GRAND PRIX OF PORTUGAL: PAULIN BEATS CAIROLI AGAIN, BUT NOBODY STAYS ON THE SAME MINUTE AS HERLINGS

May 5, 2013
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Tony Cairoli, Gautier Paulin and Clement Desalle celebrate in Portugal. Photo: Youthstream

The Grand Prix Portugal saw Gautier Paulin and Jeffrey Herlings on the top of the podium, and while Antonio Cairoli and Clement Desalle completed the top three of the 450 class, Dean Ferris and Jos‚ Butr¢n were second and third in the 250 class.

In moto one of the 450 class, Gautier Paulin came from behind to pass Tony Cairoli for the win. In race two Paulin put in another strong effort, riding a comfortable second place to secure his second consecutive overall victory for the season.

Tony Cairoli holeshot both motos, but in race one had to settle for third after a mistake put him on the ground. Cairoli was on fire in race two leading the race unchallenged from start to finish awarding him second overall. Standing on the third step of the podium was Clement Desalle who finished second in the first race and fifth in the second race after a horrific crash forced him outside the top three.


No need to count. There weren’t full gates in either the 250 class (shown) or the 450 class in Portugal. In fact, only 19 riders finished the second 450 moto. Photo: Ray Archer

250 CLASS

Jeffrey Herlings proved untouchable and not even a couple crashes could slow down the Flying Dutchman who won both races by more than a minute. Dean Ferris was sixth in race one after a crash, but managed to finish the weekend strong with a second place in race two to take second overall ahead of Jose Butron who rode consistent all weekend, finishing a solid third place in race one and sixth in race two to take third overall.

PORTUGAL RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Gautier Paulin……………1-2
2. Antonio Cairoli……………3-1
3. Clement Desalle…………2-5
4. Ken de Dycker……………7-3
5. Tommy Searle……………6-4
6. Max Nagl…………………..4-7
7. Jeremy van Horebeek…5-6
8.  David Philippaerts………8-8
9. Kevin Strijbos…………….10-9
10. Rui Goncalves……………9-11
Other notables: 11. Shaun Simpson; 12. Tanel Leok; 13.  Joel Roelants; 16. Jonathan Barragan; 22, Matiss Karro.

PORTUGAL RESULTS: 250 CLASS
1. Jeffrey Herlings……….1-1
2. Dean Ferris…………….6-2
3. Jose Butron……………3-6
4. Jordi Tixier…………….7-3
5. Christophe Charlier…4-5
6. Glenn Coldenhoff…..13-4
7. Mel Pocock……………8-9
8. Jake Nicholls…………3-18
9. Alexander Tonkov…12-8
10. Max Anstie………….9-11
Other notables: 12. Harri Kullas; 13. Dylan Ferrandis; 15. Alessandro Lupino; 23. Jimmy Decotis.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 6 of 18 races)
1. Tony Cairoli……………….280
2. Gautier Paulin…………….235
3. Clement Desalle…………227
4. Ken De Dycker……………217
5. Kevin Strijbos……………..183
6. Tommy Searle……………180
7. Max Nagl…………………….132
8. Rui Goncalves…………….131
9. David Philippaerts………..112
9. Xavier Boog…………………90
10. Jeremy Van Horebeek..109
Other notables: 11.Tanel Leok (97); 12. Shaun Simpson (93); 14. Evgeny Bobryshev (87) 18. Steven Frossard (47); 32. Marc DeReuver (2).

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 6 of 18 races)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…………300
2. Jordi Tixier……………….219
3. Glenn Coldenhoff……..183
4. Jose Butron……………..178
5. Christophe Charlier…..171
6. Dean Ferris………………152
7. Max Anstie……………….150
8. Jake Nicholls…………….129
8. Alessandro Lupino…….123
10. Mel Pocock……………..112
Other notables: 12. Romain Febvre (98); 13. Dylan Ferrandis (80); 15. Julien Lieber (71); 20. Elliott Banks-Browne (44); 26. Jeremy Sewer (20).

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