Paturel On the Pulse in Portugal
The red-clay circuit of Agueda, Portugal - that hosted the twelfth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship - threw up some fantastic racing today, particularly in MX2 where Benoit Paturel raised some eye-brows with his incredible charge through the field in both races, for fifth overall. Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 teammates Brent Van doninck and Alvin Östlund also came away with some positives. Van doninck finished seventh overall, while Östlund finished twelfth.
In today's day and age, the grand prix spec motocross tracks are usually ripped really deep which generally provides a lot more lines, but at the same time it limits creativity. When a track is not ripped, it becomes more of a blank canvas which means the riders tend to change their lines lap after lap. This makes for 'edge-or-your-seat' racing with the speed and intensity raised, and a whole new level of unpredictability.
The MXGP of Portugal provided that 'blank canvas' style of racing, which suited YZ250F mounted Benoit Paturel as he was able to use his incredible hard-pack riding technique to his advantage. Following his disappointing 27th place finish in the Qualifying Race which came as a result of two crashes, Paturel had his work cut out for him today. Two bad starts were turned into positives as the Frenchman carved his way through the epic madness, that is MX2 racing, with incredible speed and aggression for a jaw-dropping sixth in Race 1 which he went and bettered in Race 2 with a fourth.
Van doninck recovered from two mediocre starts and was titanic on his charge to two top-ten finishes, seventh and ninth for seventh overall, while Östlund struggled to find his mojo. The Swede, who was the strongest Qualifier out of the trio - ninth - couldn't find the flow necessary to break into the top ten. After two frustrating races, he had to settle for a 12-14 score-card, and twelfth overall.
The FIM Motocross World Championship takes a three-week break before the next round, round thirteen, which will take place on the weekend of July 23rd at the classic hilly clay circuit of Loket, Czech Republic.
5th GP Overall, 5th MX2 Championship Standings
"I gave my best today. I had to race from a bad start because of my position on the gate, but I came back good and I am feeling positive for the next race."
Brent Van doninck
7th GP Overall, 9th MX2 Championship Standings
"I had two bad starts, but had a better feeling than yesterday. In the first race I moved my way up to ninth and the second race I had a better start so I could finish seventh. I am happy with that, now we have a three-week break to let my wrist heal and see what we can do after that."
12th GP Overall, 13th MX2 Championship Standings
"I didn't have a good pace today. I struggled a little bit with my speed, I didn't feel good and my rhythm just didn't come. Tenth overall is not too bad, especially because I feel very tired today, but maybe it's because of the heat last weekend."