Posted By: James Hanson
The 1st July 2012 will stay forever in the memories of “the Rookie” Dylan Ferrandis, who got in Sweden his first ever Grand Prix podium. Third of the GP behind Tommy Searle and Jeffrey Herlings, who are fighting for the World title, the Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki rider is back on eighth position in the series.
The weather disturbed the Grand Prix, and heavy rains in the night and on Sunday morning ruined the track which was very tough for the races. Dylan was not so enthusiast, but two great starts changed the situation. He got the holeshot in the opening race, followed by the factory KTM, and lead the race for a couple of minutes; then Searle, Herlings and Roelants passed him, and Dylan focused on his own race to finish in fourth position, as he already did in Mexico and Portugal. The sun was back before the second heat, and Dylan was so fast in the first corners that he was again leading the race in the opening lap! Once more he will not try to resist too much when Searle and Van Horebeek attacked him; his third position will offer him a podium result, his first in his young career.
As Valentin Teillet has not yet recovered from his broken collarbone, the team asked a young french kid named Benoit Paturel to enter the GP. Support rider involved in the EMX2 European series, Benoit who was in the 125 class last year did a great Grand Prix as he finished fourteenth of the event (10/17). Only twenty fourth at the beginning of the first race, he came back tenth and with a seventeenth position in race two he did a great performance for his first ever GP. He will be back in the EMX2 European series in Latvia, in two weeks.
Livia Lancelot was in the US this weekend, and once more she reached her goal as she claimed a medal at the famous X Games; she got another bronze medal, as last year, among a strong field of women. After posting the fastest laptime in qualifying, Livia was hoping little better but bad starts ruined a better place and she can be happy with a medal.
Dylan Ferrandis: “I wasn’t expecting a podium this weekend as the track was pretty rough with the rain, and I didn’t feel as comfortable as usual. But I got the holeshot in both races and that made the difference! It felt good to lead for several laps, and then when Searle, Van Horebeek and Herlings came up on me I let them pass as they are racing for the title. It’s great to get my first podium here, especially as it is only one month since I was injured in France and I hope to get some more top five finishes before the end of the season. I’m confident; we saw again this weekend how fast is the Bud Kawasaki. ”
Benoit Paturel: “My goal this season is to compete in the European EMX2, but Bud called me up to replace Valentin (Teillet) for my first ever GP. This morning the track was nice during the warm up, but for the races it was not so good with the rain. In the first moto my start was not so good, but I found a good rhythm and came through the field to tenth. My start was even worse in the second race and I could only finished seventeenth; now I need to concentrate on the next round of the European EMX2 in Latvia.”
Stephane Dassé: « It was a very good weekend; we were all expecting a podium from Dylan but not so soon in the season. Dylan got two great starts and he rode well, he did a couple of small mistakes in the first race but his second heat was nearly perfect. His podium is a great reward for the team members and our partners who are behind us; it will boost everyone, and we were pleased this weekend to help Benoit Paturel. He did a good race, and we’ll hope to see Valentin back with us in Latvia.”
July 3rd, 2012 | TAGS: Benoit Paturel, dylan ferrandis, GP of Sweden, Grand Prix, Livia Lancelot, motocross, MX, MXGP, Rockstar, Rockstar Energy, rockstar energy bud racing kawasaki, Rockstar Energy Drink