The sunny and hot Grand Prix of Brazil at the spectacular Indaiatuba venue lived up to and even exceeded expectations. Italian David Philippaerts won the exciting MX1 race, round four of fifteen in the 2011 MX World Championship while Ken De Dycker placed 7th overall.
After Canelinha in 2009 and Campo Grande last year the Brazilian GP moved to its third location in as many years. Once again the South-American leg of the series mounted a sweaty and technical challenge for the riders. De Dycker was able to produce a strong comeback to sixth in Saturday’s qualifying race after a weak start around 17th position. Unfortunately Shaun Simpson who circulated just outside the top ten in the first part of the race could only muster a disappointing 21st position.
The enthusiastic capacity crowd saw De Dycker taking a great start in the first sprint. The tall Belgian was in fourth after the leading trio of Cairoli, Philippaerts and Frossard. After thirty-five minutes and two laps Keeno rode his CRF450R to sixth position, thus earning his best moto result of the season. Teammate Simpson suffered an un-samba-like experience. Placing just outside the top ten at the early stage of the race Shaun started to push, however he wore himself out and lost speed due to arm pump. When he managed to overcome the pain in his arms the flying Scotsman had lost too much time and he had to settle for a lonely 13th.
The second sprint of the day saw similar close racing action. LS Honda Racing’s Ken De Dycker climbed up from 11th to 7th in the space of only three laps. However he succumbed to the heat and the tricky track conditions to seal 10th. Simpson’s race started promising gating 10th, but he gradually lost ground and went down in the downhill whoops section when trailing Marc De Reuver. Eventually Shaun would obtain 18th.
Ken De Dycker, LS Honda Racing
“It was quite a hard and difficult day. It was not easy to pass. I had a good start in the first moto and although I lost two positions it was OK to keep the speed. You had to be very careful not to make mistakes, especially around the slower riders. In the second moto from the beginning I did not feel strong enough. The track was sticky in places but not in others and it was hard to find traction. We were always turning-jumping, turning-jumping so it was tough. We are getting better though and I hope we can improve the bike a bit more and aim for better results in the next Grand Prix.”
Shaun Simpson, LS Honda Racing
“I felt like I lacked a bit of speed all weekend and yesterday was a bad start to the GP. In the heat race I was near the back around the first corner and went back to twenty-first and it gave me a bad gate pick, someone even stole my position in the second moto. Despite being down there I got away OK both times and was near in the top ten; if I had been any higher I don’t think I would have been able to stay there anyway. I don’t know why I struggled to get in the rhythm. Thirteenth was the level of where I was at in the first moto but I was looking for better in the second moto until I made a mistake going up the rolling hill and had quite a big crash. Luckily I am OK and can work on trying to meet the pace of these other boys and get up the front a bit more.”