Amandine Verstappen close to the podium of the WMX Top nine for Quentin Prugnières in the European 250

Just one week after winning Le Touquet with Quentin Prugnières, team 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki was in Italy for the opening round of the Motocross season. Mantova met the first round of the Women World Championship and the European 250 Championship, two categories where our riders did pretty well.

Ladies first, with the strong racing weekend of Amandine Verstappen who finish so close to the podium at this first GP! Seventh behind the gate our multiple French champion had a good start in the first race, and did all the race in fourth position. Her second moto was more difficult as she collided with another girl; eleventh after this incident Amandine will come back fifth, missing the overall podium by two points.

Third of his group in the free and timed practice sessions, Quentin Prugnières shows a good speed and had a good position on the gate. His first start wasn’t really good, and he had to push hard to come back from nineteenth to eighth in this moto. On Sunday he will take a better start, and was fighting for the fourth position when he did a mistake on this rough track; another race start for him as he was twenty-one, but once more his speed was good enough to cross the finish line eleventh.

First race of the season and of course first one with team 9MM Bud Racing Kawasaki for Eddie Wade, fifteenth in his qualifying group. He was on the outside of the starting line, but got a good start in the top fifteen of race one; twelfth of his moto il was unfortunately involved in a crash at the start of the second race and was forced to retire later due to a painful leg.

Next weekend team 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki will be in Gueugnon for the second round of the French Elite championship.

Amandine Verstappen: “It was a good weekend. I had a good feeling already during the free practice session but was more stressed in the timed practice period. In the first race I had a good start in third but during the first lap van de Ven went straight and I had to brake so I lost two positions. I was pleased with my speed as I came back to fourth. My second start wasn’t so bad but in the second straight line another girl hit me and again I had to brake; I was tenth or eleventh and came back fifth. I’m disappointed to miss the podium by just two points after two strong races. I feel much stronger physically as I have worked hard with my trainer all winter; he knows me really well and it was great to be back working with him.

BS BATTERY BECOMES OFFICIAL PARTNER OF KAWASAKI BUD RACING TEAM

BS Battery will be the new official battery supplier and official sponsor of MX French Team in 2022. Initially known for its excellent expertise as off-road motorcycle suspension specialist, Bud Racing is also importer & distributor of off-road motorcycle parts and accessories. Since 2007, Kawasaki Bud Racing Team has been competed in several world class motocross competitions.

Benjamin Sebban – General Manager of BS Battery:
“We are extremely happy to become Kawasaki Bud Racing Team’s partner whom we stand together with common values. We are very pleased to stand behind another French team that always communicate great values and support young riders. With this new collaboration, BS Battery now covers most of the motorcycle disciplines – road race, enduro & cross.”

Stéphane Dasse – Team manager KAWASAKI BUD RACING:
“It has been a long time that we knew BS Battery brand. Today, BS Battery is became powerful actor in the powersport battery industry. We’re also very sensitive that BS Battery invest and support the French motorbike sport in main disciplines. We also would like to point BS Battery immediately believed in the relevance of this tripartite collaboration including marketing, sport and sales. After testing all BS products on our race bikes, BS Battery perfectly matched our expectations. We will thus entrust our technicians and mechanics with the best in terms of batteries, chargers and boosters.”

A SUCCESSFUL YEAR IN 2021… ON TRACK FOR 2022

This year all the planets were aligned for the 9MM Energy Bud Racing Kawasaki team which realized a successful season!

Indeed, many titles, victories and trophies came to complete an already well-filled collection in close collaboration with the technical partner of always, KAWASAKI (since 2007). 2021, here are the results:

- 3rd of the 125cc European championship
- French champion & vice champion of junior category
- French Women’s Champion
- Best rookie in the French MX2 championship
- 10th of the International Supercross of Paris La Défense in SX2
- 2 victories in the French Sand Junior Championship

Next year, the sportive program of the team managed by Stephane Dassé, still coached by Thierry Van Den Bosch, will focus on the 250 class. In close collaboration with KAWASAKI, the two entities will have at heart to make the fearsome KX 250 shine again.
Amandine VERSTAPPEN will try to renew her title of French champion but also and especially will aim at a final podium in the World Championship.

Quentin PRUGNIERES after a year of learning (youngest rider in the 250cc category -16 years old) will line up at the Enduro du Touquet Junior next January and will see his ambitions increase both in French and European championship. He will be supported by the young English rider of 18 years Eddie WADE who will have for objective to catch the final podium in the European championship 250cc and the title in the French Elite championship. Eddie is a talented rider, he was world champion in 85cc a few seasons ago and more recently in 2021 on the podium of a stage of the Spanish championship. The new comer will take up residence in Hossegor early next year.

The final word for Stéphane Dassé: “You will notice that the COENEN brothers are no longer part of our team. Despite an exceptional season crowned with numerous successes both in France and abroad, they have decided in the last few days to take a new direction. It is a choice independent of our as we strongly wished to continue the adventure with them. Our team is now looking forward to the 2022 season that we are impatiently waiting for… Until then, we will go to the USA at the end of the year with Quentin PRUGNIERES where we will compete in a one week race mixing Motocross and Supercross in California (Bakersfield). You will soon have news about us and the US trip thanks to the daily broadcast of episodes on our Youtube channel, Stay tuned!

Another double victory for 9MM BUD Racing Kawasaki’s Lucas Coenen

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.