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More Frustration For Mitch Evans At The MXGP Of France

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Mitch Evans had another frustrating round in France.

In what is becoming a frustrating pattern, Mitch Evan’s results at the MXGP Of France aren’t matching the speed and effort that he is putting into the races.

With an outside gate pick in moto 1 he was involved in another pile-up, but unfortunately with severe consequences. The Australian almost crashed through the fence around the edge of the first bend, taking him some time to even get back to his bike and remount. This left him in last place and little chance to make an impact in the race, however, he was able to salvage some pride, by sticking with the leaders after they came through to lap him. For the last quarter of the race, he stayed right behind positions one and two, matching lap times and showing the huge French crowd his speed was as good as anyone.

The second moto started off a lot better, but then he was involved in a crash at the end of lap two, dropping him down to 16th. He fought back to 10th place which gave him 15th overall but it still isn’t a fair reflection of just what the #43 is capable of.

“Once again it is a case that my results didn’t reflect my overall speed,” Evans lamented. “I was involved in the first turn crash in race one and by the time I was able to remount, I was right at the back of the field. Midway through the race, I saw the blue flags, so I let the leaders go by and slotted in behind the front two. From then on, I kept right behind them, matching their lap times and feeling really comfortable while doing so. Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to get me into the points but it gave me a confidence boost that I was able to run at the front. In race two, I was again involved in a crash on the first lap and had to make my way up from 16th place. By the time I received the chequered flag, I was in the top 10 so that was a good comeback but I still know I’m capable of getting a much better points total.”

Next week on May 11-12 is the familiar track of Teutschenthal, Germany in what is the third race in three weeks before the trip to Indonesia.

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