Honestly, this column is long overdue; it seems that no one has noticed that Jose Butron has been having a good year so far. If I had told you at the start of the year that the Silver Action KTM rider would occupy fourth in the MX2 championship standings after five rounds, would you have believed me? What if I had told you before the first round that Jose would land on the overall podium twice in the first four rounds? These are two accomplishments that Jose has achieved thus far this year. So, why has Jose not received much interest from either the fans or the media?
It seems unbelievable now that Jose Butron struggled to find a home for this season after he split from the Diga KTM team. Fortunately the Silver Action KTM squad picked Jose up in the latter months of the off-season, which has already proven to be a great signing, as they have not had too much success recently. Although, the Silver Action KTM team has a strong effort at the races I believe that Butron is doing the most with the least again. I seemed to say that a lot last year when referring to the Spaniard; his bike this year is stronger than his Diga bike from last year, but he is still mixing it up with the factory riders. I am honestly surprised that a top tier team has not picked Butron up yet.
Honestly, Jose Butron could be sitting in third in the series standings at the moment; but he crashed out of moto two in Valkenswaard through no fault of his own. Although he crashed alone he probably would have been able to continue, but Julien Lieber jumped into his bike so he was not in a position to continue; this resulted in his only non-points scoring result so far this year. Apart from this Jose Butron has been quite consistent, as he has stayed inside of the top ten.
At the GP of Trentino last weekend, Butron matched the best moto result of his career with a second in moto two. Jose led that moto for the first six laps, which was another step in the right direction for him. The Spaniard is one of the only riders that is using the depleted MX2 field to his advantage, and is making a name for himself. I do believe that eventually, he will end up on a factory (or factory supported) team in the next few years; he needs to continue these types of performances though.
Unfortunately, the most recent GP of Bulgaria was not the best round for Jose Butron. In the first and the second moto he went backwards; evidently he was uncomfortable with the very fast Sevlievo track. It was an uncharacteristic race for the Silver Action KTM rider, as in moto one and two he started inside the top three. Despite this and the fact that he finished with a fourth and a seventh, he was just one point off of the overall podium. Evidently he is starting to establish himself as a contender for that podium week in, week out.
In the coming weeks, the tracks will suit Jose Butron very well I do believe. In the past he has had success at both Agueda and Beto Carrero; hence why I expect to see him up on the box, and fighting for those top positions once again.
Words by Lewis Phillips
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