News Report 2 August 2009

2009 GP of Belgium

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1880 m
att 28
08 / 02 / 2009
Time to be confirmed

Aubin 7th in Belgium


The twelfth round of fifteen in the MX2-GP World Championship took place through the unrelenting sand of Lommel for the GP Limburg Grand Prix of Belgium and Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team’s Nico Aubin was the highest placed YZ250FM rider with seventh overall.

28,000 spectators came to the rain-hit course and the riders of the MX2-GP class were at least spared the heat and humidity of Saturday’s climate to make their jobs fractionally easier across the ripples and holes of the terrain.

Aubin, who has endured several tough grand prix in recent weeks, benefitted from a set of reasonably good starts to run consistently within the top ten of both motos. He could only manage thirteenth in the first race but this was a consequence of brake and clutch trouble. In the second sprint he ran for the majority of the distance in third place and eventually crossed the finish line in fourth; representing his highest moto ranking from the last six rounds.
Team-mate Davide Guarneri, who took a decent second position (a personal best) in Saturday’s qualification Heat, ended the GP trailing the Frenchman. The Italian was eighth courtesy of seventh and ninth places in the two 35 minute and 2 lap motos. The third member of the Italian team, Loic Larrieu, was eleventh in what was a positive ‘baptism’ to the Lommel surface.

Utag could count on the active status of Zach Osborne once more as the American attempted his third comeback from a broken left wrist picked up at the GP of Portugal in May. Sadly the demands of this particular round took its toll and the American failed to score in two eventful motos but at least gained some valuable race mileage.

Guarneri holds fourth position in the championship standings, 64 points adrift of leader Marvin Musquin and 15 points from the top three. Aubin is seventh.

Round thirteen will take place next weekend with the Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket.

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team:

“I felt good today. In the first moto I was inside the top five but we had a little problem with the brake and also the clutch. It became pretty difficult to ride like I wanted. For the second moto we had everything fixed and I started well again. I gained some track to Roelants for second place and came close but made a mistake and could finally take fourth. I am a little disappointed about the first moto but the ride to almost take a top three in the second race was a good way to end the GP.”

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team:

“I have been training a lot in the sand and I think people can see the improvement. I was fast on Saturday, perhaps not like Musquin but with my size I proved I could be quick on this surface. Today was more difficult because I have never seen a track as rough as that. My sand riding is better now but still not at the level of those who have been brought up riding in the stuff. My rhythm was not so bad and I could have pushed more but I was wary of crashing and losing points. The positions were not bad but the championship became a bit closer with Frossard and Paulin having bad days. I really want to reach the top three and take a podium before the end of the season.”

Zach Osborne, Utag

“A very hard way to come back! I did OK during the warm-up and felt alright but went back to square one with a difficult first race. In the second moto I got a good start and kept going and going until I had a pretty big crash going into the bomb-hole and it took me ages to restart. I can only build on this result and go into the GP next weekend with a bit more confidence and see how it goes.”