MX2, Uddevalla, Sweden, 30 June 2013
Alessandro Lupino of Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit finished fifth in the tenth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Uddevalla in Sweden.
The Italian again showed great speed but a combination of misfortune at the starts and a narrow racing line restricted him to fifth overall. Another rider crashed in his path at the first corner of race one and he faced a long hard ride back to sixth place. In race two he moved forward from an initial eighth place to finish fourth and has now consolidated his eighth place in the series.
Dylan Ferrandis of Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki was another to suffer misfortune in Sweden as a rock damaged his rear wheel as he held seventh place in the early stages of the opening moto, while a poor start in race two restricted the French teenager to tenth place at the finish. The misfortune has temporarily dropped out him to eleventh place in the series.
Teammate Jason Clermont found it difficult on his first visit to the north European track and could only score four points. He finished twenty-third in race one after a crash and had to be satisfied with seventeenth place in race two on a track with limited opportunities to overtake.
Alessandro Lupino: “On Saturday my speed was OK and I was happy with the results, but in the races today I had bad starts. At the first one Jeffrey (Herlings) crashed at the first corner and I was trapped behind him; I lost time and started around twentieth position; I recovered to sixth, which was not so bad in the circumstances. I was eighth at the second start and I had good speed to finish fourth. The track was very fast today. They flattened it between races and everyone was going fast; for me it was too easy and that made it very difficult for rider skills to make a difference.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “I didn’t qualified so well as I had to stop during the race to take off the tear-off on my goggles; with the mud it was impossible to come back higher than sixteenth. My first start was good. I was seventh and confident but then I felt that something was wrong on the bike and I stopped; a stone had damaged the rear wheel. The second start was not so good; I was able to come back to tenth but that’s not what I was expecting.”
Jason Clermont: “It was a tough weekend for me. I qualified only in sixteenth position and struggled at the starts. In the first race I crashed and didn’t scored any point, then in the second moto I found it difficult to pass other riders and finished only sixteenth.”