Mettet (Belgium) 8 October 2023 – Andrea Benvenuti (KTM) came back home after achieving the victory in Mettet and prevailing over his main rival Matej Kokes (Husqvarna). With one more race to go, both riders have the same number of points but the Italian rider came home with the red plate of Championship leader thanks to better results.
SM Junior Race 2
Nathan Terraneo (KTM) did not fail the start of Race 2 and after the first corner was leading the pack followed by Andrea Benvenuti (KTM), who overtook his main rival Matej Kokes (Husqvarna) at the first corner. Terraneo immediately set a solid race pace in the first laps and could open a small gap over Benvenuti, who tried to keep the rhythm of the Swiss rider but when understood that Kokes was far he managed the race properly. Nathan Terraneo rode eight solo laps undisturbed.
Courtesy of the two results achieved Andrea Benvenuti won the Mettet race and got back the red plate of Championship leader. Terraneo was second and Kokes rounded off the podium with the third place.
Benvenuti now has the same number of points as Matej Kokes and will battle it out for the Championship victory in the final race scheduled in one week in Castelletto di Branduzzo, Italy, where the SM Junior will join the prestigious Trophy of Nations.
In the 65 category Lorenz Bang (KTM) stepped on the top step of the podium.
SM Junior Race 2 Top Ten:
TERRANEO Nathan (SUI, KTM) 8 laps in 14:39.286; 2. BENVENUTI Andrea (ITA, KTM) +03.059; 3. KOKES Matej (CZE, Husqvarna) +09.925; 4. ANDREOTTI Riccardo (ITA, KTM) +17.505; 5. BERECZKI David Zsolt (HUN, Husqvarna) +25.175; 6. EBELMANN Rasmus (EST, Husqvarna) +27.343; 7. LAPADULA Leonardo (ITA, TM) +27.558; 8. BANG Lorenz (GER, KTM) +1:23.245; 9. FATNA Micah (FRA, KTM) +2:39.493; 10. MATAS Leckas (LTU, TM) 0 laps in 00.000;
SM Junior Classification Top Ten:
BENVENUTI Andrea (ITA, KTM) Pts. 47,000 (25+22); 2. TERRANEO Nathan (SUI, KTM) Pts. 45,000 (20+25); 3. KOKES Matej (CZE, Husqvarna) Pts. 42,000 (22+20); 4. ANDREOTTI Riccardo (ITA, KTM) Pts. 36,000 (18+18); 5. BERECZKI David Zsolt (HUN, Husqvarna) Pts. 32,000 (16+16); 6. EBELMANN Rasmus (EST, Husqvarna) Pts. 30,000 (15+15); 7. LAPADULA Leonardo (ITA, TM) Pts. 28,000 (14+14); 8. BANG Lorenz (GER, KTM) Pts. 24,000 (11+13); 9. FATNA Micah (FRA, KTM) Pts. 24,000 (12+12); 10. MATAS Leckas (LTU, TM) Pts. 13,000 (13+0);
Complete results available HERE.
S4-SMJ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP of BELGIUM METTET – QUICK FACTS
Circuit length: 2043 mt (1.358,5 mt asphalt, 684,5 mt off-raod)
Weather conditions: Sun
In the photo: SM Junior Podium 85