News Report 26 August 2007
United Kingdom

2007 GP of Donington Park, Great Britain

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Donington Park
4023 m
att 28000
08 / 26 / 2007
Time to be confirmed

Yamaha secures Manufacturers Championship at British GP


Yamaha Team Ricci’s Nicolas Aubin won a moto and took third position overall in the MX2 class at a cloudy but bright Donington Park for the British Grand Prix and the fourteenth round of fifteen in the FIM World Championship. The points won by Aubin were enough to give Yamaha the MX2 Manufacturers title with one more rpund to spare.

Aubin, on the YZ250F, started the weekend in excellent form by taking a dominant and impressive win in the first qualification heat; his first Saturday success of the season and giving him first pick in the gate for the motos.

On the long, narrow and jumpy track the French youngster defeated popular local rider Tommy Searle, in front of 28,000 cheering fans, in a close duel through Moto1. Even a small crash that let the KTM rider get close did not rattle his nerves. It was the former French Junior champion’s second chequered flag of the season and second since his overall victory in the Czech Republic.

Although world champion Tony Cairoli was contesting the MX1 class and left the spotlight free 19 year old Aubin could not take another triumph for Yamaha after a bad start in the second race that left him outside the top five and watching Searle escape to claim the overall win. Although Aubin clearly felt capable over the supercross nature of the track he did suffer with arm-pump across the bumps and ruts. He finally took fifth place for the third step of the rostrum.
De Carli Yamaha still had cause to feel content with their work in MX2 as Matteo Bonini enjoyed his finest Grand Prix to-date and his best set of results. The Italian came back from injury problems and more than his fair share of bad luck to be seventh and third in the motos for fourth overall.

Kenneth Gundersen was back in the MX2 category after an unsuccessful outing on the YZ450F at Moneyglass Demense. The Norwegian started badly in both races and rode back to sixteenth and fifteenth for a total of eleven points and seventeenth spot.

Davide Guarneri was out of action after pulling his right groin in the first free practice. The Italian was unable to control his YZ250F and now must wait and see if the muscle recovers enough to compete in Holland next week.

3C racing’s Manuel Monni took a top ten result with ninth while Bike it Dixon Yamaha’s Martin Barr was the highest placed representative from the three-man British squad and he took tenth for his best result of 2007.

In the championship standings Aubin has reached fifth position and with a 42 point gap to fourth he is likely to stay with this ranking. Gundersen is tenth and can still move up a slot while Guarneri is eleventh and just six points behind his team-mate.

The 2007 World Championship comes to an end next weekend as the final Grand Prix of the season takes place in the sand of Lierop in the Netherlands.
Nicolas Aubin, Yamaha Team Ricci:
“I managed to win the first moto even with a small, silly crash because I had some good speed and found that I could pass the backmarkers easily. I did find it hard to keep a good rhythm though and Tommy put a lot of pressure on me at his home GP, which I understand. I held on though. The second moto was quite difficult and my start was not good at all whereas Tommy had pulled away with the lead. I am very disappointed because after the first race I really wanted to win this GP. Fifth place was the best I could do.”
Matteo Bonini, De Carli Yamaha:
“I loved the track and felt fast all weekend. I was doing well in the first moto but had a small crash towards the end and lost two positions. I was leading at the start of the second moto and followed Searle until Tarroux had some good speed and passed me. I was third and I knew that if I had not fallen earlier then I would have been on the podium. Anyway after a lot of injuries and problems I am really happy with this result.”
Kenneth Gundersen, Yamaha Team Ricci:
“I somehow started 30th in both motos and just did my best. I feel that my riding is good but I am getting stuck behind slower riders and I lose my rhythm. When I get through then I quickly draw up to the next one. When you have bad starts it is not possible to rise higher. The track was very difficult for passing. I am happy I finished two motos and got some points. I am looking forward to Lierop now and the sand.”

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Team Ricci:
“I’m really angry and frustrated. I felt OK yesterday but woke this morning with an ache in my groin. I went out to do some laps and thought it was just a stiff muscle but I caught my leg when I put it out on a corner and I had a lot of pain. I tried getting the area on the top of my leg strapped but it was no good.”