De Dycker wins in Kester - Belgium Championship
Press release Monday 15th June 2009 By Tom Jacobs
Keeno keeps the lead in the Belgian Championship standings. Desalle is now second in front of Coppins and the surprisingly strong Van Daele. De Dycker was the first ever belgian to win in Kester since Everts’ final win in 2006. Ken De Dycker took the holeshot in the first heat.
However, he would soon be passed by Clément Desalle. De Dycker would fight himself back, but had to get rid of his goggles towards the end of the race. That meant the LS Motors-Honda rider would remain unchallenged and win.
Joshua Coppins took third, while Red Bull Yamaha’s Tanel Leok ended in front of his cousin in fourth. Local Hero Jeremy Van Horebeek won the duel with teammate Joël Roelants. Tony Cairoli had to throw in the towel after a crash.
Once again Ken De Dycker was the fastest starter. He was followed by Cairoli, Coppins and Desalle. De Dycker soon had a gap , while Desalle had to chase him down. De Dycker finished the job off and won in front of Desalle, Coppins and mud specialist Patrick Caps (MTM-Suzuki). Tony Cairoli ended in ninth.
The overall victory would be decided in the last heat. Desalle had an excellent start but De Dycker took over the command early on. The duel between the two best Belgian riders of the moment, that everyone had hoped to see, wasn’t to be.
The MX Panda crashed in the third lap and would later make another mistake. Van Daele was able to benefit and take second. However, in the closing stages Desalle would reclaim the runner-up position.
Coppins ended in fourth in front of Estonian Tanel Leok.
Post Race quotes
Ken De Dycker: “The start was paramount today, the track was slippery and treacherous. I am glad to take the overall because Kester is and always will be a classic. My problem in the first heat was due to malfunctioning roll-offs.
Clément Desalle: “Too bad that I made some mistakes today, because I definitely had the speed. I think my win in the first heat proved that. But I can’t be happy with the result. After two meetings the championship is shaping up to become a two horse race between me and De Dycker !
Josh Coppins: “In the first heat the track was still quite reasonable. The second heat was a totally different story, mainly because of the rain. Strange enough the track started to dry out in the third heat ! It wasn’t easy to adjust to these changing conditions. I was careful today because of my groin injury. That’s why I’m pretty pleased to be on the podium. I definitely wanted to stay in the hunt for the title.
Heat 1: 1 Desalle (B-LS Motors-Honda), 2 De Dycker (B-Suzuki), 3 Coppins (NZ-Yamaha), 4 T. Leok (EST-Yamaha), 5. A. Leok Coppins (EST-TM), 6. Van Horebeek (B-KTM), 7. Roelants (B-KTM), 8 Van Daele (B-Honda), 9. Caps (B-Suzuki), 10. Dierckx (B-Honda)
Heat 2: 1 De Dycker, 2 Desalle, 3 Coppins, 4 Caps, 5 Leok, 6 Priem, 7 T. Leok, 8 Cairoli, 9 Van Daele, 10 Roelants
Heat 3: 1 De Dycker, 2 Desalle, 3 Van Daele, 4 Coppins, 5 T. Leok, 6 Caps, 7 Van Horebeek, 8 A Leok, 9 Salaets, 10 Verbruggen
‘Kester’ Overall 1 De Dycker 72, 2 Desalle 69, 3 Coppins 58, 4 T. Leok 48, 5 Van Daele 45, 6 Caps 45, 7 A Leok 45, 8 Van Horebeek 38, 9 Roelants 32, 10 Laeremans 29
Belgian Motocross championship standings - UNITED TELECOM TROPHY 1 De Dycker 140, 2 Desalle 127, 3 Coppins 106, 4 Van Daele 78, 5 Caps 77, 6 Roelants 76, 7 Philippaerts 64, 8 De Reuver 49, 9 T. Leok 48, 10 Verbruggen 46