Already involved in two previous rounds of the French beach races at Magescq and Hossegor, and twice winner, Quentin Prugnières adds another success this weekend as he won the Junior class at the biggest sand Race of the season, the Enduropale du Touquet. With three wins under his belt, Quentin is now focus on the 250 European Championship.
Magescq and Hossegor had no secrets for Quentin Prugnières, as both locations are close to the workshop of team 9MM Energy BUD Racing Kawasaki. But he had a lot to discover at Le Touquet, which is a unique race since now 46 years with about 2500 riders involved and 300.000 spectators !
After Magescq and Hossegor, Quentin add his name to a prestigious list of winners, such as Dylan Ferrandis or Maxime Renaux who were respectively crowned US champion and MX2 World Champion last year.
Three races and three wins, a perfect score for Quentin who is now focus on the European Championship. “It was cool to race these events, and it was great to reach our goal as I won them! The Enduropale was another good one; I was third at the start, but came at the lead before the end of the first lap. Apart two crashes everything went well; in fact I couldn’t read my pit board so I was confused and crash. I was upset to loose time, try to push harder and crash again,” explain Quentin who finally reach his goal in this mass event. “There was much more riders than at the other races, and some of them were not really careful; in the last part of the race I couldn’t avoid one of them who change his line at the last moment. Anyway it was a good preparation for the European championship, where I will try to apply what we did in training.”
The 250 European Championship will start next weekend in Mantova (Italy), first one of ten rounds.
Photos credit : CFS (X.Leporcher) / Scott (MX July) / Gold’M Productions
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!
We couldn’t find a better event than the Paris Supercross to end the long season 2021! The Paris La Defense Arena was full with 20000 excited fans who were there to support their heroes, and to see Quentin Prugnières racing his first ever Supercross among a strong field.
Cancelled last year, the Supercross was back in the French capital and it was a success! For Team 9MM Energy Drink Bud Racing Kawasaki this event is every year a great opportunity to share good time with our partners, and we were proud to be also one of the partner of the event through the Super Pole. And as the Super Pole was dominate by a rider who started his International career with Bud Racing, it’s with a great pleasure that Stephane Dassé gave a check to Marvin Musquin (double World Champion and US Champion).
While Lorenzo Camporese secured the Italian Supercross title at the EICMA, Quentin Prugnières was one of the youngest rider to line up in the SX2 class at Paris. Coming there after a few hours of SX training with Thierry Van Den Bosch, Quentin improved his results trough the three motos and got his best result with a tenth position in the last race of the weekend. He will now enjoy some rest, before flying to USA for some training and also to watch on site a US Supercross.
Quentin Prugnières: “I had a lot of fun on this track! I would like to be faster and stronger, but I stay on both wheels during the weekend and learned a lot. The first corner after the start is always a ‘hot’ moment! No doubt that next year it will be even better!”
Last week at Magescq he could have an advantage as he knew pretty well the Bud Racing Training Camp, but at Hossegor it was different as he never put the wheels of his Kawasaki on the beach before this weekend. But that was not a problem, and Quentin won his second consecutive Beach Sand race.
As the Motocross championships ends a few weeks ago, Quentin and team 9MM Bud Racing Kawasaki have been involved in two rounds of the French Sand series. Racing against some rivals who are sand riders since they start riding a motorcycle, Quentin show a good potential last week at Magescq and again at Hossegor this weekend. His start was better than last week, and he didn’t wait too long to take the leadership of the one hour and a half race; riding among the lappers is always a challenge, and even if he crashes after one hour of racing Quentin won this race to remain unbeaten on the French sand.
Next Saturday Quentin will be at Paris Supercross to defend also the colors of Team 9MM Energy Drink Bud Racing Kawasaki.
Quentin: “It was a good day, everything was OK. My start was better than in Magescq, and it didn’t take too long to get the lead. I had a small crash after the first hour, but no consequences; I had to be careful with the lappers until the end, but it was OK. I’m not totally happy with my riding, but the result was good and now we start training in Supercross for next weekend!”