News Report 8 September 2013

Grand Prix of Benelux, Lierop

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1875 m
att 17
09 / 08 / 2013
11:38 Local time

Charlier seals fourth in 2013 MX2-GP story


After a positive 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship in which he celebrated maiden moto victories and tallied more career podium results, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier finally confirmed fourth position overall in the series today at Lierop for the seventeenth and final round. The Grand Prix of Benelux at the daunting sandy circuit was played out in front of 17,000 spectators and initially started under heavy showers and dark clouds but the weather eventually turned for blue skies and sunshine by the afternoon.
The effect of the rain on the track turned a normally bumpy and deceptive surface into an even trickier one where the slightest slip or misadventure saw GP riders eating sand. On this ruthless stage it was the efforts of Kemea Reytech van der Laar Yamaha’s Petr Petrov, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Dean Ferris and Charlier who caught the eye with top ten classifications.

Petrov in particular equalled a career-best result with fourth position overall on the YZ250F. A scorecard of 4-5 demonstrated not only his physical strength and prowess at 19 years of age but also his comfort in arguably the most demanding terrain experienced this season. The Bulgarian who is set for another campaign under the Belgian team awning and with the new 2014 YZ250F next year ended 2013 with 11th in the MX2 standings.
Ferris encountered his first Grand Prix in the sand at Lierop. The Australian was distracted at times by a broken helmet peak in the first moto but battled hard to seal fifth place. In the next outing some juicy action with team-mate Maxime Desprey eventually ended with eighth position and slotted the Belgian GP winner into sixth overall for the day. Ferris was close at one stage to stealing fifth in the MX2 Championship from Glenn Coldenhoff but the Dutchman responded with the runner-up slot and enough points to keep ‘111’ in sixth for the year.

Charlier was seventh overall. The Corsican had been ill after the British Grand Prix two weeks before and lacked optimum track time in the sand coming to Lierop. He tried to set the best pace that he could muster on the YZ250FM and it was enough for eighth and eleventh on the day.

Maxime Desprey was luckless in one moto – the first – when two crashes forced his retirement with a damaged bike but the French rookie showed the level of his development and progression in his first Grand Prix season by fighting with Ferris in the second race and recording a top ten result with ninth; thus fifteenth overall and 16th for the year.

Mel Pocock was forced to the sidelines before the Grand Prix in the Netherlands due to his left knee injury that will require surgery and a period of convalescence prior to preparations for 2014 and another crack at the MX2 category. The 2012 European Champion closed the campaign with 14th in the series.

Charlier and Ferris will now look to their responsibilities for the French and Australian flags at the 67th Motocross of Nations – the biggest and most spectacular MX event of the year – in Germany at the Teutschenthal circuit at the end of the month.

Christophe Charlier

“I am quite happy but the track was very difficult today and I didn't have a good feeling. I know it is a weak point of mine, and next season I need to do more sand riding and on terrain like this to improve; not only my ability but also the setting with the bike to be able to make the best result. I have finished the championship fourth. I wanted the top three but fourth is still OK and I want better in 2014. A big thanks to the team and my mechanic Manuel for this season. We have done some good work and we will go on from here.”

Dean Ferris

“My first sand race so I was pretty happy with the first moto and I was riding strongly in the second one and there was a freight train going on. It is a bit disappointing because I came within reach of fifth in the championship in the last moto. Coldenhoff is good in the sand, so he got it back. Anyway not bad for my first sand GP: I wanted to do better but I’m glad a long season has come to an end. In some ways I feel like I am a GP rookie. I only did five events last year and there was always going to be a lot to learn, I can be proud enough of sixth in the world championship and that win in Belgium.”

Maxime Desprey

“It was a good weekend and I could see that my work in the sand before the grand prix paid off. I was a bit tight and tense in the first moto and crashed twice but the second moto was much better. I had good pace and good lines and could actually enjoy some of the deep sand of Lierop!”