A successful 2009 season opening
At Grobbendonk in Belgium the conditions were very special. The track was completely frozen in the morning, timed practice was more ice-speedway than motocross. Some of the icy parts were still there in the first moto, making riding very demanding.
Lars was already on his way to Italy for training so he wasn’t with us this weekend.
For the new team rider Michael Kaussen it was the first ‘big’ international event and we must admit that he did a pretty good job. His goal was to gain as much experience as possible from his day and he did just that. His starts were ok and he fought for every position avoiding stupid mistakes which wasn’t easy under these difficult conditions.
Dennis had a good weekend. His 4th position in qualifying already surprised a few people but he managed to back it up with a 6th overall in a field of top riders. He lost a few positions due to arm pump in the first moto but moved from 10th. to 6th in the second.
After Ken dnfed Dennis found himself in 5th which is where he finished. He had a hairy situation in the last few laps, where he landed beside the track after the finish jump. When he went back in he didn’t pass the transponder line, so the organizer first had him in 21st with one lap behind, which was changed later fortunately.
That was a good weekend for me. Saturday was a bit hectic though, as I didn’t know that the second free practice was timed for the gate pick for the qualification race. The race went ok until a rock hit my face. After that I had to settle for 13th.
Raceday was a lot better. I had three solid motos, but I basically tried to make the bike finish the races under these difficult conditions. Especially in moto 3 I tried not to use the clutch and ride smoothly. It was a good decision for the overall, as many riders had at least one dnf. and I ended up 7th,