Second round of FIM World Motocross Championship in MX3 continues in little village in southern France – Castelnau de Lévis. Oceanic climate is here, so weather is changing every few minutes. At night it was raining, then track was really soaked, but after every race became track drier and drier. In Qualifying race was the fastest man French Cedric Soubeyras.
As first were on track MX3 riders. Track was really wet with very sticky mud. In MX3 cathegory also started riders from MX1 and MX2. Fastest man in the morning in Pre-Qualifying was Gregory Aranda from France on Yamaha bike. During the day the weather went better and we did not see any rain. Track with a lot of turns and steepy passages was ideal for riding in afternoon. Riders could pushed harder and fight for first position in Qualifying Race started.
From start and first corner led Portuguese Honda World Motocross rider Rui Goncalves. Home Cedric Soubeyras was attacking his back all the time. In the fourth lap Cedric Soubeyras from Honda France HDI MX took Rui over and Cedric stayed in lead until finish with 4 seconds gap.
Goncalves didn´t have it easy. Immediately was breathing on his neck rider LS Honda Racing Spanish Jonathan Barragan. Jonathan was chasing him 8 laps and obtained third place. Winner of morning´s Pre-Qualifying Gregory Aranda finished in Qualifying race fourth. Good result achieved Czech Martin Michek too, when he closed first top five riders.
From start was in first top five Austrian Gunter Schmidinger, but in half of the race he started to loose positions. In the end he obtained only seventh, because another Austrian Michael Staufer was better in last lap. Eighth place obtained rider from Sweden Rasmus Sjoberg. He was faster than two Slovenian riders Matevz Irt and Klemen Gercar.
Form of Antti Pyrhonen is still not good as he wants. His goal is to win whole season, but his reluts do not suggest to that.
MX3 Qualifying Race results - 1. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA, Honda), 26:42.543´; 2. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda), 26:46.047; 3. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Honda), 26:47.553; 4. Gregory Aranda (FRA, Yamaha), 26:50.123; 5. Martin Michek (CZE, KTM), 27:16.277; 6. Michael Staufer (AUT, KTM), 27:17.826; 7. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 27:19.395; 8. Rasmus Sjöberg (SWE, Honda), 27:38.906; 9. Matevz Irt (SLO, Suzuki), 27:46.733; 10. Gercar Klemen (SLO, Honda), 27:48.184