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Race report MXGP Round 5 – Valkenswaard, Holland

Monday, April 27, 2015 The Valkenswaard Eurocircuit was the packed and buzzing location for round five of the MXGP World Championship. Both 24MX Honda Racing riders showed good speed but with respective 15th and 21st overall finishes Filip Bengtsson, nor Christophe Charlier were rewarded according to their efforts.

The daunting ruts and many bumps  of Valkenswaard provided MXGP riders with their first sand test of the season. Swedish sand ace Bengtsson shone already on Saturday thanks to a fine sixth in time practice, and a 10th place in the qualifying race. Team mate Charlier ended the first day in 17th but the Corsican had made good progress with the set-up of the bike.

Fillibang recorded an impressive 3rd time during warm up. Boosted by his good feeling with the track the 23-year old from St. Olof got off to a blinding start in the first moto. Fifth after the first corner Bengtson pursued Gautier Paulin for third in the opening lap but unfortunately lost the front. Filip dropped back to 17th and consequently steered his Dunlop-mounted CRF450R back to the front. While he quickly caught up to both Glenn Coldenhoff and Ken De Dycker, Bengtsson ran out of time to come home ninth. Pretty impressive stuff nevertheless! Charlier conserved his energy well. After a decent start he climbed up to 8th. Damaging his motorcycle in a spill prevented ‘CC23’ to reap the rewards of his work.

Bengtsson pushed hard from the start in the second moto. When chasing Cairoli in the hunt for 8th place Fillibang was surprised by a highsider. The determined Swede bounced back from 15th quickly however he was the victim of a nasty collision with Jeffrey Dewulf who hit neutral in the air which left Bengtsson nowhere to go. Suffering dizziness and a painful throat Filip went to the local hospital and stayed in observation for the night. Charlier suffered another crashes himself when he was in 11th at the early stages of the race. The multiple Italian champion steadily kept going. From way down the order in 29th he fought hard to claim a well-earned 18thplace.

Filip Bengtsson: “When you end the weekend in hospital it’s never awesome! I feel gutted because the first moto went really well. It was tough to come back through the pack but my speed was good and the bike worked great. In the second moto I was sort of caught off guard when I got thrown of after losing the rear. I quickly regained my rhythm but when Dewulf crashed in front of me that was it, there was no way I could’ve avoided him. Already with the first crash I hit my head quite hard and the second get-off didn’t improve the situation! I’m pretty disappointed with the final result of course, although it’s good to know I have the pace.”

Christophe Charlier: “It was a tough weekend for me. The track was really difficult because of the many ruts and the soft spots. It was so easy to make mistakes or avoid others when it went wrong! One hand it was pretty frustrating not to be able to finish the job, on the other hand it was comforting that we made good headway throughout the weekend. I really struggled to come to grip with the track on Saturday morning and when I left the feeling with the track was quite good. In both motos I had the speed and rhythm to make the top 10 on a sandy track, that’s the positive that I take away from this weekend.”

MXGP moto 1:  1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), 34:52.131; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:17.744; 3. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:35.535; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:40.515; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:41.742; 6. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:56.455; 7. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +1:00.201; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +1:04.855; 9. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), +1:08.710;10. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +1:12.812; 11. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), +1:16.994; 12. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +1:35.888; 13. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:38.958; 14. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:39.348; 15. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:52.183; 16. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s); 17. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 18. Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 19. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 20. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 21. Martin Barr (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 22. Nick Triest (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s); 23. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 24. Rick Satink (NED, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 25. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), -6 lap(s); 26. Mike Vanderstraeten (BEL, Husqvarna), -6 lap(s); 27. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), -8 lap(s); 28. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), -13 lap(s); 29. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), -14 lap(s); 30. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -14 lap(s); 31. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -14 lap(s)

MXGP moto  2:
 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), 34:24.814; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:04.761; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, Suzuki), +0:10.118; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:11.589; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:12.309; 6. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:28.128; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:39.579; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:41.763; 9. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), +0:43.720; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Suzuki), +0:44.567; 11. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), +0:45.657; 12. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:11.324; 13. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:14.037; 14. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:14.747; 15. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki), +1:38.453; 16. Tanel Leok (EST, Kawasaki), +1:53.193; 17. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), +1:54.693; 18. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), -1 lap(s); 19. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), -1 lap(s); 20. Dennis Ullrich (GER, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 21. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 22. Mike Vanderstraeten (BEL, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 23. Rick Satink (NED, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 24. Martin Barr (GBR, KTM), -1 lap(s); 25. Nick Triest (BEL, KTM), -1 lap(s); 26. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, Honda), -2 lap(s); 27. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), -11 lap(s); 28. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, Yamaha), -11 lap(s); 29. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -12 lap(s);

GP of Valkenswaard Classification: 1. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 50 points; 2. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 44 p.; 3. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 38 p.; 4. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 38 p.; 5. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 31 p.; 6. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 28 p.; 7. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 27 p.; 8. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 25 p.; 10. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 19 p.; 11. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 14 p.; 12. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 14 p.; 13. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 14 p.; 14. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 14 p.; 15. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), 12 p.; 16. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 10 p.; 17. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 9 p.; 18. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 9 p.; 19. Tanel Leok (EST, KAW), 8 p.; 20. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 6 p.; 21. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), 3 p.; 22. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 2 p.; 23. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), 2 p.; 24. Mike Vanderstraeten (BEL, HUS), 0 p.; 25. Rick Satink (NED, HUS), 0 p.; 26. Martin Barr (GBR, KTM), 0 p.; 27. Nick Triest (BEL, KTM), 0 p.; 28. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 0 p.; 29. Jeffrey Dewulf (BEL, YAM), 0 p.; 30. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 0 p.; 31. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 0 p.;

World Championship classification after 5 rounds:
 1. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 214 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, SUZ), 209 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 184 p.; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 178 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 156 p.; 6. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 138 p.; 7. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 124 p.; 8. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 98 p.; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 92 p.; 10. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, SUZ), 86 p.; 11. Ken de Dycker (BEL, KTM), 78 p.; 12. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 75 p.; 13. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 70 p.; 14. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 68 p.; 15. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 68 p.; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 55 p.; 17. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 42 p.; 18. Steven Frossard (FRA, KTM), 42 p.; 19. Tommy Searle (GBR, KTM), 39 p.; 20. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), 38 p.; 21. Christophe Charlier (FRA, 24MX Honda Racing), 30 p.; 22. Filip Bengtsson (SWE, 24MX Honda Racing), 27 p.; 23. Rui Goncalves (POR, HUS), 24 p.; 24. Xavier Boog (FRA, KAW), 14 p.; 25. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 13 p.; 26. Nathan Watson (GBR, HUS), 12 p.; 27. Tanel Leok (EST, KAW), 9 p.; 28. Paul Coates (GBR, YAM), 7 p.; 29. Gregory Aranda (FRA, KAW), 5 p.; 30. Kei Yamamoto (JPN, HON), 5 p.; 31. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, YAM), 4 p.; 32. Angus Heidecke (GER, KTM), 2 p.; 33. Yutaka Hoshino (JPN, KTM), 2 p.; 34. Dennis Ullrich (GER, SUZ), 2 p.



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