Lorenzo Locurcio took his BUD Racing Kawasaki to a second-placed moto finish in the eighth round of the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship at the intu-Xanadu entertainment complex near Madrid.
Fifteenth out of turn one in the first moto he was already through to eighth by lap two and, posting lap times in the same window as the leaders, took over sixth place four laps from the end but he had no opportunity to advance further as the riders ahead of him had escaped early in the moto. Advancing rapidly from a better start in race two he had stormed to third place within two laps; the race-long leaders had already sprinted ten seconds clear but the ebullient Venezuelan once again maintained his momentum, taking over second place with a thrilling pass three laps from the end to miss the overall podium by just a single point. He has consolidated his seventh place in the championship standings prior to the two final rounds next week in Belgium.
Lorenzo Locurcio: “My start was not the greatest in the first moto but I came back to sixth. In the second moto I got a better start around tenth position and came through to second after a big charge and a lot of passes. It was a good weekend; I’m happy to get my best moto result of the season with a second place but I’m a little bit disappointed to miss the podium by just one point!”
A collision late in the opening moto cost Pierre Goupillon dear after the Frenchman had run top six for most of the race; his front wheel was damaged in the impact and forced him to continue at a significantly reduced pace simply to finish the race and collect a single championship point for twentieth. Once more gating inside the top six in race two his luck ran out already on the opening lap when he was involved in a further collision and was last when he rejoined the race; at the finish he had charged through the pack to eleventh place.
Pierre Goupillon: “The timed practice session was OK with the eighth position and in the first race I was sixth for most of the race but with two laps to go I crashed together with another rider. Unfortunately my front wheel was damaged; I tried to fix it again but I had to slow down to finish the race. Second moto I was third from the start but in the fourth corner I collided with another rider again. I was last to restart and came back to eleventh; it was not really what I was expecting today.”