2020 French Beach Racing Championship climaxed at Enduropale du Touquet where Nathan Watson took the title – back-to-back wins for Watson and the KTM Factory Racing team.
Despite not delivering his best performance at the 2020 Enduropale du Touquet, the final round of the Championnat de France des Sables, Nathan Watson did more than enough to claim the 2020 French Beach Racing Championship.
In a race packed with its usual drama and with over 1200 racers lined up, an overly excited Watson dropped his clutch too early and jumped the start which resulted in a one-minute stop and go penalty during the race.
Despite exciting the first corner in 12th place – race organisers saw Watson had jumped the start and enforced the one-minute penalty as Watson closed in on eventual race winner Milko Potisek.
But Watson was magnanimous and kept his eyes on the bigger prize, regrouping to finish third and be crowned the 2020 French Beach Racing Champion. “It’s been a hard season, but to come away with back-to-back French Beach Race titles is amazing.” Explains Watson. “It’s a credit to the team, they worked so hard to get this result. It’s me out on the track but it really is a team effort, for sure.”
“Naturally, I wanted to win the championship with victory here today, but the cards didn’t fall my way. Between the nature of the track and then the stop-and-go penalty, things were against me. I felt like the track was maybe too fast for me and I needed more corners to slow the early pace down. I hold my hands up about the start, I simply got my timing a little wrong with the bungy being released. I went a little too early.”
“One minute was a tough penalty, especially as I never gained anything and exited the first corner in 12th. But it is what it is. Overall, I’m pleased with the season as a whole. I think that myself and Camille (teammate) showed we’re two of the strongest guys out there and our bikes never missed a beat. Thanks to KTM and the team, we’ll celebrate this title for sure!”
2020 French Beach Racing championship final standings:
- Nathan Watson, 845 points
- Todd Kellett, 755
- Camille Chapeliere, 671
- Richard Fura, 558
- Jeremy Van Horebeek, 552
- Damien Prevot, 542
- Milko Potisek, 510
- Jordan Divall, 509
- Marshall Meplon, 507
- Julien Jagu, 491
More information and full results: Courses-Sur-Sable.fr