Xavier Boog fifth and best MX1 Kawasaki rider in Italy
April 16, 2010
MX1, Mantova, Lombardia, 12 April 2010
Victories continue to elude the Kawasaki Racing Team in this year's World MX1 Championship so far this year, but the team riders continue their advance towards the front each week
Xavier Boog and Jonathan Barragan both finished top six on the day at Mantova in northern Italy, and Sebastien Pourcel was 5th in the first race before an unfortunate second moto pushed him outside the top ten on the day, but all three KRT riders now sit firmly in the top nine in the series.
Boog and Pourcel had both fallen at the awkward first corner during the qualification race on Saturday, but each of the Frenchmen gated top ten in the first moto on Sunday and Pourcel quickly pushed forward to 5th and might even have advanced further had he not started to suffer with armpump. He wisely controlled his pace to finish the race without costly mistakes. Boog also rode a sensible race to finish 7th, one ahead of Jonathan Barragan; the Spaniard continues to show great pace, but has yet to master the art of gating well on the Kawasaki and had to battle his way forward from 14th place on the opening lap.
The second race was less satisfactory for Pourcel as he fell on the opening lap and had to take risks to advance through the pack. 23rd on lap one, he was quickly into the points in 19th position before a further error pushed him back to 27th; with the field already well strung-out, he had to be content with 18th at the chequered flag. Boog had his best GP ride to date for the team as he battled on the leader board throughout to score his first top six finish in the MX1 division, but Barragan again started badly and once more had to fight hard to advance to 8th position by the end of the race.
It was a mist unfortunate weekend for Kawasaki Bud Racing Rockstar's Gregory Aranda. The 20 year old crashed hard after a collision with another rider on the opening lap of the Saturday's qualification race and was retained in hospital overnight for observation after suffering concussion. He initially felt some pain in the shoulder, but it was later confirmed that he had broken no bones and should return to GP action soon.
Xavier Boog: ‘I made two good starts this weekend, and that was a good basis for my best results so far in MX1. I didn't gate so well in the first moto, but I was able to cut inside at the first corner and came out 8th. I suffered a little with armpump later in the race, but I had no difficulty to hold 7th place to the finish. In the second moto I nearly grabbed the holeshot and was really enjoying the track. 6th place was a great ride for me. I feel more comfortable every race with my Kawasaki and I can look forward with confidence to the upcoming races. I will race at Mons in Belgium next week; that is a sand track so it will be good preparation for the next GP at Valkenswaard."
Jonathan Barragan: ‘I finished twice in the top eight today, but that is not what I am looking for. I still need more race time on the Kawasaki to improve my feeling with the bike, and that shows in my starts. It is always difficult to get a good result if you are not with the leaders from the word go, and that was especially true here as it was a very difficult to pass on this track. Next week I will race a Spanish championship round, and then I head for the Netherlands; I won there last year, so my goal for this year must be a podium result.'
Sébastien Pourcel: ‘The weekend didn't start well when I crashed at the start of the qualifying race, but I was still able to make good starts on Sunday even with an eighteenth position on the grid. But my results are not what I expected; the track was very rough and in the first moto I had armpump after about ten minutes so I concentrated on not making mistakes which could endanger my 5th place. Crashes cost me a good result in the second race. I fell at the start and was taking too many risks to come back; in the end I hit a stake and crashed again so I only scored three points. I have been working hard for the last three months to improve my riding on sandy tracks and I hope that I will be able to score top five finishes in both races at Valkenswaard.'