DAVID VUILLEMIN (HONDA) TAKES A DOUBBLE VITORY AT THE SX INTERNACIONAL OF BARCELONA
125 c.c. Final: Eric Sorby takes his first win in Barcelona
Unexpected Final on 125 c.c. After taking the start, the French Nicolas Aubin (Yamaha) was the first guy arriving at Turn 1, followed very closely by Sebastian Pourcel (Kawasaki) and Benjamin Coisy (Honda). During the second lap the feared Sebastian Pourcel and his Kawa took the lead followed by Aubi, Lesage, and Coisy. After the fall of Brice Izzo, Coisy, leader of the French Championship came up second. Roux falls. Pourcel, who was leading at large, also falls down at lap 12. Coisy is the new leader but after a couple of doubbies crashes, handing the victory to Eric Sorby. Coisy finishes second in front of Lesage.
250 c.c. Final: Vuillemin takes his first European victory in 2005
The Frenchman David Vuillemin has achieved a very important victory with his new Honda in the 250 c.c. Final. David showed great potencial during the qualifying heats and won the heat prior to the Final. At the start, the French driver Stephan Demartis (Yamaha) took an important advance. Alexandre Rouis (Yamaha) made a very good start being 4th. Mike Brown, with his new Suzuki, was regaining positions lap by lap. On lap 16 Vuillemin achieves the lead and he will no longer leave that position. The French commanded with authority, and he made the fastest lap. Garcia Vico (Honda) was riding on a pretty stable 5th place behind Stephan Demartis. Brown and Thomas were battling for the second position, which was to be for the first one.
250 c.c. Superfinal: Vuillemin dominates!
The Superfinal was faced by the 8 top drivers from each category. Mike Brown and Jason Thomas both tooked an impressive started. Javier Garcia Vico came up third. On lap 2, the engine of Brown's Suzuki broke down and the US rider retired. Thomas was still leading a very compacted group until Vuillemin came from behind and sent his attack. Vuillemin putted in a gap of more than 8 seconds from Jason Thomas and Javier Garcia Vico. Both keeped their position very comfortably. The 125 c.c. riders Sorby and Coisy were in great form fighting for the 4th overall. Benjamin Coisy, winner of the 125 c.c. Final back in 2004 was the one to achieve the deserved place.
Quotes from David Vuillemin:
"It is my first year with Honda and I am delighted to take this double victory here in Barcelona. I came some years ago and if there is a place to compete in Europe that place is Barcelona! I loved the people. They are so enthusiastic. Next year I want to come back! If there is another race in Europe that clashes with this one I tell you this, I don't want to miss it! I feel great at with my team back in the US. I feel quite respected because I am the only 250 c.c. rider in this team and they are quite focused on me."
The 23 year-old rider Jose Miralles (KTM) has been the winner of this year's Edition of the Freestyle Contest. After having being blessed last year and missing the Xtrem Jump last year, Miralles was firmly determined to win this contest and so he did! Jey Rouanet was the second most applauded rider of the night!
Miralles executed 6 jumps in a perfect style, combining three different styles of Back Flip, with Dead Body, Nine O'clock, Clift Hanger, and Back Flip Nac Nac.
De Andres and Bamburg did also an extraordinary performance but the public failed to vote as some of them were already leaving the Palace at that time!