French Elite Championship, round 3: A double win and the red plate for Mathis Valin

Team Bud Racing Kawasaki enjoyed another great weekend in the French championship, with a double win for Mathis Valentin and a solid race for Benjamin Garib. The series is at mid-way and Valentin is the new leader while Benjamin consolidates his third position in the standings.

New track and new conditions for our riders! Mathis raced at Romagne in the past, but Benjamin discovered the sunny but cold layout due to heavy wind. During the timed practice sessions Mathis posted the fastest lap in the first group, while Benjamin just lost the pole of the other group in the last minute; however with a second position he did his best qualification so far.
Starting the first race in second position, Mathis only needed three laps to take the lead and go to another moto win while Benjamin came back from sixth to third. The second moto was similar for Mathis who took the lead after two laps, to get another moto win and of course the overall! Benjamin didn’t start so well this moto but came back to fifth, too far to expect a better result as the top four had made a break.

Thanks to this double win Mathis is the new leader of the MX2 Elite, while Benjamin is in third position. There is three more races at the calendar, but our riders will be able to do only one (Villars sous Ecot) as the two others (Bitche and Ernée) are scheduled the same day as a European round. But both riders keep all their chances, as they will get points credit (average points of all the races the attend) for those two rounds.

No race next weekend, we’ll be back on track on May 4/5 in Portugal for the third round of the 250 European Championship.

Mathis Valin: “Everything went well this weekend, I won both motos and got the red plate, a perfect weekend we’ll say! Romagne has always succeeded for me since I was a kid, last year I also got a double win. I feel comfortable in all conditions and on all types of terrain, we try to show that we are there everywhere like this weekend against good riders. The club worked hard, it’s a shame they redid everything before the rounds but we still had some big holes and some good ruts so it was good preparation for the rest of the season.

Benjamin Garib: “The weekend was not what I wanted, but was not so bad. In the first moto I got a third position which was good, so close to second! In the second moto I didn’t get the best start and it was hard as I was alone during all the moto, the guys in front were ten seconds ahead. It was a boring moto, I need to get better at the start and we’ll continue to work before Portugal.

French Elite Championship A double podium for the team !

It’s not so often that you can score a double podium and a win in a race, and this weekend team Bud Racing Kawasaki did it at Castelnau de Lévis during the second round of the French Elite Championship. With an overall win for Mathis Valin and a second position for Benjamin Garib, everyone was smiling on Sunday evening!

Since three weeks now the team enters a race every weekend, and after an Elite round in Normandy and the first European race in Spain it’s near Albi that our new structure was for the second round of the French Elite. Castelnau de Lévis is an atypic track, offering both “concrete” and “plasticine” sections where both riders felt comfortable in the practice session with a third position for Mathis and a fifth for Benjamin.
In the first moto Mathis grabbed the holeshot, and did the entire period in the lead to win seven seconds ahead of Benjamin who did a great comeback from seventh to second, posting the fastest lap time! The second moto was another good one for both Benjamin who finished third and Mathis who got a fourth and secure the overall win ahead of his team mate! Those performances are a great reward for Mathis who got again top results in his fourth race on a 250, and for Benjamin who got his first ever podium since he joined us in Europe after a tough Spanish weekend.

Next weekend no race at our program, and then the team will move to Italy for the second round of the European Championship on April 13-14.

Mathis Valin: « Another great day even it was pretty tough for me as this kind of track is not my favorite, but I won the first moto and the overall so what could be better? Good results keep coming, we worked hard with the team and I’m happy to offer them this win. We’ll continue to work as it would be great to continue this momentum.

Benjamin Garib: “Happy with this podium, last weekend in Spain was not so good for me so to come back strongly on a podium is great and we’ll keep working. This weekend was very fun, I want to thanks my team Bud Racing, my family and my mechanics. This track was similar to some tracks in Chili, and I felt pretty comfortable all day long.

French Elite Championship Top six results to launch the season

As Lacapelle Marival was cancelled two weeks ago, team Bud Racing Kawasaki was doing its first race of the season at Basly, first round of the French Elite Championship.

After weeks of training and preparation, Basly was finally the first event of the year for the team and the first race this season for Benjamin Garib and Mathis Valin. Track conditions were muddy on Sunday morning due to the rain, but Mathis had a good feeling with the track as he posted the second fastest lap of his group while Benjamin finished tenth. As the rain stopped the track conditions were better for the first moto, even if it was a muddy one; Benjamin got a top ten finish with and eighth position, while Mathis couldn’t do better than twelfth. Both rebounded in the second moto; Mathis got the holeshot and led the race during six laps to finish runner up, while Benjamin came back from seventh to third of the moto, and was classified fifth overall one position ahead of Mathis.

This weekend the team will be at Madrid for the first round of the 250 Motocross European Championship.

Mathis Valin: “Different conditions in both races, some little problems in the first one where my riding was not so good, and then in the second one I was leading several laps to finish second! Track conditions were rough, thanks to the club for what they do on the track and after this first pre season race I feel ready for the opening round of the European 250 next weekend.

Benjamin Garib: “It was ok, not my favourite conditions this morning with the mud but the track came better for the second moto. The track was a lot dryer and I felt more comfortable and got a third in the second moto. Just happy, we keep pushing and building for the next couple of races

Opening of the WSX Supercross World Championship in Birmingham UK and MX2 victory for Quentin Prugnières at the French Elite Motocross Championship

Just one week after the opening of the French SX Tour Championship, the team headed to Birmingham, England, for the first round of the WSX World Supercross Championship, but this time with 4 riders – 3 French and one American. In the 250cc class, Adrien Escoffier and Anthony Bourdon defended the Bud Racing colors, as did Justin Hill and Cédric Soubeyras in the 450cc class.

An excellent start of the evening for the American Justin Hill, winner of the Heat and Superpole. Well placed on the starting grid, Justin took the Holeshot in the first final and finished 3rd. After another excellent start in the second final, Justin finished in first place after 8 laps. With only one final remaining, Justin had all his chance to finish on the podium, given his previous results. Unfortunately, Justin fell into the whoops on the very first lap and was a bit concussed, ending this final with difficulty in 15th place. 4th overall, just one point off the podium, Justin has everything it takes to excel in future races.

A little less success for our 3 French riders, all three missed their Heat and had a bad gate pick. With starts at the back of the pack and a very short race format, all three were unable to climb back up despite encouraging speed. Cédric Soubeyras finished 18/12/12 of the three finals, and came 14th overall in the 450cc class. As for the SX2 riders, Adrien Escoffier crashed at the first start, damaging his bike. He didn’t finish this final, but came 10th and 12th in the other two, to finish 15th overall. Anthony Bourdon came 14th overall, having completed 15/12/13 in the finals.

Numerous Supercross races await our French riders this summer, who will have plenty of time to prepare before meeting again on September in Singapore for the second round of the WSX Supercross World Championship. As for Justin, he’s going back to the United States to continue his training so he can continue with his excellent speed for the rest of the season.

Back in France with Quentin Prugnières, who was competing the final round of the French Elite Motocross Championship in the MX2 class this weekend. Winner of the first race, Quentin led the entire second race before making a mistake three corners from the finish and finished second. Winner again of the MX2 event two weeks after his first MX2 victory.

Justin Hill: “It was an incredible night with a win in Heat and Superpole. I’m obviously disappointed to make that mistake in the third final which cost me the podium, but there are a lot of positives to take away. Now that I know the championship and the format, I’m ready to get back to training. I’m already looking forward to Singapore.”

Quentin Prugnières: “A good weekend overall, I had good speed all day long. It’s a shame to lose the second race because of a big mistake when I had a 10-second lead. But all in all, it was very positive with two good starts. Now I’m going to continue preparing for the next race in Europe, which takes place on August 12/13 in Sweden.”

Stéphane Dassé: “It’s great to get the WSX championship underway. Justin rode really well and we’re really happy about that. Unfortunately, the others were badly placed on the grid and the start was very important this weekend. It’s a really special format with 3 very short rounds in a row where anything can happen. Everyone knows what to improve and I’m convinced that with better starts, they’re all also capable of fighting at the front. We are also very happy about Quentin that is back in a good rythm and we can’t wait to be at the next races.”

Hossegor, July 3rd 2023

An historical double win at the French Elite!

Everyone didn’t really enjoy the wet weather this Sunday in Normandy, for the penultimate round of the French Elite, but both Quentin Prugnières and Anthony Bourdon will keep good memories as they both won their class!

June 18th will remain an historic date for Team Bud Racing Kawasaki, as their two riders won their class at Rauville la Place where once more we had some rain for this round of the Elite. That wasn’t such a problem for Quentin and Anthony, who got top three results in all their motos to win the overall.

Second of his group in the timed practice session just one tenth of a second behind the reigning champion, Quentin didn’t get a great start in the first race as he was outside the top ten after a few corners. Back in fourth position after four laps he rode carefully and avoid any mistake to finish second of this moto; his second start was much better, and once more he did a clever race to finish again in second position and win the overall.

Second of the MX1 timed practice period on a track where he got good results in the past, Anthony Bourdon got two great starts and did both races in the top four; in the first race he made a mistake and lost the second position, but he finished both races in third place to win the overall and to come back in fifth position at the championship.

Quentin Prugnières: “It was tough races on a muddy track with not so many lines, so it was difficult to pass. I fought as best as I could, I could avoid big mistakes and stay on my wheels to get a win. That’s really motivating for the rest of season.”

Anthony Bourdon: “It’s my first win on a 450, on a track that has often been succesful for me. Today it was important to avoid mistakes on this track, I like riding in the mud and I did it, I’m really happy with this win.”

Hossegor, June 19th 2023