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Impressive Return For Hakon Fredriksen In England
Hakon Fredriksen claimed fifth overall for 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki in the opening round of the FIM European EMX250 Championship at Matterley Basin in England.
Just three months after breaking both wrists in a training crash the Norwegian showed tremendous spirit to display podium pace all day. He had only been able to ride three times since his injuries before arriving in England but immediately posted the second fastest time during his morning Qualifying group and used his speed through the waves section during the opening moto to advance from his initial sixth position to third within five laps. He surrendered one position late in the race as his lack of bike-time took its toll to finish fourth but had damaged the silencer in a clash with a rival and was subsequently classified ninth after the post-race noise-test. Undaunted by the disappointment he rebounded to advance forcefully to second place on the opening lap of race two but dropped two positions during the next ten minutes to again take the checkered flag fourth and claim fifth overall on the day.
Hakon Fredriksen: “The day started off good with Qualifying; I was finding some good lines and got two pretty good starts. I was struggling a little with my arms after three months off the bike but my speed was good. I have only been with the team in France for one week to test the bike and start riding again so two fourth-placed finishes is pretty good as I am two to three months behind the other guys in my preparation. It’s tough but I have been working hard and we now have three weeks to the next round in Oss. And that race is in the sand which is my strength so I look forward with optimism to the rest of the series.”
Class rookie Quentin Prugnières, who recently turned sixteen years of age, showed that he can learn quickly in the highly competitive EMX250 series as he advanced with determination from seventeenth on the opening lap of moto two to secure his eventual thirteenth place by lap eight of twelve. The youngster had been eliminated early in the opening moto when holding sixteenth position.
Quentin Prugnières: “My starts were good in both motos but there was a lot of confusion through the opening corners of race one and in the second moto I had to brake already before the first turn when other riders cut my line. I was around twentieth after a few corners but I had some good battles during the entire race; we were always fighting so it was difficult to choose the best lines and take a good rhythm but I was able to come back to thirteenth in my first experience in the EMX250. I want to keep the positive points from the day; last year I didn’t qualify here in the EMX125 but today I was in the top ten of my qualifying group and had the speed to score points.”