Swiss circuit suits Seguy

Race

Luigi Seguy rode a brilliant 125cc race at the Swiss MX GP at Roggenberg, clocking the quickest lap of the race and finishing second. This result puts the JT Racing Frenchman into third place in the world championship standings. After a good start he was on the heels of front man Gundersen, but was soon passed by series leader Jamie Dobb and shortly after by Steve Ramon. Seguy then fought back to pass both riders and in doing so scored his best result of the year. Fellow Yamaha riders Alessio Chiodi and Patrick Caps battled for fifth spot throughout the 20-laps with Chiodi finally getting the upper hand and Caps close by in sixth. Alessandro Belometti and Brian Jörgensen both suffered early crashes, though Jörgensen was able to rejoin and trailed home in 20th place. Eric Camerlengo claimed ninth, putting four Yamaha riders in the top ten.

“It was a fantastic race,” said an ecstatic Seguy. “I had to fight hard for the second place, maybe the battle with Ramon and Gundersen cost me first place as we really got into a big fight, but Dobb was just too quick today. It was a very, very fast track and I am glad to see that my Yamaha is so fast. I had problem with the grip of my tyre and at the beginning I’d thought I’d made a bad choice, however once I got used to the track the tyre started working very well. I want to thank Michele Rinaldi for his help and also my team.”

Chiodi was able to draw on many years of experience of the Swiss circuit: “I have ridden this track many times, in 1999 I won the overall and in 1994 I raced the Motocross des Nations here, I finished fourth in the des Nations, so I like it here. It’s difficult to pass and the track used to be more technical, now they only have one line in many parts of the track, which is not so good. In my qualification I crashed, but still finished fourth, which showed I had enough speed for the race. I also used the wrong tyre on Saturday, but chose a better one for today. I had a good start, but lost some time on the front guys, which I couldn’t make up, it was such a quick pace. Caps was riding very well, but we couldn’t make up enough time on the leaders.”

It was another tough weekend for Denmark’s Brian Jörgensen: “I used the hard track tires on Saturday and slid out, I finished in 11th which is not great, but it got me in the race. The track is so fast that many riders can go wide open and have the same lap times. I was in about 12th place on the first lap, and then I crashed and dropped back to the rear of the field. I could not make up enough time to get into the points and though I did finish the race I am very disappointed.”

Belometti fared even worse and was unable to rejoin after his crash: “I crashed on the second lap, it was a high speed crash and I stayed on the ground for some time getting my wind back. I could not continue as I was really feeling terrible.”