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A stunning third for Kevin Horgmo in the Belgian heat

F&H Kawasaki Racing Team’s Kevin Horgmo raced to a magnificent second-moto third place as the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship faced the rugged deep Belgian sand of Lommel in stifling heat.

The enthusiastic young Norwegian had asked too much of the clutch as he held seventh in the first moto in the claustrophobic climatic conditions and unrelenting bottomless sand of the most demanding track in the world, but an interval pep-talk with experienced F&H team coach Marc de Reuver set the scene perfectly for the magnificent race two showing. He quickly moved into the top-six after leaving turn one eighth and paced himself perfectly through the exhausting thirty-five minute race. By mid-moto he was involved in an intense three-way tussle for fourth, a position he made his own with four laps remaining to set off after the front-three. Lapping several seconds per lap faster than the riders ahead of him he stormed into third halfway round the penultimate lap and almost caught second at the chequered flag. He remains fourth in the series points standings with four GPs remaining.
Kevin Horgmo: “It was nice to finish the day so strong. I lost quite a lot of time in the early laps of race one as I searched for my rhythm; once I got going I was catching up again but unfortunately I had to pull out so that made me even more determined to bounce back in race two. I took it quite easy through the first few laps but once I found the rhythm I felt strong and fresh. I could ride my lines, kept it going to the end and got up to third. Now I hope to finish the season strong; the next GP in Sweden is almost a home GP for me, just two-and-a-half hours from where my parents live, and I’m sure there will be a lot of Norwegian fans there to support me.“
Big Van World MTX Kawasaki’s Mikkel Haarup had a frustrating day as he was eliminated from top-ten placing’s in each moto after running similar lap times to the leaders as he advanced through the pack. The Dane is now seventh in the series standings.
Both 9MM Energy Drink BUD Racing Kawasaki’s grabbed the starts they have been searching for all season in the second moto of the FIM European EMX250 Championship round. After riding through the field to fourth in the first moto on Saturday Quentin Marc Prugnières found himself immediately in a four-way battle for second place in race two and established himself in a secure third place, which would have also earnt third overall, by half-distance before he was forced to withdraw from the race. He is sixth in the series standings after seven of the ten rounds. Eddie Jay Wade also grabbed a top-ten start. A couple of incidents in traffic during the early laps saw the English rider drop to nineteenth at one stage but he recovered admirably to charge back as high as ninth by half-distance before another fall in the tortuous sand eventually pushed him back to eleventh at the finish. Ninth overall over the weekend, he is now twelfth in the points standings.