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Moose Racing Report

Bad luck for Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha at the MXGP of Trentino

Arco di Trento was the latest stop on the MXGP calendar as the track hosted the first of a triple header as the series will end with five events in Italy.

Coming into the MXGP of Trentino the Gebben van Venrooy Yamaha team were hit with a blow as Calvin Vlaanderen will miss the end of the season due to a disc hernia in the lower back.

It has left the two Belgians of Kevin Strijbos and Brent van Donick to fly the flag for the team at the last five rounds of the series. 

After a disappointing weekend in Spain, Strijbos had a better day in Arco di Trento scoring points in the first moto. It was a very bad start for the experienced Belgian, but he was able to come from outside the top twenty-five and make plenty of passes to finish a respectable sixteenth. 

Van Doninck also didn't get the best of starts in race one, but he came from outside the top fifteen to ninth and was riding with a really good flow. However, disaster struck on lap sixteen as his wheel broke resulting in a DNF – bad luck but the speed was good. 

In the second moto, Strijbos wasn't riding with the same flow as race one and was battling for points but in the end, he finished twenty-third. 

Unfortunately, van Doninck had an even worse start in moto two as he got caught up in a pile up and as a result hurt his arm and shoulder so ended up with a DNF. 

The team will dust themselves down and prepare for round fifteen of the MXGP series on Wednesday.

 

"It was not the best day, but it was better than Spain. I am just trying to enjoy the races without worrying too much about the results. We will go again here on Wednesday."

Kevin Strijbos (12nd overall)

"Again, it was a day with bad luck. Qualifying is still a struggle for me, I'm not far off the top ten or fifteen I would say but I just couldn't ride like I wanted, and I always get arm pump during timed practice. In the first moto, I didn't get a great start, but I was aggressive in the first two laps and made some moves. After a while I was in ninth and was riding really good but after fifteen minutes, I felt there was something wrong with my wheel. With three minutes to go the wheel broke completely and I had to stop so that was a real bummer because I was riding good and felt like myself again. In the second moto I had a crash at the start with a few guys, I've hurt my arm and shoulder, so it meant no points – let's try again on Wednesday."

Brent van Doninck (30th overall)

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