News Report 13 September 2009

15 2009 GP of Brazil

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09 / 13 / 2009
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Guarneri 6th in Brazil and Charlier European Champion


The fifteenth and final round of the MX2-GP World Championship took place at compact and twisty Canelinha circuit for the Grand Prix of Brazil and Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team’s Davide Guarneri ended his most consistent season to-date with 6th position and a final ranking of 4th in the series. On the same day Yamaha Monster Energy Gariboldi Racing’s Christophe Charlier won the final round of the 2009 European Championship and clinched the title with the YZ250F.

After practice and qualification was cancelled on Saturday in Brazil due to excessive rain in the days leading up to the event, the wet track benefitted from some overdue sunshine on Sunday. The many jumps and timing sections across the hard-pack were rough and slippery in the wake of the rainfall.
Guarneri worked hard in his final outing after five years with the team to recover from two average starts. The Italian savoured the demands of the track to take 8th and 4th for his position at the end of the afternoon and 4th overall represents his best championship classification. Team-mate Loic Larrieu was 13th overall and could only score a promising 7th in Moto1 as a technical problem halted his progress in the second sprint.

Nico Aubin did not start the motos after struggling through practice with a sore back after a crash in an International race in Switzerland last week. Yamaha 3C Racing’s Manuel Monni took 10th. The Italian MX2 champion also confirms the number 8 plate in the series and will leave MX2-GP in 2010.

Utag elected not to travel to Brazil with Mel Pocock low in the standings and Zach Osborne not fully race-fit and also unable to make a serious impression in the final points table.

In the 2009 MX2-GP classification Aubin was 9th and also departs the Italian crew after three seasons, having notched one win and finishing 3rd in the 2008 contest. Larrieu was 13th and will continue his Grand Prix progression on the new YZ250F in 2010 while Osborne, the only rider to take the motorcycle to the top of the podium this year, ends his first full year in the world championship down in 23rd.

Aubin, Guarneri and Osborne will be representing their countries at the 63rd Motocross of Nations at Franciacorta in Italy in three weeks.

Davide Guarneri, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team:

“My rhythm was good, really good but unfortunately my starts were not! There was only really one line in the first moto but I could come up from 12th to 7th before I had a little crash and from then I could not finish any higher. In the second moto I again came back strong and with no mistakes could reach 4th. The only bad thing about this GP was the distance we had to travel to get here. The track and the people; this was good motocross. I had five really nice years with the team and some good memories to take away.”

Loic Larrieu, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team:

“It was a good and bad way to finish the season. I rode well in the first moto but had a moment in the second and the cable came loose on the handlebar and I had to stop. It has been a season of ups and downs for me but I have learnt so much and I knew I would have tough moments in my first year.”

Nico Aubin, Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci MX Team:

“Last week I crashed hard on my head and had a lot of pain in my neck. I tried in practice and did four or five laps but I could not get good speed on the bike and I would rather not try than just ride around to 15th or DNF. It is disappointing but this year is finished now and I must focus on the Nations. I am happy to have been able to work with Ilario and my mechanic and the team is like a family. Even when I had hard times they were always around me and I appreciated that.”

Christophe Charlier:

“It was wonderful to compete here and take the title in France. The atmosphere was fantastic. I knew I need a good result in the first race to win the Championship. I was not nervous and I finished second behind Herlings. Then I won the second race and the whole team was so happy.”