Brian Moreau claimed his first podium and Pierre Goupillon his first moto win for Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki in the French round of the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship.
A vast crowd witnessed exciting racing in varying conditions at the hillside Saint Jean D’Angely track thirty kilometers from the Atlantic coastline. The first race on Saturday evening was run in glorious sunshine, but overnight rain made conditions very tricky for race two when both Bud teamsters excelled. Brian Moreau held a strong second place for five laps in the opening moto before selecting neutral and crashing but the youngster showed character as he recovered to regain fifth place on the final lap of the race. Again starting well in the muddy second moto he quickly advanced to the third place which would ensure his overall podium success and again showed character and maturity in difficult conditions to rebound after temporarily losing the place with a fall.
Brian Moreau: « It’s so nice to get my first European podium on a 250 so close home and in front of a huge crowd. It was not an easy weekend as the track was muddy this morning after it rained a lot in the night, and it was important to avoid mistakes. I crashed one time and Boisrame passed me, but I passed him back to finish third and secure this podium. The first race could have been better as I was second for a long time until I hit a neutral in a corner and crashed. I have been searching since the beginning of the season to put two solid races together on the same weekend. Now I have achieved it and there was no better place to do it than my home GP.»
Philippe Goupillon also reached a career landmark as he raced to his first moto success in the series in the muddy second moto. An incident when another rider crashed into him at the start of the first moto cost him all hopes of overall success but he too showed strength and maturity to quickly take over the lead in the muddy race two and maintain it to the end of the gruelling race.
Pierre Goupillon: « Yesterday I had a good feeling with the track and posted the second fastest time in my group, but at the start of the first race another rider hit me and I couldn’t avoid a crash. I knew that my speed was good and I knew that with a good start everything was possible in the second race. I got a great start and soon took the lead. It’s important to be in front in the mud so you can chose your lines; I made a gap and didn’t make any mistakes, even when Clarke was pushing behind me, to win my first ever race in a European series.”
Ruben Fernandez was the sole representative of the F&H Racing Team in the French round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship; the Spanish teenager showed good speed to hold seventh place during the early stages of each GP moto before more experienced rivals pushed him back to fourteenth at the finish.