News Report 20 May 2012

2012 GP of Brazil

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Beto Carrero
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05 / 20 / 2012
Time to be confirmed

Fantastic first podium for Charlier


Rainfall hit the Grand Prix of Brazil at the excellent Beto Carrero facility and created a tough fifth round of sixteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship. Monster Energy Yamaha were able to see Christophe Charlier celebrate the first podium result of his career and give the prototype YZ250FM its first trophy of the season in some of the toughest and most demanding racing conditions seen this year so far.

The Frenchman was second overall after two confident and mature performances in the muddy and soggy motos, capturing second place and fourth position to climb the box for a maiden spray of champagne and Yamaha’s second MX2 podium appearance of 2012.
Although he had to ride most of both 35 minute and 2 lap races without any goggles, Charlier was very impressive across the terrain that punished the slightest of mistakes. Only a slip in the second moto prevented the Corsican from being able to challenge Tommy Searle for the lead. Still, Brazil represented a small milestone in the former European Champion’s career and just two Grands Prix since returning from a broken foot.

Michael Leib travelled to Beto Carrero with a sore right hand. The American fell on the first lap of the first moto and also struggled a little with the set-up of his bike but aimed to post points on the board in the second race and managed thirteenth, for sixteenth overall.

Although he has missed two rounds of the series Charlier is now twelfth in the MX2 standings and has been improving his results since debuting with the factory team in Italy four weeks ago. Leib is fourteenth. Further news on Arnaud Tonus (who rode for the first time today since recovering from injury) and Zach Osborne (expected to climb on his YZ250F in the next fortnight) and a further update on the Monster Energy MX2 line-up will be provided before the Grand Prix of France – round six - at St Jean D’Angely in two weeks time.

Christophe Charlier:

“This is my first grand prix podium and the first time I’ve been able to have some champagne since 2009 and winning the European Championship, so it feels really good. My foot is fine and it feels good to be fit and getting faster. It was pretty hard out there today. I had to get rid of my goggles early in the motos and a piece of mud hit me directly in the left eye. It was painful but I could keep going. Even though I come from the deepest south of France I’m used to riding on all sorts of tracks and in the mud even from my days on an 85. I also have long legs which helps a lot!”

Michael Leib:

“I heard it was going to be raining here from the forecast during the week but I was struggling with my hand all weekend anyway. I had a bit of a get-off on Saturday and was super-sore. I lost the handlebars four or five times in that second race. If I go to France then I should be OK for that. A lot of things went the wrong way for me this weekend.”