MXGP Round 6 Talavera de la Reina, Spain – 24MX Honda Racing Press Release

The hard pack undulating Talavera de la Reina circuit, hosting round six of the FIM MXGP World Championship challenged riders with elevetated temperatures and treacherous terrain. Christophe Chalier showed good form on Saturday but ultimately left the Spanish track disappointed with a 13th place overall finish. Team mate Bengtsson struggled with his fitness and failed to score points.

Christophe Charlier, a former European championship winner in Talavera de la Reina, immediately felt comfortable on the classic Spanish circuit. A good start to his time practice session saw him in 7th place. Only near the end the 24MX Honda rider lost ground and finished the session in 13th place. Unfortunately his chances of a good gate pick for Sunday were offset by two crashes -among them quite a big one- in the qualifying race. In his very first visit to the track Sweden’s Filip Bengtsson used Saturday to get his motorcycle dialled in. While good progress was made early in the day, he went backwards during the qualifying race with a setup choice for his suspension that proved to be less effective than hoped.

However a great start in today’s first moto offered ‘Fillibang’ a good opportunity. Powering his 24MX Honda CRF450R to sixth, he even moved into 5th before gradually falling behind. Bengtsson was in 14th when het got hit by a big stone on his nose and pulled out of the race. Charlier had a bad start, still he managed to make good headway on the leaderboard. Unusually for him, the fast Frenchman was not able to continue his push beyond 15th place. With both David Philippaerts and Dean Ferris within striking distance a frustrated ‘CC23’ crossed the finish line a meagre two seconds behind 13th placed Philippaerts.

The second moto brought a very similar scenario for Charlier. He found himself just inside the top-20 after the opening lap. A consistent pace allowed him to move into 14th halfway through the race. While Christophe circulated right behind Rui GonÁalves, he couldn’t muster the energy and speed needed to make a pass. Bengtsson’s faith was very similar to that of the first sprint as well. He ran as high as 15th before slipping back and in the end coming home in 22nd. While further analysis and consultation with his physician is required, it was suggested that Filip could have been affected by the severe concussion he suffered in Valkenswaard two weeks ago.

Christophe Charlier: Thirteenth is not what I came here for! Especially not after the good feeling I had on the bike on Saturday. In the previous GPs I struggled to put together a fast lap in time practice and we certainly improved in that respect. My second crash on Saturday -when I couldn’t avoid Yamamoto and GonÁalves hit me from the back- left me battered and bruised. Worse yet was my lack of energy and gusto on race day. I just couldn’t attack like I wanted to. Looking back I realize that I have put in too much bike time in the last two weeks. We will take lessons from the experience and re-group for Matterly Basin.”

Filip Bengtsson: It was hard to put a finger to what was wrong really. The feeling on the bike this weekend was not so bad. I felt I had the speed to fight for a place around 15th position. Unfortunately I was just not fit enough to get any significant result and last the distance. I’m so gutted by those awful finishes I had, and I feel sorry for the team but just didn’t have any more to give. It definitely was hot, but that can’t be any excuse. So maybe this is related to the after effects of my tumble in Valkenswaard in the second moto. I will check with the doctor to get this sorted out.

MXGP moto 1: 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), 35:12.010; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:04.430; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:22.570; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:31.852; 5. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:34.525; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:49.887; 7. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:54.543; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +0:58.608; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:00.581; 10. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:04.644; 11. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +1:06.374; 12. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:06.942; 13. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:19.536; 14. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:20.726; 15. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Honda), +1:21.590; 16. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +1:23.052; 17. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:36.218; 18. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:39.581; 19. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:41.937; 20. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:43.375; 21. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), +1:44.747; 22. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 23. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 24. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 25. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, Honda), -9 lap(s);

MXGP moto 2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 35:46.317; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.304; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:13.313; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:19.515; 5. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:21.618; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:24.478; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:45.093; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:55.322; 9. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:59.077; 10. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:04.925; 11. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki), +1:09.518; 12. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), +1:10.844; 13. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:12.061; 14. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), +1:16.409; 15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:19.620; 16. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:23.333; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:41.903; 18. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s); 19. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 20. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -1 lap(s); 21. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 22. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), -1 lap(s); 23. Klemen Gercar (SLO, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 24. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), -10 lap(s); 25. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), -13 lap(s)

GP of Talavera de la Reina Classification:
1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 45 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 45 p.; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 38 p.; 5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 33 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 30 p.; 7. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 27 p.; 8. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 23 p.; 9. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 20 p.; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 17 p.; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 16 p.; 12. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 15 p.; 13. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HON), 13 p.; 14. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 12 p.; 15. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 12 p.; 16. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 12 p.; 17. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 10 p.; 18. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 9 p.; 19. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 8 p.; 20. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 8 p.; 21. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 6 p.; 22. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 2 p.; 23. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 1 p.; 24. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, HON), 0 p.; 25. Klemen Gercar (SLO, HUS), 0

World Championship classification after 6 rounds:
1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 259 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 247 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 229 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 208 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 196 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 171 p.; 7. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 124 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 114 p.; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 104 p.; 10. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 95 p.; 11. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 94 p.; 12. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 84 p.; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 78 p.; 14. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 76 p.; 15. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 75 p.; 16. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 70 p.; 17. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 57 p.; 18. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 54 p.; 19. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 50 p.; 20. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 49 p.; 21. Christophe Charlier (FRA, HON), 43 p.; 22. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 34 p.; 23. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 33 p.; 24. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 30 p.; 25. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, HON), 27 p.; 26. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS), 12 p.; 27. Tanel Leok (EST, KAW), 9 p.; 28. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 7 p.; 29. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 6 p.; 30. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW), 5 p.; 31. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, YAM), 4 p.; 32. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 4 p.; 33. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), 2 p.; 34. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), 2 p.

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