Milestone Reached for Lapucci & ASTES4-TESAR with Rip-Roaring Victory in Russia
ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250's Nicholas Lapucci dazzled the enthusiastic crowd onboard his GYTR kitted YZ250F at the Russian Grand Prix, round three of the EMX250 Championship, with two thrilling races where he went 3 - 2 for his first ever EMX250 round victory.
The third round of the EMX250 Championship coincided with the MXGP of Russia and took place on the rock-hard hills of Orlyonok, Russia. The event took place over two days. Yesterday, Monday 30th of April consisted of a practice and qualifying session and was followed by the first points paying race. Race 2 took place earlier this morning, Tuesday May 1st.
In a season that has, up until now, been characterized by crashes, ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250's Nicholas Lapucci reaped the rewards of keeping his GYTR kitted YZ250F rubber side down this weekend. The talented Italian got off to an incredible start in the Timed Practice where he finished second-place. His lap-time was only 00.282 off of Pole Position.
With a solid gate-pick up his sleeve, the nineteen-year-old used all the power of his YZ250F to challenge for the lead around turn one in the opening race where he mixed it up with some of the fastest 250cc riders in the world for the entire 25-minute plus 2 Lap duration of the race. He came home in third place.
On day two, the temperature gauge reached 30 degrees Celsius, which was approximately 4 degrees more than the 26 spoken of yesterday. The slightly hotter conditions for Race 2 meant the track required more water. The only issue with more water going down on the circuit was that the concrete-like clay became extremely slippery and that made for an extra challenge, but as an Italian that has grown up riding traditional hard-pack tracks, Lapucci took it in his stride as he darted past a handful of riders to finish second place and claim the overall victory.
The EMX250 class has been developed to help young talent learn the challenges they may face in Grand Prix racing. Being a top athlete means dealing with luckless days, which is what ASTES4-TESAR's Roan van de Moosdijk had to deal with this weekend after a big crash saw him fail to rejoin the opening race.
A new day presented a new opportunity to put some points on the board. With a little less skin on his arm from sliding along the ground yesterday, the Dutchman who was fourth place in qualifying, put the sting of his injury to the back of his mind and battled hard for twelfth place.
Before the weekend had commenced in Orlyonok, Russia, Lapucci had only scored points in one of four races and that was at the opening round of the championship in Spain, where he finished eighteenth place in the first race and put 3-points on the board. The Italian was a dark-horse this weekend, but proved his promise with a thrilling overall victory - the first of his young career, and the first for his team, ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250. As a result, he made an enormous leap forward in the EMX250 Championship Standings and is now thirteenth place, 18-points shy of his teammate Roan van de Moosdijk in tenth.
The next round of the EMX250 Championship will take place in Latvia on the weekend of May 13th.
EMX250 Round of Russia Winner
This was a great weekend for me. It started really well with second-place in Timed Practice and then I was third in the first race. I tried to push to the limit this weekend because I am not 100% as I had quite a difficult week. I had a big crash at the Italian Championship last weekend, but I really wanted to do well this weekend and keep pushing and this is the result. I am very lucky to have an amazing team behind me, ASTES4-TESAR, Yamaha Racing, my family, friends and sponsors.