Magnificent Moment for Paturel in Germany
Emotions ran high inside the Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 tent at the eighth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship, which took place at the classic old-school circuit of Teutschenthal, Germany. Going Pole for the first time in his career, Benoit Paturel exhibited the importance of a good start and authenticated his ability to run at the front of the field. He took his YZ250F to a formidable second place finish in the final race of the day but his podium hopes were dashed by a minor technical error in Race 1. Only scoring points in Race 1 meant the talented Frenchman had to settle for tenth overall, while his teammates Brent Van doninck and Alvin Östlund both salvaged points after crashing and wrapped up the grand prix in seventeenth and twenty-first respectively.
The weekend got off to a magnificent start for Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Benoit Paturel who had the throttle of his YZ250F completely twisted as he charged from fifth position and passed the championship leader - Pauls Jonass - with 2 laps to go - for his first ever Qualifying Race win. Alvin Östlund also had a promising start to the weekend Qualifying twelfth, while a crash put Brent Van doninck back in twenty-fourth.
On a track that favours the inside start gate Benoit Paturel was at an advantage being the pole man. The Frenchman got a reasonable jump when the gates fell and entered turn one around tenth. The perfect point of acceleration, 100% traction and great gear selection saw him sling shot into sixth place on the exit. He took his time searchig for lines on the rut-riddled circuit and fell back to ninth before being forced out of the race by an unusual technical issue. Putting the disappointment of Race 1 in the back of his mind, he bounced back with a vengeance in Race 2 to finish the race on the brink of his maiden grand prix victory. He was the fastest rider on track and finished in a narrow second place which was enough to land him inside the top ten, tenth.
Alvin Östlund was quick out of the blocks in the opening race but tangled with Julien Lieber and went down. He lost half of a lap before he got going again and which meant he had to ride well to get back to twenty-seventh. Meanwhile Van doninck got off to a sluggish start - well outside of the top twenty - but soon managed to find some lines that worked a treat and forced his way up into thirteenth. In Race 2, the riders swapped shoes. Van doninck finished twenty-fourth after going down hard on the first corner, while Östlund charged for the flag and finished fifteenth.
The next round of the FIM Motocross World Championship will take place next weekend, May 27th and 28th, on Paturel's home soil, in Ernee, France.
10th GP Overall, 5th MX2 Championship Standings
"The result is not there, but I have done my best. I won the Qualifying Race yesterday. I am really happy about that, and I was second place in the second race today too. That is also not so bad. In the first race I could not finish because of a small technical issue, but next weekend we go to France for my home grand prix, and I am really excited for that. I will give it everything and hopefully I will be on the box!"
Brent Van doninck
17th GP Overall, 8th MX2 Championship Standings
"The only positive thing I can take from this weekend is my speed in the second race, it was a little bit better than in the first race. I struggled a bit this weekend, I crashed yesterday and crashed again today. I didn't feel good all weekend, so I am very disappointed. Hopefully next weekend I will be much better, so I hope to have some good training sessions this weekend and be back on the pace in France."
21st GP Overall, 18th MX2 Championship Standings
"This was a tough track. The Qualifying Race was not so bad, twelfth, so I had a good gate pick today. In the first race I got off to a good start, I was inside the top ten, but a guy crashed in front of me, and I fell and then I was too far behind. In the second race I got hit by another rider which cost me some time, but the riding was pretty good, I am happy about that, just not so happy about the result."