The first moto was over already on the opening lap for Big Van World MTX Kawasaki’s Mikkel Haarup as another rider tipped over in front of him halfway round the opening lap and damaged the KX250’s exhaust.

Pushing wide at the start of race two, the Dane found himself fourteenth on the opening lap but he persisted all moto to take over ninth position four laps from the end. He is now fifth in the series points standings.


Mikkel Haarup: “It wasn’t an ideal weekend after my three podiums in a row but there were also some positives. I did my best timed practice so far and that has been something we’ve been focusing on. I made a mistake at the start of the Qualifying race yesterday which cost us for the rest of the weekend. I expected the start to be softer and raised the holeshot device too much; I wheelie out of the gate and had to clutch it. Then I made a little mistake at the end after getting back to fifth; I cased a jump, went down and had the air knocked out of me so I I had to start from the nineteenth gate today. That left me in the pack in both moto's and my exhaust was smashed when I landed on the bike of someone else on the first lap of race one. I regrouped after a bad start in race two and made some nice passes for ninth. I know I can do much better but these weekends happen and we will rebound next round; the entire team is motivated to come back even stronger. “

Words & Photos: Kawasaki EU

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