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Strong Performance by Paturel and Herbreteau in the French MX Championship

St Jean d'Angely, France

The fifth and penultimate round of the French Elite Motocross Championship saw Benoit Paturel (TC250R) strengthen his second place in the MX2 championship. Benoit is now 20 points behind Ferrandis three weeks before the final round in Gaillac. 125cc rider David Herbreteau (CR125) again scored points in both races.

The weather did not disrupt the action at St Jean d'Angely, beside the gray and overcast sky the track was in perfect conditions. In the timed session Benoit Paturel again set the best time in his group and had a great start to the race. Ferrandis who suffered wheel spin at the start managed to catch up with Benoit and use all his experience from the World Championship to overtake him.

In the super final Benoit had a great start and was entered the first corner in the middle of a pack of 450's. In the early stages of the race, the 18-year-old Frenchman was in third, until Ferrandis attacked on a double jump and overtook. At the end Benoit crossed the finish line in fourth and as second best MX2 rider. The additional points earned strengthen his second place in the championship.

Being the only 125cc rider in the MX2 class, David Herbreteau once more showed two great races on a track that suits more powerful motorcycles better. Setting the eighth fastest lap in his group, David put his bike behind the 17th gate for the race. Right after the start the 15-year-old French talent moved up into 14th place for a few laps. During the race he got passed by some more powerful 250cc riders but managed to finish in a well earned sixteenth place. In the super final David was also faced with competitors on 450cc bikes which made the race even more difficult for him. But he pushed hard and confirmed his performance of the MX2 race by finishing as 17th MX2 rider. Thanks to his great two races David doubles his points in the championship standings.

The final round of the French Elite Championship will take place in three weeks in Toulza Gaillac, near Toulouse.

Benoit Paturel:
"The day started badly with a hard crash in free practice. I was thrown off my bike when I crossed a big puddle and landed very hard on my head. In the timed session I set again the fastest time of my group and started as second in the MX2 race. I was able to follow Dylan (Ferrandis) but without being able to attack. When we reached the lappers he managed to break away. In the super final I started well and moved up into third. I did not manage to pass Izoird and Dylan took advantage to pass me but I'm happy with fourth place. It feels good after Portugal and it looks like the work on the mental level works."

David Herbreteau:
"I am satisfied with my weekend, even if the finishes didn't match my expectations. I had good speed during the weekend and was able to improve it session by session. Against the 250's I felt that the bike had improved. The starts were quite complicated due to the displacement handicap, but I take the French Elite Championship as good training for the European championship. Physically I feel perfect, it looks like there is nothing left from my crash in Italy, than a bad memory."
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