Klazienaveen 2014

European League, Rounds 7 & 8

 

Klazienaven, Holland

 

30 May & 1 June 2014

European League, Rounds 7 & 8

Klazienaveen, Holland

 

Over the weekend of 31 May and 1 June 2014, Klazienaveen was the venue for the 7th and 8th rounds of the 2014 European League events. After having missed rounds 5 and 6 in Grandson, Switzerland, Liam and Axel were anxious to get back out on track and race.

 

During practice, Axel managed to come to terms with the challenging track and put in some solid laps. The pro section cause some trouble for a lot of the Junior and Elite riders, with the third pro jump being long, causing many riders to come up short or having to take the escape route over the challenge section of the track.

 

Saturday, Round 7

The weather was perfect and the race even hotter. Saturday, Axel managed to race his way through the motos and qualifiers and into the final. A not very aggressive start saw him in the bunch and a few wrong decisions had Axel chasing the pack to the finish. A well-deserved 8th though, after the disappointing start to the 2014 European season.

 

Liam had his work cut out on the Saturday, but raced his way into the qualifiers, and with two excellent rides in the ¼- and semifinals, he found himself lining up on the gate for the Junior Men Final. Coming from gate 7 was not going to be easy, but a good start saw him competing with the bunch, but being held up going into the first corner. He chased the pack to the finish line, coming home 8th. His first points towards Rio 2016 were on the board.

 

Sunday, Round 8

Again Axel dominated his motos, and his qualifiers, getting onto the gate for the finals. A better start saw him level into the first turn with the two older riders, Justin Kimmann and Paddy Sharrock. He slotted in behind Kimmann after turn one into third, and started the chase. Kimmann slipped past Sharrock in turn two, and Axel set his sights on grabbing second. Sharrock closed the door down the third straight and Axel had to settle for 3rd at the line. A well-deserved podium to finish off the weekend.

Again Liam was racing well and worked through his motos into the qualifiers. A good ¼ final saw him into the semis and on gate 5. A good start in the middle of the pack saw him in the center of the bunch down the first straight, where he received some battering, causing him to destabilize and unclip. The loss of momentum was too much and he only managed to race back to 7th, not making the finals.

A positive weekends racing though and now we move on to the next event in Germany.

Related: Newspaper article, 4 June 2014, Lausitzer Rundschau

 

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