HERLINGS WINS 250 GRAND PRIX OF BULGARIA: SURPRISE! CAIROLI’S WIN STREAK IS SNAPPED

April 21, 2013
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With Romain Febvre out with an injury, Jordi Tixier is now the “next big thing” in the 250 class. Photo: Ray Archer.

The big news of the Bulgarian Grand Prix should have been that Gautier Paulin defeated Tony Cairoli, but it wasn’t about the racers that were there, but about the ones that weren’t.

Low rider turnouts were expected for the 2013 fly-away races of Qatar, Thailand, Brazil and the now-canceled Mexican round, but they have now come to fruition in the European rounds. Only 20 riders signed up for the 450 class at the Bulgarian GP. That means that the starting gate was half full. It also meant that every rider in the MX1 class in Bulgaria earned Grand Prix points. This harks back to the Brazilian Grand Prix of a couple years ago when Mariana Balbi became the first women to ever earn GP points…largely because everyone who finished the race earned points.

Someone in charge has to be asking themselves?how did the fabled GPs of Torsten Hallman, Joel Robert, Roger DeCoster, Heikki Mikkola and Stefan Everts come to such a sad state that nobody wants to race them? It should be noted that the 250 class in Bulgaria only had 31 riders.

Yes, the fans do come to see the stars of the sport?but if the sport is built on just Cairoli, Desalle, DeDycker, Paulin and Searle it isn’t going to be around as a major sport for long. Young riders will take up some other sport instead of motocross if there is no chance to work your way up through the ranks (because at a race with only 20 riders, there are no ranks). And Band-Aid ideas, like the Super Final’s combined moto, aren’t ways to fix motocross?they are ways to ruin it. You grow fruit from the roots, not by plucking the leaves off the tree. Youthstream’s vision of a sport isn’t motocross?it is outdoor Supercross. And it will be a poorer version of America’s successful indoor Supercross series.

Youthstream needs to fix the things they destroyed after they inherited control of the sport?not look for ways to disguise the damage they have done. The men who run GP motocross need to be the strongest defenders of the sanctity of the sport?not its executioners.

This race was an embarrassment for the FIM President (who has turned a blind eye of the questionable decisions of his predecessors), the manufacturers (who spend millions racing the series and yet march willingly to the slaughter) and to Youthstream (who needs to take a trip down the yellow brick road to get a brain). All three, and the series sponsors, are presiding over an empire that is in decline.

BULGARIAN GP RESULTS: 250 CLASS
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)………1-1
2. Jordi Tixier (KTM)………………2-2
3. Alessandro Lupino (Kaw)……8-3
4. Jose Butron (KTM)…………….4-7
5. Max Anstie (Suz)……………….9-4
6. Christophe Charlier (Yam)….7-5
7. Glenn Coldenhoff (KTM)…….5-8
8. Dean Ferris (Yam)…………….10-6
9. Jake Nicholls (KTM)…………..6-14
10. Valentin Teillet (KTM)……….3-29
Other notables: 11. Petar Petrov; 14. Dylan Ferrandis; 18. Mel Pocock; 23. Elliott Banks-Browne; 28. Jimmy Decotis; 30. James Dunn.


Jeffrey Herlings. Photo: Ray Archer.

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 18 races)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…………250
2. Jordi Tixier……………….185
3. Glenn Coldenhoff……..157
4. Jose Butron……………..143
5. Christophe Charlier…..137
6. Max Anstie……………….98
7. Dean Ferris………………89
8. Alessandro Lupino…….109
9. Jake Nicholls…………….104
10. Romain Febvre………..98


Kawasaki’s Gautier Paulin stopped the KTM rout of the 2013 GPs..

BULGARIAN GP RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Gautier Paulin (Kaw)…………….1-2
4. Tony Cairoli (KTM)………………..4-1
3. Clement Desalle (Suz)………….3-3
4. Kevin Strijbos (Suz)………………2-4
5. Jeremy van Horebeek (Kaw)….7-6
6. Tommy Searle (Kaw)…………….5-8
7. Ken de Dycker (KTM)……………9-5
8. David Philippaerts (Hon)………..8-9
9. Max Nagl (Hon)…………………….6-11
10. Davide Guarneri (KTM)………10-10
Other notables: 11. Rui Goncalves; 12. Shaun Simpson; 13. Joel Roelants; 14. Jonathan Barragan; 15. Tanel Leok.


Yes Tony, the starting gate is empty. Tony is quickly becoming the Champion of a rapidly shrinking class as only 20 riders even bothered to show up for the 40-man starting gate. Photo: Ray Archer.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 18 races)
1. Tony Cairoli……………..235
2. Gautier Paulin…………..195
3. Clement Desalle……….189
4. Ken De Dycker………….183
5. Kevin Strijbos……………160
6. Tommy Searle………….147
7. Rui Goncalves………….109
8. Max Nagl…………………..100
9. Xavier Boog………………90
10. Evgeny Bobryshev……87


Ken De Dycker had a 9-5 day in Bulgaria. Photo: Ray Archer.

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