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Majestic Thomas Kjer Olsen Claims Victory in Dutch Masters of Motocross 250 at Markelo

Thomas Kjer Olsen of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team was in majestic form at the opening round of the Dutch Masters of Motocross 250 at Markelo.

The reigning champion won both heats, and kicked off his season with a full house of points. Thomas Covington had a less successful outing and had to be content with tenth place in the first race.

Considering the time of the year, with freezing problems everywhere, the track was in prime condition. The riders had to contend with a number of ruts due to the conditions. Both Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team riders opted for a low risk approach during qualifying. Olsen qualified fourth and Covington 15th.

The teammates were fully motivated to get their DMOM season off to a good start. In race one, Olsen immediately slotted in with the leaders. He mounted the pressure, and soon took over the lead. Once he had open track in front of him, he kept matters in hand, and rode to what seemed to be an unchallenged victory. Disaster nearly struck int he final lap, though, when he crashed. He remounted in time to still claim the flag. Covington in the meantime started just outside the top five but a crash at mid-race distance knocked him back to 11th. He battled to settle into a rhythm again, and finished tenth.

Olsen again made a huge impression in the second race. After a good start, he quickly passed Davy Pootjes and Jed Beaton to claim the lead. He opened up a gap, and this time there were no dramas on the way to his victory. Covington had to recover from the rear of the field after an early crash. He had made good progress, but another mistake undid most of his good work. The numerous setbacks held him down to 21st position by the fall of the flag.

Thomas Kjer Olsen went away form the event with the overall victory, and Thomas Covington was 16th overall on a day he's probably want to forget.  The team will line up for the Dutch GP at Valkenswaard next weekend.
Overall Dutch Masters Markelo 250:
1 Thomas Kjer Olsen 50 Pnt
2 Jed Beaton 40 Pnt
3 Davy Pootjes 35 Pnt
4 Jago Geerts 35 Pnt
5 Vsevolod Brylyakov 30 Pnt
16 Thomas Covington 12 Pnt

Foto: Eric Laurijssen



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