Yvonne McAvoyLadyMoto Content Editor
Paola Cazzola not only finished first in the Yamaha R6 Series Cup race ahead of her male competitors Giampietro Avanza and the leader of the championship Stefano Casalotti, but she made history by becoming the first woman to ever win amongst group A division riders, the fastest group of the R6 Metzler Cup.
She started out strong by achieving the third best time in the qualifying rounds. The race was full of excitement as Cazzola and three other racers battled for lead. Cazzola managed to take the lead half-way through the last lap following the fall of Alessandro Celestini, who had been the fastest rider for the first half of the race.
Team Suzuki Press Release
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Racing's Dustin Wimmer continued his winning ways at the penultimate round of AMA ATV Motocross this past weekend at Red Bud Track 'N' Trail in Buchanan, Michigan.
The defending AMA ATV MX Champion raced his Rockstar Makita Suzuki QuadRacer R450 to two impressive moto wins to take the overall victory. With one round remaining in the season, Wimmer leads the points chase and has captured a total of six wins so far this year.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki team mate Doug Gust brought home an impressive fourth-place finish from Red Bud, having picking up third and sixth-placed moto finishes. As the racing season draws to a close in a few weeks, Gust is currently in fourth place in the title chase.
Ken De Dycker created a memorable home event for Teka Suzuki World MX1 at the GP Limburg, the Grand Prix of Belgium and the12th round of 15 in the MX1 World Championship.
The 25 year old registered his first victory of the season and also the maiden 2009 triumph for the works RM-Z450 at Lommel in front of 28,000 spectators. Team mate Steve Ramon also had a good meeting and was fourth in the final classification.
The Belgian sand received a generous coating of rain on Sunday morning but this did not stop the fine terrain from converting into a demanding and physically-draining course of never-ending bumps and ruts. De Dycker - who was fastest in both practice sessions on Saturday and was vying for pole position before a small spill in his heat race - started well in both motos. He fought with Clement Desalle before pulling away to reach his first chequered flag of 2009 with an advantage of almost seven seconds. In the second sprint he again disputed the lead, this time with Max Nagl, and settled into a rhythm across a rougher course in 2nd place. Antonio Cairoli relegated him to third in the second half of the 35 minute and 2 lap distance but the position was enough for the former British Champion to toast his first win since the GP of Netherlands - in the Valkenswaard sand - in 2008.
After missing the last races at Uddevalla, Sweden, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin of France was in winning form on the soft and tricky sand of Lommel Belgium to dominate the Mx2 GP on Sunday and return triumphantly to the top of the podium.
Joel Roelants of the KTM Factory Junior Team was second behind Musquin while Rui Goncalves of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing just missed the podium, finishing in fourth place. Despite missing the last GP, Musquin now has a 38-point lead in the championship standings with six races (three rounds and 150 points) still up for grabs. Goncalves, the factory team's Portuguese rider is in second place, 11 points ahead of Gautier Paulin of France. Musquin dismisses the critics
With two impressive rides on Sunday, Musquin dismissed any critics that raised doubts about his ability on sand by dominating both motos for a clear and decisive 50-point tally in the twelfth round of the current season. The 19-year-old rider drew special praise from the KTM offroad Director Pit Beirer not only for his victory on the Lommel circuit but also because be has successfully come through some difficult negotiations involving switching teams. "Marvin is very strong mentally and he has been through a lot in the past weeks. He has given us a strong commitment and the results on the track today are the best answer to any of his critics," Beirer said.
KTM Press Release
In a move that represents the apex of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team's three year development program, the team has announced that Antonio Cairoli will be riding "Orange" in the MX1 World Championship in 2010. The team has signed the Italian for the next two years.
Cairoli, who will be 25 years old in September, has been a dominant force in World Championship MX2 and as from 2009, also in MX1. Joining him in the Orange paddock facility will be his personal manager Claudio de Carli and his mechanic.
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