May 21, 2012
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This is as good as it got for Tony Cairoli (222) in Brazil. It went downhill from here.  Photo: Ray Archer

Heavy rain could not dampen the spirits of the sell out crowd at the Grand Prix of Brazil as Tommy Searle and Christophe Pourcel secured victories in the 250 and 450 classes. There was space on the podium as well for Christophe Charlier and Jose Butron in MX2 and David Philippaerts and Kevin Strijbos in MX1.

David Philippaerts was second in Brazil.   Photo: Yamaha-Racing


Christophe Pourcel disappeared into the sunset in moto one and won by more than a minute. David Philippaerts took second ahead of Gautier Paulin. Points leader Antonio Cairoli could only manage eighth, but it was better than Clement Desalle who’s Suzuki came to a stop with a lap to go, whilst ahead of his championship rival.

Brazilian 450 winner Christophe Pourcel.   Photo: Kawasaki-racing

Moto two saw Xavier Boog win his first ever GP by fending off a challenge from Clement Desalle. Christophe Pourcel had led, but dropped to fourth which was good enough for the overall victory. David Philippaerts put in another solid performance to finish sixth to claim second overall in the GP first podium in more than four years, to finish third overall.

Steven Frossard traveled to Brazil hoping for some better feeling in his weak right knee and to see if the Beto Carrero circuit might have been a forgiving. Unfortunately the Frenchman could not find any confidence around the tight turns and big jumps on Saturday and decided to not take any risks. The 2011 MX1 runner-up now plans to return to France, convalesce and prepare fully for his home Grand Prix on June 3rd. If Frossard still feels unable to compete in his current condition with an anterior cruciate ligament missing in his right leg then he could opt for an operation.

Last week dust and this week liquified dust.          Photo: Suzuki-Racing

1. Christophe Pourcel…1-4
2. David Philippaerts…2-6
3. Kevin Strijbos…5-3
4. Gautier Paulin…3-5
5. Rui Goncalves..4-8.
6. Xavier Boog…16-1
7. Clement Desalle…13-2
8. Tony Cairoli…8-9
9. Evgeny Bobryshev…9-10
10. Shaun Simpson…7-12
Other notables: 11. Ken DeDycker; 12. Jonathan Barragan; 13. Matiss Karro; 16. Dean Ferris; 19. Antonio Balbi; 22. Sebastien Pourcel; 27. Adam Chatfield.

This is, according to the best evidence, Ken DeDycker.   Photo: Ray Archer
(After 5 of 16 races)

1. Tony Cairoli…203
2. Clement Desalle…179
3. Christophe Pourcel…172
4. Gautier Paulin…170
5. Ken De Dycker…154
Other notables: 6. David Philippaerts; 7. Kevin Strijbos; 8. Xavier Boog; 9. Rui Goncalves; 10. Tanel Leok; 17. Steven Frossard; 18. Sebastien Pourcel.

The Brazilian track was next to an amusement park. It was a very nice setting with covered bleachers to keep the fans dry. Photo: Ray Archer


Good starts were needed today in Brazil and Tommy Searle did just that in the first moto as he led all but one of the 13 laps to take victory in what was a tough weekend in Brazil.

Michael Leib struggled in the mud…so did everyone else. Leib was 16th.  Photo: Yamaha-Racing

In moto two Searle once again made a good start but was beaten to the holeshot by Jose Butron. Searle eventually found a way through to take his second win of the afternoon. Herlings rode a steady race to bring his Red Bull KTM home in third ahead of Joel Roelants and Christophe Charlier. Searle won the overall Grand Prix, while Charlier and Butron secured their first ever podium finishes in second and third respectively.

Brazilian 250 winner Tommy Searle.   Photo: Kawasaki-racing

Heavy rain could not dampen the spirits of the sell out crowd at the Grand Prix of Brazil as Tommy Searle and Christophe Pourcel secured victories in the 250 and 450 classes. There was space on the podium as well for Christophe Charlier and Jose Butron in the 250 class and David Philippaerts and Kevin Strijbos in 450 class.

Michael Leib said, “I heard it was going to be raining here from the forecast during the week but I was struggling with my hand all weekend anyway. I had a bit of a get-off on Saturday and was super-sore. I lost the handlebars four or five times in that second race. If I go to France then I should be okay for that. A lot of things went the wrong way for me this weekend.”

Jordi Tixier (911) will remember this start for as long as he lives.  Photo: Ray Archer

1. Tommy Searle…1-1
2. Christophe Charlier…2-5
3. Jose Butron…8-2
4. Jeremy van Horebeek…3-6
5. Max Anstie…4-7
6. Joel Roelants…5-4
7. Jeffrey Herlings…12-3
8. Jake Nicholls…7-10
8. Alessandro Lupino…11-8
10. Harri Kullas…10-9
Other notables: 11. Jordi Tixier; 12.Glen Coldenhoff; 13. Dylan Ferrandis; 16. Michael Leib; 19. Nikolaj Larsen.

This is wet sand…Jeffrey Herlings is the sand master, but not the mudmeister.  Photo: Ray Archer

(After 5 of 16 races)

1. Jeffrey Herlings…223
2. Tommy Searle…203
3. Jeremy van Horebeek…189
4. Joel Roelants…118
5. Max Anstie…137    
Other notables: 6. Jordi Tixier…128; 7. Jake Nicholls…120; 8. Dylan Ferrandis…107; 10. Harri Kullas…99; 14. Michael Leib…69.


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