News Report 27 July 2014
Czech Republic

2014 GP of Czech Republic

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1586 m
07 / 27 / 2014
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Charlier takes comprehensive moto win and first 2014 MX2 podium


The Grand Prix of Czech Republic and the fourteenth round of seventeen in the FIM Motocross World Championship was a great meeting for Yamaha and the YZ250F with factory racer Christophe Charlier earning his first podium finish of 2014 with third overall including a second moto victory. Kiara Fontanesi also used her Yamaha Rinaldi Research and Development-equipped YZ250F to claim her third consecutive FIM Women’s World title in what was the final round of six in the series.

21,500 fans moved into the spectator zones around the steep sections of the dry, slick and stone-laden hard-pack. The MX2 class provided some fantastic entertainment with an intense battle – in the second of the two 30 minute and 2 lap motos especially – seeing riders banging plastics and swapping positions around a windy and tight track.

After a build up of speed and form in recent events Christophe Charlier was attacking, confident and strong in the two sprints on Sunday; even in spite of a sore thumb as a result of spraining the digit through a small crash on Saturday.

In Moto1 the Corsican didn’t make the best start and tracked Valentin Guillod for most of the race duration to make sure of seventh place. The 23 year old used his experience to dive for an inside line out of the gate in Moto2 and his excellent getaway was the base of his first chequered flag since the 2013 British Grand Prix. Once Christophe had dispensed of Jose Butron in the opening stages he set a comfortable and uncatchable pace as leader. The twenty-five points allowed the former European Champion to pick up a trophy for third position overall and give Yamaha their third podium appearance in the category this year.

Fontanesi came to Loket with a slight four-point lead over Meghan Rutledge in the MXW Championship. The Italian was determined and highly motivated to secure her ‘red plate’ permanently for 2014 in the final outing for the girls. A win on Saturday was followed by a safe third place on Sunday and the Fonta-Yamaha-YRRD combination reset their place of superiority for another term.

Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie put some recent turbulent meetings behind him by taking eleventh overall with a 14-8 scorecard. A collision with another rider and a damaged silencer in Saturday’s qualification heat race meant he went to the gate in last position but he rallied against the adversity and his Moto2 performance to ensure two points-scoring outings for the first time in six events was encouraging.

Kemea Yamaha duo Petar Petrov and Luke Styke were absent from the Czech Republic fixture due to respective shoulder injuries. Petrov should hopefully be back for round fifteen on August 2nd and 3rd.

Loket was the scene of the penultimate date in the European EMX125 Championship and the strength of the YZ125 two-stroke continues to ring out. Alvin Ostlund was an undisputed runner-up behind winner Brian Hsu as David Herbreteau put two YZs in the final top five with fifth place. Ostlund needs to grab 14 points more than Davy Pootjes to finish second in the 2014 competition.

The Grand Prix of Belgium next weekend will be round fifteen of seventeen (and the last for EMX125) and will take place in the revered and notorious sand of Lommel in the Limburg region.

Christophe Charlier

“It’s been a good weekend! It didn’t start so well because I crashed early on and ripped my thumb back. It was pretty hard after that. The first moto start was bad but I pushed all I could to come back to seventh. In the second race I took a better line out of the gate and I was lucky a rider did not come across and take it. I passed Butron and had a great feeling out there. I had fun with my bike and I’m really happy with the result. I was surprised how easy it was to win today.”

Max Anstie

“Some positives today because I was unfortunate yesterday. I was clipped and the pipe was all bent and misshaped and ended up stopping. Obviously that put me last in the gate today. We were on the back foot. We tried a few things on the bike to make it a bit smoother and a bit more torquey and I ended up reverting to my old set-up for the second race. I got out of the gate better but was shuffled back around the first few corners. The bike felt solid and strong and was working well. I can build from this. It is difficult when you don't get motos under your belt and you are doubting yourself because you don't have those results on paper but a top ten from last in the gate wasn’t too bad, especially on this track.”