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McFarlane wins fourth Grand Prix to lead MX2 World Championship

McFarlane wins fourth Grand Prix to lead MX2 World Championship

McFarlane first Aussie to win four Grand Prix events

2005 Andew McFarlane - Winner of the Matchams Grand Prix in Great Britain on 6 June
2005 Andrew McFarlane wins British Grand Prix

Photos:  [Left to right] Queensland motocross rider Andrew McFarlane (Yamaha) acknowledges the spectators as he wins the British MX2 Grand Prix at Matchams on 6 June 2005; and holding his award high at the presentation ceremony.

McFarlane wins 2005 British Grand Prix to lead World MX2 Championship

On 6 June 2005, in front of 34,000 British spectators, the late Andrew McFarlane was victorious in the MX2 Grand Prix of Great Britain, and in doing so, also moved to the front of the MX2 World Motocross Championship.

The Queenslander became the first Australian rider to win four Grand Prix events and lead a World Motocross Championship.

The win capped off a purple patch for McFarlane who just weeks earlier won the Italian and European rounds on 5 and 15 May, respectively – winning his first Grand Prix the year before at Gallarate in Italy.

McFarlane finished on 47 points at the Matchams circuit, winning Moto 2 and coming second to British KTM Rider Karl Nunn in Moto 1.

KTM factory rider David Philippaerts was second overall with two third placings. Two weeks earlier, Philippaerts was given the factory 250 SX-F of injured KTM rider Tyla Rattray and has shown a great improvement in his results since.

Third place went to 16-year-old French rider Christophe Pourcel from the Freeman Kawasaki team. Pourcel was second in Moto 2 (10-2) and pushed McFarlane for the lead throughout the race.

Only two other Australian motocross riders have won overall Grand Prix rounds – Jeff Leisk won two in 1989 (500cc in Finland and San Marino) and Chad Reed won one in 2001 (250cc in The Netherlands).

No Australian has ever won a World Motocross Championship with Leisk, Reed and McFarlane each finishing runner-up World Champions in 1989, 2001 and 2005, respectively.

World MX2 Motocross European Grand Prix Results - Matchams, Great Britain (6 June 2005)

Overall
1 McFARLANE Andrew AU Yam 22-25 (47)
2 PHILIPPAERTS David IT Ktm 20-20 (40)
3 POURCEL Christophe FR Kaw 11-22 (33)
4 NUNN Carl GB Ktm 25-7 (32)
5 SWORD Stephen GB Yam 16-13 (29)

Moto 1
1 NUNN Carl GB Ktm
2 McFARLANE Andrew AU Yam
3 PHILIPPAERTS David IT Ktm
4 CHIODI Alessio IT Yam
5 SWORD Stephen GB Yam

Moto 2
1 McFARLANE Andrew AU Yam
2 POURCEL Christophe FR Kaw
3 PHILIPPAERTS David IT Ktm
4 MACKENZIE Billy GB Yam
5 CAPS Patrick BE Hon

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