MX2, Hyvinkää, Finland, 14 July 2013
Kawasaki riders from southern Europe faced a difficult weekend at the 12th round of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship in the Finnish sand of Hyvinkää.
Alessandro Lupino of Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit went into the GP suffering pain from a leg injury sustained the previous weekend on Latvia and was prevented from showing his usual form. An early crash in the opening moto left him at the back of the field, but he resolutely battled back into the points positions to finish eighteenth and again showed great spirit to finish ninth in race two and retain his eighth place in the series standings.
Dylan Ferrandis of Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki showed great form to post fifth fastest time in practice, but an incident at the first corner of the qualifying race when another rider fell in his path forced the French teenager to chase through the pack to salvage sixteenth choice of gate for the GP motos. Dylan got two superb starts on race day; he held fifth position in the opening moto until his bike was damaged when he was hit by another rider, and holeshot the second moto to hold a top three placing for several laps before the effort of racing the sand experts took its toll and he had to ease his pace to finish eighth. He now holds eleventh place in the series standings.
Young teammate Jason Clermont, inexperienced on such sandy tracks, once again proved his resolve to learn quickly as he held a points-scoring position early in race one until his front wheel hit a buried rock and he was thrown over the handlebars. He crashed again after moving forward to eighteenth place in race two and unfortunately lost too much time to retain a chance of scoring points, eventually crossing the line twenty-first.
Alessandro Lupino: “I’ve been unable to train this week because of the leg injury I suffered in Latvia, and I felt some pain on this rough track; I didn’t have a good feeling and it was difficult to push to the limit. In the first moto I crashed on the second lap and stalled the engine but I salvaged a few points, then in the second race I got a top ten result but that’s not what we expect. I will change my plan for the coming weeks; instead of going back home to Italy I will travel to Holland to work and train with the team before the GP of Germany.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “I posted some fast lap times on Saturday during the practice sessions, but a collision at the start ruined my qualifying race. Today I got two good starts in the races; in the first moto I was fifth when I crashed in a corner, and another rider hit me and damaged my bike. In the second race I got the holeshot, my first one for some weeks; I pushed hard in the first few laps to maintain a top position but I used too much energy and then lost some positions later in the race.”
Jason Clermont: “It was a tough weekend, as I’m not really used to race in the sand. On Saturday I posted a good lap time in the pre qualifying session, but crashed in the qualifying race. In the first moto I was in the top twenty when I hit a rock buried in a rut and went over the bars so my race was finished. I crashed and stalled the engine in the second race; that cost me any chance to score some points but I learnt a lot racing on such a rough track.”