The 2016 Paris-Lille SX is officially underway and riders just pulled off of the track from the afternoon’s timed qualifying sessions. A technical track with sizeable obstacles and soft soil has been built inside the at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Northern France, which will be a challenge for everyone in the field over the next two nights.
SX1 Timed Qualifying
– Justin Barcia was a bit slow to start on his AutoTrader.com/Toyota/Suzuki in the first free practice session, but BamBam figured things out for the later timed qualifier. A 38.080-second lap put him at the top of the board.
– Malcolm Stewart quietly clocked the second fastest lap of the session, a 38.085. Stewart is aboard a slightly modified Honda CRF450R at Lille this year.
– Cedric Soubeyras was a surprise in the afternoon practice and a 38.213 time put him third on the clock.
– Marvin Musquin is in the lineup at Lille for the first time in years. The Red Bull KTM rider showed speed in the early free practice (his 37.895 was actually the fastest lap of the SX1 class overall, but didn’t count towards the qualifying results), and was fourth overall in the timed session.
– This is Christian Craig’s first race overseas and the GEICO Honda rider seems to be adapting well to the tight course and time change. Like Musquin, Craig was very quick in the free practice but was unable to replicate the speed in the second session.
– Romain Febvre suffered a hard crash in free practice and there were concerns that the Monster Energy Yamaha rider would have to scratch for the rest of the event. Febvre shook off the issue in the second practice and put in the twelfth fastest time
SX1 Timed Qualifying Results
SX2 Timed Qualifying Results