The French Elite championship was back in Britany this weekend, and team Monster Bud Racing Kawasaki had a successful weekend as Brian Moreau got his first moto win in Elite 250 class and with their three riders finishing in the top six of this penultimate round of the series.
Dry track, perfect weather, racing conditions were good in Iffendic and early in the morning the Bud Racing riders show their potential in the timed practice period with another pole position for Brian Moreau, a third for Pierre Goupillon and a fourth position for Brian Hsu! At the start of the first race Brian Moreau got the holeshot, followed by the series leader; before mid race Brian did a small mistake and lost the lead, and in the next circulation he found on his way a lapper and lost three more places. Fifth of this race Brian took his revenge in the next one; nearly missing the holeshot as he went wide in the first corner, he again battled with the series leader who finally did a mistake and offered the first position to Brian who won the race and secured a second overall. Racing nearly at home Pierre Goupillon just missed this podium for two points; with two starts around the tenth position Pierre had to find his way in the pack, coming back third and fourth to finish fourth overall. For his second race this season Brian Hsu show strong improvements compared to the first one; eighth in the first heat, he finished fifth in the second one, a great reward for the hard training work.
Next weekend the team will be in Castelnau de Levis (near Albi) for the final round of the championship; Brian Moreau and Pierre Goupillon are currently third and sixth in the standings.
Brian Moreau: “It was a great weekend for me! I got the pole position in the timed practice period and was leading the first race when I made a stupid mistake; then in the next lap a lapper was on my way and I lost time in a rut, losing some positions. Once more I got the best start in the second race, but went too wide in the first corner and Boisrame passed me; we passed each others several times, and finally he did a mistake. I got the leadership, and went to win my first ever MX2 race.”
Pierre Goupillon: “I had a good speed in the timed practice period, but was only tenth at the start of the first race and came back third with the fastest lap time. My second start will be similar, and I came back fourth; I have the speed and the physical condition, I must continue to work on my starts for the comings races.”
Brian Hsu: “I came here after a really good week of training, and I had good feeling. For the races I have to be happy and positive, even if it was a really tough one. I did my best, my arms are getting better and I need to work on some details and it will be OK. We’ll keep improving race by race and keep it real.”
For the first time this season team Monster Bud Kawasaki lined up his full squad this weekend in Foolz, for the fifth round of the French Elite series. Pierre Goupillon enjoyed his second podium in a row in the series, while Brian Moreau lost a podium result due to a technical failure in the second moto. For his racing comeback, Brian Hsu got his first top ten of the season.
Faster rider in the qualifying session, two seconds faster than anyone, Brian Moreau had the first choice at the gate and did a good start in race one as he was fifth after the second corner; he came back third, but couldn’t challenge the two leaders who were already far away. His second start was perfect as he grabbed the holeshot and led the race during ten laps; but as always when the leader joins the lappers he lost time to pass several of them and lost two positions; third with two laps to go he unfortunately didn’t saw the finish flag due to a technical problem. He lost the overall podium, but Pierre Goupillon was not far and got it; second in the practice session Pierre crashed at the start of the first heat, and then did a great race coming back from nearly last to sixth. With a better start in race two he scored a fourth position, enough to be on the box. For Brian Hsu it was the first race since nine months, an eternity for a racer! Eighth in the practice session Brian was unlucky at the first start as he had no place to go when Pierre crashed in front of him; last to start, he came back seventeenth with no front brake as the disc was damaged in the crash. In the second heat he scored a top ten result, but suffered arm pumped after an average start.
Next race for our riders will be the penultimate round of the French Elite in Iffendic (Britany) in two weeks’ time.
Pierre Goupillon: “It was a pretty good weekend, with two bad starts; in the first heat I crashed at the start and was very far but I found good lines to come back sixth, with good lap times. I was only in the top ten at the second start, the track was very dry with one good line but I found some other lines to pass and came back fourth. It’s great to be again on the box!”
Brian Hsu: “I’m so happy to race again, it’s what I love to do. It’s been a very long time, I had some very tough time but I’m here today; I wasn’t nervous at all, I just try to do my best. The first race I had a pretty good start but someone crash in front of me and I had no place to go and crashed also; my front disk was damaged and I stop in the pits but the mechanics couldn’t do anything so I went back on track and came back from last to seventeenth without any front brake. My second start was not as good, I did some good laps and was happy to score a top ten result; I’m not tired at all, but I have to work on my arm pump and we need to find a solution for the next races.”
After some tough races for him, Pierre Goupillon was back on the podium this weekend during the fourth round of the French Elite Championship in Pernes les Fontaine. It was a good weekend for team Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki, as Brian Moreau ended this round in fifth position to take the third position in the series.
After two difficult European rounds, Pierre Goupillon was back in the Elite championship after missing the previous round due to his knee injury. It was a strong comeback for Pierre who finished second overall, tight in the points with the race winner. Fourth in the timed practice period 1.4 second behind his team mate who was the fastest rider, Pierre got two good starts and did two strong races; he took his time to overtake rivals, didn’t do any mistake on a slippery track and came back second and third of the races to score his best performance of the season in the series! A great comeback for him! Fastest rider in the practice session, Brian Moreau had a very bad start in the first heat; only thirty at the beginning of the race, he came back sixth and did better in the second heat with a fourth position. He is now third in the standings at mid season – there is three more races to come – while Pierre is now back in the top ten.
Pierre Goupillon: “I’m very pleased with my weekend, as I did two strong races; twice I was in the top five at the start, then I keep a good rhythm and didn’t do any mistake while some rivals crashed. It’s great to finally be back at my best level, as I was earlier this season; once more hard work always pays, and I hope to be as successful in the European championship in UK next weekend.”
Brian Moreau: “Overall it was a good weekend, with a pole position to start this round. It rained before our race so the starting line was wet, and I slide when the gate drop to come only thirtieth in the first corners; I was pushing to come back and had a small crash, but scored a sixth position. I was in the top ten at the start of the second race, had a good feeling with the track and came back fourth.”
The second round of the French Elite championship took place this weekend in Romagne, and for this traditional round of the series in Brittany the weather was pretty unusual with high temperatures.
Both second of their group in the timed practice sessions, Pierre Goupillon and Brian Moreau had a good speed and on his home soil Pierre got a great start in the first race as he came second after a few laps. He lost one position to Rubini, but later passed Vialle to finish second of this race. For Brian Moreau this race was more difficult, as he crashed four times and finally retire! His second heat was much better as he got a great start, and took the lead during the second lap; he will lead the pack during ten laps, but finally Rubini won the race ahead of Brian. For Pierre it was a very short race as another rider lost control of his bike after the start and hit him; five riders were on the ground, and with a damaged bike Pierre couldn’t finish this race.
Team Monster Bud Kawasaki will now move to Russia, for the second round of the EMX250 organised on May 1st.
Brian Moreau: “The weekend was pretty good, with a good feeling during the practice session where I posted the second fastest lap time. In the first heat I had a good start in the top five, but some other riders passed me and I was so tense that I crashed four times during the race. I never rode so bad! Hopefully the second race was much better, I was fourth at the start and passed third, second and then first. I made a small gap and stay ten laps in first position, but Rubini passed me and I finished second, happy to react like that between the races.”
Pierre Goupillon: “Overall it was a good weekend, just a shame that at the second start another rider hit me and put five or six riders on the ground. I had to retire as the bike was damaged, hopefully I was not injured. I had a good speed all weekend long, and I’m happy with my riding in the first moto.”
After a long and serious winter time where the Team and riders have worked hard to be ready for the 2018 Racing season, our MX2 rider Brian HSU had a small crash during training in Italy few days ago where his shoulder became dislocated !
The shoulder came back in place immediately but the pain is too high to race this week-end in Valkenswaard and Brian will have to make more exams during the week to know exactly what must be done and the delay to recover and come back to racing.
We were expecting a lot from Brian HSU “the Violin rider” for our return to MX2 GP racing this season and the whole team is pretty disappointed.
However, the 2 other young Team members Brian MOREAU 225 “EMX125 champion 2017” and the new recruit Pierre Goupillon 720 who will race the full EMX250 European championship starting from Red Sand MXGP in Spain next week are super motivated and will already participate to the First round of the French Elite MX championship this week-end.
Both riders did very well yesterday during the MX International of Sommieres France with a 250 overall win for Pierre Goupillon and a 5th place for Brian Moreau for his first race on the 250 bike.
Thank you for your support and we will give you some more news as soon as we know more from Brian HSU’s shoulder.