For his first outdoor race on the 250 Kawasaki Monster, reigning MX2 World Champion Jordi Tixier completed a couple of perfect races at Hawkstone Park as he won the MX2 class and battled hard with the 450s in the Superfinal.
In both MX2 races Jordi started second at the start and then moved to the lead, winning both races to ensure the overall MX2 win. In the Superfinal, as the 250 riders start a few seconds earlier than the 450, Jordi led the first part of the race and then battled with the fastest 450 riders for the final win; third overall and first MX2 rider, Jordi will now race Valence International next weekend alongside Dylan Ferrandis and Thomas Covington.
Fifth in the timed practice period, Thomas didn’t had a very good start in the first MX2 race, but the young American came back fifth and was expecting an even better result in race two as he was fourth at the start. But a small crash pushed him back in the pack, and after another crash he retired but showed good speed through the day and is now impatient to be at Valence next weekend. Jordi Tixier: “It was a good weekend, and the track was finally in very good condition for the races even if the time table was tight with a short break between the races.
“I started twice in second position, and in the first MX2 heat it took me some laps to find my good rhythm and got the lead; the second race was better, as I passed Tonkov during the opening lap.
“In the Superfinal the MX2 riders start first, so I was the first leader of the race; then the fastest MX1 riders joined us, we had a good battle with Clement [Desalle] and Kevin [Strijbos] as we passed each other several times.
“Finally Strijbos won, but I was happy with the third position. It was my first motocross race with Kawasaki and I’m really happy with the bike – we’ll enter two other races, Valence and then Mantova to prepare for the first GP but I’m already very confident.”