We have made the trip to France for the historic Paris-Lille Supercross, easily the biggest event in the European offseason schedule. Although Paris is still in the name of the event, the new venue is a little more than an hour away from the city and Friday evening’s terrible attacks. Our thoughts are with those in the city and all of France.
While at a restaurant in Lille last night, we watched the news as things unfolded and immediately wondered if the race would even be allowed to take place due to the state of emergency declared by French President François Hollande. After some discussion, riders practiced on Saturday morning as planned and then waited for an official decision from the local authorities, who have given the event the go-ahead.
James Stewart set the fastest lap of the practice sessions on Saturday afternoon, turning a 39.997 lap. French rider Dylan Ferrandis has shown plenty of potential in his limited Supercross exploits and a 40.183 lap put him in second place on the charts. Malcolm Stewart, Christophe Pourcel, and Cooper Webb filled out the top-five in the running order with close times.
Racing is set to start shortly with French channel L’equipe21 hosting a live feed of the action online. Follow our social channels (Twitter @twmxdotcom, Instagram @twmxdotcom, and Facebook TransWorld Motocross) for more from the race.