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

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Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).