News 22 Aug 2011

Pourcel in contention for French MXoN team after British GP success?

Frenchman Christophe Pourcel says he's loving the GPs in his return for CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki.

Frenchman Christophe Pourcel says he's loving the GPs in his return for CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki.

Controversial Frenchman Christophe Pourcel admits that he’s feeling right back at home in grand prix racing again after finishing a fine second at the British round of the Motocross World Championship on Sunday.

Pourcel recently returned to action with CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki in the GPs as replacement rider for injured Kiwi Ben Townley, racing to 1-3 results at Matterley Basin yesterday to finish second overall behind world champion Antonio Cairoli.

After taking pole in Saturday’s qualification race, Pourcel won moto one on Sunday, but looked like he was going to DNF moto two after crashing and damaging his KX450F. A red flag meant he could restart though, going on to score third.

“On the first lap I didn’t want to go too fast and I was following Shaun Simpson and I made a mistake on the tabletop and I crashed and then a second one and the bike was broken and I stopped,” Pourcel explained. “I wasn’t happy about that because it was my fault.

“It was funny, because I was almost at the car and ready to leave because I was angry, but they came and said lets go and I rushed back to get ready for the restart.

“It’s my second race and I made a lot of mistakes and I need to fix this, [but] I love to ride with Steven [Frossard] and Cairoli – I love the grand prixs now, it’s good. The racing was clean and these guys have a good speed and it’s nice to ride with them.

“The first moto the track was good, like in the U.S, but the second moto there were no lines – they could maybe make some changes between the motos. I was thinking finally I made a good result, so that is good.”

Speculation is mounting that if Pourcel continues his form he could be drafted into the French team for the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations next month.

“I don’t know about the MXoN, I am riding with Kawasaki for two more GPs and we will see what happens,” he continued. “I want to be on top in the last two races and we see what we can do for that race.”

The French MXoN team currently has Frossard (MX1), Marvin Musquin (MX2) and Guatier Paulin (MX3) confirmed, with MX2 regular Paulin set to step up to the 450 for the team’s home event at Saint Jean d’Angely.