The FIM Motocross World Championship has crossed the Atlantic ocean to celebrate the seventh Grand Prix of the 2013 season in the beautiful and spectacular facilities of Beto Carrero, the biggest amusement park in Latin America located in the south of Brazil. The Brazilian MXGP will be the third overseas event of the season and the spectators will be able to see one more time the MX1 and MX2 riders racing together in SuperFinal, where Jeffrey Herlings will give his best to finish among the top three of the race.
The FIM has recently informed that from this Grand Prix until the rest of the season the obligation for a rider to achieve a time equal to at lest 108% of the average time of the top 10 recorded during the Pre-Qualifying Practice is suspended on a provisional basis and the Race Direction is entitled and encouraged to prevent any riders whose performance in the practices does not match the average competition level from participating in the event.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli is looking forward to taking part in the Brazilian Grand Prix and racing in the spectacular lay out of the track, which is surrounded by several grandstands that give the impression of racing in a stadium. Cairoli lands in Brazil being the leader of the MX1 series but having missed the overall victory from the likes of Gautier Paulin in the last two events, so the Italian is thirst of victory and determined to improve his last year’s eighth position.
Second in the MX1 standings keeps on being Kawasaki Racing Team’s Gautier Paulin, but after his last two consecutive Grand Prix victories he has reduced his difference with Cairoli and he is now 38 points behind the Italian. Paulin has admitted that he is feeling better than ever and a proof of that are not only the results, but also the way he raced against Cairoli and Desalle imposing an incredible rhythm.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Clement Desalle, who was the red plate holder after the first Grand Prix of the season, is currently third in the standings 15 points behind Paulin. In the last two Grand Prix, the Belgian rider has been riding with the front group always fighting for the top three positions, but the consequences of the big crash he suffered in the last lap of the Portuguese Grand Prix might make him struggle this weekend. Desalle managed to finish the race and ended on the third step of the podium, but he has not been able to train with his bike until Tuesday even if he had no major injury from the crash.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ken De Dycker has lost consistency in the last Grand Prix and he knows that he really needs to do well this weekend in Brazil. The Belgian rider was second in the MX1 standings after the MXGP of Trentino, but after the races in Bulgaria and Portugal he has dropped down to the fourth position of the Championship. However, De Dycker is confident that he can do well this weekend even if he finished out of the top ten last year in Beto Carrero.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Kevin Strijbos holds the fifth position of the MX1 point standings thanks to his consistent results, being his second position in the first race in Bulgaria his highlight of the season so far. Strijbos is determined to do well this weekend and try to obtain his first podium finish of the season.
Tommy Searle is getting more and more used to his new 450cc and he is now sixth in the point standings just three points behind Strijbos. The British rider is looking forward to racing this weekend at Beto Carrero because it is a track where he succeeded to finish on the top of the podium last year.
Max Nagl, who missed the first two Grand Prix of the season due to a stomach problem, is getting his speed and his rhythm back and he is looking forward to racing again for the top three positions. The German is seventh in the MX1 classification and he is followed by Rui Gonçalves and David Philippaerts. Jeremy Van Horebeek is completing the top ten.
Evgeny Bobryshev has travelled to Brazil to take part in the Brazilian Grand Prix, but everything will depend on how he will feel on Saturday, as he still has some pain from his fractured fibula.
Home rider Wellington Garcia is one of best Brazilian riders of the moment and this weekend he will major his talent with the best MX riders in the world. Currently, Garcia is leading the National series, so his main goal is to finish among the top ten this weekend.
2012 MX1 Podium
1. Christophe Pourcel
2. David Philippaerts
3. Kevin Strijbos
2012 MX1 POLEMAN: Antonio Cairoli
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings is focused on keep on winning all the MX2 heats, but this weekend he has an additional challenge which is finishing among the top three in the SuperFinal. In the previous Grand Prix Herlings’ lap times were faster than the MX1 riders, but the Dutch rider knows that the start will be crucial for him to be fighting for the top positions. In any case, Herlings is confident as he is now leading the MX2 championship with a comfortable 81 points advantage.
His teammate Jordi Tixier missed the podium in Portugal for just one point, but he is still second in the championship, 36 points ahead of Glenn Coldenhoff. Tixier had a difficult Grand Prix last year in Brazil, but he is determined to do well this weekend and finish on the podium once again.
Standing Construct KTM´s Glenn Coldenhoff keeps on being third in the point standings, but he needs to be more consistent if he wants to keep Jose Butrón behind him, as the Spanish rider is just five points behind the Belgian. Coldenhoff has showed several times that he has the speed to be fighting for the top positions – he was fourth in the second heat in Portugal – but he lacks consistency to finish on the podium.
Fourth in the MX2 championship is KTM Silver Action’s Jose Butrón, who is travelling to Brazil with the good memories from last year in Beto Carrero when he obtained his maiden MX2 podium. This year the Spanish rider has already been on the third step of the podium in three occasions and he mentioned in Portugal that it is time now for him to start fighting to finish second.
Monster Energy Yamaha’s Christophe Charlier has been trying to finish on the podium since the beginning of the season, but his best result has been an overall fourth place. Last year Charlier succeeded in finishing second in the Grand Prix of Brazil, so he might be able to finish among the top three this weekend and improve his fifth position in the championship.
Dean Ferris arrives in Brazil fully motivated to do well because he got all his confidence back in Portugal when he finished on the second step of the podium. The Australian started the season on the podium in Qatar, but an injury forced him to stay away from the tracks for several weeks. At the moment Ferris is fully fit and determined to be back among the top three of the MX2 championship.
Max Anstie is another rider who could be fighting for the top positions at every Grand Prix, but there is always something that stops him from finishing at the top. At the moment Anstie is seventh in the standings, followed by Jake Nicholls and Alessandro Lupino. Mel Pocock is completing the top ten of the MX2 class.
2012 MX2 Podium
1. Tommy Searle
2. Christophe Charlier
3. Jose Butrón
2012 MX2 POLEMAN: Jeffrey Herlings
Saturday: MX2 Free Practice 9:30; MX1 Free Practice 10:15; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice 13:15; MX1-Pre Qualifying Practice 14:00; MX2 Qualifying Race 15:45; MX1 Qualifying Race 16:35.
Sunday: MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX1/2 Last Chance Race 14:30; MX1/2 Super Final 16:10.