News Report 4 August 2013
Czech Republic

2013 GP of Czech Republic

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Loket
1586 m
att 22
08 / 04 / 2013
Time to be confirmed

Rapid Charlier seizes third podium of 2013

Race

Christophe Charlier was aggressive, attacking, confident and once more successful at a busy Loket, a traditional motocross venue, for the fourteenth stop of seventeen on the FIM Motocross World Championship trail. The Grand Prix of the Czech Republic, played out with a 22,000 crowd watching from around the hills, saw the Corsican fly to second position in the MX2 class on his factory Monster Energy Yamaha YZ250FM. There was more good news for Yamaha technology as Loket also hosted the sixth meeting of eight in the European EMX125 series and Nicolas Dercourt toasted his first triumph of the season with the virulent YZ125 two-stroke.
As ever MX2 appeared first on the GP race schedule in hot and stuffy conditions and a slippery and fast layout was a test for the world’s best. While the track is not – and has never really been – technically demanding, the constantly curving nature of the trajectory means it is hard to pass and difficult to make up ground in the event of a mistake. Sharp braking bumps also formed with the presence of four categories drilling across the stony dirt throughout both days of action.

Charlier gave chase to Alessandro Lupino and Aleksandr Tonkov in the first moto after an altercation with MX2 standings rival Jose Butron. With lap-times all hitting a similar mark ‘23’ tried to close the gap to third position but eventually had to settle for fourth. In the second race a great start saw Charlier slid into second spot and he rode-out a lonely but satisfying forty minutes behind champion Jeffrey Herlings to confirm his overall runner-up reward.
Dean Ferris was eleventh on the day. The Australian, on his first visit to Loket, never completely gelled with the track and two mediocre starts from a tough gate position (due to a first corner tumble in the Heat race on Saturday) meant he could do no better than fifteenth and ninth. The first moto ranking was also effected by a crash that caused him to lose time and ground. Mel Pocock and Maxime Desprey did not garner the best of fortune throughout Sunday. Both were involved in an exciting tussle for seventh position that was the action highlight of an otherwise processional affair. Pocock was unlucky to tweak his left knee while attacking Desprey and had to lower his pace to arrive to the finish in thirteenth. Desprey at one stage was looking at a career-best slot of sixth but struggled in the last laps to drop to tenth. Later on and Pocock gritted his teeth and also hit the ground twice on his way to fifteenth. Desprey suffered a heavy crash by the pitlane and retired relatively unharmed.

Charlier has closed to within 31 points of Butron and third place in the MX2 world championship. Ferris is sixth and just 18 points from the top five while Pocock is twelfth and Desprey sixteenth.
Loket was also home to the keenly contested European EMX125 series and once more the YZ125 held a prominent presence in the final classification. Again it was French youngster Nicolas Dercourt who caught the eye and rode confidently to his first victory of the season, beating Anton Lundgren by seven seconds. The teenager is third in the standings and just three points from second place.

The Grand Prix of Belgium is the next appointment for Monster Energy Yamaha where the tree-lined curves of Bastogne will welcome the FIM paddock for the second season in a row.

Christophe Charlier

“It has been a really good weekend and I made three good starts after working hard with the team to improve this area. I’m happy to get second place. I enjoyed the hard-pack here and I think the next two tracks will also be positive for me. Butron came very close to me in the first moto so I went for a close move back and this is part of racing. To finish fourth in that race meant some good points for the championship. I will push a lot in the next GPs and I want a top three finish for this series. I want to thank the team, my mechanic, my girlfriend and all the people helping me back in Corsica.”

Dean Ferris

“I made hard work for myself by going down on Saturday in the first turn and getting a shitty gate pick. Two bad starts then dictated the day and I found the track sketchy and struggled to get hold of it. Everyone else was going full-gas so it was tough to come through. I don't know what else to say…I cannot wait to get to another track! Bastogne looks to be a lot more technical so that will be my forte. Coldenhoff had a DNF so that helps my chances of catching him a bit more in the championship.”

Mel Pocock

“My leg is a bit sore. Five minutes into the first race I was battling and pushing for seventh and coming down into the corner before the old start my front wheel pushed away and I caught my knee between the handlebars and the ground and it felt like it popped out and in immediately and really hurt. I cruised around for two laps and tried to make the finish. I think I was twelfth. I strapped the knee and took some painkillers and got on with it for the second moto. I crashed twice on my right side because I could not push with the left. Not the best. The track was hard to handle but difficult for everyone.”