Frossard builds momentum in his title challenge
April 28, 2010
MX2, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, 26 April 2010
Kawasaki Team CLS's Steven Frossard added momentum to his MX2 title challenge as he recorded his second podium placing at the tough sand track of Valkenswaard in the Netherlands.
The Frenchman had already shown his determination when he raced to third place in the qualification race on Saturday, and his efforts were again rewarded when World Championship points were awarded on Sunday as he battled relentlessly to end the day on the podium. In the first moto the 22 year old chased third-placed Shaun Simpson all the way to the chequered flag, crossing the line less than a second down on the Scot who had been a moto winner at the track 12 months ago. His second race in the unforgiving sand was even more impressive with a hard-earned third place after advancing up the leader board from an initial 7th place.
Teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek had made life difficult for himself with a series of crashes on Saturday, and the Belgian had to use a lot of energy in the first moto on Sunday to recover to 11th place after being dragged to the ground in a pile-up at the start. Taking a long time to settle at the start of race two Jeremy really came into his own during the second half, surging up the leader board to finish fourth.
Nico Aubin of the Kawasaki Bud Racing team continues to struggle to deliver the results which his speed deserve, crashes on the opening lap of both motos costing him any chance of a good result.
Steven Frossard: "I did not achieve good results on sand tracks last year but I have flown several times between Marseilles and the Netherlands this winter to practice under the watchful eye of ex-GP rider Kees van der Ven and the team's technical advisor Harry Nolte. Last week we trained at a track which is similar to Valkenswaard, and the positive tests helped me a lot to feel confident on this type of surface. I had a strong qualifying race which gave me third choice of gate today and I was able to finish 4th and 3rd in the two motos today after top ten starts in each. It's the first time in my career that I have got in the podium at a sandy track and that confirms that the training we did during the winter is bringing its rewards. I really like the track at Águeda in Portugal where the next GP will take place and I am confident I can go for the win there to reduce the gap to the current points leaders."
Jeremy Van Horebeek: "Saturday just wasn't my day as I crashed no less than six times, but in the warm-up this morning I was much more comfortable with the track and felt that a podium result was possible. Unfortunately at the start of the first race I was involved in a pileup and lost a lot of time. I came back through the field to finish eleventh, but that took a lot of energy. I was still feeling it in the early laps of race two and I didn't settle into a rhythm for the first 15 minutes. But once I found my rhythm I was able to set fast lap times and charged back from fifteenth to finish fourth behind Steven. My confidence on the bike is growing all the time and I'm looking forward to the next GPs. I won in Spain last year and I'm impatient to start winning again for Kawasaki."
Nicolas Aubin: "Each week we work hard, I feel great on the bike and we come to the race expecting good results but they just don't want to happen. I was involved in a crash at the start of both races here, and after that it was impossible to come back for a good result. All we can do is to continue to work at it because we're sure that the run of bad luck must end soon."