Herlings, Pourcel and Teillet win Nationals
By Geoff Meyer | 29 May 2012
Many FIM World Motocross Championship riders enjoyed success last weekend, as National Championship rounds were held in Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, France and The Netherlands.
The big winners were Jeffrey Herlings, who wrapped up the Dutch MX2 Championship with a blistering 1-1 score, and two Frenchmen, Valentin Teillet and Sebastién Pourcel, who won the MX2 and MX1 French Championships.
Sebastién Pourcel won his fifth French Championship with a strong performance and can now head to the Grand Prix of France with high hopes of continuing that good form.
“It’s a good feeling to get this title. As I had two difficult years with my shoulder injury in 2010 and then my back injury last season. I know that I’m not yet at my best level, but this title is a first step in my recovery and I want to thanks Kawasaki, my team and my family who were behind me. After my early crash in the MX1 heat I came back third and lost the leadership of the series, but in the super finale I got a good start. I took the lead, Cédric was fast but I was able to make a small gap with him to celebrate another heat win this season.”
Valentin Teillet enjoyed being crowned French MX2 Champion and like Pourcel is looking forward to racing on the big stage at the French Grand Prix this weekend.
“I’m of course very happy; it was not easy to hold the pressure as I came to this race with my wrist injury. I had so much pain during the first heat, more than ever in my career and the last laps were difficult. I’m happy for my team Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki, they all did their best for me before this final round; I won all the MX2 races except one in Plomion, but it was not an easy championship, as I missed the second round in Sommières. It’s great to celebrate another title four years after my European crown, and now the goal is to get good results in GP’s and I will prepare carefully the upcoming French Grand Prix.”
Another rider who showed good form over the weekend was Red Bull KTM Factory rider Ken De Dycker, who raced on Sunday in the Belgian Championship round, winning that with 1-1-1 results and then headed over to Holland where he went 1-1. All while riding the all new KTM 2013 450cc machine.
“The new bike is much better and I like it a lot,” De Dycker said. “We just have to make a few tiny adjustments but it really suits me. It’s good in the starts, it’s good on the track, it’s good everywhere. Sunday it was very easy riding on the sand track, but Monday was a bit harder because there was a different field of riders.”
Jonathan Barragán also had some success, as he won his round of the Spanish Motocross Championship; The LS Honda rider proved once again he is the King of Spanish Motocross. Like De Dycker did in Belgium, the Spanish rider went 1-1-1 for victory.
"Ponts was good for me. The heat and the rugged track made it really hard but everything went okay. My starts were good, and my rhythm and speed were fine as well. It was important to catch up in the championship, so I was quite satisfied with both the results and my riding. This gives me another step to build on for the next GP’s.”
Read the next news: Motocross Illustrated - Issue 17 online (29 May 2012)
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