Van doninck & Östlund Disappointed with Results at the Dutch GP
Kemea Yamaha Official MX2's Brent Van doninck and Alvin Östlund's hopes of a top-ten finish at the penultimate round of the FIM MX2 World Championship were dashed by adversity and frustration - at the Dutch TT Circuit, Assen, The Netherlands.
The Kemea Yamaha Official MX2 awning was missing Benoit Paturel - who still sits fourth in the MX2 Championship Standings - going into the final round of the FIM MX2 World Championship - which will take place in Villars-sous-Ecot, France next weekend - September 16th and 17th. The Frenchman has unfortunately been side-lined for the rest of the season after he lacerated his liver in a training accident two-weeks ago.
Left to fly the flag for Kemea, Brent Van doninck and Alvin Östlund had hoped for more at the Dutch Grand Prix. Alvin Östlund had high expectations going into the last two rounds, but struggled to find his rhythm and places to pass out on the gnarly chop of Assen. Two races hampered by poor starts saw the young Swede struggle to move forward efficiently which meant he could only chalk a 13-11 score for twelfth overall.
Brent Van doninck had a positive attitude heading into the MXGP of The Netherlands, this weekend as some of his fondest memories lie buried in the sand here. The Belgian landed on the podium for the first time in his career- back in 2015 - right here at this venue and he had high hopes of doing the same again, although the likelihood of that quickly diminished after he was forced to withdraw from Race 1 due to a rare technical issue. In Race 2, the twenty-one-year old got off to a very mediocre start. Riders were riding loser than usual with the constantly deteriorating track proving difficult to read. Van doninck found himself banging bars more than he would have liked and only managed to charge back to tenth place, and fourteenth overall.
12th MX2 GP Overall, 13th MX2 Championship Overall
"Yesterday the track was really muddy. I had a bad start and then struggled to pass so I didn't have the best gate pick. In the first race I got a bad start and again, I couldn't find places to pass. I had a better start in Race 2 but I lost a lot on the first lap because I picked really bad lines, but then I managed to find some good lines and my rhythm so I moved forward a little bit. I had a bit of a dip, but then I finished stronger in eleventh. It could be better."
Brent Van doninck
9th MX2 GP Overall, 10th MX2 Championship Standings
"I actually felt good when I was riding out there but the track was such a mess yesterday. Today I had a bike issue in the first race and then in the second race I got a bad start and struggled to find my rhythm. Near the end of the race I started to ride good but a few lapped riders got in my way, so I only got tenth, which I can't be happy with."