Podiums galore for LPE and SJR Kawasaki at Glasgow double header

Following a solid start to the Monster Energy Arenacross UK Tour powered by Ford Ranger at Manchester Arena last weekend, both the LPE and SJR Kawasaki teams headed north of the border to Glasgow. The trip to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro Arena would see the teams compete in the first double header event of the series at the fantastic SSE Hydro arena.

The weekend started early Saturday morning when the riders headed out onto the track for the Practice and Qualifying sessions, in the opening practice session all four riders lined up in the same group and took the top 4 fastest times. In the opening qualifying session it was Izoird who topped the group ahead of Hansen in second, with Brunell in fourth and Richier in fifth. The second session would see Izoird again top the group over LPE team mate Richier in second with SJR riders Hansen in fourth and Brunell in fifth. When the qualifying sessions were combined Izoird finished fourth fastest, with Hansen sixth, Richier seventh and Brunell in eighth.

After a few hours rest the riders returned to the arena ready for the opening ceremony and then straight into the opening heat races. In the opening heat Richier produced a solid start and claimed a well-deserved second place finished, the second heat race saw Brunell get the early race lead but was soon passed by Izoird, Brunell had to defend his position from Hansen in third until the American made a mistake and went down. As the race progressed Izoird took the win as drama happened in the final corner when Brunell went down after Matt Bayliss collided with Brunell who remounted to finish in sixth ahead of Hansen in eighth.

The second set of heat races saw Hansen make the holeshot and lead the race early on until a mistake saw him crash out of the lead and finish fifth and forcing him into the LCQ, Jack Brunell also rode in the same heat and finished a solid sixth and also be heading to the LCQ. The final heat race would see a Red Flag in the original staging of the race and in the restart Richier started in second with Izoird in third and challenging his team mate before claiming the position before the flag.

Following the dramas in the earlier heats both SJR Kawasaki riders Josh Hansen and Jack Brunell had to face to the LCQ and it was Hansen who took the win, but Brunell just missed the cut in third place but would transfer to the final via the Promoters Choice.

Before the final it was time for the Head to Head races and both Richier and Izoird made it safely through the first round and line up together in the Semi-final with Richier taking the win over Izoird. The consolation final saw Izoird take the win over Coulon and claiming two championship points, while in the final Richier made a mistake and finished second for three points.

The final and Main Event of the night saw all four riders line up and it was Izoird who took the holeshot and dominant the race from the front of the pack ahead of Richier in second. In the middle of the pack both Hansen and Brunell were pushing forward when Hansen ran wide in a corner and clipped a tuff block and went down. Towards the end of the race Izoird kept his cool and took the win, while Richier finished in third, Brunell rode a solid race to finish in sixth while Hansen remounted to finish in tenth.

Sunday

After Saturday night’s double podium finishes the LPE and SJR Kawasaki teams headed back to the arena ready to do battle once again for round 3.

The morning qualifying sessions once again saw all four riders in good form and producing great lap times, with Hansen topping both his sessions and finishing second fastest overall ahead of Izoird in third with Brunell in eighth and Richier tenth.

With the racing starting at mid-afternoon both teams prepared for another busy event. The opening heat of the day saw Saturday nights winner Izoird make a good start but go down on the opening lap and have to battle all race long to recover for third. In the second heat Hansen quickly moved into the lead and controlled the race from the front to claim the win with Brunell in fourth place and Richier back in eighth place.

The second set of heat races saw Izoird make a good start and quickly move into the lead where he would remain to claim the victory. Brunell produced another solid race to finish in a well-deserved third place, while Richier suffered another bad race and finished seventh and would be heading to the LCQ. The final heat race once again saw Hansen make a great start and dominate from start to finish to take the heat race win and pole position in the Main Event.

In the LCQ Richier’s tough night continued and saw him miss the start and struggle to recover before the finish and end up finishing sixth and missing the Main Event.

Next up was the Head to Head races and Hansen claimed victory in the first heat over Ramette to progress while Izoird would line up again Brunell in their opening round with Izoird progressing to the semis. In the semis Hansen claimed the win over Coulon and moved into the final against Izoird after the Frenchman defeated Bayliss. In the Head to Head final Izoird made a good start and when Hansen realised he couldn’t catch the Frenchman decided to save himself for the Main Event.

The Main event would see Izoird claim the holeshot with Hansen back in fourth but pushing the leading trio hard. As the laps ticked by Hansen moved into third and then into second behind LPE rider Izoird. Meanwhile Brunell was battling hard in the mid pack to finish in a solid sixth place. Back at the front Hansen managed to move ahead of Izoird to take the victory as Izoird slipped to third at the finish.

At the end of the evening and with three rounds completed Izoird has moved up to second in the championship and just one point behind series leader Soubeyras. After his Glasgow victory Hansen now sits fifth in the championship just ahead of Brunell in sixth and Richier in eighth, while in the Team Championship SJR Kawasaki remain second in the standings just 5 points behind leaders SR75 Molson and ahead of LPE Kawasaki in third. Both teams now prepared for the fourth and fifth round in Belfast next weekend.

Fabien Izoird – LPE Kawasaki – On the first night I finished third in the Head to Head which is ok but not the goal. Then in the final I got the start and led every lap to take the victory which is great for the team and me. Then on the second evening I won the Head to Head against Josh which was good fun. In the final I got the start again and was riding well until Josh passed me, then on the last lap I made a mistake going into the whoops and Coulon made the pass on me at the line. Overall I’m happy to be on the box but disappointed that it wasn’t for the win or second place but we head to Belfast next week and will go again.

Florent Richier – LPE Kawasaki – This weekend has been two completely different events, the first night I felt really good on the bike and on the track and was really pleased to finish on the podium in third place. Then the second night I had a day to forget and never found my flow on the track and struggled all day, it really is a day to forget and I’m now focusing on getting much better results next weekend in Belfast.

Josh Hansen – SJR Kawasaki –I started off the weekend pretty rough and a lot of mistakes on the first night of racing and was disappointed in myself, although my speed was good but got caught up in a lot of carnage with other riders. On the second night I was a lot calmer and let the races come to me rather than try too hard to make things happen and it worked for me. After getting the win on the second night I’m ready to keep work at this and looking forward to next weekend.

Jack Brunnel – SJR Kawasaki –On Saturday we got to the track and it looked really good and then in the timed sessions my lap times were really good and I was 8th fastest overall. Then in the first heat I was riding well in second until the last corner when I slipped off and another rider hit my foot, which is causing me a lot of pain at the moment. Then I ended up in the LCQ and missed the transfer but was given the Promoters Choice which i was really grateful for. In the final I got a good start and rode solid to finish sixth, which was good considering how the day went. Then on Sunday we started all over again and my foot was still hurting but qualifying during the day went well and the heat races I got a 4th and 3rd so qualified for the final in 8th and went into the Head to Head but Fabien beat me in the first round. Then in the final I got a good start and was in 5th early on and then finished 6th which was good, so hopefully this week I’ll get my foot checked and if it’s only twisted and we will be ready for next weekend.

Steve James – Team Manager -What can I say! Apart from Jack’s injury to his foot and Flo’s bad day on Sunday it was a near perfect weekend for both teams, with a podium in Manchester with Jack at Round one and then a double podium at Round two with Fabien and Flo plus another double podium at Round three with Josh and Fabien it’s been a fantastic start to this year’s Tour. I’m happy and savoured the moment but once we left Glasgow it’s back to work and time to focus on the next round as it would be so easy to get carried away but we can’t get complacent or too confident as we still have eight rounds to go. The level of competition is so high this year with three different winners already so you just can’t count on being on the podium every week and anything can happen. All we can do is carry on doing what we do, working hard and giving it our all. All four riders are still in the top 8 of the championship and Fabien is one point away from the lead in the Pro Championship, plus in the team championship both teams are in the top 3 so we need to stay consistent and try to keep building on both Championships.

I’d like to thank all of our sponsors for both teams and all the riders, mechanics and team helpers, everyone is working so hard and I really appreciate everyone’s effort and could not do this without you all.  Thank you, see you all in Belfast for Rounds 4 and 5.

Saturday Pro Main Event

 

Pos

Name

Sponsor

Make

1

Fabien Izoird

LPE Kawasaki

Kawasaki

2

Cedric Soubeyras

Geartec Yamaha

Yamaha

3

Florent Richier

LPE Kawasaki

Kawasaki

4

Cyrille Coulon

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

Suzuki

5

Adam Chatfield

Buildbase Honda

Honda

6

Jack Brunell

SJR Kawasaki

Kawasaki

7

Collin Jurin

Xbladez Husqvarna

Husqvarna

8

Angelo Pellegrini

Buildbase Honda

Honda

9

Thomas Ramette

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

Suzuki

10

Josh Hansen

SJR Kawasaki

Kawasaki

11

Matt Bayliss

Wooldridge Demolition

Honda

 

Sunday Pro Main Event

 

Pos

Name

Sponsor

Make

1

Josh Hansen

SJR Kawasaki

Kawasaki

2

Cyrille Coulon

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

Suzuki

3

Fabien Izoird

LPE Kawasaki

Kawasaki

4

Thomas Ramette

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

Suzuki

5

Cedric Soubeyras

Geartec Yamaha

Yamaha

6

Jack Brunell

SJR Kawasaki

Kawasaki

7

Matt Bayliss

Wooldridge Demolition

Honda

8

James Dunn

Hitachi Revo Husqvarna

Husqvarna

9

Adam Chatfield

Buildbase Honda

Honda

10

Angelo Pellegrini

Buildbase Honda

Honda

11

Jordan Booker

Hitachi Revo Husqvarna

Husqvarna

 

Pro Championship

 

Pos

Name

Total

1

Cedric Soubeyras

58

2

Fabien Izoird

57

3

Cyrille Coulon

50

4

Thomas Ramette

47

5

Josh Hansen

46

6

Jack Brunell

42

7

Adam Chatfield

37

8

Florent Richier

32

9

Matt Bayliss

32

10

Angelo Pellegrini

29

 

Team Championship

 

Pos

Team

Make

Total

2

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

Suzuki

97

3

SJR Kawasaki

Kawasaki

92

1

LPE Kawasaki

Kawasaki

87

4

Buildbase Honda

Honda

66

5

Geartec Yamaha

Yamaha

59

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