Welcome to the latest race report from Team Fork-Rent Suzuki from St Jean D’Angely in France.
Perfect weather and a cracking crowd of over 25,000 people packed the hillsides of the French motocross circuit in St Jean D’angely this weekend for the 7th round of the World motocross championship.
Both Fork-Rent Suzuki riders Jason Dougan and Jake Nicholls have been steadily improving their results in recent weeks and this weekend was no exception.
Both riders performed well in qualifying and went through at the first attempt which was great news for the team.
Race one went as planned for Jason as he finally showed what sort of potential he has, after a good start to the race Dougie set about tracking the riders in front of him and by lap one the talented Portsmouth based rider was cruising in 8th place chasing hard on Tyla Rattrays back fender. After 23 laps of exciting MX2 racing Jason finally crossed the line in a career best 7th place — the team were ecstatic.
Jake didn’t have his best start of the season but again showed why this 17 year old has such a bright future ahead of him, again making his way through the field to 14th position by the end of lap four things were looking bright. But unfortunately things took a wrong turn and Jake crashed out after colliding with French rider Boissiere. Jake still went on to gain a world championship point in 20th place.
It was Jake who kept things rolling in the second moto. After hitting the gate on the start due to a rider going early, Jake then went onto secure even more points with a much deserved 18th place finish.
Jake rode hard for the whole moto and now heads to Bulgaria looking for more points and two top fifteen finishes.
Jason suffered terrible luck in race two – after charging to another good start, Jason found himself hitting the French dirt hard. The bike was bent badly and by lap six the team decided to pull him in as water was seeping out of a damaged radiator.
Mark Chamberlain — Team Manager
“I’m pleased for the whole team that things are getting better each week.
Olly and Ryan the mechanics have been working hard and it’s nice for them to see progress as well.
Jason and Jake seem to have the bit between their teeth and are feeding off each other nicely, something all team managers want but rarely get, I hope we can finish the season on this run of form”
Grand Prix of Bulgaria at Sevlievo 17th June
Maxxis British Championship at Desertmartin, Northern Ireland 23rd June
For more information on the team including rider profiles, please visit www.forkrentsuzuki.com.