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Preview - British Grand Prix.

The 2009 Motocross World Championships nears the halfway stage this weekend, with the British Grand Prix at Mallory Park, round seven of 15.

In the premier MX1 class, Red Bull Yamaha's Toni Cairoli has now built a healthy 36 point lead over nearest rival Jonathan Barragan (KTM), with Suzuki's Ken de Dycker slipping to third.

Cairoli, winner of the British MX2 event last year, once again looks like being the man to beat this weekend, but Barragan will be aiming to repeat his MX1 victory of one year ago.

de Dycker was second to the Spaniard at last year's inaugural Mallory event, but will be riding injured this weekend having damaged shoulder ligaments and sustained a splinter fracture of his right hand in a first moto crash in Bellpuig two weeks ago.

Behind the top three, Monster Yamaha team-mates Josh Coppins and David Philippaerts are separated by just one point. Reigning world champion Philippaerts picked up an unexpected podium at Bellpuig after a clash with countryman Cairoli at the previous Portuguese round left him with finger damage. Philippaerts, third at Mallory last season, is now 57 points from Cairoli.

Early championship leader Tanel Leok now sits in sixth on the second Red Bull Yamaha ahead of Clement Desalle (Honda) and Max Nagl (KTM), who both missed out on Bellpuig's rostrum by just two points.

Hodling 14th in the standings, home hero Billy Mackenzie of CAS Honda will aim to claim his first podium of the year this weekend after an early season campaign hampered by severe tendonitis.

CCM team-mates Jason Dougan and Tom Church will also look forward to their home event, while PAR Honda rider Brad Anderson will hope to repeat his superb wild-card form in the Hawkstone MX3 round.

Mallory will also see the return of Mickael Pichon to MX1 grand prix racing, after an absence of two years, as a temporary replacement for injured Martin Honda riders Kevin Strijbos and Marc de Reuver.



Related Pictures

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The Mallory Park British Motocross Grand Prix track
Antonio Cairoli celebrate 2009 MX1 title victory
Antonio Cairoli – Yamaha
Mickael Pichon - Honda.
Brad Anderson at Mallory Park.
Antonio Cairoli (Yamaha).
Billy Mackenzie checks out British GP progress.
Barragan, Cairoli and Leok on the Valkenswaard podium
Cairoli and Philippaerts.
Antonio Cairoli - Yamaha.
Tony Cairoli and David Philippaerts.
Team USA wins the 2008 Motocross of Nations at Donington Park.
The 2008 Motocross of Nations circuit at Donington park.
Tommy Searle tries the Donington Park Motocross of Nations track.
Antonio Cairoli - Yamaha.
Tyla Rattray and Antonio Cairoli.
The paddock at Mallory Park.
Sebastien Pourcel - Kawasaki.

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