De Dycker unstoppable in Germany

Author: Garry Morrow


The 2010 Grand Prix of Germany, the eighth round of the FIM MX1-GP World Championship, has been a memorable one for Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross teams the team toasted its second victory in succession, this time in the hands of Ken De Dycker, and filled two positions in the top three with David Philippaerts finishing third behind Clement Desalle.
Ken De Dycker took his first MX1 win for the year with a 1-1 result in Germany.
De Dycker was in imperious form across the rough and rutted hard-pack. The fast and undulating terrain of the Talkessel circuit at Teutschenthal, west of the city of Halle, was surrounded by 35,000 spectators who created a noisy and bustling atmosphere. The crowd braved cloudy and cool conditions to see the Belgian - celebrating his 26th birthday on race-day - seal his first double of the year and become just the second rider this season to go 1-1.

De Dycker headed Philippaerts for a superb formation-finish in the first moto with Desalle in third, 20 seconds behind. Moto two saw the Belgian take the win ahead of Antonio Cairoli with Desalle once agian third.

Philippaerts, who won two weeks ago at the Grand Prix of France, was 5th in the second race and physically drained after trying to recover from his illness during the week. His third step of the podium represented his second consecutive appearance in the top three and his fourth trophy of the season.

"I always expect to do well and hope for a good result and it came here because of hard work after the Grand Prix of France when we tested a lot and now we seem to be going in the right direction," De Dycker said.

"This was the best birthday present I could give myself! Both motos had some good racing and Tony came close to me at the end of the second one. I was feeling tired at that moment and wanted the race to be over when I jumped past and saw '3 minutes' on the clock! I knew I would have to dig deep. He couldn't get near enough and it was exciting. The track was not easy but I tried to stay relaxed and saw a few places where I could overtake
my goal then was to get close enough to be able to attack in those places. I hope this is the point that my season will turn around and although the next GPs won't be easy I can now feel more confident and want to be strong until the end of the season."

Despite finishing second Desalle was not happy with the result but happy with how he rode.

"I am not really satisfied because I am second and I wanted the win but I rode well
did not have any bad crashes
and my shoulder continues to feel strong so I am happy for that," Desalle said. "I made a mistake in the first moto and it was costly. I had a nice fight with David and that was fun but I had suffered another error at an important time in the second moto when I was forced to go outside on a corner. Ken and Antonio were too fast. I will take each GP at a time and want to do my best."
David Philippaerts finished third in the MX1 class
Third placed Philippaerts not only had to deal with his in form team-mate but also a sever cold.

"In the first moto I had a good feeling with the bike and the track but I have not slept well for the last four days because of a cold and really felt tired in the second race," Philippaerts explained. "It was hard to pass out there with really only one fast line, the rest of the track was so bumpy, and I lost time and energy stuck behind Nagl. To finish on the podium after feeling sick is very positive. Now I will go to Belgium and recover fully before doing some training in the build-up to Latvia."

Fellow Italian Tony Cairoli of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 was a bitter fourth overall. Cairoli tangled with Tanel Leok at the start of heat one and was forced to recover from the tail of the group to sixth. In moto two the MX1 Championship leader rode strong to trouble De Dycker in the final laps and take an eventual second place.

Kawasaki Racing‰Ûªs Xavier Boog completed the top five after leading both races. The Frenchman was fast in the early stages of both heats ‰ÛÒ he even took the holeshot in heat one - but dropped down the bottom of the top five as the races went on.

Home rider Max Nagl took sixth overall despite riding with a broken left collarbone.
Clement Desalle was second in the MX1 class
Davide Guarneri, who was a solid third in yesterday‰Ûªs qualifying, was ninth overall as he struggled during the GP heats while fellow Honda rider Dean Ferris of Australia ended his maiden GP in 16th place.

A crash caused Sebastian Pourcel a concussion and the Frenchman will miss the forthcoming two GP‰Ûªs.

In the MX2 class it was again Marvin Musquin who topped the podium at the end of the Grand Prix, which marked victory number seven of 2010 for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2 rider. Musquin took victory in the first moto after moving past team mate Jefferey Herlings but could not overtake second moto leader Ken Roczen with the young German taking the win in front of his home crowd.

"I didn't win the second heat but I did win the GP and that's the most important thing," Musquin said.

"The track is a little different from last year and it was a bit heavy. Now I will go home and train in the sand to prepare for the next race and like always, I will try to do my best. I enjoyed the atmosphere and it was great to hear the people here in Germany cheering for me. It was great in France last time because that's my home GP but I thought it would be different here in Germany!

Second overall was last year‰Ûªs German GP winner Roczen. The Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2 teenager struggled with his goggles in the first heat, riding with no eyes protection and dropping down from third to fifth.

"The first moto was really difficult but not just for me but also my family and the whole team. I couldn't clear my goggles and had to dump them. It was impossible to get close to people and was hard when I was behind backmarkers I had to slow down and was really frustrated," Roczen said.

"After that I really wanted to do something special for all the fans that were cheering me and was really focussed. I made a good start and make some quick passes so I had a clear track. When I saw I had a good gap I turned the speed down a little bit and kept the rhythm. The track was difficult for passing but with a good eye you can always do something. There were a few lines out there but many people were using the same. It was an unbelievable feeling riding here. The people seemed to go crazy and I want to thank all of them," the German concluded.
Marvin Musquin(1) took another overall in the MX2 class.
Bike-it Cosworth Yamaha UK‰Ûªs Zac Osborne was third overall as he took his third consecutive podium since his home GP in USA. Osborne struggled in the opening heat and moved into fourth place two laps from home. He performed better in the final moto, ending third and securing the overall podium.

"I think I have come to a peak in my fitness and my riding abilities are where they should be," the American said. "I am happy with the way things are going with the team and the bike and I am enjoying the races. I was struggling to come through in the first moto and got lucky when Ken Roczen had to throw away his goggles. I did not quite gel with the track this weekend but overall it was a good GP and to have another podium."

Kawasaki CLS‰Ûª racers completed the top five but it was a bitter result for the squad having Steven Frossard in fourth and Jeremy Van Horebeek in fifth, both crashed in moto two and had to work hard to get back into the top ten.

Arnaud Tonus was sixth ahead of Christophe Charlier and Shaun Simpson, with the latter taking the holeshot in moto two. Gautier Paulin and Khounsith Vongsana completed the top ten.

Herlings DNF'd for technical issues in heat one and was eighth in moto two for a final 13th.

Main Photo: Ken de Dycker and David Philippaerts

MX1 Race 1 top ten:
1. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 40:39.611
2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:09.467
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.240
4. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.112
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:23.556
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:24.725
7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.662
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:32.723
9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:35.193
10. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +0:35.686

MX1 Race 2 top ten:
1. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 40:07.513
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:00.252
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:13.132
4. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:27.811
5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:34.169
6. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:38.707
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:41.813
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:46.007
9. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:48.659
10. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Honda), +0:50.042

MX1 Overall top ten:
1. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 50 points
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40 p.
3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 38 p.
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 37 p.
5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 36 p.
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 30 p.
7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 26 p.
8. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 26 p.
9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 25 p.
10. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 20 p.
17, Dean Ferris (Aus, Honda) 7p

MX1 Championship top ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 341 points
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 276 p.
3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 267 p.
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 251 p.
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 248 p.
6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 237 p.
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 217 p.
8. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 182 p.
9. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 165 p.
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 149 p.

MX2 Race 1 top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 40:44.108
2. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:04.645
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:12.812
4. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:31.456
5. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:35.632
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:41.892
7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:43.478
8. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:44.200
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:03.398
10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:03.791

MX2 Race 2 top ten:
1. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 40:06.652
2. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:26.568
3. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:36.614
4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:47.311
5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +1:00.947
6. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:06.656
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:16.155
8. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +1:18.283
9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:20.736
10. Michael Leib (USA, Kawasaki), +1:21.304

MX2 Overall top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 47 points
2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 41 p.
3. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 38 p.
4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 38 p.
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 36 p.
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 31 p.
7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 24 p.
8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 24 p.
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 24 p.
10. Khounsith Vongsana (FRA, KTM), 19 p.

MX2 Championship top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 365 points
2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 288 p.
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 268 p.
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 241 p.
5. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 233 p.
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 225 p.
7. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 214 p.
8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 209 p.
9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 183 p.
10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 158 p.

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