Motocross

Strijbos and Frossard on pole for Catalan Motocross GP

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Kevin Strijbos left his mark on the opening day of the Catalan Motocross GP by taking pole after two troubled seasons. Both Strijbos and MX2 qualifying race winner Steven Frossard are now top picks for a podium on Spanish soil tomorrow.

Antonio Cairoli was leading the MX1 qualifying race before Strijbos but made a couple of mistakes and fell back to second place. Max Nagl was third with Evgeny Bobryshev and Steve Ramon completing the top five.

The winner of the previous GP in Portugal Clement Desalle took ninth.

"I had a bad start and I lost the film on the goggles," Desalle explained. "All the moisture and liquid were running down into my eyes so there was not much I could do. I rode to ninth and I'm not too happy about it," he said.

American Jimmy Albertson crashed and dislocated his left shoulder, which is a big blow with his home GP in the USA just two weeks away.

In MX2 Jeffrey Herlings worked his way up to a second place ahead of American Zach Osborne. Championship leader Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen were seventh and eighth respectively while Gautier Paulin was tenth at his return race.

"I had some wheel-spin out of the gate and also touched with Musquin," a dispointed Roczen said. "It was an awful start and the rain was coming down sideways so it was not easy conditions. I did the best I could without wanting to take many risks."

Yamaha Gariboldi Monster Energy‰Ûªs Nick Kullas was fifth ahead of Jeremy Van Horebeek.

Main Photo: MX1 Pole winner Kevin Strijbos

MX1 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 25:57.676
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:23.833
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:42.644
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:46.534
5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:52.839
6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:55.773
7. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +1:05.317
8. Rui Goncalves (POR, KTM), +1:17.426
9. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +1:21.548
10. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:27.341



MX2 Qualifying Race top ten:
1. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 25:20.034
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:05.175
3. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:05.503
4. Nick Triest (BEL, KTM), +0:18.069
5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +0:18.442
6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:30.038
7. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:31.954
8. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), +0:32.271
9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:35.606
10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:39.363

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