Prugnières fifth in Portugal as Owens makes EMX250 debut

BUD Racing Kawasaki’s Quentin Marc Prugnières claimed fifth overall in the third round of the FIM European EMX250 Championship at Agueda in Portugal.

The French youngster charged hard in both motos to move up the leaderboard each time, missing the overall podium by just three points. After advancing from tenth to fourth in the first moto on Saturday he moved quickly to fifth already on the opening lap of race two with a series of exhilarating passes but then found himself in the role of lonely chaser for the remainder of the race. After losing ground at the last round as a result of a collarbone injury he is now back to seventh in the series points standings and is poised to make further gains next weekend in Spain.

Quentin Marc Prugnières: “It was a tough weekend; I couldn’t ride as I want but it’s like that. Four weeks ago I broke my collarbone and now I’m missing time on the bike as I could only train two times since Arco, so to get two top-five results is not that bad. I did my best in both motos and we’ll continue to train hard to reach our goals. Today was physically demanding as it was really hot; I stayed on two wheels this weekend but that’s not enough for me.”

Liam Owens, the fifteen-year-old from Australia who was making his debut for the French team this weekend, showed great spirit against older more-experienced opposition to narrowly miss the points, finishing twenty-third in each moto.

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Liam Owens: “I’m very grateful to Kawasaki Bud Racing for giving me this opportunity; it’s a great experience. I only flew into Europe this week so I’ve not had much time to practice but I’m learning more-and-more every time I go out onto the track. I’m happy with my progress and we can work more on set-up before heading to Spain; I’m aiming to score points next weekend.”

Words: Press Release

Image: KRT