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2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Germany, Teutschenthal
Posted by: newsla on Jun 23, 2014 - 06:11 AM
2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Germany, Teutschenthal

Van Horebeek unmovable podium force in Germany
There is little stopping Yamaha Factory Racing and Jeremy Van Horebeek this season. The Belgian increased his tally of consecutive podium finishes in the FIM Motocross World Championship to ten from eleven rounds today by taking third position overall at Teutschenthal for the Grand Prix of Germany.


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31,000 fans packed around the short but steep Talkessel climbs and drops as the historic circuit returned to FIM calendar after hosting the Motocross of Nations at the end of last summer. The German hard-pack carved into ruts and bumps for the four motos of the MXGP and MX2 classes and in which Yamaha’s off-road racing wing were able to count on almost full strength. In MXGP particularly Van Horebeek continued his stellar first season on the YZ450FM.

Despite coming to Germany feeling the effects of being ‘under the weather’ during the week, JVH was still the picture of smooth control and power on the ’89’ machine. The only hindrance the Belgian faced on raceday for the two thirty minute and two lap motos were less-than-ideal starts. Van Horebeek pushed up to fourth position in the first race and then embarked on an intense and fantastically watchable duel with Antonio Cairoli. The World Champion tried to pass the Yamaha star but Jeremy was determined and skilled in his racecraft. The second moto required another bustle through positions in the mid-top ten and when Van Horebeek overtook Shaun Simpson he was able to make sure of third place quite comfortably. At the end of play JVH is still very much in the hunt for the MXGP crown. He rests third in the standings, 37 points from the red plate.

DP19 Yamaha Racing’s David Philippaerts has pleasant recollections of Talkessel. The Italian scored a memorable top three result for his country nine months ago at the Nations and Teutschenthal was also the site of his very first MXGP/MX1 Grand Prix win back in 2007. On this occasion and from the working area of his own team he rolled back the years. A front brake problem created an awkward first moto in which the veteran had to adapt but ended up attacking countryman David Guarneri hard in the closing stages to make sure of eleventh. A bright start in the second race saw DP lodged in the top ten. Again more promising speed kept him in contention and he finished ahead of race one winner Max Nagl in sixth spot for a solid eighth overall. 25 points means that Philippaerts has pushed up to ninth in the championship standings.

Feeling slightly fitter and strong in his back and neck after a difficult Grand Prix in Italy last week, Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Rui Gonçalves was fourteenth and thirteenth in the motos after lamenting some indifferent starts. A glitch with his exhaust affected his power delivery in the first outing and some problems with overtaking hindered his performance in the second. A term of promising finishes mixed with small setbacks means that Rui holds twelfth in the MXGP points table.

After a free weekend the FIM Motocross World Championship will re-engage with the Grand Prix of Sweden visiting another staple venue on the MXGP calendar. The turns and drops of Uddevalla, north of Gothenburg, is similar to Talkessel and will give Yamaha’s MX elite another chance to shine in front of what is normally an enthusiastic and receptive fanbase in Scandinavia.

Jeremy Van Horebeek

“It was not easy at all. I was sick all week and not practicing or doing much to try and be fit for this weekend. Yesterday I had a lot of energy but today not too much. I messed up my starts and had to come back through…eating a lot of stones on the way! That was pretty painful because those things hurt, even through the chest protector. The podium ended up making today a good day, so I have to be happy. Ten in a row now and everything is possible.”

David Philippaerts
“I feel good about today. I know when I can start well then I can be in the top six. My physical performance is consistent and strong. I broke the front brake in the first moto which meant I kept over-running the corners. I had to be careful with my lines and found a good rhythm in the last laps so I could pass Guarneri again. My start was better in the second moto but I lost three laps stuck behind Potisek. When I got him I ‘went’. Searle and Nagl put some pressure but I finished sixth and was fast all the way through. It was important to get that decent feeling at the end.”

Rui Gonçalves
“This weekend I felt better and my body has recovered a bit. The speed was there all weekend and I felt I was pretty good but the starts here were the key point and I didn't manage it today. In the first moto I was at the back and we had a little issue with the pipe, which meant the bike wasn't running so clean. The guys fixed it for the second moto and it was much better. I pushed until the end and to make as many places as I could. It is so close here. I felt like I was faster than those guys in front but it was hard to make a move. I have to be happy with what I got and work towards the next one; better starts would help a lot for that overall result. I have to thank the Bike it Yamaha Cosworth team for the job they have been doing.”

Charlier back on the gas with top ten finish in Germany
31,000 spectators came to a bright but windy Teutschenthal for the Grand Prix of Germany today and saw Yamaha count on Christophe Charlier to take ninth position overall for what is the eleventh round of seventeen in the 2014 FIM MXGP term. The hard-pack of the Talkessel circuit was restrictive in places and the bumps and ruts added an increased technical edge to the racing surface. The narrow and flowing layout shared similar characteristics to Maggiora in Italy last week and placed tall emphasis on the starts and the importance of decent positions in the opening laps.

Yamaha Factory Racing’s Charlier returned after knee surgery and was a welcome sight on the works YZ250FM. The Corsican had been training at home last week and felt ready to rejoin the MX2 fray. Naturally cautious and a little rusty, the former European Champion had a mechanical problem on Saturday that caused a lowly gate position for Sunday. Undeterred Charlier fought hard and exercised some of the frustration that has affected his 2014 season so far. He rode to tenth positions in both motos for ninth overall and a return to Grand Prix that can best be described as encouraging for the rest of the campaign.

Kemea Yamaha Racing’s Petar Petrov was twelfth overall. The Bulgarian classified a personal best of fifth for Saturday’s Qualification Heat but could not reach those heights on Sunday. He enjoyed a sizzling battle with Jeremy Seewer in the first race on his way to ninth place but the second moto was ruined by an early crash with Dylan Ferrandis that meant he had to judge the track carefully to push up to fifteenth.

After eleven rounds Petrov is currently Yamaha’s second highest-placed athlete in MX2 as the youngster occupies 12th place. In 11th and two points ahead is Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie. The Brit experienced mechanical bad luck on Saturday, which prompted a gate position almost last and on the outside. His fortunes did not improve in the first moto with a DNF but he recorded Yamaha’s best finish of the day with eighth position later in the afternoon. Anstie and his hard-working crew are set to continue development with an appearance at the fifth round of the British Championship next weekend. Kemea’s Luke Styke returned from a chest injury to finish sixteenth at Teutschenthal

Grand Prix pauses for a week before another doubleheader takes place across the first two weekends of July. Trips north to Sweden and Finland lie in store for rounds twelve and thirteen on the MXGP slate.

Christophe Charlier
“I’m happy to be back! I have a good feeling with my knee and I had fun on the bike today. I am focussed on the next race and to get back into the top five. It was tough today with my position on the gate. Next time we have to work hard to make sure Saturday goes well because we need those good starts. I liked the track because of the hard-pack and I have many kilometres under my belt on similar circuits in Corsica and Italy.”

Petar Petrov
“Saturday was really good. I had my best qualifying so far and felt good on the bike. On Sunday they did a lot of work on the track and it was totally different. In the first moto I had a good start but was riding tight. I dropped from 5th to 11th and tried to fight back. We were having a battle from about fifth place to twelfth, it was a good race and in the end I managed to finish 9th. In the second moto I hit Ferrandis in the first corner and crashed. I tried to come back but as they had flattened the track it was hard to pass. If I didn’t crash a top ten was possible again, for sure, but it is what it is. I’m looking forward now to Sweden and I’ll keep working hard in between.”

Luke Styke
“After having been off the bike this was a good race. I was feeling good on the track and had no pain anymore. The first race went really good. I had a good start and was able to fight with the riders in front of me for quiet a while. I was happy to finish 13th in my first race coming back. In the second race I had an average start but I felt exhausted throughout. I couldn’t push anymore and finished 19th. I didn’t get a lot time on the bike coming into this race, so I kind of expected this. Overall this gives confidence for the next races so I’m looking forward to Sweden.”

Max Anstie
“There are some positive parts of this weekend and we made some decent steps. The bike was working really well this weekend until we had a few little problems. Today was tough because of our setback on Saturday we had to start to the outside of the gate. I did the best I could and coming through the pack those rocks were like machine guns. In the second moto I came from last to eighth and it was a decent way to end the weekend. We have to keep the ball rolling from that second moto into the next one. We’ll go to the British Championship next week for race time, which is what we need. Onwards and upwards and I know it doesn’t look great from the outside looking in but the team have worked so hard and we just need to keep plugging away.”

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