Rockstar Energy BUD Racing Kawasaki Lierop GP of Ben... / Sep.11.2013
What a weekend for team Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki! For the final rounds of the MX2 and Women World championships, Dylan and Meghan offered a great present to the Dassé brothers and all the partners of the team with a win for Meghan and a second place for Dylan on one of the toughest tracks of the planet, the tortuous Lierop sand track in the Netherlands.
The talented French youngster had already shown his liking for the most demanding race track in the world series as he took a strong fourth place during qualification and he confirmed this form as he quickly moved forward to second place, headed only by the champion and local sand expert Herlings in the opening GP moto and retained that position unchallenged to the chequered flag. In the second moto he again held second place until displaced after a few laps by another Dutch sand expert, but, aware that third place would give him second overall on the day, he rode a sensible race to maintain his position to the finish. The score moved him to ninth in the final championship standings, an advance of one position compared to his ranking of the previous year, even though Dylan had encountered a difficult start to the season as he had been injured during the winter. It's the second podium for Dylan this season after Ernée (France) and the third of his career with Uddevalla (Sweden) last year.
Bud Racing's rookie Jason Clermont, who has little experience of racing heavy sand tracks, inevitably experienced difficulties in the final GP of the year but he persevered to finish twenty-second and twenty-fourth in the two motos.
In Senkvice (Slovakia) it was another great day for the team, as Meghan won her first ever Grand Prix! Winner of the opening race and later third of the second heat, Meghan beats reigning champion Chiara Fontanesi and former World Champion Steffie Laier to reach her dream. Vice World Champion, Meghan joined the team during the season and did a great season with us (Pics of Meghan courtesy Youthstream)
Dylan Ferrandis: “I came to Belgium one week ago to ride in the sand and prepare for this GP, and I knew that a good result was possible. I got a great start in both motos today and for sure that helped me. I had a good rhythm and took it easy as the track was very demanding; in some sections it was more trial than motocross. My riding was relaxed and I finished second and third in the two motos. I wasn’t really expecting a second position, but I wanted a podium after I had missed it twice during the last few GPs and it’s also a great farewell present to my Bud Racing team. We had some great times together, and we both made improvements during our cooperation.”
Jason Clermont: “I knew that it would be difficult for me here in Lierop as I don't have enough experience on this sort of track. My best result was in the warm up with a sixth position this morning, but in the races it was different as I crashed several times in each race. I had no fun riding here, except at the end of the first moto when I was following Lupino for a couple of laps.”
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