News Report 12 June 2011
Portugal

2011 GP of Portugal

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Agueda
1630 m
att 13
06 / 12 / 2011
Time to be confirmed

Frossard fifth under Portuguese sun

Race

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard walked away from a heavy-hitting Agueda circuit and the Grand Prix of Portugal with fifth position overall on his works YZ450FM. The winner of the French round collected some decent points after a first moto finish of third, although he was limited to seventh later in the day after a lacklustre start from the gate.

Excellent weather covered the weekend and crimsoned the 13,000 attendance. The tight circuit was another hard test for the riders with the distinctive red dirt becoming very rough and demanding; penalising errors and forming the kind of squared-edge bumps that draw so much energy and concentration.

Frossard was nursing some discomfort with his right thumb after a small tumble in the qualification heat on Saturday. A bright start in the first moto helped the Frenchman terrorise the rear wheel of leader Clement Desalle but entering the final stages he was powerless to Tony Cairoli’s attack and passed the chequered flag in third. A poor gate later in the afternoon signified a busy stretch of work for the MX1 rookie but he fared well, arriving to seventh before being unable to gain further ground.
Frossard also saw the spill suffered by team-mate David Philippaerts. The Italian lost the front end of his machine in a descent while climbing the top ten and in the resulting crash cut his elbow and hurt his ribs. Earlier in the day ‘DP’ had suffered another fall in the formative stages of the first moto and was forced to retire. It was a hard weekend for the former world champion and his 2011 title hopes.

Anthony Boissiere had a technical problem in the first moto that caused a DNF but he adjusted to the track in the second affair and took thirteenth, despite nursing some pain from his accident in France last week.

The winners of back-to-back events had to forego the podium on this occasion but Frossard has created distance between himself and Max Nagl (who crashed and injured his right hand) in the MX1-GP world championship standings. He is now third by 21 points. Philippaerts is seventh with Boissiere in fifteenth.

Monster Energy Yamaha will move east and across the border to La Bañeza this week for the Grand Prix of Spain and round seven of the series. The inauguration of the small facility south of Leon will represent the third of three consecutive meetings and precedes a small break in the calendar before another three-race stretch.

Steven Frossard:

“It was a bit difficult this weekend with my finger because the track had many hard bumps. It was hard for me on the downhills and also in the waves. I took a really good start in the first moto and went from fifth to second. I tried to catch Desalle but then Cairoli arrived and he was faster. I had been a bit too aggressive and was getting some arm-pump. It wasn’t easy to ride smooth and quickly after that. Anyway it was a good heat for me. I was a bit too tense at the start of the second race because I had the bad launch from Saturday in my head. I made a mess of it and tried to fight back but after twenty-five minutes I saw David crash and decided to consolidate, not go too crazy and focus on making the finish.”

David Philippaerts:

“I’m very disappointed. I tried to push today but the track was very difficult and if you made a mistake then you paid for it and I did. I took the outside line to make the triple in the first moto and found Goncalves who had changed his line when I was in the air. There was not much that could be done but it was a big crash. In the next race I made the little jump down the hill but I lost the front end, like I did in France. My arm needed a few stitches and I have some pain in my ribs but it could have been worse.”