Kawasaki had another successful weekend in France, as Sébastien Pourcel and Valentin Teillet dominate their class during the last round of the French Elite to secure their titles in Gaillac Toulza.
Racing conditions were perfect in Gaillac Toulza, and there was a lot of suspense before the start in each class; Valentin was leading Maxime Desprey by a single point in the MX2 class, while Sébastien came in Gaillac one point ahead of Cédric Soubeyras. Valentin got the holeshot in the MX2 heat, and won the race on his Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki while Maxime Desprey scored a fourth position on his NGS Junior Team Kawasaki. In the MX1 class Soubeyras got the holeshot and won the race; after a crash in the opening lap, Sébastien came back from twelfth to third. In the super final Sébastien and Valentin got a better start than their rivals, and secured their title by finishing respectively first and eighth. Sébastien celebrates his fifth French title with Kawasaki, the first one for team CP377 Monster Energy, while Valentin grabbed his first ever French crown. Dylan Ferrandis was unlucky in the MX2 race as he crashed with another rider, coming back from twenty one to fourth with the fastest lap time; a better start in the super final helped him to secure a fifth position among the 450.
Sébastien Pourcel: “It’s a good feeling to get this title, as I had two difficult years with my shoulder injury in 2010 and then my back injury last season. I know that I’m not yet at my best level, but this title is a first step in my recovery and I want to thanks Kawasaki, my team and my family who were behind me. After my early crash in the MX1 heat I came back third and lost the leadership of the series, but in the super finale I got a good start. I took the lead, Cédric was fast but I was able to make a small gap with him to celebrate another heat win this season.”
Valentin Teillet: “I’m of course very happy, it was not easy to hold the pressure as I came to this race with my wrist injury. I had so much pain during the first heat, more than ever in my career and the last laps were difficult. I’m happy for my team Rockstar Bud Racing Kawasaki, they all did their best for me before this final round; I won all the MX2 races except one in Plomion, but it was not an easy championship as I missed the second round in Sommières. It’s great to celebrate another title four years after my European crown, and now the goal is to get good results in GP’s and I will prepare carefully the upcoming French Grand Prix.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “My start was not very good in the first heat, and then I had some troubles with another rider who stopped in a corner. My foot was under his wheel, so I lost too much time and was twentieth after the first lap. I came back fourth, but that was not what I could expect. I had a strong motivation before the super final, and got a good start among the 450. It’s good to finish the Elite series with a fifth position, as I entered the season not at my best due to my shoulder injury. My goal is the GP’s, and I can’t wait to race my first French GP next weekend.”