FIM Motocross: Germany Preview
2011 FIM Motocross
The FIM Motocross World Championship travels this weekend to Teutschenthal, Germany, where it will take place ninth round of the season. Antonio Cairoli arrives as the new leader of the Motocross MX1 class and Ken Roczen is looking forward to handing an overall win to his home fans and keep the leadership of the MX2 series.
Christophe Pourcel, who has recently joined the CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit Team, will be at the starting grid of the FIM Motocross MX1 class in Teutschenthal this weekend and he will be able to race again against Cairoli, as they both did in the MX2 class back in 2007.
The UEM EMX-125 championship will also be present this weekend in Teutschenthal to celebrate the third round of the series. Simone Zecchina is still leading the point standings, but his compatriot Samuele Bernardini showed last weekend in Uddevalla Motocross that he is ready to take the red plate from Zecchina’s bike.
FIM Motocross MX1
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Cairoli will ride this weekend with the red plate on his 350cc KTM machine for the first time this 2011 season. The Italian did not take the overall win in Uddevalla Motocross, but his second overall position and the fact that Desalle was just seventh made Cairoli obtain the red plate. Cairoli was just fourth in Germany last weekend, so he is looking forward to an overall win and increase the point difference with his pursuers.
Second in the FIM Motocross MX1 Championship is Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1’s Desalle, who arrived in Uddevalla with a shoulder injury and left Sweden with both shoulders injured, a knee injury and a cut on his left hand due to several crashes he suffered during the Grand Prix. Desalle is now ten points behind Cairoli, but he is mentally very strong to fight for the overall victory and regain the red plate as soon as possible.
The third place of the FIM Motocross MX1 Championship is for Monster Energy Yamaha’s Frossard, who dominated the Swedish Grand Prix with great authority. The French is now 22 points behind Cairoli, so the MX1 World Championship is still wide open.
Home rider Max Nagl from Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1 is fourth in championship and although he is having great results during Saturday’s qualifying races, he struggles a lot during the Grand Prix. Riding home can help Nagl to be back at the podium and even be fighting for the first step of the rostrum.
Honda World Motocross’ Bobryshev obtained was on the second step of the podium for the first time in the MX1 class and he is now focused to win a Grand Prix and keep on fighting for the Title. The Russian admitted that the German track is not one of his favourites, but he will do his best to have another podium finish in Teutschenthal.
Ken De Dycker seems to have found his place again in the MX1 class and last weekend he finished fourth overall. Last year, the Belgian went out with the overall victory in Teutschenthal, so De Dycker may be able to fight again for the top positions in the MX1 class.
2010 FIM Motocross MX1 PODIUM:
1. Ken De Dycker
2. Clement Desalle
3. David Philippaerts
2010 MX1 POLEMAN: Clement Desalle
FIM Motocross MX2
Home rider Roczen from Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing FIM Motocross MX2 team finished second overall last year in Teutschenthal, as he struggled with his goggles during the first heat. The German dominated the second race and was able to be on the second step of the podium. For this reason, Roczen has extra motivation this weekend to take the overall win and hand his home crowd his fifth GP victory of the season.
His teammate Herlings has been working really hard on his starts in order to be ahead of Roczen in the first laps and try to keep the lead until the chequered flag. Herlings won the qualifying race last year in Teutschenthal, but for technical problems he could not finish race one and ended eighth in the second heat.
CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle is third in the MX2 World Championship, but it seems that the bad luck keeps on following the British rider. Last weekend, he got another DNF in the first heat and he could only finish 11th. Searle needs an overall victory this weekend if he wants to keep on fighting for the MX2 World Title.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier has been a consistent rider on the podium in the last GP and he is now just ten points behind Searle. The French was able to ride at the front with Roczen during the Swedish Grand Prix and he is now looking forward to his maiden GP victory of the season.
American rider Zach Osborne has dropped some positions in the championship and he is now fifth, 42 points behind Gautier. Osborne has missed the podium in the last Grand Prix and he had a DNF in the first heat of the Spanish GP. The Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha rider has good memories of Teutschenthal as he succeeded in being third overall last season.
2010 FIM Motocross MX2 PODIUM:
1. Marvin Musquin
2. Ken Roczen
3. Zach Osborne
2010 MX2 POLEMAN: Jeffrey Herlings