Lucas and Sacha Coenen of Jumbo Husqvarna BT racing had their wares on good display during the opening round of the MX2 Spanish championships at Montearagon. This was the brothers’ first race outing in a long while, and also their first event int he colors of the team.
Sacha qualified in ninth position on Saturday in his first outing on the bigger bike, and he managed to convert that into two holeshots on Sunday. “In the first race I held the lead for five laps, but a mistake dropped me to fourth. I managed to keep the leading trio in sight, but wasn’t able to pass them back. I finished a strong fourth,” he said.
Lucas also started well in the first race, getting off the line in fourth spot. He unfortunately crashed after a few laps. “The bars were bent and I had to quickly visit the pits to get them straightened out. I was stone last when I re-entered the track and worked on passing as many riders as I could. Towards the end of the race, I posted the fastest lap times of the field, and finished 14th,” Lucas commented.
The two brothers both had their share of setbacks in the second heat. Sacha claimed another holeshot, but he crashed when he became the victim of an aggressive block pass. He worked his war forward again, but the front brake line on his bike had become dislodged and kept jamming in the front wheel, forcing him to retire from the race. Lucas also dropped off the line well, but a wheelie forced him to slack off, dropping him to tenth. He recovered to fifth, but his holeshot device jammed, forcing him to retire as well.
“We had some setbacks this race, but we have proven that our speed is right up there, “the brothers enthused. “We are working hard with our preparation, and we will be ready when the EMX250 series kicks off in Mantova at the beginning of March.”
Photocredits – Huub Munsters