KEMEA Yamaha Official MX team: GP15 Frauenfeld, Switzerland
After a long time of absence on the MXGP calendar, the MXGP paddock returned to Switzerland for the 15th round of the MXGP World championship. The new track in Frauenfeld is the last one of three races in a row before a small break will lead the championship in his final stages. No traditional Swiss track in Frauenfeld, but the organizers created an artificial, but technical track which provided a great atmosphere and some great racing.
Going through a rollercoaster of emotions lately, Benoit Paturel managed to get another podium for the team, his third this season. With two third place finishes, the Frenchman arrived on the third step of the podium. On top of that he moves up to third place in the championship standings, where he has 17 points advantage now on Anstie with three rounds remaining.
"In the first moto I had a bad start but I managed to come back strong. It took me a lot of energy to get to third and that bothered me in the second moto. But I’m really satisfied with the result. I want to dedicate this podium to my mother. I’m sure I made her proud up there ! Thanks a lot to the team and focus on the last three races now!"
Brent Vandoninck had another difficult weekend in Frauenfeld. On Saturday he showed good speed finishing fifth in the qualifying race. In the races Brent finished 11th and 15th for 14th overall. he is now 14th in the championship standings.
"Physically I’m not 100% yet, and to race in the front you really need to be… Last week in Lommel was a little too early after the surgery, and I had to go really deep. It took me some days to recover and here too I struggled with my fitness. With some weekends off I will use this time hard to be stronger in Assen."
Maxime Renaux had some good chances on a good result with a seventh place in time practice. In the first moto he was riding in 10th when he crashed hard on a triple. He didn’t continue but had no major injuries. In the second moto Maxime was riding in 14th when bad luck struck again for the French rider. He had another DNF and scored no points in Switzerland. A disappointing race for the reigning 125cc 2015 FIM Junior World Champion, who expected more of his maiden EMX2 championship!