Mewse impresses in France!
It’s just over half way in the series but it’s already been a crazy season for Conrad Mewse. He was signed as the EMX250 rider for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna outfit. He started the season in fine style as he won the first round of the series at Valkenswaard and dominated the event.
However, shortly after Valkenswaard, Covington got injured which meant Jacky Martens needed a rider to replace Thomas in MX2. Conrad got the go ahead and has been racing in the MX2 World Championship ever since. Latvia was his first appearance in the MX2 World Championship, he has been struggling with good starts that has cost him some good results.
France was brilliant for the Brit, he finally got himself a good start and quite comfortably ran in the top ten and crossed the line in eighth place. Not only was he the best placed Brit but he was also the best Husqvarna rider. If Conrad can get a good start, then he seems to have no problem running the pace at the front – he would have learnt a lot in that moto. A lot of people questioned his move to the MX2 World Championship but it is all about learning the speed at the front so he can be a regular top ten rider in the 2017 season.
In the second moto he couldn’t replicate his good start and crossed the line in eighteenth position. An area Conrad needs to improve is coming through the field when he doesn’t get a good start but he is young and it will click into place. The MX2 class is stacked with talent and it’s easier said than done, he’s going to have to work hard!
Next up for Conrad is the Dutch Championship however the next round of the EMX250 championship is in front of his home crowd at Matterley Basin. Hopefully he can put on a good show for us all there!
Conrad Mewse: “We’ve worked hard after the last GP. We made some big improvements with the bike and with myself and that gave me extra confidence to push this weekend. Saturday went well for me and I got away with a 13th place in the qualifying race. I had my best race so far in the first moto. I got a great start and finished eighth. It was my career best result and I was really happy with it. Then in the second race I started outside the top 20, but pushed hard to finish 18th for 12th overall. I’m really happy with how the weekend went. I might have struggled to find my feet in the first rounds but now I’ve had one good race and one good GP so hopefully I can continue from there. Next up is my home GP and I know that if I can get good starts I can battle for top results.”
Article: Andy McKinstry
Quote and pic: Husqvarna MXGP