April 5th 2010
Both Ceriel Klein Kromhof and Tom Soderstrom from the Yamaha van Beers Racing Team scored their first GP points of the season at the first GP at Sevlievo, Bulgaria.
Ceriel Klein Kromhof:
The track at Sevlievo isn’t Ceriel’s most favourite circuits. He knows the track well by now, but was not happy with his performances in the free training - and pre-qualifying training sessions. His qualifying race went better, and at one stage he was in a strong sixteenth position. Mechanical problems however forces him out of the race and his qualifying position was not optimal. He showed that he was ready for action by finishing ninth during the morning warm up
His bad starting position handicapped him. He finally worked his way up to fifteenth, but towards the end of the race some braking problems with the front stopper cost him two positions, and he finally crossed the line in 17th position.
In the second race he started better. Again he worked his way to fifteenth, but fate struck when another rider jumped on him. He was unconscious for a while. He recovered a while later, but was sent to the hospital as a precautionary measure. Fortunately, no serious injury was diagnosed, and he could start the homeward journey. Ceriel finished in 21st position overall at Bulgaria!
Tom Soderstrom quickly had to adapt to the high level of competition in the MX1 class. Despite a bad start in the qualifying race, the Swede fought hard to work his way to 26th, a qualifying position that he was happy with.
He started the first race just outside the points. After having gotten the better of a number of riders, he advanced to 18th. He held this position all the way to the flag, and scored his first GP points for the season.
Tom started the second race straight inside the top 20. He advanced to 16th position, but soon after this, he was forced to retire due to some gearbox problems. He thus ended the day in 23rd position overall.
Next weekend the series will continue at Mantova in Italy.