9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing’s Lucas Coenen celebrated his fifteenth birthday in style with his second consecutive double-win in the FIM European EMX Championship at the final round in Mantova.
After qualifying a close second he swept majestically through the first turn in moto one to lead already by more than three seconds at the end of the opening lap and, his KX handling superbly around the rugged track, he moved relentlessly clear of his chasers with a succession of fastest laps. By half-distance he was fifteen seconds clear and could cruise to victory for his fourth win in the last five motos. The twenty-five point maximum also saw him advance to third in the point standings. An immaculate start-finish repeat performance in race two saw the teenager complete his second consecutive maximum day to end the championship just ten points shy of the series silver medal after a difficult start to the season.
It was not such a great day for Quentin Prugnières who qualified in seventeenth, he had good start in moto 1 but didn’t score any point in the races due to two crashes in race one where he retires. His second moto start in twelfth until dropping to last after the bike stalled in the second lap; he came back twenty fourth.
Both riders will race next weekend the French Beach Series at their home training location, the Bud Racing Training Camp.
Lucas Coenen: “Today was another really good day for me, taking the holeshot and leading all the way both motos, same like last week in Arco. I had to push hard in the second moto because the guys behind me were riding hard too but we took that one also in the end; the track was slippery and bumpy but my BUD bike handled it perfectly. I just missed second in the championship by a few points; it’s a pity about my DNFs at the first two rounds but everything has been perfect since then. “
Quentin Prugnières: “Not the way I wanted to end the championship, I did some positive things but also did some mistakes as this crash in race one where I wanted to make quick passes. My rookie season in the class was a learning one, and I will work hard this winter to get better results.”