Champion Dobb takes world motocross title in Germany

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JAMIE DOBB took Britain’s first 125cc motocross Grand Prix world title for over 25 years on Sunday, after a battling ride in Germany saw him take fourth to seal the crown.

Works KTM star Dobb, who has dominated the class this year in its new winner-takes-all format, led for much of the race and was involved in a thrilling battle for the win with his chief title rival Steve Ramon, brushing handlebars and trading positions to the delight of the crowd.

It all looked like it was going to script until Luigi Seguy T-boned Dobb in a tight turn and rocked Dobb’s concentration.

Seguy was in a class of his own though as Dobb throttled back to ride a title-winning race, and the Frenchman recovered to take Dobb, then Ramon and then the win. Ramon was second, former 125 world champion Alessio Chiodi third and Dobb fourth on the day.

The 29-year-old, who has been a revelation this season after the motocross GP format was changed from two races per class to one sprint race for the 2001 season, said: “This is a fantastic feeling, absolutely fantastic. I had a lot of scares out there, and could see all the guys in the pits getting really worked up, so after Luigi hit me, all I could think about was making sure I got it home safe and sound.

“I feel absolutely brilliant to have done this, despite some recent injuries, and want to say thanks to KTM for showing faith and confidence in me. The bike was brilliant, but that’s what I’ve come to expect.”

Dobb is due to move up to the blue-riband 250 class next year.

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By MCN Staff