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MXGP OF TRENTINO (ITA) - Pietramurata, ITALY, 14 Huhtikuu 2024

Mathis Valin stays second in EMX250

Bud Racing Kawasaki's Mathis Valin narrowly missed the podium in round two of the FIM European EMX250 Championship at Pietramurata in the Trentino region of northern Italy but the French teenager retained a secure second place in the series standings.

A single slip in each race cost the youngster a second consecutive podium in his rookie season in the class, but he displayed character and determination beyond his tender years to regain his composure and charge back up the leaderboard to finish fourth in each moto. He spun out in a loose-surfaced turn on the second lap of Saturday afternoon's first moto after quickly advancing to fourth; the incident cost him three positions but he responded well to recover fourth place five laps from the close despite discomfort in his leg from the crash. In race two on Sunday morning he found himself squeezed towards the trackside banking heading into the first turn but was again quickly on the move to seventh before tipping over in a tight turn at the start of lap four to surrender two positions. Undaunted by the slip he persevered with decisive passes on consecutive laps mid-moto to make fourth his own four laps from the end. He now trails the championship leader by sixteen points but is seventeen clear of third in the standings.
Mathis Valin: «  After my crash yesterday I had so much pain in my leg that I could hardly walk when I came back to the team truck and I didn’t sleep so well last night. But today I did my best to get some important points with another fourth-placed finish; in the first part of the race I still had some pain, especially when I was sitting down, but  it became less painful mid-moto and I could make some passes. I didn’t really enjoy this track so much but the results show that all the work we did this winter is paying off and overall I’m happy as I’m still second in the standings."
Bud teammate Benjamin Garib had no joy in Saturday's first moto as he was involved in a mass collision on the exit from turn one but the Chilean showed his speed and determination in race two as he advanced consequently from a fifteenth-placed start to seventh - with his sights set on fifth - two laps from the finish before a fall pushed him back to ninth at the chequered flag.
Benjamin Garib: "Saturday was not a good way to start the weekend with a crunch at the first corner but my start was better today and I was right on the pack. I could make some good passes but I had a small crash near the end which cost me a couple of places. I enjoyed the track, but it was a new experience and very tricky with the grip; you had to be very careful with line-choice. I'm happy with my riding; I just need to figure out my starts."
Bike It Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team's Billy Askew withdrew from racing as a precaution as he felt pain in his neck after crashing during practice on Saturday.
The FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship round was a disappointment for the Bike It Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team. Jack Chambers again showed his fitness to maintain his lap times to the end of race one, making his final pass for fourteenth on the very last lap after startiung eighteenth. A superb start in race two saw the American fourth past pitlane but his shortage of experience running up front in the tense world of GP racing was soon evident as he was pushed back to seventh on the opening lap and, constantly under pressure, gradually surrendered more places to again take the chequered flag fourteenth for the same ranking overall on the day and in the series standings. Teammate Bobby Bruce, already carrying a wrist injury from the previous weekend on Sardinia, held fourteenth for three laps in the first moto before being forced to withdraw for the rest of the day.