Andrea Bonacorsi and Dave Kooiker of Hutten Metaal Yamaha Racing finished first and second respectively during the Open Dutch Championship 250 season opener at Arnhem. Jeremy Sydow had a troubled outing, with crashes in both races.
Sydow and Bonacorsi both featured well during qualifying, with Sydow claiming the pole ahead of his teammate. Dave Kooiker struggled to find a rhythm, and qualified tenth.
Sydow had a good start in race one, but crashed in the first corner, and had to retire, leaving it to his teammates to fly the flag. Bonacorsi took the lead after a few laps, and rode to victory in comfortable fashion. Kooiker worked his way up to fifth, but some struggles with armpump dropped him back a spot. He recovered the position to finish fifth.
Sydow raced to a holeshot in heat two, but again crashed heavily, signaling the end to a day to forget for him. Kooiker and Bonacorsi headed up the pack, and matched each other blow for blow. Kooiker held the lead for a few laps, but his teammate eventually worked his way past and they finished in that order.
Bonacorsi was crowned overall winner for the day, and despite his fifth place finish in race one, Kooiker had done enough to secure the second overall spot.
The team will be in action at the opening round of the EMX250 European Championships at Matterley Basin in England next weekend.
Overall Dutch Open 250 Arnhem:
1 Andrea Bonacorsi 100 Pnt
2 Dave Kooiker 81 Pnt
3 Kjell Verbruggen 79 Pnt
4 Petr Polak 77 Pnt
5 Rene Boer 68 Pnt