Motocross

Strong Suzuki Debut Race For Ben Townley At Hawkstone International

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Team Suzuki World MXGP and MX2 kicked-off the 2016 season with strong podium results at the weekend‰Ûªs Hawkstone International Motocross in the UK.

RM-Z450-mounted MXGP team riders Ben Townley and Kevin Strijbos were joined by MX2 riders Jeremy Seewer and Bas Vaessen aboard the RM-Z250 for the season-opening international at the former GP venue in Shropshire that saw a strong entry of international riders. It was also the first time that the teams raced under the leadership of new General Manager Stefan Everts.

For Townley, it was his first race after coming out of retirement at the end of 2015. He finished sixth in the first moto and second in the second moto, which gave him third place overall in the MX1 class.

‰ÛÏI was super excited to be behind the start gate again and race." Townley commented. "The track conditions, however, where hard and after the first race, I asked myself what I was doing in Europe again, coming away from the New Zealand summer!

"But then I got better: I had a good start in the second moto and could really feel why I had been working so hard over the winter and I was really happy passing Clement Desalle in the last lap.

‰ÛÏIn the Superfinal, I had a bad start and I found it hard to pass the guys in front of me. Then Kevin passed me and I started to follow the leaders. It was really nice to ride behind them for a couple of laps. I even had the fastest lap of the race.‰Û

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