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EMX, MXGP OF THE NETHERLANDS - ARNHEM, The Netherlands, 20 Elokuu 2023

Quentin Marc Prugnières fifth in the Dutch sand

BUD Racing Kawasaki's Quentin Marc Prugnières just missed the podium in the Dutch round of the FIM European EMX250 Championship at Arnhem.

The French youngster put in two strong rides against the local sand experts after rounding turn one just outside the top-six in each moto. His persistence paid off in race one on Saturday afternoon as he eventually forced his way forward to third, and the overall podium looked a very realistic possibility as he took another solid start in race two on Sunday morning to push into fifth after a few turns. But an incident further round the lap dropped him to thirteenth with a mountain to climb on a rapid racing surface after overnight track-work. The never-say-die Frenchman broke into the top-ten within four laps and maintained his charge to reach seventh by half-distance but the gap to the first-six was already just too far to advance further. The 3-7 scoreline earnt fifth overall, just two points shy of the podium, but more significantly has seen him advance to fifth in the series standings with two rounds remaining next month.
Quentin Marc Prugnières: « My second start was good but on the first lap I hit the rear wheel of another rider and crashed while I was in the top-five. After the crash it took me several laps to find my rhythm and my lines again before I came back to seventh. No excuses; I missed another podium by just a few points but I know what I have to work on to be ready for the next round in Turkey."
Fellow BUD team colleague Benjamin Garib showed once again that he has soon found his feet in the white-hot world of EMX racing, even if his points-tally from the weekend did not reflect his competitive spirit. The Chilean, an impressive tenth in Timed Practice, battled his way back to eleventh in the Saturday afternoon moto after a second lap fall had cost him his top-ten ranking at the start, and on Sunday he again showed good speed to hold fifth for four laps before the rugged track claimed him. Rejoining the race thirty-first after a pit-stop to straighten the levers he pushed to the chequered flag to finish twenty-first, missing the final championship point of the day by a fraction of a second in a photo-finish.
Benjamin Garib: "In the end the results this weekend were not the best but we're taking the positives. The first moto I crashed on the second lap but got back to eleventh. In race two I got a great start and I felt really comfortable those four laps racing in the top-five; but then I just had a tip-over and had to make a pit-stop so I lost a bunch of time. We don't have a lot of sand tracks in Chile and this track was really rough, but we had been preparing hard at Magescq. Anyway I'm hungry for more now so I'm looking forward to Turkey and I am grateful to both the team and my family for giving me the opportunity to race the EMX series."