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Philippaerts third in MX 1 Moneyglass Ireland

KTM Red Bull factory rider David Philippaerts put in a solid day’s MX1 racing at a brand new track in Northern Ireland for fourth and third in the two motos for overall third at the Grand Prix of Northern Ireland.
But while the Italian rider was on the podium, it was a mixed day for his Spanish teammate Jonathan Barragan who was third in the first moto then had to retire with some technical problems in the second. Barragan’s 20 points from the first heat was sufficient to allow him to finish in eleventh overall.
“I did have some small throttle problems in the second heat, Philippaerts said. “But I still managed to do the best I could and I am quite satisfied with the weekend. In fact the bike went very well all weekend and I like this kind of track, even if some of the landings were a little too soft. I am now getting closer to Pourcel and I hope to be able to close the gap,” he said. Just 11 points separate Pourcel, still in third place on the standings, and Philippaerts in fourth and with two rounds to go, the Italian is still hopeful of capturing his season podium.
Rain that deluged the area on Friday and reduced practice to a minimum time on Saturday cleared for the race day but many of the riders agreed with Philippaerts that some of the landing areas were too soft.
Barragan said he was disappointed that after a solid finish in the first moto that he was prevented from following it up with a podium on a day when everything seemed to be going his way. “I had a good speed and a good rhythm and after the first heat I was confident that I had a good chance to make a podium today,” Barragan added. Team Boss Stefan Evert agreed and said he still hoped that one of his riders would be on the podium at season’s end.
In the week leading up to the next round, to be held on a brand new course at Donington Park, David will stay on in England to train with Tommy Searle and other members of the team. Jonathan plans to go to Belgium to train and return to the UK next weekend.
Results
1. Kevin Strijbos, Belgium, Suzuki
2. Sebastien Pourcel, France, Kawasaki
3. David Philippaerts, Italy, KTM
4. Ken de Dyker, Belgium, Honda
5. Steve Ramon, Belgium, Suzuki
11. Jonathan Barragan, Spain, KTM.