Brian Bogers top 10 result in his first GP in 2024 Created: 2024-04-07

On one of the most demanding tracks on the MXGP calendar, Brian Bogers clinched a top 10 result in the premier class at his debut on the Fantic XXF 450.

Fantic Factory Racing MXGP went into the third round of the World Championship with the new two-rider line-up, as Brian Bogers joined his fellow Dutchman Glenn Coldenhoff under the awning. Both are well known for their sand riding skills and started the weekend in Riola Sardo off with a solid Qualifying Race, with Coldenhoff securing seventh gate pick just in front of his new teammate Bogers in eight place.

In Race 1, Glenn Coldenhoff was fast out of the start gate and found himself in the front group right from the beginning, eventually crossing the finish line in a strong fourth place. Brian Bogers showed promising race pace on his debut in Fantic Factory colours, battling within the Top 10 right from the start and taking home P8.

At the start of the second moto, Coldenhoff lost several positions after a contact with another rider in turn 1. Glenn had to come back from outside the top 15 and had to settle for ninth place and sixth overall. It was again a solid showing for Bogers with an 11th place in race 2 and a ninth overall at his first GP of the season and his first official outing on the Fantic XXF 450.

Glenn Coldenhoff: “The first moto was quite okay, I had a good start and could keep my pace, P4 was definitely not bad. I think that was the most positive note this weekend. The start was good again in the second moto but I got tangled up with other riders in the first turn. I was far back, I pushed hard but I was struggling a bit. I didn’t show what I was capable of. Even though I gave everything my speed wasn’t that good and I could only finish in P9. Sixth overall is still decent but it’s not what I am working for so hard. I want to perform well and be around the podium spots. I know it’s hard in the MXGP class at the moment but I feel that I am definitely capable of being there on a good day. We keep working, we are doing some tests on Wednesday and get ready for Arco – to hopefully be on the box there.”

Brian Bogers: “I am quite surprised with my performance. Yes, I am a sand rider but you also need to be fit for these kind of tracks – and just coming in I am normally not fit enough. I was still in the top 10 in five out of six sessions, I also can’t complain about a top 10 overall in my first GP back. I am very lucky guy to get this opportunity and I am very happy with the performance I have shown already this weekend. The bike feels already amazing, that is a really big advantage. We can only go upwards from here and it will be interesting to see what we can do when I am 100% fit.”

 

 

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