The deluge of rain continued through the week and left the Belgian Grand Prix in doubt by Thursday. A decision was taken to run the event and it rained continuously through Friday and Saturday, resulting in the cancellation of the qualifying races and start line positions being decided by one session of timed practice.
As if by magic, the artificial, man-made Bastogne circuit was transformed on Sunday morning as the sun came out and a slight breeze dried the track to perfection.
On the first lap of the first MX1 race, Cairoli (KTM) hit the front of the field and easily pulled away, on some laps being a full three seconds faster than the Gautier Paulin (Kawasaki) in second spot. Clement Desalle (Suzuki) claimed third place after a battle through from fifth on lap one.
Buildbase Honda`s Nicolas Aubin had a bad start and fought through to 18th at the finish.
MX1 Moto 2 was tough for Cairoli who began in fourth place but never gave up on his bid to win. He took the lead on lap 8 and pulled away. Early leader Christophe Pourcel (Kawsaki) took second with Desalle once again third. “Holeshotter” Evgeny Bobryshev finished fifth on his factory Honda.
Aubin had another disastrous start followed by a big crash but worked hard from a distant last place for more points in 17th.
NICOLAS AUBIN (MX1) – “I found this weekend hard. I messed up both of my starts which gave me way too much work to do. I was quite happy with my lap times and if I could complete the first lap in the top ten, I would give myself a good chance at some decent points. I have to focus now on the Maxxis British Championship next week in Ireland and I`m quite happy with the way I`m riding so I`m looking forward to it”.
In MX2 race one, Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) matched Cairoli`s speed and pace with a similar start to finish victory but not without considerable pressure from the UK`s Tommy Searle (Kawasaki) at the halfway stage. Herlings sensed the danger and clicked into another gear, leaving Searle a distant second and Jeremy Van Horebeeck (KTM) a steady third throughout the whole moto. Buildbase Honda racer Jordan Booker finished outside the points in 26th spot.
With the track now dusty in places, the MX2 race two was a start to finish victory this time for Searle who took control of this race. He was trailed for the entire 40 minutes by Herlings who could not get close enough to strike. Van Horebeek was a solid third, but never really a threat. Booker was again out of the points.
JORDAN BOOKER (MX2) – “Of course I am disappointed not to score points but I know what I have to do. I`ll keep working hard. Next week in Ireland will be good for me, I can`t wait…”
BELGIUM GRAND PRIX OVERALL RESULTS – MX 1
1 – ANTONIO CAIROLI (KTM)
2 – CLEMENT DESALLE – (SUZUKI)
3 – CHRISTOPHE POURCEL – (KAWASAKI)
BELGIUM GRAND PRIX OVERALL RESULTS – MX 2
1 – TOMMY SEARLE – (KAWASAKI)
2 – JEFFREY HERLINGS – (KTM)
3 – JEREMY VAN HOREBEEK – (KTM)
The Buildbase Honda Race Team head to Desert Martin, Ireland for the fifth round of the Maxxis British Motocross Championship next weekend (24th June).