Brent Van doninck
News Report 16 April 2017

2017 GP of Italy

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1550 m
04 / 16 / 2017
17:10 Local time

Testing Day in Trentino for Kemea Yamaha MX2


The fifth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship highlighted the importance of a good start with all three Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 riders facing the consequences of a poor jump. Brent Van doninck managed to bounce back for eighth overall while his teammate Benoit Paturel was left extremely frustrated in nineteenth, only one position in front of his teammate Alvin Östlund who made his return to racing with a twenty-first.

The extremely scenic and typically tranquil venue nestled at the base of the Dolomite Mountains in the Trentino district of Italy seemed to be slightly too calming for the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 trio. Timing the gate drop was the biggest challenge of the day with all three riders barely pushing the top twenty around turn one in both races.

Limited line choice out on the compact and rocky clay based circuit made passing extremely difficult. Nevertheless, Benoit Paturel had a meteor effect on the class as he charged his way into the top ten on the first few laps. While his speed was undeniable, he was looted by a small and rare mechanical issue which forced him out of the race. Another lack-luster start in the final race of the day saw the talented Frenchman struggle with the one-lined nature of the track as he fought hard for a disappointing, by his standards, thirteenth place. 

Over the last few rounds Brent Van doninck has put his name on the table of one of the MX2 elites. The Belgian ace was all fight in the opening race of the day as he battled with all of his might from outside of the top twenty to finally finish twelfth. Another shabby start saw the twenty-two-year-old combine his experience in the first race with his inspiring amount of talent to break into the top ten.

The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend, April 22nd and 23rd, in the sand of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands.

Brent Van doninck

Kemea Yamaha Official MX2

"I am really disappointed with today. I had a bad start in the first moto and it is so hard to pass out there so I stayed for the whole race behind one rider who is not on the same level but I just couldn't pass him and I finished 12th. In the second race I had a better start but again it is so hard to pass and I couldn't move forward like I wanted to. I had a battle with Samuele Bernardini but only got up to 9th. I am looking forward to Valkenswaard, it's like a home GP for me, I look forward to having my family and friends there."

Benoit Paturel

Kemea Yamaha Official MX2

"Not a great weekend for me. I had a mechanical issue in the first race and in the second race I got a bad start. This is something I need to work on otherwise I am not going to get the results I want."