Billy MacKenzie scores best result of the year


Yamaha has been one of the strongest manufacturers in the 125 class over the last ten years, but 2002 has been a very rare deviation from the trend. With no factory supported riders at the start in the Czech Republic, the hopes were again on the YZ125 privateers, but if anyone thought the bad luck couldn't get any worse, they were mistaken as two of the best privateer in the field, both on Yamaha’s fell victim of a crash. Yet the highest scoring Yamaha of the day was Billy MacKenzie in seventh, making sure Yamaha was still not far from the top positions.
The battle for the title remains exciting as ever with Mikeal Maschio now 10 points ahead of Patrick Caps, while having one point extra margin on Steve Ramon.

Josef Dobes, riding in his country of birth, and Frenchman Serge Guidetty were Yamaha's main contenders for this race after recent good performances and for the Czech race both men made excellent top ten starts. But within half a lap they had an horrendous crash together as another rider forced Dobes to jump short off a massive hillside jump, which caused Guidetty to land into his back. Both riders suffered hand injuries and were out of the race.

Scotland's Billy MacKenzie narrowly avoided being taken down by the carnage and had his best GP ride of the season to claim seventh: "I've been riding so good in Britain, but have had no luck at all in the GP’s, and consequently no good results. I knew this track was good for me, but I was so nervous before the race, and after I got up there in the top ten I was also a little anxious not to waste my first top finish of the year.”

Portugal's Rui Goncalves also scored on his comeback from injury, whilst GP newcomer Manuel Monni added a score in 18th place after his teammate, European champion Luca Cherubini, was involved in a collision whilst running in the top ten and retired.