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Brits strong in Coupe De l’Avenir qualifying

After the first day of the Coupe De l’Avenir team GP can hold their heads up high in all three classes. The first day was all about qualification for the big races tomorrow and that all important gate pick.

In the 65s, Wal Beaney gated second and from then on closed on the leader, Belgium’s Sacha Coenen. He took the lead and the win with just three laps of the ten minute and to lap race to go.

Wal Beaney looks strong
Wal Beaney looks strong

Ben Mustoe and Finley Evens backed up Beaney’s win with a thirteenth and fourteenth meaning team GB get fourth gate pick for the 65s big races.

Bobby Bruce gated well for team GB in the 85s and chased French rider Florian Miot and Estonian David Braceras home for third while his team mates Charlie Hayman suffered from a bad start and Louie Kessell pulled out of the race after a crash hurting his wrist. The UK team’s 85s will get ninth gate pick.

Bobby Bruce going hard on the KX85
Bobby Bruce going hard on the KX85

As the riders went into the first turn at the start of the open class qualification race, both Liam Knight and Josh Gilbert were well in the mix as the Estonian pair of Karel Kutsar and Hardi Roosiorg set the early pace.

Home favorited Jogo Geerts stormed through the pack to pass both Estonian leaders to take the class win while Knight and Gilbert came home in fifth and sixth giving the team second gate pick come race day.

Ben Mustoe looking stylish
Ben Mustoe looking stylish

 

Finlay Evans trying hard on the 65 KTM
Finlay Evans trying hard on the 65 KTM

 

The open class goes for it
The open class goes for it

 

Charlie Hayman on the gas
Charlie Hayman on the gas

 

Bobby Bruce kicks up the dust
Bobby Bruce kicks up the dust

 

Louie Kessel was rapid
Louie Kessel was rapid

 

Liam Knight is riding well
Liam Knight is riding well

 

Charlie Cole looking good on the Husky
Charlie Cole looking good on the Husky

 

Liam Knight is one of the British stars
Liam Knight is one of the British stars

 

Josh Gilbert is fast on the CRF
Josh Gilbert is fast on the CRF

Words and pics by Dick Law

 

 

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