KEMEA Yamaha Official MX team: GP6 Kegums, Latvia

After the South American adventure the MXGP paddock moved to Eastern Europe for the 6th GP of 2016 in Latvia. Only late last week, Brent got a green light from the doctor to ride and to join the team in Kegums. Only four weeks after his crash, he was back on the bike and felt strong enough to participate in Kegums.

With Brent back in the game, it was a full house under the KEMEA tent. Maxime was in Latvia too for his second round of the EMX2 series. After a disappointing race in Valkenswaard, Renaux was keen to show his potential this time. After a second time in his group Maxime had a great start in the first moto. Soon he moved up to the lead but after a couple of laps he started making some mistakes and had to let by some riders. In the end he crossed the line in fifth.
In the second race he got another great start and was battling for the lead in the opening laps. Just as in moto 1 he faded to fifth towards the end of the race but with a superb last lap effort he managed to snap fourth place back. He got fifth overall and only missed the podium by 1 point. In the championship standings he moves up to 11th.

In MX2 Brent and Benoit qualified in 8th and 9th on Saturday. On Sunday Brent surprised everybody in the first moto finishing 7th. His goal was to get a top 10 but he managed to move up steadily as the race went on. Exact the opposite happened to Paturel though. After a good start the Frenchman dropped from 6th to 9th towards at the end of the race.
In the second moto Paturel regrouped really good and rode a solid race. After a decent start he soon arrived in fifth place putting himself right behind Petrov. Both had a great battle all race long but Paturel couldn’t make the pass stick. Brent had to go by some crashed riders in the first turn and was only 20th at the first lap. After another strong ride he moved up to 11th. Benoit ends the Latvian GP in 6th while Brent did better then expected in 9th. Paturel remains 6th in the championship and Brent is close to the top 10 with an 11th spot.

"After a difficult start in Valkenswaard I’m happy with this result. I made some small mistakes, so perhaps it could have been a bit better but after all it was good. Some others in the top 5 are way older then me, and that makes things more difficult for me. They are physically stronger and have more experience but I believe this is good to gain experience and learn. Racing them will help me progress and I’m already looking forward for next week in Teutschenthal."

Maxime Renaux

"In the second moto I was feeling much better then in race 1. I was riding way more comfortable and I feel it’s a step in the right direction. I hope I can continue this progress towards the next race."

Benoit Paturel

"It was actually a miracle I was riding here, so I’m really pumped on thad. The goal was to limit the damage in the championship, but in the end it turned out really good. The first moto went good and I managed to make up a lot of places. The second one was harder after I was held up in the start. Towards the end I had a lot of pain and my leg felt so tired, but I continued to the end. After the medication I got for the operations, my condition is not on point, but I’m happy to have raced here. I can build up from here on and hope to be 100% again soon."

Brent Vandoninck

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