News Report 14 September 2014
Mexico

2014 GP of Mexico

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Leon
1575 m
09 / 14 / 2014
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Charlier ends 2014 with top ten push

Race

30,000 spectators flocked to Leon and the second ever FIM Motocross World Championship round to take place in Mexico to see Yamaha’s stars in the MX2 category take part in the final fight of the season. Yamaha Factory Racing’s Christophe Charlier was twelfth overall while Bike it Yamaha Cosworth’s Max Anstie fought against illness and could only register one point.

The seventeenth and last Grand Prix of the 2014 campaign occurred under cloudy and dark skies and while the drama of the last episode in the tussle for the MX2 crown dominated people’s attention there was still plenty of action going on across the bumpy and hard ruts of the newly constructed Leon facility.

Altitude was a problem from the first laps of Saturday. The 1800m elevation of the site in the north of the country meant some tweaking and adjustments were needed to engines throughout the paddock to maximise performance.

Anstie hit a problem in Saturday’s qualification heat race when a heavy jump landing damaged his rear shock and he was forced to retire. Charlier was aggressive and enjoyed the track to push his way to eleventh for the gate on Sunday. The first moto was an unremarkable affair as Charlier had to stop with a mechanical problem, and an upset stomach got the better of Anstie who had recovered from a bad start to circulate near the top ten but ultimately had to pull out.

In the second race Charlier was more proactive and hounded the rear wheel of defending champion Jeffrey Herlings for much of the moto. He eventually moved through to eighth place for his last outing on the YZ250FM. Anstie decided to compete at the last moment and thanks to some medical treatment rode to twentieth. Swedish team-mate Anton Lundgren caught the eye with a best ever Grand Prix result – in his first season in MX2 – with thirteenth overall.

In the closing MX2 standings Anstie has twelfth position and toasted three visits to the podium in 2014. Charlier missed six rounds due to injury and therefore counts on fifteenth position for the year. Kemea Yamaha duo Petar Petrov and Luke Styke also had misfortune in terms of physical problems and were fourteenth and twenty-second respectively.

Leon brought an end to a frantic racing campaign that stretched over six months, fifteen countries and three continents. The 2014 YZ250F has enjoyed success on a worldwide scale with championship glory in the United States, Australia and the FIM series thanks to Kiara Fontanesi’s third straight Women’s World Championship. Anstie delivered the motorcycle’s first Grand Prix win at Lommel, Belgium in August.

Max Anstie

“We were fast in free practice and we were making some big improvements on the bike. It was a shame we DNF-ed in the heat race because of the shock. This morning I went out and I felt a bit weird. In the first race I was trying to push but about ten minutes in I literally could not sit down. I was either going to be sick or it was going to come out the other end. I tried to keep going but three laps before the end I had to stop and be very ill. I don’t know if it was the food or something else. I went to the medics and they said I was pretty bad. They tried fixing me up and gave me some antibiotics. Ten minutes before the second race I decided to try and give it another go. At the end of the day I did what I could and I couldn’t really see where I was going towards the end! It was not how I wanted to finish the season but I feel we’ve made some big steps with the bike and we have time to evaluate everything for next year.”

Christophe Charlier

“It was a difficult race. The track was very soft in places and with my weight I felt like I was at a disadvantage to some of the lighter guys. I pushed and pushed but it was very difficult. I am happy to leave here in good shape. It was my last Grand Prix in the MX2 class and I feel ready for the move now. I will be happier to get on the bigger bike and I hope for better next year.”