Who impressed: EMX250 RD4 – Kegums
You have to feel bad for young Dutch sensation, Kay de Wolf – if things hadn’t gone against him he’d have won the opening round at Valkenswaard as well as the fourth round in Kegums but he still needs to wait for that first overall. The Rockstar Husqvarna rider went 2-2 at the rough Kegums track and thought he’d won but unfortunately, Hakon Fredriksen got a five place penalty which meant Thibault Benistant got the overall – disappointing because the Dutch kid deserved the win.
Anyway, de Wolf should be pleased with his riding, the youngest and probably most talented rider in the class and he reminded us of that during the fourth round at Kegums. The 15 year old has the world at his feet and if he continues to work hard has an amazing career ahead of him. Don’t be surprised to see him make the jump up to the MX2 World Championship in 2021 and be a consistent top ten rider in the class – he’s that talented.
Last years EMX125 champion, Mattia Guadagnini has showed us glimpses of what he can do in the EMX250 series but his starts have let him down at times. In the opening race, Guadagnini was outside the top ten but worked his way through the pack and got himself up the way to fourth – a good recovery ride.
In the second moto his Maddii Husqvarna was a rocket out of the start and he led every single lap and dominated. He’ll be hoping to get starts like that every week because it clearly makes his life easier and he has the speed to win. After a good end to the triple EMX250 round at Kegums, Guadagnini is now sat in a strong second in the championship so can be happy with the way his season is going. There’s no doubt he’ll be looking more wins though!
The improvement that Tim Edberg has made this year has been very impressive, the young Swede clearly put the work in over the winter and worked on his weaknesses. The first moto was fantastic for Edberg coming from fifth to finish in third and put himself in a strong position for an overall podium. Unfortunately, a first corner crash in the second race give himself plenty of work to do but he came from virtually last to eleventh in a stacked and competitive field.
There’s no doubt the young Swede has the speed for the podium now he just has to put everything together to make it happen. “Last round in Latvia is done and I’ve really enjoyed my time here and back racing! I’ve improved a lot since last year and I know I belong in the front!After three races and three consistent 5th overall finishes I must say I’m happy about my performance! In the last race just yesterday I hade a great first race and finished of in a strong 3rd then on the last race I crashed in the start and I knew my podium chances was way of but I put the hammer down and went from last to 11th. I did my best but for sure was frustrating that I missed another chance of being on the podium. But we have some more races coming up and I will be more ready”, Edberg commented on his weekend.
The WZ KTM team have a main rider in Bastian Bøgh Damm but what a back up Lion Florian is turning out to be for the team. It’s the young German’s rookie year in the class and he’s showed he already has the pace required to run at the front which is a promising sign and especially for his future, he’ll look to improve for next season and be a consistent top ten rider.
During the fourth round of the series at Kegums, Florian went 7-14 to secure ninth overall – a good result on the rough circuit. When it comes to hard pack, Florian should be even more comfortable to he’s one to keep an eye on. After four rounds of the series he sits eleventh in the championship, he’ll be looking to break into the top ten before the end of the season.
The EMX125 riders showed that they have speed and will have learnt a lot for the future at Kegums. Young Brit, Joel Rizzi saved his best to last at Kegums as during the final EMX250 round ended up an impressive tenth overall on his PAR Homes by RFX Husqvarna. Considering it was only his fourth ever race on the 250cc that’s a good result and one he can be happy with.
Rizzi’s starts have been pretty good too which is a real positive, if you can get good starts every week and learn the pace at the front, that’s half the battle. “Tenth overall at the final round at Latvia. Happy with that. Race 1 was running 9th and had a little crash and came back to 13th and last race was running 6th with about 10 mins to go but had nothing left in the tank dropped to just outside top 10. Improved every round and we keep building had mega starts all week and happy with my progress just need to get stronger”, Rizzi stated.
Coming into the season, Camden McLellan was expected to battle for the EMX125 title but the start of the season didn’t really go to plan for him but it looks like he’s made improvements over lockdown and back to the talented McLellan we know. Unfortunately, he was disqualified in the first moto for re-entering the race after leaving the circuit so he had to put that behind him.
In the second race, the South African put in a fantastic race result as he finished in sixth and was only 0.2 seconds behind Boegh Damm in the battle for fifth. That will be a confidence booster for McLellan and he’ll hope to build on this as the season progresses. Now he has a decision to make – will he still focus on the EMX125 series or will he make the permanent switch to the 250cc? We spoke to him a few weeks ago and he said the plan was still the 125cc but it might chance based on results. After a sixth in a EMX250 moto, the team might just be tempted to keep him in the class.
Article: Andy McKinstry
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