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


Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Jonass Pauls 1 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 Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Kawasaki +1.734
4 Brylyakov Vsevolod 18 RUS Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +12.005
5 Hsu Brian 81 GER BUD Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki Kawasaki +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 Hitachi Construction Machinery KTM UK KTM +32.812
10 Watson Ben 919 GBR Kemea Yamaha Yamalube Racing Team Yamaha +33.216
11 Van Berkel Lars 107 NDL Wildcard Rider Husqvarna +34.838
12 Lawrence Hunter 96 AUS Honda 114 Motorsports Honda +35.703
13 Östlund Alvin 161 SWE Yamaha SM Action - M.C. Migliori Yamaha +37.329
14 van Doninck Brent 172 BEL Husqvarna 8Biano Racing Husqvarna +39.134
15 Sterry Adam 811 GBR F&H Racing Team Kawasaki +53.075
16 Sanayei Darian 57 USA Bike It DRT Kawasaki Kawasaki +54.178
17 Petrov Petar 152 BUL Team Honda Red Moto Honda +54.923
18 Vlaanderen Calvin 10 NDL Team HRC - MX2 Honda +57.717
19 Seewer Jeremy 91 SWI Wilvo Yamaha MXGP Yamaha +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