Sun Shines on British Grand Prix 30 May 2009

he huge crowds that flocked to Mallory Park for today's practice and qualifying sessions ahead of tomorrow's Motocross Grand Prix of Great Britain were treated to a fantastic display by the world championship protagonists, as well as some glorious weather.

With a packed programme of Motocross and Supermoto action running from nine in the morning until eight at night, spectators had plenty of opportunity to enjoy the on track activities, while soaking up the rays at the Leicestershire track.

In the MX1 motocross class it was reigning World Champion, David Philippaerts, who took the qualifying heat win to gain the best gate slot for tomorrow's Grand Prix races. The Italian was closely followed by Mickael Pichon, who rejoined the championship with the Martin Honda team this weekend, as a replacement for the injured Marc De Reuver.

British wildcard entries, Kristian Whatley and Carl Nunn, enjoyed strong showings in their qualifying heat, finishing in top ten positions, while current British Champion, Billy Mackenzie collided with another rider off the start and rode from the back of the pack through to twelfth place without the use of his front brake.

In the MX2 series Marvin Musquin, riding a KTM for the first time following his controversial mid-season switch from Honda power, took the top spot. British aces Stephen Sword, Mel Pocock, Scott Elderfield and Graeme Irwin will need some support for tomorrow's races, after finishing outside the top 15 in today's qualifying.

Tomorrow's weather forecast is looking promising with perfect conditions predicted for round seven of the 15-round World Motocross Championship races. It's certainly expected to be a scorcher, as a host of British riders look for support at their home race in both classes.

Tickets are available on the gate, so make sure you don’t miss out on the biggest off-road event on the British motocross calendar, and make sure you bring your air horns to cheer on the home favourites.