Christophe Pourcel shrugged off sickness to move closer to the series pacesetter with a brave second place in the Swedish round of the FIM World MX1 Motocross Championship at Uddevalla.
The elegant leader of Team CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit has already proved his ability in damp condition earlier in the summer but he had to call on all of his physical reserves to twice finish second after sickness had prevented him from sleeping during the previous night. His personal resiliance and the reliability of his Kawasaki KX450F have resulted in the Frenchman moving significantly closer to the series pacesetter and he now trails the points leader by just 12 points, while his brace of second places has moved Kawasaki to the head of the Manufacturers series.
Elder brother Sebastien came desperately close to making it a double podium for the Pourcel family as he continues to rebuild his career after two injury-affected seasons. Sebastien chased his brother home in third place in the opening moto, but was just edged out of an overall GP podium with a solid ride back to sixth place after finding it difficult to find his rhythm during the early laps. The result has helped him to move yxet closer to the series top ten.
The Kawasaki Racing Team experienced a frustrating weekend as both of the team’s riders found it difficult to display their known form. Gautier Paulin never felt comfortable on the rain-affected track and after a series of riding errors had to be content with seventh overall from 7-9 moto finishes. Nevertheless he consolidated his fourth place in the standings. Xavier Boog crashed several times during the two motos and had to be satisfied with eighth overall from 9-8 motos; he retained his seventh place in the standings but closed the gap to fifth place in the series.
Christophe Pourcel: “I’m happy with my second place; I was sick last night so Clément was a little bit faster this week-end. I got two holeshots but then I had to deal with my stomach troubles and my goggles in the first moto. My goal was to be on the podium and I achieved it once again. Consistent is the key in the series and we are now only twelve points from the leader with seven more races to go.”
Sébastien Pourcel: “It was great to battle with the leaders in the first race, and I was so happy to collect a podium finish ! The track was rough but I didn’t make any mistakes in that first moto. My second start was not as good as the first one, and it took me several laps to find my rhythm. I missed the podium by one point, but it’s the first time this season that I have finished both races in the top six so I go home happy this evening.”
Gautier Paulin: “I never had a good feeling with the track all weekend, and when it’s rough like it was here you must be confident. My first start was OK but I went wide in the first corner and lost several positions, then in the second race I didn’t make such a good start and I also made a couple of mistakes. I will continue to work hard; the season is not finished and we saw today that things can change very rapidly in the course of a single weekend.”
Xavier Boog: “I’m not satisfied with my results at the moment; I have been finishing between sixth and tenth place in the last few races and that’s not what I’m looking for. I qualified in twelfth after a crash, and today I had some more crashes. I will have to regroup this week, and then get back into training to prepare for Latvia and Russia.”