MX2, Lausitz, Germany, 28 July 2013
Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Dylan Ferrandis recorded a seventh placed moto finish in difficult conditions at the thirteenth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship in Germany.
The French teenager showed tremendous speed in the opening moto on the artificial track at the Lausitzring to move forward relentlessly from a fifteenth place to snatch seventh place at the finish, and, having proved his liking for the stifling hot conditions, he was looking forward with eager anticipation to the second moto but, after an excellent start, another rider crashed into him and his bike was damaged too severely in the ensuing melee for him to continue, thus stifling an excellent opportunity for Dylan to move back into the series top ten.
Teammate Jason Clermont continued to progress during his rookie GP season but was most unfortunate to lose eleventh place in the opening moto after his bike was damaged in a collision. Unperturbed by this misfortune he advanced into the top ten in race two, but had to surrender a number of places to more experienced riders in the closing laps to finish fourteenth. Nevertheless he is closing in rapidly on a top twenty world ranking despite missing the early rounds of the series.
Alessandro Lupino of Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit had a most unfortunate weekend as incidents beyond his control caused him to end the day pointless and surrender his eighth place in the series standings. In the first moto he was battling through from a poor start when a collision with another rider left him dizzy, and he again had to stop in race two after advancing to a strong sixth position.
Dylan Ferrandis: ”It was really hot today for the race. My first start was average but I had a good rhythm in the first few laps and came back to ninth, then in the last fifteen minutes I passed Nicholls and Ferris to score a seventh position, which was not so bad. The second start was better, but during the opening lap another rider made a mistake in a corner and ran straight in my bike; I crashed and some other riders jumped on my bike, it was impossible to continue as the bike was damaged. It’s frustrating as I felt physically ready for this second race; I enjoyed this track, the organisers did a good job to prepare it.”
Jason Clermont: “It was tough weekend with the weather, and after a crash in the qualifying race I was only twenty second on the grid. I got a good start in the top ten in both races, and I was more aggressive during the first laps. I was racing eleventh in the first moto when I had some electrical problem with my bike; I think the damage occured when another rider touched me. My second race was going well as I raced in tenth position for twenty minutes, but I used too much energy to stay in this group and during the last few laps I lost several positions. I’m happy with my speed, now I need some more good starts to get a better result in Loket.”
Alessandro Lupino: “It was a bad weekend for me, as I retired in both races. In the first moto I was sixteenth after a bad start when I collided with Febvre on the fourth lap; his bike hit my head and I couldn’t see anything for a few seconds, so I went back to the pits. My second start was good; I was in sixth position for a time and took it easy but then I had some problems and had to stop. Let’s hope that Loket will be dry; the track is fun to ride even though the start is even more important there.”