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Benoit Paturel at the 2016 MXGP of Spain

Paturel relishes second champagne taste at Spanish MXGP

May 302016

It was more a case of ‘sang froid’ instead of ‘sangria’ at the Grand Prix of Spain and the ninth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship that dragged MXGP up to the midway point of a busy eighteen-race calendar. Kemea Yamaha’s Benoit Paturel kept cool under pressure to secure his second career podium in the MX2 class while Black Monster Kawasaki’s Clement Desalle made a return to the top three of an MXGP moto as the Belgian continues his recovery back to the front of the pack. Talavera de la Reina cooked, soaked and blustered the fans that found a slot around the low hills at the venue southwest of Madrid. Rain poured on Saturday while raceday brought hot sunshine and a stiff breeze. The effects of the climate on the track meant a softer and rougher form of hard-pack and the endlessly twirling and dipping layout enforced the need for a strong start: if you didn't get out of the gate, you weren’t going anywhere. The ‘Cerro Negro’ Talavera course is notoriously stingy when it comes to open and flowing racing.