7 May 2006
Everts untouchable in Germany.
Stefan Everts extended his prefect run of 2006 victories with two start-to-finish wins in Sunday's Grand Prix of Germany at Teutschenthal, round four of the MX1 and MX2 World Championships.
Everts had qualified in second position, 0.3secs behind Suzuki's Steve Ramon, but took the lead on the opening lap of race one. For the next 37 minutes the Belgian was unflinching and ignored pressure from Suzuki's Kevin Strijbos and his own Yamaha team-mate Cedric Melotte to record his fourth successive moto win.
The Talkessel mud was dry and dusty after a long and sunny weekend. Overtaking opportunities were limited away from the main fast line but Everts had little need to worry as he showed his rivals the quickest route in front of 31,000 spectators.
The second moto was a similar affair and this time Kawasaki's Tanel Leok was the challenger but, like Strijbos, the Estonian appeared to show a little too much respect for the nine-times world champion and - although right on Stefan's back wheel for lap after lap - Leok never made a determined attempt to pass.
33-year-old Everts thus claimed his 91st grand prix victory with perfect 1-1 finishes and - with the likes of Sebastien Tortelli, Mickael Pichon and Josh Coppins absent through illness or injury - now holds a 40-point lead over nearest rival Leok in the championship standings.
"I'm like a diesel, I need time to find my good rhythm!" smiled Stefan, who is on target to end his final season of racing with ten title and perhaps 11 GP victories. "I had to give the best I could in both races, I think that's good to me that I still have strong competitors as I need to have pressure and then I can ride my best. Every week they are coming better and also stronger physically, they are trying to beat me and I have to keep on working hard during the week."
Joining Everts on the end of day podium was Strijbos in second, after 2-4 results, and Leok in third, after 6-2 finishes. Meanwhile, a notable absentee from the races was Briton Stephen Sword, who fell during the warm up - breaking his right ankle. He had surgery that afternoon.
In the MX2 class, Frenchman Christophe Pourcel won his first ever grand prix after two perfect 1-1 heat finishes, thus ending Tyla Rattray's three-race win streak.
Sick and second in Portugal two weeks ago, Pourcel is the first rider to get a double win in the fiercely competitive MX2 class this season. The Kawasaki star was took an early lead in each race, leaving Rattray's factory KTM team-mate Marc de Reuver as his nearest rival in both races - and second overall.
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