Motocross

Tanel Leok takes an upset win in Spain

Author: Garry Morrow

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Tanel Leok and Marvin Musquin have taken victory at a tough Catalan Grand Prix in Spain with both charging hard to top two very close podiums in the MX1 and MX2 classes respectivy.
Tanel Leok
In the MX1 class David Philippaerts missed out on the overall win by just one point to take second while race one winner Max Nagl finished third after two crashes hampered his second race.

Joel Roelants took a bittersweet second place in the MX2 class by just one point while Shaun Simpson was third overall. Both took their first podium's of 2010.

Marking his return to victory under the Catalan sun, Leok of LS Motors Honda topped the podium only at the end of an eventful second moto which he won. A disappointing seventh place in moto one was followed by victory in the final moto where the hard charging Estonian was helped by early leader Max Nagl‰Ûªs crashes.

‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm really happy with the result of today! Again in the first moto my start was not what it should have been, also because I had to avoid this first corner collision," Leok said.

"But I knew my speed was good so it was great to bring it together in the second moto. When I was in the lead I was so focused and nervous that I didn‰Ûªt dare to look at the pit-board... I only knew I had won the GP when Lisa Leyland (The TV presenter) stopped me when I had crossed the finish line! I have worked really hard and so has the team, that is why this victory feels like a great reward for everyone. In the last couple of weeks we did a great job with the bike development and I feel that it is in every way up there with the factory bikes," Leok concluded.

Nagle stormed to victory in moto one, leading from the start to the flag, but the second moto changed the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 rider's plans of an overall win as he crashed twice. Eventually he was a disappointing ninth and third overall.

"I'm really disappointed with the second heat because like last week in Portugal, the first one was so easy for me," Nagle lamented. "But maybe I was a too nervous and I made a mistake on the straight and crashed. Overall I'm happy to be on the podium and to get the points but for sure I'm disappointed with the second heat. I need to work on that and make it better in the future."

Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross‰Ûª David Philippaerts stood on the podium between the pair with second overall. The Italian was second and fifth in the heats, still struggling with a hand injury he picked up in Portugal last weekend.
MX2 Winner Marvin Musquin. Photo: Ray Archer
"I was riding well in the first moto and my times were good but in the middle of the race I landed heavily from a jump and had pain in my back," Philippaerts explained. "Every lap of the second moto was difficult and I took it easy so I would not crash. I owe some thanks to my doctor because he treated my hand and also my back. Now we have two weeks free so I can recover. Today was pretty good and I am happy to stay on the bike and reach the podium," the Italian concluded.

Red plate holder Tony Cairoli took fourth and missed the podium for the first time this year. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing MX1 Italian made a mistake and crashed in heat one, dropping from second to sixth. Cairoli eventually made up in heat two by taking third.

"It was a tough weekend. This is not my favorite track," Cairoli said. The ground is too hard and there are not so many lines. I made a stupid mistake in the first moto and I lost the chance to win the GP. I lost a lot of places because of the crash and after the bike was a bit broken and I couldn't ride perfectly. I caught the guy in front of me but it was hard to pass and I only finished sixth. I wanted to make some good points in the second mot but I didn't have a good start. I was eighth or ninth and managed to get back to third, which was a good result. For sure I want to improve my training this week so I can try to take the victory in the USA. There I want to have fun on the bike!," he concluded.

Clement Desalle of Rockstar Teka Suzuki World MX1 took fifth overall while Anthony Boissiere dropped to ninth overall after he was a good fourth in moto one ‰ÛÒ the Frenchman was involved in a tangle at the start of moto two.

Poleman Kevin Strijbos was tenth while both Sebastian Pourcel and Billy Laninovich crashed and did not take part in moto two.

In MX2 Marvin Musquin, the reigning world champion was the Orange hero of the day when he recovered from a first moto crash to romp in race two where crash carnage was the order of the day.

Second on the podium was Belgian KTM rider Joel Roelants, with Marvin's Red Bull KTM factory teammate Shaun Simpson in third to complete a three-way KTM victory.

"The qualification was difficult with the rain and I didn't ride so well so I was seventh. But today was another day," Musquin said.

"I felt better and I made some good lap times in the warm-up. Then I had a bad start in the first moto and I crashed with Osborne. I came back to seventh and then I was behind Shaun (Simpson) and it was difficult to pass. I was very focused on my start for the second moto. I took the holeshot and then it was like it was in Portugal with me in front of Ken (Roczen) - until he had his DNF. The track was really slippery but it got better and better and my win is good for me and good for the championship."

Main Photo: Tanel Leok on his way to victory in Spain


MX1 Race 1 top ten:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 40:45.406
2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:08.082
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:15.097
4. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), +0:17.617
5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:19.920
6. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.043
7. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), +0:24.025
8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:42.355
9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:43.148
10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), +0:49.322

MX1 Race 2 top ten:
1. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 39:32.274
2. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:01.651
3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:06.265
4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), +0:09.584
5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:13.111
6. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:15.946
7. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:19.924
8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:20.609
9. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:24.243
10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:44.403

MX1 Overall top ten:
1. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 39 points
2. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 38 p.
3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 37 p.
4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35 p.
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 35 p.
6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 31 p.
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 30 p.
8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 27 p.
9. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 25 p.
10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), 23 p.

MX1 Championship top ten:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 214 points
2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 198 p.
3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 171 p.
4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 158 p.
5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Yamaha), 145 p.
6. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 144 p.
7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 136 p.
8. Tanel Leok (EST, Honda), 135 p.
9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 106 p.
10. Davide Guarneri (ITA, Honda), 84 p.

MX2 Race 1 top ten:
1. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 38:57.864
2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.124
3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:34.476
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:49.908
5. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:51.333
6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:53.492
7. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:53.624
8. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:00.660
9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:27.533
10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:34.574

MX2 Race 2 top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 40:54.002
2. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +0:18.932
3. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), +0:23.692
4. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:31.630
5. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:33.720
6. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +0:35.570
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:38.942
8. Valentin Teillet (FRA, KTM), +0:50.779
9. Dennis Verbruggen (BEL, KTM), +0:52.780
10. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:55.014

MX2 Overall top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 39 points
2. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 38 p.
3. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 33 p.
4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 32 p.
5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 29 p.
6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 28 p.
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 27 p.
8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 26 p.
9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Yamaha), 25 p.
10. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 25 p.

MX2 Championship top ten:
1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 218 points
2. Ken Roczen (GER, Suzuki), 192 p.
3. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 184 p.
4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 165 p.
5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 138 p.
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Suzuki), 130 p.
7. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 128 p.
8. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 123 p.
9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), 118 p.
10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 109 p.

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