A YZ250F in Monster Energy colours was once again a major protagonist in the MX2 class of FIM Motocross World Championship as Christophe Charlier grabbed second position in the first moto at the Lausitzring for the Grand Prix of Germany and Dean Ferris finished sixth overall. The thirteenth round of seventeen in the series took place in stuffy and sweltering conditions and on a jumpy and bumpy new course constructed solely for the first MX event to occur in the motorsport complex 160km southeast of Berlin.
16,000 spectators braved the heat and just two months ahead of the 67th Motocross of Nations at Teutschenthal some 200km west. The German event was the first in a final six week dash for the championship with races in the Czech Republic, Belgium, UK and Holland left on the calendar.
Signs were good for Charlier after the first 35 minute and 2 lap moto on Sunday. The Corsican battled with Ferris for second position and his confidence on the YZ250FM was easy to deduce in the way ‘23’ attacked the wave section and the many churning lumps of the packed German sand. Charlier could do little about runaway leader Jeffrey Herlings but registered his seventh top three finish this year with aplomb. Ferris made a few mistakes and sadly lost third position after a fall demoted the Australian to 9th.
In the second moto it was Charlier’s turn to deal with misfortune. The recently turned 22 year old fell on the first lap with several other riders but then embarked on a startling performance from last position and a large distance behind the pack to reach twelfth place with no front brake lever. With two laps to go Charlier coasted to a halt as a broken radiator – also from the crash – left his engine dry and expired. Ferris on the other hand buried his YZ250F from a mediocre start to reach an impressive fourth. ‘111’ was also out of luck as rear brake fade caused him to lose a position to Jose Butron and finish 5th.
Elsewhere Mel Pocock was able to shine. The European Champion made a flying start in Moto1 that established him with the leaders around the opening turns but a fall towards the end of the lap dropped him into the pack and he could only arrive to 16th. The second outing was a different story. The Briton again started well and ran in the top five for almost the whole race. The hot conditions toiled on ‘119’ in the closing stages and he crossed the finish line with a well-deserved sixth and equalled a personal best at GP level. Maxime Desprey survived a big scare in the first moto but later crashed and retired. He made amends in the second race by scoring nine points for 12th.
Charlier is 4th in the MX2 Championship table and 51 points behind Jose Butron. Ferris is 6th and can still catch his French team-mate. Pocock lies 12th with MX2 rookie Desprey in 16th.
In the fourth round of the European EMX125 championship Frederik Van Der Vlist beat Nicolas Dercourt to fourth position in the battle of the YZ125s and the Dutchman is third and two points ahead of the French teenager in the standings at the halfway stage of the campaign.
Loket will once again entertain the Grand Prix of Czech Republic next week for the fourteenth event on the schedule.
Christophe Charlier: “I had a great feeling with the bike here and that good start in the first moto helped towards the second position. The start was not the same in the second race and the crash finished any chance of the podium. I had to ride without a brake and reached twelfth in those hot conditions. It was really hard and I’m disappointed we could not finish.”
Dean Ferris: “Today was a bit bittersweet because I threw away the first moto and there could have possibly been a podium for me today. I have thrown away a couple this year and it is a bit disappointing. Anyway, I carved through the pack really quickly in the second moto. I got stuck behind Lupino for a while but his bike expired and that made it easy for me. With five laps to go I felt the rear brake fade. Butron was six or seven seconds behind me and when he caught up there was not much I could do. Since the changes we made to the set-up before Finland my pace has been right up there. We’ll move on a try to get on the box again next week.”
Mel Pocock: “I proved that I can ride top five in the world and be up there with the leaders. I am not unfit but I’ve been making a few mistakes in the last weeks and getting frustrated with myself. I made two mega starts, which I’m pumped about, and I didn’t feel like I was riding over the limit. It was alright. I was waiting for the heat to get me. It is just so hard in temperatures like this and I’m sure I struggle more because I’m ginger! I think I can take confidence from today and hope to carry on doing stuff like this.”