F&H riders on Arco
The F&H Kawasaki Racing team had all three riders in action at round four of the MXGP World Championship which took place at Arco di Trento in Italy. Henry Jacobi and Adam Sterry were in action in the MX2 World Championship with Roan van de Moosdijk contesting the EMX250 series. German, Jacobi had a strong GP to finish sixth overall but only a point off third! Brit, Adam Sterry had another positive weekend to secure eighth overall MX2 as he looks to make the next step and break into the top five. In the EMX250 series, van de Moosdijk struggled with bad starts and could only end up ninth overall.
MX2 Race One:
When the gate dropped for the first moto of the weekend, Jacobi who’s usually fast out of the gate didn’t get the best of jumps as he was buried in fifteenth. Perhaps in the past, the German would have struggled to come through the pack but he’s a new rider in 2019! Jacobi battled hard and showed some great pace on his Kawasaki. He was able to ride through the pack and end up an impressive fourth position even passing championship leader, Thomas Kjer Olsen.
Sterry had a solid start, that’s something which looks to be improving this year which is pleasing to see. The Brit battled with fellow British rider, Watson and eventually came home in a solid eighth position.
MX2 Race Two:
Jacobi was able to take a much better start in the second moto as he was sat in third at the end of the third lap. He was looking comfortable in third too which would have put him on the box but unfortunately made a mistake which dropped him down the pack. He went back to sixth but made a move on Vialle towards the end of the moto to fight back to fifth. There’s no doubt he had the speed for a podium but nonetheless he can be happy with his riding.
Eighth was Sterry’s position in Arco as he also secured a solid eighth in the second moto. The Brit has been more consistent recently but will now work on getting a top five result – he has the potential.
It was a frustrating weekend for van de Moosdijk because he showed good speed but just couldn’t get out of the gate which left him with a lot of work to do.
In the first moto, the talented Dutch rider was outside the top ten but managed to make plenty of moves on the first lap to move into sixth spot. He then made his way into fourth but then unfortunately made a mistake and eventually dropped back to finish sixth.
The start of the second moto couldn’t have went any worse for van de Moosdijk as he was buried down in thirtieth position. It’s not easy to come through a deep EMX250 field but he did the best he could and ended up eighth which was a good recovery ride. There’s no doubt the young Dutch rider will be looking to work on his starts before the next round of the series.
“I had a good weekend again! I really struggled a lot on Saturday and it took me a while to catch up with the rhythm and flow. But during the qualifying race I was able to come way back to 11th place. On Sunday I immediately started in a good flow and after a bad start in 15th I could come back to 4th place! On Sunday I finally had a good start where I rode in third place until I had a major fall. I picked up my bike as fast as I could and gave everything I had to catch up with 1 more rider so I would be on the podium. Unfortunately I was again 1 point short from the podium this weekend but the riding was good.”
“I struggled a bit to get comfortable on the track Saturday. We then changed some things on the bike that made me feel better during the day on Sunday. On Sunday my starts were good and I had great battles, I just have to work on my speed during the motos. ”
Roan van de Moosdijk:
“I felt good after setting the quickest time in qualifying! In the first moto I crossed the first corner around position ten and fought myself forward into fourth place. Unfortunately I made a mistake that made me crash and I finished sixth. In the second moto I fell in the second corner so I had to try to get very far from the back to the front. I did everything and finished eighth.”
After three weekends of the MX2 World Championship in a row it will take a bit of a break and continue in Mantova on the 11th and 12th of May.
Pic: Shot by Bavo