Bike It DRT Kawasaki make progress in France
Dixon Racing Team
May 29th, 2019
Bike It DRT Kawasaki travelled to their third race in as many weeks this past weekend, as the seventh round of the 2019 FIM Motocross World Championship was run at the historic track of St. Jean d’Angely. A lot of fans sat on the French hillside, 38,000 to be exact, and saw the DRT duo make more progress in their charge towards the front.
The qualifying race got off to a bad start for Darian Sanayei, as a mishap on lap one left him down in thirty-third and with a lot of work to do. Charging into eighteenth was positive though and helped him salvage a respectable spot on the start line, which he then put to good use in the first points-paying moto. Thirteenth was the position that he ended lap one in, and he then moved to tenth by the time that the chequered flag waved. It was his second top-ten finish in succession and another giant leap forward in his fight against the aftereffects of Epstein Barr.
The result that Darian Sanayei acquired in the second heat may have not been an improvement, as he was thirteenth at the chequered flag, but he still had to charge forwards from the cusp of the top twenty, so it was an impressive showing. The nineteen points that were gained at the MXGP of France were enough for ninth overall, a season-best finish, and helped him jump into nineteenth in the championship standings.
There was more success for Bike It DRT Kawasaki, as Gustavo Pessoa added more points to his tally with a nineteenth in moto one. Although he missed out in moto two, as he reached the line in twenty-second, he still took twenty-fourth overall on the day. Twenty-ninth is the position that he occupies in the standings.
There is now a one-week break in the Grand Prix calendar, so both Darian Sanayei and Gustavo Pessoa will continue to make progress. The Grand Prix of Russia will act as round eight of eighteen in two weeks.
Darian Sanayei -
“This weekend was another step in the right direction. I felt okay on saturday, it's been a while since I rode hardpack so it took a while to get used to. I got a decent start but a mistake put me 10 seconds behind last. I struggled with the way the gate dropped in the races and that in return had me outside top 20 on both starts. I worked my way back up both races to finish 9th overall. Hoping to keep improving and am looking forward to Russia”
Gustavo Pessoa -
"My weekend in France was really good, unfourtunatelysaturday i had some issues with the bike, but I'm happy with how i'm riding on the bike again. In the first race I had an okay start, made some passes and finished 19th. The second one the start wasn't as good and I was a bit more tired so I wasn't able to push the top twenty. I hope I can make some improvement for Russia!"
Steve Dixon, Team Manager-
"This week we were looking for some good showing of results, Darian finished with a 9th overall - you have to remember he's not training during the week and we're testing at the races. He wasn't fading throughout the weekend but he wasn't able to push to his maximum either. His results are improving which shows that we're managing the illness well. Gustavo is starting to push the top twenty, he's making less mistakes, with no crashes this week which is an important improvement. It's a quick turnaround as the crates go off this week for Russia, and then another batch of back to back races. It's tough on the riders but we've just got to manage the improvements we're making."