Kjell Verbruggen of the Beurspro KTM team had a troubled outing during the first round of the EMX125 series at Matterley Basin in England. A potential top three position in the first heat went begging when his footrest broke off and he was forced to retire. In the second race, an early crash forced him to play catch up and he finished 11th.

The beautiful Matterley Basin track was turned into a treacherous mess due to stormy conditions. Despite this, Kjell qualified second in his group.

Kjell started off well in the first race. He was initially second, then held third spot for a long while. A podium finish looked on the cards, but then his footrest broke off and he was forced to retire.

Another good start in race two was ruined when Kjell crashed. Despite problems with armpump, he fought his way back and finished 11th.

This is not the kind of weekend that Kjell and the Beurspro KTM team would have hoped for. They will continue working hard and hope to set matters straight at the next round in Spain on 17 and 18 April.