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Anderson second in European Motocross Champs Opener – EMX300 Round 1 – Race Highlights, Report & Results
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Anderson second in European Motocross Champs Opener – EMX300 Round 1 – Race Highlights, Report & Results

by adminMarch 19, 2018

Valkenswaard’s Eurocircuit has staged the opener of the 2018 European Motocross Championship with the EMX300 2-stroke classes both Presented by FMF Racing.

FMF Racing, Flying Machine Factory, has supported the two often called “smoker” classes of the European motocross scene since 2011. Both categories are key stepping-stone divisions for young riders to graduate to the higher ranks of the World Motocross Championship. Particularly so the 125cc European Motocross series that perfectly bridges the crucial gap for youth riders between the 85cc 2-stroke machines and the more powerful 250cc four-stroke ones.

Youthstream, FMF Racing, and FIM Europe together strongly believe in the importance of two-stroke motocross motorcycles for a proper development of young prospect talents such that they can best be ready when approaching the bigger, more challenging, and significantly powerful four-stroke motocross bikes.

First to take on the track and claim wins this Sunday before the MXGP and MX2 stars were the FIM Europe racers of Greg Smets and KTM Junior Racing’s Rene Hofer.

Belgian Greg Smets proved he had put in the effort over the off season to improve his riding when he took the lead

James Dunn – Strong start to the season

early in Saturday’s race one from 2017 title contender, GL12 Racing’s Mike Kras. Kras tried to regroup and take the spot back from Smets but in the end was gapped by over 17 seconds.

Last year’s Champion running the number 1 plate on the Verde Substance KTM, Brad Anderson, started race one at the front of the field and moved into third past fellow Brit, GL12 Racing’s James Dunn. Finishing in 5th was Mathias Plessers after battling with Tom Meijer.

Race 2 was the first race on the track on Sunday where we again saw Smets and Kras at the front of the action with Anderson and Dunn following while the #57 of Plessers crashed out of the second race during the first laps.

The real action was between the Belgian Smets and the Dutch rider Kras. A whole new day and different track

Mike Kras

conditions played into the favor of Kras as he was able to match the speed of Smets.

While Kras had the speed and battled with Smets lap after lap shifting positions back and forth the deciding factor would be a mistake by Kras as chased Smets. The mistake not only allowed Smets to secure his first ever overall win but also allowed Anderson into second overall.

Smets in the press conference: “I was actually hoping to at least finish one time on the podium this year, so I succeeded at that, but to start up with two race wins was beyond my imagination.”

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 30:54.405; 2. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +0:17.801; 3. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:50.762; 4. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), +1:10.515; 5. Mathias Plessers (BEL, KTM), +2:14.099; 6. Tom Meijer (NED, Yamaha), +2:14.359; 7. Daymond Martens (BEL, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 8. Nikolaj Skovgaard Christensen (DEN, KTM), -1 lap(s); 9. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s); 10. Joshua van der Linden (NED, Yamaha), -1 lap(s).

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 29:58.353; 2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), +0:06.399; 3. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), +0:23.680; 4. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), +0:38.589; 5. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), +0:39.120; 6. Andero Lusbo (EST, Husqvarna), +0:54.853; 7. Kay Ebben (NED, Yamaha), +1:00.172; 8. Joshua van der Linden (NED, Yamaha), +1:10.600; 9. Erik Willems (BEL, Husqvarna), +1:13.069; 10. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, Yamaha), +1:21.009.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Overall Top Ten: 1. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 50 points; 2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 42 p.; 3. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 42 p.; 4. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), 36 p.; 5. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 28 p.; 6. Joshua van der Linden (NED, YAM), 24 p.; 7. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 23 p.; 8. Nikolaj Skovgaard Christensen (DEN, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, YAM), 21 p.; 10. Kay Ebben (NED, YAM), 18 p.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Championship Top Ten: 1. Greg Smets (BEL, KTM), 50 points; 2. Brad Anderson (GBR, KTM), 42 p.; 3. Mike Kras (NED, KTM), 42 p.; 4. James Dunn (GBR, KTM), 36 p.; 5. Youri van t Ende (NED, KTM), 28 p.; 6. Joshua van der Linden (NED, YAM), 24 p.; 7. Andero Lusbo (EST, HUS), 23 p.; 8. Nikolaj Skovgaard Christensen (DEN, KTM), 22 p.; 9. Manuel Iacopi (ITA, YAM), 21 p.; 10. Kay Ebben (NED, YAM), 18 p.

EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Manufacturers: 1. KTM, 50 points; 2. Yamaha, 29 p.; 3. Husqvarna, 23 p.; 4. Gas Gas, 3 p.

The second round of the EMX300 Presented by FMF Racing Championship will take place in Red Sand, Spain on 24th and 25th March.