Podium Finish For Micha Boy De Waal At EMX Open In Latvia
Micha Boy De Waal of Jumbo Husqvarna BT racing scored a podium finish during the fourth round of the EMX250 European Championships at Kegums in Latvia. De Waal finished fourth in the first race after some problems, and recovered from an initial crash to finish second again in the final heat. This earned him second overall for the day.
De Waal was piqued to restore his good standing after a troubled outing in the Czech Republic. Kegums is a challeging track with a mix of sandy - and hard surfaces and many challenging, rutty jumps. De Waal enjoys this kind of challenge, and in a harbinger of what was to come, he posted the second fastest time during qualifying.
The first race started of well, and he launched with the leading group. He found himself in second spot, but discovered that his rear brake had stopped functioning, making it difficult to control matters on the fast track. He did in fact overshoot corners on two occasions, dropping him to fourth. He adjusted and rode around the problem, and maintained fourth place all the way to the flag.
Despite his motivation to do better in race two, it started off badly with a first corner crash. He set in the pursuit, and consistent fast lap times quickly brought him back into the top five. He kept on the pressure, making more passes, and on the very last lap made a final spurt to claim second spot. This earned him enough points to ensure him of second overall.
"I lost my back brake from the second round in the first race," he said afterwards. "I tried to keep the same pace, but some mistakes made me realize that I had to take it down a notch, and I opted for a safe fourth place. I crashed after the start of race two, but my speed was good and I could move forward. I made a few good passes, and managed to get to second. I would have hoped for a bit of a longer race, but overall I am still happy."
De Waal is third in the championship standings, 29 points behind the leader.
Jorgen Matthias Talviku and Camden McLellan were in action in the EMX250 class. Talviku crashed hard during qualifying, and injured his shoulder. He tried to race nonetheless, but the discomfort was too much and he retired early, also opting out of the second heat. McLellan was involved in early crashes in both heats. In the first race, he recovered from near last to 16th position after a strong ride. The crash in the second race left his bike too damaged to continue with.
Photocredits - Eric Laurijssen