Motocross

An enthralling conclusion to the World Motocross Championship

Author: Garry Morrow

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Yamaha's Stefan Everts and KTM's Tyla Rattray have overcome one of the toughest tracks of the year, and some intense competition, to take Victory in MX1 and MX2 respectively at the final round of the 2005 FIM Motocross World Championship at Desertmartin, Ireland.
9 times world champions Stefan Everts finished of the year in the best possible way. Photo: Yamaha
Everts was at his supreme best in the deep sand of Desertmartin as he overcame the persistent Kiwi duo of Ben Townley and Josh Coppins to conclude his championship winning season on the highest note possible, the win also helping Yamaha to the 2005 constructor's crown with seven points over second-placed Honda and 26 points over KTM. "Yesterday the track was a little bit too fast for me", Everts said of his average qualifying performance, "But today was pretty good as it was rough". "Ben (Townley) was really fast today but I think that he was too quick in the second race and couldn‰Ûªt keep the pace. I tried at the beginning to find a good rhythm and at one point when Ben slowed down it was time to attack. When I passed him I pushed as hard as I could during three or four laps, and then the race was done. It was another great season for me, I was happy to race with Ben and I wish him all the best in the US."
Bye, Bye Ben. Ben Townley took second in his final race in MXGP before joining Pro Circuit in America in 2006. Photo: Ray Archer
Townley showed great speed and grit as he pushed Everts all the way in the opening moto. In the second moto the US bound 20-year-old came out all guns blazing and held of Everts for a good part of the moto, but with Everts on his A-game he stood little chance. "I don‰Ûªt think that I went much slower, just that Stefan really picked up his speed. He had better lines than me, especially where he moved through. I pushed so hard but Stefan was just better". Townley mused. "I was happy with my riding today. There were a lot of people on the last lap who were clapping me and it was great to see the crowd at the finish line like that. I have built up some great friendships here in Europe and I am going to miss everyone. I really hit me today that I am going." he added Pole winner Coppins had a tough day at the office but still came out of the day with a satisfactory result - third overall. After notching up the holeshot in the opening moto he succumbed to both Everts and then his compatriot Townley before ending the moto in third. He was luck to even finish the second moto after a nasty looking crash in the whoops, but remounted in thirteenth to finish fourth, just behind KTM's Steve Ramon. "I really wanted to make the podium today". Coppins said. "I wanted to be on the podium together with Ben at his last race ‰ÛÒ two riders on the podium from one country especially a country as small as New Zealand is pretty special." he added proudly.
Tyla Rattray (2) puts the move on American Mike Alessi on his way to overall victory in MX2. Photo: Ray Archer.
Steve Ramon finished fourth overall in his last MXGP race with KTM before moving to Suzuki in 2006, whilst Estonian Tanel Leok gave the new Kawasaki KX450F another solid run with fifth overall. MX2 held a lot of anticipation as American teen sensation Mike Alessi had made the trip to Europe to pit his skills against the best Europe had to offer. The runner up in the AMA 125cc championship let everyone know he meant business when he set a blistering pace in the first moto after taking an empathic holeshot. For eight laps the racing was enthralling as KTM's Marc de Reuver pursued the 17-year-old in relentless fashion. In the end De Reuver, a Dutch sand specialist was too good and moved into the lead. South African Tyla Rattray soon demoted Alessi to third before the chequered flag. Moto 2 was a whole new scenario as newly crowned MX2 champion Antonio Cairoli took the early lead with Kosak KTM's Aigar Leok in tow. Alessi meanwhile was stuck back in the pack after banging bars off the start. By the ten minute mark Rattray and Leok had taken the lead from Cairoli who could not hang on after suffering a broken scaphoid. De Reuver, who also had to work his way through the field after a bad start, methofically worked his way up to third by races end.
After suffering serious head injuries earlier in the year, Marc de Reuver (14) has bounced back with excellent form, second in Ireland proving he is back. Photo: Ray Archer.
It was a tough race for Alessi as a crash in the early running saw him have to work hard to climb to fifth before a crash with Italian David Philippaerts in the closing stages saw any chance of a podium go out the window. The younger Alessi, Jeff, kept the American flag flying though with an outstanding fifth place. With a win and a second place, Rattray took the round victory for 2005 with De Reuver standing along side him. Aigar Leok made it an all KTM podium with third overall. "I worked really hard towards winning these last three GPs and I‰Ûªm really happy to see that the work has paid off". said Rattray. "Marc was quick to pass Alessi in the first heat and although I got into second after a while I did not have the same speed to follow Marc. The second moto was good. I took the lead and pulled out a big margin quite quickly. I think it was around fourteen seconds at one point. In the last five or ten minutes I was just cruising around. I am really happy to win today and I think my form shows that I could have been in the title chase for sure." Off the Podium it was a complete log jam with Alessio Chiodi taking fourth overall and Jeff Alessi, Billy Mackenzie, Andrew McFarlane and Mike Alessi all finishing with 24 points. For the GP guests Mike Alessi it was a mixed day but he proved that he is undoubtedly one of the fastest riders in the world. Mike Alessi, in fact both Mike and Jeff Alessi proved above all else they are racers and will race anywhere anytime. There performance in Ireland is sure to win them a whole load of respect in the European motocross world - and keep the USA V Europe debate well and truly alive heading into the Motocross of Nations next weekend in France. Main Photo: Coppins and Everts wishing BT a fond farewell

MX1 Overall Results - Grand Prix of Ireland- ROUND 17
Pos Rider Nat. Bike
Race 1
Race 2
Total
1
Everts, Stefan BEL Yamaha 25 25 50
2
Townley, Ben NZL KTM 22 22 44
3
Coppins, Joshua NZL Honda 20 18 38
4
Ramon, Steve BEL KTM 15 20 35
5
Leok, Tanel EST Kawasaki 18 13 31
6
Strijbos, Kevin BEL Suzuki 14 16 30
7
Pichon, Mickael FRA Honda 16 14 30
8
Barragan, Jonathan SPA KTM 13 15 28
9
Noble, James GBR Honda 12 8 20
10
Jorgensen, Brian DEN Yamaha 8 11 19
11
Priem, Manuel BEL Yamaha 6 12 18
12
Theybers, Danny BEL Suzuki 9 7 16
13
de Dijcker, Ken BEL Honda 11 0 11
14
Leuret, Pascal FRA Honda 0 10 10
15
Pyrhonen, Antti FIN TM 10 0 10
16
Atsuta, Yoshitaka JPN Suzuki 0 9 9
17
Bradshaw, Neville RSA Suzuki 4 5 9
18
Gundersen, Kenneth NOR KTM 7 0 7
19
Kovalainen, Marko FIN Honda 0 6 6
20
Freibergs, Lauris LAT Suzuki 3 3 6
21
de Belder, Tom BEL Suzuki 5 0 5
22
Gelazninkas, Arunas LIT Honda 0 4 4
23
Barr, Martin GBR Yamaha 2 2 4
24
Mackenzie, Bryan GBR Kawasaki 0 1 1
25
Crockard, Gordon IRL Yamaha 1 0 1

MX1 Championship Standings After Round 17
Pos
Rider Nat.
Total
1
Everts, Stefan BEL 721
2
Coppins, J. NZL 652
3
Townley, Ben NZL 589
4
Ramon, Steve BEL 500
5
Pichon, M. FRA 476
6
Smets, Joel BEL 385
7
Barragan, J. SPA 312
8
Leuret, Pascal FRA 306
9
de Dijcker, K. BEL 303
10
Noble, James GBR 302

MX2 Overall Results - Grand Prix of Ireland- ROUND 17
Pos Rider Nat. Bike
Race 1
Race 2
Total
1
Rattray, Tyla RSA KTM 22 25 47
2
de Reuver, Marc NED KTM 25 20 45
3
Leok, Aigar EST KTM 15 22 37
4
Chiodi, Alessio ITA Yamaha 10 15 25
5
Alessi, Jeff USA KTM 8 16 24
6
Mackenzie, Billy GBR Yamaha 13 11 24
7
McFarlane, Andrew AUS Yamaha 14 10 24
8
Alessi, Mike USA KTM 20 4 24
9
Swanepoel, Garreth RSA Kawasaki 2 18 20
10
Cairoli, Antonio ITA Yamaha 16 2 18
11
Philippaerts, David ITA KTM 18 0 18
12
Nagl, Maximilian GER KTM 3 14 17
13
Seistola, Matti FIN Honda 0 13 13
14
Goncalves, Rui POR Yamaha 5 8 13
15
Pourcel, Christophe FRA Kawasaki 12 1 13
16
Renet, Pierre A. FRA Yamaha 0 12 12
17
Smith, Wayne GBR Honda 4 7 11
18
Nunn, Carl GBR KTM 11 0 11
19
Searle, Tommy GBR Kawasaki 7 3 10
20
Boissiere, Anthony FRA Yamaha 0 9 9
21
Pourcel, Sebastien FRA Kawasaki 9 0 9
22
Campano, Carlos SPA KTM 0 6 6
23
Guarneri, Davide ITA Yamaha 6 0 6
24
Strik, George NED KTM 0 5 5
25
Avis, Wyatt RSA Honda 1 0 1

MX2 Championship Standings After Round 17
Pos
Rider Nat.
Total
1
Cairoli, A. ITA 567
2
McFarlane, A. AUS 518
3
Chiodi, A. ITA 504
4
Philippaerts, D. ITA 468
5
Pourcel, C. FRA 372
6
Mackenzie, B. GBR 356
7
Melotte, C. BEL 352
8
Nunn, Carl GBR 343
9
Sword, Stephen GBR 310
10
Goncalves, Rui POR 301

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