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Double win for Kawasaki as Searle and Paulin are victorious in Bulgaria

20:27 22nd April 2012 by Ray Chuss - Editor Online @chussy
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The sun was shining in Sevlievo today and the 15000 spectators present at Gorna Rositza’s track enjoyed incredible racing in both MX1 and MX2 classes, as well as during the race two of the UEM EMX125. Gautier Paulin and Tommy Searle were on the top of the podium in Sevlievo in their respective classes and Tim Gajser won the first round of the UEM EXM125.

Gautier Paulin has obtained the first overall victory of the season since he is in MX1 with Kawasaki Racing Team, while Christophe Pourcel was second and Antonio Cairoli third. Clement Desalle finished third in the first heat, but he crashed in the second one while he was riding fifth and he ended eighth overall.

In MX2 another Kawasaki machine was on the first step of the podium thanks to Tommy Searle’s victory. Jeffrey Herlings was second and Joel Roelants was third in Sevlievo thanks to his 1-4 result.

MX1
Kawasaki Racing Team’s Paulin has obtained the first overall victory of the season on his new 450cc machine after being second and first in today’s heats. In the first heat, Paulin admitted that he made several mistakes because he is still getting used to the extra power of his bike, but he managed to finish second. However, in the second moto Paulin had an excellent race, and once he overtook Christophe Pourcel in the opening lap, he pulled away until the chequered flag.

CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Christophe Pourcel did an incredible first race, getting the lead already in the first lap and dominating it until the end. In the second race, he took the holeshot and led the opening lap, but he admitted that he was surprised by Paulin’s speed and had to settle down for the second position.

The third step of the podium was for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cairoli after finishing fourth and third in today’s heats. The Italian, who is still leading the championship, suffered from arm pump in the beginning of both heats, so it was difficult for him to keep the speed. Cairoli decided to ride safe, get as many points as possible and he is now ready to improve his riding on hard pack to win on his home soil next weekend.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s De Dycker did not have a good start in the first race and was only seventh, but he got a much better start in the second moto, he fought against Cairoli and Desalle and he moved up to the third position at one point of the race. In the end, De Dycker was fourth in the second moto, which gave him an overall fourth position.

For Honda World Motocross’ Bobryshev it was not an easy weekend, as his right thumb is still hurting a lot, but he battled against the pain and finished fifth overall. In the first heat, the Russian did not take the first corner really well and was stuck in the eighth position most of the race, but in the second one he had a better start and finished fifth.

Boog did a really good start in the first heat and finished sixth, but in the second moto he had to fight from an initial thirteenth position to finish in a solid seventh place, which gave him an overall sixth result. The French was followed by Philippaerts, who was fifth in the first heat but a crash in the second moto made him cross the finish line in the 13th position.

Desalle had a consistent first moto and managed to finish third, but in the second heat, while he was fighting for the fourth position, he made a mistake after the finish jump and his handle bar was completely torn. Desalle tried to make a lap, but he had to enter the pitlane to receive some assistance from his team. His 18th position in the second heat made him obtain an overall eighth place.

Simpson was ninth and Sebastien Pourcel completed the top ten.

MX1 Race 1 top ten: 1. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 39:09.159; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:05.667; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:07.718; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:08.467; 5. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:20.631; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.770; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:36.027; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:44.249; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:44.410; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), +0:57.539;

MX1 Race 2 top ten: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 39:17.879; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:02.427; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:23.189; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:26.379; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:29.251; 6. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:29.975; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:31.978; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +1:05.762; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:07.483; 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +1:08.192;

MX1 Overall top ten: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 47 points; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 47 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 32 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 29 p.; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 29 p.; 7. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 24 p.; 8. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 23 p.; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 22 p.; 10. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 21 p.;

MX1 Championship top ten: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 88 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 79 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 67 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 63 p.; 5. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 59 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 51 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 49 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 45 p.; 9. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 44 p.; 10. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 42 p.;

MX1 Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 88 points; 2. Kawasaki, 82 p.; 3. Suzuki, 77 p.; 4. Yamaha, 68 p.; 5. Honda, 58 p.; 6. TM, 1 p.;

Complete results available at www.motocrossmx1.com/reslists.aspx
Photos available at www.motocrossmx1.com/gallery

MX2
Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle had a perfect weekend in Sevlievo, as he did not only won the qualifying race yesterday, but he also obtained the first overall victory of the season today. Searle had really good starts in both heats and he managed to lead both races from the beginning. However, in the first moto he lost his front break and had to settle down with a third position. In the second one, he had no opponent and he dominated it from beginning to end.

The second position was for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Herlings, who was very satisfied with his performance today, especially taking into account his starting position in both heats. Even starting from the outside, Herlings managed to ride at the front since the very beginning of both heats, and while he took advantage of Searle’s mechanical problem in the first heat to finish second, in the second moto he rode second from beginning to end.

Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Roelants succeeded in winning the first heat of the day, but the fourth position in the second one made him finish on the third step of the rostrum. Roelants has admitted that riding with Kawasaki this year has made improve his riding significantly, and the fact of having a hard pack specialist like Searle as teammate has helped him a lot to improve his riding on tracks like the one in Sevlievo.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Van Horebeek rode two solid motos this weekend and ended fourth overall. In the first heat he did not have a good start and had to move up from the tenth position to finish fourth, whereas in the second heat he rode comfortably on the third place from beginning to end.

Honda Gariboldi – Esta’s Anstie completed the top five this weekend thanks to his 6-5 result. In the first heat he did not have a really good start, but in the second one he was already fourth in the first lap. Anstie and Roelants exchanged the fourth position in several occasions during the heat, but in the end the Brit had to settle down with the fifth place.

Kullas was more fortunate this weekend and he obtained an overall sixth position, while Ferrandis and Tonkov where seventh and eighth respectively. Nichols, who had a really good start in the first moto, could only finish seventh and twelfth in today’s motos and he ended ninth overall. Lupino completed the top ten thanks to his 14-6.
Butron was tenth, followed by Leib and Tixier. Home rider Petrov could only finish 14th.

Valentin Teillet, who did an incredible qualifying race yesterday finishing second, suffered a heavy crash in the first lap of the first heat and had to be taken to the hospital to have some exams done. Fortunately, Teillet has nothing broken but he feels pain everywhere, so at the moment his presence in Fermo is still uncertain.

MX2 Race 1 top ten: 1. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 39:43.795; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:09.286; 3. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:17.680; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:24.904; 5. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), +0:39.615; 6. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:44.290; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +0:50.642; 8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:53.251; 9. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), +0:54.123; 10. Michael Leib (USA, Yamaha), +1:09.346;

MX2 Race 2 top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 39:24.388; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:02.231; 3. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), +0:43.372; 4. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:52.201; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), +0:59.616; 6. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), +1:18.428; 7. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:23.833; 8. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), +1:26.744; 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), +1:29.499; 10. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:29.660;

MX2 Overall top ten: 1. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 45 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 43 p.; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 38 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 31 p.; 6. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), 28 p.; 7. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 24 p.; 8. Alexander Tonkov (RUS, Honda), 23 p.; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 23 p.; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 22 p.;

MX2 Championship top ten: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 94 points; 2. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), 87 p.; 3. Joel Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki), 85 p.; 4. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, KTM), 74 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, Honda), 57 p.; 6. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 51 p.; 7. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KTM), 48 p.; 8. Dylan Ferrandis (FRA, Kawasaki), 48 p.; 9. Harri Kullas (FIN, Suzuki), 43 p.; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna), 38 p.;

MX2 Manufacturers: 1. Kawasaki, 94 points; 2. KTM, 94 p.; 3. Honda, 61 p.; 4. Suzuki, 47 p.; 5. Yamaha, 43 p.; 6. Husqvarna, 38 p.; 7. TM, 4 p.;

Complete results available at www.motocrossmx1.com/reslists.aspx
Photos available at www.motocrossmx1.com/gallery

UEM EMX125
Tim Gajser has become the first leader of the 2012 UEM EMX125 Championship after dominating the two heats of the first round in Sevlievo with superb authority. The second place has been for Italian Davide Bonini, who finished third in yesterday’s race one and he managed to be second today. The third step of the podium was for Jorge Zaragoza, who crashed in the first lap of today’s second race and had to give his best to fight from the very last position to finish eighth and claim the third overall position.

GP OF BULGARIA – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1680
Type of ground: hard pack
Temperature: 20° C
Weather conditions: changeable, cloudy and sunny
Crowd attendance: 15000

The Grand Prix has been broadcasted LIVE on MX-LIFE.TV and by clicking here you will obtain the full schedule and coverage of the Grand Prix of Bulgaria.

NEXT GP
There will be no break for the FIM Motocross World Championship and next week Fermo will host the third Grand Prix of the season and also the second round of the UEM EMX125 series.

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