The Beursfoon KTM team made a clean sweep of podium spots at the second round of the Motocross European Championships on Kolding, Denmark. Ivano van Erp and Kay de Wolf won the 65cc and 85cc classes respectively, and Scott Smulders was second in the 85cc class.
The incessant rainfall leading up to the race forced the organisers to cancel Saturday’s schedule. A shortened qualifying schedule was arranged for Sunday.
Ivano van Erp posted the pole time in the 65cc class. He was in sublime form and claimed both holeshots on his Hannamax KTM. He brooled no opposition and won both heats comfortably.
In the 85cc class, Kay and Scott posted the fastest and second fastest times respectively.
In the first heat Scott’s Prox clutch did its job, and he was third off the line. Kay had a lesser start, holding ninth initially. Scott bided his time and pounced for the lead when the opportunity came. He fought hard, but finally claimed second. Kay recovered to fifth, which kept his hopes of a good result alive
Both teammates got away well in race two, being first and second into the first corner. Kay flew into the lead and never relinquished it again. Scott held second for a while but a number of mistakes dropped him to sixth. The joint scores were enouh to reward Kay with the victory and Scott with second spot.
The next round of the European Championship will be held in Finland on 21 May.
Arnaud Tonus and Shaun Simpson, of Wilvo Yamaha MXGP, descended on the scenic venue of Pietramurata this past weekend, as the Italian circuit played host to the fifth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. Tonus, a race winner in his homeland seven days prior, arrived at the hillside with some momentum in his corner.
The Swiss pilot put that to good use in the two practice sessions on Saturday morning, as he recorded lap times that put him inside of the top three each time. That, unfortunately, did not quite translate to a great start in the qualifying heat, as he rounded lap one on the cusp of the top fifteen and with a considerable amount of work to do.
Recording lap times that were competitive with the leaders, Tonus carved through the field with some elegant riding and secured the ninth pick of the gate for the following day. Shaun Simpson, on the other hand, was not so fortunate. Although he started outside of the top ten, he made some quick moves to advance to ninth almost immediately. ‘24’ was competitive in that position until a small crash curtailed his efforts and left him in eighteenth at the chequered flag.
A brilliant start in the first MXGP moto left Arnaud Tonus inside of the top three at the end of lap one and right with a pair of former champions. Tonus shadowed his competitors in a calculated manner through the first half of the race, then pounced on the rider in the runner-up position on lap twelve of nineteen. Tonus then started to erase the deficit between himself and the race leader, but ran out of time. Just two seconds separated him from the eventual winner at the end of the thirty-minute moto!
Tonus was restricted by a mediocre start in the second outing, but again showed good pace whilst edging closer to the top five. After spending a majority of the encounter in sixth, he eventually crossed the line in seventh and secured third overall on the weekend. The thirty-six points that he achieved also saw him jump to eighth in the series standings.
SEATTLE (April 9, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill rode a consistent race on a continually changing track inside CenturyLink Field to finish second, allowing him to retain his double digit point’s lead with two rounds remaining. Hill’s teammate Austin Forkner did not race after enduring a hip injury in practice leading up to the event. He’s being evaluated on a week-by-week basis.
The day was nearly perfect for Hill who collected the top qualifier and another heat race win on a cold night in Seattle. Hill, who is from Yoncalla, Oregon, looked unfazed by the challenging track and let that confidence shine in the main event.
Because of the conditions the main event was knocked down to 12 minutes and after working his way up into the top five, the main event was red flagged for an injured rider. The racers were forced to complete a full restart, but it benefited Hill who started a bit better and quickly made his way into second by the second lap. He would be challenged for the position, but would ultimately settle into the runner-up spot and ride a smooth race to finish second on the night.
“I just fell into the groove and tried to ride safe because the track was just unreal,” said Hill. “I did what I could do to ride solid and not throw it away. I would love to have won, but didn’t feel like I needed to do anything that would cost me points.”
250SX Class Main Event Results
- Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
- Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
- Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)
- Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
- Shane McElrath (KTM)
- Jimmy Decotis (Honda)
- Hayden Melross (Yamaha)
- Kyle Chisholm (Honda)
- Cole Martinez (Yamaha)
- Justin Hoeft (Yamaha)
250SX Class Points, After 7 of 9 Rounds
- Justin Hill (Kawasaki), 160
- Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha), 142
- Shane McElrath (KTM), 129
- Martin Davalos (Husqvarna), 124
- James Decotis (Honda), 106
- Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 90
- Dan Reardon (Yamaha), 82
- Kyle Chisholm (Honda), 73
- Cole Martinez (Yamaha), 64
- Jeremy Martin (Honda), 55