The KTM Youth MX team has had a successful weekend with a win for Lotte van Drunen in the Dutch Open 85 in Delfzijl and a podium position for Kjell Verbruggen in de Dutch Open 250 championship in Harfsen.
Lotte van Drunen took the win at the second round of the Dutch Open 85 class in Delfzijl. The young lady from Sliedrecht won both heats, and in so doing claimed her first overall victory in this class.
Some heavy rain preceding race day made for a challenging track. Lotte and her team had been training on all kinds of different tracks, though, and she was confident of finding her way. Lotte made a mistake during a fast lap in the qualifying session, but regrouped to post the second fastest time. Still not satisfied, she went out again of an all-in lap. This time she claimed pole by a huge 1.5 second margin.
With a free gate pic, Lotte chose a start gate all the way on the inside, whilst most of the opposition opted to start nearer the centre of the track. Lotte Launched her RK Service- tuned KTM perfectly, and claimed the holeshot. She immediately pushed to open up a gap, and in this she was successful. Eventually, she claimed the win by a comfortable margin.
As per usual, Lotte and her team took the race under review and discussed where she could still improve. She also went for a track walk. The track had by now dried out and she again chose the same start gate. She was a fraction late off the launch, and was pushed wide by the rider next to her. She narrowly missed a hay bale, and in the second corner launched her attack. Once in the lead, she was not challenged again, and won the race comfortably.
This is a remarkable achievement for the young lady, who, at 13 years of age, is only in her first season in the premier 85cc class. The season continues next weekend at Halle.
Kjell Verbruggen finished on the podium during the second round of the Open Dutch 250 championships at Harfsen. Verbruggen was in the fight for the win for a long time in race one, but eventually finished second. In the second race he fought his way back from a bad start to third, which was also his overall result.
Kjell came out with determination, and posted the second fastest time during qualifying. In trying for another faster lap, he crashed heavily, and was a bit battered and bruised.
Despite the crash, Kjell was confident going into the races. “I had a good start in race one, and went into the lead, ” he said. “The second placed rider passed me, and we fought for the lead for a number of laps. Later on, I lost some time, but still finished second.’’
Kjell had a lesser start in race two and had to fight his way forward from 14th position. It was a big ask, but he managed to do so nonetheless. He came closer to the second placed rider, but time ran out for him to make the move. He finished third in the race, which was also his overall result.
The championship continues at Oss in two weeks time.
Overall Dutch Open 85 Delfzijl:
1 Lotte van Drunen 100 Pnt
2 Bradley Mesters 90 Pnt
3 Mirco ten Kate 79 Pnt
4 Damien Knuiman 79 Pnt
5 Gyan Doensen 71 Pnt
Overall Dutch Open 250 Harfsen:
1 Thibault Benistant 100 Pnt
2 Youri van’t Ende 86 Pnt
3 Kjell Verbruggen 86 Pnt
4 Nick Leerkes 71 Pnt
5 Marcel Conijn 71 Pnt