Paturel On The Cusp of Grand Prix Glory
The opening round of the FIM MX2 World Championship that took place earlier this evening at the International Circuit of Losail, Qatar, has spotlighted Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Benoit Paturel as a key player in the challenge for MX2 supremacy. The audacious Frenchman celebrated the start of a new season on the second step of the podium after spending the entire 30 minute plus 2 lap race duration on the cusp of his first ever Grand Prix win.
In what were two of the most thrilling MX2 races that have ever taken place in the Middle East, Benoit Paturel had everyone on the edge of their seats as he pushed the eventual Grand Prix winner, Pauls Jonass, all the way to the checkers. Whilst in hot pursuit of his first ever Grand Prix win, the twenty-two-year-old set the fastest lap-time in the final race, but slammed the brakes on his chances when he over jumped a table-top which saw him make a brief off-track excursion with only 2 laps to go.
Finishing tenth and twelfth in the overall classification, Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Alvin Östlund and Brent Van doninck both had positives to take away from the weekend. Östlund lined up with the goal of finishing inside the top ten, while Van doninck's benchmark was top seven.
The Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 crew are now re-packing their flight cases which will be air freighted to Indonesia for round two of the FIM Motocross World Championship that will take place next weekend, on March 4th and 5th in Pangkal Pinang.
2nd, Championship: 2nd / 44 points
"It is really good to start the season like this. I tried to win but Pauls was better this weekend. I finished right on his wheel in both races, but the season is long and I think we are going to have a really good battle and whoever is the most consistent this year will win the championship."
10th, Championship: 10th / 19 points
"I didn't have good starts, but I felt good on the bike and I could easily follow the guys in front and that was good. In the second race I was tenth, and I was tenth overall as well. That was the goal for this weekend so I am happy."
Brent Van doninck
12th, Championship: 12th / 18 points
"In the first heat I was not so good, I didn't get a good start and I struggled to pass on this track. In the second heat I started better, but not really good, I finished seventh, and I was quite happy about that because my goal for this weekend was to finsh inside the top 7 and I managed to do that. I just hope to have a better overall result in Indonesia."