Pro Circuit Racing Around the GlobeThursday, June 14, 2012 | 11:20 AM
The GP of Portugal in Aguenda was host to the seventh round of the 2012 FIM World Motocross Championship this past weekend. The series is getting dramatic in both MX1 and MX2. Only four points separate second and fourth in MX1, but the pressure is on in MX2, as the class has seen moto wins from a number of competitors in an extremely stacked group of riders.
After qualifying third in MX1, Team CP377’s Christophe Pourcel went on to a 2-4 finish, giving him fourth overall. He now sits fourth overall in MX1 point standings. Christophe is still in the mix, though, as the gap between second and fourth is down to a mere four points. Teammate Sebastien Pourcel qualified 14th, and took home an 8-13 finish for 11th overall. Sebastien is currently 15th overall in MX1 point standings.
In MX2, Team Floride’s Tommy Searle qualified second. He charged through the pack and finished third in moto one after starting outside the top seven. A 19-lap battle with Jeffrey Herlings in moto two ended with Searle as the victor, and he added another moto victory notch to his belt. The 3-1 finish gave him second overall in Portugal, and he is currently second overall in MX2 point standings. Teammate Joel Roelants finished fourth in the MX2 qualifying race, and he followed it up with a 9-17 finish in the motos. His results put him 15th overall in Portugal, but he still holds on to fourth overall in MX2 point standings.
The Pro Circuit riders are now headed to the GP of Belgium in Bastogne for the eighth round of the 2012 FIM World Motocross Championship, which will be held this weekend. Christophe and Sebastien Pourcel are currently fourth and 15th overall, respectively, in MX1 point standings. Searle and Roelants are currently second and fourth overall, respectively, in MX2 point standings.
The fourth round of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was held at the High Point National in Mt. Morris, Pa. this past weekend. A 3-3 finish gave Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer another overall podium finish in the 450 class, and he is currently third in 450 point standings. He is only ten points out of the lead, and seems to be getting faster at each round. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle finished 6-9, putting him seventh overall at High Point and bumping him up to eighth in 450 point standings. Star Valli Yamaha’s Nico Izzi finished ninth overall after an 8-10 finish, and is currently seventh in 450 point standings.
In the 250 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett finished fourth overall after a 3-5 finish, but still holds on to the 250 point lead. Teammate Ivan Tedesco rebounded from a self-professed “tough race” the previous week at Thunder Valley, and earned seventh overall after a 7-10 finish. He is currently tied for eighth in 250 point standings with Star Valli Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham, who finished ninth overall after a 14-7 finish.
Pro Circuit riders now make their way to the fifth round of the series, which will be held this Saturday, June 16, at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Md.