Lotte van Drunen of the Beursfoon KTM team won the first round of the Open Dutch Championship 65cc big wheel motocross series at Mill. Van Drunen converted good starts in both heats to convincing victories. She came away from the event with maximum points and the championship lead.
For Lotte and the team it was their first outing in the Open Dutch Championship for 2019, and they were tense going into the event. The question on everyone’s mind was if she could home her own against the boys. The answer during qualifying was a resounding “yes”, and the ice was broken.
The 65cc big wheel class races together with the 85cc small wheel bikes. Lotte surprised friend and priverbial foe by posting the fastest time of the two combined classes. This secured the first gate choice for the fast lady on her Beursfoon KTM.
A good start in the first race took care of her nerves, and soon enough she had a tidy lead. She built up a bigger lead lap by lap, and came across the lineas an ecstatic winner.
After a good rest and some refreshments, Lotte lined up for race two. Another good start got her into an initial second position, but she had clearly relished the sweet taste of victory, and went in to the lead on the first lap. From there on, she was never challenged, and won the second race as well.
The 11 year old lady clearly came through her baptism of fire with flying colours, and deservedly moved into the championship lead.
She will spend the next few weeks training on the 65cc small wheel bike for the European championship opener in Slovakia.