Philippaerts stars on the Mexican stage

The FIM Motocross World Championship welcomed Mexico to the table last weekend for the fourth round of the series. Guadalajara was a major challenge for the 20 MX1 and 19 MX2 Grand Prix regulars who headed overseas for the first of two back-to-back South American adventures.

5000ft above sea level and under a hot sun that inflicted temperatures of 30+ this wasn’t an easy GP for the riders and a complicated track was also pretty punishing for the world championship stars. 25,000 spectators turned up to see yet another ripping show in MX1 and Monster Energy Yamaha’s David Philippaerts was a major attraction as the Italian finished third overall but won the second moto to end a period of uncertainty after requiring surgery to both wrists last summer.

Tommy Searle was runner-up to Jeffrey Herlings in MX2 and a couple of racers won’t take away great memories of Guadalajara with Gautier Paulin unable to start the second moto with a mechanical problem, Shaun Simpson suffering a dislocated shoulder, Steven Frossard re-injuring his right knee and Michael Leib dislocating two fingers.

Mexico was tough, that’s for sure but see for yourselfbefore the series heads straight down to Brazil next weekend for round five…

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