Freitag, 24. Februar 2017

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Roczen Takes Second Mx2 Pole In Holland

(lifePR) (Bensheim, ) Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2's Ken Roczen sealed his second Pole-position of the season and the second for the RM-Z250 as he won the MX2 Qualification Heat at the sandy Valkenswaard circuit for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands.

The third round of 15 in the FIM World Championship took place under sunshine and temperatures touching 20 degrees as the hard Dutch sand slowly started to carve throughout the sessions.

Roczen had to ride forcefully in the Heat race to close the gap on World Champion Marvin Musquin. An exciting last two laps, as the pair cut through backmarkers, saw Roczen in the lead approaching the final turn as Musquin crashed and then failed to finish. Local hope Jeffrey Herlings was also running with the duo until a fall put him down the field and he crossed the line in 14th.

Roczen's team mate Arnaud Tonus came though the 20 minute and 2 lap sprint with sixth position and had to endure the second part of the Heat without a rear brake. The Swiss started badly but looked good on the sand after working diligently in the winter to pick up his speed on the surface.

Roczen will enter the gate first for tomorrow's 35 minute and 2 lap motos as more good weather is forecast.

Ken Roczen:

"For sure I am happy. I worked on my starts and it is a good feeling to be at the front of the pack. Pole position is OK but for sure tomorrow is what it is all about. We didn't have to make any changes to the bike and I'm happy with the set-up. It will be difficult for Marvin and Jeffrey to get a good start tomorrow so that can only be good for me!"

Arnaud Tonus:

"I had a good feeling on the bike and the track was pretty slick in the beginning but it got rougher throughout the day. I had a bad start in the heat race and had to push hard to get in the top 10. It is important to get near the inside for the first corner so I'm happy with sixth. I just had a small problem with the rear brake and could not go any faster but I am optimistic for tomorrow."

MX2 Qualification Heat Classification: 1. Ken Roczen (GER, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), 24:05.109; 2. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +0:35.969; 3. Steven Frossard (FRA, Kawasaki), +0:36.731; 4. Dennis Verbruggen (BEL, KTM), +0:45.900; 5. Zach Osborne (USA, Yamaha), +1:03.528; 6. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Teka Suzuki Europe World MX2), +1:04.655; 7. Jake Nicholls (GBR, KTM), +1:06.255; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha), +1:07.621; 9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM), +1:11.765; 10. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha), +1:19.730.

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