- Pressemitteilung BoxID 155533
Roczen Opens World MX2 Campaign in Bulgaria
The first round of 15 in the FIM MX2 World Championship occurred in front of 20,00 spectators (weekend figure) and across a track that demanded the upmost levels of concentration from some of the fastest and most skilled off-road racers in the world. The deep ruts and many wavy bumps of the Bulgarian dirt coupled with the hot sunshine that arrived for race-day pushed levels of performance from man and bike set-up to a very high level.
Roczen gated well in the first moto, as did team-mate Tonus. The German followed world champion Marvin Musquin for a sustained period as the pair lapped riders up to 12th. Roczen lost the tow of the Frenchman through the backmarkers and made sure of second spot as Tonus emerged victorious from a battle with Jeremy Van Horebeek to cross the line in a decent fourth place.
Roczen seized the lead around the first lap of Moto2, but a crash when he lost control of his motorcycle while exiting a rut meant that he had to recover three positions before he could again see the rear of Musquin, although at some distance. Tonus was again able to beat Van Horebeek, this time for fifth.
Larissa Papenmeier overcame the discomfort of an injured right hand to place sixth overall in the first round of seven in the Women's World Championship. The German was pleased with a strong ride to third place in Saturday's Moto1 with her RM-Z250 and was unlucky to slip off in the formative stages of Sunday's Moto2 , meaning that she had to use a lot of energy and guile to pass riders to reach eighth.
The Grand Prix of Lombardia at Mantova, Italy will represent round two of the world championship and will take place next weekend.
Ken Roczen - 2nd:
"I could not race this GP last year because I was too young so it is good to be up there on the podium. I knew the track already from other races and although it was softer and rougher it was still good. I stayed with Marvin in the first moto and although other people also had to deal with the backmarkers I got stuck a little bit. I was riding stiffer compared to Saturday and knew I needed more of an advantage in the second moto. In the end my first two laps were horrible! I took the lead early and went a bit crazy. I had ridden that corner many times but I misjudged it and hit the second rut. I tried to be focused after that and I found some decent lines so I could overtake quickly; in the end it turned out good. I am very happy to go to the second race in Mantova second in the championship. Congratulations to Arnaud for a good GP. The team worked hard for us both and the bikes were excellent."
Arnaud Tonus - 5th:
"I am really happy. To be so close to the front at the first GP is just great. I was consistent in the races and kept good lap-times. I also did well on the starts and that helps so much. It felt good to get in that sort of rhythm so early. The bike worked so well for me and also the team. The track had some really deep ruts and it was very physical so I am happy to see an improvement in this area of my riding also."
Larissa Papenmeier - 8th:
"I am happy I could even ride here so the results are OK and I was pleased to leave with third in the first moto. For the second I had a good start but I crashed on the first table-top and everybody got away. I tried to catch the rest and got up to eighth, which was alright. I have five weeks nowww to reecover and I will see the doctor on Tuesday."
MX2 Moto1: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 40:41.977; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), +0:12.318; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:51.161; 4. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), +0:57.920; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +1:07.267; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +1:35.476; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:44.309; 8. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:45.037; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +1:49.656; 10. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:51.883.
MX2 Moto2: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 39:22.409; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), +0:07.389; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:26.325; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:19.178; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), +0:31.223; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:48.410; 7. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:05.621; 8. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:16.934; 9. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:32.164; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:34.215.
MX2 Overall result and World Championship standings: 1. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), 50 points; 2. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 44 p.; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), 38 p.; 4. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 35 p.; 5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 34 p.; 6. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), 31 p.; 7. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), 27 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 26 p.; 9. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), 24 p.; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), 19 p.
WMX Overall Result and World Championship standings: 1. Stephanie Laier (GER, KTM), 50 points; 2. Chiara Fontanesi (ITA, Yamaha), 42 p.; 3. Maria Franke (GER, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Livia Lancelot (FRA, KTM), 33 p.; 5. Ashley Fiolek (USA, Honda), 33 p.; 6. Larissa Papenmeier (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 33 p.
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