On the podium of the first round of the 125 European Championship two weeks ago in the Netherlands, Brian Moreau did even better this weekend in Kegums (Latvia) as he won his first ever European race with a strong 1/1 and got the leadership of the series.
After Valkenswaard it’s on another sandy track that the European championship went this weekend, and it was a good venue for Brian. Fastest rider in his qualifying group, Brian came second after a few corners in the first race and passed Italian Facchetti before mid race for the lead. Then he had to resist to the come back of Norwegian Horgmo, who was never in a position to attack him so Brian claimed his first heat win. On Sunday morning the second heat was similar; Brian did a few laps in second position, then put some pressure on the leader and passed him at mid race to get another heat win. Winner of this round Brian is the new leader of the series, and will arrived at the French Grand Prix in his club (Ernée) with the red plate for the third round of the series.
In the European 250 class our three riders qualified with a 9th position for Tristan Charboneau, à 17th for Kim Savaste and a 25th for Marshal Weltin. Racing this series for the first time this year Kim was the best rider of the team with a tenth overall; starting twice outside the top twenty, the Finish kid came back strongly in both races. Eleventh overall Marshal recovered pretty well from his bad gate pick, while Tristan was not so successful. Involved in a pile up at the start of the first race he came back from last to 21st and then retired in the second heat.
No race for the team next weekend, but then three busy ones with a French Elite (St Thibery), the European series (Ernée, French GP) and the final round of the French Elite (Pernes les Fontaines).
Brian Moreau: “It was a good weekend, I didn’t do any mistake to win both races and it was cool to hear the French anthem on the podium. It was very emotional and I had some tears coming! I was able to stay focus from the beginning to the end of the races; we worked a lot on this point with Thierry (Van den Bosch) this winter, and also about the best way to manage the races. Now I take my time, that’s what I did in both races when I was in second position; in the second heat I came back on Notario and passed him after the waves section. It’s my fourth season with team Bud Racing Monster Energy, I was not working too hard during the first two years but now it’s different, I understood that there is not other solution to succeed. I don’t realize yet that I will have the red plate at the next round in Ernée, it will be cool and I will do my best to win also there.”
Stephane Dassé: “This success of Brian is a nice reward for the team who follow him since four years, and we could see his improvements each year. He just turned 15 at the beginning of the year and made a big step this winter, now he is really focused on his job and he offers us some great results in the European series. The championship is still long but these good results will help him to be even more confident and it’s nice to see another kid being successful with us, as were Marvin (Musquin) or Dylan (Ferrandis) in the past.”