Stefan Everts wins Spanish Grand Prix

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Stefan Everts continued his domination of the Grand Prix Motocross circuit, by claiming overall victory at the latest round in Bellpuig, Spain on Sunday.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:39 IST
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The demanding Bellpuig circuit in Catalunya, Spain played host to round two of the Grand Prix Motocross season, and it was no surprise to see the cream rise to the top early on. Nine-time world champion Stefan Everts quickly established a handy lead with Tanel Leok back in second place. There was a good fight for third place with Spaniard Jonathan Barragan and Belgian Kevin Strijbos side-by-side, but the front two had pulled well clear with Everts still leading Leok. But the winner of the battle between Barragan and Strijbos was about to get a pleasant surprise, because the intensity between Everts and Leok up ahead eventually took its toll. The Belgian veteran produced a rare mistake at a regulation right hand corner, allowing his rivals to sweep past him. But Leok thought if it's good enough for Everts, it's good enough for him, as the man dubbed the "Estonian Express" was derailed, allowing Strijbos to continue his march from third to first in a matter of laps. Everts got back on his bike to finish in third place, with Leok managing to hold on for second, but it was Strijbos who coasted to victory and the 25 points which comes with it. Strijbos may have celebrated the victory too much, because he could only manage 19th place in a fiercely contested race two. Cedric Melotte and Brian Jorgensen had a good scrap as they chased invaluable championship points, while Sebastian Tortelli desperately tried to reproduce the form, which saw him finish first and second at the Grand Prix of Flanders earlier this month. Belgian riders' Cedric Melotte (#4) and Steve Ramon (#11) had a good battle for third place, with Ramon making a decisive move on the closing laps, but it was their countryman Stefan Everts who went on to claim victory by nearly 20 seconds in race two. The Yamaha rider who will retire at the end of the season, has topped the standings in the first two Grands Prix of the year and his 92 championship points has him 10 clear of Tanel Leok already, with Tortelli back in third on 77 points. (AP)