During day two of the MXGP Festival all the riders taking part in the European Championships raced British track, and while the EMX65 and EMX85 had the qualifying heats, the EMX125 and EMX250 raced already the first motos of the British round.
Maxime Desprey, who had also won the first heat of the Czech round, took the holeshot of race 1 today at Matterley Basin and he succeeded in keeping the lead until the chequered flag. Tomorrow the Team NGS Junior rider will need to do the same if he wants to obtain his maiden overall victory in the UEM EMX250 class.
Stefan Olsen and Damon Graulus had a dogfight for the second position, but it was finally Olsen who won the battle and Graulus had to settle down with the third place. Alessandro Battig rode a consistent moto in fourth, as well as Jeremy Seewer who managed to complete the top five.
Home rider and leader of the series Mel Pocock had a tough race today because after a bad start, he crashed in the opening lap and had to fight from the back of the pack. In the end, the British rider finished tenth, but it will be very difficult for him to finish on the top of the podium on Sunday in front of his home crowd.
EMX250 Race 1 top ten: 1. Maxime Desprey (FRA, Kawasaki), 30:44.098; 2. Stefan Kjer Olsen (DEN, Yamaha), +0:09.660; 3. Damon Graulus (BEL, Suzuki), +0:17.314; 4. Alessandro Battig (ITA, Yamaha), +0:22.764; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +0:29.456; 6. Brent Van Doninck (BEL, KTM), +0:36.181; 7. Adrien Escoffier (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:52.996; 8. Jordan Lacan (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:55.902; 9. Arnaud Aubin (FRA, KTM), +0:57.635; 10. Mel Pocock (GBR, Yamaha), +1:04.261;
With still three more heats to go, Tim Gajser has been proclaimed the 2012 UEM EMX125 Champion today at Matterley Basin after having won the first race of the British round. The Silver Action KTM rider could not take the holeshot today, but he was already leading the heat in the second corner. Gajser needs still to race the second heat on Sunday in order to receive the golden plate and it will not be until the Italian round in Faenza when he will receive the UEM EMX125 gold medal.
Magne Klingsheim, who is second in the point standings, had a really good start and he succeeded in riding second from beginning to end. The third place was for the young French talent, Nicolas Dercourt, who obtained his maiden podium in the Belgian round earlier in the season. Dercourt had a bad start today, but gave it all to move from eleventh to third.
Simone Furlotti had an excellent start and he rode second during the first two laps, but Jaap Corneth came really strong from behind and they both exchanged the second position several times. In the end, Furlotti was fourth and Corneth fifth.
Home rider James Dunn was twenty-second in the first lap, but he made an incredible recovery and he crossed the finish line eighth.
EMX125 Race 1 top ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, KTM), 31:39.301; 2. Magne Klingsheim (NOR, KTM), +0:15.347; 3. Nicolas Dercourt (FRA, Yamaha), +0:21.744; 4. Simone Furlotti (ITA, Suzuki), +0:22.238; 5. Jaap Corneth (NED, KTM), +0:23.254; 6. Anton Lundgren (SWE, KTM), +0:23.755; 7. Riccardo Righi (ITA, KTM), +0:25.000; 8. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), +0:27.238; 9. Nicholas Adams (RSA, KTM), +0:29.383; 10. Vaclav Kovar (CZE, KTM), +0:42.792;
Home rider Conrad Mewse dominated with superb authority the EMX85 qualifying race, firstly taking the holeshot and then riding with superb style until the chequered flag. The British rider crossed the finish line almost twelve seconds ahead of second classified Davy Pootjes, so Mewse seems to be the clear favourite to claim the UEM EMX85 Title on Sunday.
Davy Pootjes rode third during the first laps of the qualifying race, but once he overtook David Herbreteau, he managed to keep the second position until the end. Herbreteau had obtained the best lap time in the time practice session earlier in the day, but he had a small crash by the end of the heat and this is why he could not fight for the victory and had to settle down with the third place.
Fourth was Bas Vaessen and Lorenzo Camporese completed the top five of the EMX85 qualifying race.
EMX85 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 19:06.315; 2. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:11.527; 3. David Herbreteau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:26.062; 4. Bas Vaessen (NED, KTM), +0:29.823; 5. Lorenzo Camporese (ITA, KTM), +0:40.283; 6. Filippo Zonta (ITA, KTM), +0:47.161; 7. Ivan Petrov (BUL, KTM), +0:58.006; 8. Tilo Wittlerbäumer (GER, KTM), +1:00.324; 9. Tomas Ragadini (ITA, KTM), +1:00.820; 10. Kristers Drevinskis (LAT, Suzuki), +1:17.061;
Luka Milec from Slovenia won the EMX65 qualifying race with more than twenty-seven points advantage over second classified Brian Strubhart from France. However, Italian Alessandro Facca was riding really close to Milec in the beginning of the race, but he made a mistake and dropped down to third. In the end, the Italian was third, followed by Rene Hofer and Raf Meuwissen.
EMX65 Qualifying Race top ten: 1. Luka Milec (SLO, KTM), 16:57.929; 2. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KTM), +0:27.576; 3. Alessandro Facca (ITA, KTM), +0:29.762; 4. Rene Hofer (AUT, KTM), +0:32.844; 5. Raf Meuwissen (NED, KTM), +0:37.248; 6. Arwid Mäkinen (SWE, KTM), +0:43.582; 7. Andreas Hiiemagi (EST, KTM), +0:45.113; 8. Bastian Boegh Damm (DEN, KTM), +0:46.733; 9. Filip Olsson (SWE, KTM), +0:49.466; 10. Xylian Ramella (SUI, KTM), +0:52.575;
The Grand Prix will be broadcasted LIVE on MX-LIFE.TV starting already on Saturday at 11:30 (Local Time) with the EMX65 Race 1, and there will be eight hours of racing including the EMX85 Race 1, the two MX3 races and the final heats of WMX and VMX. Besides, the MX1 and MX2 qualifying races will be also broadcasted LIVE.
On Sunday, MX-LIFE.TV will broadcast LIVE the eight hours of racing at Matterley Basin, including the final heats of the EMX65, 85, 125 and 250, as well as the two races of the MX1 and MX2 classes.
By clicking here you will obtain the full schedule and coverage of the British Grand Prix.
MXGP FESTIVAL – GP OF GREAT BRITAIN – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 1640
Type of ground: hard pack
Temperature: 22 °C
Weather conditions: Changeable; cloudy and sunny
Saturday: EMX65 Warm up 7:30; EMX85 Warm up 7:50; WMX Warm up 8:15; VMX Warm Up 8:40; MX2 Free Practice 9:25; MX1 Free Practice 10:05; MX3 Warm up 10.45; EMX65 Race 1 11:35; EMX85 Race 1 12.10; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice 12:50; MX1-Pre Qualifying Practice 13:55; MX3 Race 1 14:30; MX2 Qualifying Race 15:25; MX1 Qualifying Race 16:10; WMX Race 2 17:00; VMX Race 2 17:45; MX3 Race 2 18:30.
Sunday: EMX65 Warm up 7:40; EMX85 Warm up 8:00; EMX125 Warm up 8:25; EMX250 Warm up 8:50; MX2 Warm up 9:15; MX1 Warm up 9:40; EMX65 Race 2 10:35; EMX125 Race 2 11:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; EMX85 Race 2 14:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03; EMX250 Race 2 17:10.