Despite struggling heavily with injuries and illness since entering the MXGP class back in 2018, Benoit Paturel is back for another crack in 2023, this time with the De Baets Yamaha MX Team.
Words: Edward Stratmann | Lead Image: Ray Archer
“I’m really happy and blessed to announce that I’m signing with De Baets Yamaha MX Team. It feels so good to be back on the blue bike where I achieved my best results so far during my career and I’m really looking forward to the next MXGP season. I would like to say a big thanks to the team for giving me everything that I need and to have the possibility to race again,” he announced.
Having endured a challenging two seasons with Team Honda France SR Motoblouz, which included a particularly tough 2022, where he only featured in 10 rounds with a best of 17th overall, he’s ready for a fresh start. “It’s been a really tough year for me, one of the hardest of my career, fighting all year long against injuries, problems and bad results. Now it’s time to rest and move forward for the future. I’ll never give up,” he explained on his forgettable 2022.
Although he’s only bagged four top 10 overalls in his 39 premier class GPs, there’s no doubting his class when he’s fully fit and firing, which is illustrated by his third and fifth place MX2 championship finishes in 2016 and 2017 respectively, plus by him winning the Motocross of Nations with Team France alongside Gautier Paulin and Romain Febvre in 2016.
A well known figure in the paddock, who has ridden for many teams over the years including Kemea Yamaha in MX2, Marchetti KTM, Gebben Van Venrooy, JM Honda and most recently Honda SR Motoblouz, it’ll be interesting seeing how he fares next term.
Still just 27 and motivated to fulfil his potential on the bigger bike following a frustrating few years, Paturel will just be desperately hoping he can remain healthy in order to give himself every chance of putting his best forward in the stacked MXGP class in 2023.