The Dutch Angle From Valkenswaard
News Friday 13th April 2012 By Michel Benjamins
Lanes Kawasaki rider Marc de Reuver wasn’t able to ride in his home Grand Prix because of a Had a massive crash last thursday and threw up quite a lot of blood but was still determined to try to race in Valkenswaard. But because a hemorrhage on his lungs and a really painful back he decided not ride in Valkenswaard.
Let’s hear what the Dutch riders have to say:
Jeffrey Herlings Red Bull Teka KTM MX 2(Finished 1-1): I look back at the weekend with a good feeling. I have done what I had to do and that was winning, and I did that convincingly. As team we have learned this weekend to experience the advantages and disadvantages of the great amount of testing we did and it showed we still have enough to work on. I have especially learned that it's going to be long heats this GP-season, and that we always should be able to attack the last 10 minutes of the race, because after 25 minutes of racing there are already many riders tired. What I remember the most of this weekend is ofcourse the third win in a row the last three years in Valkenswaard. For me it makes no difference to win with 30 seconds or to win with a complete lap, winning is the most important! When I was on the podium top of the box, I realized that all the hard work has been worth it. My goal for the GP of Bulgaria is to go for another victory.
Glenn Coldenhoff Nestaan JM Racing MX 2(Finished 15-6): I’m both satisfied and unsatisfied about the weekend. In the first heat I lost too many points. The second heat was better, I gained some confidence finishing 6th in the second, and confidence is what I need right now. But overall finishing 11th wasn’t satisfying for me. I learn every race. I improved my weaknesses of heat 1 in the second heat which was obvious visible with a better result in the second heat. The best memory of the weekend was my best ever heat-result in the second heat. When I was riding alongside the pitlane everybody was cheering and yelling in the pitbox and I saw the text on the pitboard “happy to be back”. After the 2011 season which came to an early end because of a heavy injury this felt awesome! The first heat I started in 30th position after lap one. I want to get back to front of the pack as soon as possible. But this was easier said than done! I was making it hard for myself, which caused this heat became very tough for me. I’m very motivated for the GP of Bulgaria. Although I didn’t ride much hard pack this winter, I know that I always perform better in the race than when I’m training. I will do everything what is possible to finish top ten in Bulgaria.
Micha Boy de Waal Beursfoon Suzuki MX 2(Finished 27-19): My first Grand Prix in my career went really well. Only too bad of my small crash in the first heat. At that moment I was disappointed to lose my points as I was riding in 18th position and dropped back. But right away I was thinking I showed everybody what I can, and that I would take my chances in the second heat. I’m happy I didn’t injured myself with this crash in the first heat, I only hurt my wrist at that moment but everything is ok now. I learned a lot this weekend. Especially handling the media and my sponsors and also riding with big names like Herlings, Searle, Roelants, Anstie and many others. The first practice I was thinking a lot about the fact that I was one of the riders among many GP-stars, and I was thinking what I should do now. But gladly it all worked out fine.
Herjan Brakke JK Gebben Yamaha MX1 (Finished 16-21): I look back satisfied on the weekend, especially the qualification heat on Saturday and the 1st heat on Monday. I could keep the pace of the top 15 a long time and I didn’t thought of that in advance. The field is even stronger than last year. But finishing 14th in the qualification and 16th in the first heat is a real boost for me. The second heat it wasn’t all really going that well. After a few laps I had been dealing with a broken mousse in the rear tire which was completely destroyed. This was very difficult to drive. At the end I could still come into the rhythm but unfortunate I wasn’t able to finish better than place 21. Of course I was disappointed of this because I had a good start. I've learned this weekend that the start is very important but also to remain calm. I know I've made one step forward compared to last year and I would like to continue this way. The thin I remember me the most is the qualifying heat, when riding went very easy driving, and of course scoring points in the first heat was also great for me.
Mike Kras Beursfoon Suzuki MX1 (Finished 21-DNF): I learned a lot in my MX 1 Grand Prix. I learned that training on a 450 machine is a complete other story than riding a Grand Prix (Red: Kras entered the MX 1 class with a wild card, because of his age he wasn’t able to ride the MX2 class). Riding a GP in the MX 1 class needs much more than only accelerating! The tuning of the bike is much more important when it comes to the tires and suspension. I’ve learned that you need good preparation to ride a Grand Prix in the MX 1 class otherwise the riding isn’t like it should be. I’m the most disappointed of the first heat, because with two laps to go I was still riding for points, but because of heavy traffic with backmarkers I was slowing down and I lost the sight of points when I got passed. The whole weekend I did all the best I could but in the end I was so close to finish with points. The second heat I wasn’t able to finish because a rock hit my eye, which caused me to leave the race.
Ceriel Klein Kromhof CKK –JR-HONDA MX3 (Finished 3-34): I decided to put not that much pressure myself. Last week I had two DNF at the ADAC in Drehna and a lot of armpump. Because of my injury on my finger I don’t have that much rhythm of competition. I just wanted to score points in Valkenswaard. This weekend was the first race of the World Championship MX 3. It’s completely different like the MX1 and MX2 class. If I’m mentally feeling strong again, I will try to ride a good MX 3 season and hopefully at the end of the season a few MX1 GP’s. It felt good to ride a real Grand Prix track again. The track layout is much more difficult than a track somewhere in Holland. Riding Grand Prix tracks helps me to improve my technique. Overall the weekend was not really that positive. Although I finished third in the first heat, riding an easy rhythm I wanted to give some extra in the second heat. Unfortunately the heat was over after a crash in lap 11 which hurt my shoulder. Luckily the immediately helped my at the first aid, but they had to narcotize me because they weren’t able to get my arm back in right position. Today I visited docter Norel to hear how bad my injury was, I am really disappointed to hear I will be out of competition for the next 5 weeks.