MX GP: Cairoli keeps MX1-GP series lead with Benelux Podium

Yamaha Racing

RACE REPORT 26/04/2009
Cairoli keeps series lead with Benelux podium

Yamaha Red Bull De Carli's Antonio Cairoli scaled a world championship podium for the second time in succession with the runner-up position at the Eurocircuit in Valkenswaard and the Grand Prix of Benelux for the fourth round of fifteen in the 2009 FIM series. The Sicilian keeps his position as leader of the standings and with a chequered flag in the first outing in Holland has secured three moto victories from the last four. He was joined on the rostrum by team-mate Tanel Leok who took third spot on the YZ450F, and with Yamaha Monster Energy MX Team's David Philippaerts in fifth and Josh Coppins in seventh, four Yamahas filled the top seven.

Several new jumps and sections had been added to the dark and rutted sand at the all-weather circuit near Eindhoven. The surface churned up and became rougher throughout the meeting, increasing the physical and technical demands of the two motos. The qualification heat on Saturday saw Coppins take third position but Cairoli and Philippaerts were victims of a first corner tumble and pile-up. Cairoli emphatically attacked the terrain from almost last to finish 7th while Philippaerts - restarting even further back - was 14th. Tanel Leok was 5th.

Race-day dawned overcast and damp thanks to rainfall during the night. Thankfully the conditions became brighter later on for the 20,000 spectators, and some fantastic racing lay ahead with up to six riders disputing podium positions at the end of an unforgettable and almost indescribable first moto.

Cairoli took his third chequered flag in succession when he emerged victorious from a frantic scrap in the final five minutes of the opening race that saw crashes for protagonists Steve Ramon and Marc de Reuver. Positions changed seemingly with every corner as the clock ticked down on the moto. Cairoli's achievement was all the more remarkable for the fact that he had broken three spokes on his front wheel on the third lap. Philippaerts -who led at one point - tired in the closing stages and was just beaten to 5th by Leok.

A bad start for Cairoli kept him away from the front-running twosome of Jonathan Barragan and Leok, who flew from the mid-top ten to circulate in second place during what was a calmer Moto2. The Estonian would earn 3rd overall for his second podium of the season and his first since victory in Faenza. Cairoli made his way to 3rd while Philippaerts - who again was leading in the formative stages - was 6th.

It was not a happy day for Bulgarian GP winner Coppins who felt the harsh physical effects of a blood disorder and did not have the energy to be in contention negotiating the sand. The New Zealander had to be satisfied with 27 points and 7th place overall.

Cairoli continues to control the world championship and now has an advantage of 15 points over Barragan. With Philippaerts, Coppins and Leok filling slots 4th, 5th and 6th, YZ450F and YZ450FM machinery occupy four places in the first six. Yamaha also front the manufacturer's standings with a 31 point gap over their nearest rivals.

A trip across the Iberian Peninsula represents the next phase of the world championship. Round five takes place at Agueda for the Grand Prix of Portugal while the sixth race occurs one week later on the opposite coast at Bellpuig for the GP of Catalunya.

Antonio Cairoli, Yamaha Red Bull De Carli, 2nd:

"I was third in the first lap of the first moto and I tried to pass Steve Ramon but he almost crashed and stopped so I caught my front wheel with his footpeg. I could see the wheel was broken and I was pretty scared. I dropped back to 12th place because I wanted to see if I could keep on racing. I was not doing many jumps and nursing the bike but it was OK, and I increased the speed and pushed. I could pass Steve and then he had a big crash, and also Philippaerts. There have been a lot of things happening that I didn't expect this year in MX1. It was a surprise to win here but I am having a lot of fun on the bike and I want to keep it this way until the end of the championship. I was really happy to win that race. My second start was really bad and I had some contact with other guys in the first corner. I was riding well after that and passed a lot of people but I had some trouble overtaking Desalle for a few laps and that held me up. I wanted to reach Tanel but in the last minutes I was quite tired and just stayed steady to the flag."

Tanel Leok, Yamaha Red Bull De Carli, 3rd:

"I lost a lot of points in Turkey so this helps towards getting some back. I made some silly mistakes in the first moto but really that was the only negative part of the day. I am feeling good and fit and it showed in that second race. It has been really good to be riding and training with Antonio and I am happy with how things are going for me."

David Philippaerts, Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team, 5th:

"I had some good times and felt fast at the beginning of the races but I felt tired towards the end as the track was pretty hard and the conditions were warm for the Benelux! Things are still going well and although this was a physically tough race, more than the others so far, I could take some good points and keep consistent. After twenty minutes of each moto here I had to ride conservatively because crashing would have been worse than losing another position."

Josh Coppins, Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team, 7th:

"I'm done, it was a tough weekend and I knew it would be like that before I arrived here. I have been suffering with a blood problem. We have been working on it and I had some injections but it hasn't helped. I want to get healthy and be able to actually battle with the guys instead of just surviving out there; that is the hardest thing, not the result but knowing that I can't affect the race. It is not fun to take a good start and then just hang on. There is still so far to go in the championship and the result is not as disappointing as the fact that I could do nothing at this GP. I will go for some tests tomorrow and will try to improve for Portugal."

Circuit Length: 1750
Crowd: 20,000
Weather: Cloudy
Last Years Winner: Ken De Dycker
2009 GP of Benelux 26/04/2009
Race 1 - 19 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Antonio Cairoli Yamaha ITA 39'47.158
2 Marc De Reuver Honda NED 0'04.286
3 Jonathan Barragan KTM ESP 0'07.183
4 Ken De Dycker Suzuki BEL 0'08.550
5 Tanel Leok Yamaha EST 0'09.808
6 David Philippaerts Yamaha ITA 0'09.939
7 Kevin Strijbos Honda BEL 0'17.209
8 Billy MacKenzie Honda GBR 0'23.940
9 Clement Desalle Honda BEL 0'39.108
10 Joshua Coppins Yamaha NZL 0'50.965
11 Maximilian Nagl KTM GER 0'58.686
12 Cedric Melotte Honda BEL 1'19.903
13 Steve Ramon Suzuki BEL 1'22.028
14 James Noble Suzuki GBR 1'22.244
15 Bradley Anderson Honda GBR 1'28.951
18 Rob van Vijfeijken Yamaha NED -1Laps

Race 2 - 19 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Jonathan Barragan KTM ESP 40'18.300
2 Tanel Leok Yamaha EST 0'06.449
3 Antonio Cairoli Yamaha ITA 0'21.339
4 Kevin Strijbos Honda BEL 0'27.157
5 Joshua Coppins Yamaha NZL 0'37.250
6 David Philippaerts Yamaha ITA 0'43.042
7 Steve Ramon Suzuki BEL 0'46.374
8 Clement Desalle Honda BEL 1'18.127
9 Ken De Dycker Suzuki BEL 1'31.576
10 Aigar Leok TM EST 1'34.994
11 Gert Krestinov KTM EST 1'36.882
12 Gareth Swanepoel Kawasaki RSA 1'40.470
13 David Vuillemin Kawasaki FRA 1'42.218
14 Billy MacKenzie Honda GBR 1'44.021
15 Rob van Vijfeijken Yamaha NED 2'03.410

Rider Standings 26/04/2009
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1. Antonio Cairoli Yamaha ITA 143
2. Jonathan Barragan KTM ESP 128
3. Ken De Dycker Suzuki BEL 124
4. David Philippaerts Yamaha ITA 118
5. Joshua Coppins Yamaha NZL 112
6. Tanel Leok Yamaha EST 111
7. Steve Ramon Suzuki BEL 100
8. Maximilian Nagl KTM GER 87
9. Clement Desalle Honda BEL 86
10. Kevin Strijbos Honda BEL 82
11. Aigar Leok TM EST 48
12. David Vuillemin Kawasaki FRA 48
13. Marc De Reuver Honda NED 45
14. Gareth Swanepoel Kawasaki RSA 43
15. Billy MacKenzie Honda GBR 42
24. Rob van Vijfeijken Yamaha NED 11
30. Carlos Campano Yamaha ESP 3

Manufacturer Standings 26/04/2009
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1. Yamaha 166
2. Suzuki 135
3. KTM 134
4. Honda 118
5. Kawasaki 60
6. TM 48
7. Aprilia 35
8. CCM 21

RACE REPORT 26/04/2009
Aubin scores third place on 21st birthday

Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team's Nicolas Aubin gave himself a pleasant 21st birthday by taking pole position and third place overall at Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of Benelux and the fourth round of fifteen in the 2009 FIM MX2 World Championship. The Frenchman buried the memory of a lacklustre appearance in Turkey two weeks ago to show good speed in the sand and his finishes of 5th and 2nd were rewarded with his first silverware of the season.

The rough and demanding terrain punished the slightest mistake and saw riders struggling to maintain the same race rhythm for the duration of the two 35 minute and 2 lap motos.

Aubin, starting from the first slot in the gate, suffered two small falls in Moto1, the first while holding second position, but was nevertheless content with his pace to rise from mid-pack to the top five. In Moto2 he was more decisive and reached the runner-up position by the last third of the race.

In fourth spot overall was team-mate Davide Guarneri; the Italian enjoying one of his best performances on the sand. He pushed hard in Moto1 to rise from outside the top ten to third and was missing some energy for Moto2 in which he could only manage ninth.

A crash in the qualification heat on Saturday left Utag Yamaha.com's Zach Osborne with an uphill task in the Netherlands, but the Turkish GP winner rode well on his first visit to Valkenswaard and despite a problem with his rear brake he was 4th and 7th for 6th overall.

In the world championship standings Guarneri is third, 29 points from the peak of the table. Osborne is fourth and just 11 points from being the first Yamaha rider. Aubin has moved up to seventh.

The Grand Prix of Portugal at the Agueda circuit will represent the fifth round of the series in two weeks time.

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 3rd:

"I felt a bit nervous in the first moto and that led to some mistakes. I came back from sixteenth and was fast but made another error when I reached Musquin and we crashed together. It was a pretty good race regardless. In the second one I tried to catch Rui but everyone knows he is fast in the sand. My priority today was not to take big risks but to get some points and I am happy I did that. It is nice to get a podium on my birthday, but I would have preferred a win!"

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 4th:

"It was a good day and I felt good in the sand; I was quite surprised to be the fastest in practice yesterday. The heat race was unlucky and with three crashes I was down in 21st, which was not a good position in this gate. I was quick in the first moto and it was no problem to pull through from 14th to 3rd but I felt the effects in the second moto and when I reached 5th place I had nothing left to give. The result was not bad at all."

Zach Osborne, Utag Yamaha.com, 6th:

"I fell at the start in the heat race which did not give me the best pick in the gate today. I was a bit nervous about being that far down but got a good start and worked my way up to fourth, which I was happy about. In the second race I did my best to pass through the pack. I lost the back brake about five minutes into both races and that made it tougher. I enjoyed the track. It was hard on Saturday but once I got the rhythm and worked out the flow, things went well. I have put together some consistent finishes now and rising up to fourth in the championship. I wanted to be in the top five today and I feel with that first race I did OK to get up to that position."

Circuit Length: 1750
Crowd: 20,000
Weather: Cloudy
Last Years Winner: Tyla Rattray
2009 GP of Benelux 26/04/2009

Race 1 - 19 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Shaun Simpson KTM GBR 39'30.097
2 Rui Goncalves KTM POR 0'19.692
3 Davide Guarneri Yamaha ITA 0'36.610
4 Zach Osborne Yamaha USA 0'40.292
5 Nicolas Aubin Yamaha FRA 0'43.298
6 Xavier Boog Suzuki FRA 0'45.718
7 Gautier Paulin Kawasaki FRA 0'48.671
8 Marvin Musquin Honda FRA 0'53.618
9 Matiss Karro Suzuki LVA 0'54.654
10 Arnaud Tonus KTM CHE 0'54.854
11 Dennis Verbruggen Honda BEL 1'01.423
12 Manuel Monni Yamaha ITA 1'05.434
13 Mike Kras Suzuki NED 1'09.178
14 Herjan Brakke Honda NED 1'15.298
15 Loic Larrieu Yamaha FRA 1'15.780
16 Alessandro Lupino Yamaha ITA 1'16.395

Race 2 - 19 Laps
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Total Time
1 Rui Goncalves KTM POR 40'09.337
2 Nicolas Aubin Yamaha FRA 0'19.978
3 Shaun Simpson KTM GBR 0'24.363
4 Gautier Paulin Kawasaki FRA 0'32.063
5 Jeremy Van Horebeek KTM BEL 0'34.490
6 Joel Roelants KTM BEL 0'38.323
7 Zach Osborne Yamaha USA 0'55.543
8 Davide Guarneri Yamaha ITA 0'58.023
9 Loic Larrieu Yamaha FRA 0'58.428
10 Marcus Schiffer KTM GER 1'02.131
11 Steven Frossard Kawasaki FRA 1'04.401
12 Marvin Musquin Honda FRA 1'08.797
13 Dennis Verbruggen Honda BEL 1'12.014
14 Manuel Monni Yamaha ITA 1'17.363
15 Xavier Boog Suzuki FRA 1'18.965

Rider Standings 26/04/2009
Pos. Rider Manu. Nat. Points
1. Gautier Paulin Kawasaki FRA 140
2. Marvin Musquin Honda FRA 125
3. Davide Guarneri Yamaha ITA 111
4. Zach Osborne Yamaha USA 100
5. Shaun Simpson KTM GBR 97
6. Xavier Boog Suzuki FRA 94
7. Nicolas Aubin Yamaha FRA 85
8. Rui Goncalves KTM POR 78
9. Steven Frossard Kawasaki FRA 63
10. Marcus Schiffer KTM GER 55
11. Manuel Monni Yamaha ITA 52
12. Joel Roelants KTM BEL 49
13. Arnaud Tonus KTM CHE 46
14. Khounsith Vongsana Honda FRA 44
15. Loic Larrieu Yamaha FRA 39
19. Alessandro Lupino Yamaha ITA 35
22. Evgeny Bobryshev Yamaha RUS 22
28. Cedric Soubeyras Yamaha FRA 10
33. Deny Philippaerts Yamaha ITA 6

Manufacturer Standings 26/04/2009
Pos. Manufacturer Points
1. Kawasaki 149
2. Yamaha 141
3. KTM 133
4. Honda 131
5. Suzuki 98