KEMEA Yamaha Official MX Team Press release: GP3 Valkenswaard
Both Brent Vandoninck and Benoit Paturel have met the expectation at the MXGP in Valkenswaard finishing 4th and 5th overall in the MX2 class. Maxime showed top 5 speed at his EMX2 debut but was set back with different problems.
For Maxime thing went already wrong in the first moto. After a second time in his group Maxime had a good start. Riding in 5th position he was following the leaders when his bike stopped in the third lap, forcing him to leave the race.
In the second moto on Monday Maxime had a great jump and was battling for the lead when he crashed in the second lap. It took him a while to get the bike fired up again and once back in the race he had another big crash. He rejoined the race lapped by the leaders, but didn’t get in the points anymore.
In the qualification race on Sunday Brent got some technical issues forcing him out of the race and leaving him with a 35th gate pick. Compared to for example Benoit, who qualified 6th this was a big disadvantage. This showed at the start, where Benoit came out well and Brent was outside the top 10. In the end Benoit ended the race in 7th position, while Brent came back strong to finish 5th.
Similar story in the second moto where Paturel crossed the line in 3rd and Brent in 14th after the first lap. Once again Brent stormed his way to the front and soon he and Benoit were involved in a 5 rider battle for third. With every being so close, Brent couldn’t avoid a crashed Petrov and lost multiple seconds. He gave all he had though and managed to gain two spots in the very last lap of the race to finish 4th. Benoit got 6th on a short distance. Like this the KEMEA riders got 4th and 5th overall in the Dutch sand. In the championship standing Brent is now 5th followed by Benoit in 7th on 2 points.
"I rode two solid races, but I should have been on the box… With the bad gate pick there were little chances of a good start. In the first race I lost my goggles pretty early and it was very hard to pass like that. In the second moto things were going really good and unfortunately I lost extra time when Petrov crashed. I finished fourth with a final effort but it could have been better with better starts. Anyway, the championship is still very long and I’m with in the standings now. That plus the fact I was feeling 100% physically make me feel confident for the next GP."
"Last week I would have signed for this result. I was really sick and still wasn’t recovered completely before the weekend. Getting good starts I was immediately in the mix up front, but at the end I was completely exhausted. The speed was really good though and it’s really positive to see the progress I made on this surface."
"I’m disappointed about the weekend. I felt good all weekend and was pleased with my speed but unfortunately things didn’t turn out well. In the first moto I had a good start and was able to follow the top group when my bike stopped. In the second moto I had another good start and was right inside the battle for the lead. In the third lap I crashed and it took me a long time to get the bike going again. Once I was back on track I made another big crash. I guess I was not concentrated at that time. I hurt my wrist a little but it won’t be too bad. Afterwards I tried to finish the race, but being in a difficult postion that was hard. It could have been better this weekend, but I have to take the positives out of it. I’ll keep training hard and look forward to the next race."