News Report 28 June 2009

2009 GP of Latvia

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06 / 28 / 2009
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Guarneri 5th at first Latvian Grand Prix


The Grand Prix of Latvia at the Kegums circuit represented the tenth round of fifteen in the FIM MX2-GP World Championship and Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team’s Davide Guarneri took yet another top five finish (his fifth of the year) to keep pace with the front runners in the 2009 series.

The sandy track, not so far from Riga and the Baltic Sea, was physical, technical and very demanding thanks to the many bumps and deep ruts carved into the terrain. Stuffy conditions also made the going difficult for the riders.

Guarneri, who along with fellow countrymen Tony Cairoli and David Philippaerts was presented to the press as the representatives of Italy in the 2009 Motocross of Nations, wasn’t able to banish his trend of posting one decent and then one average result across both motos. A mediocre start saw the 24 year old edging through from 13th to 7th place. A more determined and competent getaway in Moto2 saw him circulate mostly on his own in 4th for the duration. Guarneri has yet to finish outside the top seven this year on his YZ250FM but the podium still eludes him in 2009.

Team-mate Nico Aubin had a weekend to forget with mistakes in both motos leaving him with a DNF on his scorecard. The Frenchman was buried in the second half of the field in both starts and although a recovery from almost last to 11th was promising in Moto1 a crash in the second affair dumped him far behind his peers and forced his retirement.

The third member of the team Loic Larrieu was riding with a weak right wrist after his incident in Germany last week. The French teenager negotiated his second GP in sandy terrain and was 18th overall with 9 points in total.
Performing in front of some fans and friends Evgeny Bobryshev enjoyed his best meeting of the season so far for the Yamaha Van Beers team to finish 8th overall. The Russian was 10th and 9th.

After completing four days of riding this week Utag’s Zach Osborne attempted another comeback to GP action after suffering his broken left wrist in Portugal in May. The American felt uncompetitive after pushing to the maximum for 23rd position in the qualification Heat and will now restart his preparation and training and only return to world championship duty when he feels capable of making a difference to the MX2-GP pack.

In the championship standings Guarneri remains Yamaha’s best hope of title success and keeps in 4th position, 5 points from the top three and 75 from the lead.

Round eleven will take place next week at Uddevalla for the Grand Prix of Sweden.

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team, 5th:

“This track was sandy but not really that deep and you could use your normal style. It was difficult out there because it was so rough with many square-edged bumps and holes. I felt fast and the podium should have been possible if I had made a better start in the first moto. I took some iron supplements this week and I feel the results. I believe I will be strong in Sweden also and I really want to fight for the win there. It is a good and competitive championship and now I am fourth. On the hard tracks I think I can beat Rui so a top three is for sure the goal.”

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team, 17th:

“I made two bad starts and in the first moto I made a mistake on the second corner and everybody passed me. I restarted 37th and came back to 11th, which was a good race but not where I wanted to be. In the second one I was in the second half of the group again and after three laps had a crash. I lost maybe one minute recovering and restarting the bike. I came back to the pits and then re-entered the race to try and make a rhythm before stopping again; not a good weekend.”

Loic Larrieu, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team, 18th:

“This track is not like Ernee! It was hard work out there. My wrist is a little bit sore but did not bother me too much. I still have to learn about GP speed at places like this.”

Zach Osborne, Utag

“I did my best yesterday to get a result. I went out in the first practice and it was OK because the track was still smooth and I felt alright. As it began to get rougher then it got worse and worse for me. I slipped off in the qualifier and it did not affect my wrist but I could see that I was not ready to run at that pace with the strength I have in the wrist. It is a big disappointment for all of us because we are all paying for something that was not our fault. I was fifteen points down from the guy who now has the red plate when we had the accident and that is disheartening. Now we are just going to wait until I am 100% and we know I can win another race.”