Petar Petrov eighth in the Netherlands

Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team finished eighth in the Grand Prix of Europe at Valkenswaard in The Netherlands, sixth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship. The Bulgarian, who had only returned to racing one week earlier in Italy, is inevitably still seeking his usual speed but, working closely […]

Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team finished eighth in the Grand Prix of Europe at Valkenswaard in The Netherlands, sixth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship.

The Bulgarian, who had only returned to racing one week earlier in Italy, is inevitably still seeking his usual speed but, working closely with the team’s technical squad, quickly established preferred bike settings for race day which enabled him to advance from seventeenth to twelfth in the opening GP moto of the weekend. His confidence restored by the close liaison with the team, Petar snatched a sixth-placed start and advanced as high as fifth before a lack of recent racing activity pushed him back to eighth in both the moto and the overall GP result.

Seva Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki continued his recent impressive form to qualify fourth after posting top six times in each of the training sessions but he suffered terribly bad luck in the opening GP moto as another rider crashed in his path to leave him in sixteenth position; the Russian eventually raced back to eighth and confidently expected a further good result in race two but a crash in which another rider jumped on his shoulder forced him to withdraw from racing already on the opening lap. Further medical examinations in the forthcoming days will reveal if Seva has suffered any serious physical injury. He retains eighth place in the series standings.

Teammate Darian Sanayei stormed through the pack to qualify sixteenth after a poor start, but his hopes of scoring well in the first moto were dashed when another rider hit his front wheel to leave him at the rear of the field. Regrouping well, Darian had advanced to fifteenth of the forty starters by the chequered flag. A superb start in race two saw Darian hold third place through the early laps before the after-effects of recent illness saw him relax his pace to cross the finishing line eleventh. Darian is now thirteenth in the championship standings.

Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team member Adam Sterry made a superb getaway at the start of the opening moto to hold down third place for several laps. After relinquishing a couple of places he was still fifth until he came into contact with a rival, but the incident saw him twist his knee. Rider and team made an immediate decision to withdraw from the remainder of the weekend’s racing to seek further medical advice. Adam remains sixteenth in the series standings.

Petar Petrov: “This GP was better than the last one. I don’t feel that I have the speed to race for a top three yet but I can feel the improvements and I think that it will be even better in Latvia in two weeks time. I didn’t race for several weeks, so I didn’t have the opportunity to dial in my bike like I would prefer on some places. But we saw from yesterday to today that the team did a good job and I was happy with my bike for the race. We’re going in the right direction and I must say that mentally I also feel better because today we were in the top ten with pretty good starts. It’s a good motivation to keep on working for the coming weekends, and now I can’t wait to race again and be battling in the top five.”

Save Brylyakov: “I had a perfect qualifying day with first position in the free practice session, third in the timed practice and fourth in the qualifying race after a good start and a consistent race. Today started well with the third position in the warm up with easy riding, but my start was not too good in the first moto; a guy crashed in front of me and then I had to come back from sixteenth to eighth. In the second moto I was pushing through the pack on the first lap and had already passed into the top ten by the fifth corner; but then I made a mistake and another rider jumped on my shoulder. I couldn’t really move the fingers after the incident and it was scary; the first examinations don’t reveal any fracture or dislocation but I will have further consultations on Monday.

Darian Sanayei: “This weekend was not so bad. In the qualifying race I was really bad at the start but came back to sixteenth, so it was a pretty strong ride. Then today I had a slight fever from crashing yesterday morning. I had a pretty good start but in the third corner another rider took my front wheel and put me down. I was dead last, and just worked my way to fifteenth which was not a good result but a strong ride. I think I used too much energy because I was pretty tired for the second race; I got another good start in fifth, rode third for a couple of laps but then my body was a little bit too weak to keep this position.”

Adam Sterry: « We made some good improvements during the week and being back in the sand I was confident for a good weekend. I showed this in moto one until I hit another rider while in fifth and twisted my knee. Hopefully nothing really serious but we will have it checked on Monday to make sure.”

Learning curve in EMX250

Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s young Americans Marshal Weltin and Tristan Charboneau continued their learning curve in the Dutch sand at the second round of the FIM EMX250 European Championship. Neither of the youngsters had encountered such racing conditions in their US homeland and both riders again had to transfer through the Last Chance Qualifier […]

Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s young Americans Marshal Weltin and Tristan Charboneau continued their learning curve in the Dutch sand at the second round of the FIM EMX250 European Championship.

Neither of the youngsters had encountered such racing conditions in their US homeland and both riders again had to transfer through the Last Chance Qualifier with tremendous charges through the pack to second and third places at the rough, tough Valkenswaard track close to the Dutch border with Belgium. Faced with the inevitable poor choice of gate for the points-scoring races, each again showed character. Weltin charged through the pack for thirteenth and eighth in the points-scoring races and is now tenth in the series standings, while Charboneau finished nineteenth and seventeenth.

Stephen Rubini of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team travelled to The Netherlands after hurting his ankle during midweek practice. Almost inevitably the handicap of an ankle injury proved too much in sand and the French teenager had to withdraw; he will now rest the injury for a couple of weeks to ensure that he is ready for racing when he returns to action.

Clement Desalle maintains his challenge

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained his challenge for honours at the sixth round, the GP of Europe at Valkenswaard, of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship. The Belgian had maintained a strong qualification challenge to take fifth choice of gate but difficult first laps saw him emerge eighth and ninth […]

Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team maintained his challenge for honours at the sixth round, the GP of Europe at Valkenswaard, of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship.

The Belgian had maintained a strong qualification challenge to take fifth choice of gate but difficult first laps saw him emerge eighth and ninth after the initial sort-out. A solid ride in the opening race saw Clement advance to seventh, but a small crash halfway through race two cost him to lose his rhythm to eventually finish fourteenth. The Belgian is now sixth in the series standings but just twenty points shy of the third placeman.

Unable to train in sand during the week after feeling sick teammate Maxime Desprey managed to improve his lap times after each practice session, but his twenty-second choice of gate after a difficult qualification race meant that he started each time outside the top twenty in the GP motos. The Frenchman advanced methodically towards the points during the early laps of each moto, but fatigue caused by sickness slowed him during the final laps to finish twenty-second and twenty-third.

Clement Desalle: “Once more the start was the key to the races, and twice I was in the top ten but that’s not enough to finish on the box. The first race was OK with a seventh position, even if it’s not what I expect, but in the second one I had a crash and lost four positions. I struggled to find a good rhythm today; I had a better feeling on Saturday when I qualified in fifth position.”

Maxime Desprey: “It was a tough weekend. As I was sick this week I couldn’t train in the sand so I knew that it would be difficult, but the feeling was better after each session even if I qualified only in twenty-second position. In both races I was fighting for a top twenty result, but in the last ten minutes of each race I felt tired and lost several positions.”

SYM – Not just any Scooter!

Never underestimate a SYM Scooter! Once you ride one, you will be REALLY impressed! They have a knack for surprising people (and they pretty good on the track too 😂 😂 😂 )

Never underestimate a SYM Scooter! Once you ride one, you will be REALLY impressed! They have a knack for surprising people (and they pretty good on the track too 😂 😂 😂 )