Benistant Claims EMX125 Championship Lead in Lommel, Van de Moosdijk Celebrates From the Podium
MJC Yamaha Official EMX125's Thibault Benistant became the new EMX125 Championship leader after he took his GYTR kitted YZ125 to an emphatic race win and overcame a series of misfortune on the final day to finish fifth overall at the sixth round of the European EMX125 Championship in the treacherous sand of Lommel, Belgium. ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250's Roan van de Moosdijk put his GYTR kitted YZ250F on the third step of the podium following a hard-fought challenge for the victory in the final race of the weekend. The Dutchman has inched closer to the top-three in the EMX250 Championship Standings and is now fourth place in classification.
France has a proud history of riders and champions, and MJC Yamaha's seventeen year-old French sensation has moved a step closer to adding to that elite list with his clever victory in the opening race of the weekend. Benistant was the second fastest rider in the qualifying session, which gave him a good gate pick. When the gates dropped, the youngster rocketed off the line onboard his GYTR kitted YZ125 and completed the first lap inside the top-five.
After putting in a determined performance where he went bar-to-bar with the blistering fast kids that have been born and raised in the sand, Benistant took the lead in the closing stages of the race and went on to take his third race win of the season.
Teammate, Jörgen-Matthias Talviku made the main event after finishing second place in the Last Chance Qualifying Race. With poor gate pick, Talviku managed to charge to an eye-popping top-fifteen start. The young Estonian put in a solid ride as he used his sand skills and the impeccable handling of the YZ125 to move up into tenth place.
Lommel is one of the most mentally and physically demanding circuits in the world. Add warm weather and high temperatures to the mix, and both man and machine are put to the ultimate test. On the final day of racing, Benistant managed to recover from two luckless falls to score enough points to take claim of the championship lead with a fifth overall finish in the round classification. Talviku used his 'never give up' attitude as he stormed from last position and up into twenty-first place. He was sixteenth overall in the round classification.
Also taking on the brutal conditions in Lommel, ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250's Roan van de Moosdijk and Caleb Grothues lined up for the eighth round of the European EMX250 Championship.
As a rider that is renowned for his speed and strength in the sand and as the winner of the previous round of the European EMX250 Championship in Italy, Roan van de Moosdijk was a solid pick for the podium. The Dutch ace carried his champagne winning momentum into the weekend as he went Pole with the fastest time in the qualifying session, which meant he was the first rider to go to the start-line for the two championship points paying races.
In the opening race of the weekend the Dutchman put in a fierce performance to finish fifth after charging from tenth place, while his teammate Grothues fought tooth and nail from dead last to claim his first EMX250 championship point with a twentieth-place finish.
The circuit was extremely testing for the final race. Staying out of trouble while still pushing for speed was the task at hand and one that was mastered by Roan van de Moosdijk as he challenged for the win in Race 2. After taking his GYTR kitted YZ250F to a top-three start, van de Moosdijk hounded the front-runners all the way to the flag where he finished in second position, and earned enough points to mount the podium for the third consecutive time this season. The eighteen year-old has moved up into fourth place in the EMX250 Championship Standings, while his teammate Grothues almost achieved his best finish this season, and in the grueling conditions the Australian rider finished twelfth-place for eighteenth overall.
Both European Championships will resume in two-weeks time at the fan friendly circuit of Frauenfeld-Gachnang, in Switzerland, where MJC Yamaha Official EMX125's Thibault Benistant has a chance at taking the EMX125 crown.