MX2, Kegums, Latvia, 7 July 2013
Dylan Ferrandis of Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki finished sixth overall in the eleventh round of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship at Kegums in Latvia.
The French teenager had set third fastest time during the practice sessions, but crashed during the qualification race and had to be content with twenty-second choice of start gate for the GP motos. Suffering from arm pump in his forearms he raced on the edge of the top ten all moto to finish twelfth, but settled quickly into a better rhythm in race two for a strong ride to sixth place in the moto and the GP. Dylan now sits just eleventh in the championship standings, just two points away from the top ten.
Although he had never raced on the sort of track he faced in Latvia Bud teammate Jason Clermont had his best GP result to date. Taking a great start he maintained eighth place for most of the first moto before the demanding track forced him to surrender two places to more experienced rivals in the closing laps and another determined ride in race two which took him from an initial eighteenth to fourteenth at the finish earns Jason the first-ever top ten GP ranking of his short GP career.
Alessandro Lupino of Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit was optimistic of a successful GP outing in Latvia after earning seventh choice of gate, but a difficult first lap in the opening race left him in seventeenth place; a strong ride saw him advance to ninth at the finish. After a much better start in the second race the Italian quickly moved forward to second place before suffering a heavy crash which initial examination suggest has left him with a hematoma in his left leg. Despite the resultant zero score he has retained eighth place in the championship standings.
Dylan Ferrandis: “I was happy with my lap times on Saturday with a third position, but in the qualifying race I crashed after a few laps when I was in the top ten. I fell on my shoulder, but recovered to finish twenty-second. My starts were pretty good from this position on Sunday, but in the first heat I got arm pump and didn’t felt comfortable. The second start was much better and I found a better rhythm to finish sixth, my best result since the French GP.”
Jason Clermont: “It was a great weekend for me, even if it was difficult on Saturday as I had previously never ridden on a track like this one. I had a good gate for the race, and I got a great start in the first moto; I held eighth place for most of the race, but in the last three laps I felt tired and lost two positions. The second race was more difficult; the track was faster and my start was not as good but I’m happy with this tenth place overall, especially as the sand track here is so different to anything I have ever raced at home in France.”
Alessandro Lupino: “I’m disappointed with my result today, particularly with the big crash I had in the second race when I was in second position. I missed the line and I can’t remember anything after that; all I know is that my leg was very painful after the crash. The ultrasound showed that there is a big hematoma to my left leg but I will have further examinations this week. It’s a shame as I had the speed for a top five this weekend, but I can’t complain too much as I didn’t break any bones in this big crash.”