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Red Bull KTM Factory rider Glenn Coldenhoff will enter the sixth round of this year’s MXGP championship with a lot to prove. Down in 13th place in the MXGP points standings, holding onto 77 points it hasn’t had the start he would have hope for. While he scored a brilliant runner-up spot in the mud of Indonesia, the rest of his performances haven’t been what his fans, or he would have expected.

Coldenhoff like all Dutchmen loves the sand, and his performances around Valkenswaard have usually given him top ten finish, with the highlight being a podium in the deep sand in Assen last year.

2017 thought has been like a rollercoaster, and last weekend’s round in Pietramurata was one of the down sides. 14th overall, and just 15 points.

“We had some issues on Saturday, made some changes and then felt much better. We had a problem in the Qualification Heat and it made me a bit wary but I was hopeful for the Sunday’s races because if I knew I had the start then I’d be OK. I had to use the clutch a little in the first start and didn’t get away well. I wasn’t comfortable in that race and I couldn’t do what I wanted. I was fighting hard but I was stuck behind Tanel Leok for a while. I finished seventeenth and I was really disappointed. The second race start was much better and I was in the top four but I didn’t have the speed like the top guys; I was a little bit off the pace. Tenth is a solid result but I’m still disappointed.”

A couple of weeks earlier at Leon in Mexico, it was another poor performance, with 15th overall and 14 points. In tough conditions and with a shoulder injury, the KTM rider was just happy to get out of the weekend healthy.

“I am quite happy to go home in one piece. I felt bad yesterday and I had a lot of pain this morning and I was quite worried the shoulder would pop out. I saw in the first moto it was OK to have solid pace but not my normal speed. I got a bit more confidence that my shoulder was strong enough. Eleventh in the second moto was quite good damage control and I was really looking forward to Pietramurata which is one of my favourite tracks.”

Coming off the brilliant third place in Indonesia, it was expected Coldenhoff would be strong in Argentina, but that wasn’t to be the case. Just seven points and 18th place wasn’t what he would have wanted. A DNF in the second moto made sure his points haul was minimum.

“My starts were great and we’d done a lot of testing: our work was really paying off here and that was the positive part of the weekend because I was struggling here quite a bit. We made some changes [to the set-up] for the second race which were better and I felt more comfortable and it was a shame we had a mechanical issue. Fifteenth place in the first race really isn’t good and I wasn’t happy we didn’t get the chance to make it better.”

As we mentioned though, it’s now onto Valkenswaard, and hopefully the current run of disappointment will turn around in his beloved sand.

 

Copyright: Photo: Ray Archer

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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