2010 Bercy Supercross
Gregory Aranda enjoyed one of the best moment of his young career in Paris last Saturday, when he dominated all his rivals during the Paris Bercy Supercross.
For its 28th anniversary, the French event was once more a huge success, as the stadium was "sold out" during three nights. On the Bercy Supercross podium last year, Aranda came with high expectations and who came many years to Bercy as a spectator when he was a kid.
Aranda confirmed on Friday his potential when he posted the third lap time in the Superpole session on the Kawasaki.
His start was not so good in the main event, and Aranda was fighting for the seventh spot with Grant Langston when the South African crashed in the whoops section and ruined the chances of his rival.
Forced to retire with a damaged Kawasaki motorcycle, Greg came back stronger on Saturday; he got the Bercy Supercross Superpole and with a fourth place in the "American race" he had the first choice for the main event starting position.
Coming second behind Musquin after the start he passed promptly the MX2 World Champion, and then secured a five seconds gap over his rivals.
Riding strongly during the 15-lap period, he was delighted when the fireworks celebrated his first ever Bercy Supercross win on the Kawasaki in the "French Supercross Temple", a stadium where he came watching his heroes when he was only eight years old.
The third and last night of racing could have been similar, with another Superpole win and then a third place in the "American race," but a bad start ruined all his chances.
Last after a few corners, Greg got later a pack of mud in his rear brake on the Kawasaki and couldn't finish higher than ninth.
Fourth in the overall classification for Bercy Supercross, he confirmed anyway with his win his great potential and celebrated another significant performance after his European title.
For Max Anstie, who did his first appearance aboard the CLS Pro Circuit Kawasaki, Bercy Supercross hasn't been successful as the young British rider retired on Friday after a serious crash in the main event; fifth and best MX2 rider in the Superpole session, Max was recovering from a bad start when he went over the track protections in the tunnel.
With a knee injury and a painful wrist he didn't enter the other Bercy Supercross nights, and is now focusing on his recovery.
Gregory Aranda says: "Bercy is different than all the other Supercross, because you need to be consistent during three nights. There's also an incredible atmosphere in the stadium, for a French rider that's always amazing."
"Friday night I was so upset when Langston crashed in the whoops, l was just behind him and couldn't do anything to avoid the collision. My mechanic had to work late in the night to repair the bike, we change some settings and for Saturday night I was confident."
"I nearly got the holeshot in the main, and took the lead. Then I had to keep focus during fifteen laps, it was long but I pushed hard at the beginning to make the gap with the Americans."
"The track was demanding, but I got the win and was so happy! Sunday was not as good, I had a bad start in the main and then got mud in my rear brake pedal so during a couple of laps I had no brake."
"I was disappointed in Genova, here I go back home happy: last year I was on the podium but winning one night means more for me! I have a couple of other supercross now, and then I will make a short break and then we start preparing for the 2011 MXGP season."