It’s been a brilliant few weekends for Mel Pocock from winning at a muddy Duns to a rough Lommel track, two completely different conditions so it shows he’s very versatile.
A solid third in the first moto for the Revo Husqvarna rider was a good moto but the second moto went even better as he took the win when Kevin Horgmo crashed and it give Pocock the overall win. In terms of the championship it was a superb weekend for him as he’s only two points behind Boisrame so the series is looking like it’s going right down to the wire – exciting stuff! Pocock will be hoping to win the series for a second time and there’s every chance he can do it.
It’s been a tough for years for Maxime Renaux with injuries meaning the last two years he’s been watching from the sofa. However, thankfully he’s back this year and he’s showed us glimpses of what he can do but the important thing for him is to get a full series under his belt. Unfortunately, he broke his collarbone earlier in the season but at least he wasn’t out for too long.
Lommel was the best round for the French talent yet as he came from around eighth to win the first moto of the weekend. He ended up third in the second moto which wasn’t bad either considering he had an engine problem. It meant the SM-Action Yamaha rider ended up second overall on the day, he’s getting closer to win and should go into the next round at Switzerland feeling good.
Young Dutch talent, Roan van de Moosdijk is on fire at the moment and he’s really been working on his consistency which seems to be paying off. After winning the last round, he got on the podium in Lommel which is his third consecutive podium.
In the first moto, van de Moosdijk didn’t get the best of starts as he was down in ninth after the first official lap. However, he came through to eventfully end up in fifth which kept his podiums hopes alive. Thankfully he took a better start in moto two as he was sat in third, he then passed Pocock and it was beginning to look like he could challenge for the lead. However, he took a crash and remounted back up in third which is where he finished for third overall. The Dutch talent has now moved up to fourth in the series in what’s been a good season for him.
Contesting his first round of the EMX250 Championship was Swedish talent, Ken Bengtson. The Husqvarna rider had a consistent first moto to cross the line in seventh which is pretty good considering he hasn’t raced at this level all season.
He did the same again in moto two to end up in seventh but that was good enough to earn him fourth overall. That’s pretty impressive considering he’s been mainly focusing on racing in Sweden this year but at least he knows he hasn’t lost much of his speed!
It was a good weekend for Norwegian, Sander Agard-Michelsen. The Yamaha rider has scored points in the MX2 World Championship this year but at times has failed to qualify for the EMX250 series which shows how deep the European series really is.
However, at the Zwarte Cross, Agard-Michelsen had a good day and he brought that confidence to Lommel with him. In the first moto he had a horrible start as he was way down the order in twenty-sixth but he came back to seventeenth for points. The second moto he got a good start in fourth and that is where he finished, his best result of the year so far to secure an eighth overall. Agard-Michelsen has just started to work with Jan Postema recently and it looks to be helping him on the track already.
You have to feel sorry for Kevin Horgmo. In the first moto he crashed trying to pass Boisrame for the lead too early but still ended up second in what was a good ride.
After leading for eleven full laps of the second moto he looked to have the overall win all wrapped up. He looked to be riding smart and just doing enough to win but then it all went wrong with two laps to go as he took a big crash. It’s a real shame as it should have been his first win but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger so he’ll be ready to bounce back from this disappointment in style.
Article: Andy McKinstry