News Report 9 August 2009
Czech Republic

2009 GP of Czech Republic

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Loket
1586 m
att 21
08 / 09 / 2009
Time to be confirmed

Aubin rues luck at Loket

Race

The thirteenth round of fifteen in the 2009 FIM MX2-GP World Championship saw Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team’s Nico Aubin come close to possibly his best result of the season at a hot, fast and slippery Loket circuit for the Grand Prix of Czech Republic. An audience of 21,000 witnessed the second GP in a week for the paddock as the series winds towards it finale. Aubin was running as high as second place in the first moto before a mechanical problem halted his progress. The Frenchman scored 5th in the next moto to place 13th overall. Yamaha’s highest finisher was 3C Racing’s Manuel Monni with 8th place in the ranking.

Aubin, competing at the track where he took first and to-date only Grand Prix victory in 2007, was a strong candidate for the podium as he confidently moved into second place during the first half of Moto1, sadly he would be unable to finish. An off-track excursion on the first lap of Moto2 left him adrift of the top three but he rode solidly for 5th spot and his second highest finish from the last seven GPs.
MX2 Italian champion Monni battled to his 8th overall thanks to 7th and 12th positions. He was ahead of countryman and second Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team rider Davide Guarneri. The Italian had two crashes on Saturday that left him virtually last in the gate and at a significant disadvantage for the starts, which were vital across a layout that was hard for overtaking. Guarneri persisted to 12th and 14th places.

Utag Yamaha.com’s Zach Osborne was another individual cursed with misfortune. The American was hit in the early stages of both motos and left stranded down the field. He was 25th overall. Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team Loic Larrieu was twenty metres from 10th place in Moto1 until a freak fall in sight of the line caused him to drop seven positions and subsequently retire in discomfort from the second race.

Guarneri is the highest-ranked YZ250FM rider in the competition and with 373 points inhabits 4th place in the table. Aubin is 8th and level on points with Monni.

Round fourteen of the series and the penultimate meeting on the calendar will occur in three weekend’s time in the sand of Lierop for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands.

Manuel Monni, Yamaha 3C Racing, 8th:

“This is a not a bad result but I would normally expect better on a fast track like this. I found the circuit different to previous years; the ground was more slippery and it was tough. My starts were not great and I struggled to find a rhythm. I really want to end the year well with a good position in the championship.”

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 13th:

“I was up to second place in the first moto before we had an engine problem; there is not much you can do about it! For sure I was disappointed. I had a better start in the second moto but the small group of riders in front of me made some mistakes in the rhythm section on the first lap and I ended up running off the track. I then had to chase Teillet but it was hard to pass and I didn’t want to take too much of a risk, so I finished fifth. Lierop is next and I like this track, so I have big hopes for this GP.”

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team, 14th:

“I had two bad crashes on Saturday and was last in the gate. It was tough to get good positions at the starts. I did not want to stop so I kept on pushing but did not feel so comfortable. It would have been great to keep ground with Paulin today but he was like another rider compared to Saturday!”

Zach Osborne, Utag Yamaha .com, 25th:

“In the first race I had a decent start but was T-boned by Schiffer on the first lap. Everyone was going the same pace out there so it was hard to come through. In the second race I managed a whole lap and a couple of corners before I was taken out again. When I got up I did not have a front brake lever so it was pretty gnarly doing the rest of the race like that. I want to apologise to the team for the results but I got some more time on the bike to try and come back to the pace and fitness that I know I can run.”