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First moto podium for De Dycker!

First moto podium for De Dycker!

The first non-European event of the calendar in Guadalajara, Mexico saw an excellent performance by KTM factory rider Ken De Dycker. De Dycker earned his first moto podium of the 2012 season aboard the SX-F 450. He matched rostrum finisher David Philippaerts on points but narrowly lost out on the overall podium after the Italian’s better second moto. In the championship fight Ken now sits in fourth, only three points behind third-placed Gautier Paulin.

Riders’ concerns about the considereable clouds of dust on the track on Saturday motivated their decision to sit out the qualification race. Thus gate positions would be decided by the pre-qualifying practice order. From 17th on the gate Keeno rode to 11th in the start. However the tall Belgian shone in the opening lap. In his spectacular style Ken pushed ahead to slot in behind Desalle, Pourcel and his team mate Cairoli. With consistent 1.56 lap times De Dycker hung on to fourth for most of the moto. With five laps to go he was bumped up to third after Pourcel pulled in to the pits. Cosolidating his third place Ken finished 13 seconds ahead of Paulin. It was De Dycker’s first moto rostrum finish since Germany, 2010.

Pumped to grab his first overall podium of the season, the Red Bull-KTM star made hay while the sunshine. After a solid start around the top five, De Dycker passed Phillipaerts for fourth behind Desalle, Boog and race leader Pourcel. With both Cairoli and Phillippaerts on the charge De Dycker had to settle for fifth. Although he managed to close down much of the gap on the guys in front of him he’d finish only 2,7 secons behind Pourcel.

Ken De Dycker: “My Mexican weekend was quite okay. Obviously I was disappointed not to be on the podium in the podium. On the other hand I scored a good haul of points and I’m happy with my position in the series. In the second moto I didn’t have the best of starts but I could make up positions quickly to chase Tony (Cairoli) in fourth. The speed was good, although I had some trouble with lapped riders which messed up my rhythm.
The second start was a bit better, but not great either. It was a tough moto because I douldn’t flow like I did in the first race. Also I was not yet fully recuperated. In between motos I didn’t have anything to eat and the heat was really punishing! I didn’t feel as strong, but with the elevation and those temperatures it surely was a GP unlike any other. The bike lost quite bit of power due to these conditions, just like anyone else suffered there. Unfortunately that also affected my starts.”

MX1 Race 1
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 40:53.481; ; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:07.664; 3. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), +0:30.519; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:43.925; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:48.259; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:53.089; 7. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), +1:07.005; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:14.736; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +1:19.620; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:34.840; 11. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +1:36.467; 12. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), +1:46.947; 13. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +2:05.926; 14. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 15. Martin Garcia (MEX, KTM), -2 lap(s); 16. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 17. Rodolfo Fernandez (USA, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 18. Mario Farfan (MEX, Honda), -4 lap(s); 19. Giuzepe Vazquez (MEX, Yamaha), -4 lap(s); 20. Raynear Mejia (DOM, Kawasaki), -4 lap(s);

MX1 Race 2
1. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 40:15.650; ; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:01.323; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:05.451; 4. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:11.445; 5. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:14.190; 6. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), +0:16.658; 7. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:17.784; 8. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), +0:18.654; 9. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), +0:29.974; 10. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), +0:45.232; 11. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), +1:01.852; 12. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), +1:05.116; 13. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), +1:40.218; 14. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 15. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 16. Raynear Mejia (DOM, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 17. Samir Rodriguez (MEX, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 18. Rodolfo Fernandez (USA, Yamaha), -3 lap(s); 19. Donovan Garcia (MEX, Honda), -3 lap(s); 20. Jose Luis Guzman (MEX, Kawasaki), -5 lap(s); 21. Mario Farfan (MEX, Honda), -8 lap(s); 22. Giuzepe Vazquez (MEX, Yamaha), -11 lap(s); 23. Martin Garcia (MEX, KTM), -19 lap(s);

GP of Mexico overall
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 44 p.; 3. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 36 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull- KTM), 36 p.; 5. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 30 p.; 6. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 27 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 27 p.; 8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 26 p.; 9. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 25 p.; 10. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 23 p.; 11. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), 18 p.; 12. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 18 p.; 13. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 18 p.; 14. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 15 p.; 15. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 13 p.; 16. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 10 p.; 17. Rodolfo Fernandez (USA, Yamaha), 7 p.; 18. Raynear Mejia (DOM, Kawasaki), 6 p.; 19. Martin Garcia (MEX, KTM), 6 p.; 20. Samir Rodriguez (MEX, Yamaha), 4 p.; 21. Mario Farfan (MEX, Honda), 3 p.; 22. Donovan Garcia (MEX, Honda), 2 p.; 23. Giuzepe Vazquez (MEX, Yamaha), 2 p.; 24. Jose Luis Guzman (MEX, Kawasaki), 1 p.; 25. Diego Mendoza (MEX, Honda), 0 p.; 26. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 0 p.; 27. Jesus Rosales (MEX, Yamaha), 0 p.; 28. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 0 p.;

Provisional World Championship standings after four rounds 
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 178 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), 149 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki), 134 p.; 4. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Red Bull-KTM), 131 p.; 5. Christophe Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 129 p.; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), 105 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, KTM), 103 p.; 8. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), 99 p.; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Suzuki), 92 p.; 10. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 79 p.; 11. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), 69 p.; 12. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 59 p.; 13. Shaun Simpson (GBR, Yamaha), 58 p.; 14. Matiss Karro (LAT, KTM), 53 p.; 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, KTM), 46 p.; 16. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha), 40 p.; 17. Dean Ferris (AUS, Kawasaki), 40 p.; 18. Sebastien Pourcel (FRA, Kawasaki), 39 p.; 19. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 27 p.; 20. Matteo Bonini (ITA, KTM), 21 p.; 21. Santtu Tiainen (FIN, Kawasaki), 15 p.; 22. Marcus Schiffer (GER, Suzuki), 14 p.; 23. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, TM), 12 p.; 24. Milko Potisek (FRA, Honda), 12 p.; 25. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), 11 p.; 26. Herjan Brakke (NED, Yamaha), 10 p.; 27. Rodolfo Fernandez (USA, Yamaha), 7 p.; 28. Martin Garcia (MEX, KTM), 6 p.; 29. Raynear Mejia (DOM, Kawasaki), 6 p.; 30.Gert Krestinov (EST, Honda), 5 p.; 31. Samir Rodriguez (MEX, Yamaha), 4 p.;

De Dycker and the Red Bull-KTM team will continue their World Championship season next weekend in Brazil at Beto Carrero, where the fifth round will take place.


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