Vibrant Podium for Van doninck in Valkenswaard
The winter-like climate of Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, where round six of the FIM Motocross World Championship took place, was warmed by the heart and determination of Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Brent Van doninck, Benoit Paturel & Alvin Östlund as they charged hard through the field in both races. Van doninck, in particular, was in his element onboard his YZ250F this weekend as he made the treacherous Valkenswaard circuit look silky smooth on his way to third place, and his first podium finish of the season. Paturel banked solid points with his seventh place finish while Östlund bolstered up eleventh.
The sixth round of the FIM Motocross World Championship burst into life out on the recently revised Valkenswaard circuit in The Netherlands. Valkenswaard was supposed to be the first 'sand' race of the year but it has become increasingly obvious that it is now a far cry from the track it used to be.
The once soft and loamy sand surface has hardened with age and combined with a new track layout that is a lot faster, it turned out to be an incredibly edgy test of line choice, suspension and commitment. In Race 1, Brent Van doninck carefully threw together a solid selection of unique lines and carved his way from outside of the top twenty into the top five. He finished fifth.
Facing the consequences of a bad start, Paturel also had his work cut out for him as he diced his way around riders, and bumps the size of mars, for seventh, while the third of the Kemea trio, Östlund, bounced back from a rough return to racing - last weekend in Trentino - for a solid eleventh place.
A better start was just what the doctor ordered in the final race, and Brent Van doninck grabbed the opportunity with both hands. Eighth place around turn one, the Belgian who is no stranger to Dutch soil flaunted his incredible sand riding ability as he mono-wheeled past a bunch of MX2 talents on his way to third place.
With precision being a key to the race, especially on the start, Paturel and Östlund were let down by their starts and had barge their way through the pack. After 30 minutes plus 2 laps of bar-banging, Paturel took the checkers in ninth, which put him in seventh overall, while Östland finished thirteenth which put him in eleventh overall.
The next round of the FIM MX2 World Championship will take place on the caramel coloured sand of Kegums, Latvia.
Brent Van doninck
"I had a bad start, so it took a lot of energy. In the second race I had a better start, inside the top ten, so I could ride freer. I managed to get up to third and at one point I was closer to Jeremy Seewer but then he must have found another gear. I am really happy to be on the podium, my first of the year, and it's good for the championship too."
"My weekend was okay. Not the result I want but I need to work on my starts and try to do better next week."
"I expected a little bit more from here because it is one of my favourite tracks. I really like the track here and I normally ride good here. I was looking for two solid moto's, but for now, I am happy."