Bordeaux and the St. Jean d'Angely's race track beckons for the Motocross competitors this weekend ahead of the 2008 French Grand Prix.

It is three years since David Philippaerts scored his maiden GP win in France, but as the Italian heads back there for this year's event, he currently leads the MX1 standings.

It will be an exciting comeback to St. Jean d'Angely for Yamaha Monster Motocross' Philippaerts after taking his maiden GP win in the MX2 class at the French venue in 2005. Now, with one victory and five podiums so far this season, he can now head back to the track as the MX1 championship leader.

Another youngster is looking forward to this seventh round is GPKR's Frenchman Sebastien Pourcel who recently saw his fourth podium hopes disappear in a first heat crash at Mallory Park.

Teka Suzuki WMX1's Steve Ramon is still second in the points standings but has been off the podium since Spain while his team mate Ken de Dycker saw the rostrum again in Great Britain, finishing second overall after he won moto one.

After his maiden victory from Mallory Park, AXO KTM Silver Action's Jonathan Barragan will try to keep up the good work in France to improve on his seventh place in the standings.
The same goes for Kawasaki Racing's Tanel Leok, who took his best season's result in the latest round by ending fifth overall.

The Estonian was in the top five also at last year's French GP, right behind former team mate Billy Mackenzie. The Brit now rides the CAS Honda's factory machinery and desperately seeks an overall podium to chip away at the nine point gap from 2007 French GP winner Joshua Coppins, being fourth in the Championship ahead of Mackenzie.

Being 21st in the Championship after having experienced a tough beginning of the season, Pierre Alexandre Renet is still the second best placed home rider in the standings and will seek for better fortunes in St. Jean.
After undergoing more surgery to his injured thumb, Kevin Strijbos will continue to sit out of the series while the date of his comeback is not yet certain.

Meanwhile, in MX2, only one rider has won more than one Grand Prix this season and the same rider is now back on top of the MX2 points standings; Yamaha Red Bull De Carli's Tony Cairoli snatched the red plate from arch rival Tyla Rattray by winning his third GP of 2008 at Mallory Park two weeks ago.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Rattray is a close second as he sits just one point behind Cairoli, while his KTM team mate Tommy Searle is looking like a threat for the leading duo.

Since the Portuguese Grand Prix, Searle is on a four podium run, taking one victory in Sevlievo. Now the Brit sits third in the Championship with a ten point gap from Cairoli but he looks forward to improving his best overall finish in St. Jean, which is a sixth place from last year.

With British countrymen Shaun Simpson (KTM UK) and Stephen Sword (Molson Kawasaki Racing) being also pumped up for France after a solid home GP, now it is Frenchmen Nicolas Aubin and Steven Frossard's time to be under the spotlight.

Ricci Racing Yamaha's Aubin is the highest placed home rider being fourth in the standings while CLS' Frossard has been impressive in the latest two events (he took his maiden top three finish in heat two at Mallory) even though he dropped down the overall standings due to technical problems in one heat per event.
The sixth place in Great Britain gave a confidence boost to Anthony Boissiere, who was hardly seen battling on top after he won his first career Lovemytime Qualifying Award in Bellpuig.

Other talents supported by the French fans will be Xavier Boog, Jeremy Tarroux, and the 2007 European Championship stars Gautier Paulin (winner of the 2007 EMX2 series), Marvin Musquin and Khounsith Vongsana, with the trio being at their first year in the GP scene.
Being second and third respectively in this year's European Championship, French Loic Larrieu and Swiss Arnaud Tonus (winner of the Ricky Carmichael Motocross of Nations Award-Youngest Rider at the 2007 Red Bull Motocross of Nations) will have a taste of the GP series this weekend.


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