News Report 4 September 2011

2011 GP of Europe

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1830 m
att 22
09 / 04 / 2011
Time to be confirmed

Boissiere steps up at tough European GP


Monster Energy Yamaha’s Anthony Boissiere picked an ideal moment to shine and record not only his best moto finish in the MX1-GP class with third position but also his highest overall classification in the premier class with sixth place across the hard-pack, slippery and difficult Gaildorf terrain in Germany for the Grand Prix of Europe. Team-mate Steven Frossard was given an ‘all-clear’ from the hospital after a heavy crash from third position in the first moto required a check-up. The Frenchman, who is still second in the MX1-GP standings, unfortunately missed out on points for the first time in what has been an impressive debut season with the factory team and in the MX1-GP category.

An audience of 22,000 surrounded the shallow gully that housed the tight and tricky layout where overtaking was a tough ‘ask ‘and the hard, chiselled ruts were punishing for man and machine. Frossard was setting a comfortable pace on the YZ450FM and looking to close on Xavier Boog in second position before losing control on the drop down to the finish line and needed some brief medical attention due to a heavy blow to the torso. The winner of the Swedish and French Grands Prix was transported to hospital as a precaution and after one overnight stay will start to prepare for the season finale.

Anthony Boissiere, who had previously taken a best moto result of seventh at the Grand Prix of USA in May, fired his warning of intent and demonstrated a good flow with the track to place tenth in the first affair. A better start and lively opening half of the race pushed him into contention for the top five and when Evgeny Bobryshev began to tire and Rui Goncalves had some technical problems the former MX2 moto winner was into the top three for the first time with the YZ450F.

Carlos Campano completed the second of three events substituting the injured David Philippaerts and struggled to get a good feeling around the Gaildorf inclines. The Spaniard crashed in the first race and made the line in thirteenth and then a fight with Greg Aranda for a slot inside the top ten was lost in the second sprint. He took eleventh for twelfth overall.
Despite his bad luck Frossard has a 33 point gap over Max Nagl who is fourth in the MX1-GP standings (Clement Desalle is third but currently injured) and there are just 50 points left to win. David Philippaerts sits eighth, Boissiere fifteenth and Campano eighteenth as the team will swiftly pack up and head back to their base near Parma before driving across to the Adriatic coast and the Fermo circuit for their home Grand Prix next weekend. The scenic hillside location will close the FIM Motocross World Championship for the second year in succession.

Anthony Boissiere, 6th position:

“I’m really happy with my first top three result in MX1. I was a bit tired before the second race but my riding got better and better and I felt near 100% as the moto went on. I was able to pass where I wanted and could be aggressive on the bike. It was a really good race. The track was difficult – like every weekend – but my work paid off today. This has come a bit late in the season but better late than never. We go to Fermo now which is a good track for me.”

Carlos Campano, 12th position:

“I didn’t really get on with the track from the beginning of the weekend. I was making mistakes and not making good time. In the first moto I passed Schiffer and tried to get involved in the fight with Barragan and Guarneri but crashed while pushing too hard. I worked my way back past the slower riders to make fifteenth. In the second race I had a bad start and went hard in the first lap to arrive to thirteenth. I was together with Aranda but he was just a bit quicker than me. Then Nagl crashed near the end and I did what I could to get tenth but couldn’t make it by the end.”