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Consistency is the key for Big Ken De Dycker

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The seventh round of the FIM MX1 Motocross World Championshop took place in Agueda, Portugal. While photographers and fans love the Portuguese GP track and its distinctive red soil, the weekend was largely influenced by the rain. However the racing in the MX1 class was exciting as ever with Clément Desalle claiming the overall victory. Fellow Belgian Ken De Dycker raced his works KTM SX-F450 to his fifth top-five finish of the season. Given his injuries after a spectacular get-off on Saturday an impressive performance alltogether.

An encouraging seventh time in pre-qualifying, only 0,9 seconds behind polesitter Tanel Leok underlined Keeno’s determination to bounce back after a rather disappointing Grand Prix in France last week. Steady drizzle had turned the track very much into a one-line affair. After a start in tenth place De Dycker started to build his rhythm, but unfortunately crashed heavily on one of the spectacular drop-offs. Ken pulled out of the race, he suffered a swollen ankle and a stiff shoulder.

More rain on Saturday and a tough last place starting position made raceday even more of a challenge for the popular Red Bull-KTM star. Still the former German and British MX1 champion played his cards right! Carving his way through traffic De Dycker had made his way into a brilliant eighth in the opening lap. Consistent 1.55 lap times allowed him to climb the leader board up to fitfth by half race distance. With the leading foursome beyond his reach Ken settled for fifth. 

Again starting from 28th on the gate De Dycker had his work cut out in the second moto. With a decent start and a 16th position in the early stages of the race he quickly made his way past Strijbos, Boissiere and former world champion Phillipaerts. By now the track had dried out nicely. Taking advantage of the additional overtaking opportunities Keeno put on an inspired show for the 18.000 strond Portuguese crowd. Methodically he picked off riders one by one as he marched to his second fifth place of the day. Ken finished only 1,6 seconds behind fourth placed Christophe Pourcel.

Ken De Dycker: “I can not complain about today. Because of my crash in qualifying, the start was always going to be difficult. All things considered I had pretty good starts actually. I had fun riding but I surely did feel the effects of my tumble! My ankle hurts a bit and my body feels quite banged up. Now I have a couple of days to rest.”

Race 1 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40:04.024; ; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:06.155; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:16.903; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:23.550; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), +0:41.323; 6. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), +0:43.183; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:45.298; 8. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:13.177; 9. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +1:16.143; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:16.869; 11. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:28.228; 12. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:32.196; 13. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +1:34.011; 14. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +1:35.081; 15. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +1:39.479; 16. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 17. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), -1 lap(s); 18. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 19. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 20. Jamie Law (GBR, KTM), -1 lap

Race 2 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 39:04.520; ; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:00.484; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:25.785; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.957; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), +0:31.550; 6. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:33.435; 7. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:38.248; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:43.679; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:48.689; 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:50.250; 11. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:51.125; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:07.732; 13. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:15.033; 14. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), +1:17.741; 15. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), +1:43.052; 16. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:56.710; 17. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +1:58.062; 18. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), +1:58.591; 19. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 20. Paulo Alberto (POR, Suzuki), -1 lap(s);


GP of Portugal Classification 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 45 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 43 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 42 p.; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 40 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), 32 p.; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 24 p.; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 22 p.; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 22 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 21 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 21 p.; 11. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 21 p.; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 20 p.; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 17 p.; 14. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 16 p.; 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 15 p.; 16. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 14 p.; 17. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 10 p.; 18. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), 8 p.; 19. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 5 p.; 20. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), 2 p.; 21. Paulo Alberto (POR, Suzuki), 1 p.; 22. Jamie Law (GBR, KTM), 1 


World Motocross MX1 Championship standings after 7 rounds 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 295 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 258 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 255 p.; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 254 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), 211 p.; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 190 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 185 p.; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 171 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 156 p.; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 142 p.; 11. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 121 p.; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 111 p.; 13. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 110 p.; 14. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 102 p.; 15. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 85 p.; 16. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 85 p.; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 66 p.; 18. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), 52 p.; 19. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 37 p.; 20. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 27 p.; 21. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), 24 p.; 22. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), 23 p.; 23. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 21 p.; 24. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 17 p.; 25. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), 14 p.; 26. Alfie Smith (GBR, Yamaha), 12 p.; 27. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), 11 p.; 28. Rodolfo Fernandez (USA, Yamaha), 7 p.; 29. Martin Garcia (MEX, KTM), 6 p.; 30. Raynear Mejia (DOM, Kawasaki), 6 p…


The eighth round of the FIM MX1 World Championship will take place on the 17th of June in Bastogne, Belgium

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