News Report 17 May 2009

2009 GP of Catalunya

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att 20
05 / 17 / 2009
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Guarneri 6th in Catalunya


The sixth round of the MX2-GP World Championship at the Bellpuig circuit for the Grand Prix of Catalunya saw Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team’s Davide Guarneri negotiate the rough and dry Spanish hard-pack to clinch 6th position on his YZ250FM.

The sunny conditions and high temperatures provided completely contrasting racing circumstances compared to the 2008 edition of the event. 20,000 spectators had to deal with sunburn and dust instead of rain and sinking mud. The track was rough and demanding and combined with the climate offered one of the toughest physical tests of the season so far.

Guarneri started from Pole Position for the first time this year and for the first time since 2005. His getaways were not bad but the Italian struggled to make ground on the leaders as they circulated at the same pace. Taking fourth place the winner of the same GP thirteen months ago had some muscle pain in the second moto and scored seventh spot for another consistent points haul.
Team-mate Nico Aubin was feeling better after recovering from his virus and a five-day course of antibiotics. The Frenchman had a poor start in Moto1 but after a few mistakes sailed from twenty-first to eleventh place. In the second race he had to ditch his goggles in the formative stages and although the dust proved hazardous he rode well to reach third place. He was just overtaken by GP winner Jeremy Van Horebeek on the last lap. Aubin was eighth overall.

A first corner crash in Saturday’s qualification heat left the third member of the team Loic Larrieu with a painful shoulder. The teenager did not attempt the warm-up and had to make a late decision to withdraw from the Grand Prix. He will have an examination this week to see the extent of the injury.

Italian MX2 Champion Manuel Monni was 10th on the 3C Racing YZ250F.

In the world championship standings Guarneri’s regular points-gain means that he is third and only five points away from seizing the red plate. Aubin has made some ground and is seventh while Utag’s Zach Osborne might have been absent with a broken wrist but he still rests eighth in the points table.

Round seven of fifteen will take place in two weeks time at Mallory Park for the British Grand Prix.

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 6th:

“Yesterday and today my speed was really good but it was very hard to pass on this track. There was one really good line and the rest was really rough, too slippery or very deep. I was third at the start of the first moto but a KTM rider crashed in the second turn and that made me lose positions to sixth. To finish fourth was good for the points. In the second moto the start wasn’t great but I pushed hard. I had a small problem with a muscle in my leg and I don’t know why. It is where I had the operation in the winter so perhaps it is a little weak. I had a good period in the middle of the race but in the last two laps the pain was too much. It was a shame to miss the podium but we are close all the time and it will arrive.”

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 8th:

“I felt better here today but my starts were not that good. I had some decent speed in the first moto and was pleased with my recovery because I was quite far back and it was not easy to pass. In the second moto I had a little problem with my goggles on the second lap and I had to throw them away. It was really hard then to see with all the dust and it made getting closer to riders very difficult. I could see nothing on the last lap and Van Horebeek was able to pass me for third and I was disappointed about that. I need points however and I feel things are getting better for me.”