|The third round of FIM Motocross World Championships is being raced this Easter weekend in Valkenswaard. The sandy track stayed surprisingly solid throughout the day and kept the time differences very small. Xavier Boog had a good start and was able to ride consistently by finishing 12th in today’s qualifying race. Gonçalves had a good preparation for the day, yet suffered from a bad start and couldn’t find his rhythm, which made him finish 20th.|
|The first FIM Motocross World Championship GP on the European soil will be raced on the Easter Monday in Valkenswaard, the Netherlands. The very technical sand track, which will be raced inverted this year, started the qualification day in solid condition, yet little by little after the cold temperatures of the morning rose, the ruts started to build, yet staying surprisingly small compared to what is normal for Valkenswaard.“The time differences are very small today, since the track is not wearing off so easily and it’s staying fairly compact. This makes the passing really difficult on this track”, commented the team manager Antti Pyrhönen for the results.|
ICE1Racing rider Xavier Boog had a solid start and was able to keep the position all through the qualifying race. He finished 12th in the qualifying race, which was for him a good finish considering his recent ankle injury.
The winner of the qualifying race was Antonio Cairoli ITA (KTM), followed by his team rider Ken de Dycker BEL (KTM) and Clement Desalle BEL (Suzuki).
“The starting positions are challenging for tomorrow, but we concentrate on having a better day with as good results as possible”, commented Pyrhönen.
The team owner Kimi Räikkönen was also in Valkenswaard supporting the team.
“The cooperation together with KTM has given us new opportunities and the bike is now very competitive with the top. The team is working well together and the riders have had a good start for the season.”