Pourcel and Larrieu Take Victory at Home CastelnauMonday, April 14, 2008 | 7:01 AM
CASTELNAU DE LEVIS (FRANCE), 13 April 2008 – The second event for FIM MX3 World Championship and EMX2 European Championship took place in Castelnau de Levis, France. 1805 metre long race track called Puech Rampant had brought the biggest success to home French riders. They were the fastest during Saturday’s Qualifying Practice. On Sunday they were continuing with good riding in front of nearly ten thousand spectators.
In the MX3 World Championship French Kawasaki rider Sebastien Pourcel won both races with a big advantage over his rivals. But he was not the fastest at the start. In the first race home rider Jeremy Tarroux took the leadership. Pourcel passed him after some laps. He started to increasing his advantage and won in front of Belgian Sven Breugelmans for almost half a minute. In the second race Husqvarna home rider Thomas Allier did the fastest start, but he had problems during the race and did not finished it. MX1 Grand Prix rider Pourcel won the second race, too. He was also the winner of the event in Castelnau de Levis. Breugelmans finished both races behind Pourcel and he was second overall. Czech rider Jan Zaremba (KTM) was third. It was his second podium this season. Italian Cristian Beggi (Honda) did a very good first race, when he finished third. In the second race he finished fourth and he was on fourth position with the same points as third placed Zaremba. Breugelmans’ team mate, Spanish KTM rider Alvaro Lozano was fifth in the overall Classification. In the Championship Classification Sven Breugelmans took the leadership after two events, in front of Jan Zaremba and Cristian Beggi.
Sven Breugelmans: “After the first event in Talavera de la Reina now I have a good feeling for the race, again. This race track was also hard and we were searching for the best bike set up’s. I think we did a step forward. It is very nice to see that our team has got good results and I hope we will keep them in the future.”
Jan Zaremba: “Yesterday in Qualifying Practice I did not feel good and I was not in a good mood. Fifteenth place in Qualifying Practice was not enough for me. But today I was very motivated and I am happy to do third on the hard and difficult race track. It was my second podium this season.”
In the EMX2 European Championship the victory stayed in France, too. Three home French riders conquered the podium and made their fans happy. Loic Larrieu (Kawasaki) was too strong for all the rivals. He was the fastest in both races. Valentin Teillet (KTM) finished second overall. He got the podium with his second race, when he finished third. Teillet held the fourth position almost till the finish line, but at the end he sealed the third position. Cedric Soubeyras (Yamaha) conquered the first EMX2 podium in his career. After an average first result, he was more successful in the second race, when he finished only behind Larrieu. Another home rider Loic Rombaut (Kawasaki) finished fourth position. Jose Antonio Butron Oliva (Yamaha), the winner of the first event a week ago, finished fifth this time.
In the EMX2 Championship Classification Butron Oliva is leading only one point in front of Valentin Teillet. Loic Larrieu is on the third position after two events. Loic Rombaut is fourth and Cedric Soubeyras is on the fifth position in Championship Classification.
Valentin Teillet: “The race track was very hard, as other riders already said today. After the first event I did only one practice and today it was not an easy race for me. I am not very accustomed on hard race tracks as this was, so I am even more happy for today’s result.”
Cedric Soubeyras: “Today it was a very difficult race track. It was the first podium for me and I am satisfied with this third place.”
Information, photos and results are online at http://www.motocrossMX1.com, the official website of the FIM Motocross World Championships.