Watson Wins French Beach Race Series Round 3 

Nathan Watson claims victory at round three of Championnat de France des Sables, French Beach Race series in St. Léger De Balson.


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Nathan Watson took a comfortable two-minute victory at round three of the Championnat de France des Sables, the gruelling winter beach race series.

A change from the traditional seaside beach race location, round three of the Championnat de France des Sables made its way inland to the vast, deep sandy forest region of St. Léger de Balson, South of Bordeaux. 

Wet and changeable weather made it a tough race for 300 riders competing the two-hour-30-minute race.

After missing round two of this series due to World Enduro Super Series commitments (where he won the Red Bull Knock Out), Nathan Watson returned to the French championship highly motivated. 

Watson rounded the opening lap inside the top five and steadily worked his way into the lead during the first 45 minutes. Opting to pit early for a fresh pair of goggles and gloves saw him drop back to second place behind new race leader Milko Potisek. 

Feeling strong and comfortable in the deteriorating conditions, Nathan quickly worked his way back in front aboard his KTM 450 SX-F to finish two-minute-20-second ahead of Potisek.

Nathan Watson: “I’m delighted and a little bit surprised with how well my race has gone. I felt in control the whole way through and despite some horrendously tough conditions I was able to manage the pace of the race to my advantage. 

“With a lot of rain I knew conditions would be tricky. My start was ok and I was fourth after lap one. A few riders made some mistakes and then suddenly I was in the lead. However, I needed to pit early for fresh goggles and gloves and that dropped me back into second behind Milko. 

“When I got going again I managed to pull him back in quite quickly and once ahead I continued that strong pace until the chequered flag. It feels great to get this win, especially off the back of my Red Bull Knock Out victory and I’m looking forward to keeping that momentum rolling into round four next weekend.” 


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The Championnat de France des Sables continues with round four on December 9, 2018.


Results - French Beach Race Series, Round 3:

  1. Nathan Watson, KTM, 17 laps 2:39:26.670 
  2. Milko Potisek, Yamaha, 2:41:47.330 
  3. Jeffrey Dewulf, KTM, 2:45:24.490 
  4. Petar Petrov, KTM, 16 laps 2:40:52.881 
  5. Maxime Sot, Yamaha, 2:41:22.540


Championship Standings (After round 3): 

  1. Milko Potisek, Yamaha, 410pts 
  2. Jeffrey Dewulf, KTM, 375pts 
  3. Petar Petrov , KTM, 308pts 
  4. Maxime Sot, Yamaha, 292pts 
  5. Nathan Watson, KTM, 285pts



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Jon Pearson
Enduro21 Editor and Bike Tester