Racer X Race Report:  Grand Prix of Germany

Racer X Race Report: Grand Prix of Germany

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The Grand Prix of Germany boasted the biggest and most raucous crowd seen this season in the FIM Motocross World Championship but the weekend at Teutschenthal was notable primarily for Evgeny Bobryshev’s first career victory. The Russian posted the red flag above the podium at Teutschenthal for the first time ever in the MX1 class and for the first time since Vladimir Kavinov walked the top step of the box in 1980; 31 years, quite a while to wait.

The club in eastern Germany had pushed the boat out for the 2011 edition of their Grand Prix. Rightfully anticipating a bumper attendance on the back of Ken Roczen’s wave of ascendance and Max Nagl’s stubborn consistency on the other works KTM machine in MX1. An announcement of the 2013 Motocross of Nations (trips to France, Belgium and Germany then for Team USA for the next three years) was further indication that motocross is in a state of rude health in this wide corner of Europe.

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Bobryshev captured his first career MX1 class win in Germany.
Photo: Ray Archer

Bobryshev honed his reputation as a hard-charger and bright talent in what is only his second MX1 season and first as a factory Honda rider. He drifted away from the field in Moto1 and let world champion Tony Cairoli know in no-uncertain-terms that the victory would be his after a tangle between the pair left the Sicilian on the ground negotiating the opening lap. Cairoli’s clever inventiveness with lines and his typical resilience on a rutty hard-pack track drew him up to the back of the Honda for yet another grandstand finale in MX1 this year. A last-gasp attempt by the pits was unsuccessful and Bobryshev (affectionately known as ‘Bobby’ around the paddock) earn his landmark moment. Clement Desalle showed signs he is recovering from his recent injury woe with a smooth run to third overall and his sixth podium although Steven Frossard hit the gate on the factory Yamaha at the start of Moto2 and was out of contention.

As Bobryshev is enjoying period of emergence (2011 has delivered his first career podiums, now totalling four) it is hard not to think that Christophe Pourcel’s career, at the age of 22 is going in the other direction. The Frenchman was understandably elusive through a weekend of attention and glare on his MX1 debut but he failed to register in both motos. The first for apparently neglecting to wear chest protection and then complaining of stony roost and the second for an apparent level of dissatisfaction with the set-up on the CLS Kawasaki. Sources from the French team then confirmed that Pourcel was not yet confirmed for next weekend’s Latvian Grand Prix and is on a race-by-race deal. The Green saddle could be a ticket back into the Pro Circuit outfit and Pourcel admitted on Saturday that he intends to ride supercross in 2012 and wants to get back to his base in the USA. He might need to show more than this however.

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It was a rocky start for Pourcel in his 2011 GP debut in Germany.
Photo: Ray Archer

Red Bull Teka KTM’s Roczen won the first of two Grands Prix in Germany this year and if the teenager was commenting (and tweeting) about the heavy demands on his time and attention at Teutschenthal then it could be even worse for round fourteen at Gaildorf where the MX2 World Championship could be wrapped up. “It has been hard to keep everybody happy and, to be honest, I’m glad its over!” he said after winning the first moto at a canter and then fighting back to third after crashing on a wet first lap of the second. Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier Paulin benefitted from Roczen’s absence at the very front of the pack for his first moto win on the prototype fuel-injected 250. The Frenchman collected his six podium result in a row making the in-demand-for-2012 rider the most prolific performer in the class so far. CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy’s Pro Circuit Tommy Searle was third and rated his run to second position in the second moto as one of his best of the season: “I was happy with my riding and felt comfortable on the bike. I was able to push hard for the entire race.”

Bad news for Bike it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha’s Zach Osborne who has been diagnosed with the energy dilapidating Epstein-Barr virus. The Virginian was able to go through the barrier for sixth position overall but is unclear about his plans for the next two Grand Prix's in Latvia and Lommel in the next three weeks. He said: “I made it to fifteen minutes and thought ‘OK, let’s see how much more I can go’, it got to ten minutes from the end and I just carried on. I was like Forrest Gump; ‘I’ve reached the State line, so now I’ll just run across the country’. It is a tough thing to do deal with and this hasn’t been the healthiest season of my life but we are still getting good results.”

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Roczen captured the overall in the MX2 class.
Photo: Ray Archer

The MX1 standings have expanded again between the three principal runners and 40 points split Cairoli in first and Frossard in third. Roczen has won the last three Grands Prix and is almost 20 points in front of team-mate Jeffrey Herlings who was fourth overall in Germany.

 

MX1 Moto1

1. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 39:44.894; ;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:04.021;
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), +0:05.673;
4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:06.777;
5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:22.381;
6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), +0:25.319;
7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:40.536;
8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:48.745;
9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:51.773;
10. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +0:54.969;


MX1 Moto2

1. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 39:48.006; ;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:03.710;
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:21.504;
4. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:27.394;
5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), +0:32.547;
6. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), +0:36.851;
7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:38.614;
8. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:41.565;
9. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), +1:08.997;
10. Marc de Reuver (NED, Yamaha), +1:19.049;


MX1 Overall result

1. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 50 points;
2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 44 p.;
3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 36 p.;
4. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 32 p.;
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 32 p.;
6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda), 31 p.;
7. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 28 p.;
8. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 26 p.;
9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 25 p.;
10. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 23 p.;


MX1 World Championship standings after 9 of 15 rounds

1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 366 points;
2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 348 p.;
3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 326 p.;
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 294 p.;
5. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 282 p.;
6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 250 p.;
7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 249 p.;
8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki), 204 p.;
9. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 203 p.;
10. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki), 203 p.;


MX2 Moto1

1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 39:30.327; ;
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:11.095;
3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:37.788;
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), +0:42.372;
5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:44.026;
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:46.285;
7. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), +0:46.870;
8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:00.055;
9. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:20.513;
10. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), +1:24.360;

 

MX2 Moto2

1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 39:55.909; ;
2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:03.228;
3. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), +0:15.049;
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:19.232;
5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), +0:28.423;
6. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:31.649;
7. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), +0:55.312;
8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:58.734;
9. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), +1:06.627;
10. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:08.155;

 

MX2 Overall result

1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 45 points;
2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 43 p.;
3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 42 p.;
4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 p.;
5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 31 p.;
6. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 31 p.;
7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 26 p.;
8. Valentin Teillet (FRA, Suzuki), 25 p.;
9. Antonio Jose Butron Oliva (ESP, KTM), 22 p.;
10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 18 p.;

 

MX2 World Championship standings after 9 of 15 rounds

1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM), 396 points;
2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 377 p.;
3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 328 p.;
4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha), 319 p.;
5. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 265 p.;
6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 256 p.;
7. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), 215 p.;
8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 197 p.;
9. Nicolas Aubin (FRA, KTM), 192 p.;
10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), 170 p.;

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