The Dutchies in the Sand

One thing the MXGP of Latvia once again shows us is that the Dutch love the sand, and while Kegums wasn’t soft sand like in Lommel, it was sandy enough to hand the Dutchies a GP victory in MXGP and a podium finish in MX2.

Standing Construct GasGas MXGP rider Glenn Coldenhoff proved he is still a major challenger for the 2020 MXGP championship and picked up his second GP overall in Latvia and the first ever GP victory for his factory GasGas team.

“It’s been a great day,” Coldenhoff said. “After qualifying we made some adjustments to my bike’s suspension and it really paid off in the races. The Standing Construct team have worked hard during lockdown to keep improving our bikes on the starts and it clearly showed today. I started second in race one, nearly had the holeshot and then I took the lead on the third lap. After a few laps there was a big rock in the rut I was in, which I hit, and it knocked me off balance just before the waves section. I re-joined the race quickly and made another charge towards the end, but it was too late. I finished in 2nd place, which was really good after a not so great qualifying. Race two, another great start taking the holeshot! It was a tough race though, especially during the final laps, but I’m really happy to have won for myself and the team, especially as it’s only the 3rd MXGP for GASGAS. It’s just awesome. It’s nice to be back in MXGP, I really like the one-day format and I can’t wait for Wednesday.”

F&H Kawasaki rider Roan van de Moosdijk looked good at Kegums from the moment he entered the track for practice on Sunday morning and his podium finish was classy.

“The day started good with second to Mathys in qualification on the very last lap,” Van de Moosdijk said. “I had two good starts and stayed calm and consistent; I just rode my own race each time. They left the track after yesterday’s European races and such a long dry spell; it was really tough with strange lines and bumps but we found some good solutions on the suspension and I knew for sure that some guys would make mistakes. Second is the best GP result of my career and I’d like to dedicate this success to my grandpa who sadly passed away last week. Now we have tomorrow to recover and then on Tuesday we will prepare for the next GP the following day. “

While Jeffrey Herlings of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing didn’t finish inside the top three on Sunday, he did remain the red plate owner in the MXGP class and you can be sure he will leave Kegums with either a top three in the class, or a GP overall. He did stand on the podium as the red plate man in MXGP.

“It wasn’t a great day” Herlings said. “Today could have been better. Some bad starts, and in the first race I was a bit too slow at the beginning. I came back from last to 4th but wasted too much energy pushing through to the front. I’m definitely not satisfied but we’ve started racing again now and I know what to do for when we go again in three days. I need more bike time, as my fitness and race tempo need to improve.”

So, while the sport enjoys many great riders from many even greater countries, lets enjoy the Dutch for the time being as they continue to marvel in the sand of Kegums. Can one of the three podium guys from the small country tucked in the North of Europe pick up another Dutch GP win on Wednesday?

Author: 
Geoff Meyer

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