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Podium for Dylan Ferrandis in QatarDylan Ferrandis started the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship with a podium finish at Losail in Qatar for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team.
Thomas Covington nearly got the weekend off to a sensational start as he led the qualification race until the final lap, and he again showed good speed on race day to finish tenth and eleventh despite crashes in each moto.
Jordi Tixier had a difficult start to his career on Kawasaki when he was knocked off by chief rival Herlings at the second corner of the qualification race. The Dutch rider later apologised for the incident, but the damage had already been done, as it was difficult to achieve a good start in the GP motos from eighth choice of gate. Nevertheless the Frenchman persevered and, despite further crashes, was rewarded with ninth place overall.
Max Anstie of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki suffered an unfortunate incident in qualification as the footrest of another rider's bike slit open his boot and his foot was cut open, requiring three stitches. Nevertheless he persevered on race day for seventh place in the opening race before a big crash in race two eliminated the Englishman as he held fourth place.
Teammate Mel Pocock was making strong advances in the opening moto until an awkward moment mid-moto when he twisted his knee but persevered to finish twelfth. He bravely went to the start of race two, but an incident with another rider resulted in damage to his wheel and caused him to withdraw.
Dylan Ferrandis: â€śIâ€™m happy and at the same time a little bit disappointed, as I crashed in the second race and could have done better. In the first race I passed Herlings and led the race, but I felt some pressure and made a few mistakes so he passed me back as he was faster. I got the holeshot in the second race, but he surprised me when he made a move at the third corner; I had a good rhythm behind him and I didnâ€™t want to try to pass him so early in the race but I crashed when I didnâ€™t see a big hole after I changed lines. I stalled the engine and lost time but I recovered and finally got on the podium even if Iâ€™m far from being 100% as I was sick this week.â€ť
Thomas Covington: â€śIt wasnâ€™t a bad weekend for me, a lot better than last year as I rode consistent. I scored a top ten overall even though I crashed in both races, thatâ€™s not so bad. In the first race I collided with Tonkov and went off the track, unfortunately I couldnâ€™t find a place to get back on the track and lost a lot of time. I came back to eleventh and then in the second moto I was running in fifth after a decent start, but I crashed before the big double and had to come back again from 19th to 10th. Iâ€™m happy with the way Iâ€™m riding, the bike was running very good and I never gave up as I wanted a top ten result here.â€ť
Jordi Tixier: â€śNot so much to say about this first GP, it was not a good one for me and Iâ€™m very disappointed tonight. I had a good start in the qualifying race but Herlings pushed me down in the third corner, so I didnâ€™t have a good gate for the races. Today I crashed; Iâ€™m not where I want to be after so much training this winter, but I hope next weekend will be a different story in Thailand.â€ť
Max Anstie: â€śWe have worked hard with the team for several weeks, and tonight Iâ€™m just disappointed with the way it has turned out. I had a few issues yesterday, but it was the first race for us this season and we needed to know where the bike was. I had a decent first moto with a seventh, the second race was even better; I felt really good and was in fourth when I had a big crash in a difficult section. The good news is that Iâ€™m still alive, even if Iâ€™ve got some pain in my leg.â€ť
Mel Pocock: "My starts are not so good so far this year as we're still getting used to the new bike. I have good speed but unfortunately I twisted my left knee halfway through the first race. I wasn't sure if I would be able to start the second race, but I soon had to retire because another rider's footrest went in my wheel and broke the spokes."
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