News Report 7 August 2011
Czech Republic

2011 GP of Czech Republic

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Loket
1586 m
att 21
08 / 07 / 2011
Time to be confirmed

Frossard eighth at Czech MXGP

Race

At a chilly and wet Loket circuit for the Casino Bonver Grand Prix of Czech Republic, Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard finished eighth overall in the final ranking of the premier MX1-GP category with his works YZ450FM.

The twelfth event of fifteen on the 2011 schedule was attended by 21,000 spectators through the weekend. Loket is a fine example of an ‘old fashioned’ motocross circuit with a quick and curling layout with plenty of drops and climbs. Lap-times were tight and it was hard for riders to make ground if they didn’t start among the leading group. The single grippy racing line also limited any viable overtaking places, the majority of moves coming through block-passes or a degree of risk.

Frossard was frustrated by the course in the first moto as he battled with Clement Desalle, Rui Goncalves and Evgeny Bobryshev for second position. The group circulated together for the entire moto but the 24 year old Frenchman had to accept fifth by the flag. An eventful start to the second race saw ‘183’ almost fall in the first corner after being struck by the crashing Bobryshev. In the next phases of the sprint he came-up short on a jump and was landed upon by Antonio Cairoli, luckily avoiding injury. In fact Frossard was able to remount and begin an impressive charge up to twelfth by the end of the 21 laps.
David Philippaerts missed the grand prix and will also be out for the rest of the season after a midweek training accident led to two broken wrists. The Italian lost traction on the ramp of a step-up double at a nearby circuit in Germany. He has had straightforward corrective surgery on the left limb but is waiting for a final operation on his right wrist. The team placed a pit-board in the rider’s area of the awning saying ‘Take it easy David, keep strong’.

Anthony Boissiere was sixteenth overall. The Frenchman crossed the finish line of the second moto with thirteenth place but his ranking was affected by crash descending the notorious long step-down where he landed awkwardly on his right shoulder. There was no injury concern but Boissiere was unable to continue.

Frossard has accumulated 428 points in his first MX1-GP season and the first with the works YZ450FM. He holds 3rd place by 41 points over Evgeny Bobryshev and trails Clement Desalle by 33. Philippaerts is currently 7th while Boissiere is 15th.

Trips to England, Germany and Italy remain in the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship and the British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin, near Winchester, will take place on August 21st.

Steven Frossard, 5th position:

“Loket is always a bit difficult for me. In the first moto I had a good start but Desalle pushed me in a corner and I lost some positions. It was so difficult to pass. We were together as a group for a long time and I tried everything but it was not possible. It was not fun riding and wasn’t a great moto. Bobryshev hit me in the first corner of the second race and I almost crashed but managed to keep upright. I fought back quickly to eighth but then Cairoli landed on me from a jump and I went down. It was hard to restart but I came back to twelfth, which wasn’t too bad and I felt better with the second heat. I lost some points on Desalle today but could pull away a little bit from Bobryshev.”