MX1, Lommel, Limburg, 1 August 2011
Top ten finishes for Boog and Barragan
Xavier Boog and Jonathan Barragan of the Kawasaki Racing Team each recorded top ten finishes in the eleventh round of the FIM MX1 Motocross Championship at Lommel in north-eastern Belgium.
Neither the Frenchman nor the Spaniard could be ranked as a sand expert, but each performed admirably at this, the toughest sand race of the season. Boog held eighth pace for many laps in the first moto before a number of local sand specialists came charging through. Sensibly maintaining a pace at which he felt comfortable, Xavier dropped to eleventh place at one stage before his tactics paid dividends and he moved back into the top ten three laps from the finish of the energy-sapping race. After crashing on the opening lap of race two Xavier had to fight his way back through the pack and managed this so effectively that he was back to twelfth position at the finish. The hard-earnt points see the Frenchman advance to ninth in the championship.

Barragan made an even better start in the opening moto to hold down fourth place for the first few laps before the local sand experts started to exert pressure and by the chequered flag the Spaniard was down to ninth position. Two crashes during the opening lap of the second moto meant that Jonathan was soon a lap down on the leaders, but he then settled into an excellent rhythm to match the pace of the podium riders as he raced back to an eventual thirteenth position. The points gained also saw him move into the top ten in the championship standings.

The Belgian race was an unfortunate one for the Kawasaki Bud Racing duo of Gregory Aranda and Davide Guarneri. The Frenchman Aranda, so unlucky with injuries this season, suffered a dislocated shoulder already on the opening lap of racing, whilst the Italian Guarneri never settled on the sandy track, crashing in both races. He did however show spirit to return to the fray in the second race to complete the full distance.

Xavier Boog: "It's the first time that I have finished both races during a GP here at Lommel; it was tough but I was determined to score points twice today and I succeeded. In the qualifying race I made a good start to secure eleventh place and today I rode consistently in the first moto, but then I crashed at the beginning of the second race. I recovered to twelfth, but the last few laps were pretty difficult as I felt tired. For sure I wasn't feeling confident in the corner where I crashed and got injured last year, but now I know that in the sand you must stay always focus. The track was rougher than usual; even for the first practice session on Saturday there were deep ruts before the jumps and that was pretty dangerous."

Jonathan Barragan: "I got a great start from the thirteenth gate in the first race, and was fourth for two laps. Then some sand specialists passed me, but I was still seventh until Philippaerts and Leok passed me during the last ten minutes. At the second start I crashed in the second corner, and again one lap later; I was soon lapped by the leaders but I followed Nagl for the rest of the race to come back to fourteenth, while Nagl finished second. It's difficult to understand why I didn't find this rhythm earlier."

Gregory Aranda: "There's not so much to say about this race, as I crashed during the opening lap of the first race and dislocated my shoulder. I can't move my right arm at the moment, and on Monday I will have an examination to find out if some nerves or muscles have been damaged. But I hope to be in Loket next week."

Davide Guarneri: "It's one of the worst weekends I ever had, as I struggled from the very first practice session and then crashed in both races. I wanted to finish the second moto, even though I was a long way behind after my crash and couldn't expect any points."
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