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Bud Racing Kawasaki’s Tristan Charboneau raced to a double win in the Portuguese round of the FIM European 250EMX Motocross Championship at Agueda (250EMX is a support race at the World Championships rounds for up-and-coming riders).
The young American controlled the weekend from first practice. Already more than a second faster than his closest rival in free practice, he surged to his first pole position and dominated the opening moto on Saturday from start to finish, controlling his closest chaser whilst building up a14-second cushion over the remainder of the field. In Sunday morning’s second moto, Tristan quickly took command again and once more stayed out of reach of his chasers as temperatures soared. The 50-point maximum has lifted Tristan to tenth in the series standings.
Tristan Charboneau said, “What a weekend! One, one, one, nothing could be better this weekend! Honestly it was a difficult track, you just needed to take it easy, find the traction, use the bumps stuff like that. It’s a great weekend for Americans as my teammate Marshal is also on the podium, awesome; I can’t feature a better weekend! Both holeshots helped me for sure, then I didn’t make any mistakes; in Russia I won one moto but it was a muddy race, this time the conditions were more normal and it’s great to finally win a round of the series.”
Marshal Weltin made it a double podium for Americans with two consistent third-placed motos; on Saturday he raced top three throughout, but on Sunday had to charge up the leaderboard from a sixth place start. His 3-3 day in Agueda moves him to seventh in the series standings prior to the two final rounds in August and September.
Marshal Weltin said, “I feel good on this track, I like it and finally had a good qualifying session and a good gate pick. I put myself in a good position at the start of both races; it’s great to have this first podium. I can’t thank enough the Monster Energy Bud Kawasaki team; they super support us even if the results have not always been what we were expecting. We have a break in the series now, but I will continue to work hard to prepare for the rest of the season.”
250 EMX RESULTS: PORTUGAL 1. Tristan Charboneau…USA 2. Simone Furlotti…Ita 3. Marshal Weltin…USA 4. Mathys Boisrame…Fra 5. Ruben Fernandez…Spa 6. Alberto Forato…Ita 7. Jago Geerts…Bel 8. Pierre Goupillon…Fra 9. Mike Stender…Ger
10. Morgan Lesiardo…Ita