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Tristan Charboneau Earns First Career EMX250 Overall in Portugal

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The MXGP of Portugal has crowned many round winners today and the first riders to stand atop of the podium in Agueda were those of the European Championship classes of EMX250 and EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing. In EMX250 the overall was taken by the American BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tristan Charboneau and in EMX125 Presented by FMF Racing it was Gianluca Facchetti.

BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tristan Charboneau started the weekend by qualifying with the fastest time to earn the first gate pick. The gate choice proved valuable as he would strong in both races. Charboneau led every lap of the weekend to put in the perfect result and in dominant fashion.

The Italian rider, Yamaha SM Action’s Simone Furlotti, also had identical race results as he finished 2nd in each. In Saturday’s race 1, Furlotti started 4th but had a strong mid race passing 2 riders in 2 laps. Race 2 he again first crossed the finish 4th but his charge came early in the race making his 2 passes on lap 2 and 3.

With his consistent result and 2nd overall, Furlotti takes the points lead from Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Morgan Lesiardo. Lesiardo in fact had a weekend he would prefer to forget with a 13th and 12th taking 10th overall.

Charboneau’s American teammate, BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Marshal Weltin was comfortable on the Agueda circuit putting in two 3rd place finishes for 3rd overall. In race 1 he would chase his teammate for two laps while in second until being passed on lap 3 and again on lap 7 before fighting his way back into 3rd. Although in race 2 he didn’t see the same luck, off of the start, he battled his way forward passing several to get into third.

Honda Redmoto’s Mathys Boisrame struggled in the heat last weekend but made a strong recovery this time around to take fourth overall with 4-4 scores. The Frenchman, still dealing with exhaustion of last week, eventually fell off the pace after strong racing took him up to 3rd during race 1 and 2nd in race 2 before falling back to 4th.

F&H Racing Team's Ruben Fernandez was in a heated battle with Boisrame the majority of race 2, swapping between positions 3 and 4, he eventually finished 1 spot behind Boisrame with a fifth. Combining his 5th with 9th in race 1 he scored 28 points and took 5th overall.

EMX 250

Overall Finish Rider Race 1 Points Race 2 Points Bike
1st Tristan Charboneau 25 25 KAW
2nd Simone Furlotti 22 22 YAM
3rd Marshal Weltin 20 20 KAW
4th Mathys Boisrame 18 18 HON
5th Ruben Fernandez 12 16 KAW
6th Alberto Forato 13 15 HON
7th Jago Geerts 14 14 KTM
8th Pierre Goupillon 15 13 KTM
9th Mike Stender 10 8 SUZ
10th Morgan Lesiardo 8 9 KAW

EMX 250 Championship Standings

STANDING RIDER POINTS
1st Simone Furlotti 235
2nd Morgan Lesiardo 227
3rd Alberto Forato 180
4th Jago Geerts 171
5th Ruben Fernandez 162
6th Ken Bengtson 152
7th Marshal Weltin 143
8th Miro Sihvonen 126
9th Mathys Boisrame 124
10th Tristan Charboneau 114