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Pocock on Podium as Revo Husqvarna take both EMX250 Race Wins – Race Report, Results & Race Highlights
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Pocock on Podium as Revo Husqvarna take both EMX250 Race Wins – Race Report, Results & Race Highlights

by adminMarch 26, 2018

The first round of the EMX250 Championships presented by FMF, took place over the weekend at the Red Sands circuit in Spain with over 90 riders all battling to get in the 40 spots for the main races.

Bud Racing Monster Energy’s Pierre Goupillon took both the overall win but also the championship leader’s red plate, but from a British perspective all plaudits go to Mel Pocock for taking the race one win and his Revo Husqvarna team for taking both race wins with Martin Barr doing the same in the second race.  Josh Spinks got his maiden EMX win albeit the last champ qualifying race but he put in a good qualifying performance to set him up for the main races.

In the opening European 250 four-stroke race of the year ASTES4-TESAR Yamaha’s Nicholas Lapucci lead Anthony Bourdon on the first lap. Bourdon found his way into the lead 2 laps before Team DIGA Racing Procross’ Dylan Walsh took it away. The lead didn’t last for Walsh with as REVO Husqvarna UK’s Mel Pocock passed him on lap 7. Tom Vialle from France then got around Walsh on lap 9 of 14.

Follow the moves of Vialle by passing Walsh was another Frenchman, BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Pierre Goupillon along with Carglass Honda Racing’s Steven Clarke. The competitive 3 way battle for the lead was only separated by 3 seconds at the finish where Pocock took the race win ahead of Vialle and Goupillon.

Race 2’s start was a much needed improvement for Goupillon after coming through the pack from 16th to finish 3rd in race 1. Goupillon led 11 laps from the start of the race, first ahead of Nichlas Bjerregaard and later REVO Husqvarna UK’s Martin Barr.

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KTM Silver Action’s Gianluca Facchetti was 3rd for 5 laps before crashing out of the race and having a scoreless weekend. Giuseppe Tropepe had an impressive ride coming for 8th to finish 3rd.

With three laps to go Martin Barr took the lead from Poupillon and won by 3.8 seconds making it two race wins of 2 for the REVO Husqvarna UK Team. In the overall standings Pierre Poupillon took the win with 42 points ahead of Tom Vialle’s 40 points and Mel Pocock with 37.

There was also good perfromances from former European Champ Steve Clarke who finished 6th overall and Privateer Brit Josh Spinks who was 13th overall.

EMX250 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Mel Pocock (GBR, Husqvarna), 29:15.381; 2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:01.625; 3. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.136; 4. Steven Clarke (GBR, Honda), +0:06.270; 5. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:10.624; 6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, Yamaha), +0:11.621; 7. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, Yamaha), +0:14.663; 8. Isak Gifting (SWE, KTM), +0:17.671; 9. Anthony Bourdon (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:18.800; 10. Martin Barr (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:19.511.

EMX250Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Martin Barr (GBR, Husqvarna), 29:08.367; 2. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:03.813; 3. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, Yamaha), +0:16.378; 4. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), +0:20.299; 5. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:21.373; 6. Kevin Horgmo (NOR, KTM), +0:21.756; 7. Dylan Walsh (NZL, Husqvarna), +0:26.412; 8. Steven Clarke (GBR, Honda), +0:27.184; 9. Mel Pocock (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:27.475; 10. Tomass Sileika (LAT, KTM), +0:29.175.

EMX250 Overall Top Ten: 1. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KAW), 42 points; 2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Mel Pocock (GBR, HUS), 37 p.; 4. Martin Barr (GBR, HUS), 36 p.; 5. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, YAM), 34 p.; 6. Steven Clarke (GBR, HON), 31 p.; 7. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 30 p.; 8. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 23 p.; 9. Caleb Grothues (AUS, HUS), 17 p.; 10. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 16 p.

EMX250 Championship Top Ten: 1. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KAW), 42 points; 2. Tom Vialle (FRA, KTM), 40 p.; 3. Mel Pocock (GBR, HUS), 37 p.; 4. Martin Barr (GBR, HUS), 36 p.; 5. Giuseppe Tropepe (ITA, YAM), 34 p.; 6. Steven Clarke (GBR, HON), 31 p.; 7. Dylan Walsh (NZL, HUS), 30 p.; 8. Roan Van De Moosdijk (NED, YAM), 23 p.; 9. Caleb Grothues (AUS, HUS), 17 p.; 10. Brian Strubhart Moreau (FRA, KAW), 16 p.

EMX250 Manufacturers: 1. Husqvarna, 50 points; 2. Kawasaki, 42 p.; 3. KTM, 40 p.; 4. Yamaha, 35 p.; 5. Honda, 31 p.