De Dycker flies to sixth ‘under the radar’

De Dycker flies to sixth ‘under the radar’

Red Bull KTM rider Ken De Dycker rode to sixth today during the 12th round of the 2012 FIM MX1 World Championship. The slippery and stony Loket track welcomed pleasantly warm temperatures but the hard pack Czech GP was unforgiving as ever for riders who were unfortunate with their starts. This was certainly the case for De Dycker. However the popular Belgian maintained his streak of consistent performances having finished outside the top 6 on only three occasions so far. Ken is still fifth in provisional standings, trailing fourth-place Gautier Paulin by 34 points.

The tricky Loket layout presented its usual challenge for grip but Keeno raced to a promising fourth position in the pre-qualifying session on Saturday. True to form he attacked in the qualifying moto as well. After a miserable midpack start De Dycker put his head down to climb up from a tenth place position at the end of the first lap to fifth. Overtaking was a traditionally difficult prospect in Loket. Nevertheless the factory KTM rider finished the first sprint of the weekend in splendid style, less than 3 seconds down on Sébastien Pourcel in third place!

In search for his third succesive podium visit De Dycker was facing an uphill struggle after two mediocre starts. Less than two ideal starts made the going tough. Both times the 28-year old Belgian got going around 15th position which resulted in decent final results respectively seventh and eighth in the first and second moto. Posting consistent lap times comparable to the top-five confirmed that a bigger points haul was definitely realistic.

Ken De Dycker: “I love the atmosphere of the Czech Grand Pix… but unfortunately the soil and the layout are not my cup of tea! Loket is quite fast and you definitely have to work hard to make your passes. Coming back from where I was in the start was just a bit too far off to push all the way to the front. So all things considered I am okay with sixth place overall. We now have some time to prepare for Matterly Basin and try some new stuff for the bike. I always love to race in England you know. On top of that Matterly Basin is an awesome track!”

MX1 Race 1
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:21.567; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:08.471; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:10.299; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:18.171; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:25.624; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:34.700; 7. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull KTM), +0:40.059; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:41.563; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:43.649; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), +0:45.759; 11. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:50.195; 12. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:50.872; 13. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +0:54.728; 14. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), +1:00.187; 15. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +1:10.231; 16. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:31.647; 17. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), +1:32.632; 18. Marc de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), +1:52.592; 19. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), +1:54.982; 20. Nathan Parker (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s);

MX1 Race 2
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 39:46.055; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:04.170; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:05.967; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:07.078; 5. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:10.275; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:11.501; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:22.578; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull KTM), +0:27.650; 9. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), +0:29.445; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:38.935; 11. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:47.965; 12. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:51.755; 13. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +0:56.766; 14. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:00.388; 15. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), +1:16.784; 16. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), +1:33.236; 17. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), +1:52.063; 18. Jamie Law (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 19. Nathan Parker (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 20. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s);

GP of the Czech Republic
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 42 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 40 p.; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 38 p.; 5. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 29 p.; 6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull KTM), 27 p.; 7. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 26 p.; 8. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 26 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 24 p.; 10. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), 23 p.; 11. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 23 p.; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 20 p.; 13. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 16 p.; 14. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 15 p.; 15. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 13 p.; 16. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 6 p.; 17. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 5 p.; 18. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 5 p.; 19. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 4 p.; 20. Jamie Law (GBR, KTM), 3 p.; 21. Nathan Parker (GBR, KTM), 3 p.; 22. Marc de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), 3 p.; 23. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 1 p.;

FIM MX1 World standings after 12 GP’s
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 492 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 462 p.; 3. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 435 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 402 p.; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull KTM), 368 p.; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 319 p.; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 306 p.; 8. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 277 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 273 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 223 p.; 11. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 217 p.; 12. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 212 p.; 13. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 180 p.; 14. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 171 p.; 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 152 p.; 16. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 112 p.; 17. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 67 p.; 18. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 66 p.; 19. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 58 p.; 20. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), 52 p.; 21. Marc de Reuver (NED, Kawasaki), 45 p.; 22. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), 38 p.;

Ken De Dycker will race the 13th round of the Motocross World Championship in Winchester, Great Britain in two weeks time. In spite of other announcements Ken will NOT take part in the Red Bull Pro Nationals in Mill, the Netherlands.

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