News Report 2 September 2007

2007 GP of Lierop, Netherlands

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1875 m
att 36000
09 / 02 / 2007
Time to be confirmed

Cairoli returns to MX2 happy hunting ground


MX2 World Champion Antonio Cairoli was back on his favoured De Carli tuned YZ250F for Lierop just seven days after his sensational maiden outing and victory on the 2008 YZ450F at Donington Park. The Sicilian had already helped provide Yamaha with the manufacturer’s title once again in the category and at the gray and overcast sandy circuit near Eindhoven for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands he took his eighth double moto success in a totally dominant season.

The 21 year old Sicilian who had his championship-winning party to look forward to in the town of Lommel on Sunday evening raced to his 10th GP, 20th and 21st moto wins and 13th podium from the 14 MX2 rounds in which he participated.

He gave himself a lot of work to do in the first sprint after starting badly but ploughed through the sand in front of 36,000 spectators to pass a series of riders and hound leader Gareth Swanepoel. Cairoli treated the fans to another one of his last lap chases and overtook the South African with less than one circulation remaining for yet one more grandstand finish to add to his collection from Spain, Portugal and Northern Ireland.
The second affair was a little more straightforward after he took the first part of the moto to pursue and then relegate Rui Goncalves and won by five seconds from Erik Eggens.
Yamaha Team Ricci’s Nico Aubin was fifth overall and recovered well from a poor launch from the gate in Moto1 to take eighth position. He ran with the leaders in the second race and was part of struggle with Gareth Swanepoel for fourth which he eventually had to concede. The nineteen year old has enjoyed something of a breakthrough season in 2007 and emerged as one of the most impressive ‘new’ talents of the year. He was just six points away from a top five championship position and closed the campaign in sixth.

Kenneth Gundersen led parts of the opening moto and took a solid third place by the end of the 35 minutes and two laps. Unfortunately he could not repeat the classification and go for the overall podium after a woeful start in the second race. He did not complete the distance after a crash forced a DNF. The Norwegian, who registered three top three results this year, was tenth in the final standings and also the Grand Prix.

Davide Guarneri ended a turbulent year on a low note and nineteenth overall with just one finish in the first moto (thirteenth). The Italian had partially recovered from the groin injury that prevented his participation in the British round of the world championship last week but a crash in the second race and a long time to restart placed him out of contention for a top twenty berth. An ankle break early in the season meant that the third rider of the Ricci squad was always chasing the top ten in the championship (he finished twelfth) but can look to his maiden win at Namur as an obvious highlight.
A special mention must go to PSM Team rider Xavier Boog who clocked his best world championship finish with sixth position overall today.

Yamaha have three riders in the top ten of the final MX2 World Championship standings and six from the top fifteen. Cairoli, Guarneri and Aubin will represent their countries at Budds Creek for the Motocross of Nations in the USA in three weeks time.
Antonio Cairoli, De Carli Yamaha:
“I am really happy for today. We worked on the bike yesterday but I was not really satisfied and things were much better for the races. I felt strong and my condition was also good. The championship is over and this has been a great way to end it. I have never won before in Lierop and to win two motos was another achievement. I want to say thanks to everybody for this season.”
Nico Aubin, Yamaha Team Ricci:
“I am not very happy. In the first heat I had a horrible start and some arm-pump but came back to eighth. It wasn’t a bad comeback but very difficult. In the second moto I started better and at last felt OK in the sand. Gareth got close to me and I thought that if he overtook me then I would lose places in the championship but this wasn’t the case. To finish sixth this year wasn’t too bad but I really wanted top five. Anyway it is like this, and next year I will work really hard with the team and my trainer to be better.”

Kenneth Gundersen, Yamaha Team Ricci:
“It was another shame. The first race was so good but I again had a bad start in the second race and I didn’t finish. We now have six months until the next GP so I will go home, get some rest and start working again. The team have been great to me for the last two years and I am only sorry that I did not make the results I should have. I had two nice seasons with the Ricci team and I wish them success in the future. If I make the decision to ride MX1 next year I think it will be better for me, having a more power powerful bike.”

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Team Ricci:
“The track was really bumpy and difficult. I was not able to train much after Namur because the weather was really bad and then I had a problem with my groin. The first moto was not too bad and I took it easy for the first fifteen minutes. I pushed in the middle of the race but got tired towards the end and finished thirteenth; that was not so bad for the sand. In the second race I started low down and then crashed after 15 minutes. I think I needed another 15 minutes to pick up the bike and get going again! I was so far behind that I retired. In the Italian championship before the season I felt good but then broke my ankle and I missed four races trying to come back to fitness and speed. I had to go step by step. In Sweden, Loket and Namur I was really fast but then had this problem and I had already lost a lot of points.”