Lierop, Netherlands, 7 – 8 September 2013. The team only had a short journey to Lierop for the last round of the 2013 World Championship. For anyone that hasn’t been to Lierop, it is hard to believe how difficult the track is with its rough terrain, deep ruts, massive hollows and bottomless sand. It was always likely to be a testing time for all concerned and proved to be just that, especially after the Saturday night deluge of rain.
MX1 Qualifying Race
Karro gated in 14th with Barragan in 19th. After making a couple of passes Karro spent the majority of the race chasing Leok to take 12th at the flag. Barragan lost two places and never recovered, finishing in 21st.
EMX 250 Qualifying Race
Sterry made a good start and rounded the first turn in 8th. He made three passes on the first lap to move into 5th and rode a strong race to eventually finish in 4th.
MX1 Race 1
Karro made a superb start in 5th and although he lost two places on the first lap he was looking good but a crash on lap three dropped him down to 16th and another crash on the treacherous split rhythm section dropped him further down to 20th. He dug in and fought his way back through, to take a hard-fought 14th. Barragan made a poor start in 18th and lost three more places on the first lap before managing to get them back during the rest of the race to finish 18th.
MX1 Race 2
Karro made another fast start just inside the top ten but Barragan was in 18th again and after losing two places early on he had a big crash and retired from the race. Karro ran a solid pace throughout and managed to improve to 11th but on the very last lap the ever aggressive Philippaerts stuck a pass on him. Karro chased hard in an attempt to regain the place back but just couldn’t get close enough. He had to settle for 12th, giving him 11th overall which moved him up one place in the championship to 16th.
EMX 250 Final
Sterry gated in 18th and after taking a couple of laps to settle he gradually started to improve his position. He rode a mature race in the extremely tough conditions, picking off riders one by one to take a well-deserved 13th place finish.
Matiss Karro said: “I made two great starts but I didn’t have the race pace to maintain the positions and crashed twice in the first race which cost me the chance of a top ten finish. My fitness was good but I need to improve my speed, I’m disappointed but I will work hard through the winter to make sure I am faster next year.”
Jonathan Barragan said: “The last GP was really difficult for me, the track was really slow and wet and I wasn’t comfortable from the first practice. I tried my best in the first race but my riding was still no good. The second race was still not so good and I had a crash so I decided to stop.
“My goal for this year was fighting to be in the top ten, but I haven’t been able to achieve this on most weekends. I want to thank team STR KTM, Steve and Diane, my mechanic Mat and the sponsors etc. who have given me the opportunity to ride GP. I have given my best but sadly it was not enough. My goal now is to do best I can in the last race in the British Championship.”
Adam Sterry said: “Being the last GP, I wanted to finish on a high especially with Lierop being a track I like. In the qualification race I got a good start from gate 11 and made it into 4th a couple of laps in, then just held the position for my best qualification in EMX 250. In the main race I knew gate eight was a good enough gate for a top ten start, which was crucial on the track with the conditions being so tough. On the first lap, I made some bad choices losing some positions and I crashed as well putting me in 17th; I kept it smooth and tried to limit the mistakes and eventually came home 13th which I was happy with.
“It was one of the toughest races I’ve raced not so much physically but more mentally; the track was really difficult. I’ve had some ups and downs and some bad luck this season but I’m learning all the time and will definitely come out even stronger next year.”
Team Manager, Steve Turner concluded: “It was a tough weekend, the track was brutal. Adam did a great job in the qualifying race and rode sensibly after a bad first lap in the final to take a great 13th. Matiss made great starts but struggled to ride the pace needed to run with the front guys without making mistakes and crashing. He rode within himself in the second race to take a safe 12th and has taken 11th overall in the last two GP’s which is a good way to end the season. Jonathan was completely out of sorts all weekend and it was a disappointing way for him to finish the GP season.”