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Fantastic Runner-Up Finish For Ferris In Finland
Posted by: newsla on Jul 15, 2013 - 06:19 AM
Fantastic Runner-Up Finish For Ferris In Finland

Dean Ferris raced his factory backed Monster Energy Yamaha YZ250F to a superb second position overall at Hyvinkää today for the Grand Prix of Finland and the twelfth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship attended by 23,000 spectators (weekend figure). The first visit of the MX series to Finland in thirteen years took place on a carved and bump-laden sandy track with a decent technical level.


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Hyvinkää was a physical test for the riders and an ample challenge for the set-up of the MX2 motorcycles with the flat and relatively short layout heavy on the engines and pounding on the suspension systems. Sunshine and warm temperatures added a pleasant sheen to the event that entered the calendar at a late stage to replace the cancelled fixture in Russia.

Ferris returned to the winner’s circle after two punchy starts on the YZ and a mean pace that cast him as one of the main protagonists on the day. The Australian was able to spray champagne for the third time this season and on the first occasion since capturing second in Portugal for round six. ‘111’ started third and held his speed and nerve to cross the line in the same position in the first moto. Later in the day he needed to recover from outside the top five to catch and pass Jose Butron for the same rank and confirm his silverware.

In tenth position overall was Christophe Charlier. The Corsican, who recently inked another deal to stay a Yamaha factory rider for 2014, was unlucky with his starts. In the first he was buried mid-pack and needed to work for the whole of the first 35 and 2 minute duration to rise from 15th to 8th. Charlier was in the wrong place at the wrong time in the second moto when he couldn’t avoid a fallen rider in the first corner and was also sent tumbling to the dirt. ‘23’ was unhurt but after again fighting his way through the hoards was ‘spent’ after reaching 13th.
Charlier in Finland

Desprey in Finland
Maxime Desprey was twelfth across the board with two race finishes in that slot delivering the same overall result. The French youngster made an impressive getaway in Moto1 and nestled into a race rhythm that saw him circulating on the fringes of the top ten. Some fatigue in the later stages of Moto2 saw him drop from tenth another two ranks but the points-haul equalled his highest of 2013 so far. It was a hard day for Mel Pocock who struggled with the rough nature of the track. The Briton registered a best finish of 14th in the second outing.

Ferris was able to gain some good ground on Glen Coldenhoff in the MX2 World Championship standings and is now just 13 points behind the Dutchman and 5th place. Charlier is 4th and needs to find 40 points over Jose Butron to reach his season goal of a top three championship finish. Pocock holds twelfth while Desprey is 16th. Monster Energy Yamaha are next in action in two weeks time with the new Lausitzring circuit hosting the Grand Prix of Germany.

Dean Ferris
“I feel good. It has been a few tough races recently and I think it was the track that helped me out today because it was quite technical. I got some good starts and my bike was fast all weekend; I was able to put it on the podium again so it’s all-good. We’ve done some testing during the week and found a better set-up. The engine has been really strong and overall we’ve been sticking to the programme; I was just able to keep moving forward today and brought it home in the second moto after Tixier was too far ahead.”

Christophe Charlier
“The track was very difficult today with many bump and big lines. I crashed in the second race and tried to come back but it was tough physically and I have to take what I can. I was in fourth or fifth at the start but somebody slid out in front of me. It happened so suddenly that I couldn’t move left or right and just smashed into the bike. I then lost time to restart but afterwards followed Coldenhoff through. For this race I have to accept these results and try to push a lot for the next GP.”

Maxime Desprey
“It was pretty good today. In the first moto I started in second place but I couldn’t ‘go’ at the beginning and lost some places. Afterwards I picked up my rhythm and finished in twelfth; which wasn’t too bad. In the second moto my start was not the same. It was worse. I pushed to pass many guys on the second lap and it was going pretty well but I think I paid for that at the end of the race. Physically it was hard but to finish twelfth again feels like an improvement over the last couple of GPs.”

Mel Pocock
“I’m not enjoying it at the moment and I can’t work out why. I’m struggling and it is not through a lack of training or effort. We will have to talk about this and go back to the drawing board for some solutions. We have two weeks to get back on the good path now.”

Roelants in top ten at Finnish Grand Prix
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Joel Roelants defied sickness and stomach pain to collect tenth position overall at the tough Hyvinkää circuit for the Grand Prix of Finland and the twelfth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The sandy and short course was a punishing test for bike set-up and the riders’ physical condition as the bumps and berms constantly unsettled the machinery. The Belgian courageously raced to two tenth places in the long motos under sunny skies and 23,000 spectators (weekend figure).

While Roelants used the power and handling of his works YZ450FM to jump and drift to his placing against the odds, Steven Frossard was forced to the sidelines. The misfortune-battered Frenchman smashed his foot on Saturday during the qualification heat and stabbing pain was later revealed to be two more metatarsal bones in his left foot. The fractures should not require surgery and now the former MX1 world championship runner-up needs further advice as to how long the setback will be in terms of recovery and when he can return to the Grand Prix paddock.

As the FIM series takes a break for a week after three meetings in a row across northeast Europe Roelants will have time to reflect on his championship position of 15th and his attack of the remaining five rounds starting in Germany at the Lausitzring on July 28th.
Frossard in Finland

Joel Roelants
“Last week I had some stomach pains and then also this week while training. I am taking some pills but still this weekend I had cramps. So I could not push to the maximum and was riding at 50%. In the last laps I tried to charge but then I was completely dead. I think this was the most I could do this GP. I need to try and get healthy again now and then make some good training for the next race. It was a physical track and our set-up was quite good. I just felt ‘broken’ and have been eating rice and water all day. I hope it will clear quickly.”

Steven Frossard
“Unbelievable. I made the double jump, landed and kept inside going into the waves but I hit my foot against something. It was still on the peg so I don’t really know what happened. I had a lot of pain and had to pull into the pits. I knew something was not right because it hurt a lot to walk and put weight on the foot and then the X-ray confirmed it. There is not much more to say, it is disappointing for everyone and we will see now what plan we can make from here.”

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