Perfect score for Amandine Verstappen in France European Top 10 for Eddie Wade and Quentin Prugnières

While Amandine Verstappen break records in France where she remains unbeatable, Quentin Prugnières, Eddie Wade and team 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki move to Belgium for the seventh round of the European Championship.

Before moving to Lommel and its deep sand, where the EMX250 was back to action after a six weeks break, both Quentin and Eddie trained hard on the sandy track at the Bud Racing Training Camp. In the timed practice session, they show that this preparation was good as Quentin posted the fourth fastest lap time and Eddie the seventh best time of their group. On Saturday the track was still ‘decent’ for the first heat, and Quentin fight for the podium all race long; ninth after the opening lap he cross the finish line in fourth, just two seconds behind the leader of the series. Eddie had a tougher race, but he confirmed his improvements in the sand as he came back from twenty fifth to eleventh.

Sunday the track was rougher after so many training sessions and races, and both Quentin and Eddie got a good start as they were fifth and eighth after one lap. It doesn’t take a while for Quentin to come fourth, while Eddie crashed and regressed in nineteenth position. But he will be the best Bud representative in this race as he finishes eleventh despite another crash, while Quentin was forced to retire with a technical issue.

Coming as a neighbour to support her team mates, Amandine Verstappen didn’t miss this opportunity to watch the races. One week earlier she was racing the fourth round of the French Women series at Ouville in Normandy, and once more she won both races. It was her 37th and 38th consecutive moto win in the championship, a record that nobody will never beat for sure! The series will continue on September 18th, but before she will race the final round of the World Championship in Turkey on September 3rd and 4th.

Quentin and Eddie have a break next weekend, before moving to Sweden, Finland and France (Saint Jean d’Angely on August 20-21) for the final rounds of the EMX250.

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.

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.”

French Elite Championship Quentin fights for podiums

After the muddy round at Gueugnon, team 9MM Energy Drink Bud Racing Kawasaki was happy to find good weather at Castelnau de Levis in Southern France. It was a good round for our riders who perform well; Quentin end the day tight in the points for a podium spot, while Eddie did his best race since he joins the team.

Castelnau de Levis is a real Southern French track, and if it was not a novelty for Quentin it was another story for Eddie who discovered this typical layout. Third rider in the timed practice period, Quentin got twice a good start and nearly missed the holeshot in the second moto; with two good starts he battles twice for podium results. He got it in the first race with a third, and finishes fourth in the second one to end the event tight in the points for the third position overall; he was classified fourth, as his rival had a better result in race two (3/4 for Quentin and 4/3 for Teillet). Tenth in the practice session, Eddie had a poor start in the first moto but did a good race to come back tenth; in the top eight at the second start he did another strong race on this hard ground to finish sixth, his best result so far this season.

Next race for the team is the European Championship at Maggiora (Italy) in two weeks’ time.

Quentin Prugnières: “Of course disappointed to end so close to the podium. Among the positive points I nearly got the holeshot in the second moto, but we must continue to work as my riding could have been better after this great start.

Eddie Wade: “A good day! First race I didn’t get a good start, rode very well to come back tenth. Second race a very good start behind my team mate, I just lost two positions but there’s a lot of positive to take from this weekend. This morning it was hard to get used to this track, as the grip was different from one section to another.

Quentin got a podium on track but lost it on the green carpet

Between two rounds of the 250 European Championship, Team 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki moves to Gueugnon to enter the second round of the French Elite championship. On the virtual podium of the MX2 class, Quentin Prugnières was penalized after a moto and finish at the bottom of this podium.

Gueugnon 2022 will remain in many memories for several reasons. The first one is of course linked to the weather, as incessant rain on Sunday afternoon destroyed the track and forced the riders to race in tough conditions. Recovering perfectly from thirteenth to fourth in the opening race, and then doing another strong come back from eighth to fourth, Quentin was the third man on track behind two GP riders, Tom Vialle and Stephen Rubini. This was on the track, but out of the track Quentin was penalised as his bike was over the noise limit after the race; despite the fact that it was raining – and everyone knows that rain affect the level of the sound – the technical staff gave him a penalty of five positions. Stephane Dasse’s arguments will be rejected by the jury, without even discussing about the process and the methods used to perform these measurements.

Still recovering from his injury due to the crash at the second start at Mantova one week ago, Eddie Wade was not in Gueugnon as the main goal is to see him fit at the next round of the European Championship in Portugal on April 2-3.

Quentin Prugnières: “Some positive points this weekend, but we also see some points that I will have to improve! In both races I did a strong comeback, even if at the start of the second race we touched each others with Tom Vialle. I made some good moves, then it took me some time to find my rhythm but I came back third which is positive. We will work on my start, to do even better in the next races.