Tough Return to Action for ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 in England
After a three-week break, the ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250 Team had a dramatic return to action at the fifth round - of the eleven round EMX250 series - which took place at the impressive Matterley Basin track, located near Winchester, in England, this weekend.
ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official EMX250's Roan van de Moosdijk set the pace early on and took his GYTR kitted YZ250F to second place in the Qualifying Practice session. Teammate Nicholas Lapucci had been diagnosed with a broken hand three-weeks ago. The hearty Italian put in a heroic lap and qualified for the main event in twelfth place.
The duo lined up for their first points paying race late in the day yesterday. Van de Moosdijk had high hopes for a good result, but a luckless start to the race saw him pull off the circuit after the first corner with damage to his rear-break caliper.
Battling an enormous amount of pain and a weakness in his left hand, Lapucci completed all 11 laps of the 25-minute plus 2-lap race and was thirty-fourth at the flag.
Fans poured into the venue early this morning ahead of Race 2 where van de Moosdijk was eager to claw back some points and finish the weekend with a good result. The young Dutchman got off to a decent start and was pushing hard to move into the top-ten before he lost the front wheel - on lap three - in a turn that was close to a jump face. He fell to the ground while his YZ250F hit the jump up-ramp and launched 10-feet into the air before tumbling down the track.
After the spectacular fall, van de Moosdijk got back to his feet and was okay but could not rejoin the race, while Lapucci hammered home a brave twenty-fifth place finish.
The ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha Official Team will use the next five days to rest and recover before lining up again in six days time in Saint Jean d'Angely in France for round six of the EMX250 Championship.