Ferrandis talks about moto win
Dylan Ferrandis swept to a superb moto victory for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team at the GP of Trentino, eighth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship.
It was only the third race back in action after injury for the 21 year old Frenchman and he showed devastating speed to take a clearcut victory in qualification and then take another holeshot aboard his KX250F-SR to lead the opening GP moto from start to finish as he inflicted the first defeat of the year on the series leader. The two riders battled wheel to wheel through the closing laps but Dylan maintained his composure to win by just over a second as the duo outdistanced the remainder of the field by more than thirty seconds. A wheelie coming out of the gate cost Dylan any chance of another holeshot, but he showed great determination to battle from outside the top ten to finish third, a placing which assured him of second overall in the GP. Despite missing half of the races so far through injury Dylan has already moved into the series top ten and can expect to make further advances in the forthcoming races.
Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki maintained his record of scoring a top ten finish in every GP this year as he raced to seventh overall from consistent 9-8 moto finishes. Unfortunately the enthusiastic Russian had not earnt a top ten start gate pick during qualification, but he persevered through both GP motos to advance from outside the top ten on lap one for his final results. He now holds eighth place in the series standings.
Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team bravely decided to contest the GP despite the pain from a recent thumb injury and his persistence and determination paid off as he maintained his sixth place in the series standings with two tough rides from nineteenth to fourteenth in the opening race and from fourteenth to ninth in race two.
Dylan Ferrandis: “As I have said since my comeback I’m taking it step by step, so for sure I’m happy with this second podium in a row. The track wasn’t easy on Saturday with the rain, and today also it was rough so I’m happy to get a podium on a track that I don’t really like. In the qualifying race and again today in the first race it was great to get a holeshot; it helped me to chose my lines and keep the pace. I had a great battle with Jeffrey in the first moto; I think that’s good for everyone to see close racing. The second race wasn’t as good. I did a wheelie out of the gate and lost everything there; I was outside the top ten but I recovered to third. It was tough to pass and I used a lot of energy to come back to third behind Jonass. I’m happy that my shoulder is not painful and I feel improvements every weekend; we are doing a good job with the team and it will be good to have one weekend without any race as it will help us to work and test.”
Vsevolod Brylyakov: “I again had two consistent races; on Saturday we struggled a little bit with the track and the settings but today was better. The track was difficult; there was only one line on Saturday and there was no place to go if you wanted to pass someone. Today the track was much better, more space to pass but it was all about the start and mine were not so good. I had a good ride in both motos, got another top eight result, but I want more and we have to go forward, forward, forward. I need to practice my starts; that’s something we have to work on to get better results and other podiums. We have a small break now so I will fly back to Russia to check my body and neck, have some blood test to be sure that everything is OK and keep working.”
Petar Petrov: “It was a tough weekend due to my thumb injury; the doctor wasn’t sure if I could race so I took the responsibility on myself and came here. I’m disappointed with the result but, considering the circumstances, that’s not so bad as it was difficult to pass on this track. In the first moto I had to fight through the pack, but my second start was a little better and I finished ninth. Now the goal is to be fit as soon as possible; normally the doctor told me I would need between two and three weeks to recover from the injury but that was before I raced here. We have two weeks to rest and work and prepare for Spain; I hope to be where I belong there.”
Pic: Stanley Leroux / Pascal Haudiquert