11.04.2018
MXGP Motocross Weltmeisterschaft News
Arco better best forgotten for Weltin and De Waal

The scenic track of Arco di Trento in North-Italy hosted the fourth round of the FIM MX2 World championship. Both Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda riders showed flashes of speed but when the dust settled Marshal Weltin and Micha-Boy De Waal had to leave Trentino empty-handed.

For flying Dutchman De Waal Arco di Trento marked his return to GP racing after being sidelined at Redsand with a collarbone injury. Due to the complex nature of the stony, rutted and winding track Micha had a hard time to come to terms with the circuit. Placing 25th in time practice was not ideal as far as his gate pick for the qualifying race went but the Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda rider still managed a decent getaway. Unfortunately he crashed four corners into the race and was ran over by several riders. Nevertheless the tough Dutchie proceeded his moto  to finish 33rd after another tumble.

While De Waal was in the hunt for points in Sunday’s opening moto he was forced to retire due to technical gremlins. The second race proved to be every bit as frustrating for the No Fear Energy athlete. Riding around battered and bruised he still made the best of his situation. In spite of a bad start the 22-year old quickly bounced back to 18th. Three laps into the race De Waal tangled with another and had to remount once again. From dead last he recovered to 27th.

Team mate Weltin also experienced a testing weekend. The young American made a strong charge forward in the qualifying moto after a mediocre start but saw his progress ended abruptly with an unsportmanlike, violent T-bone. Marshal took a spectacular fall but was luckily unharmed. Bike damage prevented him from proceeding his race.
Severly handicapped by the worst possible gate pick Weltin tried his best to limit the damage on Sunday. His best performance was the second moto where he came home 23rd.

The Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda riders now travel to Portugal for the 5th round of the series in Agueda.

Micha-Boy De Waal: “This has been quite the weekend to be honest! It was good to be back racing in GPs but unfortunately luck was not on my side. Given my time away from the bike and the difficult nature of the track I was quite happy with my pace. It’s miserable to return home from such a race without any results but that’s part of the game. When the going gets tough, the tough get going!”

Marshal Weltin: “I felt good on the bike and my fitness is good because I was able to keep on pushing in both motos. Each time I struggled in the opening laps however. Especially on such a tight track the traffic was just… complete chaos frankly! I know I need to work on my intensity to get to the pace I know I’m able to earlier in the race. It seems the Portuguese GP could be a mudder but we’ll prepare in the best possible way for the weekend.”

Fotos: Bavo

 

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