Thomas Ramette took a brace of victories onboard his SR75-Molson Racing Suzuki at the weekend, dominating both the main events at the Monster Energy Arenacross double-header in Birmingham, for rounds six and seven of the series.
Coming off the back of a bitter-sweet double-header in Belfast that saw the defending champion take a win and a ninth, after being taken out on the final lap, the Frenchman’s victories brought him back to within seven points of the series lead, and took his total of main event wins in 2016 to four.
Needing a solid weekend to get his championship aspirations back on track, Ramette started with a brace of third placed finishes from his two heat races, ensuring automatic qualification to the main event, while his SR75-Molson Suzuki teammate Cyrille Coulon also made it through to the main event, winning both of his heat races.
Coulon also gained three extra championship points after finishing second in the head-to-head shootout.
As the gate dropped for the Saturday’s main event, Ramette and Coulon got away with the leading pack, and were soon running first and second.
The duo looked set to make it a Suzuki 1-2, but Coulon lost out in the closing stages and took the chequered flag in third place, to get two RM-Z450 machines on the podium, with Ramette on the top step.
Sunday started in equally positively, with Coulon and Ramette first and second in the opening heat race, before Coulon finished second and Ramette took the win the their second heat races.
Coulon again added bonus points to his championship tally after finishing fourth in the head-to-head, as both progressed directly to the main event.
Sunday’s main event, after an incident that brought out the red flags, was restarted and saw Ramette take the holeshot. From there he was never headed, and took another win, his fourth from the seven rounds so far this year.
Coulon was battling for a place in the top five, but tangled with another rider in the dying moments, and crashed. He remounted to claim seventh.
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