Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Dylan Ferrandis snatched sixth place in the fourth round of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship at Arco di Trento in northern Italy.
The French teenager has been handicapped by a broken finger through the early rounds of the series but showed his resilience to bounce back dramatically with two eighth placed finishes at the stony switchback track in the northern Italian province of Trentino. The two strong finishes were sufficient to place Dylan sixth overall on the day and, more than doubling his previous championship score, he has now advanced to 14th in the series.
Alessandro Lupino of Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy Pro Circuit was optimistic of a major score on home soil but misfortune eventually restricted him to tenth overall from 16-7 moto finishes. The innocent victim of a first turn incident, he had to pit to repair damage to the radiator in race one before charging back through the pack, while he gritted his teeth throughout race two as rib injuries from the incident hampered him for the remainder of the day. After racing doctors confirmed that the fourth rib was broken.
CLS newcomer Jimmy Decotis had a traumatic introduction to GP racing. The American was shunted on the opening lap of the first race and withdrew midway through race two after two crashes caused by forearm cramps as he tried to acclimatise to a different time zone and a track vastly different to those he had previously raced.
Bud Racing decided not to risk Valentin Teillet in this GP, following doctors instructions as the shoulder he damaged last month needed some more rest.
Dylan Ferrandis: “Yesterday I had a great start in the qualifying race and I was fifth when the engine stopped with electrical problems, probably the consequence of a collision with Charlier. I was last on the grid, but my first start was good as I was seventh; I even moved forward to sixth but then I suffered some arm pump and had to drop back to eighth. My second start was even better but I was at the outside at the first corner and finally left turn two in fifteenth place. I had a good rhythm in this race and came back to eighth again. I’m happy as I have no more problems with my broken finger and got my first good result of the season with a sixth position on the day.”
Alessandro Lupino: “I knew from the first practice session that my speed was OK here, and with a good start I could easily have achieved a top five result. The first heat was not so bad but the start corner was slippery for the first moto and Ferris took me with him in a crash; I broke one radiator and needed to make a pit stop to check the bike, and then I came back in the race with a painful rib when I rejoined the race and fought back to sixteenth. The second start was better but I was not aggressive enough during the early laps; the rib was very painful and I finished seventh but that is not what I want from my home GP. I had a medical examination after the race and the doctors told me that the 4th rib is broken, so let’s hope that I can race next weekend.”
Jimmy Decotis: “ I knew that it wouldn’t be easy, coming here last week and racing for the first time on a European track. I had a good start in the first moto but crashed in the first lap when someone ran into me from behind. It was a tough race after that. In the second race I was in the top fifteen but got cramps and struggled, I hate to retire but that could be dangerous on this track. I know that the Bulgarian track will be different, and we’ll have one more week to work and prepare it with the team.”