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Pinpoint: Benoit Paturel

Some thoughts and rumours.

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Benoit Paturel is a reserved character, hence why it is rare for him to hog headlines or pop up on social media. The enigmatic Frenchman was lured into the spotlight yesterday, however, when the BOS Project KTM team released a scathing post on social media that questioned many aspects of his programme. The release was unprecedented and has caused countless questions to be asked by fans across the globe.

Seeing as Benoit Paturel is not the most popular rider in the FIM Motocross World Championship, there is a chance that you are desperately trying to figure out everything that he has been through. Allow us to catch you up. Paturel endured a mediocre campaign in the MX2 class, his final year in the division due to the age-restriction rule, and internal injuries forced him to withdraw from the series prematurely. Although he explored many avenues, he struggled to nail down an MXGP deal and it seemed that he was going to be left without a home. The BOS Project KTM team opened up a second spot on their team at that stage though and gave him an opportunity to show what he can do.

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Benoit Paturel started his year in a great way, but then struggled.

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The deal with BOS was finalised right at the end of November and not much was released following that, which was hardly surprising. That is just the way that Paturel goes about his business. Now, more than a month later, BOS have dropped a statement that explains that he has refused to co-operate and has no real interest in piloting a 450 SX-F. The team are particularly baffled by the latter, as the bike has obviously achieved so much across the globe in many disciplines. Most riders actually strive to land on the bike at whatever cost! I personally contacted Paturel for an interview, as it is only right that he gets to have his say, but he never replied.

Around five rounds into the previous FIM Motocross World Championship, a source confirmed to us that Yamaha had offered Paturel a deal in the premier class for this year. It was not specified what team that would be with, however, but they supposedly confirmed that they would take care of him and ensure that good equipment is available. That same source claimed that Paturel turned the deal down, as he felt that he could get something must better. Perhaps there is another side to that story? It certainly seems as though there is a theme in place when it comes to the decisions that are being made though.

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Paturel took the first moto win of his career at his home MXGP.

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Benoit Paturel is a phenomenal rider, of course, and deserves to have a competitive contract. The results that he registered throughout his time as an MX2 rider were not consistently exceptional though, so eyebrows would have been raised had he walked straight into a factory team. There is a chance that he could end up rising to the occasion in the premier class, much like Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser, but that is a huge gamble at this stage. With that in mind, would it not have made sense for him to tough it out with BOS Project KTM and show some flashes of brilliances to ensure that he will be in the running for a better deal next year?

There is an additional twist to this tangled web, as Team HRC are hunting for a replacement for Brian Bogers. It is unlikely that Bogers will even be on a bike when the Grand Prix of Patagonia-Argentina fires into life, so someone will have to pilot his CRF450RW for a handful of rounds at least. It is thought that Paturel is desperately chasing that position, but then what happens when Bogers returns? It is so easy to be forgotten about in this sport, so sitting on the couch and waiting for the phone to ring would be the worst possible decision. Just look at how that has worked out for a handful of stars in the United States.

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Paturel won one event, the Swiss MXGP, as an MX2 rider.

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This plot could thicken further in the coming weeks, as a rumour surfaced yesterday from another reliable source. Supposedly rumours were buzzing around the paddock at the AX World Tour, a series that Evgeny Bobryshev now resides in, that BOS Project KTM were going to sign ‘777’ as a replacement for Paturel. The same source speculated that Bobryshev is still going to race in Britain for Suzuki, but could potentially jump between series. That is just speculation at this stage and does seem rather far-fetched, but there is clearly a lot happening. Silly season is far from over.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Ray Archer

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HRC Video: Meeting Ferruccio Zanchi

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Ferruccio Zanchi is the new face in Team HRC, with the Italian youngster leading the renewed CRF250R programme for 2024. Watch on, to get to know a bit more about this new MX2 rider.

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Hawkstone International in the books for Gabriel SS24 KTM

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In the MX2 class Cas qualified 3rd and had a good feeling on the sandy circuit. In moto 1 he had a good start but struggled to pass on the one lined track and by the time he got to third position the leaders had pulled away. Shortly into moto 2 there was a red flag with a full restart. Cas again restarted in second behind current MX2 world champion Adrea Adamo to where he would finish the 25 minute + 1 lap race. As well as securing 2nd on the podium these results qualified Cas to line up for the superfinal. The MX2 riders were let off the gate first shortly followed by the MX1 riders. Cas started in second and throughout the moto was picked off gradually by the faster 450 machines. He finished a very respectable 12th in the combined results, and the second MX2 machine. Up next for Cas is Lierop International this Sunday 3rd March.


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Coming into the weekend Josh was carrying a slight lower back issue but was able to compete and got stronger as the day went on. He qualified 17th which he was not happy with but didn’t let it affect him ahead of the races. In moto 1 he had an unusually bad start but got up to 11th place just behind Adam Sterry and despite getting close was not able to make the pass. In moto 2 he had another good jump but had more bad luck when he got caught up with another rider and had a first turn crash. Coming from dead last he came through the pack to finish 10th. Heading into the superfinal Josh rode his best all day and finished the superfinal 7th in the combined results, 6th MX1 machine and top British rider for which he received the Vaughan Semmens Memorial Trophy for. This was Josh’s last preseason race to get the final touches sorted before his season officially starts in Argentina for the MXGP series on the 9th/10th March.

Team Manager Shaun Simpson, said: “Hawkstone is always a great pre-season race and this year certainly didn’t disappoint! Probably one of the biggest crowds I’ve seen at Hawkstone in the last 20 years. It’s a great test for the riders and was nice for us to showcase our new paddock setup for our British fans and sponsors. Both Josh and Cas steadily got better as the day went on, the mechanics done a fantastic job with the tight schedule and it was nice for Cas to get his first podium of the season. We are gathering some momentum now and are looking forward to Lierop this weekend for Cas and Argentina in two weeks to start the MXGP championship with Josh.”

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Lucas and Sacha Coenen confirmed for Lierop

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This Sunday (March 3) the Dutch motocross season will start at the Herselse Bossen circuit in Lierop. The field of racers is getting stronger and stronger and it promises to be a really high-level race.


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The MX2 class is full of young and motivated riders and Lucas and Sacha Coenen will join them for Lierop. These talented twins regularly impressed in the MX2 World Championship last year and Lucas won his first Grand Prix in Indonesia at the age of sixteen.

A fifth place was his share in the final standings and he certainly wants to improve on that this year. Sacha also regularly showed that he has the speed to compete at the front. Highlights were his second place in the qualifying heat in Finland and top five finishes in the Czech Republic and Sweden.

In the deep sand of Lierop, the Coenen brothers will compete against riders like Kay de Wolf, Cas Valk, Hakon Osterhagen, Max Werner, Scott Smulders, Bradley Mesters, Hakon Fredriksen, Oriol Oliver and others.

Also in the 500 class we get fireworks with the participation of Jeffrey Herlings, Jago Geerts, Pauls Jonass, Calvin Vlaanderen, Brent van Doninck and others.

The weather forecast looks good, so the Dutch MX Season Opener in Lierop has all the ingredients to see a great day of racing.

For more information have a look at www.maclierop.nl

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