Dylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team swept to yet another podium – his fifth one – in the twelfth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Mantova in northern Italy.
The Frenchman started strongly in the event, run in stifling heat, as he led the Qualifying race for most of the distance until a lapped rider forced him to crash, and he displayed great speed throughout both GP motos to clinch third overall despite a number of incidents. Twice he moved forward quickly to fourth and fifth places in the opening GP moto before crashes cost him several positions each time, but he continued to force the pace despite the heat and was finally rewarded with third position on the final lap. Dylan was one of the victims of a clearly defective start gate in race two, but officials declined to order a restart and he had to battle his way through almost the entire field to finish sixth. He has now advanced to sixth in the series standings despite being forced to miss four rounds earlier in the year.
Dylan Ferrandis: “I was happy with my results on Saturday, I got another holeshot and led most of the race but crashed while leading as a lapper didn’t move. But Sunday was not as good, and it is difficult to understand why. In the first moto my start was average but I had a good first lap and passed Herlings, but then I crashed twice; I came back and passed Pootjes but he took me out! It was not easy to be back in the rhythm so I was happy to come back to third. In the second race the gate moved but didn’t fall and I hit it, so I was late into the first corner. I passed almost the entire field to finish sixth; I had good lines and was one of the fastest riders on the track to get this overall podium. The track was strange; I didn’t really like it even if there were some technical sections to make the difference. Now I will have some fun riding a 450 for a summer SX in Corsica, it will be great to have some fun on the bike to prepare Loket in four weeks.”
Photos – P.Haudiquert / Mediacross