Team Red Bull KTM rider Steve Ramon defied wet and slippery conditions this afternoon at Gaildorf to grab his first pole position of the season with a rapid last minute circulation ensuring first pick in the gate for tomorrow's Grand Prix of Germany, the fourteenth round of the 2005 Motocross World Championships.

The Belgian produced a masterful display under sustained rainfall to register a lap-time a tenth of a second faster than 'pole master' Mickael Pichon and pushed team-mate Ben Townley, who warmed top spot on the timing screens for large parts of the session, down to third place, followed by Stefan Everts and Kevin Strijbos.

Meanwhile, the greasy terrain saw both Joel Smets (MX1) and Cedric Melotte (MX2) lose their last hopes of winning a 2005 GP as both sustained season-ending injuries. Suzuki star Smets dislocated his left knee during the second MX1 free practice session while Yamaha mounted Melotte broke his right radius during the first MX2 qualifying race.

In his absence, Christophe Pourcel and Antonio Cairoli took the holeshot in their respective qualifying heats and led the thirteen lap races, confirming their current good form.

Italian Matteo Bonini collected his best qualifying result of the campaign with second position in the first race, followed by veteran Alessio Chiodi; after a bad start series leader Andrew McFarlane struggled and came back to tenth, while local hero Maximilian Nagl missed the cut-off with thirteenth position after a crash at the start.

In the other outing Marc De Reuver was in second position when he retired with a broken wheel, leaving Davide Guarneri finished runner-up followed by David Philippaerts.



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