Racing at Round 7 on a very high speed and slippery track, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Christophe Pourcel did everything he could to secure a top finish. In Moto 1, he battled back from an early crash to eventually claw his way to a very strong fourth place finish. After beginning the second moto not feeling well, Pourcel let it all hang out while he battled his fellow top MX1 riders on the very difficult Pleasent Valley circuit. With his energy depleting, Pourcel did everything he could to hold on to a podium position and not lose too many points to Matt Goerke. He did just that and rode home to a safe third place finish, a finish that he was very proud of considering how he was feeling.
Unfortunately, after the race was complete, Pourcel was forced to go straight back to his truck to try and get some fluids in him so he could feel better. His failure to show up immediately after the race to the impound area resulted in a five position penalty. This would change his third place in Moto 2, to an eighth place finish and sixth overall for the day.
Pourcel: “This weekend in Truro was a tough one for me. I had a good start first moto and got hit from the outside, went down and started the race last. I made my way up to fourth on very sketchy track conditions, the track was very fast with no ruts. Just wide open. Second moto I got the start, was 5th then up to 2nd on the first lap. The positions shuffled between us top 5 guys and I finished 3rd that moto. Unfortunately I was feeling ill after the moto and headed back to our truck and was docked some positions for my bike not being directly put into impound. It's an unfortunate setback for the championship, but we will continue to fight.”
Christophe Pourcel fought hard in Truro to maintain his lead. — Photo courtesy Husqvarna Motorcycles
After a tough weekend in Nova Scotia, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team will remain on the east coast this week as they prepare for Round 8 in Moncton, NB. With nothing to lose, Pourcel hopes to dominate the MX1 class this coming weekend on the historic Riverglade track.
Results from Round 7 in Pleasent Valley Raceway—MX1 Class
1. Dillan Epstein- Kawasaki
2. Matt Goerke- Yamaha
3. Mike Alessi- Kawasaki
4. Kyle Chisholm- Honda
5. Tyler Medaglia- Honda
6. Christophe Pourcel- Husqvarna
MX1 Points Standings (after 5 of 10 rounds)
1. Matt Goerke- Yamaha (368 points)
2. Christophe Pourcel- Husqvarna (349 points)
3. Colton Facciotti -Honda (326 points)
4. Mike Alessi- Kawasaki (319 points)
5. Tyler Medaglia- Honda (311 points)