The Beursfoon KTM team had a busy race weekend. Sem and Milan Beijer scored podium finishes at a MON event at Stevensbeek. Kay de Wolf won the Open Dutch Championship event at Oirschot with teammate Scott Smulders third. Sem and Milan Beijer both had good rides at the Open Dutch Championship event, but both had to contend with setbacks.
Milan Beijer opened the weekend well for the team by claiming a podium finish at an MON event at Stevensbeek in the 65cc big wheel class. He followed this up with a strong 6th place in qualifying at Sunday’s event. A bad start in the first race forced him to claw back positions, and he eventually finished 8th. Team trainer Dennis Verbruggen took the riders round the track between heats for some tips. The start tips helped, and Milan shot into second place. After a bit of a yo-yo race, he fought his way back into second and looked set for a great finish, until a heavy crash dropped him way back. He fell a lap behind in recovering his wits, but still finished in the points with 15th. Raff de Wolf qualified third in his class, but he too had problems off the start in race one. He rode a strong race to recover from 20th to fifth. In the second race, a much better start launched him into seventh. He worked his way up to third, but lost one position near the end to end up fourth. Kay de Wolf produced a top qualifying session, as one has come to expect. The HNR tuned KTM had a brand new HGS exhaust , and the power was noticeable. After a holeshot, there really was no challenge to him, and he won easily. Another holeshot in race two as good as settled the outcome. Kay built his lead lap after lap and won comfortably.
Scott Smulders qualified in pole position in his group. His bike unfortunately stalled off the start in the first race, and he had a tough job to recover from 21st to fourth. A much better start in the second race gave him an open door to a podium finish. He went as high as second, but eventually finished third for third overall.
Sem Beijer exhibited his holeshot skills in both heats at Saturday’s MON event, which helped him to second overall. On Sunday he qualified fifth, but unfortunately his start deserted him in the first race. He recovered well, gaining some positions to eventually finish 11th. A similar tale unfolded in the second race, and this time he finished 14th. He has risen to seventh in the championship standings.
The team will travel to Esbjerg in Denmark next weekend for the first elimination round of the European Championships.