Ken de Dycker took his first motocross grand prix victory of the 2009 MX1 season in his home Grand Prix of Belgium, at Lommel on Sunday, round twelve of 15.
The deep Belgian sand received a generous coating of rain on Sunday morning, soon turning the course into a physically-draining run of never-ending bumps and ruts. de Dycker - who was fastest in both practice sessions on Saturday and was vying for pole position before a small spill in his heat race - started well in both motos.
The Teka Suzuki rider fought with Clement Desalle before pulling away to reach his first chequered flag of 2009 with an advantage of almost seven seconds. In the second sprint he again disputed the lead, this time with KTM's Max Nagl, before running second for much of the race.
But Yamaha's world championship leader Antonio Cairoli, once again providing most of the entertainment with his famous fight back rides, relegated de Dycker to third in the second half of the 35 minute and 2 lap distance.
Nevertheless, with Cairoli and Nagl only fifth and sixth in race once, de Dycker's 1-3 results gave him overall victory by five points over Nagl (6-1) with Cairoli two points further back in third (5-2).
"This is a hard grand prix so for sure I am really happy to win,” said Ken. “I have not had many good GPs this season so it is nice to finally enjoy one. The first moto was decent but the second was not perfect Overall of course this is the result that we wanted and with three races to go I want to get in the top three of the championship. I think it is possible if I keep giving my best all the times right until, the end."
Meanwhile de Dycker's team-mate Steve Ramon, starting his first GP since sustaining a fractured neck at round four in April, was among the leaders in both outings. The former world champion was third and fourth (for 4th overall) and finished tied on points with Cairoli for the last podium step but lost out due to an inferior second moto placing.
In the world championship, Cairoli is now a slightly reduced 51 points clear of Nagl with reigning champion David Philippaerts (7-10 on Sunday) 27 points further back in third. de Dycker is now just five points behind the Italian in fourth.
In the MX2 class, championship leader Marvin Musquin returned to action for Red Bull KTM to claim a perfect double and rebuild his title lead to 38 points over new runner-up Rui Goncalves, his team-mate.
Goncalves took 2-8 race results for fourth overall, but former championship runner-up Gautier Paulin managed only 14th overall and has now dropped to third in the championship, nine points behind Goncalves.