- Pressemitteilung BoxID 156528
Roczen races to 3rd place in Mantova MX2 qualifying
The presence of four racing categories in the first event in Western Europe this year created a tough and technical track at the Italian venue. The Mantova sand - a 1550m layout - was littered with bumps and ripples and became a rougher prospect as the day wore on.
Roczen posted reasonably quick lap-times in the two practice sessions to sit in the middle of the top-10 as team-mate Arnaud Tonus also made progress getting dialled-in to the terrain.
The German teenager made an average start in the Heat race but pushed hard to close on the top three when he lost the front wheel in a 180 degree turn and slipped off his RM-Z250. Remounting, the 15 year old was then inventive with his lines and approach and passed Jeremy Van Horebeek and Steven Frossard for a well-earned third spot. Tonus was riding solidly in seventh place until his bike developed a technical problem on the last lap and he could not reach the finish. The Swiss will enter the gate 22nd for tomorrow's motos.
"Practice went OK and I am not the kind of rider who can push like crazy for a flying lap. My start was really bad in the Heat race and I tried to catch the guys. I made a mistake and had a crash but got up quickly. I found some useful lines that won me some time. It is pretty hard to pass out there but if you have a good eye you can always find something. I am looking forward to tomorrow."
"The track is much harder than what we had here for the International in February and it was hard to get a good rhythm at the beginning. I got better and better though and the race was going well until I had a small problem with the bike. I will just have to hope for a good start tomorrow from a low place in the gate."
MX2 Qualification Heat Result: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 25:41.786; 2. Marvin Musquin (FRA, KTM), +0:09.968; 3. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), +0:21.449; 4. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:27.534; 5. Jeremy van Horebeek (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:30.340; 6. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +0:32.679; 7. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:53.693; 8. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +0:55.225; 9. Marcus Schiffer (GER, KTM), +0:57.318; 10. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +0:59.118. 22. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), -1 lap(s).
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