Izoird Claims Red Plate with a Double Podium in Belfast

After last weekend’s double header in Glasgow, both the LPE Kawasaki and SJR Kawasaki teams headed across the Irish Sea to the SSE Arena in Belfast for another double header event.

During the daytimes practice and qualifying session all four riders produced a number of fast lap times which would see them all finish inside the top 10 fastest times. It was Fabien Izoird who was the fastest of both teams in fourth fastest ahead of Josh Hansen in fifth, Florent Richier in sixth and Jack Brunell in ninth fastest.

The Friday night show saw the riders all keen to head out on track and entertain the Irish crowd. In the opening heat of the night both Josh Hansen and Jack Brunell lined up behind the gate. Unfortunately neither were able to make the jump but Hansen quickly moved into the top 3 by the end of the opening lap, but Jack would make a mistake and go down. As the race went on Hansen moved into second place at the finish while Jack recovered to finish seventh at the flag. The second heat race saw Fabien Izoird take the holeshot and the early race lead with team mate Florent Richier in third. Both rode solid races and at the flag Izoird finish in a strong second ahead of Richier in third.

 The second set of heats saw Brunell start in third with Izoird in sixth out of the gate but quickly move into fifth. It was Izoird that was on a mission and working his way towards the front and by mid race he had passed Brunell to take third and progress into second by the flag and Brunell finished in fourth but unfortunately would have to go to the LCQ. The final heat race saw Hansen get the holeshot but make a mistake in the first rhythm section and slip back to second with Richier just behind. As the race progressed Hansen closed back in on race leader Soubeyras at the finish as almost took the win on the line while Richier would finish in a solid third.

Next up was the LCQ which saw Jack need to finish in the top two to transfer to the main, unfortunately Jack missed the start and was mid pack when he clipped another rider after the finish line double and went down, ending his race and night. 

Before the main event it was the Head to Head races and after winning his opening round it was just Hansen that progressed, after Izoird and Richier were knocked out. Hansen progressed to the final and took the win and the extra four championship points over Adam Chatfield. 

In the Main Event Hansen continued his form of good starts and claimed another holeshot with Fabien in fourth and Richier deep in the pack and would eventually finish tenth. In the opening laps Izoird was able to advance into third place. At the front Hansen was riding well until he clipped a tuff block that was in the middle of the track and went down, losing the lead and pushing him back to eighth at the finish. Back at the front Izoird was pushing for the lead but while challenging for the win made a mistake and lost second place and finished third.

Saturday Night

After the up and down night on Friday for both LPE and SJR Kawasaki, all four riders returned ready to put in some strong results on the second night. During the daytime qualifying sessions it was Fabien Izoird who was third fastest ahead of Josh Hansen in fourth, Jack Brunell in sixth and Florent Richier eighth fastest. 

The nighttime show started with the first set of heat races, in the first heat Fabien rounded the first corner in third place and was quickly pushing for second place and made a pass on Ramette and into second. Once in second Fabien was hunting down Coulon and soon made a block pass to take the race win. The second heat race saw Hansen start in second place behind Matt Bayliss, with team mate Jack Brunell in third and Florent Richier in fifth, unfortunately Richier stalled the bike on the opening lap and was unable to restart the bike. Back at the front Hansen close the gap on the leader and made his move mid race to take the race win. Jack suffered a small mistake mid race and slipped back to sixth but was able to recover to finish fourth at the flag.

The second set of heat races saw Izoird and Brunell line up in heat three and as the gate dropped Izoird rounded the first turn in second behind Remette and with Brunell in fourth. As the race progressed Izoird moved into the lead to take the race win, but unfortunately Brunell would crash with another rider and remount to finish sixth and have to head to the LCQ. The fourth heat race saw both Hansen and Richier make bad starts but Hansen was able to push forward early on and work his way into the lead, while Richier would crash while in fifth and remount to finish eighth and have to face the LCQ.

In the LCQ Brunell started in fourth and quickly moved into second for a transfer spot to the main while Richier night ended with a sixth place finish.

The head to head race saw both Izoird and Hansen progress to the final and face each other, but it was to be Hansen who got the advantage and took the win.

The Main Event would see drama from the start as Hansen collided with another rider and went down, while Izoird started in third with Brunell in fifth. In the opening laps Izoird quickly moved into second and then set about taking on the lead. Meanwhile Brunell and Hansen were both working their way through the pack. As the race came to a close Izoird was able to secure the race win with Hansen in fifth and Brunell in seventh.

After both nights of racing Izoird had moved into the lead of the Championship by two points over Soubeyras, with Hansen in fifth, Brunell ninth and Richier in tenth. In the team championship LPE Kawasaki now sit in second place just behind SR-75 Suzuki and ahead of the SJR Kawasaki team in third.

Fabien Izoird – LPE Kawasaki – this weekend has almost been perfect for me, I won the Saturday night and got a podium on Friday night. I’m really happy now because my feeling on the bike is the same as it was in 2014 and I feeling strong and can ride good laps. In the finals I didn’t get great starts but I was in good positions and able to attack early on. We now have the Championship lead but it is a long series with a lot of good riders and anything can happen so we just need to keep working hard and being consistent.      

Florent Richier – LPE Kawasaki – the first night was ok with two third places in the heats but I got a bad start in the main and stalled the engine on the opening lap which made it hard work. Then on the second night I had bad heat races and had to go to the LCQ and then I got a bad start and missed the main event, so it has been a weekend to forget and we move on to next weekend.

Josh Hansen – SJR Kawasaki – my speed has been great this weekend, I’ve definitely been able to compete for the wins but I’ve had a few bits of bad luck and in the main events. On Friday night I was leading the main and then a tuff block was in the track and I hit it and went down and ended my chances. Then on Saturday I won all my heats and the head to head, but in the main I crashed on the start and had to come from last to fifth which is ok but I’m here to win races.

Jack Brunell – SJR Kawasaki – the weekend has been ok, all the practice sessions were good and I put in some solid lap times. Unfortunately my heat races all weekend have featured drama with being taken out on Friday night and having to go to the LCQ and as I landed on the finish jump I must of had a stone in my back brake as I couldn’t stop and hit Jordan Booker which I’m really sorry about as it ended both of our races and chances of making the main event. Then on Saturday I had more bad luck in the heat races and had to go to the LCQ and this time made the Main. In the main I rode solid and came home in seventh which is ok, and I’m glad to be leaving in one piece and looking forward to Birmingham next week. 

Steve James -Team Manager – L.P.E and SJR Kawasaki

It’s been another hectic up and down weekend with lots of hard work put in by everyone but it was all worth it in the end. Running two teams and four riders it’s so hard because with the level of riders in this year’s tour being so high it’s very difficult for all four riders to all have a good night and not have any bad luck. But even though they have all had their fair share of bad luck and incidents they take it in their stride and keep digging in, they are all awesome riders and riding very well but I know Josh, Jack and Flo will all come back even stronger at the next round.

Even though Fabien had a podium in 3rd on the Friday night he felt that he hadn’t rode as good as he can and wanted to put it right on the Saturday and he did just that by winning his heat races finishing second to Josh in the Head To Head, claiming 3 extra valuable points and then winning the main event to take the lead in the Championship by 2 points.

We now head to round six in Birmingham with the Red Plate on Fabien’s bike but the hard work has only just begun because getting the Red Plate is one thing but keeping it is another! It’s going to be so hard and with 6 rounds still to go it’s all wide open and anything can happen so we will stay focused on the job in hand and keep doing our best to keep the momentum going every point counts for Fabien, Flo, Josh and Jack. We are also 2nd and 3rd in the Team Championship which is also great for the teams and very important to all our sponsors.

 

Friday Pro Main Event

Pos

Name

Sponsor

1

Thomas Ramette

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

2

Cedric Soubeyras

Geartec Yamaha

3

Fabien Izoird

LPE Kawasaki

4

Angelo Pellegrini

Buildbase Honda

5

Cyrille Coulon

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

6

Adam Chatfield

Buildbase Honda

7

Matt Bayliss

Wooldridge Demolition

8

Josh Hansen

SJR Kawasaki

9

Collin Jurin

Xbladez Husqvarna

10

Florent Richier

LPE Kawasaki

 

Saturday Pro Main Event

Pos

Name

Sponsor

1

Fabien Izoird

LPE Kawasaki

2

Cedric Soubeyras

Geartec Yamaha

3

Cyrille Coulon

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

4

Angelo Pellegrini

Buildbase Honda

5

Josh Hansen

SJR Kawasaki

6

Matt Bayliss

Wooldridge Demolition

7

Jack Brunell

SJR Kawasaki

8

Harri Kullas

MVRD Fuel Husqvarna

9

Thomas Ramette

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

10

Ashley Greedy

Xbladez Husqvarna

11

Adam Chatfield

Buildbase Honda

 

Pro Championship 

Pos

Name

Total

1

Fabien Izoird

96

2

Cedric Soubeyras

94

3

Thomas Ramette

81

4

Cyrille Coulon

80

5

Josh Hansen

79

6

Adam Chatfield

61

7

Angelo Pellegrini

59

8

Matt Bayliss

58

9

Jack Brunell

54

10

Florent Richier

42

 

Team Championship 

Pos

Team

Make

Total

1

SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki

Suzuki

161

2

LPE Kawasaki

Kawasaki

138

3

SJR Kawasaki

Kawasaki

133

4

Buildbase Honda

Honda

 120

5

Geartec Yamaha

Yamaha

 96

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