Everts wins again!


Stefan Everts proved he is back to his best with a dominant win in round five of the Motocross Grand Prix World Championship in Sevlievo, Bulgaria, today.

By his own admission, the Yamaha L&M Motocross Team rider hasn’t had the best start to the 2003 campaign. But a record-breaking weekend in Italy seven days ago, where he won both the 125 and Motocross GP races, and today’s victory has moved the Belgian six-times world champion to within 11 points of series leader Mickael Pichon (Suzuki).

Everts took the lead after just five laps and simply raced away from the pack on his full-factory Yamaha YZ450FM to finish almost eight seconds ahead of fellow countryman Joel Smets (KTM). Completing the podium was Danish rider Brian Jörgensen (Honda).

Italian rider Claudio Federici (Yamaha De Carli Team) finished sixth on his YRRD-kitted YZ450F to move up one place to fifth in the championship, while Everts’ team-mate and fellow Belgian Marnicq Bervoets put a run of bad luck and non-finishes behind him to record a solid seventh place.

Stefan Everts (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) - First
I feel that I am now back at my very best and I am so happy today because I am back where I belong. I wasn't concerned about my fourth place in qualifying because I was fastest for much of the session and gate four is as good as pole here anyway. There is pretty good traction here and I didn't get so much wheelspin, which meant I struggled at the start, but I was on fire from the first lap and could soon make moves at will. The bike was good and I was able to build a rhythm and take the lead on lap five.

Claudio Federici (Yamaha De Carli Team) - Sixth
Sixth was not what I expected from this race. I got a tremendous start again and was third on the first lap, and even moved up to second before Stefan passed me. But I was struggling to find a rhythm all race. I couldn't hold the pace and dropped gradually back to sixth. The bike was good and I didn't get tired. I just wasn’t on it today.

Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) - Seventh
I am still well off my best pace, but at least I am not crashing anymore. My speed is coming back gradually and I am hopeful that I will be back to my best when we go to Austria in two weeks’ time.