MX1: Another win for Pourcel!

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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!”