Boog seventh and best MX1 rookie
April 28, 2010
MX1, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, 26 April 2010
Xavier Boog and Sebastien Pourcel kept battling through a difficult week which had seen the Kawasaki Racing Team lose the services of Jonathan Barragan through injury.
Boog advanced to 7th in the standings, whilst Pourcel is just six points shy of a single digit ranking despite a tough weekend at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands, scene of round three of the FIM MX1 World Championship.
Both riders found themselves with disadvantageous starting positions after incidents with other riders during the qualification race on Saturday, but they showed good pace to force their way forward to 10th (Boog) and 11th (Pourcel) in the first moto before errors temporarily lost each of them ground and they eventually crossed the line 11th and 16th.
Race two was also not kind to the Kawasaki riders but each persevered to score valuable points and can look forward to a return to better results as the series moves to the hard-pack surface of the GPs in Portugal and Spain in coming weeks.
Gregory Aranda of the Rockstar Kawasaki Bud Racing Team was absent from the GP in the Netherlands. The 20 year was knocked out at the GP of Lombardy two weeks ago; this was the third time he had suffered a concussion in a month and medical opinion ordered complete rest for two weeks. He will resume training on Tuesday in preparation to rejoin the GP trail in Portugal.
Xavier Boog: "After my good results in the first two GPs and in the international race in Belgium last week I had confidently expected to finish top ten here, but I had an eventful weekend and just missed my goal. A crash at the first corner of the qualification race on Saturday meant that I didn't have a good choice of gate, but I was able to force my way into the top ten in both motos before I made mistakes which cost me points each time. In the first moto I forgot for a moment that I was on a 450 when I opened the gas too quickly and crashed, then in the second race I changed my line to pass de Reuver and lost control in a bumpy section. The bike got stuck in the wooden fence and I lost a lot of time and energy getting back into the race. I knew I would have ups and downs in my first season on a 450, but I never gave up and managed to recover to maintain my record of scoring in every race so far and stay 7th in the point's standings."
Sébastien Pourcel: "I was training with Jonathan when he got injured on Wednesday and I found it difficult to concentrate on the track and the race this weekend. On Saturday I didn't find a good rhythm in the first practice, and then in the pre-qualifying I crashed and hurt my right knee. It just wasn't my day and in the qualification race I collided with another rider at the start; the ignition cover was damaged and I had to retire which meant I had the worst position on the grid for Sunday. Still I managed to get up to eleventh place in the first moto until I made a couple of mistakes in the last ten minutes which cost me a couple of places. I am still rebuilding the strength in my shoulder after being injured last year and after 15 minutes of the second moto I was finding it difficult to control the bike as the track became more and more bumpy. I have some bad memories from this place, so I avoided taking any risks but still managed to finish eleventh. It's not the result I wanted for the team and the fans, but I know that the Portuguese and Spanish tracks will be better for me and I am sure I will be battling with the leaders there."