Cyrille Coulon – 1st Thomas Ramette – 2nd
Cryille Coulon and reigning AX Champion Thomas Ramette dominated the weekend’s Arenacross UK Championship second round in Glasgow, Scotland with a 1-2 for the SR75 World Suzuki Team.
After the disappointment of round one in Manchester, when bad luck in the Main Event dropped them down the leaderboard, the two Frenchmen had a point to prove.
Both RM-Z450 riders were on top-form from qualifying on Friday, Ramette setting the fastest lap at the SSE Hydro Arena with a time of 21.483 and Coulon second on 21.485.
The Pro class Main Event on Saturday evening brought a show of control and focus with both SR75 Suzukis rounding the first turn together and that focus only increased throughout the race: Coulon took command from the start with Ramette a heartbeat behind as both clicked-off the laps with a smooth flow, and after 14 laps, they crossed the line first and second.
Cyrille Coulon – 1st:
“Tonight is great for me, is great for my team-mate and is great for my team. We all like work and we all know we work for good performances on every track, every time. I like Glasgow and this is the second time I have won here with a double podium for the team.
“It’s such a good feeling on my SR75 Suzuki bike and I feel nice control every time I ride. I thank all in my team, all team sponsors and my family. I feel good and it is very cool to come back with a good result as I want show I am fast again after last week.”
Thomas Ramette – 2nd:
“I feel good to get this result and it is awesome to make this race with Cyrille and for the team. We are riding strong and feeling great on track and the focus I found to recover and make a good performance this week makes me happy.
“I would like to thank the team and all the team partners as we work to make things perfect every day and I feel amazing with the control of my SR75 Suzuki on every millimetre of the track. I would also like to thank ex-SR75 team racer and current sponsor Tom Church for organising my physio sessions to help me get ready for tonight. Congratulations to Cyrille. This was a great night.”
Geoff Walker – Team Principal:
"What a great response from the riders to show the focus required to pull off this kind of result. Our championship looked like it was finished last week and the guys have stepped-up to the plate. To say I am proud is an understatement.
“Cyrille is riding fantastic with a new level and both guys are so at one with their Suzuki race bikes it is a joy to watch. Win or lose, the work and preparation level is the same 24/7 in this team and I think we can all be proud. We don't give up, we have fun and we will continue to race with a smile and focus as a globally successful team.
“I thank everyone involved and once again a special mention to our Rookie Lites rider Luke Oldfield #LO77 who embraced the opportunity to learn and compete against some great young racers in another fantastic venue in front of so many race fans.”
The 2017 Arenacross Tour now heads south to Birmingham for round three at The Genting Arena next Saturday, January 21st. Tickets are available via www.arenacrossuk.com or by calling the box office on (+44) 844 338 8000.
Pro Main Event Result:
1. Cyrille Coulon, #5, SR75 World Suzuki 2. Thomas Ramette, #1, SR75 World Suzuki 3. Adrien Escoffier, #137, MVR-D Husqvarna 4. Cedric Soubeyras, #85, Team RFX St Blazey 5. Adam Chatfield, #407, Buildbase Honda Racing 6. Jack Brunell, #155, Team Green Kawasaki 7. Matt Bayliss, #4, Buildbase Honda Racing 8. Billy Mackenzie, #211, Buildbase Honda Racing 9. Hugo Basaula, #747, Team Green Kawasaki 10. Florent Richier, #2, Keystone Honda Racing
Pro Championship Points (after 2 rounds):
1. Cyrille Coulon, SR75 World Suzuki, 33 points 2. Angelo Pellegrini, Team RFX St Blazey, 31 points 3. Adrien Escoffier, MVR-D Husqvarna, 31 points 4. Cedric Soubeyras, Team RFX St Blazey, 30 points 5. Adam Chatfield, Buildbase Honda, 30 points 6. Thomas Ramette, SR75 World Suzuki, 29 points 7. Florent Richier, Keystone Honda Racing, 27 points 8. Jack Brunell, Team Green Kawasaki, 27 points 9. Matt Bayliss, Buildbase Honda, 25 points 10. Hugo Basaula, Team Green Kawasaki, 22 points