Posted By: James Hanson
Tough experience for Gregory Aranda / Win for Livia Lancelot
The fourth round of the French Elite series hasn’t been successful for Gregory Aranda, who lost many points when he retired in the second heat. For the team Rockstar energy Bud Racing Kawasaki the best this weekend came from Livia Lancelot, who dominates the opening round of the French women series.
Starts, starts and starts! Once more this weekend Gregory Aranda, who posted the fastest qualifying time in the morning, suffered from poor starts in the races and lost too much time to recover. Coming back in third position of race one behind Barragan and Boog, Greg will unfortunately not finish the opening lap of the second moto; after his worst start of the season so far he passed many riders, but took too many risks and crashed! He was unable to continue, as his bike was damaged.
In St Cheron near Paris, Livia Lancelot dominates the three heats of the French series. It was for Livia a perfect opportunity to prepare the opening round of the World Championship, as she had to work all day long on the settings of his Kawasaki as the track changed through the weekend. She had the best feeling in the last race, and will arrive confident in Bulgaria for the World Championship race. Gregory Aranda will also be with Davide Guarneri in Sevlievo, while Dylan Ferrandis will have new exams on his wrist this week; the youngest member of the team expect to be ready in three weeks time in the Netherlands for the first round of the MX2 European series.
Gregory Aranda: “In the first heat I struggled with some other riders and I was sixteenth at the start; I came back third, but I wasn’t confident as I had some troubles with the engine on some jumps. It was better in the last part of the race, but Jonathan and Xavier were far away. I took my second bike for the next race, but my start was even worse and I was passing a couple of riders when I crashed in a fast corner. I did a mistake, I wanted to come back too fast and the bike was damaged so I retired; if Xavier doesn’t do any mistake in the next two rounds I have no more chances for the title.”
Livia Lancelot: “This weekend my 4th race of the season took place in St Cheron near Paris, it was the opening round of the French women series. I won the three heats of the weekend. Quads were also riding and they destroyed the track, I had some troubles to find my rhythm. The third and last heat was the best for me; I had a great feeling with the bike and was happy with the settings of the suspensions. I think that I made a huge improvement compared to the previous seasons, now I know what to do with the suspensions, thanks to the work we did this winter with Sébastien Dassé. I will go to Bulgaria confident, even if I have no ideas about my level compared to my rivals; I’ve a good feeling with the Kawasaki, and I worked hard this winter to prepare this season.”
Jacky Vimond: “It was a mixed weekend for us; Greg didn’t get a good start in both races and then it was difficult for him. During the first heat he wasn’t so confident as he had some troubles with the engine, but during the last part of the race he had a good rhythm. His second start was worse than the first one but he passed promptly several riders, until this spectacular crash and he was lucky to stay safe. This week Greg will have to work on the starts again, in GP’s it’s much more difficult to come back and he must find a solution.”