Kay de Wolf of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing narrowly missed the overall podium during the penultimate round of the EMX250 motocross European championships at Lommel. De Wolf recovered from a crash in race one to finish fifth, and in the second race he overcame initial stiffness to finish third, after having worked his way up to second at one stage.
The track at Lommel had been slightly changed from that which the riders are familiar with, and this suited Kay. This was also reflected in his qualifying time, with the pole position standing next to his name.
Kay launched well in the first race, but a crash in the opening lap left him with a lot of work to do. He fought for all his worth, and managed to work his way up to fifth on this very rough track. Another good start in race two looped promising, but Kay had some trouble finding his rhythm initially. He dropped a few spots, but relaunched his challenge, and started moving forward again. He went as high as second, but a small crash cost him a spot, and he crossed the line in third position.
“I crashed in both races, unfortunately,” Kay commented. “In the first race it was difficult to move forward, but I still managed to finish fifth. In the second race, it really started to flow after a few laps, and I went up to second. Alas, another crash cost me a spot and I did not have enough time to fight for the pass again. This cost me an overall podium spot, but I would say I’ve learned a lot from the day, and we will try again on Tuesday.”
Kay was fourth overall for the day, and maintains his third spot in the championship standings. The final round of the series will take place at the same track on Tuesday.
Overall EMX250 Lommel:
1 Thibault Benistant 50 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 44 Pnt
3 Hakon Fredriksen 38 Pnt
4 Kay de Wolf 36 Pnt
5 Jorgen Matthias Talviku 34 Pnt
EMX250 Championship Standings:
1 Thibault Benistant 376 Pnt
2 Mattia Guadagnini 352 Pnt
3 Kay de Wolf 272 Pnt
4 Hakon Fredriksen 253 Pnt
5 Jorgen Matthias Talviku 235 Pnt