GRAND PRIX OF PORTUGAL: THE 250 WORLD CHAMP HOLDS OFF THE TEENAGE TERRORS; SURPRISE WINNER IN THE 450 CLASS

May 9, 2010
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Max Nagl.

Max Nagl, who elected to race the KTM 450SXF instead of the 350SXF favor by his teammate Antonio Cairoli won the first moto of the Portuguese Grand Prix by 14 seconds over Team Suzuki’s Clement Desalle and 2008 450 World Champion David Philippaerts. Cairoli was fifth.

Other 450 notables in moto one included Josh Coppins ?17th on the Aprilia twin. Jimmy Albertson?30th (and only completing ten laps). Ken DeDycker?failed to finish any laps.

In the second moto, Antonio Cairoli, working on a fifth in moto one, opened up a quick and decisive lead, but Suzuki rider Clement Desalle hung with the Italian (knowing full well that he would beat Cairoli in the overall classification with a 2-2 over Cairoli’s 5-1). First moto winner Max Nagl was stuck back in sixth place until about the tenth lap before he began to move forward. Nagl needed to get to third place to beat Desalle for the overall, but Ken De Dycker, who had DNF’ed moto one and Xavier Boog were between Max and the needed spot.


Tony C.

As luck would have it, on lap 15 Desalle faltered and DeDycker, Boog and Nagl passed him. Suddenly the math got more complicated. Cairoli’s 5-1 would give him 41 points, de Dycker’s DNF in moto one eliminated him as anything but a spoiler. Xavier Boog was fourth in the first moto and his 4-3 would give him 38 points. Nagl’s sudden move into fourth meant that he had 43 points and the overall win?then Clement Desalle passed Nagl back on lap 18. with one lap to go, Cairoli and Nagl were tied at 1-5 and 5-1 (and the victory would go to the Italian over the German based on the better second moto).

Then, the shocker happened, Desalle rocket from fourth to second in the final lap. Based on a single lap, that was two seconds faster than Cairoli’s last lap, Clement Desalle earned a 2-2 for 44 points and overall victory at the Grand Prix of Portugal. Cairoli (5-1) was second overall and Max Nagl (1-5) was third.

In the 450 World Championship points race, after four events, Antonio Cairoli leads Max Nagl by 18 points. Former 450 World Champion Davide Philippaerts is third (46 points back). Jimmy Albertson is 13th in points (after only earning four points in Portugal).


450 winner Clement Desalle.

FIRST 450 MOTO
1. Nagl, Maximilian…KTM
2. Desalle, Clement…Suzuki
3. Philippaerts, David…Yamaha
4. Boog, Xavier…Kawasaki
5. Cairoli, Antonio…KTM
6. Leok, Tanel…Honda
7. Ramon, Steve…Suzuki
8. Pourcel, Sebastien…Kawasaki
9. Bobryshev, Evgeny…Honda
10. de Reuver, Marc…Suzuki
    Other notables: 17. Josh Coppins; 30. Jimmy Albertson

SECOND 450 MOTO
1. Cairoli, Antonio…KTM
2. Desalle, Clement…Suzuki
3. De Dycker, Ken…Suzuki
4. Boog, Xavier…Kawasaki
5. Nagl, Maximilian…KTM
6. Leok, Tanel…Honda
7. Bobryshev, Evgeny…Honda
8. Philippaerts, David…Yamaha
9. Pourcel, Sebastien…Kawasaki
10. Guarneri, Davide…Hon
    Other notables: 11. Josh Coppins; 12. Steve Ramon; 13 Rui Goncalves; 14. Marc de Reuver; 17. Jimmy Albertson


GP scenery.

MUSQUIN HOLDS OF THE RECKLESS YOUTH OF EUROPE

In the first 250 moto, Marvin Musquin held off the teenager duo of Ken Roczen (16-years-old) and Jeffrey Herlings (15-years-old). These three had a race of their own as fourth place finisher, Shaun Simpson was one minute behind. Simpson finished 15 seconds in front of American Zach Osborne (who was fifth). The first five riders included French, German, Dutch, British and American riders.


Marvin Musquin.

The second moto was another Musquin victory, but this time Jeffrey Herlings took second, Zach Osborne third and Jeremy van Horebeek fourth. Ken Roczen, who turned 16 last week, fell to sixth after colliding with a lapper.

Other notables: After a great first moto, Shaun Simpson was 21st in moto two, Harri Kullas was 14th and Matiss Karo was 15th.

Marvin Musquin, in his final GP season before moving to America in 2011, now leads the 250 World Championships by 13 points over Ken Roczen who is three points in front of Jeffrey Herlings. Steven Frossard is fourth, Arnaud Tonus fifth and Zach Osborne has moved into sixth in points.


Jeffrey Herlings.

FIRST 250 MOTO
1. Musquin, Marvin…KTM
2. Roczen, Ken…Suz
3. Herlings, Jeffrey…KTM1
4. Simpson, Shaun…KTM
5. Osborne, Zach…Yamaha
6. Charlier, Christophe…Yamaha
7. Kullas, Harri…Yamaha
8. Roelants, Joel…KTM
9. Tonus, Arnaud…Suzuki
10. Karro, Matiss…Suzuki

SECOND 250 MOTO
1. Musquin, Marvin…KTM
2. Herlings, Jeffrey…KTM1
3. Osborne, Zach…Yamaha
4. van horebeek, Jeremy…Kawasaki
5. Frossard, Steven
6. Roczen, Ken…Suz
7. Tonus, Arnaud…Suzuki
8. Roelants, Joel…KTM
9. Jake Nicholls…KTM
10. Dennis Verbruggen…KTM

Photos by Ray Archer

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