Indaiatuba, Brazil - Race report
Two top ten finishes for Xavier Boog
MX1, Indaiatuba, Brazil, 23 May 2011
Xavier Boog of the Kawasaki Racing Team bounced back to form in 4th round of the FIM World MX1 Motocross Championship series to twice finish top ten at Indaiatuba in Brazil. The Frenchman made a spectacular start to the weekend with a stunning fourth place in the Saturday qualifying race to raise expectations of a return to the forefront of the action. Xavier's Kawasaki again got him out of the gate in the top six of both points-scoring races on Sunday, but rider errors, one early in race one and another towards the end of race two, cost Boog a couple of places.

KRT team colleague Jonathan Barragan, still not fully recovered from a bout of sickness, had also performed well in the qualifying race to finish 8th, but bad luck dogged the Spaniard on race day. A first lap off-track excursion in race one left him with him with an inoperative brake as green fencing became entangled in his wheel and prevented an effective recovery, whilst the combination of a hot day and a tough track on his weakened body meant that he could only advance four places to finish 9th during race two.

Only recently back in action after a month-long lay-off Gregory Aranda of Kawasaki Bud Racing showed good speed to post fourth-best time in the Sunday morning warm-up, but he inevitably suffered from arm pump so soon after his long lay-off and was restricted to 14th and 16th place finishes.

Teammate Davide Guarneri suffered even worse luck, a heavy crash during the qualifying race leaving him with a painful neck and the Italian sensibly sat out the remainder of the weekend's racing.

Xavier Boog: "This weekend was much better than the previous GPs, and I hope it's a first step forward in my season results. I had good starts all weekend, had consistent lap times and battled for a top five result for the first time this season. Unfortunately I made a couple of mistakes which cost me several positions; on the first lap of the opening race I came up too short on a jump and lost three places, then at the end of the second moto I made a mistake in a corner which let Nagl and Strijbos pass me. It's a pity I lost those points, but it was important for me to battle in the top five again. Next weekend I will defend my leadership in the final race of the French Elite series; it will be a good training before the French GP."

Jonathan Barragan: "It was a tough weekend, especially in the first race. I crashed on the first lap and got some green fencing in my rear wheel, so I had no more brakes and crashed two times more. I could only get a few points, and then in the second race I was riding too stiff and finished ninth. I've been sick for two weeks and still didn't feel well; now we have two weeks before the next GP so I will hopefully have time to recover."

Gregory Aranda: "It's been a frustrating weekend for me, as I suffered from arm pump again. I already had this problem during the first race in the US, but I was coming back after one month without a race so I thought that was the reason. But it was worse here and I will go to the doctor for a check-up as soon as I get back home. I didn't get a good start in either race, and that, together with this problem in my arms, meant it was tough to ride."

Davide Guarneri: "I crashed hard in Glen Helen last week, but I came here determined to have a good GP. It was going well during practice, but then in the qualifying race I crashed hard in front of the pit lane and fell on my head. For a few seconds I had no feeling in my body and I was scared. I had pain in my neck and visited the hospital for a check-up; they didn't find anything wrong but I will go for another check-up when I get home to Italy. It was not possible to race here, and next weekend I will not race in Belgium as intended; the goal is to recover and be ready for the French GP."
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