KEMEA Yamaha Official MX team: GP18 Glen Helen, USA
With a marvelous third place overall Benoit Paturel has exceeded the original expectations for this season. The French rider received his bronze medal at a tropical hot Glen Helen after a though race weekend. Brent managed to finish the season on a positive note with a strong last moto and Valentin managed to finish ninth overall in his rookie MXGP season.
On the iconic track in Glen Helen Benoit qualified in 8th on Saturday. Brent had a DNF and had 22nd gate pick.
Main mission this weekend for Paturel was to defend his third place in the championship. He came into Glen Helen with a 13 point advantage.
In the first moto Brent was involved in a major crash in the first lap at the bottom of the steep downhill. He couldn’t avoid some crashed riders in front of him and joined them on the ground. Behind him a couple of other riders couldn’t avoid the carnage either and turned the spot into a spaghetti of bikes. Once they got untangled Brent rejoined the race way behind the rest. He went on though and finished 18th.
Benoit had a better start and rode in 7th for most of the race, while Anstie took the lead in the early laps of the race. Paturel found a good pace and finished 6th, a couple of places ahead of Anstie who dropped back towards the end of the race.
In the final MX2 moto both KEMEA riders were outside the top 10 after the first lap. When Benoit made a mistake and dropped a couple of places while Anstie was in the front again, the overall podium got threatened. Paturel managed to come back to ninth though and secured third place in the championship. An emotional Paturel got sixth overall in the USGP and was super proud to get on the podium to receive the bronze medal.
Brent wanted to finish strong and rode an impressive race. He moved up from 14th to 6th and got 13th overall in the last GP. He closes the 2016 campaign in 15th.
"I don’t have any words for this… I’m so stoked with this third position. The goal at the start of the season was top 5 and I think finishing third is really awesome. It’s a great reward for myself but also for the team. Everybody has worked so hard this year. I’m already looking forward to train hard in the winter and improve towards next year but first I want to enjoy this one."
"I’m happy to finish the season some what in a positive way. Second moto riding went really good and I seemed to have found back the right speed. In the first moto I had to remove two bikes before I got to mine, so that race was over before it really started. This season hasn’t gone the way I had in mind. It started well but after my injury I never got 100% again. It’s now important to get a good winter and to be fully fit again in February 2017."
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