Townley heads KTM English GP sweep.

After three muddy events, the Isle of Wight was like a tonic for the 2005 FIM Motocross World Championship and spectators and racers alike enjoyed the perfect British weather!

Considered by most of the riders as the best track of the season, the Gore Basin circuit again offered exciting racing and ended with KTM celebrating a double victory courtesy of Ben Townley (MX1) and Tyla Rattray (MX2).

Without a podium since Sweden, Townley is looking for more GP wins before his move to the US with Pro Circuit Kawasaki next year - and would claim his fourth MX1 GP victory of the 2005 season on Sunday.

However, BT messed up his race one start and was forced to fight his way through the pack. The New Zealander rose all the way up to third, and was fighting Mickael Pichon for second as the chequered flag was waved. But no-on could trouble Townley's KTM team-mate Steve Ramon, who led from start to finish.

Race two saw Townley get a better start and after demoting Jussi Vehvilainen the #30 rode a perfect race to finish comfortably clear of countryman Josh Coppins and take the overall.

"It's my goal to go for the last three grand prix victories and I have got one so there are two more to go," declared Townley. "I am riding good at the moment and we have some good tracks to end the season; I can't wait. They did a good job with the track today considering that it was over-watered this morning. They got the diggers out and corrected the mistake so I want to congratulate them.

"I work hard on my starts during the week, but I guess I have to keep on working! I battled hard with Stefan in the first race, I caught Josh and it was pretty good racing out there," he added. "In the second moto I made a push for the lead on the first lap and was able to get my times down. Halfway through I thought I had over-done it because I was making a few mistakes, but I settled down and finally took the victory so I am really happy."

However, Coppins' day was far more intense. The CAS Honda rider suffered technical troubles in race one - thought to have been dirt in the carburettor - which dropped him from the top three, and he was forced to fight back through the lead pack twice in race two after stalling early on. Pichon was third in race two.

Coppins' results weren't what he needed to overhaul Stefan Everts' points lead, but he did gain eight-points on the Belgian who never really looked comfortable - claiming two fifth place finishes. Everts now has a 45-point lead over Coppins with two rounds to go.

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