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MX2, MXGP OF SWITZERLAND - FRAUENFELD, Switzerland, 10 April 2023

Kevin Horgmo eighth in Switzerland

F&H Kawasaki Racing Team's  Kevin Horgmo dug deep after his Qualifying misfortunes to salvage eighth in the Swiss round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Frauenfeld.

He faced two difficult GP motos after his unfortunate Qualifying on Saturday had dealt him a disadvantageous choice of gate in a start-layout which heavily favoured the inside gates. KX power saw him sprint to the first turn just within the top-ten and he quickly pounced to make a significant pass on the opening lap of each moto but further advances proved difficult on a track which offered few opportunities in a fast-moving leaderboard train. Ninth in race one and seventh in race two resulted in eighth overall on the day and see the Norwegian head to Italy next weekend seventh in the series points chase.
Kevin Horgmo: "For sure we didn't get the results we wanted this weekend but we bounced back as good as we could from our misfortune yesterday. I had a mid-pack start in the first race but made some quick passes and finished ninth. I had more-or-less the same start in moto two; it took me some time to find my rhythm but it came better-and-better during the moto and I was really close to making another pass on the last lap." 
F&H teammate David Braceras battled just outside the top-ten throughout both motos to claim the best points-haul to date in his rookie GP season. Fifteenth in race one and thirteenth in race two gave the Spanish youngster fourteenth overall and see him advance to the same ranking in the world standings.
David Braceras: "It was a positive weekend with P15 and P13 today and my first top ten in the Quali moto. I made small advances, so I’m happy with that. In the first moto I rode a little tense so I didn’t find a good flow but in the second moto I was feeling better and I was happier with my riding. I still have much more and I am ready to put in the work to get there !"
Big Van World MTX Kawasaki newcomer Jack Chambers showed tremendous spirit on his GP debut. The twenty-year-old from Auburndale, Florida rode a solid first moto, moving forward from outside the top-twenty to claim fourteenth on the final lap. A tremendous start in race two saw the young American sweep across from his outside gate to sprint towards turn two in seventh position. He was quickly relegated several positions by the top-ten regulars but showed resilience and stamina to again make a telling pass at the very end of the race for twelfth in moto and thirteenth overall.
Jack Chambers: "The riding style and the tracks over here in Europe are different to the US and I haven't ridden outdoors since last June so the first thing is to have fun, gain experience and learn from the GP regulars, but I'm thankful for this opportunity. I only flew in on Monday but I had two days on the bike before we got here and already feel at home on the KX250."
Kawasaki Motors Europe, along with the Big Van World MTX Kawasaki team, would like to wish Mikkel Haarup all the best with his future career after mutually agreeing to part company as of the MXGP of Switzerland.