Lots to talk about in the goings on in world motocross from the weekend.
Firstly congrats to Marvin Musquin for taking his second MX2 world championship in Lierop on Sunday – well done Marv.
Now onto the ever developing British team saga for the MXDN which takes place in a few weeks time. One place is up for grabs with Billy Mackenzie, Stephen Sword and Brad Anderson all gunning for the final spot. Mackenzie didn’t have the best time in the USA after picking up a shoulder injury in moto 2 of the Steel City national. This left Sword and Anderson who were racing at the Red Bull national to decide the outcome. Unfortunately Sword broke his finger and Anderson went on to win the Red Bull crown with one round still to go. So surely this means Brad is going to Denver along with Jake Nicholls and Dean Wilson, well rumblings this morning are suggesting that Tom Church has had his name added to the list? For the sake of motocross sanity somebody put us and the fans out of our misery and pick the final rider. All riders have done their work now so there is NO reason to prolong the agony any longer, surely?
David Knight yet again walked away with the winners cheque and his third world enduro championship in Turkey. “It’s a great feeling and a big relief to have wrapped up the Enduro 3 championship…. I always believed that I could do it. I knew it wouldn’t be easy to win this year, it never is, but I just kept working hard and staying positive. I was a little bit nervous on day one, but I still rode pretty well. I stayed a lot more relaxed on day two and really enjoyed the day. I’m glad the second day went well because it’s good to win the championship with a day win.” David was generous with his thanks to KTM and Farioli team, his mechanic and sponsors, saying that they all had played a part in helping him to win the title. He also said the first ever Enduro world championship round in Turkey had been a “great event” and the large and very supportive crowd created a great atmosphere and made it an occasion to remember. “It’s been a fantastic race. There were people cheering the riders on all the way around the course, kids watching everywhere. The locals really seem to appreciate the championship coming to Turkey. I’m sure the organizers will have learned a lot, but hats off to them. They did a fantastic job. It’s been good for the championship to come to Turkey. Now I can have a bit of fun in France and enjoy the final round of the series with no pressure.”
It was a sad weekend in Lierop as one of the best motocross riders ever to grace the world championships. Josh Coppins announced he is set to retire from GP’s after the final round in Fermo next weekend. “It was quite an emotional weekend for me as I officially announced my retirement from Grand Prix racing, something that is part of me. I am fortunate to have been able to race at this level for so long, and actually I still feel very strong and love this, but 17 years is a lot. The racing this weekend was also good, a top 10 result on this tough circuit is certainly not a disappointment for me or the team. Now I will get ready for my final ever GP which takes place in Italy next weekend.” Good luck Josh from everyone at Moto Magazine.
It was a painful weekend for a number of riders here in Europe and over the pond in the USA. We already know about Mackenzie and Sword but Clement Desalle had to make a emergency trip to the dentist after a crash on Saturday. We’ll let Clement explain what happened, “it was a crazy weekend.
The first two sessions were good but I had a big crash in the qualification heat. There is a double around the back and I wanted to do it but I caught my footpeg in the sand on the inside line and the front of the bike dipped, putting me straight into the ground. I don’t know how I damaged my mouth. I think I must have gritted my teeth. I was lucky that my dentist is a fan of motocross and was here and I must thank him a lot because not many people would work as late as he did; I did not get to bed until 1.30am. I didn’t feel so bad in the morning. I knew I had to start well from a bad gate position but I had another bad crash on the first corner when someone touched my rear wheel. I tried to come back and managed 10th. In the second moto I was 15th on the first lap when the bike spun around and I couldn’t catch it. I started last again. The sand tracks have not been good for me this year! I think I will sleep for three days now.”
Desalle was not the only one to suffer a face injury as Ben Townley (left) suffered a broken nose at Steel City, “I was right on Kevin when we hit the wall jump on the first lap and his back wheel spat out a rock that connected me right on the nose. At first I thought of pulling out as the pain was that bad but the adrenalin must of taken over and I had to work my way back from around 6th spot to 3rd. It was really close racing with Short towards the end of the moto but I managed to hold on.
We patched up the nose for moto 2 but my race didn’t last very long with the first turn crash so it was a day to forget. I’m looking forward to racing Pala next weekend,” commented Townley.
Spanish ace Carlos Campano finished off his MX3 season in fine style and won his first world MX3 world championship in Geneva. Also at the same event young PAR Honda star Luke Hawkins finished a superb 5th overall in the European motocross championship – well done both riders.
During the 14th round of the World Championship in Lierop, Youthstream and the Baltic Cup Foundation renewed their agreement for the organization of the Latvian Grand Prix until 2013 and in 2014 the country is set to host the FIM Motocross of Nations – good work.
Also in Lierop one lucky chappy won the DP19 design a kit competition. Michele Valzelli was the artist who won, ““I’m really, really happy that a rider like David will wear a design made by me,” said Michele who posed for photographs along with DP and Yamaha Motor Europe Marketing Manager Racing Leon Oosterhof. “I used orange in the design because it worked well with the GP being in Holland and this is a famous and important circuit. For sure I will tell all my friends and family to watch the races on TV.”