The "rumors" were in the air for quite some time but now it's official: Cyril Despres is the new factory Yamaha rider of the Yamaha Motor France squad for off-road rally. The winner of the 2013 Dakar leaves his KTM to climb aboard the new YZF 450 that will be his new "travelmate" as early as next Sardinia rally which kicks off during these days from Alghero. Of course, everything is about for the upcoming 2014 Dakar where must defends the title won a few months ago in the latest edition.
After Assen Monza. Sam Lowes makes his "double" with the troubled Italian GP and consolidates his leadership in the overall standings of the championship.
In the spanish round of the WEC Antoine Meo in E1 and E3 Christophe Nambotin were once again the real stars of the two days competition while in the E2 closes both days of the GP with two third places. Great performance in the EY youth cup in victory instead of jamie McCanney with the small and "smoky" 125 two strokes.
Great performance by "Tito" Rabat in the Moto2 class of the spanish Grand Prix. In Jerez de la Frontera the HP Tuenti rider did a very good job since the qualifying session and with a great race makes the top of the podium of the GP coming out as a serious player for the final victory saw the pace of the race and reached performances of his Kalex.
In the Portuguese round of the MX world championship continues the excellent races ofTommy Searle in the MX1 class that, even in Agueda, has always been in top positions by closing the GP with a sixth and a fourth place in the heats and the feeling with its kawasaki 450 that grows each GP and soon we will see him fighting for the top positions. Rather unfortunate his teammate Alessandro Lupino in MX2 that, due to a bad fall and a terrible blow to the already injured ribs, back home a bit battered though with a stoic seventh place in race 2 with some ribs cracked that shall impose 'a short period of enforced rest.
Sprint finish for the supersport class in Assen where Sam Lowes this time takes the first lace over the rival turkish kawasaki rider Kenan Sofoglu. The british, third in the 2012, after the unluky round of Aragon, takes the first victory of the season riding his Yamaha with which already seems to have reached a great feeling seeing the performance in practice and durng the heats.
WSSC FINAL RESULTS - Assen
1. Lowes (Yamaha) TCX rider
2. Sofuoglu (Kawasaki)
3. Foret (Kawasaki)
4. VD Mark (Honda)
For the second round the WEC 2013 went to Argentina in the "hot&dusty" San Juan where in the E1 class keep on the winning time of Antoine Meo who returns home with two first places that give back very clear about the qualities of the 012 world champion. The E2 class is definitely more 'fought" and pela Renet will have to fight to the end with Salvini and Cervantes while in the major E3 defending champion Nambotin has found in Leok a worthy opponent and stage final GP winner. Very good performance by the youngun McCanney in the Youth Cup with an emphatic 1-1 that wins GP class.
The next round of the WEC will be held in Spain next 11 and 12 May in Puerto Lumbreras
WEC round 2 Argentina - San Juan
1. Meo (KTM) 1-1; 2.Salminen (Husqvarna) 2-2; 3.Seistola (Husqvarna) 3-3; 4. Oldrati (Husaberg) 4-5;
1.Salvini (Honda) 1-1; 2.Renet (Husaberg) 2-3; 3. Cervantes (KTM) 2-5;
1. Leok (TM) 1-2; 2. Nambotin (KTM) 1-4; 3.Ljunggren (Husaberg) 4-2;
1.Phillips (Husqvarna) 1-2; 2.McCanney (Gas Gas) 2-3; 3. Giacomo Redondi (KTM) 3-5
Enduro Youth Cup
1. McCanney (Husaberg) 1-1; 2. Ciucci (Husaberg) 2-3;