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Mathys Boisrame Consolidates MX2 Series Third
Matthys Boisrame of the F&H Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team consolidated his third place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship after two impressive rides at Matterley Basin in southern England.
The Frenchman posted an unusually low-key eighth position during the morning Qualifying session but the tactic paid off at the start of the first race as he had a clear run to the first turn whilst his teammates both suffered in the bar-banging amongst the fast qualifiers on the inside of the gate. With light drizzle making the racing surface exceedingly slippery Boisrame showed his maturity by riding the smooth outside lines through the turns whilst several of those around him were often losing traction under acceleration. By mid-moto he was relieved of pressure from the chasers and had a clear track ahead of him to move ever closer to the leader. Entering the final lap it was evident that the push for victory would just come up short and in a dramatic final corner, his closest chaser threw caution to the wind to dive under the Kawasaki and surprisingly snatch away second place. Determined to make amends in race two Boisrame again stormed out of the gate to immediately claim third place. With a GP victory and series lead potentially within his grasp, he set his sights on the leaders and was quickly on the rear wheel of the rider in second but his rival stubbornly resisted for nearly a quarter of an hour before the Frenchman created a stunning pass through half a dozen turns and immediately set off after the leader to grab gold. Closing the gap dramatically his expectations were sadly halted just one lap later as the front tire temporarily lost grip and he slithered to the ground, losing four positions in the process. With the leading placemen so close the slip relegated him to fourth overall on the day but he remains third in the championship standings and is now just five points from the series pacesetter.
Mathys Boisrame: “I took a great start in the first moto and rode a strong race but at the end, I lost a position in the last corner. I had a good start in the second race too but I made a small mistake which cost me several positions and a podium result. I tried to pass Hofer for many laps but there were not so many ruts as usual so it was difficult to pass him quickly and then I made that mistake after passing him. My riding was good but I am still making little mistakes; I learned that again today but the final result is not so bad. I got good starts and the bike is really strong so now I must avoid those mistakes and continue to work."
F&H team colleagues Roan van de Moosdijk and Mikkel Haarup, fourth and fifth in Qualifying, each had their line crossed by gate rivals out of the start to round turn one mid-pack. The Dutch youngster made rapid moves on the opening lap to reach eighth and briefly held seventh for three laps mid-moto before surrendering the position again when he momentarily lost traction in a rutted turn. Haarup made less early progress but showed good speed from thirteenth on lap one to take the chequered flag ninth in his teammate’s wheel tracks. Van de Moosdijk chose a different gate for race two and the move paid off handsomely as he rounded the first turn near the front of the pack and was soon established in fourth place to claim fifth on the day and retain fourth in the series standings, just twelve points shy of the series leader. Haarup soon joined his teammates in the top ten again and was headed for an eighth place until a spectacular downhill crash left him winded for several minutes but without injury.
Roan van de Moosdijk: “My reaction at the gate was not good in the first race so I got closed down and I didn’t really find my rhythm all moto. I went a bit more outside on the gate for race two, got a better start, and could turn better at the first corner. I could follow the leaders but it’s never easy to pass here so I’m satisfied with my result in the end. I was involved in a crash with another rider during the week but luckily I only had a little muscle pain from it and the physio confirmed everything is OK. I never raced Maggiora where we race next weekend but of course, I know my home GP track at Oss where we go two weeks later; I raced many times there in the Dutch championship and I did some tests there earlier this year so I’m really excited about that GP."
Mikkel Haarup: “I worked my way into the top ten in race one to finish ninth so I was happy with my speed. In the second moto I took a better start, rode really well, and was holding P8 with three laps to go until I bottomed out in a downhill. The front-wheel kicked sideways and it threw me off the bike; it was quite a big get-off but I got back on to finish the race after I got my breath back. The day was a little bitter-sweet because I did some good work this week and my riding was good but I made that small mistake."
Bike It MTX Kawasaki’s Wilson Todd recorded his maiden top ten GP results in his "home GP”– team owner Steve Dixon is also the promoter of the British GP – with two solid rides to eighth overall. From seventeenth gate pick, the Australian put in a resolute first moto ride to move from fifteenth on lap one to finish tenth and followed this up with a solid race to eleventh in race two. He is now twelfth in the series points standings. His young teammate Taylor Hammal pushed from nineteenth to twelfth in a gritty GP debut, having sat out the opening round of the series as he recovered from a broken finger. His score meant that all five KX250 in the race finished amongst the top dozen and the English youngster had the additional satisfaction of being the highest-placed British rider in their home GP. He again showed his commitment in race two as he maintained his lap times within a span of just one second throughout the entire grueling thirty-five-minute race to grab another point in twentieth position.