News Report 12 April 2009

2009 GP of Turkey

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04 / 12 / 2009
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Osborne powers to maiden MX2-GP triumph


The third round of fifteen in the MX2-GP World Championship has seen a small piece of history achieved at Hezarfen, Istanbul for the Grand Prix of Turkey. Under cloudy skies and blustery conditions Utag’s Zach Osborne became the first American rider to win an MX2-GP and the first US national to celebrate overall success in an FIM round this century. The teenager negotiated a strange track mixing hard-pack sections and softer mud with his YZ250F to seal 3rd and 1st positions to set his personal landmark, and give Yamaha their first triumph in the division this season as well as completing an emphatic double for the manufacturer.

The expanses of the private airport meant that chilly winds hit the circuit on both days of action and although Saturday was bright and sunny, the venue was darkened by clouds on race-day. The technical nature of the track presented a slower and trickier test compared to that found in Bulgaria last week.

Osborne sealed a double pole position for Yamaha by taking his YZ250F to victory in the qualification Heat on Saturday (Antonio Cairoli later did the same in MX1-GP). It was the second time the young American would have the honour of rolling into the gate first after procuring a Saturday win at the 2008 Grand Prix of Ireland. He rode to 3rd position in a static first moto in the Turkish gusts and then took part in a tight tussle with Marvin Musquin and Steve Frossard to take the chequered flag in Moto2.
Yamaha Monster Energy’s Davide Guarneri walked away from Istanbul with 7th place overall and more points for his title bid. The Italian did not have the best pair of starts and took 8th and 6th in the motos. His second race was hindered in the later stages after a mistake over a jump led to an awkward landing and momentary pain in his ankles. Team-mate Nico Aubin had an unhappy meeting. The Frenchman crashed twice in his qualification heat on Saturday, the first spill through no fault of his own. He entered the gate in 38th position and simply could not find his speed, rhythm or confidence on the track. He did not pick up any points and will be looking for much better at the following Grand Prix.

A creditable mention must go to Yamaha 3C Racing’s Manuel Monni who obtained a decent 5th place overall and Yamaha Van Beers’ Evgeny Bobryshev who defied the pain and discomfort in his left ankle to finish 11th.

In the world championship standings Osborne has leapt up the table and is now 5th, 40 points from leader Gautier Paulin. Guarneri has risen to a career-high of 3rd and is 30 points behind the Frenchman. Aubin is 8th.

Round four of fifteen will occur in two weeks time at the sandy Eurocircuit in Valkenswaard, Holland for the Grand Prix of Benelux.

Zach Osborne, Utag, 1st:

“I am really happy with the way things went all weekend and I am so pumped with this result. No-one had ridden this track, so we were all on a level field and I enjoyed it. I made a few mistakes in the second moto but nobody is perfect and I got the job done! My goal was to get on the podium in the first few rounds and this was a little bit better than we expected. I have to say a big thank you to the team for all their hard work.”

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 7th:

“Unfortunately I am still quite far from the fight for the race win but this is not the fault of my speed, more because of my starts, which I have to work on and also the condition of the track and these fast French riders! In the second moto I was as quick as the leaders but when I was behind Sword I over-jumped and landed on the flat ground which caused some pain to both my ankles. My championship position is OK but we have some tough races ahead in northern Europe.”

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 35th:

“I don’t know what I can say about today. I had two crashes on Saturday and just could not put together a lap at this place. The bike was completely fine but it was down to me and I could not make things work. I can only hope for better at the next race.”