Benistant Moves Up To 4th in the EMX125 Championship
MJC Yamaha Official EMX125's Thibault Benistant and Jörgen-Matthias Talviku lined up for the second round of the championship that is often referred to as the breeding ground of young talent - the EMX125 Championship - last weekend in Pietramurata, Italy, where Benistant scored his second consecutive top-5 finish and moved up to 4th place in the championship standings.
Running an impressive pace onboard his MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 backed GYTR kitted YZ125, Thibault Benistant Qualified 2nd in Group 1, which gave him 3rd pick of the gate in the main events. MJC Yamaha Official EMX125's new-commer Jörgen-Matthias Talviku lined up in Group 2, but is still adapting to the fast-paced intensity of the class and didn't quite make the cut.
Benistant knew the importance of a good start this weekend, but an over-eager onset to Race 1 caused him to drop the clutch too soon. The gate didn't fall when he expected so he grabbed the front-brake and pulled back and as he was doing so, the gate fell. An unlucky start meant the 16-year-old was forced to get creative with his line choice as he looked for ways to make up ground on the leaders. Incredible in his craft, the Frenchman passed more than twenty riders on the opening laps and managed to cross the line in an astonishing 6th place at the checkered flag.
Race 2 saw the talented youngster get a better jump out of the gate, but was squeezed into the embankment heading into turn one. The track crew had put a lot of water on the track to keep the dust to a minimum and the dirt moist, which made it difficult to maintain clear vision. In order to keep his goggles clean, Benistant kept his head down and the throttle wound open as he weaved through the pack. Miraculously, on lap nine he set the third fastest lap-time, and passed Lian Florian for 6th place. Hot on the GYTR pipe of his YZ125, Benistant put in two flying laps after the 2-Lap board came out. He ran out of time to make a pass for 5th place in the race, but a pair of 6th place finishes this weekend led to his second consecutive top-5 overall, and allowed him to move up to 4th place in the EMX125 Championship standings.
The next round of the EMX125 Championship, round 3, will take place on the weekend of May 13th in Kegums, Latvia.