News Report 19 June 2011
Spain

2011 GP of Spain

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La Bañeza
att 16
06 / 19 / 2011
Time to be confirmed

Double MX-1 podium joy at Spanish GP

Race

Monster Energy Yamaha saw riders David Philippaerts and Steven Frossard finish second and third on their works YZ450FM machines at La Bañeza and the Grand Prix of Spain in front of 16,000 spectators.

The ‘Circuito de Salgada’ was the site for the seventh round of fifteen in the FIM Motocross World Championship and was a curious venue with the narrow and short layout on the hard-pack offering a unique test for the riders. The Moto Club had worked immensely hard to upgrade the facility normally used for national meetings to entertain the world’s fastest but the stony and fast course was not easy for overtaking and was low on plaudits.

David Philippaerts walked the second step of the podium and picked up his third trophy of the season after aggressive pushes to third and fourth positions. The former world champion bounced back from his difficult weekend in Portugal to again be able to spray champagne. DP19 moved past Max Nagl to enter the top three of Moto1 and then rode with impressive application to recover from a fall while challenging for second place and reach third in the second moto. The Italian just didn’t have the final reserve to defend his slot from Clement Desalle on the final circulation of the 35 minutes and 2 laps but his result was good enough to be runner-up.
Steven Frossard started the first moto in the leading group and his chase and demotion of Cairoli for the lead was a case of exemplary riding. The Frenchman then fended-off the world champion on the last two laps for the third chequered flag of his rookie term. Unfortunately a coming-together with Clement Desalle on the first lap of Moto2 meant Frossard was buried in the pack and had to ‘put his head down’ to work his way up into the top ten. In the closing stages his injured hand proved too painful to ignore and the GP of France winner crossed the line in ninth.

Anthony Boissiere is still chasing full race fitness and mediocre starts placed the Frenchman thirteenth and fourteenth for thirteenth at the end of the day.

Frossard maintains third position in the MX1-GP standings with 250 points, 34 behind Tony Cairoli in second place and 25 ahead of Max Nagl. Philippaerts recovered from his double DNF last week In Portugal and is sixth, 5 points from the top five. Boissiere is fourteenth.

After races in France, Portugal and now Spain in successive weeks, Monster Energy Yamaha have a brief respite before another three Grands Prix in a row, taking in Uddevalla (Sweden), Teutschenthal (Germany) and Kegums (Latvia).
David Philippaerts, 2nd:

“I’ve had too many crashes recently so this result was important for the confidence. I was fast in the second moto and had a little fall trying to pass Leok. I then pushed too much to catch and pass Barragan and Leok again and in the last two laps I didn’t have any more energy to give. The track was hard and it was very hot. I didn’t train last week because of the crash in Portugal but now we have a break I want to do more exercise and also use the time to do a little bit more testing on the bike. I want to keep at the top of every GP now; this is my goal.”

Steven Frossard, 3rd:

“I’m very happy for the first race but I lost any chance of the GP win in the second. I think the gate was a little bit soft and had a bad start. I touched together with Clement and we didn’t crash but we lost speed. I pushed hard but again had pain in my hand after about twenty-five minutes. It was hard to grip and ride like I want. I haven’t been able to train during the week so I hope to use this next week to recover and get better.”