Motocrossplanet News Release
Tom Soderstrom from the Yamaha van Beers Racing Team scored four World Championship points at round eight of the World Championship MX1 Series at Teutschenthal in Germany. In the first moto he made two mistakes in the beginning of the race and was in the back of the pack. He tried to pass as much as riders as possible but didn’t score points with a 27th position. In the second moto things went better for the young Swedish rider. After a consistent race he finished the moto in 17th position and scored four World Championship points.
The circuit in Teutschenthal is really fast. It was the first time that Tom went out in a race on this circuit. It didn’t took him long to make himself comfortable on the track and in the first free practice session he set the 20th fastest time. In the pre qualifying session he made some small mistakes and he couldn’t ride the perfect lap. He finally had to be satisfied with the 29th fastest time.
Tom started the qualifying heat just outside of the top twenty. In the beginning of the race he struggled to find his rhythm and dropped back to 23rd position. During the race things started to go better and he passed some of the riders who were riding in front of him which resulted in 21st position.
The first moto started with bad luck for Soderstrom. He made two mistakes in the beginning of the race and was way back in the field. On the fast circuit in Teutschenthal it’s difficult to make up time on the riders in front of you. Tom gave everything he had but finished the race outside of the points in 27th position.
In the second moto he came out of the first corner around 20th position. In lap six he moved up into the points and after a strong second part of the race he crossed the finish line in 17th position.
Tom finished 22nd overall and sits in 26th position in the World Championship Standings.
Ceriel Klein Kromhof:
The weekend started not well for Ceriel on Saturday. In the free practice session he had a small mechanical problem and had to go back to the paddock. Because of this he struggled to find his rhythm in the pre qualifying session. Despite this he was motivated to do well in the qualifying heat. He took a good start and went trough the first corner inside of the top fifteen. Because of a crash in the third lap he dropped back to 28th position. After the crash he tried to come back as far as possible but in the closing stages of the race he had another setback. A rider in front of him crashed right in front of Ceriel and because of the fact that Ceriel couldn’t avoid him he crashed as well. Ceriel finished the race in 30th position and was really disappointed when he went back to the paddock.
In the first moto he was midfield when the field came trough the first turn. In the second corner he collided with another rider and crashed. He restarted in the back of the field and tried to come back as far as possible. During his charge trough the field his handlebar grip came off so Ceriel crashed and was forced to retire from the race.
In the second moto he missed some self confidence in the beginning of the race. Things started to go better during the race but unfortunately he finished just outside of the points in 22nd position.
After eight rounds Ceriel sits in 32nd position in the World Championship Standings.
The Yamaha van Beers Racing Team will now travel to Latvia for round nine of the World Championship Series!