Weltin breaks the spell, bad luck for De Waal

Monday, March 19, 2018 — In the cold and wet sand of Valkenswaard Marshal Weltin (Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda) marked his first world championship points of the season. The young American finished 18th in the second moto and 20th overall. His team mate Micha Boy De Waal dislocated his collarbone in time practice and sat out both motos.

Valkenswaard was the first race that Weltin came back to for a second year while Dutchman De Waal knows the track only too well. However the iconic Dutch classic on the GP calendar was an enterily different prospect from wat anyone is used to. Temperatures below 0° C, wind and snow shaped the track into a completely new challenge.

Home rider De Waal was 16th in time practice and upbeat for his first GP weekend of the season. Unfortunately he hit another rider in time practice and went down. Impacting his shoulder “MBDW” suffered an Anterior Clavicle dislocation. Marshal struggled with the enduro-esque soil and unusual conditions. In the qualifying races the Michigan native had to settle for 26th.

After the bitterly cold first day things slightly improved for race day. With modifications to the handguards to overcome the cold Marshal felt a bit more comfortable on the bike as well. Weltin sufffered a terible start in the opening moto though. From way down the field he managed to bounce back but wasn’t able to score any points. The second moto saw a better result for the Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda rider. Again Marshal got underway poor. However he fought himself to 25th and went on to come home 18th behind Jed Beaton.

The MX2 World Championship heads to the new Red Sands facility near Valencia in Spain next weekend, for the third round of the series.

Marshal Weltin: “This is a race that’ll never forget with the blizzard and track conditions! For some reason I feel that my hands are more sensitive to the cold than others. On Saturday my hands completely locked up and I can’t use anything, I just went on a four finger deadlock on the bike. That makes it hard to focus on your riding! Overall we could’ve done more this weekend although the second moto was actually a little better. We need to improve both my starts and qualifying. Qualifying is something that I’ve struggled with last year as well. Once I’ve started to figure that out things started to improve. So hopefully we can make that happen again.”

Micha Boy De Waal: “Things were going well in time practice until I came together with another rider. Luckily there was no fracture but we’ll have to see with the doctor what’s the best course of action now. Surgery is an option, but normally we’re going to let it heal up naturally. That would mean I’m out around three to four weeks. It’s a pity because I felt really good and the bike was working well but that’s racing.”

MX2 Race 1
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:38.265; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:09.342; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:16.508; 4. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.579; 5. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:25.932; 6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:42.179; 7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:49.290; 8. Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), +0:53.611; 9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +0:58.452; 10. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +1:00.167; 11. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:01.566; 12. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Yamaha), +1:07.493; 13. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), +1:08.774; 14. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), +1:13.609; 15. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +1:24.471; 16. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:44.843; 17. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:46.270; 18. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, Husqvarna), +1:46.530; 19. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Yamaha), +2:03.155; 20. Sander Agard-Michelsen (NOR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 21. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), -1 lap(s); 22. Marshal Weltin (USA, Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda), -1 lap(s); 23. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s); 24. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), -1 lap(s); 25. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 26. Nicola Bertuzzi (ITA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 27. Alexis Verhaeghe (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 28. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 29. David Herbreteau (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 30. Enzo Toriani (FRA, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 31. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 32. Kim Savaste (FIN, Kawasaki), -2 lap(s); 33. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 34. Bas Vaessen (NED, Honda), -9 lap(s); 35. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), -11 lap(s)

MX2 Race 2
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:35.397; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), +0:00.381; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:37.477; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), +0:39.263; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:46.360; 6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Honda), +0:47.057; 7. Ben Watson (GBR, Yamaha), +0:51.600; 8. Adam Sterry (GBR, Kawasaki), +1:05.208; 9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), +1:08.867; 10. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +1:10.665; 11. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, Honda), +1:17.524; 12. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, Yamaha), +1:19.818; 13. Jago Geerts (BEL, Yamaha), +1:36.765; 14. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, Husqvarna), +1:50.898; 15. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, Kawasaki), +1:58.989; 16. Maxime Renaux (FRA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 17. Jed Beaton (AUS, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 18. Marshal Weltin (USA, Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda), -1 lap(s); 19. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 20. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), -1 lap(s); 21. David Herbreteau (FRA, KTM), -1 lap(s); 22. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, KTM), -1 lap(s); 23. Kim Savaste (FIN, Kawasaki), -1 lap(s); 24. Sander Agard-Michelsen (NOR, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 25. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), -1 lap(s); 26. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), -1 lap(s); 27. Nicola Bertuzzi (ITA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 28. Alexis Verhaeghe (FRA, KTM), -2 lap(s); 29. Enzo Toriani (FRA, Husqvarna), -2 lap(s); 30. Alvin Östlund (SWE, Yamaha), -3 lap(s); 31. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), -4 lap(s); 32. Henry Jacobi (GER, Husqvarna), -7 lap(s); 33. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, Yamaha), -10 lap(s); 34. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Husqvarna), -14 lap(s)

MX2 Valkenswaard overall
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 50 points; 2. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 44 p.; 3. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 40 p.; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 34 p.; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 30 p.; 6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 30 p.; 7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 26 p.; 8. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 25 p.; 9. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 24 p.; 10. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 18 p.; 11. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, YAM), 18 p.; 12. Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 17 p.; 13. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 16 p.; 14. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 12 p.; 15. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 11 p.; 16. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 10 p.; 17. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 10 p.; 18. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HUS), 10 p.; 19. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 8 p.; 20. Marshal Weltin (USA, Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda), 3 p.; 21. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 2 p.; 22. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 2 p.; 23. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 1 p.; 24. Sander Agard-Michelsen (NOR, YAM), 1 p.; 25. David Herbreteau (FRA, KTM), 0 p.; 26. Hardi Roosiorg (EST, KTM), 0 p.; 27. Kim Savaste (FIN, KAW), 0 p.; 28. Tom Koch (GER, KTM), 0 p.; 29. Richard Sikyna (SVK, KTM), 0 p.; 30. Nicola Bertuzzi (ITA, KTM), 0 p.; 31. Alexis Verhaeghe (FRA, KTM), 0 p.; 32. Enzo Toriani (FRA, HUS), 0 p.; 33. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), 0 p.; 34. Jorge Zaragoza (ESP, YAM), 0 p.; 35. Bas Vaessen (NED, HON), 0

MX2 championship standings after 2 rounds
1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 100 points; 2. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 82 p.; 3. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, HON), 67 p.; 4. Jorge Prado (ESP, KTM), 63 p.; 5. Ben Watson (GBR, YAM), 61 p.; 6. Conrad Mewse (GBR, KTM), 51 p.; 7. Jago Geerts (BEL, YAM), 46 p.; 8. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 44 p.; 9. Jed Beaton (AUS, KAW), 44 p.; 10. Vsevolod Brylyakov (RUS, YAM), 42 p.; 11. Calvin Vlaanderen (RSA, HON), 35 p.; 12. Davy Pootjes (NED, KTM), 33 p.; 13. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 31 p.; 14. Henry Jacobi (GER, HUS), 29 p.; 15. Iker Larranaga Olano (ESP, HUS), 29 p.; 16. Adam Sterry (GBR, KAW), 26 p.; 17. Bas Vaessen (NED, HON), 15 p.; 18. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 13 p.; 19. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 12 p.; 20. Maxime Renaux (FRA, YAM), 12 p.; 21. Stephen Rubini (FRA, KTM), 12 p.; 22. Brent Van doninck (BEL, HUS), 11 p.; 23. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), 11 p.; 24. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 10 p.; 25. Marshal Weltin (USA, Jumbo No Fear Vamo Honda), 3 p.; 26. Sander Agard-Michelsen (NOR, YAM), 1 p.; 27. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KTM), 1 p

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