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2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Czech Replublic
Posted by: newsla on Jul 28, 2014 - 06:13 AM
2014 MXGP - Grand Prix of Czech Replublic

Van Horebeek sets career milestone with Czech MXGP victory
Loket. Grand Prix of Czech Republic 2014. A hard and slippery track. YZ450FM and Yamaha Factory Racing. An intense duel with world champion Antonio Cairoli. A 2-1 scorecard: all facts that constitute Jeremy Van Horebeek’s very first victory in the premier MXGP class of the FIM Motocross World Championship finally achieved today in round fourteen of seventeen in the 2014 series. The Belgian was superb on one his preferred circuits to give Yamaha their first MXGP success since Lierop (Netherlands) last summer and for his works team since the 2011 Swedish Grand Prix.


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21,500 fans were thrilled by Van Horebeek’s showdown with Cairoli in the all-decisive second moto of the day run in cloudy conditions. JVH had earlier taken a solitary second position behind runaway victor Kevin Strijbos in Moto1 but the stage was set with a long and patient stalk of the reigning number one in Moto2. Van Horebeek kept close to the Sicilian and in the last three laps ‘pulled the pin’ to pressurise his friend and rival. When Cairoli bobbled and missed a rut on the entry to the corner at one of the lowest parts of the hillside track then Jere had his chance and squeezed through to lead and hold his advantage to the flag for an emotional end to a bumper day for Yamaha (Kiara Fontanesi won her third MXW title and Christophe Charlier walked the MX2 podium for the first time this year).

After previously accumulating eleven podium finishes in a row up until his fourth position in Finland two weeks ago, Van Horebeek was back on the box in style and with the added bonus of trimming the deficit to Cairoli in the MXGP standings to 57 points with 150 still to win.

Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Rui Gonçalves was seventeenth overall after experimenting and struggling with his set-up choices in the motos. Full credit to 2B Yamaha’s Milko Potisek after his eleventh position in the final MXGP listing (thanks to results of eighth and fourteenth; he hit the start gate at the launch of the second sprint) represented the best of his season so far.

DP19 Yamaha Racing’s David Philippaerts was ruled out of the Grand Prix at the last minute. The Italian caught and twisted his left foot in Sunday morning warm-up and was taken to the medical centre with a suspected broken lower leg. The 30 year old will have another scan in Italy on Monday but the initial diagnosis was ligament damage and possibly also a fracture. DP is already thinking about a return to Grand Prix competition and if the extent of the injury is too much to miss round fifteen in Belgium next week then he will have almost a month to get ready for the Brazilian round at the beginning of September.

The sand of Lommel will entertain a Grand Prix for the first time since 2011 next weekend for the last fixture in Europe before MXGP heads to South America.

Jeremy Van Horebeek
“It is difficult to explain how this feels. I think this is one of my best days ever. It is a special one but it won’t be my last one. The first moto was pretty good but the start wasn't great and I had to come through the pack and Kevin had already gone. In the second I was second right away with Tony. I had to fight the whole moto and we were both sliding around and losing control. We were on the limit. With two laps to go I knew I had a great chance but I wanted to do it cleanly. I showed my front wheel once on the uphill just to let him know I was there and then did it. I’m so stoked. It is unbelievable. Once I started to get on the podium every weekend this season I knew I had to work harder and also get the rest I needed. I did a great job and I feel really fit. The bike has also felt better and better because this is my first year with the team and every GP you learn about it [the bike]. I think the combination of my personal development and with the Yamaha made this result. I’m looking forward to Lommel now. Tony is one of the best sand riders in the world and I plan to have something special for my fans. First we’ll enjoy this for a day and then start work for that one.”
Jeremy Van Horebeek

David Philippaerts
“I hit a hole that twisted my leg and I went down pretty hard. I knew something was wrong and it felt like my ankle. They made a scan and gave me an injection for the pain and at the moment it might only be the ligaments and maybe also a piece of the bone. I will know a bit more tomorrow but I want to come back on the bike as soon as possible because this season half of the season had been pretty strong.”

Rui Gonçalves
“Definitely not the results I was looking for. We tried our best, and different set-ups with tyres to get the bike working well with the track. I think we learned from what we did even if the results do not show our progress. We need to take the positives through our work and the new stuff we tried in the second moto. I messed up the start and I cannot blame anybody but myself. I’m definitely looking forward to next weekend and getting nearer to the results I know I am capable of. I don't want to put pressure on myself but everybody knows I can ride the sand. I cannot thank the team enough for their support and giving me everything I need to try and make myself and the bike better.”

Charlier takes comprehensive moto win and first 2014 MX2 podium
The Grand Prix of Czech Republic and the fourteenth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship was a great meeting for Yamaha and the YZ250F with factory racer Christophe Charlier earning his first podium finish of 2014 with third overall including a second moto victory. Kiara Fontanesi also used her Yamaha Rinaldi Research and Development-equipped YZ250F to claim her third consecutive FIM Women’s World title in what was the final round of six in the series.

21,500 fans moved into the spectator zones around the steep sections of the dry, slick and stone-laden hard-pack. The MX2 class provided some fantastic entertainment with an intense battle – in the second of the two 30 minute and 2 lap motos especially – seeing riders banging plastics and swapping positions around a windy and tight track.

After a build up of speed and form in recent events Christophe Charlier was attacking, confident and strong in the two sprints on Sunday; even in spite of a sore thumb as a result of spraining the digit through a small crash on Saturday.

In Moto1 the Corsican didn’t make the best start and tracked Valentin Guillod for most of the race duration to make sure of seventh place. The 23 year old used his experience to dive for an inside line out of the gate in Moto2 and his excellent getaway was the base of his first chequered flag since the 2013 British Grand Prix. Once Christophe had dispensed of Jose Butron in the opening stages he set a comfortable and uncatchable pace as leader. The twenty-five points allowed the former European Champion to pick up a trophy for third position overall and give Yamaha their third podium appearance in the category this year.

Fontanesi came to Loket with a slight four-point lead over Meghan Rutledge in the MXW Championship. The Italian was determined and highly motivated to secure her ‘red plate’ permanently for 2014 in the final outing for the girls. A win on Saturday was followed by a safe third place on Sunday and the Fonta-Yamaha-YRRD combination reset their place of superiority for another term.

Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie put some recent turbulent meetings behind him by taking eleventh overall with a 14-8 scorecard. A collision with another rider and a damaged silencer in Saturday’s qualification heat race meant he went to the gate in last position but he rallied against the adversity and his Moto2 performance to ensure two points-scoring outings for the first time in six events was encouraging.

Kemea Yamaha duo Petar Petrov and Luke Styke were absent from the Czech Republic fixture due to respective shoulder injuries. Petrov should hopefully be back for round fifteen on August 2nd and 3rd.

Loket was the scene of the penultimate date in the European EMX125 Championship and the strength of the YZ125 two-stroke continues to ring out. Alvin Ostlund was an undisputed runner-up behind winner Brian Hsu as David Herbreteau put two YZs in the final top five with fifth place. Ostlund needs to grab 14 points more than Davy Pootjes to finish second in the 2014 competition.

The Grand Prix of Belgium next weekend will be round fifteen of seventeen (and the last for EMX125) and will take place in the revered and notorious sand of Lommel in the Limburg region.

Christophe Charlier
“It’s been a good weekend! It didn’t start so well because I crashed early on and ripped my thumb back. It was pretty hard after that. The first moto start was bad but I pushed all I could to come back to seventh. In the second race I took a better line out of the gate and I was lucky a rider did not come across and take it. I passed Butron and had a great feeling out there. I had fun with my bike and I’m really happy with the result. I was surprised how easy it was to win today.”
Christophe Charlier

Max Anstie
“Some positives today because I was unfortunate yesterday. I was clipped and the pipe was all bent and misshaped and ended up stopping. Obviously that put me last in the gate today. We were on the back foot. We tried a few things on the bike to make it a bit smoother and a bit more torquey and I ended up reverting to my old set-up for the second race. I got out of the gate better but was shuffled back around the first few corners. The bike felt solid and strong and was working well. I can build from this. It is difficult when you don't get motos under your belt and you are doubting yourself because you don't have those results on paper but a top ten from last in the gate wasn’t too bad, especially on this track.”

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