Paturel takes Top-5 finish in Teutschenthal

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Kemea Yamaha Official MX rider Benoit Paturel scored his first Top-5 finish of 2016 on Sunday on the rutted and slick hard-pack Teutschenthal motocross track at MXGP Germany. Teammate Brent Van doninck finished 6th despite continuing hip pain, while Wilvo Standing Construct Yamaha’s Aleksandr Tonkov posted a Top-10 finish ahead of his teammate Alvin Östlund in 22nd.

Paturel started poorly in the first moto, jumping his gate too early and remaining stuck in the metal barrier as the MX2 pack roared off into the distance. But the Belgian rider put in the ride of the day to chase back through into 7th at the finish despite a hard and slick track with deep ruts that kicked many riders off their chosen lines. In the second race Paturel improved his start tremendously and held third until mid-race before slipping one position to 4th at the finish.

Van doninck crashed in the first lap of moto one and spent energy to recover his position before finishing 8th, but the Belgian MX2 rider said his hip became painful in the second moto while trying to ride on the physically taxing track, though he finished one place higher than in the early race.

Tonkov had a very fast start in the first moto, and was in hot pursuit of Pauls Jonass of Latvia and Max Anstie of Great Britain in a tight race for the podium until Jeremy Seewer of Switzerland passed the Russian and left him in 6th place. In the second moto Tonkov crashed with three laps remaining and said his chest and ribs were sore enough to keep him from finishing higher than 13th in the moto and 10th overall. Teammate Östlund struggled on the Teutschenthal course, crashing in the first turn of the first moto and then finding himseld stuck behind a pack of riders scrambling for lines.

For his Top-5 in Teutschenthal Paturel is now up to 5th overall in the World Championship, tied on points but one spot behind Tonkov in 4th. Van doninck rises back into the Top-10 with a 20-point gap to the next rider, and Östlund slips two spots to 12th.

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