Swanepoel Scores Strong Result at Dutch MX GP

September 8, 2008 11:35am
In only his second Motocross GP back from injury, Molson Kawasaki’s, Gareth Swanepoel has scored two strong and consistent results at the penultimate round of the FIM MX World championship in Lierop.  The South African’s determination saw him post a 10-9 score in mixed weather conditions and in front of 35.000 enthusiastic Dutch spectators to place 10th overall for the GP.

After the excitement of recently inking a deal to ride in the factory Kawasaki MX1 squad for 2009, Swanepoel wanted  to prove his worth in the backbreaking sand.  He grabbed a reasonably good start in moto 1 and stayed out of trouble to emerge out of the Lierop forest in 11th spot but lost another place a lap later.  ‘Swanie’ settled into a steady race rhythm and managed to claim back two positions to finish tenth at the end of a grueling 40 minutes.

The second moto would be a true test of fitness and determination for Swanepoel.  He had a cracking start and seemed to be in with a hole-shot chance but got pushed wide in the first turn.    As spectators anxiously waited for the pack to enter the arena, Swanepoel appeared in 7th.  He kept his head down and only relinquished two positions to finish 9th by the end of the moto.

“I have good memories at this track and I have been focusing a lot on the sand lately so I’m pretty pleased with my result this weekend,” commented Swanepoel. “Coming back from such a long lay off is not easy especially in these rough and gnarly conditions so I am pumped to have scored two consistent results.  No matter how hard you train the only way to know where your fitness is at, is to race, and although I expected to do better I am happy with my performance.”

The final and 3rd consecutive GP in a row will be held in Italy at the spectacular Faenza circuit next weekend.  The Italian MX GP will see the crowning of both the MX1 and MX2 world champion and will be Swanepoel’s last appearance in the MX2 GP class as the South African makes the move to MX1 for 2009.


Image:  CDS

Race results:

MX2 Race 1

1        Rattray, Tyla  RSA    KTM

2        Searle, Tommy         GBR     KTM

3        Goncalves, Rui          POR    KTM

4        Aubin, Nicolas FRA     Yamaha

5        Roelants, Joel BEL     KTM

6        Simpson, Shaun        GBR     KTM

7        Boog, Xavier   FRA     Suzuki

8        van Horebeek, Jeremy         BEL     KTM

9        Karro, Matiss  LAT     Honda

10        Swanepoel, Gareth  RSA     Kawasaki

11      Bobryshev, Evgeniy   RUS    Yamaha

12      Krestinov, Gert         EST    KTM

13      Monni, Manuel ITA     Yamaha

14      Seistola, Matti          FIN     Honda

15      Sword, Stephen        GBR     Kawasaki



MX2 Race 2

1        Rattray, Tyla  RSA    KTM

2        Searle, Tommy         GBR     KTM

3        Aubin, Nicolas FRA     Yamaha

4        Goncalves, Rui          POR    KTM

5        Krestinov, Gert         EST    KTM

6        Simpson, Shaun        GBR     KTM

7        Bobryshev, Evgeniy   RUS    Yamaha

8        Karro, Matiss  LAT     Honda

9          Swanepoel, Gareth  RSA     Kawasaki

10      van Horebeek, Jeremy         BEL     KTM

11      Guarneri, Davide       ITA     Yamaha

12      Seistola, Matti          FIN     Honda

13      Sword, Stephen        GBR     Kawasaki

14      van Vijfeijken, Rob    NED    Yamaha

15      Monni, Manuel ITA     Yamaha


MX2 Championship standings:

1        Rattray, Tyla  RSA    596

2        Searle, Tommy         GBR     563

3        Aubin, Nicolas FRA     381

4        Simpson, Shaun        GBR     367

5        Goncalves, Rui          POR    365

6        Cairoli, A.       ITA     357

7        Frossard, S.   FRA     289

8        Boog, Xavier   FRA     283

9        van Horebeek, J.       BEL     277

10      Monni, Manuel ITA     259

11      Sword, Stephen        GBR     257

12      Boissiere, A.   FRA     243

13      Guarneri, D.    ITA     181

14      Roelants, Joel BEL     181

15      Musquin, M.   FRA     180

33        Swanepoel, G.          RSA     23