good ! We must keep working at it; we have only been together for a few weeks but the team is working hard and it’s going better and better.”
   

MX1: Another win for Pourcel!

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 14:13

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The Motocross World Championship was back to Gaildorf (Germany) this weekend for the European GP, and on a very old and traditional track that he discovered as most of his rivals Christophe was again twice in the lead.

 

After his podium finish two weeks ago in England Christophe Pourcel had high hopes of victory in the European GP and indeed he did score a runaway win by more than 40 seconds in race two, but a single error in the first race had left him with no chance of an overall top finish. The Frenchman, who had started last after selecting a false neutral, was already up to sixth place within two laps when he landed badly off a jump and crashed hard; the bike had unfortunately been too badly damaged by the impact for him to continue. But after an easy win on Saturday during the qualifications, Christophe proved with this heat win and his fast comeback during the opening race that he’s back to his best level. He will enter next weekend the final round of the series in Fermo (Italy) and then will see if he’s called in the French team for the Motocross of Nations, before racing selected Supercross including the famous Paris Bercy at the end of October.

Christophe Pourcel: “I'm not quite sure what happened at the start of the first race; I should have been in second gear, but somehow I found neutral. That meant that I started a long way back but after two great laps I was already back to sixth, I was riding easy but I made a small mistake on a jump and crashed; the bike was damaged and I had to return to the pits. I got the holeshot in the second race; the track was pretty nice to ride and I soon found good lines. In the middle of the race Cairoli was able to reduce the gap, but I found new lines and extended my lead from ten to forty seconds. It’s a shame that I made that mistake in the first race because I wanted so much to win this GP. I spent the last couple of weeks in Belgium but now I will go to the south of France to practice on hard pack; I want to do well in Fermo!”

   

Loris announces his retirement!

Monday, 05 September 2011 13:40

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Loris Capirossi says goodbye to the world of two wheels. This was announced at Misano Grand Prix. After 22 years of "honourable service" and for 10 years Suomy rider, the MotoGP veteran, winner of three world championship (two in the 125cc class, a 250cc), at the press conference he thanked all people who accompanied him in all these years, and he did it visibly touched.

Loris Capirossi - "It 'a particular moment in my career, and the decision was made after many, many reflections. I'm glad, after 25 years, including 22 world championship to just get to say with a smile, even though it's hard to think that next year I’ll no longer ride a motorcycle. I have to thank many people that, for all these years, have followed, encouraged and motivated me, also Pramac, who gave me one last chance to drive a motorcycle . Sorry, this year, we had not brought home a good result, but I trust in the later part of the world Championship: Motegi, Phillip Island and Sepang are my favourite tracks, I have won many races there. The hundredth podium I run after, it’s difficult to catch, I'll believe until the end. As for my future, then, I’m still confused, the only certain thing is that I am no longer a pilot. In life, making a decision like that it is not easy, especially after so many years. But I know what I face, I'm sure that my new life will be exciting as the one that I fixed up to now. "

   

MX2 Latvia: Searle 3rd and Anstie 4th

Tuesday, 19 July 2011 13:52

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MX2 - Kegums (Latvia) July 17th 2011

Tommy Searle and Max Anstie were third and fourth today in the Latvian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at the rugged Kegums track.

It was the first visit to the track some 20 miles from the Latvian capital city of Riga for both riders and Tommy Searle was satisfied to finish a solid 5th during the qualification race on Saturday before raising his game even further on Sunday to record his seventh podium of the series. Hindered by other riders as the pack surged towards the first turn in race one he emerged outside the top six but soon forced his way forward to take over second place by half distance and resist all attempts to dislodge him from this hard-earned prize. Tommy took a slightly better start in race two, but still had to spend several laps getting around other riders before he could advance to third place on lap nine; by then the two leaders were too far ahead for him to have any chance of catching them and, his hands badly blistered, he wisely settled for a safe third place on the rugged track.

 Max Anstie had taken longer to become acquainted with the track in training, but once the gate dropped for the qualification race he made a superb start from his disadvantageous gate to actually head home Searle for fourth place. This gave the teenager a good base for the GP races on Sunday and he responded with two battling rides onto the leaderboard, finishing fifth in race one and fourth in race two. This gave him fourth place in the GP, the fourth time he has just missed the podium by one place this year, it can only be a matter of time before that elusive first trophy comes along. The points haul also moved him back closer into the battle for fifth place in the standings as he recovers ground lost with the unfortunate accident which forced him to miss the Spanish GP last month.

 

Tommy Searle: “Third again here in Latvia ! That was OK but the track was really dangerous in the second moto. I’ve a very bad blister to my hand since the beginning of the first moto; it made it really difficult to ride the bike in the second moto but I got a second and a third and that’s very good points. I struggled with the lines in the second moto; it was the bumpiest track of the year and it wasn’t much fun to ride. It was the first time I have been here; it was not too bad on Saturday, but it was easy to make mistakes and today I nearly crashed so many times so I’m happy to be on the podium. My starts were not so great; I don’t know why I can’t get good jumps off the grid, because I did it in the past, and for sure things would be easier with good starts. We have a weekend off now and it will be nice to have a short break as I need time for my hand to heal up. But I will also have to ride in the sand to prepare for Lommel. I know how to ride in deep sand, but I need a few days of practice to find a good feeling in the sand.”

 

MX1 - Kegums (Latvia)

 

Christophe Pourcel and the team have made a late decision to skip this event in order to prepare the last rounds of the series.

 

For his come back to the GP’s last weekend in Germany, just a few days after his arrival in Europe, Christophe Pourcel shows posted some fast lap times but retired in both races. Working all weekend long with the team to set-up his 450 Kawasaki to his riding style, Christophe had more testing sessions this week in the Netherlands but team owner Jean Jacques Luisetti and Christophe have decided to miss the GP of Latvia to come back stronger two weeks later in Belgium. “For sure it has been a tough decision, but we’re convinced that it was the best one” said Jean Jacques Luisetti. “Since he is back on a bike after his terrible accident four years ago, Christophe is very demanding about the bike settings and we still have to work. For sure many people will comment this decision, but if we come to retire in both heats that would be worse; we need to work in a quiet atmosphere, and for sure it’s better to work during private sessions rather than on a GP. It was important to ride Germany to know in which directions Christophe wants to go, and we already made some changes on the bike but the work in not yet finished; our rivals worked all winter long to set-up their material, not us due to Ben Townley’s injury and we need time. We already found solutions in connection with Pro Circuit in the USA, and made several improvements this week, and we’ll continue during the next two weeks to work hard. The goal is to be ready for Lommel, we all know that it’s a tough race but Christophe will be back there.”

 
   

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