Heavy thunderstorms all weekend long
Heavy thunderstorms with a lot of rain afflicted the penultimate round of the World Championship all weekend long. Combined with high temperatures and a high altitude, the Mexican GP was a difficult one for riders and bikes with the track changing quickly from mud drying up really fast.
After the podium in Assen for Brent, Benoit was keen to offer the team a podium himself, so both riders left Europe really motivated for the last two rounds.
Benoit got a solid 6th place on Saturday, while Brent struggled a little on the track and finished 15th.
Heavy overnight rain turned the track into a mud pool for the first moto’s. As the temperatures were high it was a heavy race for the riders. Benoit got a good start and was in third the whole moto. Brent crashed at the start and was completely covered in mud. He had to come in to get the bike cleaned and change gloves. He got back in the race and still managed to finish in 9th position.
In the final moto Brent got a good start considering he was on the outside of the gate. He moved up from ninth to seventh but halfway through te race the bike stopped and he had to step out of the race. Benoit took off in third on the dried up track. He dropped back to fourth and in the last laps he had to let by Guillod to finish fifth. As the front runners from the first moto had bad results Benoit still managed to get on the box and score his first podium in his career finishing third overall.
Brent finished 14th overall in Mexico.
In the championship standings Paturel stays in 9th position, Brent is in 13th position.
"This is incredible for me. Last year I had nothing and Hans Corvers and Marnicq Bervoets took me into the team. I progressed step-by-step and I’m happy about that. I have such a good sensation with this first podium and I think for every rider it feels the same. I don’t really know what else to say! The team works really hard every day and they really perform. We have factory engines and I have everything I need to progress. I hope to be better for next year."
"It was a weekend to forget as soon as possible… On Saturday I never had a good feeling and struggled all day long. I had a good start in the first moto but some riders were sliding in front of me and I crashed hard in the mud. Everything was covered in mud and I barely got back in pitlane to change gloves etc. After that I had another crash in the last lap and I couldn’t get the bike started. With the height I almost faded trying to start again. In the second moto I had another solid start. I was riding well in seventh position when a couple of minutes before the end the bike broke down… I’m dissapointed with this weekend, but I’m looking forward to Glen Helen and hope for some better luck there!"