Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 Face Highs and Lows in Indonesia
Thanks to weeks of heavy rain, the second round of the FIM MX2 World Championship turned out to be one for the ages. The Pangkal Pinang track which had been built specifically for the MXGP of Indonesia was nothing short of brutal with its swamp-like dirt swallowing some of the best MX2 riders in the world whole. Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Brent Van doninck and Benoit Paturel started the day strong with a fourth and fifth place finish in the opening race while Alvin Östlund was forced to retire after losing his bike in the quicksand.
After a couple of mediocre starts Van doninck and Paturel made several spectacular passes on their way to their fourth and fifth place finishes in the opening race. Östlund found himself trapped in a mud hole alongside the championship leader Pauls Jonass, which worked in favor of Paturel, who then inherited the championship lead, briefly.
Despite the quickly deteriorating track, and the temperamental weather, the second race ran to schedule, at least for 19 minutes of the usual 30 minute plus 2 lap duration. 19 minutes in, Race Direction pulled the pin on it and put the red flag out deeming the conditions 'too treacherous'. And that was an understatement. The conditions were beyond treacherous with many riders failing to complete laps. Like everyone, all three Kemea riders fell-foul to the mind-boggling conditions but did their best to salvage points. Paturel was awarded tenth in Race 2 while Van doninck was handed twelfth, and Östlund was stranded in twenty-third.
After a dramatic end to an eventful weekend, the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 team are stripping their engines and are carefully packing the bikes and tools into a big blue flight case which will be sent directly to Argentina where the third round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place on the 18th and 19th of March.
Brent Van doninck
"It was a tough day, in the first race I took a really good start and I made a few mistakes but I kept calm the whole race and didn't crash once so I finished fourth. My speed was okay, but I was consistent with my lap times and this is why I finished fourth. I am really happy with that. I just hoped I could do the same again in the second race."
"The result was not so bad when you see the condition of the track, but I rode so bad and I am not happy about that so I need to refocus and try to ride better."
"I just advised all three riders to not be the fastest out there, but to be smart and think about preserving their bikes as much as possible. I know it's not easy because in some places you definitely need to use your clutch, and normally Benoit is not on the clutch, but this time he was on it so much and it's disappointing because if he didn't have this problem he could be leaving here with a 15-point lead of something like that."