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Preview – Grand Prix of Bulgaria.

Bulgaria hosts round six of the 2006 Motocross World Championships this weekend, with Stefan Everts comfortably clear in the premier MX1 class - but with MX2 as unpredictable as ever.

The impressive Sevlievo circuit has all the facilities and infrastructure required by a modern motocross venue. The fast and hilly course with 100% views for spectators has apparently been adjusted to comply with FIM rules and to lower the speed ahead of its third World Championship event this weekend.

The inaugural Bulgarian Grand Prix took place in 2002 and was run again in 2003 before vanishing off the calendar for more than two years. Prior to the '02 edition at the regenerated Sevlievo location, the FIM competition had not visited the country for almost two decades.

The course was popular with the riders but perhaps is notoriously remembered for being the track on which the racing career of 250cc grand prix winner Pit Beirer tragically ended 36 months ago.

Bulgaria marks the start of three GPs in a row - with Italy and the England to follow - and comes after the first flyaway race of the year, in Japan, two weeks ago. Nine-times champion Everts, who will retire at the end of this season, won for Yamaha in their home race and now tops the MX1 standings by 61 points over Kawasaki's young star Tanel Leok.

But thing are less clear in MX2, where the top five riders are separated by 46-points, with Kawasaki's Christophe Pourcel now leading the table from KTM's Marc de Reuver after team-mate Tyla Rattray's Sugo misfortune - while reigning champion Antonio Cairoli is now up to fourth and closing fast...


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Stefan Everts – Yamaha.
Christophe Pourcel - Kawasaki.
The Mallory Park British Motocross Grand Prix track
Tommy Searle edges out fellow Brit Shaun Simpson for moto victory in Bulgaria.
Tommy Searle - KTM.
The Gorna Rositza track, Sevlievo, home of the Bulgarian GP.
The Bellpuig grand prix circuit.
Antonio Cairoli won his second MX2 world title at the 2007 Grand Prix of Northern Ireland.
Stefan Everts announces his participation in the Gotland Grand National enduro race.
MX1 action from the 2007 Grand Prix of Germany.
Max Nagl is announced as a factory KTM rider for the nest three years at the 2007 Grand Prix of Germany.
Agueda, home of the Portuguese Grand Prix.
Agueda, home of the Portuguese Grand Prix.
CMS/FIM president Dr. Wolfgang Srb, AMA Pro Racing director Steve Whitelock and Youthstream president Giuseppe Luongo discuss the future of motocross at the 2007 Grand Prix of Spain.
Ten times world motocross champion Stefan Everts on his way to victory in his very final grand prix, at Ernee, France, on September 17 2006.
Ten times world motocross champion Stefan Everts celebrates victory in his very final grand prix, at Ernee, France, on September 17 2006.
Ten times world motocross champion Stefan Everts (and friends) celebrate victory in his very final grand prix, at Ernee, France, on September 17 2006.
Ten times world champion Stefan Everts on his way to victory in his last ever Motocross grand prix, at Ernee, France on September 17, 2006.

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