Team Bud Racing Kawasaki was in Mantova this weekend, involved in the final round of the” Internazionali d’Italia”. This first race of the season was a good one for Brian Moreau who scores a second place in the MX2 class, while Brian Hsu was back racing after a very long break.
After a long and busy winter for the mechanics and the riders who prepare the comeback of the team in the World Championship, this first race was a good opportunity for everyone to race against some of their future rivals before the GP of Argentina.
One race per class (MX1 and MX2) and a Super Final was the program of the day, and only forty of the 80 riders involved in the MX2 class qualified for the race; both Brian Moreau and Brian Hsu qualified easily in their group with a fourth position for BM225 and a ninth one for BH81. Brian Moreau got an impressive holeshot in the MX2 race, and led the pack during seven laps; only one guy passed him during the race, the reigning MX2 World Champion. Second of this race Brian had a good gate pick for the super final, but he was involved in a huge pile up after the start and was forced to retire with a damaged bike.
The race was tougher for Brian Hsu who was back racing after one year off; Brian posted a decent lap time in the practice session but missed a good start and never had a good feeling with the track.
Brian Moreau: “I’m pretty happy with this first race of the season, even if I did too many mistakes in the timed practice period to get a better result. After my holeshot in the MX2 race I was able to led the race during 12 minutes, and then keep a good rhythm to finish second behind Prado. In the crash at the start of the Super Final I lost one grip on my handle bar and it was nearly impossible to ride like that so I retired. But it was a positive weekend, and we’ll continue to work hard.”
Brian Hsu: “I nearly didn’t race last year, and my goal at this event was to be back behind the gate and try to find a good feeling among my rivals. It was tough to get a good feeling with the track, and after a bad start I struggled and rode stiff but we’ll continue to work and get experience during the next races to get the best results I can during the season.”
An interesting and promising season will see Team BUD Racing Kawasaki back in the MX2 World championship, the Team based in Hossegor France continue on his usual spirit to bring young prospects to the top world motocross level.
For the 2019 season, both Brian, MOREAU and HSU will race the full world motocross MX2 championship and the French Elite MX series aboard the BUD 250 KXF, and a newcomer will join them with Jimmy CLOCHET, already winner of two motos in the french 250 Elite series, he will be in charge to represent the Team colors in the European EMX250 championship and French championships (Elite 450 & National MX1).
Despite their young age and the discovery of the World championship series for Brian Moreau, the riders have serious goals, and we will have to add to the squad the youngsters Quentin PRUGNIERES and Daniela GUILLEN who will both race the European EMX85 & French 85cc series to represent the future. Bringing young riders to the top will stay the line and spirit of BUD racing :
« Our riders are excited to be at he first GP of the season, even if they might need some races to become more familiar with the MX2 world championship and be at their best level. Like every season, the whole Team wants to give his best. We will participate at two pre-season races before the first GP : Mantova / Italy on feb 10th and Lacapelle / France on feb 24th just before flying to Argentina. We hope to get again a friendly and strong support from the Fans to support our riders. To finish, we want to thank warmly our partners and specially the ones who join us recently. The whole BUD RACING KAWASAKI Team hope to see you on the tracks for this exciting season »
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Hossegor is a familiar venue for Brian Moreau, as he is based with his team Bud Racing Monster Kawasaki in this city and this year again he won the round of the Beach Race series for his last race of the season.
Motocross, Supercross and beach races, Brian Moreau is an eclectic rider! After the MX season and two Supercross experiences, he was involved in the fourth round of the Beach race series aboard the same 250 KXF Bud racing. The Bud technicians just put a bigger tank to have a minimum of pit stops, and changed the transmission for this one hour and a half race. Brian took a good start on the beach, but during the first lap he crashed when he went on a soft sandy section losing a couple of seconds and some positions. Coming back second after a few laps he later joined the race leader and passed him before mid race. As his main rival run out of fuel the second part of the race was easier for Brian who controlled the pack to win the race thirty-seven seconds ahead of his closest opponent. It was the last race of the season for team Bud Racing, who will now prepare the MX2 World Championship as Brian Moreau and Brian Hsu will enter the first GP in Argentina on March 10th.
Brian Moreau: “It’s great to win here in Hossegor where the team is based, and also great to win this race for the second year in a row. At the beginning of the race the track was flat and fast, it wasn’t easy to make the difference but later it was rougher and better for me. During the first hour the weather was OK, but then we had a shower and I had to stop in the pits to take new goggles. I came here without any specific preparation, as I did a break after the season but now we won’t stop working and training to prepare next season.”
As every year team Monster Bud Racing Kawasaki moved to the Paris Supercross with a strong line up, as this event is the main one in Europe. Wearing for the first time the colours of the team American Jace Owen was impressive, as he won both days of racing to become the new ‘Prince of Paris’ while Brian Moreau took a sixth overall.
It’s a tradition for the team to invite an American rider to race in Paris, and for his first visit to the French capital Jace Owen didn’t missed this opportunity to shine as he dominates the SX2 class. Discovering the track and his 250 Kawasaki BUD during the practice session, Jace got a perfect start in the first heat to celebrate his first success of the weekend; runner up in the second race, Jace got another holeshot in the main event and led the entire race to win the first night in Paris. Fastest rider on the track in the practice session on Sunday Jace started with a second position in the first race, won the second and dominates the main event as he led the race during eleven laps; then he secured his overall win and the ‘Prince of Paris’ title with a second position.
After a brilliant race at the Monster Cup one month ago, Brian Moreau show again his skills in Supercross during this event. Fifth in the practice session Brian got the holeshot in the first final and scored a top five, and again finished fifth in the main event. He was not as strong on Sunday, but he scores twice a top eight result to finish the weekend sixth overall. Third rider racing for Monster Bud Racing in Paris Tyler Bowers raced the SX1 class; only eighteen on Saturday, he scored a top ten on Sunday.
Stéphane Dasse: “It was a great weekend for us, especially for Jace Owen who won both nights; he got great starts, ride well and we’re happy to give him a chance to race here in Paris. Brian scored a sixth position, with good races on Saturday but on Sunday he was tired; after the Monster Cup he made a break and then as it was raining in South West he could only practice Supercross a few days in Spain. Brian Hsu was back training one month ago; he is fit for Motocross but also missed SX training so we decided that he would not race here. Everyone in the team had a great weekend in Paris, we met as usual many partners, fans and friends.”
It’s a kind of reward that Stephane Dasse offered to Brian Moreau when he offer the 16 years old French kid to race his first ever official race in the USA soil for the famous Monster energy cup in Las Vegas. For his first race, the BUD racing Monster Kawasaki rider showed a good speed and adaptation to the US life.
The Monster cup format is very different from the races we are used to do in Europe, and Brian learned a lot this weekend among the best Amateur 250 All star American riders. With one free practice and two qualifying sessions during the afternoon and two 6 laps races during the night show. During the afternoon, Brian was at the top for the time practice and posted the fastest qualifying time during the two session combined that will allow Brian to enter in pole position for the first race of the night.
From his pole position on the gate Brian got a mid pack start in the first race but fight hard all moto along to come back to 4th position. He got a much better start for the second race and was 3rd but Brian did not get a good rhythm and became too tight on the bike, he battle during all the race to stay on the podium position but got passed and finally finished 4th again in the second race, giving a 4/4 result for the first appearance at the Monster cup. It was a very good experience during this week-end but also during the week prior to the race as Brian could practice with the best Amateur American riders and some pro Stars like Marvin Musquin, Adam Cianciarulo, Tyler Bowers, Malcolm Stewart…
Thank you very much to all the Team sponsors who support us, it’s very important to have you on board !
Brian Moreau: “It was a great weekend for me, I posted the fastest lap times in my class during the qualifying and finished so close to the podium for my first race in the USA, I really enjoyed the life, people and the country also. It was a good experience and will help me for the future.”