Ben Watson on his home GP and KRT MXGP debut
After a nervous Qualifying on Saturday Kawasaki Racing Team MXGP’s Ben Watson already showed he had controlled his temperament during morning Warm-Up as he posted ninth-fastest time but a heavy crash on the final lap of the session left him shaken for the remainder of the day. The Englishman found good traction out of the gate in race one but was inevitably pushed a little wide at turn one; he soon made fourteenth his own and showed top-six pace for the remainder of the race to move forward decisively, taking over eleventh two laps from the close to miss the top-ten by just one second. The effects of his morning crash were still evident in race two but he eventually moved forward from nineteenth to thirteenth in a damage-limitation ride.
Ben Watson: “It’s been a tough weekend to say the least. Yesterday I just didn’t have the feeling but we sat down together on Saturday evening, put it behind us, went back to basics and were ready to go again today. I felt a lot better in warm-up but on the last lap I had a big crash. I don’t really know what happened; one minute I was going down the start straight flat-out and the next moment I was on my knees and had banged my head hard. I cut my chin and our team physio helped me a lot but I still had a really bad headache for the rest of the day. We weren’t sure at first if I would be able to start but I did a few practice starts on the test track and decided to try. I had nothing to lose, and could pull in if I felt too bad. My starts were good but it was tough from my gate position; in the end I finished eleventh and thirteenth. It’s not what I expect and not the way we wanted to start the season, but I need to take this opportunity with both hands and we will be back on the pace at Mantova next week”.
Words and pic: Kawasaki Racing Team
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