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Pourcel moves into top gear at British Grand Prix qualifying

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Christophe Pourcel has hit his stride with the CLS Kawasaki rider taking pole for the British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin in the UK overnight, Championship leader Ken Roczen will have first pick of the gate in the MX2 clasas.

CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit's Purcel had a really good start and rode second behind compatriot Steven Frossard during the first two laps, but he made a move from the inside and, although they exchanged the lead several times, he crossed the finish line first. Pourcel admitted that he is finally feeling really good on his bike and he expects to fight for the top positions in the upcoming races.

Second was Monster Energy Yamaha's Frossard, who managed to take the holeshot but he did not want to take many risks and rode second until the chequered flag after he was overtaken by Pourcel. Frossard admitted that he had really good fun at the British track and that he is looking forward to the races.

Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1's Antonio Cairoli was sixth after the start and during the first laps he rode behind Xavier Boog and Tanel Leok, who were battling for the third position. However, having three laps to go, the Italian made a move over the two riders and managed to cross the finish line third.

TM Racing Factory's Leok was fourth, ahead of Kawasaki Racing Team's Boog, who took the holeshot.

Davide Guarneri ended sixth in today's race and home rider Billy Mackenzie was seventh in his return to GP racingafter his two year's competitng in Australia. Kevin Strijbos was eighth and Rui Gon̤alves and Jonathan BarragÌÁn were ninth and tenth respectively.

Carlos Campano, who is riding for the Monster Energy Yamaha squad, made a mistake when he was trying to overtake Max Nagl, but he was very satisfied with his 13th position and he expects to finish among the top ten tomorrow.

Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2's Ken Roczen secured his tenth Lovemytime pole position award after wining todays MX2 qualifying race. Roczen admitted that he felt really comfortable racing the British track and he actually described it as one of the best ones of the season.

Monster Energy Yamaha's Gautier Paulin did not have a great start, but rode really well during the first lap and managed to get up to the second position already in the second lap. The French rider has been really unlucky in the previous GP, so he hopes to be back on the podium after having missed it during the last three rounds.

Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha's Arnaud Tonus had an incredible start and, although he fought for the lead with Roczen during the first laps of the race, he had to settle down with a final third place. After his qualifying race win in Loket, Tonus has recovered some confidence on himself and he feels now ready to obtain his maiden podium of the season.

CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit's Tommy Searle rode a consistent MX2 qualifying race and crossed the finish line fourth, ahead of Jeremy Van Horebeek. The home rider is very excited about tomorrow's races and in today's press conference he confessed that his main goal tomorrow is being on the first step of the podium in front of his British crowd.

Van Horebeek from Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2 team obtained a solid fifth position, which will let him choose a good starting gate tomorrow and fight for another podium finish.

Valentin Teillet, Joel Roelants and Jake Nicholls ended sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, and Jordi Tixier and Antonio ButrÌ_n completed the top ten.

British rider Anstie was not able to finish the qualifying race, as he had some problems with his bike already in the first lap. However, Anstie did not want to give up and he was riding sixth when the bike suddenly stopped.

Main Photo: Christophe Pourcel
Credit: Youthstreeam


MX1 Quaifying Results
1. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 25:02.317;
2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:01.995;
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:16.088;
4. Tanel Leok (EST, TM), +0:16.910;
5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.806;
6. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Kawasaki), +0:29.492;
7. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:30.642;
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:31.256;
9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:32.511;
10. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:34.977;

MX2 Quaifying Results
1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 25:10.677;
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:06.657;
3. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:09.836;
4. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:18.830;
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:24.377;
6. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), +0:24.892;
7. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:32.977;
8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:48.847;
9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:55.841;
10. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), +0:57.603;

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