Posted By: James Hanson
Team Rockstar Bud Racing Lovemytime Kawasaki was back in action this weekend in Valence, alongside most of the top teams who were there for the opening event of the new season. Gregory Aranda and Davide Guarneri scored top ten results, while Dylan Ferrandis shows his speed in the MX2 class.
Dry and fast on Saturday, the track was totally different on Sunday due to the rain who just stopped around mid-day. Muddy and later drier thanks to the Northern wind, the track was rough and slippery so a good start was important! Starting the three races mid pack Gregory was consistent and regular with a sixth, a sixth and a seventh position which secured him a fifth position overall. Racing for the first time on a Kawasaki and discovering the Michelin tyres, Davide suffered poor starts – sixteenth, eighteenth and twentieth – but recovered in all the races to finish ninth overall. Involved in the MX2 class Dylan Ferrandis was among the fastest three riders on Saturday, but on the wet track it was harder for him due to his small size; third and seventh during most of the two races, he scores a sixth and a sixteenth position after several crashes and later retired in the super finale.
Gregory Aranda: “I’m pretty happy with the results, on Saturday I posted some fast laps but for the race a great start was too much important. I’m back on a bike since only three weeks and I want to take it step by step, for sure last year I won one race here but I was back from the USA and ready for the GP’s! I want to be fit for the first GP and not before, it would have been stupid to take too many risks as the track was rough with the rain. Now we move to Belgium where we’ll stay several weeks, we’ll come back just for the French Elite races”
Davide Guarneri: “This race was important for me to test the bike in racing condition, discover new tyres, and work on the settings of the bike including suspensions. We had a dry track on Saturday and some mud on Sunday, I improved the results all day long even if I hit the gate at the start of the super finale. I came back from twenty second to tenth and I was feeling good in this race; we know what we have to work in the following weeks, and during the coming weekend’s we’ll have good opportunities to prepare the GP’s during the Italian Championship”
Jacky Vimond: “If we just look to the results there’s nothing special to say, but it was a good week-end and we know that it’s not necessary to be ready for this race as the season will be long. Dylan was fast on Saturday, and he did some good things on the wet track on Sunday; we can see that the hard winter work is paying now. Concerning Gregory and Davide none of them took any risk; last year Greg was injured there, and Davide needs to discover his bike and the new tyres just a few weeks after a knee surgery”