Dutch Masters gets underway this weekend: Preview
Are you ready? The Dutch Masters of Motocross is now really starting this weekend. After the race in Axel had to be rescheduled due to bad weather, the first round of DMoMX 2019 will be in Oss on 13th and 14th April! The list of participants is impressive. It makes the series again this year one of the strongest motocross competitions in the world.
Due to the absence of the injured MXGP world champion Jeffrey Herlings, the battle in the 500cc class in Oss is completely open. And luckily the Netherlands is still strongly represented in Oss. With Glenn Coldenhoff on the Standing Construct KTM for example. After his heavy crash in the winter, Glenn is experiencing a tough start to the season. Nevertheless, he already finished twice in the top ten in the MXGP. In Oss he goes for the win. In the 500cc we also see Brian Bogers (HRC Honda) who showed in Valkenswaard that he can drive at a good pace.
In the 250cc class, Davy Pootjes (Diga Procross Husqvarna) keeps the Dutch honor high. In addition, it is full of talents such as rookies Raivo Dankers and Raf Meuwissen.
The other big names on the entry list for the Dutch Masters of Motocross 2019 are impressive. World class riders start in all classes: Max Anstie, Gautier Paulin, Arnaud Tonus, Pauls Jonass, Henry Jacobi, Tom Vialle, Adam Sterry, Jago Geerts (2018 250cc class winner), leader in the MX2 World Championship – Thomas Kjer Olsen and so on.
As a rookie on the 125cc, Kay de Wolf has had a great start to his 2019 season. Last year’s Dutch Masters 85cc champion in Valkenswaard, for example, was already fourth overall in the EMX 125cc. In the second moto he was even in front for a long time; he ended up second. That promises a lot for Oss. But he doesn’t get it as a present in a field of participants with talents like Kjell Verbruggen and more debutantes such as Liam Everts (indeed ‘the son of’ Stefan) and Kay Karssemakers.
The previous format to qualify for the Dutch Masters was via the Open Dutch Championships. In some cases this caused some confusion or was not entirely fair. That is why the KNMV is introducing a similar concept to the MXGP for the race in Axel. The drivers must prove themselves on Saturday during the qualification and finish in the top forty (250cc and 500cc) or fifty (85cc and 125cc) fastest. Only then will they qualify for the competition day. This means more action and a fairer starting field. The GP riders are already assured of a place behind the starting gate.
At the second race in Axel (5 May) and the third race in Rhenen (30 May, Ascension Day), the best ten riders from the DMoMX intermediate position and the best forty riders from the ONK Motocross are qualified. For the final during the Zwarte Cross (19 and 21 July), the top forty in the DMoMX standings are invited in every class.
Pic: Niek Kamper