CARLSBAD, Calif., (May 7, 2007) – Former Suzuki factory rider Sean Hamblin (Murietta, Calif.) scored a season-best 7th place finish at the MXGP Series stop in Mantova, Italy, this past weekend.
Hamblin, racing his first year overseas, was the only American racer to place in the top 25 overall in the GP Series’ premier MX2 class, going 8-9 in the two race format.
“I proved to myself that I have nearly the same speed as the champion (Pourcel) because we were together for many laps,” said Hamblin in a report from his Swift Suzuki team. “But it’s no fun doing it in the pack. I need a start and I think I have the speed of everyone else except, perhaps, Carioli.”
Hamblin said he really enjoyed the Italian GP track and again re-stated his need for a better start if he wants to move up with the series points leaders. “I gave the opposition too much off the gate and the first few laps were really hectic back in the pack. But I’m looking forward to next week. I just need to get those starts sorted out.”
Next up for Hamblin and the Swift Suzuki team is Germany’s Teutschenthal Circuit this Sunday (May 13th).