The Venezuelan, who joined the French team and the series during the summer and had thus missed the opening round in March, quickly settled into his new environment and strung together a number of impressive performances, highlighted by three moto podiums plus a third place overall at the sixth round of the series in Italy. Despite no previous experience of the tortuous deep sand he faced for the final two rounds at Lommel he displayed admirable resolve to post top-fifteen finishes in each of the four motos, showing improvement each time to secure tenth place in the last race of the series.
Lorenzo Locurcio: “I had a big crash during the qualifying session this morning and hurt my ankle; after that it was a struggle. I had a lot of pain all day but my tenth place in the second race secured my seventh place in the series. My thanks to BUD Racing and Kawasaki for giving me the opportunity to race the series.”
BUD team colleague Pierre Goupillon was eventually classified twenty-first in the final series standings after a season interrupted by injuries. The Frenchman sat out the final round after suffering a dislocation of the knee for the second time in a fortnight at the penultimate round on Saturday; he faces an operation on the second of November.