News Report 10 June 2012

2012 GP of Portugal

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1630 m
att 18
06 / 10 / 2012
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Pocock delivers career-best as Fontanesi wins again


Monster Energy Yamaha were able to see another fine stand-in performance from one of their athletes as Mel Pocock finished 7th overall at a rough and rutted Agueda for the Grand Prix of Portugal and the seventh round of sixteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Pocock was drafted into the team from his British and European Championship duties for a fourth Grand Prix appearance after Michael Leib was diagnosed with the initial stages of the Epstein Barr virus and will miss several weeks of action. The nineteen year old not only posted his highest points tally yet at this level but also a career-best moto ranking of 7th in the second sprint. The pace set by the leaders was fierce in the second race and the Brit was only just lapped on the final circulation, even though he was in seventh place and fully aware of the blue flags instructing him to hold his line. Pocock took his YZ250F to 11th in a wet first race, watched by 18,000 spectators, and was on better and faster form in the second across drier terrain.

Portugal was only the second Grand Prix appearance of the season for Arnaud Tonus and after a reasonably decent run to 7th place in Moto1 good luck went missing again for the Swiss in the second as he was caught up in a first corner crash with five other riders. Nursing a sore left wrist he remounted at the back of the pack and rode to some points with 18th position and 13th overall.

Orehova Vas in Slovenia was the rain-hit setting for the fifth round of eight in the FIM Women’s World Championship and Yamaha’s Chiara Fontanesi scored her fourth victory of 2012. The YZ250F racer continued her dominant streak of posting results in the top two of all ten motos despite the wet and atrocious conditions in eastern Europe. She went 2-1 and tied on points with Natalie Kane but earned the top step thanks to her second race ranking. Now 63 points ahead in the standings ‘Fonta’ has events in Slovakia, Britain and Germany left on her championship trail.

Monster Energy Yamaha will immediately face round eight of the FIM Motocross World Championship next weekend at Bastogne for the Grand Prix of Belgium. Hopefully Christophe Charlier will have recovered sufficiently from his dislocated right shoulder to be able to rejoin the team. The next appointment on the European MX2 schedule will be in Latvia on July 15th while the Women’s series next reconvenes on July 1st in Slovakia.

Mel Pocock:

“Best set of results I’ve had at a GP and it felt so good to be running up there with the top boys. With regards to the Herlings incident I was just riding my own race and he is a good enough rider to be able to take a different line and pass me. I held my line and slowed down and it was just a racing incident. I really ‘got on’ with the track and this place is one of my favourites. I like the elevation changes and the dirt. The season is going very well so far and I really hope it will get me a full-time GP ride next year! I am working hard and I train hard so it is nice to get the reward. A big thanks to Steve, Ben and everyone for their help.”

Arnaud Tonus:

“It has not been a good day. I almost crashed and then lost time in the first corner of the first moto. I was mid-pack and it was hard to come back through. I still need race time and I was a bit lost between all those guys in the first few laps. I was a bit tight and to get seventh in the end was not too bad but there is a lot of work ahead. I went down at the start in the second moto and was stuck under the bike and lost a minute. I rode back to fifteenth but made some mistakes and couldn’t hold on anymore. It was hard physically out there but hopefully it will get easier with more laps and different track conditions.”