USGP: Townley & CRF450 Lead Honda Team

Motocross Results

A hot, breezy, fast and intense MX Grand Prix of USA at the challenging Glen Helen circuit in eastern California was the scene of the sixth round of fifteen in the 2010 FIM World Championship.

At the hand of former MX2 world champ, current AMA title contender and GP wild-card, Ben Townley, a CRF 450R was able to cross the finish line in first position for the second meeting in succession.

The Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oil Honda man claimed the second moto at the first USGP since 1999 and first since 1992 at Glen Helen on Memorial Day weekend and in front of 16,000 spectators who braved unrelenting sunshine and temperatures in the low ‘30s.

The New Zealander – returning from several seasons plagued with injury – was in fine form as he escaped to victory.

His overall ranking of 8th for the GP however was caused by a first race retirement as a consequence of bike damage sustained in a tussle with Mike Alessi while pushing for second spot.

While new father Townley was experiencing a small slice of a career re-birth there was not a whole set of positive news for the Honda Motor Europe corps.

LS Motors Honda David Guarneri was the most productive ‘red’ racer on the day across a track that was longer, faster and a great deal more ‘vertical’ than a typical Grand Prix course.

The Italian scored two top ten finishes for 7th overall and can take encouragement from his showing, particularly in the second moto where his pace for virtually the entire 35 minute and 2 lap distance was on a par with the fight for 3rd spot just ahead of him on the track.

Teammate Tanel Leok, triumphant at Bellpuig for the Catalan GP two weeks ago, was less fortunate.

A crash and twisted knee in the first moto prompted a DNF and a brave attempt at the second race was halted by a mechanical glitch.

CAS Honda’s Evgeny Bobryshev and Gareth Swanepoel both hobbled away from Glen Helen.

The powerful Russian rookie was 12th in the first moto, two places ahead of the South African, but two crashes left number ‘777′ with a sore neck and thumb and signified a trip to the pits later on.

Swanepoel twisted his right ankle and although a medical check confirmed no long-term damage to the joint he was also another casualty of the Californian ripples in the second outing.

Martin Honda’s Jimmy Albertson was able to participate on Saturday despite dislocating his shoulder only two weeks beforehand.

Sadly the American lost control on the first of the steep downhill descents and needed a hospital visit for a sore back.

Having lost blood on visits to the toilet, the 21 year old will have further tests before hopefully boarding a plane on Wednesday to head over to Europe.

Leok, Bobryshev and Guarneri hold 8th, 9th and 10th positions in the world championship standings with 24 points dividing the trio. Round seven will take place this weekend, meaning a hectic few days travelling and recuperation before the Grand Prix of France at St Jean D’Angely.

Ben Townley (Troy Lee Designs Lucas Oils Honda) says:"It was awesome and a great feeling to win. It doesn’t matter what race it was but to beat the best people in the world – whether in America or Europe – is the goal I was aiming for. I am not anywhere near how could I can be and when that point arrives then it will be pretty cool. I felt like I had some of the old magic back a little bit after the qualification race yesterday and it come together today. Following Mike and Tony was not hard for me, so speed-wise I don’t have a problem.

Tanel Leok (LS Motors Honda) says: "A hard Grand Prix and disappointing after winning in Spain. In the first moto I twisted my knee and I had a lot of pain. I tried to ride for a little bit but I soon had to stop. We put some ice on the leg between the motos and I wanted to attempt the second race. It was not going too badly but then we had a mechanical problem that finished the day."

Davide Guarneri (LS Motors Honda) says: "It was a pretty good GP. I have had some problems in the past with the really hot weather but today was not bad, I lost two positions on the last lap because I was completely finished. In the second moto I was keeping pace with Alessi and Cairoli; I did not start that strongly but was building my speed. I rode better in the first moto and had more energy but my start was terrible and I was outside the top twenty!"

Roger Harvey (Off-road Manager, Honda Motor Europe) says: "On one hand it was great to see Ben Townley running at the speed we know he is capable of and it shows the good work the guys are doing in the US to have him competitive in the AMA one weekend and then winning here and beating the best the next. We cannot walk away too happy from Glen Helen as there were simply too many injuries and we again had poor luck. Everyone will be heading back to France now and we have a busy few weeks ahead."

Fastest lap : Ben Townley (Honda) 2:19.799


MX1 Results – Round 6 – Race 1
1 Antonio Cairoli 40:08.080 ITA KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Mike Alessi +0.668 USA KTM Jagermeister KTM Factory Team
3 Maximilian Nagl +8.433 GER KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
4 Ken De Dycker +17.447 BEL YAMAHA Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci
5 Clement Desalle +30.090 BEL SUZUKI Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
6 Xavier Boog +36.188 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
7 Steve Ramon +40.895 BEL SUZUKI Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
8 Davide Guarneri +48.051 ITA HONDA LS Motors Honda
9 Grant Langston +56.959 RSA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
10 Kyle Chisholm +58.316 USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
11 David Phillippaerts +1:03.955 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
12 Evgeny Bobryshev +1:05.388 RUS HONDA CAS Honda
13 Kevin Strijbos +1:06.214 BEL SUZUKI Beursfoon Suzuki MX Team
14 Gareth Swanepoel +1:18.985 ZAF HONDA CAS Honda
15 Nicolas Aubin +1:23.222 FRA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
16 Rui Goncalves +1:40.081 POR KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
17 Ryan Hughes +1:50.657 USA HONDA No Name – Honda
18 Matthias Walkner +2:14.793 AUT KTM No Name – KTM
19 Antonio Balbi +2:28.116 BRA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
20 Cedric Soubeyreas +1 lap FRA KTM KTM Sarholz Racing Team
21 Bobby Garrison +1 lap USA HUSQVARNA No Name – Husqvarna
22 Kevin Wouts +1 lap BEL KAWASAKI Sturm Racing Team
23 Justin Soule +1 lap USA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
24 Dennis Stapleton +1 lap USA HONDA No Name – Honda
25 Marc De Reuver +1 lap NED SUZUKI Beursfoon Suzuki MX Team
26 Yentel Martens +1 lap BEL KTM No Name – KTM
27 Ivo Steinbergs +1 lap LAT HONDA Latvia Elksni Honda
28 Ryan Sipes +3 laps USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
29 Kyle Pheonix +3 laps USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
30 Sebastien Pourcel +5 laps FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
31 Ricky Dietrich +6 laps USA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
32 Tanel Leok +6 laps EST HONDA LS Motors Honda
33 Ben Townley +8 laps NZL HONDA Honda Racing MX
34 Anthony Boissiere +8 laps FRA KTM B.O Team
35 Joshua Coppins +9 laps NZ APRILIA Aprilia Racing
36 David Gassin +11 laps USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
 
MX1 Results – Round 6 – Race 2
1 Ben Townley 40:44.289 NZL HONDA Honda Racing MX
2 Clement Desalle +7.997 BEL SUZUKI Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
3 Antonio Cairoli +9.528 ITA KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
4 Mike Alessi +11.313 USA KTM Jagermeister KTM Factory Team
5 Xavier Boog +25.269 FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
6 Steve Ramon +28.412 BEL SUZUKI Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
7 Davide Guarneri +34.088 ITA HONDA LS Motors Honda
8 Anthony Boissiere +36.597 FRA KTM B.O Team
9 Joshua Coppins +42.774 NZ APRILIA Aprilia Racing
10 Ken De Dycker +56.451 BEL YAMAHA Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci
11 Rui Goncalves +58.653 POR KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
12 Kyle Chisholm +1:16.044 USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
13 Kevin Strijbos +1:20.115 BEL SUZUKI Beursfoon Suzuki MX Team
14 Nicolas Aubin +1:40.815 FRA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
15 Matthias Walkner +2:00.151 AUT KTM No Name – KTM
16 Cedric Soubeyreas +2:06.002 FRA KTM KTM Sarholz Racing Team
17 Bobby Garrison +2:07.231 USA HUSQVARNA No Name – Husqvarna
18 David Phillippaerts +2:22.518 ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
19 Justin Soule +2:23.727 USA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
20 Kevin Wouts +1 lap BEL KAWASAKI Sturm Racing Team
21 Dennis Stapleton +1 lap USA HONDA No Name – Honda
22 Ivo Steinbergs +1 lap LAT HONDA Latvia Elksni Honda
23 Marc De Reuver +2 laps NED SUZUKI Beursfoon Suzuki MX Team
24 Kyle Pheonix +3 laps USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
25 Antonio Balbi +5 laps BRA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
26 Tanel Leok +6 laps EST HONDA LS Motors Honda
27 David Gassin +9 laps USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
28 Evgeny Bobryshev +10 laps RUS HONDA CAS Honda
29 Gareth Swanepoel +12 laps ZAF HONDA CAS Honda
30 Ryan Hughes +13 laps USA HONDA No Name – Honda
31 Grant Langston +13 laps RSA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
32 Sebastien Pourcel +13 laps FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
33 Yentel Martens +14 laps BEL KTM No Name – KTM
 
MX1 Championship Standings- Round 6 – Glen Helen
1 Antonio Cairoli 259 pts ITA KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
2 Maximilian Nagl 218 pts GER KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
3 Clement Desalle 196 pts BEL SUZUKI Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
4 David Phillippaerts 184 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team
5 Ken De Dycker 174 pts BEL YAMAHA Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci
6 Steve Ramon 173 pts BEL SUZUKI Team Teka Suzuki World MX1
7 Xavier Boog 167 pts FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
8 Tanel Leok 135 pts EST HONDA LS Motors Honda
9 Evgeny Bobryshev 115 pts RUS HONDA CAS Honda
10 Davide Guarneri 111 pts ITA HONDA LS Motors Honda
11 Joshua Coppins 90 pts NZ APRILIA Aprilia Racing
12 Kevin Strijbos 86 pts BEL SUZUKI Beursfoon Suzuki MX Team
13 Sebastien Pourcel 75 pts FRA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
14 Anthony Boissiere 75 pts FRA KTM B.O Team
15 Gareth Swanepoel 74 pts ZAF HONDA CAS Honda
16 Jimmy Albertson 59 pts USA HONDA Martin Honda
17 Jonathan Barragan 56 pts ESP KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
18 Rui Goncalves 53 pts POR KTM Red Bull KTM Factory Racing
19 Manuel Monni 46 pts ITA YAMAHA 3C Racing
20 Mike Alessi 40 pts USA KTM Jagermeister KTM Factory Team
21 Marc De Reuver 40 pts NED SUZUKI Beursfoon Suzuki MX Team
22 Nicolas Aubin 32 pts FRA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
23 Cedric Soubeyreas 32 pts FRA KTM KTM Sarholz Racing Team
24 Ben Townley 25 pts NZL HONDA Honda Racing MX
25 Kyle Chisholm 20 pts USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
26 Tom Soderstrom 19 pts SWE YAMAHA Yamaha Van Beers Racing
27 Matthias Walkner 15 pts AUT KTM No Name – KTM
28 Alvaro Lozano Rico 14 pts ESP YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
29 Grant Langston 12 pts RSA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
30 Tom Church 11 pts GBR CCM Buildbase CCM Racing
31 Kevin Wouts 7 pts BEL KAWASAKI Sturm Racing Team
32 Julien Bill 7 pts SUI APRILIA JK Datch
33 Gregory Aranda 5 pts FRA KAWASAKI Bud Racing/Rockstar/Kawasaki
34 Filip Neugebauer 5 pts CZE KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
35 Yentel Martens 4 pts BEL KTM No Name – KTM
36 Ryan Hughes 4 pts USA HONDA No Name – Honda
37 Bobby Garrison 4 pts USA HUSQVARNA No Name – Husqvarna
38 Matteo Bonini 3 pts ITA YAMAHA 3C Racing
39 Gunter Schmidinger 3 pts AUT SUZUKI Delta Racing Team
40 Justin Soule 2 pts USA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
41 Antonio Balbi 2 pts BRA KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
42 Stephen Sword 0 pts GBR CCM Buildbase CCM Racing
43 Shannon Terreblanche 0 pts RSA KAWASAKI Sturm Racing Team
44 Ryan Sipes 0 pts USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
45 Ricky Dietrich 0 pts USA KAWASAKI Kawasaki Racing Team
46 Rickard Sandberg 0 pts SWE KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
47 Philips Kempelis 0 pts LAT HONDA Latvia Elksni Honda
48 Morgane Jacquelin 0 pts FRA SUZUKI No Name – Suzuki
49 Mathias Bellino 0 pts FRA KTM KTM HDI MX Team
50 Martin Michek 0 pts CZE TM TM Racing Factory Team
51 Manuel Priem 0 pts BEL APRILIA Aprilia Racing
52 Luis Correia 0 pts POR YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
53 Loic Rombaut 0 pts FRA KAWASAKI Sturm Racing Team
54 Kyle Pheonix 0 pts USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
55 Ivo Steinbergs 0 pts LAT HONDA Latvia Elksni Honda
56 Hugo Santos 0 pts POR KAWASAKI No Name – Kawasaki
57 Gert Krestinov 0 pts EST KTM No Name – KTM
58 Dennis Stapleton 0 pts USA HONDA No Name – Honda
59 David Gassin 0 pts USA YAMAHA No Name – Yamaha
60 Billy Laninovich 0 pts USA APRILIA Aprilia Racing
61 Bas Verhoeven 0 pts NED HONDA No Name – Honda