Xavier Boog conquers the French Elite Championship title
July 15, 2010
There was no real surprise in Iffendic for the penultimate round of the French Elite Championship, where the 22 year old KRT rider from Colmar conquered his first French Elite Championship title.
On the podium in all the six rounds, winner of ten heats and on the podium of all the others except the first one in Pernes, Xavier had a successful season in the French Pro series in which he competed for the first time after having competed for many seasons in the German series.
Second in the standings before this event with a gap of 89 points, Anthony Boissière was the last rival who could mathematically beat him; but after his injury in Sweden he didn't race Iffendic, so Xavier was sure to be champion in Brittany.
Qualified in fourth position as he crashed while leading the race and got a stone in his brake pedal, Xavier was twice runner-up behind Nicolas Aubin on Sunday. Coming to the last race with determination, he grabbed his second consecutive holeshot and pushed to win at least one heat in Brittany. He lost the lead when he did a mistake in the first part of the race, but then passed back Aubin to win his tenth race.
Second of the event behind fellow Kawasaki rider Aubin, Xavier will be in six weeks at the final round of the series, just before flying to Brazil for the thirteenth round of the World Championship.
Xavier Boog: "I had some troubles this weekend to take a good rhythm, may be because I was already champion before the races, I don't know. I was not confident on this track, the bike was sliding and I didn't want to take any risk. I came to the last race with a stronger motivation, as I wanted to win at least one heat; I got the holeshot and was leading the race when I crashed. The engine didn't stop but Aubin passed me and I had to pass him again to win this race. It was a good weekend, the French title was one of my goals and now I will try to get this podium that everyone in the team is expecting; but first of all I take a short break and will go home for a week with my family, then I will be back in Belgium to prepare Lommel which will be for sure a tough event. But as usual I will go there to do my best, and we'll see the results that I can get there."
François Lemariey: "There was no surprise as the title was already for Xavier before the race, but it was nice to see him claiming it with all his family around him. He did a good season, won many heats and he deserves it even if today he didn't took risks. But he had a strong reaction in the last race, and ended the event with a good result. Jonathan Barragan was back to racing this weekend in the Belgian Championship; sixth, seventh and later fourth of the races he confirmed that he is back to his best level, and that's encouraging three weeks prior the next Grand Prix."