The Metro Arena in Newcastle is always a tough stop on the Monster Energy Arenacross powered by Ford Ranger Tour and this year proved to be no exception for the SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki team, who fought sickness to bring home two podium positions at the weekend.
Thomas Ramette was buzzing after his double victory last week in Birmingham and fellow Frenchman Cyrille Coulon was looking to continue his solid improvements in qualifying and push for victories.
Saturday training set the team back a little with Ramette hitting a soft patch on a rhythm section take-off, resulting in a massive crash. After straightening the bike and recovering his senses he managed to nail yet another pole position with Coulon second overall.
The heat races went smoothly for Ramette apart from a stone lodging in the clutch arm causing some issues in his second heat while Coulon struggled with lap one contact in both his heats to eventually take his spot in the Main via victory in the LCQ.
The final was always going to be a controlled affair with Ramette carrying an arm injury from Belfast as well as more hand damage after his morning crash. But he rode a smart race to claim second with Coulon battling all the way to sixth on the tightest and softest track of the year so far.
With some further bike changes Ramette went into day two with a new energy and set a blistering pace for another pole position while Coulon worked on lines for a steady qualifying session.
Both riders were fired up for the Main Event but with yet another cruel twist both became sick with food poisoning and, as the show was about to start, the guys were in real trouble. But both men dug deep with Ramette taking second and Coulon fifth, underlining their integrity and professionalism.
With two rounds remaining Ramette sits second in the Pro championship just eight points behind the leader, while Coulon is third a further 24 points adrift. In the Team championship SR75 Molson Racing Suzuki holds a commanding 49-point lead.
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