Final round of the French Elite at Basly: A podium for Quentin and a top 5 for Eddie

Team 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki was in Normandy this weekend, for the final round of the French Elite Championship. No goals in this championship this season for the team as four rounds were organised the same day as a European Championship, but another good opportunity for our riders to perform, with a second position for Quentin and a fifth for Eddie.

After some showers in the morning the track at Basly was in perfect conditions for the races, and many spectators came to watch this final round. Fastest rider in the timed practice period Quentin Prugnières was twice in contention for the win, as he got two good starts and battle with GP riders to score in both races a second position. Third of the event, he confirms his progress since a few races and so did also Eddie Wade. Fourth of this qualifying group, Eddie did both motos in the top five, just losing time in the first race with a crash; fifth in both motos and fifth overall, he will now make a little break as the next European round is scheduled on July 23-24 at Lommel.

Quentin Marc Prugnières: “Another positive weekend, and it was a good training for the European championship as in both races there was a good pace with the other riders fighting for the podium. I had a good start in the second moto, it was a good day and now I’m focus on the sand to prepare the next round of the European championship in Lommel.

Eddie Jay Wade: “It took me some time to get going in qualifying and then some traffic at the end of the session but I was happy to finish fourth. First moto I came third very quick after an average start, then had a small crash but took some time to get going and then came back to fifth very happy with my riding. Second moto a very good start in second but at the start of the race I was tense and some guys passed me but then at the end I was back in fifth. Now I need to get the first part of the moto together and then the podium is there.

Top nine results for Quentin and Eddie in Germany, Another double win in France for Amandine

Team 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki’s moved from France to Germany for another round of the European Championship, and Quentin Marc Prugnières continues to impress with two consistent races while Eddie Wade got his best result of the season. Hundreds of kilometres away, Amandine Verstappen remains unbeaten in the French Women series.

Tenth behind the gate Quentin started the first moto eighth but he was already into the top-six on the second lap and kept pushing to narrowly miss the moto podium with a fourth position. On Sunday morning two incidents with other riders in the second moto cost him his realistic shot at the podium; down in eighteenth place on the opening lap he battled throughout the twenty-five-minute-plus-two-lap race to take the chequered flag eighth. This secured sixth place overall, narrowly missing the podium, and he is now eighth, just twenty-one points from third, in an even-tighter battle in the series standings.

His teammate Eddie Jay Wade held seventh for several laps in the first moto before a slip dropped him to thirteenth, the position in which he took the chequered flag. A top-ten start in race two was an excellent base to equal his best result of the season with sixth place at the finish, just seventeen seconds down on the winner. Ninth overall over the weekend the English youngster has leapt to fourteenth in the series points standings.

Once more Amandine Verstappen had no rivals in the Women French series, as she was two seconds faster than her rivals in the timed practice session and then won both races more than twenty seconds ahead of the other girls.

Quentin Marc Prugnières: “Overall it was another positive weekend, I just need to get better starts and be more aggressive during the first few laps to get a podium. In the first race I made a big mistake in a rut mid-race which cost me two positions and then the second race was more difficult as my start was not so good; I recovered some positions in the first corner but before the second turn another rider pushed me outside the track and I lost several positions! When I was coming back through the pack a rider crashed in front of me and I hit his bike; it was frustrating to again lose time. My speed was good but I can’t be happy with this race as everyone – me, the team, my family – expects more and I will now work in the sand to prepare for the next round at Lommel.

Eddie Jay Wade: “The times were really close in Qualifying so I was happy with eighth and I was very good off the start in race one but the rider in front of me went through a puddle so I had to throw off my goggles. In the second moto I worked my way from tenth to sixth; I got a bit tight towards the end but we’re learning all the time and we’ll keep working.

Amandine Verstappen: “I had a lot of fun riding on this fast track with many jumps, first time we visited this track at Millières. It just took me three laps in the first race to take the lead, then I won both races with a good margin over my rivals, a perfect weekend!

Quentin close to the podium in France

Quentin Marc Prugnières narrowly missed his first podium for 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki in the FIM European EMX250 Championship, and for the second round in a row he confirms his potential with top six results in France.

Racing in front of his home crowd, Quentin surged to his best-ever result in the first moto which was run in dry conditions before the mid-afternoon storm. Already impressive during practice as he earns third-choice of start-gate, the teenager found himself closed down off the start to complete the opening lap twelfth but was soon on the move, breaking into the top ten on lap three and continuing to push for an eventual fourth place, just six seconds behind the winner. On Sunday he again made life tough for himself with a moderate start to race two which left him ninth at the completion of the opening lap. He moved relentlessly forward during the twenty-five-minute-plus-two-lap race, eventually taking over sixth two laps from the finish to claim fourth overall, just three points shy of the podium, over the weekend. However, his thirty-three points haul sees the French youngster advance to seventh in the series standings, just sixteen points from third, at the halfway stage of the championship.

The weekend was not as good for teammate Eddie Jay Wade, who qualified in the top ten with an eight position on a dry track. In race one an early fall left Eddie down in twenty-fifth but the English youngster persevered to advance to seventeenth at the close. Sunday was pretty similar for Eddie who was second at the start but then cross-rutted halfway round the opening lap to finish thirteenth.

Quentin Prugnières: “It was a pretty solid weekend and I got my best result of the season here with a fourth overall. My first moto was good; my start was not really the best but I was able to come back to fourth. My second start was similar but I was not riding quite so well as yesterday. But I feel that there is a good evolution in my riding, especially on a track like this which was so rough due to the rain. The public was incredible; they supported me all race-long and I did my best to score a podium for them and the team.

Eddie Jay Wade: “The weekend started confidently with P8 in Timed Practice so I knew I had the speed even though the lap wasn’t the cleanest. I was in the top-ten in the first moto until I had a small crash and I rode tense after that. I came out this morning feeling, ‚new day, clear day’ and I nearly got the holeshot. I wanted to pass quickly for the lead and was too aggressive; it was a stupid mistake and I crashed down to twentieth or so but I came back to thirteenth. There were some positives to come out of this weekend; I just need to repeat the good starts and stay up there.

Quentin Prugnières sixth in the European Championship, Amandine Verstappen unlucky but healthy

Quentin Prugnières scored the best result of his young career for 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki with sixth overall from a 5-6 moto scoreline in the fourth round of the FIM European EMX250 Championship. Amandine Verstappen was unfortunate as after finishing first race moto in top 5, she collided with another rider during the second heat of the Women World Championship.

Quentin already show good speed in the previous rounds of the series, but due to mistakes and crashes he hasn’t been able to show this with his results; finally at Riola Sardo he put all the ingredients together! On Saturday he pushed forward from his best start to date in the first moto to convert eighth on the opening lap into fifth at the finish and followed this up with another impressive charge during the second moto on Sunday morning as he advanced from twelve to sixth. Sixth overall, he is now eighth in the standings.

Teammate Eddie Wade had less joy at the start of the two motos to find himself thirtieth and twenty-third on the opening laps but the English youngster pressed on throughout both motos to narrowly miss the points as twenty-first finisher on Saturday before claiming two points for nineteenth on Sunday despite a mid-race fall which cost him twenty seconds.

Amandine Verstappen started both motos in the top three, and she quickly settled into a solid fourth place in the first moto and maintained that position until a surprise attack pushed her back to fifth on the final lap. Another electric start in race two on Sunday morning opened up the possibility of a podium finish but those ambitions were nullified halfway round the opening lap as she collided with the championship leader when their lines converged on the exit from a sandy turn; the impact threw Amandine over the bars and, badly winded, she received medical assistance for several minutes before returning on foot to the paddock.

Quentin Prugnières: “I had two solid motos this weekend. The second moto was more difficult as I ran off the track and lost four positions when I was ninth, but I had a good rhythm to come back to sixth. It was a decent weekend – a step forward – but of course we expect more and we are already focused on the upcoming races.

Eddie Wade: “Sand is not my strong point as we saw this weekend. The heat was no problem as I live in Spain – in fact my fitness is good and I was still fresh at the end of the motos as others felt the heat – but I just need to work on my sand technique and ride it a lot more. I started to feel good in the motos but I made a silly mistake as I was closing down the top ten in the second moto which cost me points. “

Double win for Amandine in France, Top eight for Eddie in Italy

Reigning French Champion, Amandine Verstappen didn’t miss another opportunity to put again her 9MM Energy Drink Bud Racing Kawasaki on the top of the box in the opening round of the 2022 French Championship at St Eloi. In Italy for the European Championship, Eddie Wade and Quentin Prugnières have not really been rewarded for their efforts, even if Eddie signs an encouraging top eight.

Amandine had always enjoyed the track at St Eloi, and once more there was no rival to stop her. She had a perfect day with the pole position, two holeshots and two heat wins, and things couldn’t be better before the next round of the World Championship next weekend at Riola Sardo.

There in Sardinia she will share the Bud awning with Eddie Wade and Quentin Prugnières, who were in Italy for the EMX250.

Saturday the track was dry for the first moto, but both struggle at the start as Eddie staled his engine while Quentin was involved in a huge pile up in the first corner. Back from thirtieth to twelfth, Quentin did a strong comeback while Eddie finish thirteenth. Sunday the track was muddy after heavy rain in the night, and the track was challenging; Eddie got a great start and did a strong race to finish sixth, while Quentin had again to come back from behind as another rider hit him at the start. He was back in tenth position when he received a stone in an eye, and lost some positions. Both have the speed for podium results, they just need some luck in the first meters of the races!

Amandine: “Lately I’ve been training mainly in the sand to prepare for the World Championship in Sardinia, so I didn’t had a good feeling during the practice sessions but I posted the best time. I grabbed both holeshots and won the two motos, I had fun on the bike, so it’s good for my mental and it’s been a good training session before being back to the GP’s next weekend.”

Quentin: “In the first heat there was a big crash at the start, I left far behind and I’m quite happy with the ride. I did well at the start of the second moto, but I got hit at the first corner. I rode well until I had to take off the mud-stained goggles, I couldn’t breathe properly with the weight of the mud on the helmet. I went up ten and was attacking the ninth when I took a pebble in the eye which forced me to stop for a moment. It’s frustrating to work so hard and not be rewarded, but there is still a lot of racing and we are not giving up, especially since the lap times were very good.”

Eddie: “Overall it was a pretty good weekend, going in the right direction and I was very happy with the qualifying session. First race I made a stupid mistake in the first corner, I staled the bike, not really happy about it. Then I came back in the top ten but after a small crash I lost a few positions to finish thirteenth. Second moto I had a very good start, we work on this but during the first lap I was very slow, I don’t really know why and we have to work on it. I had a good rhythm but did little mistakes and a few guys passed me, then I had to take my goggles off, and again I ride well until the end but it was too late.”