Belgium’s Ken De Dycker delivered another perfect performance at the second round of the Dutch Motocross Championship in Halle at the weekend.
The Team LS Honda rider qualified in pole position and scored two dominant moto wins.
By the time he crossed the finish line in the opening moto the gap to second-placed Bas Verhoeven had built to 49.502 seconds.
Although De Dycker’s margin was somewhat smaller at the end of the second race -with a 21.661 advantage again over Verhoeven- this moto proved more satisfying in terms of set-up and overall bike feeling in regards to the first MX1 GP on the 10th of April in Bulgaria. This was De Dycker’s last race before the season starts.
“It was important to go out and get good results but it is even more important to get a good feeling before the start of the world championship,” said De Dycker.
“I really wanted to focus on the last bit of fine-tuning and that was the reason why I chose to race in Holland. With two heats we had some more time to do some testing in a racing situation. So now I’m really happy with the CRF450 and the settings we have. I look forward to carry this feeling into the season ahead.”
OPEN DUTCH CHAMPIONSHIP – HALLE
Moto 1: 1. Ken De Dycker, 2. Bas Verhoeven, 3. Marc De Reuver, 4. Tom Söderstrom, 5. Herjan Brakke, 6. Yentel Martens, 7. Kevin Wouts, 8. Marvin Van Daele, 9. Kristof Salaets, 10. Manuel Priem
Moto 2: 1. Ken De Dycker, 2. Bas Verhoeven, 3. Herjan Brakke, 4. Marvin Van Daele, 5. Marc De Reuver, 6. Yentel Martens, 7. Tom Söderstrom, 8. Rickard Sandberg, 9. Dennis Verbruggen, 10. Antti Pyrhonen
Overall MX1: 1. Ken De Dycker 50 pts, 2. Bas Verhoeven 44, 3. Herjan Brakke 36, 4. Marc De Reuver 36, 5. Tom Söderstrom 32, 6. Marvin Van Daele 31, 7. Yentel Martens 30, 8. Rickard Sandberg 23, 9. Antti Pyrhonen 19, 10. Kristof Salaets 19
Dutch Open championship standings: 1. Ken De Dycker 100 pts, 2. Bas Verhoeven 80, 3. Herjan Brakke 65, 4. Yentel Martens 50, 5. Kristof Salaets 45, 6. Tom Söderstrom 44, 7. Kevin Wouts 43, 7 Kevin Strijbos 40, 8. Marvin Van Daele 40, 9. Antti Pyrhonen 39, 10. Marc De Reuver 36.
© Words by Tom Jacobs
© Photo by CDS