KEMEA Yamaha Yamalubt Race Report: GP7 Matterley Basin.
Leaving the English territory with a podium success, the KEMEA Yamaha Yamalube team can look back on a successful English round of the motocross world championship. Damon Graulus finished on the third step of the podium in the EMX2 class. Benoit Paturel finished 8th overall in the MX2GP class.
But the English GP in Matterley Basin didn’t only bring sunshine and glory for the KEMEA riders. Brent Vandoninck had a hard crash at the first lap of the qualification race on saturday. The young Belgian hurt his knee and it was soon clear the injury was severe. A full diagnosis couldn’t be given after the first examinations, so Brent will need an MRI on Tuesday when the swelling is gone. The whole team hopes for the best and wishes Brent a speedy recovery.
Looking at the results from previous years, it’s obvious Damon Graulus likes this track a lot, so the expectations were high too. These faded away pretty fast when Damon was involved in a multiple rider crash at the first turn of moto 1. He got back on the bike in last position and started a difficult mission to limit the damage. In the end he came back to 11th position.
In the final moto Damon was extra motivated to show what he is worth on this track. He had a good jump out of the gate and when Kouwenberg made a mistake he took over the lead. He opened a gap and managed to control the rest of the race. With this victory his finished third overall and as the other title challengers made some errors too, Damon is now third 10 points behind the leader.
In MX2GP Benoit was the only KEMEA rider on the line to represent the team. The Frenchman did well and was classified 8th overall with an 9-8 score. It was the first time this year Paturel finished in the top 10 in both races. In the standings he is now 12th and he’s closing in fast on the top 10.
"In the end it was a disappointing weekend. I came here to win the overall, but that didn’t happen. In the start of the first moto we tangled up with a couple of riders and I crashed. It took a while to get going again and got back to 11th. In the second moto I had a good start. When Kouwenberg made an error I got in the lead and tried to open a gap. I could not push as hard as I wanted as my wrist hurts pretty bad from the first moto crash. Luckily it was enough to get some breathing space and to get the win. I didn’t expect to be on the podium anymore, but in a way I’m happy to have ended the weekend on a positive note. I’m now ten points behind in the championship, so that’s still open."
"I’m satisfied with my weekend. I managed to score a top 10 in both moto’s, which is the first time this year. In both races I had some good battles with other riders and I learned a lot. It’s important to score well in both races and that’s something I really try to focus on. Now we go to France next week and I really like the track in Villars. On top of that the atmosphere will be great and it will be good to see a lot of friends coming to see the race. I want to thank my mechanic and the whole team for all their support and efforts."
Full Results can be found here