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2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Great Britain
Posted by: newsla on May 26, 2014 - 07:18 AM
2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Great Britain

Van Horebeek takes podium tally to seven in a row in Britain
Jeremy Van Horebeek roared back from some adversity at the Grand Prix of Great Britain to take third position and climb the podium again – his seventh consecutive top three finish in the premier MXGP class - at Matterley Basin today. The Belgian was once more a prominent force on the Yamaha Factory Racing YZ450FM and rode to a pair of third positions on the tacky and enjoyable racing surface in the south of England.


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25,000 fans braved a changeable climate that saw the weekend swapping rain for sunshine at regular intervals thanks to a stiff breeze. The showers on Friday and Saturday gave some superb natural watering to the Matterley dirt and allowed it to carve into a technical and rutty prospect. The scenic layout – which has hosted the British round of the MXGP series since 2011 – made for a long lap-time and once more gave unparalleled views to the spectators that lined the fences around the track.

Van Horebeek’s weekend did not get off to the most fortunate of starts. A problem with the start clip on his front fork guard led to a breakage of the brake hose as he was plotting a fast course from fourth to second position in Saturday’s Qualification Heat. He pitted and rode the second half of the twenty minute and two lap distance with no stopping power on the front end and collected a brave fifteenth.

On Sunday, and under some welcome blue skies, JVH was again a firm presence in the leading group. The 2014 Italian Champion rode a pair of lonely races to third position each time and although he tried to fend off Tony Cairoli while holding second in Moto2 was unable to resist the Italian. Van Horebeek’s unparalleled consistency means he is third in the championship standings.

DP19 Yamaha racing’s David Philippaerts had a reasonable day to tenth overall. The Italian didn't start so well in the first moto and ran to eleventh. He was in the top six at the launch of the second but was too hesitant in the formative stages and again dropped down to the fringes of the top ten. Rui Gonçalves took his Bike it Yamaha Cosworth YZ450F to seventeenth overall and defied a painful twisted ankle to complete the Grand Prix. Thirteenth was his best race finish and was scored in the second moto.

Almost half of the 2014 campaign fills the MXGP scorecard and Van Horebeek, who has held a spot in the top three of the division for the vast majority of ’14 so far, is 35 points away from his first taste of the red plate and first place. Philippaerts is further back in twelfth while Gonçalves is thirteenth.

Regular Grand Prix hosting circuit St Jean D’Angely will again entertain the French stop on the FIM Motocross World Championship calendar next weekend with the ninth round of the season nudging the series into June.

Jeremy Van Horebeek

“This is one of my favourite tracks of the year and the GP did not go like I wanted. I struggled all the way through and I guess it is not the best day for me. Still, we are on the podium again so I did pretty well I suppose. I’m looking forward to going to France now. All these podium finishes are great for me and the team. I feel really good with the way it is going. It’s just today wasn’t so great and I prefer to finish third twice than to come off the bike and register zero points.”
Jeremy van Horebeek

David Philippaerts
“A bad race…but good in some ways because I made some points for the championship and I’m close to the top ten; this is important because we have to look at the overall season. I didn't start the first moto well and finished eleventh. I pushed a lot in the first part of the race and I did the same at the beginning of the second because I was up in sixth. I was too slow in the first ten minutes! I don't know why but riders were passing me left and right and I was pretty angry. I was setting good lap-times by the end but it was too late. Anyway we have to focus on the top ten and my riding is getting better. My training is good and the bike is working well. Everything is correct but I now need to work on the first laps of the race to stay closer to the front.”

Rui Goncalves
“Definitely a tough weekend. I was looking to turn around some problems we had on Saturday for raceday but I was last into the gate and then trying to do something from the back of the pack when I twisted my ankle on the third lap. I had a lot of pain but figured if I wanted to be out there for the second moto then I needed to ride for a while. I was dead-last and just concentrated on reaching the finish. The second race was a little bit better; better start and better rhythm. I had painkillers between motos to survive the weekend and will now go home to get checked out.”

Anstie back among the leaders at British Grand Prix
The slopes, drops and vast jumps of Matterley Basin was the site of the British Grand Prix and the eighth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship today and Max Anstie was Yamaha’s top performer in the MX2 class on the 2014 YZ250F as he grabbed third place in the first moto. Blue skies were gladly welcomed in southern England after bouts of rain had threatened to washout the site in the lead-up to the event. The persistent showers at least had a positive effect on the racing surface which was soft, shifting and ‘attackable’ for the Grand Prix elite.

Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Anstie showed that the team’s progress in development of the new 2014 YZ250F is coming along at a decent pace as he ran in second position for most of Saturday’s qualification heat and just lost out to Dylan Ferrandis on the last lap after having to ditch his mud-caked goggles. On Sunday and with the weather much improved 25,000 spectators saw ‘99’ hit the leading group and chase Jordi Tixier hard in the first moto. The Brit entered the top three for the first time since the Grand Prix of Thailand in March. Unfortunately the ‘clutch’ finger of his left hand was whacked by a stone, which caused some painful damage. While he was able to finish Moto1 he could not complete more than three laps of the second and had to retire.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Christophe Charlier was also luckless. The Corsican is nursing a meniscus problem in his left knee but his Grand Prix was ended by a crash on the first lap of Moto2 that prompted a hospital visit for a cut on his back.

Kemea Yamaha Racing duo Petar Petrov and Luke Styke were seventeenth and sixteenth overall after difficult days. The Bulgarian could not find an effective rhythm with the track while the Australian could not recover from two so-so starts. The stony hard-pack of St Jean D’Angely will ignite the Grand Prix of France for round nine of the FIM Motocross World Championship next week.

Max Anstie
“The first moto today was obviously really good. I moved through quickly and was hitting some of those big jumps. The Yamaha has been working really well and its nice to be riding ‘my’ bike and we have all worked hard. I hope we can continue building from here and it was positive to be racing again where we were in the first few GPs. It was unfortunate I got hit by a rock in the first one. The finger was not too bad when I was riding but then for the second one it really stiffened up and went a bit black-and-blue. When I was jumping stuff it was hurting a lot. I need to get it checked out but at least we know now that we are back where we should be and the hours we have put in is paying off.”

Petar Petrov
“This was the worst weekend since I started GPs…I had no feeling at all with the track and didn’t feel comfortable. To be honest sometimes I was scared I couldn’t push at all. I don’t know what the problem is, last weekend in Holland everything went well and I had a good speed but now there was nothing I could do. I think I’m too focused on the results right now. Therefore this week I want to try to get the right feeling back. I need to have fun on the bike again. This was a total ‘off’ weekend; I want to forget it as soon as possible and try to approach the next one more relaxed.”

Luke Styke
“I hoped for better results after qualification on Saturday because I had a good start and I felt good on the track. Once I got into my rhythm my lap-times were consistent and I got my first top 10. On Sunday I had two bad starts and then it was hard to make up ground. In the first moto I could hang on to a group of 4-5 riders but I couldn’t make any moves. After Saturday I can say now that a top ten is possible if my start is good, so that’s an important lesson to remember.”

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