Searle and Pourcel put up double wins for Kawasaki and Scott.
The Kawasaki riders dominate the 5th round of the World Championship, organized in Beto Carrero (Brazil). Tommy Searle won the two MX2 races, while Christophe Pourcel celebrates his second MX1 GP win this season.
The racing conditions were very tough in Brazil, a night of heavy showers made the new track layout extremely muddy. Though Tommy Searle excelled in the muddy conditions and grabbed his second GP win of the season. “I'm not the best mud rider, but I knew I needed good starts and to ride smart. I took the lead quickly in both races and concentrated on not making mistakes and keeping my goggles free of mud when I came up behind lappers. I slipped off once in the first race and my gloves were covered in mud but it was easy to retake the lead after I stopped for fresh gloves. The result today means I have halved the points gap to the series leader and makes up for my bad luck in Italy” said the runner-up in the standings, who is now twenty points behind Herlings.
Christophe Pourcel had an amazing opening race, and he beat his closest rival by one minute thirty seconds! The Frenchman got the holeshot in the first race and won easily; he was leading the next race when he had some troubles with lappers, but a win and a fourth position were enough to get the overall win. “It's never easy in conditions like these, but my Kawasaki gave me a great start in both races and the first moto was unbelievable. I didn't feel I was riding super fast but after only a few laps my mechanic boarded me that I was a minute in front. In the second race I made a few mistakes with the lappers. I was planning to repass Boog in the closing laps; in the end it was me who made a couple of mistakes and I lost two places, but I knew I still had the overall win” said Christophe who is now third in the standings. Clément Desalle was stopped by a technical problem during the first race, and challenged Boog for the win in the second heat.
1.Pourcel C (FRA, Kawasaki) Scott Recoil
2.Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha)
3.Strijbos (BEL, KTM)
4.Paulin (FRA, Kawasaki)
5.Gonçalves (POR, Honda)
6.Boog (FRA, Kawasaki)
7.Desalle (BEL, Suzuki) Scott Hustle
8.Cairoli (ITA, KTM)
9.Bobryshev (RUS, Honda)
10.Simpson (GBR, Yamaha)
1.Searle (GBR, Kawasaki) Scott Tyrant
2.Charlier (FRA, Yamaha)
3.Butron (SPA, KTM)
4.Van Horebeek (BEL, KTM)
5.Roelants (BEL, Kawasaki) Scott Tyrant
6.Anstie (GBR, Honda)
7.Herlings (NED, KTM)
8.Nicholls (GBR, KTM)
9.Lupino (ITA, Husqvarna)
10.Kullas (FIN, Suzuki)
Next round: France on June 2nd and 3rd