A Seesaw EMX250 Season Opener for ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250
The 2018 EMX250 Championship will run over eleven rounds, in eleven different countries. This weekend, March 24th and 25th, the ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 trio of Tristan Charboneau, Roan van de Moosdijk and Nicholas Lapucci, attended the opening round of the series at the Red Sand MX and Enduro Park, in the Valencia district of Spain.
All three riders had never been to the popular Red Sand MX and Enduro facility before. Roan van de Moosdijk gelled with the track instantly and qualified in the first session with the 4th fastest time in his group. Nicholas Lapucci was in another group, and like van de Moosdijk, he felt at home on the red-coloured soil with the 9th fastest time in Group 2.
ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250's Tristan Charboneau was unable to race after tweaking his knee in practice two-weeks prior. The American ace will seek medical advice this week. More news on Charboneau will be shared when available.
For the two that did race, when the gates slammed to the ground for the first race of the season, van de Moosdijk was ripe and ready to challenge for a top spot. The 17-year-old Dutchman managed to avoid the carnage of a first-turn pile up and was inside the top-10 before turn two. Lapucci didn't get the best jump and was forced off his line to dodge the crash and had to start from outside of the top-30.
Van de Moosdijk ran a hot pace right from the start, and before the end of lap two, he was already inside the top-five and chipping away at the gap of the front runners. As the talented Dutchman started to pick up the pace on the high-speed Red Sand circuit, Lapucci was doing his best to dice his way through the pack. While closing in on the front-runners, van de Moosdijk's rear wheel stepped out in the wave section, which caused him to fall. A quick remount, and he managed to finish the first race of the year in sixth place, while Lapucci managed to cross the line in eighteenth.
The European Championship runs over the course of two-days, with only one race per day. Day 2, and Race 2, provided a wetter red-sand circuit for the ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 duo. Coming from Holland, van de Moosdijk is very quick on wet sand and managed to challenge for a podium place in the second race before a small crash at the end of pit-lane threw him off his rhythm. While it was a very minor fall, the Dutch ace fell awkwardly and hit his head. He managed to remount his YZ250F and bravely fought hard for thirteenth place, which combined with his sixth place finish in Race 1 put him in eighth place overall.
The Red Sand MX track was a beautiful beast, it was wide and flowing yet curiously technical and challenging. It was also very fast paced with a firm base and sandy top-soil, which was heavily watered ahead the second EMX250 race. Nicholas Lapucci fell hard on the second lap, but made a solid comeback and a series of inspiring passes for twenty-second place. He finished the weekend in twenty-fifth overall.
The next round of the EMX250 Championship will take place on the weekend of April 15th in Agueda, Portugal.