Lars Van Berkel made a promising debut for HRC MX2 today on the CRF250RW, in the MXGP of Europe.

At his home GP, the Dutchman came in eleventh place in qualifying today. Van Berkel had a good start out the gate and was immediately fighting for places, holding his own in a competitive class. Having only ridden the bike twice previously and with this early success, he goes into his first official race for HRC tomorrow hungry for a similar result.

Michele Cervellin didn’t have the qualifying race he had hoped for today. An early mistake in the first lap caused him to go down, leaving him at the back of the pack. The Italian managed to make his way back to 29th and will want to improve on this result in the race tomorrow.

The first race of MX2 starts at 13:15 tomorrow local time.

Lars Van Berkel:
” I rode the bike for the first time this week and felt at home on it straight away. This is my home GP and although I never ride here to train I enjoy it when I race here. I am pleased with where I finished in the qualifying race and I hope to get a better start tomorrow to try and improve on this result”

Michele Cervellin 747

Qualifying for me today was not so good. I crashed in the first lap after getting into about 12th place and after it was difficult to get back through the group as it is such a fast group. It is only a qualifying so there is still time to improve on this and do better tomorrow. I need to focus on a good start and staying on the bike then I will be back up where I should be.

Roger Harvey

HRC Advisor - MXGP

It was a sterling performance for Lars on the CRF250RW. He was running in good positions and was holding his place, growing in confidence as the race went on. In contrast Michele was involved in a crash on the first lap which left him playing catch up for the rest of the race. As with MXGP team, starts will be critical for tomorrows race.

MX2 2017
Qualifying Round 6   Netherlands

Qualifying

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 41 LAT Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM 25:27.062
2 Kjer Olsen Thomas 19 DEN Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0.944
3 Lieber Julien 33 BEL LRT KTM KTM +1.734
4 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +12.005
5 Hsu Brian 81 GER Husqvarna Maurer-gep Racing Team Husqvarna +17.556
6 Covington Thomas 64 USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +27.509
7 Bogers Brian 5 NDL Team HRC - MXGP Honda +30.093
8 Paturel Benoit 6 FRA Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +30.422
9 Mewse Conrad 426 GBR Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +32.812
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +33.216
11 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +34.838
12 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +35.703
13 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +37.329
14 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +39.134
15 Sterry Adam 811 GBR Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +53.075
16 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +54.178
17 Petrov Petar 152 BUL Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +54.923
18 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 RSA Team HRC - MX2 Honda +57.717
19 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Team Suzuki World MX2 Suzuki +58.411
20 Bernardini Samuele 321 ITA TM Racing Factory Team TM +1:08.030
Location Information

Eurocircuit, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands - View in Google Maps