Kay de Wolf of the Beursfoon KTM team missed the podium by two points at the second 85cc European championship elimination round at Vantaa in Finland. In the first race, he recovered from 15th to second in a tremendous chase, and in the second race he looked set for the win, but two crashes dropped him to sixth. Scott Smulders demonstrated great speed, but a heavy crash and resultant shoulder injury took him out of the running.
After qualifying well, Kay had some troubles off the start in race one. He had to recover from 15th place. He passed one rider after the other, and eventually got to second place. By then the leader was too far gone to make meaningful inroads, and he settled for second. A much better start propelled Kay to the early lead in race two. A heavy crash in the third lap dropped him way back. He worked his way back from eighth to fourth, but in moving to get into third, he crashed again and eventually finished sixth. He finished fourth overall, two points off the podium.
Scott Smulders blazed to pole position on Saturday. He had a good start in race one, and was moving for a leading position when he crashed heavily, his shoulder slamming against the take off of a jump. He finished the race in great pain, no better than 33rd position in the offing. He went to the medical personnel immediately thereafter, and it was discovered that he had dislocated his shoulder. This took him out of the running for the second race. Scott will work on his recovery, and hopes to be in action at the next round of the series at Dreetz in Germany after two weeks.