Team 9MM Bud Racing Kawasaki had an amazing weekend in Paris, as Chris Blose and Matt Moss won all the SX2 races at the 39th Supercross of Paris in front of 40000 fans!
Paris is ‘magic’ and will stay for sure for many more years! For its 39th edition the event was a great one, after two difficult years due to the Covid; the Paris la Defense Arena was full during the two days of racing, and for all the members of the team this 2022 edition will have forever a special taste.
Coming to Paris with three riders all involved in the SX2 class, with our regular WSX contenders Chris Blose and Matt Moss both used to Supercross but also with Quentin Prugnières after his good MX season, the team was the main animator of the SX2 class on both days.
On Saturday it was ‘Chris night’ as our American rider won the three races to lead the ‘Prince of Paris’ classification. Unfortunately for him the second day will not be as good (5/4/19), due to a crash at the start of the second race and another crash in the final race.
At the bottom of the podium on Saturday after three strong races (6/4/4) Matt Moss was ‘on fire’ on Sunday as he won the three races to get this prestigious title of ‘Prince of Paris’ ahead of Jace Owen and Chris Blose in third. Matt was so happy and demonstrative after the race that the entire stadium was noisy to cheer him! And to end the weekend on a perfect note, Quentin Prugnières who was racing his first SX since last year ends the last race in third, improving his results all weekend long (10/9/9 the first night, and then15/7/3).
With six starts and six wins, with two riders on the final podium including the winner, with noisy and enthusiast fans supporting our riders, with happy partners who came to visit us this weekend, the 39th Supercross ends the 2022 season on a high note.
Team 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki was involved in two different worlds this weekend, with a four men squad at the opening round of the World Supercross at Cardiff (United Kingdom) and one rider at the European Motocross of Nations at Talavera de la Reina (Spain). On both sides the team had the honours of the podium, with Chris Blose at Cardiff and Quentin Prugnières at Talavera!
It’s in the Millennium Stadium of Cardiff, land of rugby, that the brand new World Supercross Championship kicked off this weekend with four riders representing the 9MM Energy Drink Kawasaki Team, two in each class. It’s in the SX2 class that the team had the honours of the podium with a second overall – just one point behind the winner – for our American Chris Blose (2/4/8) who did a strong performance while Australian Matt Moss (3/DNF/11) lost his chances for the overall with a DNF but he finishes tenth overall. In the WSX class both Cédric Soubeyras and Adrien Escoffier joined the team just a few days before the event and improved their results trough the weekend, as they get used to their 450 KXF, and both score several top ten results. The second of the three races format was the best one for Cedric Soubeyras (12/4/6) who finish sixth overall, three positions ahead of Adrien (10/13/9) who lost time in a crash. Our four ‘musketeers’ have now one week before flying to Australia for the second and last round of the series in two weeks’ time.
Leader of the French team at the European Motocross of Nations aboard his 250 Kawasaki, with one teammate in the 125 class and two in the 85 category, Quentin Prugnières was the best French representative and leads his teammates to the overall win. Winner of his qualifying race on Saturday, winner of the first race mixing 125 and 250 and second in the last heat, he did a huge performance in Spain! With good results from Mano Faure in the 125 class, Amaury Maindru and Mathys Valin in the 85 class, the Frenchies won the event for the first time in the past five seasons. Next race for Quentin will be the Paris Supercross on November 13 and 14, where he will join his SX teammates.
Stéphane Dassé: “Very happy to be part of the World Supercross Championship, this first event was a great one! I’m convinced that this new series will help to develop Supercross worldwide, as Supercross is so far an American speciality. Concerning our 450 riders Cédric is just back from injury while Adrien discovers the team and the bike, and it’s in the SX2 class that Chris Blose offers us a nice podium with a second overall, while Matt Moss did some good things.”
Quentin Prugnières: “It was a top weekend, I did the job by winning the qualifying race and the first moto. Then I score a second position, in all the races I posted the fastest lap time and I gave everything until the last minute. I keep in mind a lot of positive things, and was happy to fight in all the races with Jan Pancar who is a regular MX2 top ten contender. With my teammates we did everything to win this event and the feeling is amazing, I’m proud to be French and to put the French colours on the highest step of the podium.”
First 450cc race and first podium for Quentin Prugnières at the “Coupe des AS”
Last Sunday was held the famous festival of the off-road French bike in this September. Total success for the traditional Kenny Festival which relaunched the “Coupe des As” bringing together the best French riders of each category and displaying a quality line-up.
Faithful among the most faithful, the 9MM Bud Racing Kawasaki team was of course part of it and did not want to miss this event in the small town of Reygade ( close to Brive ) more than 2500 bikes, quad and SSV riders of which the recent 5th of the 250cc European championship Quentin 319 Prugnières who ignited the public with his maximum attack !
At the end of Saturday’s practice, the rider from Reunion island “scored ” a cautious 7th position on his KAWASAKI 450 KX ( first race with the big guys )… Sunday 11.15 PM, start of the first race under a radiant sun, a large audience and impatient to see the French elite on the track… He was not disappointed, Quentin will make the show in spite of himself going up from the back of the race and come to fail in the wheel of the first to a meritorious second place regaling the public of his incisive riding. 16H PM, second moto but this time Quentin signs a magnificent holeshot and takes with authority the lead of the race which he will keep for a few laps then will give up under the assaults of the GP pilot Stephen RUBINI. A second position that he will keep until the chequered flag managing with control his advance on the 3rd.
Mission accomplished for the young rider of the 9MM Bud Racing Kawasaki Team ( remember that he is only 17 years old ). A performance unanimously appreciated and greeted with enthusiasm by the sponsors and guests present and who honoured us with their visit: BS BATTERY / HEROCK / SOBEM SCAME / DISTRI CASH.
The final word for Quentin : “A positive weekend for an important race but with nothing at stake. I had to have fun without taking unnecessary risks. This was the case. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisation who did a great job on and off the track. A big thank also to my mechanics who once again did the job perfectly. Next event for me is the European Motocross of Nations next month. I’ll be back to training in the next few days on my usual 250 KX !”
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9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki’s Quentin Prugnières ended the FIM European EMX250 Championship fifth after taking his second podium of the campaign at St Jean D’Angely in France.
The French teenager had already impressed in the first moto on Saturday afternoon as he swept up the leaderboard from eleventh on lap one to finish third, and, to the delight of his home-country crowd, he earns his second overall podium of the series with another fantastic ride in Sunday morning’s race two. Closed down by his neighbours at the gate at the start he was way down in twenty-second position the first time past the timekeepers but rode an enthralling opening lap, making no less than a dozen passes to move into the top ten. Maintaining the momentum he was fourth within twelve minutes, even temporarily taking over third, to not only secure the overall podium but also jump from seventh to a final fifth in the series points standings. With eight top five finishes in the last fourteen races, three race podiums in the last three events contested and two podiums, Quentin confirmed all the expectations placed in him by Stephane Dasse and Thierry Van Den Bosch and he will now be able to take a break.
BUD teammate Eddie Wade crashed during practice and did not start.
Quentin Prugnières: “It’s a nice podium in front of the French fans, but I really had to work for it after a bad start. I wasn’t able to keep my rhythm after I reached third position, but the priority was to end the season with a good result which lifted me to fifth in the standings. The beginning of season did not go as planned, but I have proved that I am a podium contender in recent races. I want to thank all the people around me in the BUD team, my family and our mechanics and I am almost lost for words to describe my feeling after this podium in my home country. I really wanted to finish the season with a podium, and now we’ll take a break before getting back working to prepare for next season; the plan is to race the EMX250 again and also some GPs.“
Quentin Prugnières and Eddie Wade both score a top seven result in one of the races in Finland, losing all their chance in a crash at the start of the other race. This weekend they will be at Saint Jean d’Angely for the final round of the 250 European Championship.
Finland didn’t meet any GP since 2014, so it’s a new track that Quentin and Eddy discovered at Hyvinkää where of course the layout was sandy. That was another tough one, especially as the sand on the starting line was really soft but on a hard ground, which caused several crashes at the start. On Saturday Eddie came out of the first corner in the top five, while Quentin crashed and started back behind the leading group a lap down. He did the whole race at their rhythm, while Eddie crossed the finish line in seventh position despite the pain following his crash one week earlier in Sweden. The roles would be reversed in the second heat, with Eddie crashing out at the start while Quentin moved into the top ten; both will make a good comeback, up to sixth place for Quentin – he lost a few places in a crash while attacking for third position – and eighteenth for Eddie who ranks tenth in the event, two places ahead of Quentin.
This weekend the team will nearly “race at home” as it’s in St Jean d’Angely that the championship will end.
Quentin Marc Prugnières: “Tough first race with this crash at the start, I got up with a hematoma in the thigh so I started lapped by the leaders. I did the entire race behind the leading group, which I followed throughout the race, without attacking them since I was a lap behind. Second start was pretty good, then I moved up to fourth but I had a rear brake problem and I lost the front on a corner entry with four laps to go. I finished sixth, frustrating because the speed was there and a race podium was possible. Now looking to Saint Jean next weekend, I love the atmosphere of the GP in France and as it’s the final I want to give everything to please the fans and the team.”
Eddie Wade: “It was hard to push with the ribs but I got a good start and the adrenalin helped me for the first few laps; it started to hurt after that and I got a little arm-pump holding on too tight to compensate but I came home seventh. The crash at the start of the second race didn’t helped me, but I never give up to come back scoring points even if my body was aching a lot again. “