News Report 2 September 2012

2012 GP of Netherlands

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1875 m
att 20
09 / 02 / 2012
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Pocock close to European title at Benelux GP


The fourteenth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship took place across the punishing sandy of Lierop in the Netherlands for the Grand Prix of Benelux and Monster Energy Yamaha were able to celebrate another victory for Mel Pocock in the European MX2 series. In front of 20,000 spectators Arnaud Tonus took his YZ250F to fifth position but Pocock shone in the penultimate outing of the Grand Prix feeder competition to stand on the threshold of the title.

The Lierop sand provided a select group of the paddock with a decent warm-up opportunity for the Motocross of Nations (in similar terrain at Lommel, Belgium on September 30th). The bumps and ruts were difficult and exhausting over the course of two 35 minute and 2 lap motos. Pocock found an effective rhythm and dealt with the dipping sunshine late Saturday afternoon to own the first moto on his YZ250F and then repeated his confident speed Sunday morning to register his fourth ‘double’ victory from six (and fifth win) this season. The achievement means the twenty year old needs just eight points (a maximum of fifty can be lifted) from the last meeting of 2012 next weekend in Italy to be crowned champion of Europe.
In MX2-GP Arnaud Tonus produced one of his strongest and most consistent outings of the year. The Swiss was held up by a falling Glen Coldenhoff on the first lap of the opening race but focussed on his lines over the waves and ripples and pushed up to sixth position by the flag. In the second moto Tonus was again rapid and completed the dash in fifth spot for the same ranking overall.

In ninth for the day was Zach Osborne. The American tried to keep pace with his team-mate but still felt content with runs to seventh and eighth for one of his more positive scorecards negotiating an immensely difficult surface that normally favours specialists.

Monster Energy Yamaha are now on the ‘home straight’ of the championship season. The Faenza circuit in Italy will host the Grand Prix of Benelux next week and then a hiatus of one weekend precedes the final meeting at Teutschenthal in Germany.

Mel Pocock:

“Sand is not really my strong point and I haven’t done too much riding in it this year so I was a bit nervous coming here. As soon as I saw I could set a speed to win after the qualification race then it started coming back to together and I found the rhythm I needed quickly. I was behind Olsen in the first race and knew I could be faster. When I got into the lead I never looked back. It was nice to win. I’m so looking forward to next week now. My plan was to try and wrap up the title here at Lierop but one bad race in England meant we’ll be aiming to do the job in Italy.”

Arnaud Tonus:

“It was pretty positive today; consistent and the speed was good. I think I need to get more time on the sand to get my laptimes better. My rhythm was great at the end and not so much at the beginning. I know where I need to work and sixth and fifth is not too bad on the sand for me. I was a bit unlucky in the first race when Coldenhoff crashed in front of me because I was third at the time but ended up stuck behind him. I had to push really hard in the beginning to come back through and felt a bit tired. All OK though and I’m pretty happy.”

Zach Osborne:

“The whole weekend was quite good for me and definitely the best I have had in Holland or the sand. Yesterday I had good speed and was third in the qualification race and third in the warm-up. It is hard because I haven’t really had the fitness to push for 35 minutes and 2 laps on hard pack nevermind in the sand. I think my fitness continues to build and while eighth and seventh doesn’t sound like much I cannot be disappointed about it. I’m gonna take what I can from it and head into the Nations with good confidence.”