5 September 2011 Podium for Xavier Boog at the European GP

Xavier Boog recorded his first ever MX1 GP podium in the penultimate round of the FIM World MX1 Motocross Championship at Gaildorf in Germany to advance to seventh in the series.
The French member of the Kawasaki Racing Team had hurt his back at the British GP a fortnight ago and had not been able to train properly since then so he was far from confident when he arrived in Germany for the European GP. However Boog, who spent several seasons riding full-time in Germany earlier in his career, received a great boost when he holeshot the first moto and went on to miss victory by just three-tenths of a second after putting on a charge in the final laps to close onto the rear wheel of the Russian Bobryshev. There was the promise of another top three placing as he started the second race in third position, but the physical efforts of that late charge in race one on the top of being unable to train for two weeks eventually took their toll. He had to surrender a couple of places to finish seventh, but this was sufficient to ensure an overall podium finish, his first of the season, and the points scored enable him to advance to seventh place in the championship standings.

After his podium finish two weeks ago in England Christophe Pourcel of Kawasaki Team CLS had high hopes of victory in the European GP and indeed he did score a runaway win by more than 40 seconds in race two, but a single error in the first race had left him with no chance of an overall top finish. The Frenchman, who had started last after selecting a false neutral, was already up to sixth place within two laps when he landed badly off a jump and crashed hard; the bike had unfortunately been too badly damaged by the impact for him to continue.