The 2013 FIM Motocross World Championship headed to Europe this past weekend, or more specifically, the Lausitzring in Germany, for round thirteen of the series. The Lausitzring track was constructed in five days, remarkably, which certainly is not normal. Generally, we do not see too much action on the tracks that are built on the infield of a road race venue. However we were privy to a number of great battles at the German GP this past weekend. But, to gain a greater understanding of what went on, we must breakdown the lap times.
Christophe Charlier vs. Dean Ferris – MX2 Moto One:
Christophe Charlier (2nd)
Dean Ferris (9th)
Although Jeffrey Herlings ran away from everyone again at the German GP, there were a few entertaining battles happening behind him. Christophe Charlier and Dean Ferris engaged in a good battle for second for a number of laps, before Charlier eventually broke through. But, it seemed inevitable that Christophe would finish in the spot, especially after looking at the lap times above. Whilst Ferris seemingly tired, the Frenchman stayed consistent with his times, I believe this was instrumental in his success. Intriguingly, the lap times that Charlier posted in that moto were in the 1:43 to 1:44 range, except for five – that consistency is commendable.
Dean Ferris was setting times in that 1:43 to 1:44 range every lap as well, up until lap fifteen, which is featured in the above chart. Honestly, I thought that Ferris would excel in that heat, rather than struggle; obviously the weather in his native Australia is anything but cold. Still, I think that it was quite clear that he started to struggle, as he began missing lines and lacking some aggression, which eventually resulted in a couple of one-minute forty-six lap times; he failed to stay with Charlier as a result of this. Interestingly, a lot of the time that Dean lost to Charlier came in sector one, which was the section with the waves that used a lot of energy.
Obviously, Dean Ferris ended up finishing ninth, because of a big crash that took place on lap twenty-one – this could have been a result of fatigue also. Dean’s crash obviously killed all of his momentum, so his lap times suffered even more in the final two laps. Christophe Charlier did eventually drop out of the 1:43 to 1:44 range on the final three laps, but he still managed to stay consistent with lap times ranging from 1:45 to 1:46. In those last few laps Charlier did not have any competition, so presumably he backed it down to save energy for moto two.
Gautier Paulin vs. Antonio Cairoli vs. Clement Desalle – MX1 Moto One:
Gautier Paulin (26th)
Clement Desalle (1st)
Antonio Cairoli (2nd)
Unfortunately, Gautier Paulin crashed hard in the opening MX1 encounter at the German GP this past weekend. However the Frenchman was flying before his fall, as evident by the chart above. Paulin captured the holeshot, which obviously would have helped his time on lap one and two. But right up until his fall he was continuously clocking lap times faster than Antonio Cairoli, and Clement Desalle, which made the untimely crash even more unfortunate. On the fourth lap, Gautier even went ahead and set the fastest lap time of the race; he was the only guy to break into the one-minute thirty-nine second range in that moto!
If there is one thing that surprises me about the lap times showcased in the above chart, it is that Antonio Cairoli was seemingly the slowest of the three riders. Evidently the asthma that Cairoli deals with hindered him in the heat, as the only time that he was faster than Clement in the six-lap span highlighted was on lap one. Toni picked up the pace as the moto wore on, but his lack of speed early on shocked me, as Desalle got around him on the third lap – it was certainly quite strange. Usually, Antonio is the man making moves early on.
Clement Desalle, the eventual race winner, was the man on the move early in moto one – as the lap times above show. Desalle gradually improved his lap times until he was at a point where he was comfortable, which was quite clearly around the one minute forty-one second range. Ultimately it was that string of 1:41 lap times that won him the race, as Clement could maintain the gap that he established for the remainder of the race.
Words by Lewis Phillips