News Report 31 July 2011

2011 GP of Belgium

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1880 m
att 23
07 / 31 / 2011
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Frossard comes through Lommel sand for 5th overall


Monster Energy Yamaha had to deal with the hardest track of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship at Lommel for the Grand Prix of Limburg and Steven Frossard was able to face the immense bumps, ruts and shifting sand to finish fifth overall on his factory YZ450FM.

23, 300 spectators travelled to the eleventh round of fifteen in the series despite the cool and cloudy conditions. Frossard was pipped to the line for third position in the first moto by just three hundredths of a second after misreading the proximity of Rui Goncalves entering the last lap. The Frenchman had ridden a decent race and was tussling for the lead with Clement Desalle at one stage. He was part of a breakaway trio involving his two main peers for the 2011 crown: Desalle and Antonio Cairoli. A poor launch in the second race saw Frossard on the attack but the track was at its roughest all weekend and he managed sixth by the flag.
David Philippaerts came to Lommel nursing a sore left knee after an incident while practicing on Wednesday. The Italian was also smacked in the limb by somebody during the first race but was able to capture seventh place. Protecting the joint, the former world champion was in for a drawn-out set of motos and could not apply his usual powerful style to the sand. He was ninth in the second affair for 8th overall. He expects to be in better shape for the visit to Loket next weekend where DP19 was a previous winner on the YZ450FM.

Third MX1 rider Anthony Boissiere was another to battle the sand and collected 16th overall with finishes of thirteenth and eighteenth. Frossard did not gain any points on Desalle or Cairoli this weekend and lies third by 11 from the Belgian. Philippaerts holds seventh with Boissiere down in fifteenth.

The Grand Prix of Czech Republic at Loket will take place this week for round twelve and precede trips to the UK, Germany and Italy during August and September.

Steven Frossard, 5th:

“Like most of the riders I feel tired! I had a good race in the first moto. I was very focussed and riding easily. I could play with the track and had some fun. I made that mistake on the last lap by not realising how close Goncalves was to me and it was a disappointing way to finish a decent moto. In the second one I had a bad start and when I saw Cairoli and Desalle at the front I pushed really hard on the first laps and I think maybe too hard. I was searching for energy and wanted the top five but it was a really hard race. I have never seen the track like this before. It was more like enduro than motocross; very, very difficult. Overall I think the weekend went quite well.”

David Philippaerts, 8th:

“I feel tired! This week I couldn’t really train, on or off the bike because of my leg. Today was very hard because I was trying to avoid putting too much pressure on the leg and there were so many bumps to cope with. Goncalves had some bad luck today, which helps with the world championship points, and I believe the tracks coming up – Loket, Great Britain and Fermo – will be good for me. I hope my luck can change! I think the leg will be better next week. I couldn’t use the muscle much this weekend and I hope it will be easier in Loket. The track was unbelievable in the second moto. It was almost impossible to open the gas in some places. Ninth is not a great result but considering the injury it is not too bad.”

Anthony Boissiere, 16th:

“Wow, a really hard GP and I did the best I could in each race until physically I could not give any more. I was pleased with the first moto but the track was rougher and bumpier in the second race and it got to a point where I just wanted to make the finish.”