Round 2 – Championnat de France des Sables – Loon-Plage
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Camille Chapeliere has finished fifth at the second round of the French Beach Race Series at Loon-Plage. Teammate Jeremie Hauquier finished 17th.
Round two of the six event 2018/19 Championnat de France des Sables took place at Loon-Plage where a brutal two-and-a-half hour race contrasted hugely with the two shorter motocross style races at the series’ opening event. Enjoying dry conditions, more than 450 competitors took to the soft and demanding track during the duration of the weekend’s racing.
For Chapeliere the race proved to be a challenging one. Ending the first of 24 punishing laps in 15th position, during the early stages of the race the Frenchman overcame a small crash while pushing hard. He then worked his way up to eighth by lap four, progressing to fifth on lap eight before dropping one position to sixth.
Digging deep during the final laps of the race, Chapeliere moved into fifth with two laps remaining and held the position to the finish. He ended the race as the fifth and final rider to complete 24 laps.
Camille Chapeliere: “Today was a good day, but I had a little crash in the second lap and dropped back to 18th. It was difficult to get back and pass the riders ahead of me. But I had a good rhythm and after my first refuelling I was ninth. My team told me that I was riding well and push hard. I kept pushing and I was fifth at my second fuel stop. I was riding kind of alone during the final stages of the race. The track was good, very physical but I feel like I am working in a good direction and I’m looking forward to the next round of the series.”
Chapeliere’s teammate Jeremie Hauquier completed the Loon-Plage event in 17th position. Well-placed in 13th at the end of the opening lap, he held the position until lap six when he dropped to 20th. Battling hard during the second half of the race he eventually finished one lap down on the race winners.
The Championnat de France des Sables continues on December 1/2, in St-Léger de Balson.
Results – French Beach Race Series, Round 2
1. Milko Potisek, Yamaha, 24 laps 2:30:42.7
2. Jeffrey Dewolf, KTM, 2:31:32.2
3. Yentel Martens, Husqvarna, 2:33:44.7
4. Daymond Martens, Yamaha, 2:35:11.8
5. Camille Chapeliere, KTM, 2:37:49.6
17. Jeremie Hauquier, KTM, 23 laps 2:39:21.2