Motocross

Desalle and Herlings on pole in Germany, Ferris 25th

Author: Garry Morrow

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Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1‰Ûªs Clement Desalle logged his first pole of the season today on Teutschenthal‰Ûªs hard pack circuit for tomorrow's German Grand Prix while young gun Jeffrey Herlings took pole position in the MX2 class after a dogfight with hometwon rider Ken Roczen.

Desalle put together a perfect moto right from the start, when he took the holeshot and led the pack into turn one. From then on the Belgian held the lead and kept away from the tough battle for second in between Xavier Boog and Davide Guarneri to win his first Lovemytime MX1 Pole Position Award of 2010.

"Today was a good race but it was only qualification and its tomorrow that counts! I had a good start and that is the important thing," Desalle said.

"The track is too fast and it is strange how narrow it is in places. Maybe it is good for the TV but not so good for the riders! There are not so many lines so it is hard to overtake and I was lucky I did not have to do that today when I had the holeshot. We have a chance to win tomorrow and I will do my best," he concluded.

Kawasaki Racing‰Ûªs Boog had a hard time to keep the runner up spot as a hard charging Guarneri put the heat on him during the whole race. Guarneri crossed the finish line in third to equal his best qualifying result back at the French GP, Boog was one second off Desalle and less than half a second ahead of Guarneri.

CAS Honda‰Ûªs Bobby Bobryshev was fourth fastest after teking advatnage of a crash by Ken de Dycker. The Russian defended his position to finish ahead of a hard charging Yamaha Monster Energy‰Ûªs David Philippaerts.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1‰Ûªs Max Nagl was a brave sixth after he decided to race despite his left collarbone fracture that occured in France two weeks ago. Nagl knows it will be a hard home Grand Prix but is determined to put on a good show for his many fans at Teutschenthal.

Team mate Tony Cairoli had a bad start and then crashed on the opening lap. The Championship leader took an eventual 13th place.

In his maiden Grand Prix qualifying, Australian Dean Ferris took 25th spot while Manuel Priem ‰ÛÒ who made his return to racing after injuring himself at round one in Bulgaria- was 29th.

15 year old Jeffrey Herlings of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX2‰Ûªs repeated his pole position performance from Mantova earlier in the year as he went on to take his second Lovemytime MX2 Pole Position Award. The Dutch teenager moved past team mate Shaun Simpson after two laps and went on to win a two way battle for pole.

The one who troubled Herlings was other teenager Ken Roczen of Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2. The German moved past Simpson and chased Herlings for the whole race. The winner of last year‰Ûªs German GP couldn't catch Herlings and decided to save his energy for tomorrow‰Ûªs two heats.

"I had a good start and I was in third place. It was a good race and I tried to pass Jeffrey a couple of times but it just didn't happen," Roczen explained. "I still had a lot in reserve though and the race will be longer tomorrow. I did not show everything that I have. The track is OK, it needs some watering and is not easy for passing but I feel confident. We were also helped with the changes on the bike; we are certainly competitive and stronger at the starts."

Kawasaki CLS‰Ûª Steven Frossard worked his way up throughout the race to earn a valuable third place ahead of team mate Jeremy Van Horebeek.

Simpson preferred to play it safe and settled for a fifth place ahead of Zac Osborne. The American struggled after a top five start.

Championship leader Marvin Musquin rode a calm qualifying race to take a seventh place ahead of Arnaud Tonus while holeshotter Gautier Paulin was ninth. Joel Roelants completed the top ten.

Main Photo: Clement Desalle

MX1 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 25:50.239
2. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:01.059
3. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:02.488
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:03.343
5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:04.956
6. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:13.886
7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:27.046
8. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:29.539
9. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), +0:30.948
10. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Honda), +0:33.485

MX2 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 25:51.995
2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:01.074
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:14.014
4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:14.722
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:19.681
6. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:21.783
7. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:24.768
8. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), +0:25.661
9. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:26.575
10. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:55.593

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