SEASON 2013 ENDED. A BIG THANKS TO IZOD AGAIN AND ALL MY
SUPPORTERS for making these three years happen!!
An exciting racing season 2013 ended and I'm looking back on an
eventful year. Some really good results, an improved overall speed,
lots of riding time - Italy, France - but unfortunately also several
setbacks. Overall a great 6th championship place and knowing that I was
able to keep up with the fastest riders in my class.
Check the highlight photos of each season (opens in separate Tab/ Window):
The crash and injury after the second race in Zelhem was the first
setback. I was able to limit the points damage on race day and the next
race, so I was still doing well in the championship, although I missed
quite some important practice and riding time. Then at the 4th race in
Lelystad, I had a good qualifying, starting from 4th position and I
stalled the bike at the start! Due to the tight track design that day,
I could not make up enough positions in race one and the whole race was
terrible. At the next race, someone ran into my right knee and I had to
pull over to check. It was quite painful, but I managed to rejoin the
race and finish 18th. Second race was equally problematic, ending 14th
with the injury. From there, I had decent results, mostly 6th except
for Holten and the last race in Lelystad (where I got a track penalty,
which pushed me down in the results...). It was an exciting year, with
a little disappointing overall results considering what would have been
possible. Would have, could have, should have - doesn't count though
;-) Best race result was a 4th and I had a 3rd and 2nd qualifying
result, which is good and I'm quite happy with !
One of the events
that happened towards end of the year was the move from Amsterdam to
Berlin. This means that I cannot race the Dutch championship in 2014,
which is a shame really. I really like the series and people around
there. In the meanwhile, my bikes got stolen in the winter of 2014, so
for the time being, I pause with riding and racing.
Below the action from 2013.
Below some selected Videos and Pictures from 2011 to 2013. For annual
race development, race reports and more information, please check the
GO TO full season coverage: Seasons 2011 --
2012 -- 2013
Videos Race 1 & 2 Lelystad, 8-September:
Videos Race 1 & 2 Enter:
Videos Race 1 & 2 Holten:
of mid-season training week in France:
Videos Race 1 & 2 Lelystad 14-July:
qualifying as 4th, just 0.2 sec behind 1st! Then terrible race... 15th
overall after stalling the bike at the start of in race 1 !! Just happy
no one hit me, so good luck after bad luck! Now looking forward...
Onboard camera of a competitor:
race day in Boekel, 7th overall finish. Bad starts prevented a better
result and no risks taken this time. Still gained one position in
championship, now 5th up from 6th!
at start to race one, still finishing 8th overall for the day
One of my competitors had a first row seat in it, so check this out (if
video doesn't show, click here):