Everts moves closer to seventh heaven
RaceStefan Everts bid for a record breaking seventh world title received a major boost with his seventh consecutive Motocross GP victory at round ten in Gaildorf, southern Germany, today.
After winning the earlier 125 event, the Yamaha L&M Motocross Team rider grabbed the holeshot in the showcase Motocross GP race and led from start to finish. It was the Belgian's sixth double win of the season and extends his championship lead to 15 points over countryman Joel Smets (KTM), who finished behind Brian Jorgensen (Honda) to take third.
Sadly, however, Everts closest challenger going into the German race will not figure in the championship showdown. Mickael Pichon (Suzuki) missed the Grand Prix after suffering serious knee ligament damage after crashing in the morning warm-up. The Frenchman is expected to undergo surgery later this week and is unlikely to race again this season.
Yamahas other four-stroke YZ450F machines figured strongly in Gaildorf, with the three factory-supported riders gating in the first four. Claudio Federici (Team Yamaha De Carli) and Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) succumbed to Smets but rode well to finish fourth and fifth respectively, while Everts victory increased Yamahas lead in the manufacturers championship to 18 points over KTM.
Just two rounds of the championship remain, with the penultimate race taking place at Loket in the Czech Republic next weekend.
Stefan Everts (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) First
Joel Smets has won here for the last couple of years, so when I got my second holeshot of the day and saw that he was still looking to pass Brian Jörgensen for second, I pushed really hard in the first 15 minutes to open up a lead. I wanted to try to break him mentally, and I think the tactic worked well because he made a mistake after 15 minutes. With a 15-point advantage over Smets - and Pichon out, I can relax a bit going into the final two races.
Claudio Federici (Team Yamaha De Carli) - Fourth
The past few races have not been so good for me, but I was already feeling good in qualification yesterday so I knew a good result was possible. Just like my fellow Yamaha riders, I got a great start, and that is always beneficial. I couldn't quite match the pace of the first three, but I was a comfortable fourth and that gives me a good chance of getting back into the top five in the championship in the last few races.
Marnicq Bervoets (Yamaha L&M Motocross Team) Fifth
I always ride well here and my third place in qualification yesterday proved that this year was no exception. I had a good battle with Smets for the first few laps, but after a few laps he managed to get away and after that I spent the whole race chasing Federici.