August 29, 2016



Fantastic day in Assen for the team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, who places his two riders on the podium. After having dominate the practice on Saturday and winning the qualifying heat, showing an incredible speed, Tony started in front of everyone in race one, on a track destroyed by a violent thunderstorm which flooded the track two hours before the start, reducing it to a slurry of water and mud and filled with insidious traps. After losing the lead the Sicilian struggled to find the pace and lost two more positions in a little crash, becoming fourth, behind his teammate. In race two, the eight-time World Champion was determined to win the race and after passing Coldenhoff, started in front, was leading till the finish line, winning the second moto, grabbing the second step of the podium. Third race in a row in the top three for Cairoli, after the third place of Lommel and the victory of Frauenfeld and big step in the standings of the World Championship, were he gain 43 points, so being at 65 lengths behind the leader, with two races remaining.


Best Grand Prix of the year for the Dutch KTM rider that it’s back on the podium exactly one year after the last apparition. The home rider is enhanced on the white sand and shows his skills, being protagonist in all the qualifying sessions, closing the qualifying race in second place behind  the team mate Cairoli. In race one, after a nice long battle he took third place at the finish, while in race two, after sealing the hole-shot, he scored a precious third place that leads him to the third step of the podium at Assen, as last year. In the standings Glen is always in seventh place, closer from the top five.


A difficult Grand Prix for the German rider in forces to the JTech Honda team, never fully at ease on the Dutch sand. After a good qualifying race, closed in eighteenth place, Henry was able to gain four points in the first half, with a careful race, ended in seventeenth place in difficult conditions. In the second race things getting worse, in spite of improved weather conditions and a good start. In a few laps Jacobi lost positions and after a crash, was forced to retire while he was fighting to stay in the points.


On a track made impossible by the heavy rain just few hours before the start of race one, Giuseppe found a good departure from the twenty-ninth gate, gaining a position close to the top 15. A crash during the second lap let him unfortunately loose several positions and for him the best that he could do was a twenty-first place. In race two, the Calabrian was forced to retire after a difficult race start in the back, so for him no point scored in the Netherlands.


The Dutch round was the last of the European Championship reserved to the small Honda four strokes and the Continental Champion, Emil Weckman, was confirmed leader of the series. Unfortunately a technical failure in the first moto, when he was leading, has postponed the celebrations until Sunday, when the first place in the second half crowned again Emil as European Champion Honda 150. Now for Weckman the doors of the EMX250 are open and his debut in that Championship will be in 2017. Behind the Finn finished the Norwegian Hamon Fredriksen, who won the second place in the Grand Prix of Holland behind the local Wild Card Mack Bouwense, ahead of the Swede Ambjörnson Leopold, who concludes his first year in the 150 third overall

photo credits:  Davide Messora


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