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Klass GP – Motoblouz , finally back in Alès!


klass GP - Motoblouz

After six months of forced break due to health measures linked to Covid-19, the klass GP drivers - Motoblouz finally met on the weekend of August 16 on the small Cévennes circuit particularly suited to the deconfinement of the 125s.

Six months. This is how long the suspension of the klass GP championship - Motoblouz because of the Coronavirus pandemic. After a premier meeting in Valencia at the end of February, the 125 and 250 2-stroke drivers from the 1990s and 2000s had a second meeting at the beginning of May. It was planned at Le Castellet as part of the prestigious Sunday ride classic. The confinement and the health measures that followed forced the organizers to simply cancel the spring races, before being able to schedule a new event in Alès, on August 15 and 16.

For the occasion, the Klass GP welcomed the non-classified RG 500 of Marc-Antoine Scaccia. There was also a lot of new blood with the arrival of new drivers including David Da Silva, Matthias Doyen, Emmanuel Moulin, Jonathan Lallemand, Stéphane Benetto and Arnaud Aussaresses.

Reunion expected for the Klass GP - Motoblouz

Apparently, the withdrawal was difficult for the pilots. No less than 38 entrants made the trip to the Cévennes for the pleasure of being on the track.

For this resumption on a small circuit, Jérôme Krebs took the opportunity to open the event to the 125 SP category (Aprilia RS, Cagiva Mito, Suzuki RG, etc.) alongside the 250 SP (Aprilia RS, Yamaha TZR, Suzuki RGV, …). An opening towards more accessible commercial machines… But also less efficient than the 125 and 250 customer competitions (Honda RS, Yamaha TZ, Aprilia RSW) which make up most of the field.

The bet was won since this production category brought together no less than six 250s and five 125s, including Jordan Levy, the last French Open 125 champion in 2011. Not bad for a first! Especially since the 30 hp 125 SP was far from ridiculous. They actually lapped in less than 1'27, just 7 seconds from the pole achieved by an old 250 Grand Prix with more than 90 hp.

The 125 who will be talked about all weekend...

On the small Alès circuit, the small 125 single-cylinders were almost on par with the 250 twin-cylinders. At the end of qualifying practice, Soheil Ayari placed Arnaud Vincent's former GP Fantic 250 on pole (1'21" 309 ). His runner-up Philippe Arnal (on Honda RS 125) was in his aspi at only 19/1000e followed closely by Antoine Goyet (also on RS 125) at 15/10e.

« The 250 GP engines are too violent for this type of narrow circuit, we draw commas on the asphalt at each turn” specifies Jérôme Krebs, eliminated by a tightening during testing. Confirmation of the race at the second start, after Adrien Leduc (Aprilia RS, 125 SP) confused speed and haste, and hit Jordan Levy at the premier corner. Vincent Levieux will unfortunately not be able to leave, his clutch burnt out.

Guy Bertin left in 4eposition took advantage of his experience as a former GP driver to take the lead of the race in 3e lap and finish with a 6”8 lead. Behind, no less than three 125s battled for the podium (Philippe Arnal, Lancelot Unissart and Florian Doguet), far ahead of the 250s.

Weather to adapt to (or not!)

The overwhelming heat (35°C) of 17 ha put the organisms to the test. Many drivers were close to passing out after the checkered flag.

The rain, which fell in abundance during the night, provided a completely different backdrop to the second race on Sunday. On a drying circuit, all the drivers played it safe and went on wet tires, which further erased the power differences between the 125 and the 250.

Seventeen drivers withdrew due to weather conditions. The grid only accommodated 20 machines for this round. In this context, Florian Doguet amazed the spectators by whipping his 125 to return in the wake of Guy Bertin's 250 without daring to overtake him... Both were running in 1'26"8, only 5 seconds slower than on the dry.

Final rounds of the Klass GP - Motoblouz on September 4, 5 and 6 on the Pau-Arnos circuit.

© photos: jean-noël najastre.

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