Musquin and Goncalves 1-2 on the podium at Lierop2009-08-30 14:52
Marvin Musquin and Rui Goncalves finished one and two on the MX2 podium in Lierop, Netherlands to keep the championship title hopes alive for both Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team colleagues and rivals in the season's penultimate GP.
For the factory team, the result was reminiscent of last season's race on the difficult Dutch sandy surface when the glory went to their factory riders Tyla Rattray from Tommy Searle who also battled it out for the title.
It was a hard day at the office for the professional riders in the soft and tricky sand of the Dutch course, which had the shifting sands of a desert churned into a turmoil of lines, bumps and slides as the races progressed. Musquin crashed in race one giving Goncalves the edge but those fortunes were reversed in the second moto as both riders continue to hunger for the title.
Marvin Musquin: "It was good for me at the beginning of the first heat but then I crashed. Then I tried to close the gap and I managed to get up to third. I took it easy but Roelants crashed in front of me and I could slip into second place. I had a bad start in the second race but I pushed hard to widen the gap after I got past Rui. I had a very good feeling for the rest of the race and I felt safer when there was a gap between us. The bike is awesome and it's not bad to win the GP!"
Musquin admitted that the battle was still very much on for the title: "Now the gap is smaller and the championship is not over. As we all know anything can still happen. This was a good weekend for me but I still lost quite a few points to Rui and well, the championship is not over until it's over".
Goncalves still in with title hopes
Rui Goncalves agreed. "The title fight is not over yet. The gap is not big and now we're going to Brazil, which is like a home race for me because the language is Portuguese. I guess I will get some good support from the crowd and it will be cool to be there." About his race, Goncalves said: "Today my goal was to win both motos but that didn't happen. I had a good start in race one and it was pretty easy to stay in front after Marvin crashed. I managed to get the holeshot in race two but then Marvin got past me. I tried to follow him but I made a few mistakes. Then I crashed and threw my goggles away. I also had some cramps in my shoulder."
Fair fight for title, Everts says
Red Bull KTM team boss Stefan Everts also congratulated both Marvin and Rui for what he said was a clean and very fair sporting competition. "It's a good clean sporting battle between you two guys in MX2," he told his riders. "The gap is getting smaller and now it's up to you two to decide who is going to win the title!"
Fourth overall for KTM junior factory rider Roelants
KTM's junior factory rider Joel Roelants said he was quite satisfied with his first race and made up 5-6 positions at the start. "I got up to second but Rui was too strong to pass. I tried to follow him but I made a mistake and crashed. I had a bad start in the second race and although my last laps were quite good, I was tired," he said.
Simpson returns to combat
Also making a solid return to racing in difficult circumstances was the third member of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team Shaun Simpson, back on the KTM machine after leg injuries that put him out for most of the season. "It was quite an okay weekend but a bit disappointing," the Scottish rider admitted. "But it's great to be back after a long injury break and I shouldn't be negative. I was quite good in the first race then I crashed, lost my rhythm and crashed again so I decided to stop to save my strength for the second race. The second race wasn't perfect but it was okay. On balance I have to say that overall, it was quite okay considering I was coming back from injury."
Riders now head for Brazil for the final two motos at the beginning of October where the title will now be decided. With just 22 points separating Musquin and Goncalves and 50 points up for grabs, it is guaranteed to be a high adrenalin occasion.
1. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 22-25—47
2. Rui Goncalves, Portugal, KTM 25-20—45
3. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 18-22—40
4. Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM, 20-16—35
5. Mike Kras, Netherlands, KTM 15-12—27
7. Ceriel Klein Kromhof, Netherlands, KTM 13-8—21
8. Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM 0-18—18
11. Valentin Teillet, France, KTM, 7-10—17
13. Shaun Simpson, Britain, KTM, 0-15—15
Championship Standings after penultimate round
1. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 490 points
2. Rui Goncalves, Portugal KTM, 468
3. Gautier Paulin, France, 422
4. Davide Guameri, Italy, 387
5. Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 346
7. Joel Roelants, Belgium, KTM, 284
11. Jeremy van Horebeek, Belgium, KTM, 227
12. Marcus Schiffer, Germany, KTM, 172
14. Arnaud Tonus, Switzerland, KTM, 165
16. Valentin Teillet, France, KTM, 150
17. Anthony Boissiere, France, KTM, 147
18. Jake Nichols, Britain, 132
19. Shaun Simpson, Britain, 112
Source: KTM-Sportmotorcycle AG
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