Despite all of the events taking place just an hour or so south in Paris, the 2015 Lille SX continued on with night one of racing taking place on Saturday. Once the promoters were given the all clear by local authorities, enthusiastic fans filled into the massive Stade Pierre-Mauroy stadium and filled every single seat. Motos between the SX1 (premier) and SX2 divisions flew by, with plenty of action to make the effort worthwhile.
Saturday night belonged to Weston Peick. The AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha rider avoided the numerous issues other riders suffered early in the main event and took the lead moments into the moto, but came under attack from Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Cooper Webb near the midway point. Webb’s ride was impressive, as he picked off riders after getting bumped off the track at the start. The last laps of the race were thrilling close but clean passes and at the end only .661 seconds separated the two racers.
Christophe Pourcel’s main event started strong, as the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider pursued Peick for the lead in the early laps. But as the race continued on Pourcel began experiencing arm pump and eased his pace, which allowed Webb the chance to pass by for second place. Pourcel went unchallenged for the rest of the race and ended up in third place.
The Stewart brothers started the night out strong, with Malcolm taking a heat race win and James setting the fastest time in the Superpole portion, but the main event lasted only a few laps for both. Malcolm collided with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Dylan Ferrandis in the first lap due to a brake issue on his GEICO Honda, and then came together with brother James in a separate incident. The crash by James resulted in an ankle injury and members of the track crew carried the Yoshimura Suzuki rider off of the course. Malcolm continued on for a few laps but later pulled off as he was no where near the rest of the pack. As of now, James is questionable for the second portion of the event.
The Lille SX continues on Sunday afternoon with the exact same format. Be sure to follow our social media outlets for more from France.
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2015 Bercy-Lille Supercross: Superpole
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2015 Bercy-Lille Supercross SX2 Overall Results
2015 Bercy-Lille Supercross SX1 Main Event Results