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Career-First GP Moto Win For Roan van de Moosdijk
Roan van de Moosdijk and the F&H Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team both celebrated their maiden GP moto win in the fifteenth round of the 2020 FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Lommel in Belgium.
The lone-wolf F&H teamster already started the day well in the early-morning Qualifying with his fifth Pole of the season, riding just six laps in atrocious weather but cleverly making his effort at the optimal time to earn first-choice of start-gate for both GP motos. Once again choosing the safety of the inside gate he emerged seventh from turn one but had already moved consequently to fifth within half a lap, advancing to fourth two laps later. Mid-moto the Dutch youngster started to feel the effects of arm pump and surrendered a couple of positions four laps from the end to finish sixth. Dramatically passing the series points leader on the opening lap of race two he settled quickly into a solid second place before moving into the lead on lap four and immediately carved out an eight-second advantage which he controlled to the finish for both his own personal first GP moto career victory and also the first-ever victory at GP level for the young F&H Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team. The twenty-year old was also the virtual leader overall for several laps mid-moto to eventually claim his fifth podium of the season in second overall and further consolidate his seventh place in the championship standings.
Roan van de Moosdijk: “It was hard in the middle but the day started well with my fifth pole – more than anybody else this season – and of course that first-ever GP moto win at the end. It was important to make a quick lap this morning and our pole shows we had a good strategy. The track was in better condition than I expected after the rain and I was really looking forward to the two races. The first moto started well but after about ten minutes I got hard arm pump again. I dropped back to sixth and tried to relax but it didn’t go away; that was both frustrating and disappointing but I stayed positive for race two and it went a lot better. I took the lead again after a few laps and I had a bit more of a gap so I could stay more relaxed, even if it was going through my mind in the last few laps “just don’t crash, stay on the bike”. It was a long moto and mentally quite tough to lead for so long but I am just so happy to get that first one under my belt; now I’m looking forward to more!"
The world series now heads to Pietramurata in the north Italian province of Trentino next weekend for the last of five triple-header GPs which will complete the eighteen-round series.