SEASON 2011 COMPLETED - BIG THANKS TO THE IZOD TEAM!!
See 2011 season review below.
The new 2012 racing calendar of the Dutch Championship has been released, check it out here at www.supermotonieuws.com! First race on April 8 in Lelystad.
Supermoto Demo at Gorinchem 17./18. December 2011
weekend before Christmas, www.supermotonieuws.com
arranged a demonstration
appearance at the Auto-Motorsportdagen in Gorinchem, a quite popular
car tuning and racing fair. Supermoto was the only presented motorcycle
sport next to stockcar, karts, formula Toyota, drift challenges,
tractor pulling, rallye cars, etc. There were a couple of thousands
spectators over the weekend, more than at most races during the year!!
We were about 10-15 riders each day
and rode a lot - great break from the winter break ;-) First day
weather was great - cold but mostly dry, second day was very mixed,
even with some snow fall in between. Unfortunately I threw the
bike away at quite high speed during a wet session. The whole parcours
was set up for cars, so with solid barriers, but luckily I didn't hit
any. Not so the bike, it crashed quite hard into the barriers (see
pictures of damage). A show
for the spectators, some damage to the bike unfortunately. I continued
riding after getting the bike straight again and actually I managed to
try different settings on the bike and riding styles, thanks to the
support of Inter-rider Ashley Barber - a rider from the UK living in
Belgium - and his dad.
CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES
progress was made and finally the year is over and I'm looking forward
to a great 2012 season - the planning starts now and the first race is
on April 8 in Lelystad. I'll post off-season progress from time to time
here, so stay tuned!
2011 Season Review
second half of the season had not a single full dry race... all races
were more or less wet, which made it harder to adjust. I felt very
confident how my speed developed, but it was tough to test new limits
in constantly tricky conditions. My hope was a full dry race in
Lelystad to see where I stand, I feel good about that track by now.
Guess I have to wait for next year to find out ;-)
2011 season is over for me and first and foremost a BIG THANKS to IZOD
for supporting this season so amazingly. We had the best looking bike
and equipment for sure, it really turned a lot of heads, and also
quite some great results - of course I hoped for good
results, but consistently riding well in the Top 10 (and in the
end really up to speed with the top...) and seeing the development was
I'm extremely happy about the season outcome, I finish the 2011
Supermoto season in the Dutch "National"
(Amateur) Championship on a "virtual" 7th position, skipping some races
in order to not having to promote to the next level (unfortunately it
would be impossible to put the time and effort in needed to compete
well on that level).
this positive season, I will get ready for another season and hopefully
continue the progress made. Stay tuned for 2012 and see you on the
tracks for sure!!
Check all the 2011 race reports, standings and links
as well as race and bike pictures. For latest pictures and videos of last races, click here
Last Race Summary, Lelystad 9-Oct: Crash in fight for 3rd race position. Still strong finish at 7th at 11th round of Dutch Championship
last race of the season for me (I will skip the last
championship race). After a great start riding in 5th position, I
moved up to 4th and closed the gap to 3rd, just a few seconds behind
the leaders. In lap 9 just two and a half laps before the end, I set
the guy in front of me up for a pass, but just when I was accelerating
he made an unexpected mistake, came into my way and I went over his
rear wheel down... damn it, that would have been the podium race
position I was so much longing for! But after the disappointment
settled, I was quite happy fighting for the first time for the race
lead. My best race lap time was just 0.3 sec. slower than the fastest
race time. Check the full race report.