Moments of Brilliance for Paturel & Van doninck in Argentina
The wide, fast and spectacular venue of Patagonia Argentina made for a thrilling third stop on the MX2 World Championship calendar with Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Benoit Paturel laying a finger on the championship lead, briefly, after using the lively power of his YZ250F to finish second place in first race of the day. With the strange, dark and grainy volcanic soil of the Neuquen region being unlike anything else on the calendar, pushing too hard was detrimental, and Paturel was forced to learn the hard way as he bounced back from two minor errors for ninth place in the final outing, and fourth overall. Meanwhile Brent Van doninck continued to forge his name and his place in MX2 by finishing inside the top seven on both occasions for a commendable seventh overall.
Determined to make amends to his slow start to the weekend, a re-awakened Benoit Paturel lined up on his YZ250F today hungry to make more of a dent in the MX2 world championship. With the championship lead in sight, a lot of hope and expectation surrounds the Frenchman who stepped up to the plate in the opening race with an impressive second place finish. After giving the intense and vocal crowd something to celebrate in the opening race, a mistake at turn one in the second race made for some gripping race-action as he did his best to make up for the error. His speed and courage on the edgy and deceiving soil was inspiring as he charged his way from the back of the pack into ninth before crashing. With mistakes being proof that one is trying, Paturel is one rider that will race all the way to the checkered flag, and his never-give-up attitude saw him limit the damage to his points with a ninth place finish for fourth overall.
Brent Van doninck had his effort dial turned to maximum just like his right hand which was firmly attached to the throttle of his YZ250F. The Belgian had his head down and was riding hard all weekend where he made a solid statement in the Qualifying Race with an impressive fifth place finish. In race one, the tenacious youngster managed to dice his way through the pack after getting off to a mediocre start. He ran a mean pace but by time he had got into seventh place, the leaders had already established a decent gap which was too big to reel in. In the second race his reflexes were sharp and charged into the first turn inside of the top ten. After making a couple of respectable passes the rider carrying the number '172' finished one better than his first race result in sixth.
Unfortunately, the third of Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's musketeer's Alvin Östlund was unable race this weekend after a rider fell in front of him in Free Practice. The young Swede ended up landing on the stranded bike which caused him to crash heavily on his head and shoulder. He suffered a concussion and is experiencing pain in his shoulder but has been medically cleared and is hoping to be back on the line in Mexico in two-week's time.
"The first race I was good, I didn't get such a good start but I came back strong for second place. In the second race I touched another rider on the start and went off the track. I was completely last and I had to push to get back inside the top ten and then I fell again. I still came back for ninth which is still good points and these will be important at the end of the season."
Brent Van doninck
"My result today isn't 'wow' but it's not so bad either. I feel like I rode pretty good today. I was consistent and finished in sixth and seventh. I actually thought these results would put me inside the top five, but it didn't happen this time but they are still good points and I have moved up to sixth place in the championship."