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2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Spain
Posted by: newsla on May 12, 2014 - 06:26 AM
2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Spain

Van Horebeek up to six MXGP podiums in a row
Hot sunshine coated the Grand Prix of Spain and the seventh round of the FIM Motocross World Championship today as Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jeremy Van Horebeek finished as runner-up for the third time this season and has now accrued six consecutive podium results on the works YZ450FM. Talavera de la Reina was the site for another solid display by the Belgian in front of 16,000 spectators for the country’s first taste of MXGP since 2011.


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The small but sheer slopes of Talavera was a picturesque setting for a narrow, technical and demanding circuit; a course largely intact since the days of being a staple venue for the old 250cc championship. The ground was loose in places and hard-pack in others and the constant flow of the curves meant that overtaking required a considered and sometimes aggressive approach.

Van Horebeek took a confident second position in the qualification Heat on Saturday after refining the set-up of the YZ450FM. JVH then rode towards his sixth podium on the spin with results of second and fourth despite less-than-ideal starts and thanks to his now trademark relentless pace. He was clear of Steven Frossard in the first moto, although unable to catch runaway leader and eventual GP winner Clement Desalle. In the second he had to circulate outside of the top three but endured the heat and an increasingly rougher soil to make sure of the second step. Van Horebeek has now earned more silverware than any other rider in the series and is third in the standings; 28 points in arrears of Antonio Cairoli.

DP19 Yamaha Racing’s David Philippaerts had some set-up issues on Saturday, which forced a lowly gate position for the two 30 minute and 2 lap motos. The Italian however was impressive with his riding. In a static first moto he could do little to catch Shaun Simpson in tenth position and so finished eleventh. A better start in the second race meant he was able to fight for seventh place for his best ranking of the season so far – also claiming seventh in the MXGP standing for the day. Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Rui Gonçalves also had a better second moto and seemed to gel in a more efficient way with the rougher bumps. The Portuguese took a 15-8 scorecard for twelfth at this Grand Prix.

After back-to-back races in Holland and Spain the Grand Prix paddock will break for one week before heading north and to the UK where Matterley Basin – installed on the MXGP calendar since 2011 – will once again entertain the British round.

Jeremy Van Horebeek
“Overall I’m happy; second on the podium and six in a row. What can I say?! About the GP…on Saturday morning I did not feel comfortable but we changed some things on the bike and the team did a great job. I was better in the qualification Heat and ready for the races today. I had an awesome feeling on the track but my starts were not that good and we need to work on this. It was hot today and I like it when the track is hard and slick and you have to look for your lines.”
JVH #89 Podium

David Philippaerts
“I’m happy with the results and seventh overall. It is good for me and the team and especially because we really had to work for it. We had problems yesterday but changed things and found a solution. The first moto was OK but the second was much better. We adjusted the settings with the tyres and front suspension and my riding was also improved. I think 6-10 is my position at the moment and we need to focus on that. The next GPs coming are good for me with Matterley, St Jean and Maggiora. I want to stay on this path and we need to!”

Charlier top ten in MX2 GP return
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Christophe Charlier made an encouraging return to FIM Motocross World Championship action at a sunny and stuffy Talavera de la Reina for the Grand Prix of Spain by taking tenth position overall at the seventh round of eighteen. The Corsican climbed aboard his YZ250FM for the first time at a GP since injuring his leg in Thailand for round two. Kemea Yamaha Racing’s Petar Petrov was also in the top ten with ninth place after shrugging off the effects of a sore ankle and a virus in recent weeks.

The narrow and relentless course at Talavera was packed strong with 16,000 spectators for a triumphant return to Spain for the first time since 2011. Hilly, winding and tight, the track was tricky for passing and demanding due to the temperatures that touched thirty degrees across two 30 minute and 2 lap motos.

The weekend delivered fitting conditions for Charlier who has been training and preparing for his comeback at his home and also in Italy over the past fortnight. As expected the former European Champion needs some time to reacclimatise to the frantic nature of the MX2 class with banging bars, frequents spills and surges of speed commonplace throughout the pack. Charlier slipped off twice in the first moto and did his best to recover to twelfth. Christophe fared better in the second sprint and gained valuable race time to finish eighth.

Petrov buried memories of his recent adversities and some misfortune to place ninth and tenth on the day. The Bulgaria had the pace and the fitness in the heat but lacked the essential ground won around the first corner to be able to trouble the leading group. Team-mate Luke Styke’s eleventh place in Moto1 was the Australian rookie’s best result yet since joining the FIM World Championship. Some problems in the second moto scuppered an overall result as he ranked outside of the points in twenty-first.

Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie continues his evolution of race equipment both at and away from the Grand Prix circuits. The Brit, two weeks ahead of his home event in the UK, could only manage nineteenth overall and commented his best volley of speed came in the second moto as he pushed to fourteenth. He was twentieth earlier in the day.

The FIM Motocross World Championship will now pause for one week before shifting north and to England where the popular Matterley Basin circuit will host the Grand Prix of Great Britain for round eight.

Christophe Charlier
“I had a good feeling with the bike today and that was important for me. I now need to progress with my starts because all the riders are going at the same speed so I need to be further forward at the beginning. I lost four rounds of the series and started riding two weeks ago. Training is not the same at GP racing! It was a difficult track to come back to; very bumpy and long jumps. There was a lot of water around, but, overall I’m happy with today. I will continue to work and look to be top five for the next race. I will be counting the time until I can get back on the GP track.”
Christophe Charlier

Max Anstie
“I guess from the outside looking in it might not look like much but I do feel like we are making steps in the right direction. Where we started the year and where we are now means we had to sacrifice a few points in these European rounds but I believe that things are going in the right direction. Obviously a lot of testing and development to be done in the next couple of weeks but we will get there.”

Petar Petrov
“I’m happy I made two top ten results after a difficult last two weeks. I couldn’t train for two weeks after my ankle injury and then last week I struggled with a virus. My speed was good though all weekend long and I’m happy to have that back. In the first race, I had a faster lap time than Ferrandis but he ended up third and I finished ninth… It was so hard to pass on the track so the start was important, and that made the difference. In the second race I was last in the first corner and it took so much time to go forward. I’m working hard on my starts now to get those better. After all I’m happy it went better than last week, I feel better and now we can work towards the British GP in two weeks time.”

Luke Styke
“Riding went pretty well this weekend. On Saturday and in the first race I could follow the top ten riders quite well. I finished eleventh in the first race and that’s my best finish so far. My first goal was to reach the top ten and I’m getting closer. In the second race the bike stopped in a corner and I fell back to very last place, so that moto was over early. I’ll keep working hard and I believe that a top ten result will be there soon.”

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