There are still two GP’s to go but Mickael ‘Rocket’ Pichon all but captured the title in Gaildorf (Germany) for his second World Champion Title in the 250 cc class. Pichon won the race in front of Pit Beirer and Frederik Bolley who announced his retirement a few days before. Mickael Pichon said after the race: ‘I am very happy and look forward to 2003. The next season is a new challenge for me because Stefan Everts is racing with a 450 cc 4-Stroke in the 250cc class.’ In the next year 450cc 4-strokes are allowed to race in the 250cc 2-stroke class. Mickael Pichon will also be on the French MXDN-Team and so September will be the big shootout between him and Carmichael. Mickael: ‘I don?t want to put a lot of pressure on myself regarding the Nations because Carmichael has been winning everything for so long now over there. I think he is the one with more pressure because he has never been beaten in the US, if I win then it is good for me and he will be pretty mad! I want to make a good race and I have won everything in Europe so I believe if I was in the US I would be in the top three for sure but I cannot say if I would beat Carmichael.’
In the 125cc class Mickael Maschio ended up in front of Patrick Caps after a superb battle. Steve Ramon was third. Maschio?s lead now is only 1 point in front of Caps and the next two races will be a hot fight for the 125cc-title. Townley and Rattray crashed in the first corner after the start. Townley had a DNF, Rattray come back to 22nd place. Jeff Dement had a good race and finished 7th and Tallon Vohland 14th.
The 500cc race was the show of Joel Smets. Smets had a bad start and was in the middle of the field after the first turn. After a tremendous effort, he grabbed the lead in the middle of the race from Stefan Everts and won the race securely. It seemed that Everts goal was to secure 2nd place to keep his championship lead safe. Third was frenchman Yves Demaria on a KTM.
125 Results 1. Mickael Maschio…FR 2. Patrick Caps…Bel 3. Steve Ramon…Bel 4. Stephen Sword…GBr 5. Alex Puzar…Ita 6. Marc de Reuver…Nel 7. Jeff Dement…USA 8. Serge Guidetty…Fra 9. Philippe Dupasquier…Sui 10. Josef Dobes…Ger
125 Standings 1. Mickael Maschio – 182 2. Patrick Caps – 181 3. Steve Ramon – 174 4. Alex Puzar – 156 5. Philippe Dupasquier – 154 6. Ben Townley – 125 7. Tyla Rattray – 99 8. Jeff Dement – 95 9. Christian Stevanini – 81 10. Luigi Seguy – 75
250 Results 1. Mickael Pichon…Fr 2. Pit Beirer…Ger 3. Fred Bolley…Fra 4. Josh Coppins…NZl 5. Jussi Vehvilainen…Fin 6. Alessio Chiodi…Ita 7. Carl Nunn…GBr 8. James Dobb…GBr 9. Kenneth Gundersen…Nor 10. Marko Kovalainen…Fin
500 Results 1. Joel Smets…Bel 2. Stefan Everts…Bel 3. Yves Demaria…Fra 4. Brian Jorgensen…Den 5. Marniq Bervoets…Bel 6. Jussi Vehvilainen…Fin 7. Francisco Garcia Vico…Spa 8. Roman Jelen…Slo 9. Chris Burnham…GBr 10. James Noble…GBr
500 Standings 1. Stefan Everts – 226 2. Marniq Bervoets – 186 3. Joel Smets – 182 4. Francisco Garcia Vico – 180 5. Andrea Bartolini – 129 6. Yves Demaria – 107 7. Roman Jelen – 99 8. Brian Jorgensen – 78 9. Avo Leok – 77 10. Thierry Bethys – 72
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