Kevin Strijbos scored a surprise first ever Grand Prix victory on an incident packed Sunday at a wet Loket circuit in the Czech Republic; the 13th round in a long 17-race 2005 FIM MX1 World Championship.

The triumph, courtesy of a strong fourth place in the opening moto and then his third career moto win in the second heat, was the maiden MX1 silverware for Team Suzuki and their RM-Z 450 four-stroke and their first garland in the premier-class since 2003.

Infrequent heavy showers coated the loose Czech dirt and although the surface became rougher and more technical, it was still slippery and very difficult to pass.

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Both MX1 starts were fairly hectic with several crashes in the first corner. Yamaha's Brian Jorgensen led the first race for seven laps, but made a mistake in a muddy corner and offered first spot to Stefan Everts and Mickael Pichon.

Both rode the rest of the race together, but with only one dry line there was little chance of passing, helping Everts extend his championship lead over nearest rival Josh Coppins - who finished a few seconds behind Pichon for third.

However, much more drama would follow in race two when Everts, Pichon, Smets, Steve Ramon and many others were involved in two crashes at the start of race two. Most of the riders were collected in a turn one pile-up, but then a second clash two turns later wiped out five or six more.

Through the mayhem, Strijbos and Coppins grabbed the advantage and battled most of the race. Strijbos was passed by Coppins on the second lap, but never gave up and regained control later on as the rain returned with a vengence. He won the third heat of his career and collected the overall, the first ever MX1 for Suzuki and their RM-Z 450.

Coming back from almost last to fourth, Everts scored the same number of points as Strijbos, but lost the GP win due to a lower race two finish. Kevin's result was even more surprising considering the 14th overall he scored in similar weather conditions last week in Belgium. Strijbos became the fifth rider to enjoy an MX1 victory this season.

"This has been a bad season for me, up until now!" smiled Strijbos. "In Belgium I had bad starts and it was a difficult time but today was much better. I was watching Josh in the second moto and could see a few corners where I was faster. I pulled through on the inside and my first attack was enough to take control of the race. The track was slippery in places but nowhere near as bad as Nismes. I have been really motivated in the last couple of months and have been training hard to get back to this level; to win today is amazing. To be honest I still cannot believe it."

"I did not expect him to win today that is for sure!" admitted team manager Jens Johansson. "He made a good solid first heat and then made the pass on Coppins pretty early in the second. If there is such a thing as an easy win then this was it. Taking nothing away from Kevin though, he rode awesome today and surprised us big time."

Nevertheless, Loket still marked the first time since Great Britain that reigning World Champion Everts had won one heat and scored more points than Coppins, who was third overall today.

"Somebody was a little bit too fast in the first corner and took a few riders down; I think that in every GP I have to crash at least once and comeback through at the moment!" said Stefan. "It has been a tough season so far. I did my best today and finally I was able to pass Ken de Dycker on the last lap for fourth position. I think with the rain the track got a lot better, it was more slippery and the speed came down. I am really glad that I am still on the podium and the championship has more or less stayed the same so I am really happy for that."

"It was a difficult day. Jorgensen hit me at the start of the first race and I bumped into Barragan. I came back pretty good though and had some decent speed in the middle of the moto. I used a lot of energy to catch up to Stefan and Mickael and then made a mistake on the last lap that meant I could not get any higher than third," reflected Coppins.

"In the second race it was tough on the first corner because many people were hitting each other. My roll-offs broke on the second lap when a stone from Kevin's bike hit my goggles and I had to go to the front because I could not see so well. I made another mistake with about six laps to go when I missed the berm and Kevin passed me. To find the good lines for traction was a real problem in that moto. I was just trying to survive at the end and make sure of second," he added.

In the MX2 class, Antonio Cairoli led the entire first heat but in the second Christophe Pourcel took the holeshot. Cairoli could only secure second position at the flag, but still earned the overall as the French kid had finished the first moto in fifth position.

Entering GPs just one year ago, Pourcel's first ever GP holeshot and heat win gave him his second podium, after Great Britain, as he outscored world championship leader Andrew McFarlane.The Aussie leader suffered a heavy crash in qualifying, but secured another GP podium with two consistent races.

"The first heat was really good for me, I got the holeshot and then pushed to secure a strong gap with the other riders," said Cairoli. "In the following race I had another good start but took a wide line in the first corner and Christophe Pourcel got the lead. I watched his lines but we had the same, he was really fast and I couldn't pass him.

"The most important for me this weekend was to win the GP and to get a better result than Andrew McFarlane," he confirmed. "I'm now only one point behind him but I will not change my tactic: I want to win as many races as possible, and that's it. I don't really like the track in Gaildorf, for me it's more enduro than motocross but it's the same for everyone and I will do my best there."