Motocross

Leok gets second consecutive pole Ramon ready for a title

Author: Garry Morrow

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The FIM Motocross World Championship riders took their first steps on the sandy De Herselse Bossen today on a dry surface in preperation for the final round of the World Motocross Championship. Kawasaki's Tanel Leok took another pole in the MX1 class, improving on the difficult qualifying of last year, when the Estonian finished only seventh fastest. Current Red plate holder Steve Ramon was third fastest. Ramon, still riding with a painful left wrist, changed his suspension setting during the day and also the engine mapping to obtain a sharper delivery from the RM-Z450 to cope with the draining effect of the sand. The 27 year old showed no signs of the pressure he faces on the eve of potentially becoming the new number one and was just over two-tenths-of-a-second away from serial pole position man Tanel Leok. "Things went well today," Ramon said. "We already had our sand set-up in place but we made a few changes and I felt good on the track. I only have to score points tomorrow but I am doing my best not to think about it. The motos will be tough and physically hard. It will be easy to make a mistake so I must keep concentrated." Yamaha's Antonio Cairoli marked his return to MX2 with a stunning qualifying heat victory ‰ÛÒthe thirteenth of the season- in the first qualifying heat, while Gareth Swanepoel won a hard fought second heat, battling with second placed Erik Eggens. Katherine Prumm posted a brilliant lap to secure the pole, ahead of Marie Romlin, while series leader Livia Lancelot was fifth fastest.

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