After a thrilling weekend in Saint Jean d’Angely, the FIM Motocross world championship travels to Agueda in Portugal to celebrate the sixth GP of the season. The Portuguese track will also host the third round of the UEM EMX-2 series.
Clement Desalle kept the red plate even being third in Saint Jean d’Angely. Second in the championship is Antonio Cairoli and third is Steven Frossard who won his maiden MX1 GP at his home track last weekend.
In the MX2 class both Ken Roczen and Jeffrey Herlings did not finish on the podium in France but they kept their first and second positions in the point standings. Tommy Searle is third in the championship and he arrives in Portugal after obtaining his maiden GP win of the season.
In the UEM EMX-2 championship, Aleksandr Tonkov became the new leader of the series after finishing second overall in the French round. Romain Febvre obtained his maiden overall victory in his home soil and he is now second of the championship followed by Charles Lefrançois.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1’s Desalle was third overall in Saint Jean d’Angely after winning the second heat but being only 11th in the first one due to an early crash. The Belgian rider is aware that any further mistakes could cost him the championship lead as Antonio Cairoli is just six points behind him.
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Cairoli was 10th in the point standings after the first GP in Sevlievo, Bulgaria. However, the Italian is already second in the championship and is confident he can take the lead soon.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Frossard had an incredible GP in Saint Jean d’Angely and he dedicated his overall victory to his team, his family and especially the French crowd which did not stop cheering for him during the whole weekend. Frossard has moved up to third in the championship and is determined to regain the red plate he lost in the USA.
Following Frossard in the point standings is Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Nagl who lost two positions in the championship due to his seventh overall position in France. The German did not feel comfortable during the whole GP and he is looking forward to race in Agueda.
Completing the top five is Monster Energy Yamaha’s David Philippaerts who could only manage ninth in Saint Jean d’Angely. Philippaerts arrived in France determined to take the overall victory after winning in Brazil but made numerous mistakes, especially in the second heat.
2010 MX1 PODIUM
1 Clement Desalle
2 Antonio Cairoli
3 Max Nagl
Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Roczen was very disappointed with his overall fifth position in the French GP, especially because he had won the MX2 qualifying race and the first heat of the GP with superb authority. The German is still leading the FIM MX2 world championship with a 13-point advantage over his team-mate Jeffrey Herlings.
At the same time, Jeffrey Herlings from the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2 team was also very unfortunate in France. Herlings did many mistakes in the first heat and he could only finish fourth overall thanks to his second place in the final heat.
Instead, for CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle it was a GP he will never forget. The British rider, even struggling with numerous problems during the weekend, succeeded in being at the top of the rostrum for the first time this season. Searle is still third in the championship.
Zach Osborne from the Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha team obtained a bittersweet second overall position in France as he was very close to winning the GP. The American rider is now fourth in the championship and he is now one of the candidates to fight for the MX2 title.
Completing the top five is Monster Energy Yamaha’s Galtier Paulin who finished third overall in front of his home French crowd. Paulin is fully fit again and his two last podiums are a proof of that so the French rider is racing for his maiden GP victory this weekend in Agueda.
2010 MX2 PODIUM
1 Marvin Musquin
2 Jeffrey Herlings
3 Ken Roczen