MX2, Bastogne, Belgium, 18 August 2013
GP rookie Jason Clermont of Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki finished a career-best ninth in the Belgian round of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship at Bastogne.
The French youngster showed great spirit in the opening moto as he charged from an initial twentieth place to race into the top ten in the closing stages and an even better result looked on the cards as he gated eighth second time out; he held the position for several laps before losing his rhythm and eventually dropping back to finish twelfth, but this was sufficient to ensure a top ten overall ranking in the GP and he has now advanced to eighteenth in the series.
Teammate Dylan Ferrandis appeared to be on his way to a podium result as he qualified third and was battling for second place in the opening moto until he bike was damaged and he was forced to retire. He again showed great speed in race two to charge from an initial ninth to hold down fifth place with a quarter of the race to run, but a momentary lapse of concentration saw him lose three positions with a fall. Despite this he has moved to within five points of the series top ten with two rounds remaining.
Alessandro Lupino of Team CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit had expected a good weekend after posting the fastest time during the first practice session, but the Italian failed to find his form at the start gate all weekend and this proved costly, particularly on race day when track grooming and light rain made it difficult to advance through the pack. A damaged radiator on the stony track ended his first moto prematurely, but he persisted for ninth place in race two and retains his eighth place in the championship standings.
Jason Clermont: “I’m happy with my ninth position overall; it’s my best ever result in a GP. The track was good for me; the dirt was the same as we have back home in Brittany and on Saturday it was nice to ride with so many ruts! My second start was great, but I didn’t find a good rhythm and lost several positions; I must learn to be more aggressive during the first few laps.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “I was happy on Saturday when I qualified in third position; it’s been a long time since I qualified so well! My first start was pretty good and I was holding fourth place with three of us fighting for the second place when the bike got damaged and I had to retire. My second start wasn’t as good but I was very motivated and came through to fifth place; maybe I was pushing too hard as I had a small crash and lost three positions.”
Alessandro Lupino: “The track was so flat today that you needed a good start to expect a good result … and I didn’t got any so we have to work on the starts this week! Yesterday was much better, it was easier to come back through the pack as the track was rougher. Today in the first race I was forced to stop as I lost all the water when the radiator was damaged. Then in the second race I fought back to ninth, but that’s not what we expect.”