DE DYCKER ON LIEROP MX1 GP POLE2009-08-29 14:31
Teka Suzuki World MX1's Ken De Dycker dominated the qualification Heat at Lierop and the Grand Prix of the Netherlands, easing to his fourth pole position of the season.
The Belgian enjoyed a 15-second lead across the Dutch sand and under pleasant sunshine for the 14th round of 15 in the FIM Motocross World Championship.
De Dycker is now the best qualifier in the series with the RM-Z450 and his speed and form across the rough and wavy circuit, close to the German border, was authoritative. It was a positive day for the 25 year old as he headed both practice sessions before running away with the 20 minute and two-lap race. He now has first pick in the gate for Sunday's motos at a venue where he finished as runner-up in 2008.
Team-mate Steve Ramon had a little more difficulty in establishing an effective set-up and could not push to the maximum through the rippled and changing terrain. Only a few hours before being presented as part of the 2009 Motocross of Nations Belgian team, the former World Champion rode to fourth place in the Heat.
Further bright but breezy conditions are forecast for tomorrow.
Ken De Dycker:
"It was a good day. I took some time to find my way with the track and search for some lines. With a decent start the race was pretty easy and I am feeling confident. We didn't really need to change our set-up from the first practice and the bike is working really well."
"It was a strange day for me. From the first session I found the track quite difficult as it was slippery and hard underneath in some places. It was tricky for me to ride smoothly today; a rhythm was not coming easily. We will make suspension changes and other alterations and hopefully it will be a bit easier for me to push tomorrow."
MX1 Qualification Heat Results:1. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Teka Suzuki World MX1), 25:40.839; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Honda), +0:07.638; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, KTM), +0:14.161; 4. Steve Ramon (BEL, Teka Suzuki World MX1), +0:40.773; 5. Marc de Reuver (NED, Honda), +0:47.764; 6. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +0:52.319; 7. Billy Mackenzie (GBR, Honda), +0:56.101; 8. Gareth Swanepoel (RSA, Kawasaki), +0:59.851; 9. Tanel Leok (EST, Yamaha), +1:01.615; 10. Aigar Leok (EST, TM), +1:03.628.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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