Belgian Wouts dominated in Valkenswaard
By Youthstream | 09 Apr 2012
VALKENSWAARD (Netherlands), 9 April 2012 – On Monday Valkenswaard´s paddock woke up to rainy day and weather forecast didn´t look better. MX3 closed this weekend full of racing and sandy track was very difficult after MX1 and MX2 riders. Even more heavy rain complicated MX3 Race two. Kevin Wouts became the overall winner of the GP of Valkenswaard.
In the morning the MX3 riders were prepared to start their first race of 2012 season. Everybody was focused on the first corner. Kevin Wouts semmed to be in a perfect condition. From start he pushed hard, but he finished second. He wasn´t able to catch his compatriot Yentel Martens. Heavy rain during Race made the track rougher and Yentel Martens obtained only the fifth place. On the other hand, Kevin Wouts had no problems riding with the rain, he was the fastest and he managed to be on the top of podium.
Yentel Martens: „It looks good, when I was second in qualifying. In the race one I rode without mistakes and it brings me a great victory. Second was not as good, weather became worse and I wasn´t be so fast. But in overall I am second, I am satisfied.“
Hillinger KTM MX-Racing Team rider Matthias Walkner was third overall. In the first race he was fast from the begining. Then he lost a couple of seconds and finished sixth.
Matthias Walkner: „I was fast, I was riding at my limit and then I lost all of my energy, I was too exausted and I couldn´t stay in the first positions. The Race 2 was completely different. It was raining, I was fast and I had a good luck, when I won. My dream becomes a reality.“
Good result aslo achieved Polish rider Lukasz Lonka. In the Race 1 was he 5th and in the second race fourth, which brough him to the 4th place overall. Antti Pyrhӧnen was very motivated to become the 2012 MX3 World Champion, but this weekend wasn´t in his direction. Antti´s performance in Valkenswaard suffied only for fifth position.
Kim Lindstrom was very fast in the second moto and he finished 3, which gave him the final sixth position. Jamie Law from Great Britain was riding on his KTM very well. He defended successful from Swedish Sjobergs attacks in the second race MX3 of a day. The top ten was completed by Marvin Van Daele, Gunter Schmidinger and home rider Michael Hool.
This weekend 23,000 spectators made a really good atmosphere here in Valkenswaard and everybody is now thinking about next week´s round in Castelnau de Levis (France).
MX3 - Race 1 results: 1. Yentel Martens (BEL, Kawasaki), 35:10.956; 2. Kevin Wouts (BEL, Kawasaki), 35:19.074; 3. Ceriel Klein Kromhof (NED, Honda), 35:24.754; 4. Antti Pyrhӧnen (FIN, Honda), 35:59.874; 5. Lukasz Lonka (POL, Honda), 36:02.243; 6. Matthias Walkner (AUT, KTM), 36:10.038; 7. Günter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 36.10.970; 8. Marvin Van Daele (BEL, Kawasaki), 36:12.302; 9. Jamie Law (GBR, KTM), 36:28.814; 10. Michael Hool (NED, TM), 36:29.327
MX3 Race 2 results: 1. Kevin Wouts (BEL, Kawasaki), 35:19.190; 2. Matthias Walkner (GER, KTM), 35:23.050; 3. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), 35:51.909; 4. Lukasz Lonka (POL, Honda), 35:53.486; 5. Yentel Martens (BEL, Kawasaki), 36.10.441; 6. Jamie Law (GBR, KTM) 36:42.341; 7. Rasmus Sjoberg (SWE, Honda), 36:43.152; 8. Antti Pyrhonen (FIN, Honda), 36:45.048; 9. Michael Hool (NED, TM), 36:50.373; 10. Marvin Van Daele (BEL, Kawasaki), 36.57.727
MX3 Overall: 1. Kevin Wouts (BEL, Kawasaki), 47 pts; 2. Yentel Martens (BEL, Kawasaki), 41 pts; 3. Matthias Walkner (GER, KTM), 37 pts; 4. Lukasz Lonka (POL, Honda), 34 pts; 5. Antti Pyrhonen (FIN, Honda), 31 pts; 6. Kim Lindstrom (SWE, Kawasaki), 30 pts; 7. Jamie Law (GBR, KTM), 27; 8. Marvin Van Daele (BEL, Kawasaki) 24 pts; 9. Gunter Schmidinger (AUT, Honda), 24 pts ; 10. Michael Hool (NED, TM), 23 pts
GP OF NETHERLANDS – QUICK FACTS
Circuit lenght: 1 500 m
Type of ground: sand
Temperature: 16 °C
Weather conditions: changeable, cloudy and heavy rain
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Photo: MX3 podium in Valkenswaard
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