News Report 21 April 2013

2013 GP of Bulgaria

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1530 m
att 22
04 / 21 / 2013
11:16 Local time

Superb Charlier comeback at Bulgaria MXGP


Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier was just three points away from his first podium result of the season after a determined and impressive performance on his factory YZ250FM at Sevlievo for the Grand Prix of Bulgaria.
The Corsican was sixth overall at the fifth round of seventeen watched by 22,000 spectators and caught the eyes of the watching crowds along the Bulgaria hills by charging back from last position in the second MX2 race to reach a splendid classification of fifth. The former European Champion’s feat was all the more credit-worthy due to the fast, open and hard-pack nature of the Sevlievo dirt that meant similar lap-times among the leading group and precision and aggression needed with overtaking moves. Earlier in the day Charlier had managed a seventh place and the team feared the worse when ‘23’ gassed a fraction of a second too early and nudged the gate in the crucial first seconds of the second moto. He was already ten metres behind the disappearing pack when he was able to set-off on his prototype machine. Charlier then began a trawl through the rankings and his achievement with fifth spot was one of his best of the season.

In eighth overall was Dean Ferris who gave himself a handicap after a crash on Saturday meant he had to take to the start line with the twentieth choice of slots. The Aussie launched well in the first moto but went from fifth to the depths of the top ten with a small slip on the opening lap. He crossed the line in eleventh and then backed up a solid day with sixth place in the second moto.

Mel Pocock was another of the Monster Energy Yamahas prominent near the front of the class but the young Briton has been struggling with his stamina in the closing phases of the races. He scored eleventh in the first moto and was flying in the top five of the second and after nailing his first ever GP holeshot when he experienced some mechanical trouble and had to retire to the pits. Team-mate Maxime Desprey rode positively to score fourteenth in the first salvo of 35 minutes and 2 laps but tired across an increasingly bumpy surface in the second race and collected eighteenth for seventeenth position in the final MX2 ranking.

Charlier, Ferris and Pocock all hold slots inside the top eleven of the FIM Motocross World Championship standing with the former retaining fifth position and just six points from Jose Butron in fourth. Ferris is seventh. The Grand Prix of Portugal will host round six and will take place in the customary venue of Agueda on May 5th.

Christophe Charlier

“Not good starts! Afterwards it was very difficult to pass the other riders but I’m happy with the classification because I saved the race from being a disaster. I really want a podium because every time I am so close. I have the speed and now I need to improve one or two small things to be right up there.”

Dean Ferris

“In the first moto it was unfortunate I crashed but all day, all weekend, I didn’t really feel comfortable on this circuit. It is obviously not my favourite. We went better in the second one considering I got a really bad start. I clicked away the laps and caught up. I’m disappointed I couldn’t run with the leaders but the bike was fast…I got more points than I did last weekend in Italy but oddly I feel more satisfied with last Sunday! All-in-all I’m healthy now so at least I can go home and practice!”

Mel Pocock

“Today I worked out that I’m really fast for about 25 minutes and then in the last ten I am making small mistakes; I need to iron this out. In the second moto I managed to get a holeshot and that’s the first I’ve had at a GP so I’m pumped about that…I didn’t realise the holeshot award was only for the first race! I was running in fifth and was sat there quite nicely until the bike started to lose power. I brought it into the pitlane and as I did that it turned itself off. Two weeks to go now and I will be working hard to try and sort out those final fifteen minutes.”

Maxime Desprey

“I had a bad start in the first moto and finished fourteen, so that wasn’t too bad because my riding was OK. The second race was difficult because I was far back again and after pushing for a while I felt dead! I want to train and try again in Portugal. I liked the track but it was difficult at the end with the bumps coming through.”